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“Trust them”

Benchmark Restaurant at Niagara College
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Glendale Road
Chicago, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Trust them”
Reviewed July 15, 2014

We had lunch here and chose the 3-course menu they change regularly (and call "Trust Us.") Do it. For $25 you get the 3 courses and a glass of wine. The college has a wine school, and you should choose one of their offerings.

The salads here have been amazing over 3 visits. Students cook and serve you, and their standards are qquite high. Sara Molton and Ming Tsai look to be graduates.

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank rskews72
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Chardon
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Hidden Excellence In the Niagara wine region”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

When we travel (which is rare with our schedules) we look for the hidden gems of dining. We have challenging palettes which get bored quickly with most fare but we operate on a budget.
So, we saw the benchmark in a restaurant guide at the Everheart B and B in Queensland and liked the idea.
WHAT A GREAT DECISION!!! The waiter, the food, the atmosphere (outside on a weather perfect night with an almost full moon rising behind us), no distracting noise as there's no one around in the summer, made for the perfect storm of good experience!!
It became obvious that there's much going on behind the scenes, and it was truly a pleasure to know that the whole purpose of the restaurant was to allow students to experiment on us with the purpose of gaining our respect… achieved!!
I'm a great fan now and will be back every time I go to Niagara to see what they come up with next! IF you have the itch for interesting food you owe yourself to visit!!!

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Ron S
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Montreal, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
602 reviews
337 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
“Another great meal”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

The views are of the escarpment are always wonderful. In addition, this time we had huge groundhog just outside the window entertain throughout the meal. The food is everchanging to reflect the peak local items. The dishes are always innovative and delicious. Be sure the wines made by the college themselves. They are equal or better then any of the local wineries especially the Dean's List ones. The service was OK but below the normal excellent. It was disjointed and the desert order was messed up.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank FuzzyBeaver
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Hong Kong, China
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

After visiting an Art Institute at Vancouver, this is another Institute at Canada I visited.
Nice surrounding with a Garden seating. Service level is appreciate, but overall staff number is not enough in peak hour. It took long time to order or billing.
We ordered the Chef Choice (i forgot the name of this), and the watermelon salad with vinegar is wonderful.
Chicken for main course is not outstanding, the meat is not smooth enough and skin outside is not crispy.
Finally, the cake as a dessert is up ti standard.
Overall, worth to visit here if you are tired to go restaurant in crowded restaurant in tourist area.

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Thank Waterhk
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Pleasant surprise!”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

We were staying at the Residence for a couple of days and came across Benchmark the student run Restaurant on the Niagara College campus. The setting is gorgeous, with plenty of windows and a view of the grounds and escarpment. The Restaurant itself is modern and spacious with a good menu selection. Our meals were beautifully presented, reasonably priced and paired with the local wine and beer. The quality of the food was good and it felt as though the students took pride and care in preparation and presentation. Our only recommendation is that they consider acquiring a wood burning oven for the pizza and pay a little extra attention to the consistency and flavour of the tomato sauce they use on the Margarita, as the pizza has the potential to be great. If we plan another trip to the region we would drop in to the Benchmark again.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank GraceP23
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