Benno

4.6
106 reviews
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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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AP
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ambiance was great. Small restaurant inside the Evelyn Hotel. We had the 5 course and each plate was delicious, nothing overly heavy. Favorites were the pasta dishes, halibut and abalone.

Quiet, nicely decorated and excellent service.

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RN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is outstanding. Food is amazing. Very comfortable space - elegant but relaxed.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Celebrating our birthday and the wait staff was great.

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SB
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is good but uneven. At $150 to $200 or more per person, this just isn't special enough.
You enter after walking through a hotel lobby and Benno's lower-priced casual restaurant. You then walk through a drab corridor and up a few steps to a room that doesn't look much different than the casual spot. The appetizers are the stars, with the egg being the winner. The duck main was tough and the skin wasn't crisp, it was hard. The two men sharing the pork for two looked at the single chop that arrived and asked where was the second one. The deficit was made up for with multiple sides, but this just isn't a great dish. Desserts are weak. A nut allergy eliminated the babka for me, which the woman eating the dish called good (again, not great). The apple I ordered was a not very good baked apple. The pre-dessert was the best. It was a half dollar size meringue filled with blood orange sorbet. No one like the sesame cookies given to take home. I loved Lincoln. What happened? The room never filled on a Saturday night. That says something in food obsessed NYC!!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative presentation, wonderful food, top flight service. A gem.

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Needed more fresh vegetables. Whole dinner overloaded with sweet and insufficiently balanced with tart or savory. Spicy lamb medallion was shocking and not to my taste. Desserts lacked fresh fruit. Wine and coffee both excellent. Service superb.

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JS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, special restaurant.

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f
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! This restaurant was fine dining without attitude, with easy professional service, lovely atmosphere (no shouting to hear yourself over the music or screaming drunk millenials) outstanding wines and, oh! the food! Heavenly - not one misstep - every course was sublime. From the coddled egg to the oysters, and our mains of the duck and monkfish, we savored every bite. This is a restaurant for serious food but does not traffic in pretension about it. LOVED OUR MEAL and cannot recommend highly enough - can't wait to return.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have eaten in NYC. Deserves more than 5 stars. The restaurant decor is stunning and the service is impeccable.

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JW
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went intending to order the 3-course option, but found so many things on the menu appealing that we ended up ordering four courses each. Everything was extraordinarily delicious, but we’d have to give shout outs to the coddled egg, the abalone and the pasta. For me, in most restaurants the main course is rarely as good as the dishes leading up to it. Here the main was indeed a notch down, but the sides, the sauce and the little nibbles that accompanied our big piece of meat, were wonderful. We’ll definitely be going back and next time I’ll be ordering the fish. And the coddled egg. And some pasta. Yum.

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c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Our meal was overpriced at $105 for 3 courses. The room was gloomy. Although some staff were polite and helpful, when we asked for menus one half hour after being seated we were told most patrons want drinks first. We explained we wanted wine with our meal not cocktails and needed to know what we were ordering before choosing our wine. Not very gracious

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d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was impeccable. The noise level was by any measure acceptable and enabled conversation without the usual need to raise ones voice well above normal. The wine list, while expensive, was well chosen and the somelier was helpful. The presentation of the foods was very nice. The kitchen somehow missed. There was nothing glaringly wrong with any dish yet there was nothing exciting or inventive either. Even the amuse bouche and the entremets were blandish and unexciting on the palet. All in all
it was not an inspiring experience.

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AW
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most obvious take away from my experience at Benno was the high level of service. Each team member's knowledge and attention to detail was exemplary. The cocktails (in particularly their version of a rum punch) was great, as was the pasta course and the pear dessert. The pork chop was ok, and a little underwhelming since the rest of the course and transition dishes were so amazing and complex.

I would recommend Benno to entertain friends but not necessarily as a romantic spot; the noise level was distracting at times, which was surprising as the visual ambiance and service level of Benno is one of sophisticated and intelligent fine dining. I will be back.

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RL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply wonderful!! Super delicious cuisine in a comforting atmosphere.

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DB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable in every way. Outstanding food; not a false note in anything we ate. Quiet, sophisticated ambience but relaxed rather than stuffy. Expensive but worth it!

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s
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The food, in general, is very uneven, so your dining experience will vary depending on what you order.
For example, the duck entree was delicious but the lamb was initially salty enough to be inedible and had to be sent back to the kitchen. On a second try, the lamb was still over salted but could be eaten. Also, none of the accompaniments on the lamb plate tasted good. The lemon cheesecake dessert was just okay and the dessert selection is quite limited. The wine list is way overpriced, with the retail prices of the few wines under $75 marked up by almost 400%. A corkage charge of $85 per bottle is abnormally high. The interior of Benno is very severe, dated and not welcoming. For a restaurant that received such a favorable rating from The New York Times, we were very disappointed and the meal cost about $350, with a $90 bottle of wine. Many other restaurants at a three star level offer better food, a better environment and a much better value for what you get.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

very disappointed
entrance from outside and inside unwelcoming
room uninteresting
very expensive for mediocre food

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great setting, vibe and at times extraordinary food. Wonderful champagne, very good wine. Quiet, striking in its refinement; a charming space, great for memorable meals with people you care about. We'll be back.

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EC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was satisfactory, but overall I was disappointed in the dining experience.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a delight to eat at Benno. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was incredible! It was the perfect place to celebrate my husband’s birthday.

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D
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular restaurant, food and service were exceptional. The wine program is also excellent. Very inspired pairings

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m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was perhaps slightly more interesting and challenging than it was delicious. Neither of the desserts was sweet, oddly. Portions on the small side but sufficient. Service excellent. I have preferred other restaurants at the (high) price point.

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IM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heavenly food, glorious room, impeccable service. what else do you need?

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VD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent restaurant, with unobtrusive but extremely attentive and helpful service. All dishes where outstanding, with a possible exception of mains (duck, skate) that were just very good. We also had dishes with abalone, lobster and sea urchin spaghetti (a standout even in the otherwise very strong field). Usually not into deserts, but mine, the pear-themed one, was remarkable.

Wine glasses merit a separate praise. We had a bottle of Soave Classico (very nice, still two-digits, a price range not very well represented at Benno), served in Riedel Chardonnay Sommelier series glasses. They were sublime, and really enhanced the wine-drinking experience

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special restaurant, especially for those special occasions. We loved the concept of pre-fixed (only) dinners and the choice between 3,4 or 5 courses. The menu was so exciting, it was difficult to choose what to have - the excellent wait staff were so helpful. A delightful surprise were all the extras throughout the dinner - tastings to further tempt you - including a wonderful sorbet and the caramels as a farewell treat. The food was excellent and so much more interesting than other restaurants. The babka dessert is sensational!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Long wait between courses. Most dishes too salty. Fish over cooked. Anticipated a higher level of cuisine. Decor dark and not very attractive. Would not ho back

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience! Delicious food, incredible pasta, cooked to perfection. Wonderful service

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday dinner. Impeccable service from start to finish and food was divine. Enjoyed tremendously - will be a staple in NYC Michelin-calibre dining soon - hope to be back soon.

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SB
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very sharp looking restaurant in the Evelyn Hotel. Lovely greeting upon arrival. Tables close but not uncomfortably so. Sound levels are vibrant but not disturbing. 3,4,5 course prix-fixe...not cheap. A Main and a desert are 2 mandatory selections ( Should lose that since it limits choices). Beef Tatare with speck, black truffles and hazelnut was rather bland. Garganelli Verdi ( veal, porcini ragu) was excellent. Bacon wrapped Monkfish w cabbage, bean, onion broth is outstanding. Deserts are very good. Wine list is heavily Italian but also nicely varied. Generally very pricy but there are some decent bottles at reasonable price points. Service is professional, efficient, accommodating.

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DF
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benno lived up to my high expectations. The ambiance, service and, above all, the food, were superlative.
the wait staff were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, the sommelier thorough, the physical setting very conducive to enjoying a truly remarkable dining experience at a price that I found quite reasonable considering what was provided.

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m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely in every respect and extremely accommodating. Just what fine dining should be

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m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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
189 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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
38 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 9, 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 8, 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
16 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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