Pizza was very bland, chicken sandwich delicious and tofu entree very good.
Staff are pleasant but not very engaging.
As much as I’d like to return, my lunch guests felt it was expensive.
Good food. A tad pricey. Great wine and beer. Filling up the rest with blah blah blah to reach 50 characters. Totally stupid requirement.
The atmosphere was amazing. The entire campus is gorgeous. We had the squash appetizer. It was very yummy. The maple sauce was fabulous and the squash sticks were very hot with just the right amount of breading. I had a burger and it was very tasty and very filling.
We thought the restaurant was beautiful, even on a dark cold winter evening. Service was very good. The Charcuterie meats were made in house, delicious. Very ordinary crackers were disappointing, dumped on top of the tray. Our main course was disappointing. Lamb Bolognese arrived looking small in its large bowl. It had white chip like lumps on top(vegetable) and just was unappealing. The pasta was cooked nicely. The sauce we felt was really bland. We hoped for a table side sprinkle of cheese, non offered, even when we asked.
We tried the schools NC wines and enjoyed them. Dessert was good, well plated but, so chilled that the flavours were muted by the coldness. How sad they couldn’t have had a few minutes out before serving to do them justice.
This was a fairly expensive meal, would not do it again.
The restaurant does offer pizza, and burger choices maybe we would have been happier with these.
The restaurant was not at all busy.
Great service , great food . Small menu but encompassed all the basics fish steak chicken pizza. If you go order the bread with the honey butter it is delish. I would go again . Nice ambience.
The food was very good and the staff very courteous. There was just one snafu which was apologized profusely for with a mint sorbet as atonement. So no worries.
Great food, great service, Great Job Sarah and Team
Benchmark always delivers excellent, quality food. I recommend this restaurant for great quality food at a reasonable price. Served by the students of the school
First off, superb service from a great staff. Next, a well thought out menu. We lucked out because the Valentine's Day prix fixe menu was still active and was really, really good. Portions generous, well prepared and both visually and taste-wise, delectable.
The onsite brewery and winery provided a very interesting addition with their beer and wine flights. Well worth the drive !!!!!
We really enjoyed our dinner. The Valentines Day menu was still going on several days later. The food was fantastic and very fresh. The manager gave me a copy of a recipe when I asked how the sorbet was made, which made me so happy. Worth the drive to Niagara for sure.
This is the second time we have been here. Each time we had young children with us. The restaurant is quite accommodating to the dietary needs of our children. This visit being a time when there is only the Valentine's menu, the kitchen that accommodate by providing additional children's menu items. Christian, our server, was very attentive, polite and helpful. For the price point, we felt the food what's excellent. Favorite was the slow-roasted Angus striploin. It was extremely juicy and tender. Highly recommended spot
The food tasted incredibly fresh and was plated so creatively. The staff were so attentive from start to finish. We will definitely be back for another wonderful meal!
Lovely day, the food was good & the service professional!!
Soup was not hot
Fish had no flavour
Duck was tough
Beet salad was good
Deserts were great
Portions were good. The food was very good but soup and main should have been hotter when served.
PRICE, WELL, GETTING TOO RICH FOR AVERAGE FOLK
MAITRE DE ON TOP OF EVERYTHING
Everything was easy, and relaxed. The service was very good, and the food well executed, and presented.
Everything was delicious. Best digby scallop dish I have ever had. D
Excellent food and service! Presentation was very artistic and wonderful to look at (and eat)!
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.
Wonderful experience as usual! My husband loved the burger he ordered, and even said it was the best he'd ever had (which is a huge compliment coming from him). The margarita pizza was also excellent. Great atmosphere, and even better food! :)
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!
Great experience and amazing value. Would come back for sure.
Waitress was hands on, very friendly and food was delicious. Perfect portions. 2nd time there and 2 nd time loved it. Will definitely be back. Very accessible and being in a wheelchair, found no problems...bathroom included. A great place to go.
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.
Nice location with beautiful view of the gardens! Dinner was great! Close to area shopping and amenities. Would definitely go back!
We had a lovely time. The vegan option was excellent.
Absolutely an awesome experience. From the moment you walk in to the time you leave. You feel well taken care of and satisfied. Definitely will be coming back.
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 place was such a pleasant surprise. Food was excellent and service was pleasant. A hidden gem.