Bender's Tavern

4.8
791 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Located in the Historic District of downtown Canton, Bender's Restaurant offers its customers an elegant, relaxing atmosphere where one can enjoy fine food and wine. Bender's has been satisfying customers with culinary classics, drink and hospitality since 1902. Today we continue our long tradition by offering only the highest quality seafood fresh from Foley Fish in Boston, MA. If you are looking for beef, Bender's consistently serves only the highest quality beef. Known nationally for the extensive and moderately priced wine list, owner Jerry Jacob's forty years of experience tasting and selecting wines will certainly impress your palate. We pride ourselves on serving seasonal culinary delights and fine wines. Please stop by and see us!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 9:15 pm, Friday: 4:00 pm - 10:15 pm, Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
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Phone number
(330) 453-8424
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Ryan McCauley
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Private party facilities
Bender"s has three private dining areas to choose from. The Original Ladies Dining Room will host up to 65 people for sit down dining. The rooms original mosaic tile floor, dark wood walls and an original dry bar creates a wonderful atmosphere for a smaller business function or rehearsal that would need space for cocktail hour or hors d'oeurves. The Green Room will host up to 50 for a sit down dining or becomes a great space for a smaller event that requires A/V equipment, or a smaller feel for a special occasion. The Private Back Main area will seat up to 16 for sit down dining. The space is ideal for a small birthday party, business function or special event. Bender's service and culinary staff prides itself on serving large groups with individual attention to personal needs and quality efficient service.
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Private party contact
Jon Jacob: (330) 453-8424
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2nd St. SW
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Parking details
In the evening (Dinner) parking is available directly across from the restaurant on the corner of 2nd St. SW and Court Ave. SW. Street Parking is also available. Day time (Lunch)parking is available on the street metered parking & the parking lot directly across from the restaurant(minimum of $22 purchase to receive validated parking in this lot.)
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
What 791 People Are Saying
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M
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Bender’s for a Date Night dinner. We found the building interior very comfortable and enjoyed the old time floor, ceiling and marble walls. Our server was fantastic, making good suggestions and timing the meal appropriately. We went with the Lake Erie Perch, which was very light and buttery, and the Halibut “A la Foley”, which was moist, flaky with the right amount of breading. This would have been a Five Star rating all the way down, but it was just a bit expensive. Still, even with the cost, we will go again because everything else was top notch!

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JD
Naples
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent, well prepared fresh seafood presented and cooked in the most creative way. Crab legs were amazing as were the Nantucket scallops. Snail appetizer too delicious to describe and the four gras app with blueberry gastronomique was without rival. Great foodie place yet old standbys on the menu as well.

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KB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A “must visit “ for everyone in Canton. The best food, service and menu. Historic building is a plus.

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C
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been dining at Bender's for many, many years and it remains my husband and my favorite dining destination. Best selection and preparation of fresh seafood in NE Ohio, good wine list and we LOVE Mary our favorite server.

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R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chase waited on us and he was incredible! The food was fabulous and the seafood selection was daunting.

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Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in canton

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R
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

superb as always, been going there for 50 years, never disappoints.

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t
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice

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m
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went to Bender's after she had been there for a Christmas party and really liked it. The helpful server took all the time and attention we needed when looking over the menu, explaining the specials and giving an idea of what some of the dishes were or how they were fixed.
I had the scrod and it was FABULOUS! My friend had the rib eye steak which she liked, but I didn't find that it came close to the scrod. This will be a good place for special times, it is a bit pricey for an average night out.
But, I will be back!

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OT
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from when we walked in to the after dinner drinks. Our table was a bit close to others but it worked out. PENNY is awesome. She tells it like it is and is very helpful on food and wine! My sea bass, red potatoes and asparagus with a side salad was excellent. Definitely one of my favorite places.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing! Great food & service!

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HF
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good restaurant with great history in Canton. We had a nice visit!

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OT
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Definitely the best seafood in town! Oysters were outstanding!

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y
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here four or five times a year and it is always consistently excellent food and service. The prices are fair and you will never be disappointed. Worth the drive from anywhere.

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JH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. It is a family owned business. They go above and beyond. Jerry and John are a father son team. I love asking them to bring out their “reserve” wines that are from their private collection. They never disappoint 😍.

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PH
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the history of the establishment. Food was outstanding!

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JM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

had outstanding service. the smoked mackerel on the appetizers is a must. a fun place with lots of character.

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m
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic can not wait to go back so good great selection fantastic seafood

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to visit. We loved your restaurant. Our waitress was exceptional. The food was fabulous. We will be back again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing quiet place with outstanding food and service!

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SA
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A local classic and a personal favorite. Historic and the food is still great.

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GF
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, and service! a little pricey on the specials

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V
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Waitress was terrible. Put our order in an hour after it was given. Had to make second choices on entree and wine. Think twice.

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BK
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great service quiet atmosphere. Really enjoyed the meal and evening. We will be back soon.

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WS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have never had a bad meal at Bender's. Long standing (over 100 years) mainstay in the Canton, Ohio area.

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in town without a doubt! Food, ambience and service are always spot on.

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding! Our server, Nick, met us at the door and treated us though we were his only concern.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yes, it's pricy compared to other locations. It is worth every dime. My wife and I shared our anniversary dinner here, we spent 130 but we ate like Kings. If you're looking for cheap, it's not here. If you're looking for money well spent on food worthy of food Network, this is it.

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RC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a 70th birthday and the evening was perfect. Perfect food and drink. Perfect service. Perfect atmosphere. Couldn't have been better.

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MD
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience, waitress was a little chatty however excellent service. Will definitely go again.

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MR
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go to Benders for outstanding seafood and service.

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P
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as usual. Here are the rest of your 50 characters to make it official

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m
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Julie was wonderful and the food was excellent, as always!

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PR
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Bender's. We went primarily because of the Open Table reviews (which were all superb). We will go back!

Our server Julie was excellent. She was knowledgeable of the menu, paced our meal well
(we never felt rushed) and the food was great. We were celebrating a birthday and enjoyed the complimentary mini-sundae for the occasion.

We were also pleased that we were in an area that was quiet and we could talk and hear one another.

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f
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bender's was great as always! We went there to celebrate my brothers engagement, I had asked ahead if they could write on the desserts plate "Congrats!", which they did and everyone said what a nice touch. My brother and his finacee' are from out of state and were impressed with the building and the awesome food. They kept thanking us days later for the delicious meal. We had the prime rib and the filet, both cooked to perfection. The portabella pasta was flavorful and light. We all had the spinach salads with hot bacon dressing, which my brother replied "now that is some awesome dressing!" Our waitress was very friendly and efficient, making sure we had all that we needed throughout the evening.

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TP
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Benders. Worked downtown Canton 40 years ago, but moved away just after. Was thrilled to stumble upon it a couple of years ago when back visiting family. It is now a “go to” place when I am back

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b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

As always, the food was delicious and the ambiance terrific. However, I felt our server was somewhat abrupt with us. The vibe I got was that we were somehow imposing on her. Otherwise, it was a very enjoyable evening for us.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great & the food was delicious!! The exterior belies what you will find inside.

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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter home from college

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JN
Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the real gems in Canton!
Food very good and service while sometimes somewhat slow is very professional and attentive. Special occasions need to happen more often and then I could return more.
Thanks

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