Great pizza. First time here. Nice atmosphere!
Very loud, but OK to take a client to. Not so many choices for that in downtown Oakland right now.
My friend & I had a delicious dinner at Benchmark Oakland. We've been there many times and never tire of the exquisite setting and friendly service. We loved the melon salad with prosciutto, the fried sage pizza and the pasta with pesto. Everything always tastes so bright & fresh! It is always perfectly prepared. We were too full for dessert. Otherwise we would have had the lemon ricotta donuts with chocolate sauce. Maybe that's a good reason to return soon!
Vibrant bistro in Old Oakland not to be missed. Fun food & drinks menu & friendly staff.
Benchmark has become a regular lunch and dinner option for us. We enjoy the fresh farm ingredients in the salads, pizzas, and entrees. We have had no issues with all our experiences. The waitstaff are always professional and friendly. We are always welcomed with a smile. We highly recommend Benchmark for lunch and dinner.
This corner spot in Old Oakland seems to be reserved for an Italian restaurant, but that Italian restaurant keeps changing. The Benchmark iteration is less fancy than some of its predecessors. Your cutlery and paper napkins are in a metal utensil holder on the table, the prosecco arrives in a standard wine glass, and the menu is primarily pizza. But we were impressed by the quality of the pizza, with a great crust with perfectly blackened blisters and no sogginess. The handmade pasta came in a generous serving, actually enough for a main portion and not just a tasty handful of pasta as so many pasta courses are presented. The salad was huge and would make a solid main, or enough to split between two or even three diners as an appetizer course. And the vegan cheese on the menu makes this a great option for both vegans and lactose-intolerant pizza lovers. We'll be back!