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Benchmark Restaurant at Niagara College

135 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
+1 905-641-2252
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
135 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very good lunch and service. Nice patio. Food was well presented and very good. Chicken burger and lamb pasta were excellent. Resonnable prices for NOTL. Don’t hesitate! Thanks to Niagara College students for this great lunch.

Thank FoodieLuxury
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very pleasant, fine dining experience. Have eaten here several times over the years and never disappointed. On college campus -- students as servers who take their work very seriously. Food often has a local theme.

Thank n s
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

I would say that the students attending this University are pretty talented. The menu is very simple but the dishes are very different and creative, definitely high class. You can also choose one of the beer they produce or one or their wine, both excellent....More

Thank Norberto B
Reviewed July 10, 2018

Great service from our waiter Chris who warmly greeted us by name on our arrival to recommending the Tom Thomson Algonquin Red, a unique vintage blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot paired with NC’s signature Honey Glazed Beamsville Duck Breast. Of course, desserts followed and...More

1  Thank PeterFraboni
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

The students who prepare the foods and serve it are there to impress and many go above and beyond. Our food was well prepared and well presented with good attention to detail. It was cooked to perfection and very tasty. The service was friendly and...More

Thank MelOshawa
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

The service and food at the teaching restaurant provided an wonderful start to a Niagara getaway! Beautifully spiced & seasoned, perfectly cooked & very unpretentious service from training students... the local foods & wines are delicious & wholesome!

Thank Kbez123
Reviewed June 27, 2018

The students at the Niagara Culinary Institute overall do a superb job so a meal at the Benchmark is always a treat. We have been at this restaurant before and the service is mixed however any imperfections should be excused in this college environment. They...More

Thank tonyjN9837OM
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Advance reservations are advised, as Benchmark is only open certain days and a few evenings. The restaurant is in a very attractive room with windows all around. The food is prepared and served by culinary students in training, and that is part of the fun...More

Thank June C
Reviewed June 19, 2018

wonderful food and prices are what you'd expect for locally grown and organic produce. However, it was so noisy that we had trouble carrying on a conversation, There are no soft furnishings to absorb the noise... it's better to eat outside. Also remember that this...More

2  Thank Susan B
Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

The service was excellent. The food well prepared and presented. I recommend the beet salad. We were analyzing the dressing and our waitress was kind enough to ask the chief what ingredients were in it. We also sampled the Niagara College Wine. Very enjoyable lunch.

Thank EdnaU_13
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December 19, 2017|
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Response from CarolynCX | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Menu changes from time to time.
Moira R
July 20, 2017|
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Response from Sarah S | Property representative |
Yes we accommodate young children in our dining room. We have highchairs and booster chairs to accommodate this request. Many Thanks, Sarah
Carol O
April 18, 2017|
Response from Sarah S | Property representative |
Thank you for your feedback Carol. We are very excited about our Cherry Cider, however, yes you are correct it is sold out. Our winemaker will be making more and we would be happy to add you to our list to let you know... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
    (Glendale Road)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 905-641-2252
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