Loved BenchmarkLoved this place. Amazing food and service. I would definitely return.12/4/2013 12:00:00 AMworth taking a chanceSo many good things to report.
The amuse-bouche was innovative and outstanding.
The main very good and modest portion. Small issue with the over brining of the King mushrooms...
In house IPA tasty, but the wine list could be a bit broader.
Generally excellent value. Interesting food creations in a pleasant environment with wonderful service.
Recommended.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMQuaint LunchHad lunch at benchmark with my girlfriend this past weekend to show my appreciation to her. The lunch was fairly priced and the options were varying making very easy for the both of us to choose something delicious. We were pleasantly surprised with the deliciousness even though we go to benchmark every coupe of months.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I were very pleasedMy wife and I were very pleased we decided to check this place out. It was well worth the short drive from Niagra Falls. Food was outstanding and reasonably priced for the quality! The service was excellent. Absolutely no complaints.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Graduation LunchBenchmark at Niagara College Culinary institute is a Gem. Definitely recommend it to anyone !6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFlavourful and lovely evening!We had dinner at the Benchmark, and had heard it would be good food, but what surprised and delighted us even beyond expectations was the waitress and restaurant manager, who were so very gracious, fun, and caring throughout our dining experience. The citrus cheesecake was outstanding, the pork chop moist and delicious and the smoked chicken rolls, o my! Great dinner!6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMdeliciousFinding the parking was tricky. We came for lunch on a weekday. The service was attentive but not intrusive. By the time we had our mains the place was nearly full. We were not rushed but did not have to wait a huge amount of time for courses to arrive. The food was fantastic. I had a lovely salad with fresh interesting ingredients. You can see a view of the nicely landscaped campus grounds and the escarpment from anywhere in the restaurant. One of the chefs can be seen doing final prep as you eat. Highly recommended and reasonably priced for the quality of the meal.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA gem at Niagara CollegeAfter a day of wine tasting and driving we came to Benchmark ready to feast! The food was excellent, the wine very good and the pairings right on the money! The very first bite of our crustini with smoked salmon, before the appetizer created a pleasurable dance on the tongue and the rest of the courses followed up the scale of enjoyment! These young students offer much accomplishment and promise, wonderful!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMNot Perfect but NiceThis was our first time dining here. The atmosphere and the view were very nice. The service was efficient and friendly and
most of the food was excellent. However my first course (a soup) was burned. Apparently the cooks burned the whole pot and I had to settle for the second soup choice of the night. Luckily, the rest of the meal was very delicious. While we enjoyed the meal and the evening, we felt the prices were a bit high for a "teaching" restaurant. When paying that level of price, you don't expect to have issues like that. Overall, quite nice despite the issue.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMNever disappointingI have eaten here 3 times now, two dinners and one lunch. You get a wonderful meal for a reasonable price. We will return and recommend it to others.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe came here for dinner onWe came here for dinner on our "Girls Wine Weekend'. We loved the 'amuse-bouche' before dinner. Our most popular entrée was the trout. This was our second year coming here for dinner on our girls weekend.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMquick getawayI love a last minute getway. The price, the food, the senery and the ambiance is perfect for our type mini 4 hour holiday.
We drive from Toronto, enjoy the fabulous food and taste of wine and head back.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMA very impressive restaurantA very impressive restaurant - and not simply because run by the students. The food is outstanding. I had pan seared halibut; the best halibut I have ever tasted - cooked simply and not overly flavoured by herbs which let the sweetness of the fish come through The list is notable in that it is well priced and restricted to local well made wines. The space is elegant but a trifle "cold".The staff is enthusiastic and well trained.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMHidden gemAn absolute hidden gem! Would recommend it to anyone! :)6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightful DiningWe had a lovely dinner at the Benchnark. It was recommended to us by a friend who used to live in Toronto. Since we were spending a few nights in Niagara on the Lake, we decided to try it. It is upscale dining at a reasonable price, away from the typical tourist restaurants.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMLunch and the SpaWe highly recommend treating yourself and your friends to a lovely lunch and then a pedicure, manicure or a facial. or the spa first then lunch. It is a perfect day.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved itExcellent atmosphere, food and price. I would recommend this to everyone and would visit regularly if we lived nearby.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic food at great pricesWent to Benchmark restaurant for the first time this past weekend. Everything about the place was outstanding. Food was amazing. My wife and I did the table d'hote with wine pairings, and will definitely do it again. Only reason service got 4 stars was due to us being seated, followed by another group being seated about 2 minutes after us, yet the other group got their order taken first. Thankfully, that was the only service blunder of the evening and the wait staff was friendly and polite and every course came out quickly after the previous.
Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting find dining at reasonable prices!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMPatio Lunch2 girls, patio lunch, sunny day ... PLUS great food.
recommend the watermelon salad ($8) - we shared but its too good that I would order my own next time .. very good (thanks for the recipe too!)
I had the mussels, my friend had the steak sandwich with fries.
I had the pink bubbly drink ($7)
-staff were very attentive
- would have expected another dish to put my mussels shells in and maybe some bread5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGood value!The College is doing a great job! Food was well prepared and presented! Service was a bit slow, but very professional and very friendly wait staff. Nice decor but the room is quite large and very high ceiling so does tend to be a bit noisy when full! We will definitely return!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMBenchmark - a true gemEverything was excellent from the excellent staff to the choice of dishes to the food and the view and beverage list all first rate /we will definitely be back and have told many friends already Top Marks to all5/3/2013 12:00:00 AM