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“this is now, in my book, one of the top 10 experiences”

Benchmark Restaurant at Niagara College
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Glendale Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
172 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“this is now, in my book, one of the top 10 experiences”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

dont remember how we were told about benchmark but suffice to say, we are so happy we were told. A little bit out of the way if you are in niagra on the lake, perhaps a 15 minute drive..it is on the campus of niagra college and is part of their culinary school...OH MY GOD...the setting is pleasant, the service, excellent and the food...FANTASTIC..i have reviewed a number of restaurants, living in phila, we have a lot, but so far, this one is in the highest echelon and i have never given an excellent before but i have now...i had a sweet pepper soup and pork chop ..the chop was 2 inches thick and cooked to perfection...barb had home made fetticine,with mushrooms and it was super...for desert we had a no-bake cheesecake which melted in our mouths...barb had two glasses of wine, i had a beer brewed at the college and the total check was less than 100.00 ..they dont do much advertising because they are a non-profit and a school and dont want to step on anyones toes in the restaurant industry in the area so it is by word of mouth and so be it...we have already decided when we are there again next year, probably not eating anywhere else for dinner but there....

  • Visited September 2012
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English first
Welland, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Excellent Lunch”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

This was the lunch stop with our wine tour with Grape & Wine Niagara Tours. My Wife and I had the pulled pork sandwich with potato wedges. The pork on the sandwich was towering and very delicious, mixed green salad for the appetizer was very good and the creme brulee for dessert was excellent. WIll be visiting this restaurant again!

  • Visited August 2012
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Durham, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Good but not great at a reasonable price”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

A lovely venue, enthusiastic service and above average food at a very reasonable price for Niagara on the Lake. Certainly worth the 10-15 minute drive from downtown.

  • Visited August 2012
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“College, you are joking :-)”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

Our hosts suggested the Ginger restaurant for location but handed us a list of other restaurants in the area and this one appealed to me. I am so pleased we chose to travel a little further. The staff were friendly, efficient and very professional. The food was AMAZING. The highlight for me was the perch and scallop starter..it was the tastiest starter I have ever tried and beautifully presented. The whole meal was a joy from beginning to end.

Visited August 2012
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Montreal, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
610 reviews
342 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
“Another great meal”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

Benchmark continues to be a hidden gem. We consistently have great meals here. The students provide very professional service. The restaurant itself is quite nice, especially after the makeover, plus you have great views. The menus change constantly to reflect the season and what is available locally. The food is well prepared and well presented. An excellent taste experience. Do take advantage of the local wines especially the ones from the college itself. Initially I was skeptical of the student wines. However, they rival any commercial ones, especially the Dean's List series. Do yourself a favour and try one. Overall, I continue to recommend this restaurant for a great meal at a reasonable cost.

  • Visited August 2012
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