Between the '20s & '40s, the space that now occupies Benchmark was used as an icehouse and major way station for goods that that arrived on the banks of the Gowanas Canal. While excavating, several "benchmarks" (surveyor's marks) were found, along with architects' tools, some of which are displayed on the restaurant's walls. Benchmark's rich history and naturally rustic interior is enhanced by warm exposed brick, arched windows and spacious garden seating.
May 19 - Aug 25, 20217-9:30 pm, Every Wednesday. Free to play. Teams of 4 recommended. 1st Place = $40 off your tab, 2nd Place= $20 off your tab, 3rd Place= A shot of Fireball.
Steak + Eggs
12oz new york strip, two eggs, breakfast potatoes, toast
Not enough vegetable side options
Unfortunately the food wasn't very good. I ordered a medium rare ribeye steak that was overcooked. Our cocktails were alright, appetizer was bland and needed salt. The staff was nice and no wait for tables.
This place is great. I love the outdoor set-up and the food is always great. Definitely come here. It never disappoints.
Food was just ok. Wine was meh..service was lacking but we expected as much on father’s day.. outside area was nice and spaced out though.
Food was well-prepared and reasonably priced. Wine pouring we’re very generous and staff were pleasant.
Service left something to be desired, perhaps attributed to very recent post-COVID opening.
If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s not a cookie cutter, I’d give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
You must try the veal wellington! A novel and absolutely scrumptious dish.
Our go to place for special occasions. Always a great experience.
Outstanding as always. Bone in rib eye never disappoints.
Took my wife for our 2 year wedding anniversary. Overall ok. But definitely not the same as it was. I would usually rate this a 5 plus. Not anymore.
Great food and drink
Lots of pride and charisma!
They have pride
The meat and sides (creamed spinach, etc.) were excellent - the meat report is according to my carnivore husband. However, unlike many meat-centric restaurants, there were really no great (or even pretty good) options for non-meat eaters. So, if you are all carnivores, this is the place for you, but not so much for the rest of us. I also thought there was way too much ice (and too little alcohol) in the otherwise tasty cocktails. Once he came, the waiter was excellent, and the food was delivered almost too fast!
It's a small thing, but there was also a large group getting together for a birthday party. As they waited (around 20 minutes) for everyone to get there, they stood around their two tables and chatted. Since this is a kind of narrow space and they were across from us, it was quite intrusive - the host should have asked them to be seated or wait inside or elsewhere.
Good indoor/outdoor options - great food. Service a bit slow and fragmented but friendly and otherwise attentive.
Wonderful atmosphere, delicious food and excellent service
I’ve been to Benchmark several times and last night didn’t disappoint! The food & service was great!
Brunch on first day of Memorial Day weekend, cool, dreary day. Benchmark offered delicious comfort food, low prices, and professional and efficient service. Have been eating at this restaurant for ~5 years and the staff are exceptional.
The food was great and matched by great service by the wait staff.
I love this place. I have come here multiple times and I feel it somehow got better during this unfortunately COVID pandemic. In the winter they had a large outdoor tent which was warm. Now that it is Spring/Summer, they took the sides off the large tent and kept the roof. It is breezy and comfortable. I came here with a friend for brunch at 2:30 pm. The kitchen closes at 3 pm, but we were able to hang out during the lull between lunch and dinner. Their staff are always so kind and friendly. Their food is delicious. I am slowly working my way through the menu and everything has been great!
Food was good but a bit bland and under-seasoned for my taste. They used to have a spicy ketchup for their burgers which they have unfortunately discontinued. Their burger was good but not at all as tasty as they used to be (which was superlative).
Good food, attentive service - staff was very accommodating!
Our meal took 2 hours and 15 minutes and the restaurant said it was due to ordering appetizers, but I'm not really sure this was the case, that seems a little bit strange. It was my son's birthday and the 1st and 2nd course were so spaced out they didn't even have time to bring him the piece of cake because he had an appointment to get to. They also didn't check in about the cake to see if we wanted to it and just brought us the check when we said we were out of time. The food was good, we've been going a long time, but the service is typically not that great, like with yesterday.
Took over an hour for our food to come after ordering.
The food service was very slow. We waited an hour for our food to arrive and when it did they had forgotten to put the poached egg on my plate (it was brunch for Pete’s sake) and the cheesy potatoes were uncooked! They were unpalatable and nobody at the table could eat them. Never going back and definitely do not recommend it to anyone.
Our new favorite spot! Food and service excellent! Special night!
Absolutely amazing experience! Food, service, and ambiance was all incredible. We will certainly be back!
This restaurant was a disappointment! The menu presented on open table was far from what they offered at the restaurant. Then the waiter informed us of an additional two items that weren’t available. The waiter was not welcoming and had an eerie / nonchalant attitude. The food was tasteless requiring table salt and pepper. The drinks were mediocre. Will not return or recommend.
One of my go to spots. Consistently excellent food. Friendly service. Good wine list. A+
The Benchmark has been our eatery of choice for many years. The day I heard captain Beefheart trickling over the speakers, I knew I was hooked.
Friendly and attentive staff. Good food with emphasis on steaks and chops.
Food and service was great. Less stress mother's day brunch.
It was great to be back after more than a year away. The outdoor seating was very comfortable with great spacing and a heater. Service was good and the meat-eaters (the target of this restaurant) commented on the high, if not higher, quality of the meats. The meatless selections were great (asparagus) to good (vegetable 'chop'). We look forward to returning.
Had a great meal in the dining tent. Wait staff was courteous and attentive. The food was great—scallops and pork chops cooked to perfection 😍.
We got seated rather quickly, and that was where it all went downhill. Waiter approached us 10 minutes later asking if we were ready.. and we didn't even get a menu. 10 minutes later he brought us a menu.. and we waited. 10 minutes later we just walked out. Waste of 30 minutes.
Good was excellent. Waitress slightly inattentive but once we were able to get her attention she did respond
We love coming here. Great outdoor set-up all through COVID. The food is delicious. If you go, get the brussel sprouts side. DELICIOUS. Will be back again!
Great service staff! Very kind and attentive! Hats off to the chef for the avocado toast, and kale & quinoa salad!!!! Yum!!!! Nice Peach Bellini! Fav for brunch/lunch.
My wife and i enjoyed some fabulous hamburgers while more daughter enjoyed an excellent filet mignon. We look forward to returning
Amazing food and the loveliest server ever. What a pleasure!
I don’t even know where to begin. The waiter hated working there. When we asked the waiter about a few dishes, he discouraged us from ordering them right away. We chose the fondue appetizer and it was horrible. Just some raw fruits and veggies on a platter. Very basic and no flavor whatsoever. If you are a vegetarian, there are no great options. We then proceeded to order the lobster and dumplings and stuffed Sole. Both dishes we immediately spit out after the first bite. The seafood tasted frozen, old and bland. We were extremely disappointed with our meals. We paid our check and I went home to prepare ourselves dinner. I don’t remember the last time we ate food this horrible. I have had food at a Long Island diner that tasted better than the food that was served here. The Brussels sprouts were soggy and greasy. Risotto was bland and no flavor. Not one great dish! I prefer the Brussels sprouts from Bare Burger, a fast food joint! Don’t waste your time and money!
Great brunch spot and options for our family of four. We sat in the Loki bar area and it was spacious and noise level reasonable so we didn’t feel like we were ruining other people’s meal with our kids’ noise.
Benchmark Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1171 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.