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Benchmark Wine Bar

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65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra 2601, Australia
+61 2 6262 6522
12:00 - 00:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Canberra, Australia
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank cowonu
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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!

Thank Chris H
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We went to Benchmark for a drink and something to eat before going to the theatre and we weren't disappointed. The staff were friendly and acommodating, the wine list extensive, and the menu varied. The layout allowed for quiet conversation without crowding and the noise level, between 7-8pm on a Saturday night was not excessive. We'll be back.

Thank Andrew M
Tathra, Australia
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128 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We loved this place - it blew our socks off!s Wheelchair access was easy & although I did not check it out, the owner told me they have an accessible toilet. Now onto the fun stuff. My wife & I loved the menu of small plates & sharing plates, then there's the wine list or should I say wine encyclopaedia.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We attended the Pork and Pinot dinner on 28 September 2016. On arrival, we realised they had set up a few long tables for all the guests. This was not mentioned on their signs, the website, or when we booked. However we asked to be moved to a private table and we were accommodated. The first course was pork crackling,... More 

Thank Joel S
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Now it depends what's more important to you when you go out for dinner. Do you rate the food as most important or the service? For me, it's the service. I can have just ok food dished up to me with fantastic service and that would be a 5 out of 5 for me. However, fabulous food with staff that... More 

Thank Sharyn W
Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

A excellent wine bar. Located on Northbourne Avenue, it is well situated and very close to the city. Only a couple of short minutes to walk, depending upon how many wines you have sampled. They have an extensive and impressive wine list, with both Australian and overseas wines, with the major wine regions of Australia well presented. Be it red... More 

Thank Dennis919
Sydney, Australia
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91 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

We had a dinner with old friends on their recommendation. We had looked at the menu and thought it may be a bit limited but we were pleasantly surprised. We do not drink much alcohol and therefore a 30 page wine list with a small menu was a concern. The lamb rack was cooked perfectly pink with good vegetable accompaniments... More 

Thank JayDeeBee1950
Canberra, Australia
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643 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Benchmark offers a lunch special of the day with a glass of wine for $20. The beef bourguignon was simply superb and the accompanying glass of burgundy was a great match. The restaurant is a short walk from the CBD and well worth seeking out. It was not overly busy for a Friday and made it an unhurried experience. The... More 

Thank TWal1
Melbourne, Australia
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135 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

This corner wine bar / restaurant is an easy place to find in Canberra CBD. Very central, next door to Novotel. The owner works the floor and is the wine buyer. A nice guy - very pleasant. The wine list is very good - not a compendium but plenty to choose from and a good mix of Australian and overseas... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
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?