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Benchmark Wine Bar

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65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra 2601, Australia
+61 2 6262 6522
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17:00 - 00:00
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Mon 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Townsville, Australia
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Laid back under the Novatel. Delicious dinner and good range of alcohol. Host and staff friendly and helpful with drink choices.

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Thank ClanLaguna
Goulburn, Australia
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We booked in for the Benchmark New Years Eve set course meal. The advert said "Bring in the New Year with a BANG with Benchmark's 4 course degustation with champagne on arrival." The cost was $99/head inclusive of the glass of champagne but othewise drinks were extra - fair enough. The glass of champagne turned out not to be champagne... More 

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Thank Simon M
Canberra, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Myself and gf had new years eve dinner here and were excited to have a memorable experience. Well it unfortunately is memorable...not for the right reasons. The menu was not what was advertised on the website... The wine list was a streamlined version of the online offering... The waitresses were way to busy for individual service. It is such a... More 

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Thank Chris H
Canberra, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Not great. Advertised champagne on arrival however when we arrived we were given French sparkling and not champagne. Four course dinner for $99 plus drinks on top of that. Entree was extremely average and sad presentation. Two middle courses were very average and poor presentation. Dessert was advertised as tiramisu with micro mint. No micro mint just a mint leaf.... More 

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Thank Stephanie M
Sydney
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87 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

we tried the Christmas day lunch @$125/person. Owner must have tried to cash in. The staff could not cope. 70 minutes between course 1 and 2. Most tables around us were starving. The 2nd course arrived at 1.50 odd when we arrived at 12.00 and first course was small (expected). Main was a disaster. Over cooked turkey. 3 thick slices.... More 

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Thank PeterMarty
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86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

This was our second visit to Benchmark. While the food was nice and had a Christmas feel to the set meal selection, the service was terrible. It took 30 min after arrival for the first drink to arrive (complementary bubbles), then a further 30 min for the first course. Meals did not come out together and we endured a 15... More 

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Thank Doug G
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

We were told it would be outside undercover for the booking.WHAT was not explained was that for Christmas they set up tables on the walkway which was on a slope. $125 per person for 5 course degustation. Asked to sit at another table but this request was rejected until they realised how wobbly the table was! This happened after they... More 

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Thank Racer128
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

We love this place. The owner is great and so accomdating. From the very first visit you are treated like a long standing patron with little snacks being served, lovely chat and great wine recommendations. We had the eye fillet steaks and they were all perfect. Very well cooked and so delicous. They had no problems making the odd substitution.... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Went to Benchmark for a work get together of about 15 people and the bottom line is that this is a terrible function venue because it gets SO noisy! I could barely hear the person sitting across from me at the table and this is pretty much the feedback that came from everyone who went - people could only talk... More 

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Thank cowonu
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We planned to drink a wine only and the eat elsewhere but then saw the attractive food options written on the wall and stayed. We asked the owner to just bring us a variety of snacks to share and every single one was delicious. Pricey but so worth it!

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Thank Chris H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 00:00
Thursday
12:00 - 00:00
Friday
12:00 - 00:00
Saturday
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra 2601, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Canberra
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6262 6522

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?