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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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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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135 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
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Reviewed January 26, 2015

My husband and I spent overnight at NOTL last Saturday and decided to try an unusual lunch spot other than the wineries. Benchmark’s venue was impressive, it has a tall dome ceiling, all round glass windows that you could see its greenhouse and the tranquil...More

1  Thank MCHToronto
Reviewed November 19, 2014

We enjoyed a lovely lunch here, one of many we have been lucky enough to enjoy. As usual, the meal was prepared with fresh, locally sourced produce and meats. Beautifully plated and served. I just wish that the culinary institute would be a little more...More

Thank pluckycanuck
Reviewed November 6, 2014

Having gone intermittently to this restaurant since its inception, i have noticed many changes, lately with disappointment. The lunch menu is not suggestive of culinary arts. What indeed are you learning when you make fries, pizza, sandwiches, salads and hamburgers (which here are quite ordinary)....More

2  Thank NiagaraVoyager
Reviewed October 27, 2014

A very well prepared meal. Lovely atmosphere inside the restaurant and interesting to explore the outside. There is a brewery, wine making and my favourite the greenhouses. If all of the students do as well as those who prepared and served our meals they will...More

Thank Connie701
Reviewed October 21, 2014

We were delighted with our experience at this restaurant. The surroundings are park like, the décor in the restaurant is bright & cheerful, the staff are most informed & helpful and the food delicious, well presented & well prepared. The helpings are very generous and...More

1  Thank Audrey73Toronto
Reviewed October 12, 2014

What a treat of a restaurant on the way to Niagara or Niagara-on-the-Lake, two minutes off the QEW. The restaurant is airy and has lovely views of the green space (including the school's vineyards) outside, and is a short stroll from the wine school's tasting...More

Thank Dean S
Reviewed October 10, 2014

Benchmark is a teaching restaurant of Niagara College and our experience with it was very good. We dined here for lunch on a busy Saturday; it was busier than normal because of a charity event taking place at Niagara College and they handled the rush...More

Thank A_OKD
Reviewed October 6, 2014

We decided to try the College restaurant based on good reviews and the idea of supporting young people in their careers. The service was very attentive and the food fresh and hot. Special consideration to the diver scallops appetizer. 3 large scallops with matching salad...More

1  Thank Geoff H
Reviewed September 30, 2014

We tried to get in on a Wednesday night without a reservation and they were completely booked. We got reservations for Friday and were not disappointed. It was worth the wait. The service is slow; there is clearly a bit of a learning curve for...More

2  Thank ElizabethG34
Reviewed September 29, 2014

We always enjoy Benchmark if for no other reason than we are supporting and encouraging future servers, chefs and restaurant staff. Service is a little tentative and slip ups occur, but the staff and our server in particular on this occasion tried so hard and...More

Thank bjlOshawa_Ontario
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Carol O
We had my sister's birthday lunch on April 15. We loved our meal of pizza and ancient grain salad. I had a cherry cider which I loved. The waitress gave us free sampling card for the winery and brewery. I was disappointed that cherry cider, which is sold in the winery is sold out. Any idea when they will have it? We made reservations for May. We have previously had Mother's Day brunch there and if you haven't tied it, you should really make a reservation.
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
$20 - $25
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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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