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Bender's Tavern

4.7
673 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.)
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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 673 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

Wonderful and attentive service. Delicious food!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We've heard of Benders before but have never gone. I am sorry we haven't tried it sooner. It was outstanding. Our waitress was phenomenal. She knew every little detail about the menu and the establishment. Would definitely go back. Tried turtle soup for the first time. One of their specialties. Definitely something to try. There were four of us. Three had seafood and one had steak. Everyone's food was great!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Sean was very knowledgeable and had a great personality. We had a great time and the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We have never been disappointed dining at Benders. It is ALWAYS our special place to go on special occasions.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Fantastic food and Ambiance, the decor was everything that it said it was. The only issue I had was with our server while he was very knowledgeable about the food it just seems that he was trying to rush us to get our order and then to leave.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Bender’s is one of the best restaurants anywhere! Food is always amazing - especially the Halibut Foley.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

As always, Bender's knocked it out of the park. Delicious food, unique atmosphere, and great wine. If you have never been here, it's worth the trip. Make reservations!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Benders always provides a memorable dining experience with outstanding food and drinks and service. The seafood entrees are my favorite and never disappoint. Turtle soup is special. Love the beautiful, unpretentious old school/historic atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I have grown up going to Bender's, so it only made sense to celebrate my 65th birthday there! All 7 in our party remarked what a great meal was enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Son’s birthday

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Hadn't been to Benders in a number of years. My friend suggested this to celebrate his recent retirement and it was a very good selection. The service was very good and the entres very good as well.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We’ve been meaning to try Bender’s Tavern for a while.... we’ve heard it’s an old gem in downtown Canton & that held up true. The food was excellent, unfortunately, small portions did seem to disappoint our group though - that’s why for food i would give a four star instead of five star rating. Everything was cooked to request & our service was fabulous. The waitress was knowledgeable of the wine options & menu - able to give her recommendations with examples upon being asked. We enjoyed our evening with friends celebrating our monthly “supper club”! My husband & I will more than likely be back to celebrate a special occasion in this beautiful old building!

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Small portions. Over priced
Would not go back !

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Went for the escargot. Enjoyed the whole meal from beginning to end. Drinks were good too. Waitress was excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We always enjoy Bender's and really should go there more often!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

My husband and I were at Bender’s for the first time in February and loved it so much we went back 2 weeks later. We enjoyed getting there an hour before our reservation to sit at the bar for the happy hour. The bartenders are very friendly and make great martinis. We also enjoyed the free mozzarella sticks and breaded zucchini they offer on Fridays in the bar. For dimmer, we couldn’t resist the king crab legs and of course their Bender fries are wonderful. They are unique to Bender’s and more like thinly sliced potatoes that are fried instead of French fries. The service was very good both times. I highly recommend going.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great food and drinks

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Our waiter was absolutely outstanding. The Cajun tuna was perfectly cooked. My wife was a little disappointed in her shrimp dish. (She should have stuck with her usual filet.) All in all, a very fine dining experience.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

After hearing and reading all the reviews we had to give it a try. Not sure if we hit an off night but We did not experience what the reviews predicted. Placed in small table beside the bar which is very loud and servers constantly getting wine glasses. The food was good but not exceptional and the service left a lot to be desired. We each had spinach salad and bacon dressing which was nothing special and the prime rib which was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth but had very little flavor and the Bender’s fries were oily over cooked potatoes on a plate. The peanut butter sundae was awesome if you’re a peanut butter fan it is a must!!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always a great meal at Benders. Great plce for special occasions and a relaxed night out.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great service and hospitality!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Always a wonderful time at Bender’s. The food is amazing, staff is knowledgeable and courteous, atmosphere is great. We will return and recommend to anyone!!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

One never expects excellent seafood in northeast Ohio, but Bender's has it. We go once or twice a year and the menu is always outstanding. The core menu is full of long time favorites, but the specials are where we found the most interesting and delicious choices. Our server this week was named Sharon and she was probably in the top 1% of servers I have ever had. Downtown Canton doesn't always ring a bell for destination location, but Bender's is a treasure in the core of that city.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

FABULOUS, as ALWAYS ❤💗

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Disappointed to have been relegated to the womens' room. Walked through main restaurant and it was what I heard from a former patron, and what we desired after having made reservations for 5.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

It was our first time at Benders! Beyond impressed with our servers knowledge of the menu and every single item we ordered! Our food was incredible! We will DEFINITELY be back!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Wonderful experience as usual; food, service, staff and atmosphere all outstanding. As I live out of town, dining at Bender’s is the highlight of every visit.

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