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The Bench Artisan Food Market

368 Vancouver Avenue, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 1A5, Canada
+1 250-492-2222
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Ranked #13 of 159 restaurants in Penticton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Healthy, Café, Bistro
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Shanghai
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Good coffee, wide selection of small sandwiches and snacks, plus a really good variety of "foodie" gifts, mainly from local producers. Love the patio!

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Squamish, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This store has specialty sandwiches and I was able to find the garlic vinegrette that I yse so I was extremely happy, they also carry special items for sale, whole products and you can stay and eat there yeah I love to go to specialty stores and see what they have to offer, this store awhole lot to offer, I... More

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Langley City, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I were looking to have brunch somewhere off the beaten path....this was it. A cute little cafe/market in a residential neighbourhood. Its not a large place resulting in limited seating, so there can be a bit of a wait to get a table. However, you can go in and get yourself a coffee while you wait. They... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

While visiting in Penticton BC I inquired as to where I'd find a good espresso. I was told that hands-down the Bench was the place. I was a bit disappointed. Not of the caliber one can find in Vancouver. The Baristas I don't think are trained to make top-notch espresso and espresso-based drinks. The equipment being used is not high-end.... More

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TheBenchMarket, Owner at The Bench Artisan Food Market, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We appreciate that there are varying tastes for coffee - we occasionally hear that the coffee is too strong or too weak - but we find the vast majority of our customers enjoy our coffee drinks and the roasted beans from Backyard Beans. That being said, we are happy to re-make a coffee drink if... More

Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We stopped here for lunch and were treated to delicious paninis, salads and lemonades. The service was quick and friendly. The food was excellent and fresh, and the location was nice and low-key. We will be back next time we're in town.

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TheBenchMarket, Owner at The Bench Artisan Food Market, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your lunch so much - see you again when you're next in Penticton! Stewart & Heather More

Penticton, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We live in Penticton so we are knowledgeable of what the area offers. The sandwich we shared was terrific but horribly overpriced considering that was the only thing on the plate...you'd expect fries or some carrot sticks at the least. We also had the "bench balls" for dessert and coffee which were also exceptional. Everything totaled just over $18. Staff... More

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TheBenchMarket, Owner at The Bench Artisan Food Market, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent experience at the Bench. We have checked the seating and have improved chairs - but are also looking to replace some that still seem wobbly. We have systems in place for taking orders and preparing food. It sounds, though, that you unfortunately didn't have a positive experience with... More

Penticton, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The food here is fine but expensive for a sandwich with no side. Seems overrated. I have been several times over the years and I would rather just go to il vecchios.

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TheBenchMarket, Owner at The Bench Artisan Food Market, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback. We pride ourselves on using top-quality, local ingredients such as organic vegetables and fruit, and meats from ethically-treated animals - ingredients that do cost more than their mass-produced counterparts. We think this creates a superior product that our customers enjoy and that the staff are proud to serve. And going local supports other small businesses... More

Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The coffee, granola, cheese, and salads I had here were fantastic. The patio is also a nice place to while away an afternoon. Focus is on locally produced foods and the quality is excellent.

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TheBenchMarket, Owner at The Bench Artisan Food Market, responded to this review

Glad you had a great experience! Stewart & Heather More

College Station, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a great place to enjoy some delicious food, and wonderful atmosphere. Service was quick and efficient. Food wonderful!! Enjoyed the gift shop as well. Highly recommend!!

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TheBenchMarket, Owner at The Bench Artisan Food Market, responded to this review

Thanks so much - glad you had a great experience at the Bench! Stewart & Heather More

Red deer
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

I love this place! If I lived closer I would go here every week. Great paninis and breakfast burrito!

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TheBenchMarket, Owner at The Bench Artisan Food Market, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the paninis and burrito! Stewart & Heather More

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