Bender's Tavern

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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!
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Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood was fabulous and prime rib prepared just right.

OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food, wine list and service in the region...hands down.

SF
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The sauces were “over” mixed with too much combination of flavoring. The menu has been significantly changed as there weren’t enough “non fish” choices such as chicken or pasta. The menu was actually somewhat complicated to figure out.

j
New Orleans
52 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cocktails (Angels Envy rye manhattan - wonderful), good foie gras and great fish. We love that place.

d
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Very disappointed with food (3rd try) won't be back. Husband ordered ribeye $39.00. No bone and a lot of fat, I ordered the grey sole. Fishy and only 3 small pieces $30.00. Baked potato seemed old. Didn't care for the broccoli casserole as a side. Was like mush. Sad to say because we thought it would be a good place while in the Canton area.

W
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambiance!

OT
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Fabulous Foie Gras, great wines, and another wonderful dinner!

s
Cleveland
43 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

‘Twas my birthday- been coming to benders for a long time. We requested a booth in the bar which we got. My walleye was good- my wife’s salmon not as much. She asked for it medium-came out not. Had to ask the bartender for a drink- not sure where our lady server went for so long after giving us the menus. She didn’t have much of a sense of humor either as I asked her about guessing my age since it was my birthday-she looked at me like I was guessing hers! So, not so sure I made the right choice for my birthday dinner- probably not again!

HL
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful. The food was excellent. 4 of us had 2 quiche, fried haddock, and chicken piccata. Everyone raved about their choices. The bender fries are amazing. I could easily have eaten a dozen portions. Beautiful old building. Will definitely be back. 2 of us wanted the crab cake sandwich, but they were sold out by the time we ordered. Hopefully we will get to try them another time.

WC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, highly recommended to lovers of seafood and steak.

TP
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Canton classic. Best seafood around in an authentic old school ambiance

G
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinners were perfect and we enjoyed Amy.

VM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

there is a reason why they have been around for so many years.

g
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bender's Tavern was a great experience. The menu has a long, long list of fish offerings, both appetizers and main courses. The calamari appetizer was outstanding, as was the octopus. The wedge salad, with all of the fixings, was plentiful. Both the halibut and scallop main courses were perfectly cooked and delicious. And the peach cobbler dessert was a nice finish. Our waitress was very nice and helpful, providing great service that was very unobtrusive (even though we probably were the last diners in the restaurant that night). The tavern itself is a nice old bar with restaurant rooms attached. While Bender's Tavern is not cheap, the food and service are well worth the price.

NJ
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I don’t get what all the fuss is about or the great reviews. We had a good meal. Certainly nothing extraordinary. I would not go of my way again to go back. Service was ok. Kind of what do you want, here it is, do you want desert. And that is kind of how I think they run the restaurant. They run on their reputation and there does not seem to be much enthusiasm put into anything.

CM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! And our server Marie was awesome and very knowledgeable!

RD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Was not the most attentive server. Food was good, but was overpriced for just good food. The dark and stormy drink was the worst I ever had. Did not drink and bought a different drink. Server did not notice and My ignored drink. Every table had warm bread with salads and we did not get the warm bread. When we left the couple beside us had to ask for bread. At the prices they request you should not have to ask for bread. I will be back because I like the the character of the place.

RL
Naples
79 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great and takes us back in time.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my husband's birthday. Had a reservation and was seated immediately. Waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable of the specials and the menu. Foods was amazing and they even brought out a ice cream Sundae with a candle for my hubby. It was a great evening.

D
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was top shelf. From the food, the service, the drinks and the atmosphere. The location is great when paired with seeing a show at the Canton Palace Theatre

M
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the scallops. They were perfectly cooked. The wedge salad was wonderful. Good wine selection. Friendly service from all staff! Love Benders!

MG
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time here. Made reservations for 8:30 we were seated right away. Good selection of wine, rolls were warm delivered to the table ( no butter on table). Wife order crab cakes they were large and good, I order ribeye rare ( they were out of rare prime rib) steak was tender and seasoned well. The vegetable medley was good.
The waitress was very nice and attend to all our needs.

AA
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

AJ was our server, did a great job w/o being intrusive or overbearing. She was very knowledgeable about the menu, and made great suggestions! Will return again soon as my other half loved the crab😊

TB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary with dinner at our favorite restaurant. It could not have gone better. Great scallops as a appetizer followed up with a great meal.

BK
Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service always enjoy our time there.

S
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My all time favorite restaurant from Cabo San Lucas, St Marteen to all the rest! Best food, service and ambiance. Historical building, present ownership. The Jacobs insist on each patron being pampered and satisfied. Ask for Julie is available, what a lovely person. Sean, Maria and the rest are as also knowledgeable and courteous. I listen to their opinions and never regret my decision. Extensive liquor selection and experienced tenders. Their fish is flown in fresh twice a week! I highly recommend. Ryan’s special are par excellent.

BA
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always the fresh seafood options were many. Our Chilean sea bass and crab stuffed flounder were magnificent. Also the steamed broccoli with a bacon, onion and balsamic sauce was exceptional.

A
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A piece of Canton history with excellent food & service!!

SB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around. Food was fantastic and the service was great. Beautiful building.

SJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great experience. The seafood is to die for!

LB
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server, Penny, was personable, kind, efficient and truly a delight! The malabar shrimp was good, however, the amount of paprika masked the anticipated flavor of the shrimp. Perhaps a less seasoning next time!
The peach cobbler dessert left me and my guest anxious for future dining visits at Bender’s! Compliments to the chef!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the old school charm. Great service, great people. What a treasure.

LW
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The fish is great. Flown in 3x a week. They are know for it. It’s pricey though. It’s a charming old vintage decor.. I thought it was noisy. Very tall ceilings. Portions weren’t real big. Our server let us sit for 1/2hour without taking our order because a “food tour” came in and apparently they have precedence over those who were there first. Not cool.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service.

JS
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST in Stark County!

TR
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time to dine here ,the food was delicious ,excellent service .

JH
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and great service. Had their filet and it was perfectly done to my liking. Ambience was great, almost like it was when my dad and I delivered farm fresh eggs to Bender’s 63 years ago!!

OT
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. There's a reason that Benders has been in business for more than 100 years. Benders also has an extensive wine list with a much lower mark-up than any comparable restaurant that I have seen. We'll definitely return the next time that we're in Canton.

V
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cakes very big and tasty

TS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an agreeable meal with family and friends

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