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“A hidden gem!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Benz Lounge, Patio & Bistro - CLOSED

Benz Lounge, Patio & Bistro
Price range: US$7 - US$27
Cuisines: American, Canadian, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The casual atmosphere welcomes everyone, whether you are looking for a custom-made espresso drink and hearty breakfast to start your day, planning a lunch out with the girls, or want to catch the golf highlights over a beer and appies. During the summer months, the spacious patio offers spectacular views of the ninth green, and is the ideal place to hang out with friends and neighbours. We are proud to serve a variety of fresh appetizers, salads, burgers, and daily features, as well as a full wine list and drink menu.
NANOOSE BAY, BC
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“A hidden gem!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2011

Ben's Lounge and the satellite dining room support the highly rated 18 hole Fairwinds Golf Course. It also functions as a casual restaurant for the surrounding Fairwinds and wider Nanoose Peninsula Community. It serves excellent "Pub" style food and beverages. As a Fairwinds residents, my wife and I are frequent visitors and we have never been disappointed with the food or the warm and friendly servers.

The main dining room which seats up to 100 customers is mostly used for theme dinners in the winter off season. For example this winter, Fridays are "Pasta" Nights, a buffet style, cooked to order three course feast for under $25. The restaurant is not open for dinner every night in the off season so you should call ahead to check.

During the busier summer months the lounge hours are extended to coincide with opening hours on the Golf Course. The dining room is often closed as they are busy serving primarily smorgasbord dinners for "Mens and Womens" night's, tournament and other golf related events. It is also a favorite
venue on weekends for wedding receptions and the like.

To sum up: Ben's Lounge is open to the public - longer hours in the summer, shorter in the winter. Excellent food, interesting and varied menus with efficient, friendly service. The dining room experience is to the same high standard, but not always available.

It is unfortunate that the previous reviewer had such a poor experience. This is certainly not consistent with our many happy outings to this fine establishment.



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2 Thank CRUISERCLIFF
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English first
Nanaimo
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“Beware of Greeks bearing gifts!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2009

The golf course restaurant recently advertized a Mediterranian smorgasbord and as it was a buddies birthday we invited him and his wife. Upon arrival we were informed it was no longer a smorg but a set three course menu. The price was the same 24.95. We were too late to drive else where and stayed much to our horror. The service could be compared to a coffee shop in a bus depot! Water? Better ask for each and Every glass. Mediterranian cuisine....huh...no bread on the table or available. Plates arrive with small...I mean small portions and are missing some of the sides such as veggies etc. Orders sent back and arrive 10 minutes later but now cold. I'm bogging my way through the mutton...er lamb and am greeted at my table by an overweight and rude belly dancer who wants me to get up and dance part way through my meal! Small deserts on huge plates put us over the finish just in time as a group of golfers wearing jeans and golf caps arrive in the dining room to finish their burgers as it was too cold outside. This sucks as I actually wish I ordered a burger! Very dissapointing.

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1 Thank OchamsRazor
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