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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
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.
We did have a very challenging time finding the place. There is very little signage and the restaurant description did not indicate it was on the campus. As well the phone number went to the college switchboard and not the restaurant. Once we did find it though...service and food was excellent
Overall, the food was great. Our complaint is with the front of the house. There was us and 1 other table still dining when the hostess decided to rearrange the dining room for Sunday brunch. For about 20 min, tables and chairs were dragged across the floor. This should never be done while people are still dining. It was very uncomfortable and annoying.
Excellent value, good food, in a comfortable setting. It's a restaurant catered by culinary students at Niagara College and a fine job they do too. Vegan and vegetarian choices, portions are sufficient, menu is imaginative. Beer made by the students is excellent, wine is OK.
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