Bender's Tavern

4.6
699 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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 699 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.7
service
4.4
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4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a great time celebrating my dad's birthday. The waitress was very nice.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

A great atmosphere of old world decor and a menu of extraordinary tastes. Not your typical restaurant fare. Great selection of wines, beers and hand crafted cocktails. A destination location when in Canton Ohio!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

One of our favorite places to dine. The fish is always fresh and perfectly prepared. Halibut ala Foley is one meal I often order. Delicious!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Just a fantastic restaurant. It’s one of my favorites in the area. Highly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Outstanding service and food! Best seafood in Canton, by far. Key lime pie authentic, tart and creamy. Wow!!

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Had to ask for bread and refills on iced tea at first. after asking then refills were prompt.
Fish dinners where moderate to cold. My $39 sea bass was underwhelming and cold not to say I ordered it cajon and did not get it. Will not recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We went for a late lunch/early dinner. We started with a mussel appetizer & glass of wine. We decided to split the halibut which is on the dinner menu & one of our favorites eventhough it was late afternoon, our waitress told us it was available. It was accompanied by braised red cabbage (outstanding) and a baked potato. We finished with bread pudding & coffee. It was a wonderful meal!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Benders did an excellent job accommodating our party of 12 for my Dad birthday. Great service and food as always. Thank you for making our night special.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Chase provided excellent service to our party of four and made the meal an enjoyable event. As always, the food and drinks were delicious. I recommend the stuffed flounder with crabmeat.

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Very loud. Waitress inexpierenced. Halibut poorly prepared. Bones in the fish. Did not have cheesecake available for dessert.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

One of the best steaks I have ever had. High quality food and service.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Benders tavern exceeds my expectations. The server was very helpful and the meal was delicious! I went out if my comfort zone and ordered halibut with the ritz crust and was very pleased. I could only imagine what a steak taste like there.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

By far the consistently best food in Northeast Ohio. Only complaint is that it is pricy. Otherwise this is a must stop if on an expense account or special occasion. The prime rib and halibut were perfect, service excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

This restaurant is in downtown Canton. We finally decided to go out for dinner at Bender's after living in the area for many years. Now we wonder why it was never on our list of restaurants to try. The menu offers something for both of us. I am not a fish or seafood person, while my husband enjoys them. Meals were delicious, I especially enjoyed the morel mushroom appetizer. Server was attentive, but not overly so. Pomegranate martinis were among the best I've ever had.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Bender’s. My husband got the clam bake dinner. It was fabulous! My scallops were great too. Our waitress was very nice and attentive.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

On sightseeing trip to Cleveland and Canton. This historic restaurant had the best reviews in town and deserves the praise. Clearly the restaurant scene in Canton is not as advanced as in the much larger city of Cleveland but this was a very enjoyable meal at a fair price.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our server and service was wonderful. Very patient and kind with my elderly mother who wanted to chat! Truly added to my drining experience. Mussels were worse than Meh.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

As always the food was delicious. Had the black and blue burger with Bender fries. My wife the turkey bacon wrap with chips. Both were well prepared and delicious. The benders root beer was creamy and flavorful. The end of the meal was topped of with a nice little birthday wish ice cream sundae with there homemade chocolate peanut butter sauce (perfect ending). The atmosphere there is so old school and relaxing, definitely don’t make them like this place anymore. The service was on point the entire time. This is one of our favorites.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

great food at good prices. Wonderful restaurant history ,with 4th generation owners. Fabulous building history as well and interesting ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The service was great and so was the food, as always. The special I had was outstanding. My husband had his favorite and was very satisfied. The noise level was higher than usual due to the Kentucky Derby, but the hats were lovely.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food was very good. I asked for a Vodka and tonic with 2 limes on the rocks the server brought me a shot glass of Vodka. After seeing my face he was confused as well, not wanting to make a big deal out of it I settled for a glass of ice and used my water from my water glass. The waiter was annoying. I felt rushed, he was constantly asking to take dishes away and we got to the point we gladly gave them to him so he would go away. Again the food was very good but the service not so much.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Special friend in town

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Always great!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Best Strip Steak I have had in years!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food and service were excellent. Downtown parking is provided but I think the prices are too high for Canton, Ohio. I will return to Benders for special occasions.

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2.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Ordered crab legs. 50 bucks for a entree. Deff not fresh crab and tasted fishy. Way over priced for the amount of food. Only 1 refill .

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

First time there. Food was good. Steak was slightly over cooked. Roasted beet appetizer didn’t taste like anything roasted but basic pickled. The Halibut was very good. They were out of many top items on the menu so that was challenging. Didn’t realize how old everything was on the inside. I felt like I was eating in a dusty museum. Martinis seemed quite strong. Not sure we would go back since it is quite expensive.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Wonderful and attentive service. Delicious food!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

We save Bender's for special occasions. It has the authentic charm of an old time restaurant that encourages you to take your time appreciating your surroundings and great food. All of the staff was charming. I was with a party of 6. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The seafood cannot be compared in preparation, freshness, and seasonings. The ambiance encouraged my party to enjoy each other's company while eating our meals. The menu offered many unique choices of seafood, cooked uniquely. No fast food! I highly recommend Bender's for fine dining at its best.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Overall, we had a great time with dear friends. :) The wine selection was great! Our consensus regarding the food is that it is good but not up to par with other fine dining restaurants in the Akron/Canton area. Also, unfortunately our waiter did not create a fine dining experience. She was very nice and we had everything we needed, you just expect a certain level of service and professionalism at that price point.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Always a favorite place and never disappoints. Our favorite waiter Donald had passed away and put a damper on our night. However, the food was excellent halibut ala foley always the best. Turtle soup was awesome along with shrimp cocktail. For some reason the noise level in main room was higher than normal. Will always go here for diner when visiting "home"

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent service and the food was amazing! Will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I view Benders as an upscale restaurant. Dinner for two with wine and apps recently cost us $140. Not complaining. Its great food for the money. What bothers us sometimes, is that the servers in restaurants want to be your friend, chatting way too much on subjects not related to your dinner. A real sore point is that servers take away one person's dinner when they are done while the other person is still eating. You feel so rushed! This is not how a fine dining establishment works. Good servers are watchful and respectful without striking up a conversation when visiting your table. Let people enjoy their time together. If people seem receptive to getting you know you better, that's fine. Just asking for some sensitivity. Servers are a critical part of a great dinner. Leave both plates on the table until both people are finished! Please!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food and service were exceptional!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Several of our friends have been to Benders and have recommended it to us. We finally made a reservation because we wanted to eat something quality but we didn't want to drive very far. It was absolutely fantastic. Our waiter Jim was amazing as well. He brought all of our food out in a timely fashion. The food was great, I enjoyed the coconut curry very much. Definitely worth the price!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We enjoy eating at Benders whenever we visit Canton which is several times per year. The food is delicious and we love the historic and cozy atmosphere. The staff always does an excellent job handling our large family group.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We had great food and service from Nick

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Always good, never disappointing
Benders on my list of favorites

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Delicious food and great service

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Really good food. A little bit high-priced but a great place for a special occasion like an anniversary, engagement, milestone birthday etc. Definitely not a place that would be in “regular rotation” for eating out.

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