Benno

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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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vipKamlaM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, wine and service. These truly professional kitchen, dining, food and beverage service providers work together brilliantly....and the result is perfection in the execution of the delivery of fine dining.

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vipMarcK
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, stellar service and lovely space. I’ll be back!!

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vipEliot
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!! Unpretentious service!! World class food!! Outstanding wine choices!!

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vipBarney
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top 3 meals of 2019. JB and team fired on all cylinders. Can't wait to return. Benno is easily one of the first restaurants in NYC. Congratulations. Barney

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Marguerite
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic service and meal - we didn’t want to leave! Compliments to the chef and Benno team. Outstanding experience at Benno and a well-deserved NY Times 3-star review.

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vipeastcoastvoyager
Richmond
56 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant but not stuffy restaurant with a wide range of choices in the 3, 4 or 5 item tasting menu. Excellent service and delicious food. My coddled egg with peas, favas and morels was especially good.

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vipVOnyc
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall1food2service5ambience2

Tiny portions and very expensive

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, outstanding food. Go. The staff is personable and not intrusive; I wish I knew the name of the gentleman who helped with the wine — tall guy — he was terrific... and the trofie pasta was outstanding!

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vipSusanZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The service beyond wonderful. Decor beautiful. It completely blew us away the experience. One guest had many restrictions and all accommodated. .

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vipsdipo
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benno is always spectacular, and this visit was no exception. The food is delicious, creative and beautifully presented, and the staff is really without equal. This is one of the great ones.

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vipNeighbor
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Art Deco room tucked away in the Evelyn Hotel.
Four star service and style but not stuffy. Food was amazing and desserts extra yummy.

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vipSportsgirl
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very elegant and delicious. Only slight blip in the service was our server was mistaken about our drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely time. I came in on a quiet evening on the 4th of July weekend, and I thoroughly enjoyed the exquisite food and expert service. Although this is a fine dining experience with prices to match, it is also an excellent value compared to comparable restaurants in NYC because there are flexible options depending on how many courses you would like and three courses is probably less than what you’d spend for the same number of courses at a restaurant with anything near this level of food. Cooking technique and flavor combinations on display were exceptional. I highly recommend this place.

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vipwhomecoach
Raleigh
61 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment they brought an amuse bouche of oyster coated with caviar to the rhubarb dessert, the evening was superb. Service very attentive, knowledgeable and prompt. The wine pairings from the coravin selection were exquisite. Certainly deserves the 3 stars from The NY Times.

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vipChris
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were last at Benno in February and many months later they have only grown in warmth, precision, elegance, and extraordinary cooking. The room is genuinely soothing without being sleepy and the well-priced cocktails allow a smooth transition into a relaxed dinner that truly lets you feel like you are away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This sense of escape and timelessness is especially welcome in a town that runs on buzz and hysteria. Benno is a major new restaurant and let's hope it's around a long time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benno was amazing. Sensational food, beautiful atmosphere and perfect noise level

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Briany
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE SERVICE AND DECOR WAS SPOT ON. PASTA DISHES ARE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT

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vipsusanl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu-varied choices, all delicious. Beautiful relaxing space. Attentive but not intrusive service

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MQuinn
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best food I've eaten all of 2019. Every course was simple and delicious. Can't wait to be back.

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vipVictoriaA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, high attention to detail. Truly first class all around

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The menu is pricey fir that ambiance

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JonathanM
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded even our highest expectations. Service, food, and wine pairings were impeccable.

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vipDeadParrot
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a fabulous experience! The food is extraordinary—creative yet completely reliable, and totally delicious. The wines are superb, and knowledgeably and expertly curated. The room is a joy. And the staff is quite perfect.

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vipLorriZ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The food is very good and presentation is amazing. There are many, many servers. It’s very quiet and a bit stuffy and super expensive so it’s not right for everyone.

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vipJdGNYC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is tremendously good!

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vipNJGourmet
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have little but praise for this sophisticated restaurant with sophisticated food. That said, there were some downsides. Nearly all our food was too salty, though the other herbs and spices were perfect. Pasta portions were too small, though the entrees were adequate. The only weak food link was dessert--the same reaction as we had had previously. I love dessert, but having it as a required course when one can choose from five course categories for a three-course meal is not attractive, especially when, say, the pasta is delicious but not so the dessert. The restaurant is too dark for our taste, and it's too loud when full, due to the hard edges of the antique tile floor (beautiful) and no apparent noise-softening material. Service was excellent, though a little too "present." With a $120 bottle of wine, tip, and tax, the tab was $425. All of that said, this restaurant is a keeper!

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vipCarolW
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Menu is creative and extremely well executed. Love Benno!

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vipwineipedia
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable Cuisine and Service Absolutely a delightful wine list fairly priced

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vipfeaster
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A well balanced and flexible menu. Anyone should be able to put together a meal to their liking. The riff on vitello tonnato was outstanding, the halibut perfectly cooked, etc. The strawberry pre dessert was yummy, although the rhubarb dessert was too bland for three of us who ordered it. The room is adult without being stuffy. Service was top notch. Definitely worth many return visits.

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Judith
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My husband and I ate at Benno with another couple on a Saturday night. The service was outstanding - very attentive staff. The food was very good with lots of appealing choices. Best of all, the noise level was tolerable - a rarity in NYC these days.

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vipmad2117
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!

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KristenL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. All courses were delicious, the pasta courses being my favorite but all amazing and the perfect portion of each. Each course also well timed out. We felt very relaxed and enjoyed the entire experience.

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Tracey
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! My husband and I went for a much needed long awaited date night with a baby at home. The food was superb - everything delicious and refined. I feel bad for the comis who had to de-shell all the peas but so worth it. We did the 4-course and everything was fantastic - I had the lobster and my husband the beef. The staff was great, especially the friendly bartender as we waited to be seated (we were early). Everything was timed perfectly and I appreciate that we weren’t rushed. The restaurant is beautiful - midcentury modern/Mad Men-esque. Pricey but worth it. Highly recommend.

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vipBeatrice
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect
Amazing food
Spetacular service

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MichaelG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very understated, thought that would not be enough to eat as the portions were small.
The dinner rolls were great and made sure no one left hungry; but the food was the star, well presented and very good. With dinner for two coating North of $300 expectations were very high and for the most part they were met. Special place.

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vipTurhanS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A stellar production from Jonathan Benno. One of the best places to dine in NYC: food of exceptional quality served in a civilized setting, backed by warm, efficient and unobtrusive service.

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jamess
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10 out of 10. The tiniest of quibbles: I would add slightly more ice cream to the babka dessert. Without question a sensational dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our meal. We visit NYC from San Francisco every year and had enjoyed several dinners at Lincoln over the past few years, so we’re eager to experience Benno. My husband and I each ordered a four-course menu. All dishes were outstanding: oysters, abalone, garganelli, trifurcation, sea bass, lamb, chocolate babka and pear with ricotta — wonderful preparations all! Our server also chose perfect wine pairings. We shall return for sure!

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vipCarolW
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service incredible. Jonathan Benno is a food genius!

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NancyG
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was excellent. We would have preferred a few more dessert choices.
The food was very very good and the staff was extremely accommodating and professional
The room is somewhat casual but you get to like that.
Best of all besides the staff, was the low noise level and lovely background music.