Benno

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Mediterranean
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Benno is a fine-dining restaurant featuring Mediterranean cuisine, from acclaimed Chef Jonathan Benno. The menu focuses on the area where Italy and France meet at Liguria and Provence, while highlighting additional regions along the Mediterranean coast. The beverage program also explores the unique wines & spirits from these provinces, with options for both cocktail and wine pairings that complement the arc of the food menu.

Located in the land marked and newly redesigned hotel, The Evelyn, the Art Deco-inspired dining room evokes a grandeur harkening back to the gilded ago of old New-York. The design, cuisine, and service at Benno all aim to create a sense of elegance and refinement, but also fun and celebration.
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu-varied choices, all delicious. Beautiful relaxing space. Attentive but not intrusive service

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MQ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best food I've eaten all of 2019. Every course was simple and delicious. Can't wait to be back.

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VA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, high attention to detail. Truly first class all around

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The menu is pricey fir that ambiance

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JM
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded even our highest expectations. Service, food, and wine pairings were impeccable.

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DP
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a fabulous experience! The food is extraordinary—creative yet completely reliable, and totally delicious. The wines are superb, and knowledgeably and expertly curated. The room is a joy. And the staff is quite perfect.

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LZ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is very good and presentation is amazing. There are many, many servers. It’s very quiet and a bit stuffy and super expensive so it’s not right for everyone.

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JG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is tremendously good!

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NJ
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have little but praise for this sophisticated restaurant with sophisticated food. That said, there were some downsides. Nearly all our food was too salty, though the other herbs and spices were perfect. Pasta portions were too small, though the entrees were adequate. The only weak food link was dessert--the same reaction as we had had previously. I love dessert, but having it as a required course when one can choose from five course categories for a three-course meal is not attractive, especially when, say, the pasta is delicious but not so the dessert. The restaurant is too dark for our taste, and it's too loud when full, due to the hard edges of the antique tile floor (beautiful) and no apparent noise-softening material. Service was excellent, though a little too "present." With a $120 bottle of wine, tip, and tax, the tab was $425. All of that said, this restaurant is a keeper!

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CW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service. Menu is creative and extremely well executed. Love Benno!

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NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable Cuisine and Service Absolutely a delightful wine list fairly priced

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f
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A well balanced and flexible menu. Anyone should be able to put together a meal to their liking. The riff on vitello tonnato was outstanding, the halibut perfectly cooked, etc. The strawberry pre dessert was yummy, although the rhubarb dessert was too bland for three of us who ordered it. The room is adult without being stuffy. Service was top notch. Definitely worth many return visits.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My husband and I ate at Benno with another couple on a Saturday night. The service was outstanding - very attentive staff. The food was very good with lots of appealing choices. Best of all, the noise level was tolerable - a rarity in NYC these days.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. All courses were delicious, the pasta courses being my favorite but all amazing and the perfect portion of each. Each course also well timed out. We felt very relaxed and enjoyed the entire experience.

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T
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend! My husband and I went for a much needed long awaited date night with a baby at home. The food was superb - everything delicious and refined. I feel bad for the comis who had to de-shell all the peas but so worth it. We did the 4-course and everything was fantastic - I had the lobster and my husband the beef. The staff was great, especially the friendly bartender as we waited to be seated (we were early). Everything was timed perfectly and I appreciate that we weren’t rushed. The restaurant is beautiful - midcentury modern/Mad Men-esque. Pricey but worth it. Highly recommend.

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect
Amazing food
Spetacular service

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very understated, thought that would not be enough to eat as the portions were small.
The dinner rolls were great and made sure no one left hungry; but the food was the star, well presented and very good. With dinner for two coating North of $300 expectations were very high and for the most part they were met. Special place.

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TS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A stellar production from Jonathan Benno. One of the best places to dine in NYC: food of exceptional quality served in a civilized setting, backed by warm, efficient and unobtrusive service.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10 out of 10. The tiniest of quibbles: I would add slightly more ice cream to the babka dessert. Without question a sensational dining experience.

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K
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved our meal. We visit NYC from San Francisco every year and had enjoyed several dinners at Lincoln over the past few years, so we’re eager to experience Benno. My husband and I each ordered a four-course menu. All dishes were outstanding: oysters, abalone, garganelli, trifurcation, sea bass, lamb, chocolate babka and pear with ricotta — wonderful preparations all! Our server also chose perfect wine pairings. We shall return for sure!

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CW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service incredible. Jonathan Benno is a food genius!

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NG
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent. We would have preferred a few more dessert choices.
The food was very very good and the staff was extremely accommodating and professional
The room is somewhat casual but you get to like that.
Best of all besides the staff, was the low noise level and lovely background music.

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NB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I highly recommend this restaurant the food is creative and delicious and the service is very attentive without being in the least obtrusive. We had an amazing dining experience thank you.

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LG
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We will be back! Excellent food and service! Also quiet enough for a real conversation!

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AP
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ambiance was great. Small restaurant inside the Evelyn Hotel. We had the 5 course and each plate was delicious, nothing overly heavy. Favorites were the pasta dishes, halibut and abalone.

Quiet, nicely decorated and excellent service.

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RN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is outstanding. Food is amazing. Very comfortable space - elegant but relaxed.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Celebrating our birthday and the wait staff was great.

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SB
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is good but uneven. At $150 to $200 or more per person, this just isn't special enough.
You enter after walking through a hotel lobby and Benno's lower-priced casual restaurant. You then walk through a drab corridor and up a few steps to a room that doesn't look much different than the casual spot. The appetizers are the stars, with the egg being the winner. The duck main was tough and the skin wasn't crisp, it was hard. The two men sharing the pork for two looked at the single chop that arrived and asked where was the second one. The deficit was made up for with multiple sides, but this just isn't a great dish. Desserts are weak. A nut allergy eliminated the babka for me, which the woman eating the dish called good (again, not great). The apple I ordered was a not very good baked apple. The pre-dessert was the best. It was a half dollar size meringue filled with blood orange sorbet. No one like the sesame cookies given to take home. I loved Lincoln. What happened? The room never filled on a Saturday night. That says something in food obsessed NYC!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative presentation, wonderful food, top flight service. A gem.

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SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Needed more fresh vegetables. Whole dinner overloaded with sweet and insufficiently balanced with tart or savory. Spicy lamb medallion was shocking and not to my taste. Desserts lacked fresh fruit. Wine and coffee both excellent. Service superb.

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JS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, special restaurant.

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f
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! This restaurant was fine dining without attitude, with easy professional service, lovely atmosphere (no shouting to hear yourself over the music or screaming drunk millenials) outstanding wines and, oh! the food! Heavenly - not one misstep - every course was sublime. From the coddled egg to the oysters, and our mains of the duck and monkfish, we savored every bite. This is a restaurant for serious food but does not traffic in pretension about it. LOVED OUR MEAL and cannot recommend highly enough - can't wait to return.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have eaten in NYC. Deserves more than 5 stars. The restaurant decor is stunning and the service is impeccable.

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JW
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went intending to order the 3-course option, but found so many things on the menu appealing that we ended up ordering four courses each. Everything was extraordinarily delicious, but we’d have to give shout outs to the coddled egg, the abalone and the pasta. For me, in most restaurants the main course is rarely as good as the dishes leading up to it. Here the main was indeed a notch down, but the sides, the sauce and the little nibbles that accompanied our big piece of meat, were wonderful. We’ll definitely be going back and next time I’ll be ordering the fish. And the coddled egg. And some pasta. Yum.

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c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Our meal was overpriced at $105 for 3 courses. The room was gloomy. Although some staff were polite and helpful, when we asked for menus one half hour after being seated we were told most patrons want drinks first. We explained we wanted wine with our meal not cocktails and needed to know what we were ordering before choosing our wine. Not very gracious

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d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was impeccable. The noise level was by any measure acceptable and enabled conversation without the usual need to raise ones voice well above normal. The wine list, while expensive, was well chosen and the somelier was helpful. The presentation of the foods was very nice. The kitchen somehow missed. There was nothing glaringly wrong with any dish yet there was nothing exciting or inventive either. Even the amuse bouche and the entremets were blandish and unexciting on the palet. All in all
it was not an inspiring experience.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most obvious take away from my experience at Benno was the high level of service. Each team member's knowledge and attention to detail was exemplary. The cocktails (in particularly their version of a rum punch) was great, as was the pasta course and the pear dessert. The pork chop was ok, and a little underwhelming since the rest of the course and transition dishes were so amazing and complex.

I would recommend Benno to entertain friends but not necessarily as a romantic spot; the noise level was distracting at times, which was surprising as the visual ambiance and service level of Benno is one of sophisticated and intelligent fine dining. I will be back.

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RL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply wonderful!! Super delicious cuisine in a comforting atmosphere.

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DB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable in every way. Outstanding food; not a false note in anything we ate. Quiet, sophisticated ambience but relaxed rather than stuffy. Expensive but worth it!

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