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Benchmark Restaurant at Niagara College
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Glendale Road
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Been twice for pre-theater dinner. Not the most convenient as it's 20 minutes back to the Shaw Festival, but the food is interesting and well-prepared, the College brand of wine is inexpensive, and the servers may not be seasoned pros but try hard.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

My husband and I had a fabulous meal at the Benchmark when we went to Niagara a few weeks ago.. We had heard many positive comments but the experience surpassed our expectations. We chose the chefs selection 4 course meal with wine pairings for the fun of the experience and we were thrilled with every course. The presentation and taste were second to none. My husband and I love dining in new places and trying interesting meals and we have dined in many top restaurants in our home base in the Toronto area as well as in Naples Florida (lots of nice places for foodies) and abroad. I can say without hesitation that this meal was in our top 10....of any meal, any city ...at any price. The wine pairings and the staff were great. The view was nice too. Congrats chef....If you are teaching your fantastic skills to current culinary student, dining will be even more fun in the future. Visitors to Niagara should be advised that it is the best choice in the area and it is even worth considering for a day trip from the GTA. Convenient location a few minutes from the highway. . We hope to go back for lunch over the summer as they have a nice patio too.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We and our friends again ate dinner at Benchmark Restaurant, and we all agree it has some of the best food and nicest setting in the NOL area. We just ate there a few days ago, and they no longer have the set price menu. However, their prices are reasonable so the set price is not necessary. The students who are servers are friendly and helpful. They were working hard on our visit and didn't clear the table between courses completely, but they are students beginning to learn, and their attitude is so helpful that small mistakes don"t matter. Meals begin with an amuse bouche. We then had a watermelon salad which was light, colorful, and very tasty, and large enough to split between two people. Our friends had a different salad which was also very good. We all had the fried trout special, The fish was fresh, although slightly bland in taste. But the accompanying marinated mushrooms were delicious and different in flavor, and the potatos also on the plate had been slightly flavored so that all four of us remarked on how unusually good they were. Each of the four of us had a different dessert, and each of us was pleased with the choice. As with the rest of the meal, desserts were very nicely plated. The dining room has big windows with nice views. The chairs are comfortable. In past visits, we have ordered wines recommended to go with our meals, and they were good and reasonable in price. If you have time on your trip, drive out to Benchmark for lunch or dinner and see what a nice job the students do. The restaurant is not open every day, so be sure to call ahead for a reservation.

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Lovely, educational restaurant for college culinary students, excellent service, limited menu but quite elegant and tasty dishes; option of entree with appetiser or entree with dessert.

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Went there for a meal after tasting at a few wineries. $30 for appetiser and main plus wine and beer at well below market. Service and cooking very good especially since everyone involved with the exception of a coupe of supervisors are young students of culinary arts. Would highly recommend for value and overall experience (nice setting as well).

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