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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.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S1J0
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm;
Dinner:-Friday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm;
Saturday: 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Our dining room is closed on Sunday and Monday.
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
(905) 641-2252 ext. 4619
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 120 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 ext. 4623
Banquet, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Benchmark Ratings and Reviews
This was my first time here but won’t be my last. The restaurant was lovely with a beautiful snowy scene out the ambundant windows. Terrific food and very friendly staff. They provided a beautiful piece of pumpkin cheeseCake for my friend’s birthday as well. Amazing to know that the kitchen is staffed with students from Niagara College’s culinary program. Well done!!!
Food and facilities were excellent, and the availability and range of onsite craft beers and local wines made the experience all the more enjoyable. The hot beet salad was amazing, as were the scallops (Mary Jane) and cod (Dave). The bread appetizer was great, but perhaps could have been paired with some dipping oils/sauces. All in all, well worth the hour's drive. We'll be back. :)
This was our first visit to Benchmark. The restaurant has a very comfortable and inviting ambience. The service we received was very friendly and attentive. Most importantly, the food was delicious. All four of us were more than pleased. Value for the money is excellent. We will definitely be back again and again. I’d consider this a real find.
I was in Niagara for a weekend trip with some friends. We spent the afternoon going around to wineries and we needed a place to eat dinner. As no one was familiar with the area, we went onto Opentable to search and came across Benchmark.
Wow ! What an amazing place. The restaurant is on college campus and it is run, to my understanding, by students in various programs at the college. The restaurant even serves the college's own beer and wines and features wines from wineries or vineyards that their alumni are a part of. The food uses local ingredients.
I will definitely come back again.
Wonderful to support the culinary students in Niagara. The food was great as was the Niagara College Wine and Bear. The server was knowledgeable , and smiling. Everyone should add this spot to their restaurant list for any medium to high end dining at a reasonable price with good atmosphere. Good for larger crowds and couple dining. You may not be greeted when you walk-in but just go to the bar for prompt service.
Friendly staff, great atmosphere, and fun concept. It’s great that the restaurant supports the college and gives people the chance to experience what students at the college are learning! We had a great host and really enjoyed our meal. Try the beer and wine tasting flights!
We enjoyed the food very much and were happy to be told it was local however my sweet potatoe fries were not very hot when they were served to me so consequently became quite cool as the dinner went on. The bread with the honey butter was delicious but possibly could be a free item. The other meals were wonderful- scallops; Alfredo. The coffee was superb.
The restaurant was decorated for Christmas and looked fabulous.
We lunched at a time when the restaurant was filled with high school students which was a little distracting & noisy but they were very well behaved and we were able to have conversations with no problem. Our service was good with good attention to detail. We didn’t have any cocktails at lunchtime but when I come back will definitely try your wine.
I would recommend the restaurant because of the wonderful menu choices and the use of local fare. It has easy access from the highway as we were coming from Burlington and the free parking was a bonus.
All and all, a great experience.
Overall our experience was very good. France our waitress was excellent and very courteous. Both my wife and I are Niagara College alumni so we were very proud to see how the college has grown over the years. We are foodies and we were very happy to be able to spend some time at The Benchmark Restaurant while away from our home in London. We will come back for sure!
We've been many times before, but this time the entire experience was great. The salad was tasty, the Digby scallops were excellent (can I please have the recipe) and the dessert was scrumptious . It was a really good experience and a very good way to impress an out of town guest who was taking me out . Thank you!
I took my wife for dinner to celebrate her birthday. Neither of us had been at Benchmark for dinner previously and we had heard good things. The setting is great and the room very attractive with a lot wood and glass, and high peaked ceiling. We unfortunately had to wait for several minutes to be seated as there was no one to greet us when we arrived. The hostess let us know our server's name and that she would be with us shortly. However, we ended up waiting almost 15 minutes for our server, by which time I had actually forgotten which entree I wanted. After that, the service was generally good. Our dishes were beautifully presented and very tasty. My wife had 'Roasted Beet Salad' and 'Butter Poached Fogo Island Cod', while I had "Puree of Parsnip Soup' and 'Ontario Lamb Cavatelli Bolognese'. Our only complaint about the food was that the entrees did not arrive hot enough; presumably too much time was spent on presentation with the food not under the heat lamps. All in all, it was enjoyable, but not memorable.
The only reason I gave the BenchMark a "fair" rating is because it is a teaching restaurant. The waitress recommended an appetizer which was terrible and a bottle of wine which was not suited to drink with a meal. But the worst part was seeing both the supervisor and a waiter wipe their nose with the back of their hand in the restaurant for all to see. We stopped eating after this event as we did not want to get sick.
OK, i know the restaurant is a teaching restaurant for new chefs, but really???
The food was nothing special and the serving staff were terrible.
And as we saw, the staff were being supervised/coached by an teacher who was any better.
We have eaten at BenchMark before ... never again.
We have been to benchmark on several occasions and always enjoyed our experience. However, on this occasion, we found that the servers were very unexperienced and spoke to each other in their own language at our table, the service was very inadequiate in comparrisib to previous visits. Everything was exceptional other then the service.
Attend with several co-workers for a nce meal. The food and ambiance was high quality. The service was superb, with a high attention to detail.
A reasonably priced menu for a locally-sourced Restaurant. Happy to support student learning, both culinary arts and hospitality.
Worth a visit...unquie experience.
There were four at our table. Three ordered a pasta dish the other a scallops dish. The scallop dish was amazing, but all three past dishes were small portions (given he price point) and the sauce was tasteless ..in a word underwhelming. We get this is a college and students are in training ...so with this in mind, don't charge prices like it is an upscale restaurant. The young servers were pleasant and attentive. Overall one in four.
This is a great place for a beautiful lunch. I've never been for dinner but every lunch I've had has been delicious, timely and well served. Always enjoy this restaurant. And they have meal restrition options like Gluten Fee and Vegetarian. Also very accomodating to my time restriction. Thank you.
We had high expectations for this restaurant. The raspberry sorbet was a delightful way to finish the meal, but the main dishes seemed one dimensional in flavor. The ancient harvest salad might have been healthy, but it was aching for spice or zest. The small plate of Sicilian cavatelli also lacked depth in its flavor. The apple fritters were enjoyed by the 13 year old who ate them. Everyone thought the local honey butter on the fresh bread was wonderful. The beer was a beautiful amber color and quite tasty. Overall , the staff was friendly and helpful.
The steak dish that went to another diner looked perfectly seared.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Benchmark -- such a beautiful restaurant with big windows, great views and a menu that is always interesting and always superb! A very welcoming and comfortable atmosphere with top notch service! Bravo to Niagara College, staff and culinary students!
First time there and will definitely return. The menu was quite varied and it will change seasonally so that is something to look forward to. Pricing was very fair for our party of 6.
The wine selection was great! Dessert was fantastic. We all shared several appetizers and each had different entrees and shared as well.
A really fantastic evening with GREAT service.
Friendly and welcoming staff! Beautiful restaurant, love the large windows that allow you to enjoy the floral scenery outside. Service was good. My dad ordered a salad with his burger and got fries, our server apologized nicely and brought him out a salad no question. The Fried Tempura Korean BBQ Tofu was incredible, coming from a vegetarian and often struggles to find vegetarian food at restaurants, definitely coming back for this. My family had the burger, chicken sandwich and Soppressata pizza they also said was very good.
The staff went above and beyond to make our visit memorable. We did have to wait even with having a reservation, but the hostess/manager promptly brought complimentary appetizers to us even though none of us has taken issue with having to wait. Our server, Kristian, was attentive, knowledgable and polite. There was a group of 8 of us, and not one of us had a single complaint about the atmosphere, service or food. I would not hesitate to recommend to a friend and look forward to my next visit.
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