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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I loved the food, the fried chick peas were to die for. The whole experience was amazing, will definitely be coming back here again.

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vipEdieD
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to grab lunch and a drink while shopping on State Street. The menu has a nice variety of options, service is good, and the restaurant is comfortable. We were a party of 6, a mix of kids and adults, and everyone enjoyed their lunch choice.

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Cart
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The receptionist claimed they did not have our reservation. Fortunately they had an open space, yet why do we bother making reservations if the restaurant doesn’t know????

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ErichaG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Omg the onion rings!!!!! Amazing.

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Beachmommy
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We made a reservation on open table but when we arrived early the hostess had us waiting outside to be seated even though there were over 5 table for four available. Later, a party of 3 walks up and the hostess seats them right away. Still waiting patiently with multiple tables open outdoors and indoors, we finally get seated after 25 min. At that same time 3 other parties show up and they get seated right away without a wait in line. This was so bizarre. We were a part of four 2 adults and 2 kids (15 & 9 year old) . We get to our table and we have no utensils at the table, but they served us calimari . We had to wait longer for the utensils after the waitress distributed it to all the others that got seated after us as we were placed in the back by the door to the bathrooms. The food was good and we enjoyed a glass of wine and made the best of the night as we didn’t want the initial encounter spoil the rest of the evening for us as we had travelled
From LA area and had chosen to eat there out of all the possible options off State street. We hope that no one else experiences this unwelcoming experience.

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vipEricC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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KittD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite!
I love coming here for happy hour

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vipMichb18
Los Angeles
139 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is my second time here, and probably my last. We sat outside, and it was lovely. Our server was sweet. The food was not amazing, although, the Brussels sprouts were. The cocktails were ok, but the sprite was flat. When my friend asked for a fresh one, that was flat as well.
My food (salad with salmon) was fine. Not terrible, not delicious. My friend got the tri tip, and was not really enjoying it much. As We we’re close to the end of our meal, i took a bite, with food still on my plate, a server (not ours) pounced over and cleared our plates. That is my pet peeve. Let us finish. Not really impressed with any part of this place.

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TomD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were a table of 8. One of our friends never got food, then she ordered a beer and that never came. We told waitress over and over we were in a hurry cause we were going to a concert. Took her 5-7 minutes to bring us the check when she said she would bring right away. Then she automatically added an 18% tip on the bill. Lucky her, guarantee it would not have been 18%

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AnnS
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todo correcto, raciones muy grandes.

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Davese
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Food was fresh, served fast and the service was impeccable. We will be back!

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ReneeC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It was ok. I got the feeling it was a local cool spot but the food was ok. Nothing to write home anout. Although my son had ribs and he loved them..

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SusanO
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Casual, easy pace to grab a bite when you are in downtown Santa Barbara. Wide variety ot good food and they were dog friendly ; )

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and our server was great!

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danillem
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great !!! The food and location was fabulous. Everyone enjoyed!

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vipKimberlyF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we are in Santa Barbara we visit Benchmark! Love the large covered patio. Food is fresh, clean and creative. Good value, great service and friendly atomosphere.

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vipEricaR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were delicious, all staff was very attentive, food was amazing! Great food, service and ambiance!
We will be back!!!

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TinaG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Price point was excellent. Kids menu had a nice steak. Service was exceptional. The food was really tasty!

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vipSophieH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ended up at Benchmark by coincidence but we couldn’t be more pleased with the choice. Lovely young ladies serving us and great food. We had burger, fries and spareribs with mashed potatoes. Huge portions and very reasonable priced, I would even call it cheap. We’ll be back!

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RondieA
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good. Nice set up for being able to see out of many windows facing State Street.

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BarbaraCzS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hit the spot—great & generous hamburger, rare as ordered!

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SebastianG
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Food was not that good and the service was spotty. Everything took longer than it should have. Many better restaurant around. Over hyped...

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RICKYG
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Nice restaurant with attentive staff. Food was good but not outstanding.

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AnnaB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I was disappointed I made a reservation and when. I got to the restaurant someone had pretend to be me and took my table and the waitress let them take it even though we arrived at the same time then we had to wait 25min to be seated even though I made a reservation ahead of time the hostess decided to let the people have our table.

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vipGREGORYG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Family friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was the best!!!

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michael
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The restaurant was very busy being that it was Easter sunday brunch time. The kitchen was slammed but we were cool with our Prosecco and Appetizers.
Nora the manager was on hand to calm the storm and our waiter, Jeremy was helpful and personable.
My family (with 3 children had a great time.

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vipMarvelousmarv
Central Coast
61 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food prepared quickly and presented well. Service is very efficient with a very nicely controlled noise level.

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JayC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal with friendly service and a nice atmosphere. The waiter gave us good service and brought plenty of fried garbanzo beans. I had the salmon which was cooked to perfection. My wife had the tuna melt which was made with real albacore and the best she has ever had. I highly recommend the churros for dessert with melted chocolate dipping sauce. If you have a chance, sit out on the patio.

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DonnaV
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! We enjoyed our first time and we plan to go back and try some of the other menu items.

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SBLocal
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great lunch time stop. Good variety of fresh salads and sandwiches. Also great for a late afternoon beer and appetizers.

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MelissaP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service was great but our food was just okay (ordered the cajun seafood skewer and the cheeseburger).

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LindaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

within easy walking distance to the Granada Theater.

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FrankM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good food. Great service.

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Jonathan
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a very nice, early New Years Eve dinner on the outside patio. Space for 10 of us. Everyone enjoyed it.

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Nordic
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent place to eat. Varied menu, with everything tasting spectacular. Process reasonable. Service excellent! Can't wait to visit again

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Skye2013
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

They were wide open as per opentable so we made a reservation. We got there and they said they could not take our reservation because we had made it with less than 2 hours in advance. If you don’t want to take opentable reservations close your availability. Very upsetting

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Lynn
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

consistently good food and service. The price is right!

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ShirleyM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ate on the outside patio and had a great table in the corner facing the side street which may be why I rated it as quiet. The outside patio has a nice ambience. Wait staff was attentive and I felt we got good value for our meal. We went here as a group before attending a downtown event and the location was ideal. We will go here again.

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CSM1
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Our server was very nice but the food wasn’t good (sad charcuterie, bland pasta, cold sides). The menu sounds interesting and upscale but isn’t executed well. The soda tasted like the lines needed maintenance and the co2 needed to be changed. No one else was eating there on a Saturday night. Overall, a depressing experience.

FAQs

Benchmark Eatery does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Benchmark Eatery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 845-2600.

Benchmark Eatery is rated 4.2 stars by 172 OpenTable diners.