Benno

4.7
75 reviews
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Mediterranean
Benno is a fine-dining restaurant featuring Mediterranean cuisine, from acclaimed Chef Jonathan Benno. The menu focuses on the area where Italy and France meet at Liguria and Provence, while highlighting additional regions along the Mediterranean coast. The beverage program also explores the unique wines & spirits from these provinces, with options for both cocktail and wine pairings that complement the arc of the food menu.

Located in the land marked and newly redesigned hotel, The Evelyn, the Art Deco-inspired dining room evokes a grandeur harkening back to the gilded ago of old New-York. The design, cuisine, and service at Benno all aim to create a sense of elegance and refinement, but also fun and celebration.
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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything and everyone soooooo nice, all with a simple elegance This is a spot that the NYT got right. Food, service, wine advice , all exemplary
Bravo!!!!

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C
New York Area
187 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely remarkable meal -- beautiful food, perfectly prepared, with warm service in a relaxed and elegant room. Come here to celebrate or just to enjoy the intimacy afforded by outstanding hospitality and classic cooking of the highest level

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AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We made a reservation at Benno's based on a glowing review in the Times and we were disappointed almost all around. The service was attentive, and the staff was very accommodating when we got caught in traffic from NJ.
The ambiance is what it is..a restaurant in a converted hotel lobby. No table cloths is something I expect in a diner, but not a "restaurant". The bread was excellent, and the balance of the meal was mediocre. The cuddled egg had some off-putting spice/flavor in it. My husband's lamb was tough, and served rare instead of medium as my husband requested. My duck breast was stringy. The deserts were basically OK, but...if I track to Manhattan from NJ I will rather go to Gabriel Kreuther where over the years we never had a mediocre meal! Always exceptional!
Sorry, but cannot recommend

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C
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were disappointed by the bland flavor of the food. Was the chef out at our the night? I ordered the lobster appetizer which was the biggest disappointment of the dinner. The Dover sole we shared was ok with the green source, but can't compare what I had anytime before. The special rum cake dessert was so strong that I did not eat it. Even my boyfriend thought it was too strong too. I booked this restaurant after reading things online, but the food is such a let down. We have been to many good ones in town, certainly not Benno. Their chef should really seriously consider to change the details of each dish or execute it right.

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T
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was very excited to try Benno. My drink was made incorrectly...had to send it back. The food was sub-par, bordering on nasty. The service was average. Everything was a miss. Advice: don’t do it...way better places to dine in Manhattan.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Confident, assured cooking. Not the trendiest place but not everywhere has to be.

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JV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had high expectations but in the end were disappointed. The food was undeniably good but a bit precious, as was the service. The staff could not have been nicer or more polished, but the wait between courses excessive (despite us being at a relatively late seating), and there was a slightly frantic sense with the army of runners, waiters, etc., the room pleasant enough but a bit sterile. The coddled egg was fine but nothing special, the terrine fine but mundane, the smoked trout with caviar excellent, the duck fine but nothing special, the lamb fine but nothing special, the pear desert delicious (especially the pâte feuilletée which was extraordinarily delicate), the cheese selection sadly mundane. We really wanted to like this restaurant, but know several at a similar price point with superior cuisine, and ambiance. It was so close, yet so far.

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CD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance is perfection. We loved the room, the decor is really stunning. the wait staff is attentive, engaging and devoted to making sure you are happy. We thought the food was very good, the smoked trout and lamb chop with merguez sausage delicious. The Babka chocolate creation was one of the finest desserts we have had, satisfies visually and taste. Other items were fine but not that special such as beet salad or terrine of foie gras.

We thought the bar scene looked inviting and the Evelyn Hotel lobby was a delightful bonus. We will be back to this place many times again.

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EO
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came for the food and were not disappointed. It was all delicious, with all sorts of wonderful flavors going on at once. The service was friendly, professional, and unobtrusive. A great dining experience.

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F
New England
73 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benno was fabulous. We were welcomed when we arrived, even though we were early. The menu was not huge but with great options, and the food was beautiful to look at and tasted delicious. All the people who worked there knew a lot about every aspect of the restaurant and were friendly without being intrusive. We can’t wait to return.

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p
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The service was impeccable. The price was substantial. The sommelier recommended a wine above the price range we gave him, but it truly was a superb wine.

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AF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed, very happy, I really enjoyed every moment

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A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

High level of service, attractive downtown feel. Menu interesting but execution off in some courses. Amuse bouche of sardine? A bold punch at start of meal. Very small portions, delicious coddled egg, over seasoned beef tartare, tough duck and desserts oddly lacking sugar. Really wanted to love it. At these prices and this level of fine precision dining, every course should be consistently excellent.

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ED
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Food was pretentious. Service spotty

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RE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Reliable and known food exceptionally made. Well trained and professional staff. Good service particularly noticeable. Keep up the good work!

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benno is a terrific addition to the N.Y. fine dining scene. At once true fine dining and yet a more downtown vibe that will appeal to all. The cuisine is sophisticated Mediterranean without being overly fussy. This doesn’t mean there isn’t for technique but that the result is extremely pleasing and need not be discussed but simply enjoyed. There is also a knowledgeable wine staff and very good wine list. This is already Michelin star worthy and will only improve as it settles in. We will return often so saying it is special occasion worthy is only to indicate its high quality.

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NW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at Benno — fabulous food and excellent service, the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion!

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BL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular meal. Lovely service. Very special.

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VN
Berlin
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service good but my guest and I found table d'hote difficult to deal with. With no a la carte, we were obliged to eat more than we really wanted (even tho we took just 3 of the 4 options and no desert), and the meal took too long. Also the dining room was very noisy.

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LM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service and food. However, a bit pricey for the ambiance.

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k
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I wanted to like our meals so bad, but everything was just meh. It was OK. Very one note and not one thing would i want to eat again. But at this level of dining and spending what we did, I’d rather go to Del Posto, Maialino, spend a bit more for eleven madison. Honestly, I’d rather have Taco Bell. Also it was our anniversary and besides writing that on our plates we didn’t get a glass of Prosecco or anything on the house. Just not the level of service we are used to for nice restaurants in nyc. This place won’t last.

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely amazing dining experience! The attention to detail on each plate was magnificent. Every single bite had purpose. The wait staff was extremely attentive and it was the best meal I have EVER had. Thank you!!

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g
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my choice for my birthday dinner based on a recent good review. From the first minute upon entering the creatively renovated space and being greeted by the warm and welcoming staff, I knew we'd be in for a special experience. The food and service did not disappoint on any level from the excellent fois gras to a remarkably delicious fish dish served with braised sauerkraut! I just loved the food and service and look forward to my next "special occasion" to use as an excuse to dine at Benno!

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M
New England
41 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding cuisine from start to finish, though smaller courses (non-mains) showed particular creativity and finesse. Coddled egg, abalone, and smoked trout dishes featured beautiful contrasts in texture and flavor, bringing out the best in their luxury ingredients.

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h
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful attentive service with sincerity. Very good food. Some variability in dishes.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond fantastic! Every dish was sublime, service & environment were all top-notch. Highly recommend!!

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VY
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Cocktails, food and service. Food was amazing and service friendly and knowledgeable and made you feel so welcome. Cannot wait to go back.

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RL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit of Delicious and nostalgic cuisine. No new wave pretenses here1 Perfect portions so that you're satisfied without feeling bloated.

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eaten at Benno twice and both times I had an exceptional experience from start to finish. The chef at Benno is seriously talented and creative and the dining experience is akin to entertainment at the highest level. The food is beautiful to look at, flavorful and exquisite. The ambiance is festive and elegant and the service is provided with thoughtfulness and earnestness by charming, talented people excited to make your experience there special. Benno is elegant dining with exalted food but also not overly formal, which made it a delight both times I dined there, I highly recommend Benno!

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O
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Inventive and delicious. Food was superb and the choices were fantastic. Staff lovely and attentive. Worth the money (we did the 4 course menu and there was plenty of food). We would go back.

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TG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Benno before the theater. They were amazingly attentive to our time without feeling rushed. The food was excellent. I highly recommend the 4 course and dessert was a must!
Service was friendly and superb. I’ll be back!

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OT
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommended!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular all around

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NY
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food, warm and seamless service, beautiful and cozy room, Benno has it all. Can't wait to go back!

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J
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brand new! Fabulous creative food, wine and service. Expensive but worth it! Keeping up the trend for excellent restaurants in hotels.

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It's a pity that such a fine restaurant in terms of ambience and food, the latter being truly excellent, is run by such an uncaring bunch of inelegant waiting staff. When mentioned we were there for our anniversary, there was simply no response. When at the end of the meal de declined dessert, because we were satisfied, we were told: "As I told you from the start, you will be charged for a dessert regardless, so you better have one." Charming. The one exception was the sommelier, who not only had great command of the wine list but was ready to engage with the clientele. If you want to feel bad after a great night of wonderful food and wine, go to Benno.

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GW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming and hospitable staff. They work as a team to take care of you and are knowledgeable. The food, as expected, was excellent. Can’t afford going once a week, but definitely will go back. If you go, dress up, not down. It’s a classy place without an attitude!

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DP
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and wine in an amazing extraordinary setting. Creative, sophisticated food, excellent service. A spectacular experience.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An awesome and truly hospitable staff providing an amazingly warm and comfortable experience. The food was fussy but delicious. The butter was a standout. The interiors are beautiful. A memorable experience.

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d
New York Area
301 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This new hot spot does everything right...a warm atmosphere, outstanding service and a light touch with their eclectic delicious menu!

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