Benchmark

4.6
1261 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Lunch
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
The Canadian Food and Wine Institute's state of the art facilities are nestled into 114 acres of abundant Niagara land.
Benchmark is the next evolution of the hands-on learning process. Students begin their careers in the culinary and hospitality industry at this unique teaching restaurant.
Benchmark has been created to offer local, fresh food options for college students, staff and the external community at affordable prices.

Features of Benchmark include a focus on fresh, local and Canadian cuisine, an educational kitchen and food, wine and beer pairings. We welcome all students, staff and members of the community to experience Benchmark.
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RB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We have been to Benchmark many times and always have a pleasant experience. Good food at a good value.

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DI
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend ordered a pizza 🍕 I thought it was small in size for the price that was charged.

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

One of the hidden jems of the Ontario Niagara region.

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S
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Super experience. The room is nice and high, modern and well organized. Service was not always 100% timely (you can expect this with students) but always remained very careful and professional. The choice in the flight of 4 beers is limited but nicely crafted. Food was excellent. We had the scallops, they were well cooked and nicely paured with exquisely cooked vegetables. Highly recommended.

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TC
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our friends anniversary was the occasion, and the food and the staff were great.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambience and service were perfect for our group of 8 people. We enjoyed delicious food and amazing presentations along with decadent desserts. The onsite Spirits, Beer and Wines were world class as well.

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m
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service was very good. I would recommend the restaurant to a friend. Good idea to make reservations.

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MJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic! Service great! Wonderful atmosphere...high ceiling and lots of windows. And low mark-up on good wines to boot! Can't go wrong.

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S
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The food is very good, although there was no special that evening. As Benchmark is part of NC the service is good - students are in training. Good value

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great meal with great service. The food is cooked to perfection and the staff are enthusiastic, educated and clearly enjoy what they are doing. The Niagara College wines and beer are outstanding. This is a hidden gem and we will absolutely be back.

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JB
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The service was a little slow. The food was ok nothing special. This restaurant is run by the Culinary School

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WV
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As listed, I found the food and wine all good, but for a training restaurant, Prices are a little high, almost like competing with the Keg.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

it was a great experience,,, very enjoyable thank you :)

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was excellent!! The ambience was nice. I enjoyed the pace of how the food was served between the meal courses - I didn’t feel rushed.

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RW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and the meals were delightful. Would highly recommend as our group was well looked after.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was excellent

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A
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Larger portions than we expected. This was our first visit and we will be back.

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CP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food. The special menu was interesting and yummy. The young staff have such a great attitude and commitment to service. And the actual ambiance is quite nice - they even arranged for a beautiful sunset!! Highly recommended

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

When a fixed menus is set,it should be listed on the website,we were notified about it just a couple of hours before dinner

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience.

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LE
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is our fourth Valentines' Day spent at Benchmark and it has always been outstanding. Kudos to all the students!

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend, already recommended to several people. Look forward to coming again soon!!

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M
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal! The wines were excellent and enjoyed the wine flight tasting to match my food ordered. All the staff were quite helpful, professional, and polite. We look forward to going back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Many aspects left the four of us disappointed.
We all agree that for a culinary teaching college that there us a a lot to learb about maintaining standards.
Two of the four dessert choices to be "all gone", and a wine choice and also a main entree choice were also unavailable. REALLY??? We were dining at 6 pm. It's Saturday night, and four more seating times coming.
There was little attention to details. Portions were not equal for those at our table who ordered the same entree. All of us felt that the portions were quite small for the price of the entrées, which for us were $26-30 each. When our $19. chacutterrie board came without NC honey as described, we inquired about it. Apologetically, a serving of bread slices, butter, and a small dish with one tablespoon of honey came to our table "complimentary"
Being all still hungry, all of us ordered dessert. (See above). Btw, Benchmark Restaurant, taste your dishes before sending them out to clients. So much salt in the caramel sauce on the sticky toffee pudding. Also, if it supposed to come with pecan caramel salted ice cream, then the customers should not get pomegranate flavour on top of a shortbread cookie, which was toppled onto the pudding. It was not a tasty combination at all. LACK OF ATTENTION TO DETAIL. LACK OF VALUE. LACK OF A RELIABLE MENU. LACK OF CONFIDENCE AND CARE BY OUR SERVER ALSO. I wish that we had gone somewhere else for a birthday celebration, which never even got acknowledged by our waitress.

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Peaceful setting, great food, great staff. Portions a little on the small side.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a wonderful time at Benchmark. The food was amazing and the service was wonderful. We can’t wait to come back for our next special occasion.

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n
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

hi, the noise level was great, not sure if I checked the appropriate box, you could hear the person sitting across from you when they were talking at a normal level. We were not visited by the chef or supervisor to ask if our meal was ok, ( saw that question on the survey, no big deal ) I had the lamb with pasta, as far as value I would like to see twice as much pasta on the plate, there was plenty of sauce for more pasta. It really didn't fill a man's appetite. My wife had the fish special, we both thought it was a little small for the price. The wine was great and a great price. Feedback good and or bad is how you can improve your restaurant.

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MP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Wonderful!

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MS
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely lunch! Outstanding food, wine and service! Great value!

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AT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food; excellent service. Our waiter, Sebastian, was knowledgeable and professional. The NC wine and blueberry cider quality is comparable to the wineries in the Niagara Region. I would recommend this establishment to friends and family. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.

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FM
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappointed. Have used Benchmark and the college for large events and regularly for our own dining. One of our top “go to” spots when friends and family visit.

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LT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This was my second visit to the Benchmark and both times were very enjoyable. The food was delicious, the service was quick and our lovely waitress Wren {?] was efficient and very polite. The atmosphere is calm and we really appreciated the fact that we could talk comfortably without a lot of background noise that is often so distracting at other restaurants. I love the fact that everything is made by the students, it is so nice to be able to support the college and get a very tasty meal. Prices were very reasonable. My friend found parking to be limited but the parking attendant did offer to assist her. Lovely experience and I will be back❤️

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KJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome place! Amazing food! Definitely will be back again!!

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J
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my grandparents out for lunch here! Everything was outstanding! My grandparents have eaten out all over the world and were very impressed with the meals. Thank you all!

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very polite staff.. great food and awesome prices!

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SD
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Second visit and Benchmark did not disappoint. High standards. Great service. Delicious food. I wish the menu was a bit more extensive but considering that its winter, i completely understand. You KNOW that its a freshly picked green when you take the first bite. Kudos.

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, ambiance and service are superb! With a spectacular view of the escarpment and a beautiful dining room you will not be disappointed. The food is creative and also elegant with service to match. Benchmark is a wonderful dining experience for a lovely lunch or special occasion!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit in a couple of years, and it did not disappoint! The gluten-free options were plentiful. We especially enjoyed the tempura fries. The entrees were fabulous and the service was great. We were not rushed at all and were able to linger over cappuccino and cafe au lait (in lieu of the flourless chocolate cake which we resisted). A lovely place to celebrate any occasion, it was a bit pricey but definitely worth it.

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ST
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I am a new local to the area and heard about this place. Pleasantly surprised and will be going again soon.

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