Ben's Place

★★★★★
  • 8511-105 Cantilever Way

    Raleigh, NC 27613

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  • 919-782-5900

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When it was open, I enjoyed the food and the patio. But my understanding is that they closed late 2010.

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When it was open, I enjoyed the food and the patio. But my understanding is that they closed late 2010.

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Ben's Place has really good food and a comfortable, friendly, laid-back environment. It is a refreshing change from all the drab chain restaurants in Raleigh. I am mostly vegetarian and a very picky eater. The staff always go out of their

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Ben's Place has really good food and a comfortable, friendly, laid-back environment. It is a refreshing change from all the drab chain restaurants in Raleigh. I am mostly vegetarian and a very picky eater. The staff always go out of their

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First off i would just like to say that restaurant is not trying to "kill" anyone. We take food allergies very seriously. But as a customer in a restaurant when you are about to order food and you have an allergy to a certain food no

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First off i would just like to say that restaurant is not trying to "kill" anyone. We take food allergies very seriously. But as a customer in a restaurant when you are about to order food and you have an allergy to a certain food no

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My husband and I are new to this side of town and my husband went in to Ben's for a burger. All was ok and he said we should go for dinner. We went with a total of 5 people for dinner. We arrived at 6:30 and ordered right away. I am

3
★★★★★

My husband and I are new to this side of town and my husband went in to Ben's for a burger. All was ok and he said we should go for dinner. We went with a total of 5 people for dinner. We arrived at 6:30 and ordered right away. I am

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My husband and I have been to bens place for drinks before and had a fine experience. We decided to pop in for lunch on a Saturday for something different to do. Huge mistake. Our first tip off should have been the fact that there were

3
★★★★★

My husband and I have been to bens place for drinks before and had a fine experience. We decided to pop in for lunch on a Saturday for something different to do. Huge mistake. Our first tip off should have been the fact that there were

Pros: location, bar

Cons: poor service, poor food

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We heard good things about the place and were looking forward to attending. We were not dissapointed. The food was good and had decent prices. Not a fancy place but a good place to get a decent meal. I wouldn't suggest going hear during

3
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We heard good things about the place and were looking forward to attending. We were not dissapointed. The food was good and had decent prices. Not a fancy place but a good place to get a decent meal. I wouldn't suggest going hear during

Pros: Tasty food, good prices

Cons: Can be loud as it's a bar

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Ate here recently. Was seated immediately. Waiter seemed to be high. The waitstaff kept going into the kitchen to laugh loudly about something and we would also hear them gagging. Not entirely appropriate for a restaurant. We were

3
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Ate here recently. Was seated immediately. Waiter seemed to be high. The waitstaff kept going into the kitchen to laugh loudly about something and we would also hear them gagging. Not entirely appropriate for a restaurant. We were

Pros: quick to be seated, price

Cons: waitstaff decorum

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My wife and I stopped for a quick dinner hear last night. The food was pretty good the tomato bisque and the calamari appetizers were good. The mescaline salad was a little salty but my sandwich was very good, a chicken cordon bleu. Nice

3
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My wife and I stopped for a quick dinner hear last night. The food was pretty good the tomato bisque and the calamari appetizers were good. The mescaline salad was a little salty but my sandwich was very good, a chicken cordon bleu. Nice

Pros: Good Food, Decent Beer Selection on Tap

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It was nice. Nice atmosphere, very casual. Food was great, especially the calamari and the fish and chips. Fat tire on draft. I was wondering from some of the reviews if the negative comments about some of the staff are just hateful

3
★★★★★

It was nice. Nice atmosphere, very casual. Food was great, especially the calamari and the fish and chips. Fat tire on draft. I was wondering from some of the reviews if the negative comments about some of the staff are just hateful

Pros: My wife liked it, she is very picky about Fish N Chips

Cons: Hostesses need cust svc training or replacement

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Love the fish and chips, love the fish tacos, love almost everything I've eaten. Also, did I mention the great selection of local beer on draft?

3
★★★★★

Love the fish and chips, love the fish tacos, love almost everything I've eaten. Also, did I mention the great selection of local beer on draft?

Pros: Local beer selection, menu

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Excellent food and service; nice, relaxing atmosphere. By far, my new favorite restaurant in town. Best seafood I've had in awhile. The fish tacos are actually made with fresh mahi. I wish more people would share their positive experiences

3
★★★★★

Excellent food and service; nice, relaxing atmosphere. By far, my new favorite restaurant in town. Best seafood I've had in awhile. The fish tacos are actually made with fresh mahi. I wish more people would share their positive experiences

Pros: food, food, food

Cons: N/A

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Really good food and friendly, prompt service. Even better, the whole restaurant is non-smoking until 10pm (they still have one room that stays non-smoking but its closed off from the bar). They have a huge patio and live music most

3
★★★★★

Really good food and friendly, prompt service. Even better, the whole restaurant is non-smoking until 10pm (they still have one room that stays non-smoking but its closed off from the bar). They have a huge patio and live music most

Pros: food, service, smoke free dining

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Ok so onions are not the most common allergy but I have an onion allergy and had to send food back due to being smothered in onions - server never offered anything that could be back to the table before everyone was finished eating, he

3
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Ok so onions are not the most common allergy but I have an onion allergy and had to send food back due to being smothered in onions - server never offered anything that could be back to the table before everyone was finished eating, he

Pros: choices of beer on tap

Cons: server and his no personality

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RUN to Ben's for the fish tacos; the only ones in town that Ive found that can be ordered grilled. DELICIOUS. For those who have never had fish tacos, I know. They sound gross. NO! Theyre awesome. Ben's Place is in an obscure location; it doesnt look like it should be a restaurant, located behind Carmax. Inside is sort of bland, a bar/restaurant combo,but not dark and smokey. Ben has a CHEF and he can cook. All the food we've had there is excellent. Prices are moderate and so far I havent found coupons, but you can bet Im a fish taco regular. Actually, friend told me there is a Monday Night deal that I need to check out...

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RUN to Ben's for the fish tacos; the only ones in town that Ive found that can be ordered grilled. DELICIOUS. For those who have never had fish tacos, I know. They sound gross. NO! Theyre awesome. Ben's Place is in an obscure location; it doesnt look like it should be a restaurant, located behind Carmax. Inside is sort of bland, a bar/restaurant combo,but not dark and smokey. Ben has a CHEF and he can cook. All the food we've had there is excellent. Prices are moderate and so far I havent found coupons, but you can bet Im a fish taco regular. Actually, friend told me there is a Monday Night deal that I need to check out...

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Edit: I wrote the review below a while back, but recently dined there again and everything seemed better! The food was great and the service was pretty good. I'd recommend it for sure, especially with the weather getting nice for the

3
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Edit: I wrote the review below a while back, but recently dined there again and everything seemed better! The food was great and the service was pretty good. I'd recommend it for sure, especially with the weather getting nice for the

Pros: Still has potential..

Cons: Food has been uneven in quality

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I used to go to Ben's Place frequently, but very seldom any more. The service is marginal at best, sometimes horrible and other times just adequate. The food used to be excellent, but my last two visits I could tell it is going downhill

3
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I used to go to Ben's Place frequently, but very seldom any more. The service is marginal at best, sometimes horrible and other times just adequate. The food used to be excellent, but my last two visits I could tell it is going downhill

Pros: Good TVs; clean restrooms; outdoor seating; nice ambience

Cons: Horrible, inconsistent service; incorrect tabs; poor management; going downhill

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I didn't know about this place until a friend recommended it. The food is really good and even as a vegetarian, I have plenty to choose from. Best of all, there is no smoking until late at night so I don't have to deal with smoke in my

3
★★★★★

I didn't know about this place until a friend recommended it. The food is really good and even as a vegetarian, I have plenty to choose from. Best of all, there is no smoking until late at night so I don't have to deal with smoke in my

Pros: Food, service, no smoke

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We went to have a beer and watch the dallas game and were pleasantly suprised to find a place not overly crowded or noisy that has great food. they had 5 tv's all with different games on and the waitress was very nice. my chicken wrap was

3
★★★★★

We went to have a beer and watch the dallas game and were pleasantly suprised to find a place not overly crowded or noisy that has great food. they had 5 tv's all with different games on and the waitress was very nice. my chicken wrap was

Pros: food, parking, not to crowded

Cons: none yet

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I've been to Ben's Place several times now and the service is very inconsistent. On a recent Sunday afternoon visit we ordered drinks and waited more than 20 minutes before we got up and left. It was quite frustrating watching the

3
★★★★★

I've been to Ben's Place several times now and the service is very inconsistent. On a recent Sunday afternoon visit we ordered drinks and waited more than 20 minutes before we got up and left. It was quite frustrating watching the

Pros: Good food, nice atmosphere

Cons: Service annoyingly slow

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Last night was the first and last time I've been to this "restaurant". I went with my hubby and two friends on a Friday night. It took 15 minutes for our waiter to take our drink order and another 10 for him to take our food order.

3
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Last night was the first and last time I've been to this "restaurant". I went with my hubby and two friends on a Friday night. It took 15 minutes for our waiter to take our drink order and another 10 for him to take our food order.

Cons: Slow service, incompetent kitchen and management, DISGUSTING food.

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I travel to Raleigh on a regular basis and always look forward to dinner at Bens Place. I stumbled upon this restaurant by accident one night coming in from the airport and now its a must whenever I'm in town. The food is excellent-- I'm

3
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I travel to Raleigh on a regular basis and always look forward to dinner at Bens Place. I stumbled upon this restaurant by accident one night coming in from the airport and now its a must whenever I'm in town. The food is excellent-- I'm

Pros: food, service

Cons: hard to find, need sign on 70

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Nice family run restaurant with really good food. The chef's specials are exceptional. Staff are attentive and friendly. Refreshing change away from the chaos of Crabtree or Briar Creek...

3
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Nice family run restaurant with really good food. The chef's specials are exceptional. Staff are attentive and friendly. Refreshing change away from the chaos of Crabtree or Briar Creek...

Pros: Food, variety of menu selections, comfortable setting, large patio

Cons: limited vegetarian dishes

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Holy cow! Went this past tuesday. No waitress for almost 20 minutes then took almost an hour and a half to get our meal. About 45 minutes into waiting the waitress finally comes over and says they are backed up. Finally told way after

3
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Holy cow! Went this past tuesday. No waitress for almost 20 minutes then took almost an hour and a half to get our meal. About 45 minutes into waiting the waitress finally comes over and says they are backed up. Finally told way after

Pros: none but this was first, maybe last time

Cons: had 2 hr wait to get food. service non-existent

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On last visit, Bens was non-smoking, no more smoke around the bar, you can now breathe while having a good cold one or enjoying good food at the bar without worrying about if a smoker is next to you. The Blue Plate Monday specials are

3
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On last visit, Bens was non-smoking, no more smoke around the bar, you can now breathe while having a good cold one or enjoying good food at the bar without worrying about if a smoker is next to you. The Blue Plate Monday specials are

Pros: Good Food, Clean Restrooms

Cons: Average Service

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The staff was very indifferent when we arrived (party of 4) for afterwork snacks and drinks. No smiles, no welcoming jestures- just plopped us in a booth and walked away. About 10 minutes later we finally were asked for our drink order.

3
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The staff was very indifferent when we arrived (party of 4) for afterwork snacks and drinks. No smiles, no welcoming jestures- just plopped us in a booth and walked away. About 10 minutes later we finally were asked for our drink order.

Pros: Location

Cons: Smokey/smelly atmosphere, below-average food, bad service

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In reference to the review entered before me, "Mr. Mystery Tab"... I happened to be at Bens Place the first night this guy, Peter, claimed to have had a "mystery tab" (aka he drank too much the night before to remember anything). This guy

3
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In reference to the review entered before me, "Mr. Mystery Tab"... I happened to be at Bens Place the first night this guy, Peter, claimed to have had a "mystery tab" (aka he drank too much the night before to remember anything). This guy

Pros: Food, service, friendly and comfortable environment

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Initially a neighborhood local. I LOVED the place. Spent more money in a month than I should have. All changed after one evening in early June 08. While enjoying dinner and beers with friends from out of state, Dan (owner's son)chased me

3
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Initially a neighborhood local. I LOVED the place. Spent more money in a month than I should have. All changed after one evening in early June 08. While enjoying dinner and beers with friends from out of state, Dan (owner's son)chased me

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The Cheers of North Raleigh. Nice selection and good quality food. My favorites are the homemade hot chips and the grilled fish tacos. I strongly recommend both. The chips have a great mix of spice with the sauce and cool with the blue

3
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The Cheers of North Raleigh. Nice selection and good quality food. My favorites are the homemade hot chips and the grilled fish tacos. I strongly recommend both. The chips have a great mix of spice with the sauce and cool with the blue

Pros: Great choice and food

Cons: Service can be slow sometimes

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My husband and I started going to Bens Place several months ago. We love the food and the atmosphere is so comfortable and relaxing. It is great to have so many options on the menu. We usually stick to the pub grub but recently started

3
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My husband and I started going to Bens Place several months ago. We love the food and the atmosphere is so comfortable and relaxing. It is great to have so many options on the menu. We usually stick to the pub grub but recently started

Pros: comfortable atmosphere, food, service, live music on weekends

Cons: nothing

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What a refreshing change from all the chain restaurants popping up all over Raleigh! A nice family owned restaurant with an interesting variety of clientelle. The food is incredible and the staff are very down to earth and eager to please.

3
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What a refreshing change from all the chain restaurants popping up all over Raleigh! A nice family owned restaurant with an interesting variety of clientelle. The food is incredible and the staff are very down to earth and eager to please.

Pros: food, food, food

Cons: more people need to know about this place... what a find!

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We have been to Ben's off and on since it opened. Food is usually good, especially if weather permits and we can eat outside. Otherwise, the atmosphere is "smoky" to put it politely. Even in the "non-smoking area", which is like an

3
★★★★★

We have been to Ben's off and on since it opened. Food is usually good, especially if weather permits and we can eat outside. Otherwise, the atmosphere is "smoky" to put it politely. Even in the "non-smoking area", which is like an

Pros: Parking

Cons: Heavy Smoking, not attentive to orders

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Unfortunately, though the food was really good, their ventilation system does not remove smoke well at all! Thus the "non-smoking" room might as well be smoking, since the door is open to the bar area where smoking is obviously a big draw.

3
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Unfortunately, though the food was really good, their ventilation system does not remove smoke well at all! Thus the "non-smoking" room might as well be smoking, since the door is open to the bar area where smoking is obviously a big draw.

Pros: good food

Cons: smokey atmosphere, even in the "non-smoking" area

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I have been a regular at Ben's since it opened at the beginning of 2007. Don't get me wrong the food is always good, especially the quesidillias, steak, and just about everything else. One of my complaints is that the service has gone

3
★★★★★

I have been a regular at Ben's since it opened at the beginning of 2007. Don't get me wrong the food is always good, especially the quesidillias, steak, and just about everything else. One of my complaints is that the service has gone

Pros: food, outside patio

Cons: owner's girlfriend/wife, smoking-no ventilation

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Excellent food and service. The wait staff was very attentive-- never had to ask for a drink. I really like the menu selection- good for groups that want different things. Some of us ordered the fancier entrees and others ordered

3
★★★★★

Excellent food and service. The wait staff was very attentive-- never had to ask for a drink. I really like the menu selection- good for groups that want different things. Some of us ordered the fancier entrees and others ordered

Pros: non smoking section, large patio

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Ben's place has good food and the bartenders are great, very friendly and attentive. The crowd is rather unique , there is a large diversity of people in there at any one time. Overall and good place to go.

3
★★★★★

Ben's place has good food and the bartenders are great, very friendly and attentive. The crowd is rather unique , there is a large diversity of people in there at any one time. Overall and good place to go.

Pros: Good food & service

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A few co-workers and I went to Ben's Place for the first time. There were 6 of us and I was surprised that for a Friday night at 5:30, the place was still relatively empty. The hostess struggled to put two tables together for us, while a

3
★★★★★

A few co-workers and I went to Ben's Place for the first time. There were 6 of us and I was surprised that for a Friday night at 5:30, the place was still relatively empty. The hostess struggled to put two tables together for us, while a

Pros: Decent fish and chips

Cons: bad service

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I have gone several times and admit the food is good......would enjoy more if it wasn't so smokey. The dinner menu and the crowd it attracts don't coincide. Is it trying to be a smoke filled sports bar or an upscale restaurant? Who wants

3
★★★★★

I have gone several times and admit the food is good......would enjoy more if it wasn't so smokey. The dinner menu and the crowd it attracts don't coincide. Is it trying to be a smoke filled sports bar or an upscale restaurant? Who wants

Pros: good value

Cons: smoking and loud obnoxious patrons

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I've been twice, and I've enjoyed it both times. The fish tacos are outstanding, the pork tenderloin is delicious (and the portion is huge), the grouper is divine. We have a supper club that meets once a month, and everyone enjoyed his

3
★★★★★

I've been twice, and I've enjoyed it both times. The fish tacos are outstanding, the pork tenderloin is delicious (and the portion is huge), the grouper is divine. We have a supper club that meets once a month, and everyone enjoyed his

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Use to go there alot. good food. waitstaff pretty good unless very crowded. Agree with previous review about the "regulars" Not all but some are jerks. Use to do trivia there on tuesdays but they get po'd if someone other than them

3
★★★★★

Use to go there alot. good food. waitstaff pretty good unless very crowded. Agree with previous review about the "regulars" Not all but some are jerks. Use to do trivia there on tuesdays but they get po'd if someone other than them

Pros: good food

Cons: smokey, regulars

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Very good food and waitstaff . Smokey yes, but they have a non smoking room which isn't too bad which is where we go. Would get a 5 except for some ass@*les who are "regulars" there. Bunch of jerk-offs who ruined it for a bunch of

3
★★★★★

Very good food and waitstaff . Smokey yes, but they have a non smoking room which isn't too bad which is where we go. Would get a 5 except for some ass@*les who are "regulars" there. Bunch of jerk-offs who ruined it for a bunch of

Pros: food, service

Cons: regular clientel bunch of jerks

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The first thing that hits you when you walk in the door is cigarette odor. I know there is a non-smoking room, but if you want to hear music you are forced into the smoking area. One time I was told one side of the bar was non-smoking

3
★★★★★

The first thing that hits you when you walk in the door is cigarette odor. I know there is a non-smoking room, but if you want to hear music you are forced into the smoking area. One time I was told one side of the bar was non-smoking

Pros: awful

Cons: cigarette odor

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My husband and I attempted to eat at Ben's Place on a weekday evening. We were "greeted" by a hostess who seemed more concerned with completing a homework assignment than seating us. Books and notes were obviously displayed on the

3
★★★★★

My husband and I attempted to eat at Ben's Place on a weekday evening. We were "greeted" by a hostess who seemed more concerned with completing a homework assignment than seating us. Books and notes were obviously displayed on the

Pros: Convenient

Cons: Poor customer service; smoking allowed

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The restaurant bills itself (on this site) as vegetarian. Uninspired salads and cheese fries (without the bacon!) don't make a restaurant vegetarian. Perhaps putting something simple, like sweet potato ravioli alfredo, or roasted

3
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The restaurant bills itself (on this site) as vegetarian. Uninspired salads and cheese fries (without the bacon!) don't make a restaurant vegetarian. Perhaps putting something simple, like sweet potato ravioli alfredo, or roasted

Pros: Convenient location

Cons: Not vegetarian as listed here

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Ben's is a GREAT neighborhood bar, but their new bartenders are lacking people skills. Why don't you have your GREAT bartenders, Leslie and Rusty, bartend on trivia night. They are a part of the regular clientele that has been built up

3
★★★★★

Ben's is a GREAT neighborhood bar, but their new bartenders are lacking people skills. Why don't you have your GREAT bartenders, Leslie and Rusty, bartend on trivia night. They are a part of the regular clientele that has been built up

Pros: Food, Location

Cons: Customer Service on Trivia Night

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I have had the pleasure of sampleing just about every item on the menu. And it is all excellent. My favorite is the coffee crusted filet. I am a beef "purist" when it comes to steak. So I was a little sceptical....until I tried it. There

3
★★★★★

I have had the pleasure of sampleing just about every item on the menu. And it is all excellent. My favorite is the coffee crusted filet. I am a beef "purist" when it comes to steak. So I was a little sceptical....until I tried it. There

Pros: WIde variaty of menu choices. Good selection of wines. Several different draft beers.

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You can't beat the food here especially the seafood. The employees are attentive and friendly. Never had a bad experience. Quick service for lunch which is great when you have limited time. Large and spacious patio-- definitely worth

3
★★★★★

You can't beat the food here especially the seafood. The employees are attentive and friendly. Never had a bad experience. Quick service for lunch which is great when you have limited time. Large and spacious patio-- definitely worth

Pros: quality and variety of food, atmosphere, customer service, parking

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I first came upon Ben's Place for a birthday gathering. It has a warm family pub-esk atmosphere, a large patio area, well-lit parking, friendly servers, fantastic food and it's clean. Ben's Place is a family-run business with their focus

3
★★★★★

I first came upon Ben's Place for a birthday gathering. It has a warm family pub-esk atmosphere, a large patio area, well-lit parking, friendly servers, fantastic food and it's clean. Ben's Place is a family-run business with their focus

Pros: Great food, cold beverages, excellent customer service, parking, good clientele

Cons: None found

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My spouse and I have had some great meals at Ben's; but we've had some surprisingly bad meals, too. If you're a real carnivore, the beef is great. However, if you're looking at the lighter fare - beware! The salads - which you would

3
★★★★★

My spouse and I have had some great meals at Ben's; but we've had some surprisingly bad meals, too. If you're a real carnivore, the beef is great. However, if you're looking at the lighter fare - beware! The salads - which you would

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Loud; slow service

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When it's my turn to choose the restaurant, I always choose Ben's Place! I go,hoping the Sea Bass is the special for the night, it delights every taste bud in my mouth! If it's not available, no worries, the grouper is excellent. As a

3
★★★★★

When it's my turn to choose the restaurant, I always choose Ben's Place! I go,hoping the Sea Bass is the special for the night, it delights every taste bud in my mouth! If it's not available, no worries, the grouper is excellent. As a

Pros: Excellent Food, Comfortable Atmosphere, Great Location, Friendly Service

 

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