As always, the food was quite good. We ate outdoors so it wasn't noisy. (There was loud music indoors.) Our service was quite poor. I think it must have been our waiter's first day. He never brought the bread to our table. We had to remind him numerous times to bring our appetiser. We also had to remind him to bring eating utensils. Again, it probably was his first day on the job and we did feel sorry for him.
Great service. Halibut special was very good. Can substitute sides when possible.
Ist time here, came on a dinner date with my husband ... food and service was excellent, would like to have had a little more ambiance, candles on the tables would have been nice, but overall dining experience was great. The filet mignon was excellent. 👌🏻
We celebrated my friend’s birthday here - the appetizers were all delicious, burrata salad, seared scallops and foie gras. But it went down hill from there. The mains were hit or very much miss. Halibut special was tasty, ribeye was cooked to perfect order, a la carte filet was also well prepared. However both beef entrees were served nearly cold, clearly they were waiting in the window for the other two dishes. The last dish, the seared ahi tuna, ordered extra rare, but was served fully cooked, grey all the way through - it was horrible. We sent the entree back, the server did make sure it was rushed back to the table, but the first dish never should have been served.
The ambiance outside was a miss. A small attention to lighting design and a modest investment in greenery would have made this feel like a special getaway, setting a scene for an upscale dining experience. But instead there was nothing to distract from the reality that we were in a driveway with a tailgating tent stretched over us.
The server was harried most of the evening, in his defense I think they were understaffed. But a bottle of wine took two reminders and more than 20 minutes with empty cocktail glasses in front of us. He never came to check after our entrees were served, we had to find him to ask for refire on the ahi tuna dish.
I hope these guys clean up the rough spots. This place could be spectacular, the dishes that were good were very good.
Benchmark is a secret hideout in Brooklyn. The restaurant is attached to an adorable ivy covered bar (owned by the same guy who owns Benchmark) that feels fun yet oddly romantic. When you get to the courtyard, you have the option to sit outside, which is lovely, and perfectly lit, as you go further in, you can still sit outside, just in a covered tent...but the last and best option is sitting inside, which feels a little speakeasy, and a little naughty. The ambiance is perfect for date nights, but not so mushy that you can't go with friends or parents. The menu, is creative, and every dish we had felt like we'd died and had gone to heaven...and can we talk about the staff? They we're like a well oiled machine, attentive without being intrusive...this place should have a Michelin star...it's that f@$#ing good!
Really enjoyed our meal. Great wine list with a variety of prices.
It honestly would’ve been a lot better if the staff hadn’t ignored seeing that our table was so wobbly and didn’t get us a new one.
perfect steak and great wine. wine 1/2 on m onday
At Benchmark the service is exceptional. The service is matched by the amazing menu. We look for to returning in the near future for another exceptional experience.
We have been to Benchmark on a number of occasions, and always find the food, ambiance, and service to be quite good. Tonight, we brought my parents to dinner for the first time, and they enjoyed it very much. It’s a nice place to enjoy a delicious meal.
Good Food, Good Times, Great steak and great wine. I was very happy with my visit
Nicely laid out space. . Tables were well spaced. Excellent steak and fish Prices were moderate given the quality of the food.
It was over price for crappy food not worth it I been to restaurants and spent 3/400 on dinner but was well worth it
U get Wut u pay for but these people is one of the worst
I would never go back or send anyone there #neveragain
Only reason I went I seen good reviews but those people are liars 🤦🏽♂️
Overall pretty good. The crab appetizer tasted “fishy” so it went back unfinished but the duck entree was delicious! Really good wine list. I’d dine here again.
We went for my husband's birthday and found the service to be very rushed and unimpressive.
It was not the level of service we have experienced in the past.
We had dinner here with visiting family this past weekend. The service was very slow and very spotty. Never did get my hot tea after dinner. The food was mostly good to great. The beet / burrata salad was delicious and all the meat options that my fellow dinners ordered looked fantastic. I had the acorn squash and quinoa dish and that was not tasty or pleasurable to eat at all. We've been here a few times over the past 4-6 years, and the service is not usually stellar but usually much better. And this place is not for vegetarians.
Food was exquisite but the setting, ambience, service and noise levels were well below the expectations we had of such an expensive restaurant.
The entrance was surprising for a restaurant of this price point - a white marquis with outside tables. The real restaurant was at the end of the marquis. The table kept on shaking and the server seemed annoyed by us asking to fix it. The waiters were rushing us - they kept trying to take away our plates when we were not yet done. This happened four times.
Service overall was below par
I went there for my birthday last week and it was a wonderful experience. great food and the staff went out of their way to accommodate us. Great music also. thank you!
The restaurant was cozy and quiet. The food, especially the fillet minion, was very good.
I went for restaurant week and it was amazing!!! Had the beet salad, quinoa squash with mashed potatoes & veggies & the pecan bread pudding with bourbon gelato. One of the best meals of my life!! I will definitely be coming back!
Understated elegance , attentive and friendly service, artisinal cuisine.
We went during the restaurant week and found the food to be average at best. The only thing memorable was there were not many people there so the service was excellent. We won't be returning.
Nice place, small and intimate and bit on the pricy side. The food was good but average , not good enough to justify the prices.
We where a little rushed in the end because it was getting late, but still it was a Saturday night and shortly after we left and we’re standing outside chatting the waitress left even if there still where still other patrons still in the restaurant.
Disappointing from the tiny drink at the bar, no ambience, all the way to very average food (good steak) and service.
While it's not quite terrible yet, there are many better choices.
Always wanted to try this restaurant. So did so during Restsurant week.
Lovely space, great menu.
My only criticism is that none of our food arrived hot. It had obviously been plated much earlier. The sauce had set and everything was barely warm.
But maybe that’s what you get when you order “Restaurant Week” menu
Took advantage of restaurant week, also to celebrate birthday since we recently move to a block away. The best foods were the foi gras, ribeye steak, cod, short rib and scallops. The desserts were excellent that finishes up a great meal and evening.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this restaurant. Food was delicious. Had the spicy lobster salad as an appetizer -so delicious! For dinner we had the ribeye and the salmon with wild mushroom and creamed spinach; fantastic tasting dishes. Dessert you have to go with the bread pudding; it was out of this world good.
We went for restaurant week and the menu was incredible. We had the beet salad and scallops appetizer, both of which were delicious. The filet minon was perfectly cooked. The best part was the cookie dough egg roll- a must!
You couldn't ask for much more. Three of us went for dinner after a movie and were all very pleased with our experience.
This was our first time here and we loved it. Our waiter was attentive and thorough. The food was incredible. Even the music (a playlist) was great. Highly recommend.
We live close by and have been wanting to try Benchmark for a long time, so we had lunch there during Restaurant Week. It was delightful! It's a comfortable and interesting space and our server was charming and very attentive. My ginormous burger was delicious, as were the fries. My husband's short rib was also beautifully done, tender and flavorful. The desserts, especially the sweet egg roll, were creative and scrumptious. We will definitely return for dinner soon!
The food is really delicious and cooked well to order. However, on this occasion I had to send my burger back because it was overcooked & dry. The replacement was delicious! MUSIC IS ALWAYS WAY WAY WAY WAY TOO LOUD and the staff has an attitude about lowering the volume. No one EVER picks up the phone. Service is friendly, but not very professional. In general, Benchmark is a terrific addition to the neighborhood. The room is comfortable & relaxing.
Great service, excellent food. Went with my daughter for Restaurant Week and we had a great time!
Consistently very good.
There are no other good steak places in my neighborhood , Benchmark should be the benchmark for what good steak is and what it should cost. I can't get past the 11 oz Filet and I usually have a rib eye or a strip, maybe next time!! Brussels are great and the hand cut fries simple and ridiculously good. This will become a regular spot for us!
My girlfriend and I were having our parents meet for the first time and it couldn't have gone any better. Ambiance and service were great and the food was even better! I recommend the foie gras and scallops appetizers and for dinner go with the Ribeye! Only thing they can improve is getting there system to accept gift cards a bit better!
Stout cocktails, great food and service. The seared foie gras was perfect and the wet aged bone in ribeye was done really well with a nice crusty sear without being overdone!
David- the afternoon waiter is always friendly and accommodating! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the burger on brioche with the AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING homemade french fries.
Have been going there for years- specifically for the burger + fries!
Food was great. Service was mediocre; I’ve experienced friendlier servers there. But still an overall pleasant and enjoyable experience.
My boyfriend and I had really high expectations coming in. While the ambience and lighting was wonderful and romantic, our waitress was rather unpleasant with a haughty air. The impact was that this made us feel less than welcome. The food was underwhelming and tasteless; our dessert of "strawberry shortcake" was leftover French toast with whipped cream and unripe strawberries on top. The prices do not match the quality of service or food.
I went to Benchmark for traditional Brunch on New Years Day with my husband and 2 sons. The menu is interesting with both breakfast and lunch offerings. Service was excellent, the food was very good and we will definitely return