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Benchmark, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Benchmark  - Benchmark, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Benchmark, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Benchmark, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Benchmark, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Benchmark

4.8
4.8
1331 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary American
Prepare to embark on a delectable journey as Benchmark at Niagara College proudly unveils the much-anticipated relaunch of its lunch service. under the creative direction of renowned Chef Justin Downes and the impeccable service leadership of Victor Oliveira.

Chef Justin Downes will lead the culinary student team and deliver a harmonious blend of culinary innovation and a deep commitment to education. Building upon its established reputation for culinary excellence, Benchmark will continue to be a cornerstone of culinary education while elevating the dining experience for visitors and the Niagara College community.

Don't miss the opportunity to support the School of Culinary Arts, foster future culinary talent, and relish the flavors of Niagara Region. Join us for an unforgettable dining experience that perfectly marries tradition with innovation, all in the heart of one of Canada's most picturesque regions and one of Canada's most loved Culinary Institutes.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (905) 641-2252 ext. 4619
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Justin Downes
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator : (905) 641-2252 ext. 4623
  • Neighborhood
    Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    To ensure that you receive complementary parking anywhere on campus during your visit, please complete the Guest Parking Form at www.niagaracollege.ca/campussafety/guestpass/, ahead of your visit, to avoid any penalties or fees associated with parking.<br /><br />We also welcome guests to park in the “reserved” parking lot closest to the Benchmark entrance if space permits.<br /><br />Please let us know if there are any issues, and we will happily assist you.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,331 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Best Value

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Contemporary American

  • Niagara

    Best Overall

  • Niagara

    Best Food

  • Niagara

    Best Value

  • Niagara

    Great for brunch

  • Niagara

    Good for business meals

  • Niagara

    Good for business meals

  • Niagara

    Innovative

  • Niagara

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Niagara

    Healthy

  • Niagara

    Vegetarian-friendly

1,331 Reviews
  1. Aditya

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The set menu is really good with great service the food was well balanced with hitting all the flavors on point well executed menu by excellent chef Justin Downes. We also had couple of cocktail which was well balanced as well and our server Rohit helped us really well guiding us through the menu his service was on point reminded me of some of the good restaurants that I have dined in all in all niagara college is doing exceptionally job grooming students to work in professional environment after they graduate kudos to benchmark team and niagara college keep up the good work 👏

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very high quality creative meal produced by the culinary school students. Everything was presented well and tasted great. Will definitely return.

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  3. JMJD

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant setting was delightful. Large bright architecturally beautiful room. Presentation of food was artistic and the each course was delicious. Between the six people we had most of the dishes on the menu and everyone was very pleased with their meal choice. Wine and service were very good. Delightful lunch.

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  4. POCO

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Always enjoy lunch at Benchmark. Service and food is top-notch and should be a template for every restaurant. Looking out glass windows at the Sring Gardens is very nice but it does cause increased noise levels. We were at lunch yesterday with a hearing-impaired couple who found it a little hard to hear but they did love Benchmark and will return.

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  5. Alice

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All four of us raved about our meal. The presentation was outstanding and the meals equally as good. This was my second visit and I can't wait to go back again. In addition the service is excellent as well as friendly and courteous.

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  6. KarenS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was ladies lunch and all 6 of us thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The staff were prompt and polite . The food was original and tasted amazing. The price for the quality and portions size was extremely good. I can’t wait to return.

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  7. MaggieB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was exceptional, Yash was our server and he was very professional and kind! The food was amazing, great concept. The atmosphere with the natural light and ambient music was much enjoyed as well! Will be back for sure

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was beautifully presented and well cooked. The romaine heart salad had some interesting & tasty croutons and cheese lace pieces. The serving sizes were perfect, so that we were able to eat all 3 courses without feeling stuffed. Our server, Rohit was helpful and knowledgeable. The wine flight is a great way to try some different wines. Always get the dessert, they are all amazing.

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  9. RosanneL

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fabulous, from the amuse bouche to the last bite of flourless brownie. I have had the pleasure of dining at a few Michelin restaurants over the years and yesterday's lunch was on par.

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  10. CecileL

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our dining experience was delicious and very tasty, the students were very courteous and respectful. Here are a few recommendations: the servers did not place the plates as we ordered in front of the individual. Also, water was not replenished regularly as we needed to request the server. My glass of wine was not served very promptly as I had to remind the server. During the dessert course coffee or tea was not offered. Another point would be that the cutlery should be presented on a platter instead of in his hands which makes it more professional. The maitre D was very kind and friendly and wished us a nice afternoon upon our departure. I would recommend having a comment/review card available at each table after the meal for those who wish to leave a comment. Not everyone has access to the internet/computer. The parking in the U turnabout needs better signage and perhaps indications can be online so that you are aware prior to your arrival. Thank you!

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  11. Gailr

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant. Already making another reservation

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  12. MaxyM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our lunch from beginning to end. Our server was friendly and efficient. The food presentation, portion size and taste were all excellent. We highly recommend Benchmark Restaurant.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were so looking forward to dining at Benchmark since they opened again after Covid. We were very happy with everything. Our server Gina was helpful, friendly and informative. She made our experience memorable. The food was all we expected and more. We ordered the calamari which was a nice amount and perfectly seasoned and breaded. The braised short ribs were tender and delicious, truly taking the 36 hours made for a delectable dish. The jus was thick and tasty and the accompanying vegetables were a good match. Desserts were equally great and being 4 we had a variety to share. Enjoyed the wine flight for $12 on the recommendation of our server and it was the perfect accompaniment to a special meal out with friends.

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  14. Clarissa

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh ingredients that lends to great food quality. Very efficient service.

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  15. carolh

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time at the restaurant, we thought it was outstanding and would definitely look forward to coming back. A job well done by all.

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  16. ginger

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Benchmark is where I have taken a number of associates and friends. Never disappointing. We are supporting our College.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Manitoba

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The students were great - both serving and the food prep… I hope they open for dinners soon …

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  18. Gracie

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ambience is cool and bright. The server , Sagar was so polite and attentive. The food was outstanding especially the duck confit, the soup had the right temperature for eating and the dessert was excellent especially the lemon tart . The price is within our comfort zone. Overall, it’s worth recommending to our friends and we will definitely come back to your lovely place.

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  19. CarolG

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Relaxing lunch with friends. I parked in the wrong area on campus and had trouble finding the correct entrance for the restaurant but staff took the time to walk us to the restaurant and after lunch back where we came in. Good food, lovely presentation and more than helpful staff made this a very enjoyable lunch.

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  20. jwilson

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicately favoured entree , dessert and salad/calamari . All delicious and brought to the table by a personable but discreet server. Excellent experience overall. We are booked to join you again very soon.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If I could have given value a higher rating I would have. Cooking and service all done by students of Niagara College. The entire experience was impeccable. We will definitely go again. Lucky for us, it is just up the road.

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  22. CindyG

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive service. Attractive presentation with every dish. Most dishes had very good flavour. Ambience better than expected. The only constructive criticism to offer is pasta was slightly too Al dente and carrot cake while delicious was served too cold. Thank you Harshil.

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  23. Thurbs

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Rohit was very attentive and explained each dish. The presentation of the food was very pleasing to the eye and the portions were reasonable.

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  24. CurrieG

    Toronto

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a Great Time! The students did a very good job serving the meal and all were very friendly and professional… Meal was fabulous, we will be back soon! Thanks!

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  25. JudyH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was fantastic. Food was amazing. A delightful lunch.

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  26. HelenW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Benchmark was first class. Absolutely the best meal for the price anywhere. Highly recommended.

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  27. NatalieB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely experience. I brought a friend for her birthday (91) and it was fantastic. The food and service were excellent. We were not allowed to tip and will be back again soon. We definitely recommend this establishment.

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  28. WendyS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, the service was friendly , very pleasant and relatively quick. Very good time. The place was a little on the chilly side though. They could use a little more heat.

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  29. Harley

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A delight that we had never thought of before! Tastefully decorated, cool uniforms on the students, who performed with style and class, and a menu that was carefully selected and carried out. Benchmark will be one if our top recommendations to visitors.

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  30. LynnK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere and ambience of the restaurant is fabulous. Noise level was great you could hear your table but not the one next to you. The service 5 star and the food over the top. Totally recommend this restaurant.

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  31. SusanR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything! Will definitely 👍 keep coming back Highly recommend it

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  32. Roroa

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal. Tasteful. Well presented. Timely. Staff seemed to hang around a bit, small chatter. Natural. The only criticism was first 'novelty' item- the biscuit was rather hard for 'geriatrics' and chipping teeth

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  33. AllanW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. The food was tastefully presented on the plate. It reminded us of a high restaurant. Only two items to improve the experience, the soup could have been warmer and the plate used for the entree should have been warmed. Great value for the money. We will return again.

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  34. Jana

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from beginning to end was perfect. The reason obviously is the food it was amazing ! I simply cannot overstate how the presentation, the taste was one of the best l have ever had l can think of only a few restaurants that match. The service is wonderful and l want to acknowledge Yash and particularly Prakyath who is an amazing mixologist you have a brilliant future in the world of food and drink. We are planning to make this a regular in our schedule.

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  35. Juwin

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You will not be disappointed. Service was very very good. Polite staff and food was impeccable.

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  36. GeorgeE

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful birthday lunch. The food was delicious and the service was friendly and professional. Thanks to the chef for accomodating my garlic allergy.

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  37. Donna

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience at Benchmark was five star. The meal and service were excellent. I will certainly recommend this restaurant to our family and friends. Cheers to NC!

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  38. Scarlett

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely delightful experience start to finish. Reception, service, food and ambiance were very good. Will definitely return and recommend.

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  39. Lola

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant with excellent service and the food was fantastic. We went for a work lunch and it was so lovely sitting in that room, with all the windows, flowers on the tables, it felt quite special. We are all looking forward to going back again!

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  40. FoodloversDnD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Glad to see Benchmark is back. An overall excellent experience. The braised short ribs were outstanding.

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FAQs

Benchmark is rated 4.8 stars by 1331 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Benchmark

135 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S1J0

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    To ensure that you receive complementary parking anywhere on campus during your visit, please complete the Guest Parking Form at www.niagaracollege.ca/campussafety/guestpass/, ahead of your visit, to avoid any penalties or fees associated with parking.We also welcome guests to park in the “reserved” parking lot closest to the Benchmark entrance if space permits.Please let us know if there are any issues, and we will happily assist you.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Justin Downes
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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