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  • Benchmark

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  • Address:
    135 Taylor Rd
    Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON L0S1J0
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: CAN$31 to CAN$50

Benchmark Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.niagaracollege.ca/dining
  • Phone: (905) 641-2252 x4619
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm;

    Dinner: Wednesday -Friday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm;

    Saturday: 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
    Our dining room is closed on Sunday and Monday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Bruce Worden C.C.C.
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let us help make your day a success by catering your special event. We can accommodate 80 Guests for a sit down dinner in our dining room, 16 Guests in our private dining room and up to 200 guests with a stand up cocktail reception overlooking our greenhouse, winery & spectacular vineyard setting.
    We use top quality, often locally sourced ingredients to make simple, delicious and affordable food showcasing the talents of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. Please contact Sarah Scott to discuss a custom made menu for your special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Scott (905) 641-2252 x4618

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Glendale Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Benchmark
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Had Lunch with my son, he tried the trust me menu which was great value, 3 courses including a glass of wine, the desert was outstanding and I had the coast to coast dish which was also very nice, the restaurant was very clean and bright and the grounds outside were beautifully landscaped,definitely will go back again."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This has been our dining choice whenever we take in a show at the Shaw Festival. We've had a number of excellent and very creative meals over the past few years. But this time we struck out. Very poor service and mediocre food. Since OpenTable has a very low limit on the number of characters available for a review, check out TripAdvisor for details."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We've been to the Benchmark many times in the past, and when we started going there we really liked the food and found the prices to be reasonable. Lately we feel that the quality of the food has not been the same, and there is nothing different on the menu that has new and exciting flavours as we would expect from a culinary teaching school's restaurant. The desserts as always, were excellent. The service is very friendly and courteous. We would highly recommend that they start being a little more imaginative and creative with the choice of dishes that they select for their menu to keep their regular clientele coming in."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The food choices have varieties to suit all different preference. The presentation of the dishes are excellent. Service is very good. We will definitely go back and recommend to our friends."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Have dined at Benchmark several times, and always get a lovely meal, along with great service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Much improved over three years ago, now going back upscale. Food is very good, portions ample and service was attentive."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Very nice atmosphere, the food was very good, bread a little heavy/thick on the club house and the tomato lettuce etc was a little skimpy. It did take quite some time for the food to come out but the prices were very good compared to some of the local wineries. overall we would definitely go again"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "A great restaurant! Wish we were closer, would be here more often. Will definitely be here again when we are passing by the area!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Used a Christmas gift certificate for lunch...enjoyed a flight of beer,appetizer,main course & dessert...all gourmet! Server was informative,friendly & efficient. Don't miss this great Niagara dining experience"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Appetizers were amazing- trout & kale salad and charcuterie plate. The entree of seafood bouillabaisse had large pieces of fish with generous portions of clams and mussels. The squash was delicious and creative. Dessert was excellent also Our waiter, Christian, did a wonderful job."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Couldn't find restaurant due to poor signage. Main parking lot was under construction. Meal was cold especially the mash potatoes - not even warm. Our server was not attentive although the maitre'd did come around several times. Waited far too long for bill to arrive. Benchmark was one of my husband's favorite restaurants in the NOTL area. It's off the list now."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Good, creative local food. Would go there again. We've been twice and it has been enjoyable both times."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The views are of the escarpment are always wonderful. In addition, this time we had huge groundhog just outside the window entertain throughout the meal. The food is everchanging to reflect the peak local items. The dishes are always innovative and delicious. Be sure the wines made by the college themselves. They are equal or better then any of the local wineries especially the Dean's List ones. The service was OK but below the normal excellent. It was disjointed and the desert order was messed up."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Been here before, must have reservations, it's always busy. Unfortunately the patio was not open, disappointing, one of the few really nice patios in the area. Lunch went from bad (our fault) to wonderful. Ordered the kale salad though neither of us kale fans. Not doing that again. Chewing on big leaves of kale is like chewing on fibreboard. Dressing and other stuff fabulous. Ploughman's lunch heavy on meat (very tasty) and a bit light on sides. Fettucine Bolognese was good with fresh pasta. Try the cherry beer, seriously, refreshing and surprising. Tried to buy some at their brewery but they sell out as soon as it's bottled. Desserts were wonderful, cheesecake with 3 toppings and pecan tart to die for. Awesome value for the $!!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Thank you to all of the Benchmark crew for the scrumptious and tasty lunch that we enjoyed on Friday, July 4th. We enjoyed the wonderful foods that you presented to us in your fine setting. A special thank you to Bridgette and to Sarah for taking such good care of us."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We went for a special occasion. There was enough variety for my husband who is a vegetarian and myself who does not eat pork. My husband loved the quinoa crusted butternut squash. A definite favourite, but everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. We had a 5pm midweek reservation so the restaurant was not very busy. The Wait Staff always checked in to make sure we were pleased. My only suggestion would be for my server to be able to provide a better description of the meal I was interested in (e.g. style of cooking, textures and flavours) rather than saying "everything is good". Nevertheless, Benchmark was worth the drive from Burlington. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We always enjoy eating at Benchmark when in the Niagara region. The food is of great quality and meticulously prepared by the Niagara College students."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Absolute gem! This "teaching restaurant" has been designed as the Real Thing- with a beautiful building and setting. The menu is created from food sourced locally in one of Canada's best growing regions- and the featured wines are produced either at the college OR by alumni winemakers who now work in local wineries. We have dined in many restaurant in this busy tourist area- but The Benchmark stands out as one of the best."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Lovely dinner at Benchmark the scallops where spectacular with bacon buerre blanc and beet puree what a great combo. The trout had great crispy skin. Wonderful homemade bread. Rhe pecan cranberry tart was amazing wushed i ordered one each not to share. The rabioboos chai tea was wonderly delious just like the black tea hard to believe it was herbal. Our server was very attentive and informed. We chose the nc pinot noir which was deliciious the whole wine menu is reasonable with lots of choice. Highly recommend. They have great outdoor seating wonderful on a lovely night"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Anniversary weekend dinner at a 'special' place - and country (we are from Connecticut and went to Niagara-on-the-lake). Very good food; facility was like an upscale college cafe (there during pm, so not sure of exterior except walk-ways to/from parking lot). Had a 4-course food/wine pairing: the wine delivery was not coordinated with the food delivery, and waitress kept apologizing. She's learning, and that is what the experience is all about. We were quite impressed and glad we were there."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Scallops were the best I had had in awhile. Stuffed chicken breast was delicious. Bitter green salad just so-so. Desserts were good too. Attentive and friendly service. A perfect dinner for my friend's 50th!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had supper June 21, 2014, to celebrate our 23rd anniversary. It was a great experience! The restaurant is nicely appointed, staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The food was amazing - everything was bursting with flavour, and the dishes were very unique. We will definitely be back again. Thanks for a great meal!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This restaurant is a treasure. We are so fortunate to have this calibre of dining in Niagara."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Very pleasant open-feel setting, definitely helpful and nonintrusive but friendly and attentive staff, absolutely wonderful food with upscale visual presentation and costs within line of other upscale eateries near Niagara-on-the-lake. Noise level was somewhat high but this may have been only due to long table of graduating students celebrating nearby. I would certainly come again when in the area taking in a Shaw Festival play."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We visited Benchmark while on a weekend visit to Niagara on the Lake to celebrate our 45th anniversary and were not disappointed. We had the Saturday special four course pre-fixe dinner and each course was a revelation and a delight. From the duck and greens salad to the seafood endive salad and tender filet with crimini mushrooms and shallots, everything was unique and delicious. The chocolate hazelnut tart at the end topped off the fantastic meal."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I came with a friend to visit some wineries in the area and wanted to support students at the Niagara College by dining at the Benchmark Restaurant. I'm not sure what I was expecting but my experience definitely exceeded everything I could have hoped for! The staff are attentive and the food was wonderful (ps. the portions were quite large for my friend and I)!! My favourite was the apple tart for dessert! Everything was of such high quality that my friend and I found it to be our favourite restaurant out of all the ones we'd dined at during our trip! The culinary future is very bright indeed!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great food and lovely decor. We have visited several times and the staff has always been courteous and the food very tasty. The wait for food, although often worth it, can be somewhat long. Otherwise a lovely spot."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My daughter chose the Benchmark for her birthday celebration. The food is always very good, reasonable prices and great location. We were not disappointed."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Benchmark is a learning facility. Our waiter is a student who clearly had minimal experience. Our food also had to be sent back. Having said that, the manager was fantastic and made up for these issues."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "A large group of colleagues went to Benchmark for lunch. The food was very good although the wait time for the food was long."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My friends and I had a delicious dinner here after the Shaw theatre. The service is very attentive, you are greeted with a welcome and smiles and complimentary amuse bouche yo tempt the palate. Our group had fish, pasta, pork tenderloin and Osso buco and it was all delicious. The flatbread starters (grilled veggies with feta) were yummy and on a very thin crust."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The meal presentation was "picture perfect", and tasted as good as it looked. The staff were very friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "If you preorder, you have plenty of time to eat your meal at lunch time. The desserts are divine and great atmosphere...very energy from the servers!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience with the gals! Two of us had been before and wanted to share the Benchmark with three friends. The food was really good and the beer and wine equally as nice. The presentation of the meal was creative and the bread was far too delish! For a Friday evening the dining room was only moderately busy so the service was fast and friendly. Will definitely return to the Benchmark!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have a great cooking college where we live and therefore expected great things of Benchmark. The service started off great until the food arrived. After checking back on our order we did not see our server again until long after we finished. There were two problems with the order; one that couldn't be fixed, which was a Club sandwhich with so many layers it had to be eaten with a knife and fork, while it lay in pieces on the plate after removing the scewers. The other problem could be remedied, but no offer was made, and that was that the salad accompanying the ocean plate had extrreme amounts of salt sprinkled on it. It's a shame that a cooking school would even think to put salad on a plated salad or not offer to fix the problem."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were very impressed with our dining experience. We chose the Niagara College wine and beer and both were excellent! The food was delicious. We will definitely recommend Benchmark to our friends."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We arrived on Saturday, May 31 for lunch and were greeted by the friendly maitre d'. After being seated on the patio we all ordered the "Trust Us" prix fixe and we were NOT disappointed! This was a fantastic meal. The salad was very creative and contained a variety of tasty greens and herbs. The arctic char main was seasoned and cooked to perfection and the rhubarb tart for dessert was to die for! The student servers were all very attentive and obviously enjoy working at Benchmark. All this for $25 per person. Oh yes...and this included a glass of fine wine or craft beer...all made at the college. What a deal! We are looking forward to a return visit to you restaurant and will recommend it to all. Thanks for a wonderful experience. Glenn"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The service was outstanding they went above and beyond with the birthday arrangements. For desert the even wrote happy birthday on the plate which was a nice touch with character. They were very flexible with their menu selections. The atmosphere was very nice with a backdrop of the escarpment. The water was highly filtered and clean with the most clean dishware and glasses I have seen in a while at a restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We visited the Benchmark May 30th for my wife's birthday. We have been here many times before & have always enjoyed it. This evening was very poor. The wait staff did not appear to pay attention. We were a table of six at 7.30pm. The wait times for drinks & dinners was very long. The food was not up to the usual standards & the original orders were wrong. The waiter even apologized for ruining the evening. The lady who appeared to be the supervisor offered complimentary desserts as consolation but it didn't seem to be sincere. It was almost 10pm by the time we left. It did not appear that anyone cared enough to do their jobs properly"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We celebrated a very special anniversary recently and it was recommended that we dine at the Benchmark. We had a wonderful meal and service was topnotch as a very conscientious staff made sure that we had a pleasant dinner. Would we go back? You bet and already have as we booked lunch reservations for the next day and again we were not disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014