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“Culinary excellence meets the Niagara Terroir”

Benchmark Restaurant at Niagara College
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Price range: US$20 - US$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 15 September 2015

In the heart of the Niagara region, ( Ontario) lies a picturesque Niagara College Campus..... it is famous for its culinary programs including wine and beer production on site.... To start the experience enjoy a wine tasting in the winery which like all the facilities on campus is designed to let you see through great vistas and in this case the vineyard abutting the large and bright tasting room......
you can then walk down enjoy the amazing landscape architecture flowing and meandering like well crafted symphony.
The Benchmark restaurant is on Campus and like the tasting room is circular with curved glass walls...It is staffed by students under the supervision of faculty..... the food served is made of fresh ingredients , mostly locally sourced or even made in the kitchen such as pates and charcuterie....
The menu is nicely put together with a variety of dishes to win over the most discerning gourmand ..... the charcuterie board followed by an artisan pizza were excellent and so was the medium rare grilled tenderloin.... rounding off the meal with an exquisitely presented cheese board is de rigueur... All this food was paired with wines produced at the college with local grapes ...The terroir concept is alive and well at the Benchmark as well as the larger Niagara College Campus...

Date of visit: September 2015
Thank DonEmilio2013
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Reviewed 7 September 2015

this restaurant is a great one run by the college outside of the town of Niagra on the Lake , Ontario...last year they had a 4 course menu which was wonderful, this year, it is not there but they promise it will be back. I can assure anyone out there that it will be a good meal but when you call, ask if the 4 course is back ...which is fantastic..this year I had a steak, my wife, a piece of fish..both done superbly and I am eagerly waiting for next year when we return and have hopefully the 4 course...seth and Barbara koch

Date of visit: September 2015
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Reviewed 7 September 2015

Two friends and I visited the Benchmark Restaurant on Saturday last and all had a good evening and came away with warm memories. The room is spectacular with views into the surrounding landscaped gardens and the escarpment beyond. The food was beautifully served and of the highest quality.We have nothing but positive memories of a delightful evening. The only problem with the restaurant is that it has limited hours of opening.

Date of visit: September 2015
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Thank Donald C
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Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

I was there in the beginning of the month and I had one of the best experiences in terms of service and food.
We had the chicken stuffed with sweet potato was delicious;

SUPER DELICIOUS:
-the steak was the most tender that I ever had and meaty;
-the turnip mash was unbelievable delicious

SUPERB:
-The grilled swordfish was the most delicious, fresh and perfect cooked.

Desert: chocolate bar with mint icecream, was outstanding, it was very natural flavored you could almost feel the fresh mint leaves in your mouth, it was very creamy.

The staff is very approachable and accommodating. This restaurant is also wheelchair accessible that is another +

The sight is very relaxing with beautiful gardens.

Definitely HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Date of visit: September 2015
Thank Ania G
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

We stopped at Benchmark Restaurant on our way out of Niagara to go home (Greater Toronto Area). We wanted to squeeze in another impeccable dining experience at an affordable price, and Benchmark fit the bill. The food was outright delicious and beautifully presented, drinks just right and the ambience at the restaurant fit for anyone with a refined taste. The staff are learners for the most part which I am biased for (I have immense patience when someone is learning...) so don't expect instant service. Instead, expect all the other things above plus brilliant suggestions as to what to have. We always let the serving staff choose for us, and this time they really hit the chord! Jacqueline, thank you - we really enjoyed your service!

Date of visit: September 2015
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Thank TikkiTalk
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