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Benchmark Restaurant at Niagara College

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Fri., 03-22

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Creamy Potato and Roasted Garlic Chowder
With chive oil and potato straws
Ploughman's Lunch
Showcasing student made terrine, local cured meat and cheese, pickled vegetables and crostini
Benchmark Caesar Salad with Toasted Cornbread
Quail egg, smoked bacon and buttermilk dressing
Cobb Salad with Avocado
Egg, oven dried tomato, smoked chicken, pickled red onion, crisp house bacon red wine vinaigrette
Pei Mussels in Garlic Cream and Fresh Herbs
Kale Salad
With edamame beans, shaved carrots, wasabi peas, purple cabbage, wonton crisps, sesame ginger vinaigrette
Winemaker's Stew
Tender beef, pearl onions and potatoes
Nc Club
House smoked bacon, roasted chicken, jalapeño havarti, garlic aioli ~ served with your choice of side
Coast to Coast
Featuring coastal canadian fish with a seasonal inspired salad
Benchmark Burger
In house ground chuck, aged cheddar on nc bun, house mustard, tomato chutney ~ served with your choice of side
Culinary innovation’s kale pesto - in a creamy chardonnay sauce with garden vegetables
Red wine bolognese with beef and pancetta
BBQ chicken - spiced potato wedges, creamy coleslaw, spiced brewmaster BBQ sauce 13.00
Housemade Fettuccini
Margarita ~ fresh tomato basil sauce, fiore de latte
Grilled vegetable with artichoke pesto and goat cheese
Beer BBQ roasted chicken - caramelized onions, roasted peppers, jalapeño, jack cheese
Student Inspired Pizza
Trust Us
Our‎ three course menu prepared and selected by our apprentice chefs served with a glass of nc teaching winery wine or nc teaching brewery beer
US$20 - US$25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed yesterday

Great selections for supper, always changing. Sebastian our server was excellent, provided meal information and wine suggestions. Sharon , manager , great job! Cod was cooked perfectly and presentation was spectacular, definitely a Culinary school touch. Was a little cold inside, suggest you wear a...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank fconorozzo
Reviewed 5 days ago

Service was outstanding from the hostess to the wait staff. Top notch Beer and Wine: not a great selection but good enough Apps: the meat and cheese platter was tasty and a good selection of various meat and cheeses plus the condiments. Mains: Bread and...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank torontoshutterbug65
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ordered margarita grilled cheese at the Bench ToGo, 3 more people that order food that takes longer to prepare got meals before me. I have been waiting for Grilled cheese for 15 mins, I would have been waiting longer if I didn’t talk to...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 117oleksandrap
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very late lunch which was like dinner but more econimical, especially without libations! Each time we come here, we order featured items as it's different from the regular menu. The portions are generous, well prepared and a good value for the preparation...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank BellaWellness
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great experience once again. Thank you student chefs Gabriel and Lucas for preparing the wonderful Tempera Tofu...So scrumptious! Even thought I was full, I did make room for the Japanese Cheesecake...wow, beautiful presentation! Thank you to my server France and Supervisor Hannah...professional as always. Great...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank makaychristine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first visit to the benchmark restaurant and it was a lovely surprise. The dining room is all windows and it looked beautiful with lots of candles and snow falling outside. The appetizers were amazing and so were the desserts. The pizza needed...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 123Judy2015
Reviewed November 11, 2018

While shopping at the outlet mall on the QEW, I looked on trip advisor for a lunch recommendation in the area. I had no idea that this restaurant existed in the Niagara College. The view, the service and the food were all first class and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank janices423
Reviewed November 7, 2018

We enjoyed an amazing family dinner at Benchmark! It is located in Niagara College just off of the QEW (great meeting location for those coming from all directions). Lots of windows with beautiful views of the vineyards and escarpment. Our server, Chris, was excellent -...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 37sd2015
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

Very nice environment. Open atmosphere overlooking the grounds, green house, vineyard, distillery and college. Service was excellent, friendly and food just as good. NC brewed beer, local sourced food. An excellent choice.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Misterrude
Reviewed October 12, 2018

We have eaten lunch here several times over the past three years and the last two meals were disappointing. This one was a very poor and disappointing indeed! We only ordered main courses: the 6" pizza was a quarter edge of pastry with a meagre...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Sarah S, General Manager at Benchmark Restaurant at Niagara College, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2018

Thank you for your recent review of our dining room. While we appreciate all aspects of feedback to better help improve our students, we were not made aware of your sub par dining experience when you were on site. We take great pride in ensuring...More

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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
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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