Benares

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5756 reviews
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Indian
Indian Fine Dining Restaurant with British Flair in the Heart of Mayfair.

Benares Restaurant and Bar since its opening in 2003 has been considered one of the finest Indian Restaurants in the city.

Guests enter an elegant lounge with hand-crafted India inspired furniture and is complemented by a beautiful pond decorated with fresh flowers, creating a luxurious aesthetic.

Benares has 4 private dining rooms, three of which are around the lounge: the Berkeley Room which seats up to 16 guests, the Sommeliers Table which seats up to 10 guests and a Chefs Table overlooking the kitchen which seats up to 8 guests. The lounge area leads into the main dining room which can accommodate up to 80 guests. Our largest private dining area, the Dover room seating up to 36 guests is on the other side of the main dining room.

Benares can be hired for exclusive events accommodating 100 guests for a sit-down dinner and 250 guests for a standing reception.

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TomS
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, and good ambience.
Service was good but on a couple of occasions waiters forgot that one party member was coeliac so could not eat gluten. They responded well but could have gone badly if not asked.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal super service and we were given a free take home of the dhal I loved furthermore the chef came out and told me how to cook it. Cocktails also great. An all round great experience and we will be back again

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AvniD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The non-vegetarian set menu was very good but the vegetarian set menu was ok. The food in the vegetarian menu had too many dishes which felt soppy and lacked a little crunch e.g. samosa needed some bite inside rather than a smooth paste, the cabbage dish was the same. However, the paneer was outstanding and the bhartha was very tasty especially paired with the truffle bakarkhani. Some dishes in the vegetarian menu were also quite spicy e.g. the vegetable and soya momo.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was extremely tasteful. Our waitress was very polite & friendly waitress.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fabulous meal and excellent service! Would definitely go again!

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NicH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Der Service war erstklassig es hat an nichts gefehlt. Das Essen was sehr lecker und hat auch satt gemacht. Tolles Ambiente

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timr
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and great service, our host was very helpful giving great advise on the menu choice
We began with cocktails which were a very interesting and fabulous twists on classics

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LeeE
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - would definitely recommend

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VinodS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Had dinner with family members. Got shown to a table designated for large groups. Had to kick up a fuss to get a table in the main area which we did. Food poor, my local India restaurant can serve better food at a quarter of the price. Heavy use of double cream... and that's not Indian! Service was poor, non of the waiting staff had a smile..tells it all how unhappy they must be working here. This is a highly overrated Indian restaurant. Can't recommend and will never return. Hugely disappointing

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MarS
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We said no spicy food and got the opposite. Allergies were not considered and food mixed up. The stuff was not very friends. It was not worth the price.

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NicolaB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had the tasting menu which was absolutely delicious and plenty of food. So nice to try the various Signature dishes. We initially didn’t have the best service - no menus and a long wait for the sommelier, but once that was rectified we had a very pleasant evening. Only one issue regarding the food was that for one of the courses, we heard from the waiter that the scallop was served on a bed of coconut, which actually (once tasted) turned out to be a bed of salt!!

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Tekmaster
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Benares, never disappointed ... a little expensive for everyday dining but kinda worth it.

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OJIOJI
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

イメージしているインド料理と異なり、洗練された味で辛いのがダメな人もOKです。
雰囲気も非常に高級感があり、スタッフのサービス洗練されつつも適度にフレンドリーで心地よいものです。
なんといっても3コースにウイスキーソーダ2杯ずつ飲んで2人で140ポンドはロンドンではお値打ちだと思います。

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GalinaT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Booked for a pre theatre dinner - the veggie street food taster.

The cocktail was nice, and the food tasty. My husband is from India so we visit there a lot - I’d say it’s not as good as what you can eat there (and of course far more expensive) but fairly authentic.

Would say if youre feeling hungry, you might need to order something else to go with the taster menu.

Also, the bar was pretty quite when we arrived (as in we were the only people there!) but got a bit busier.

Also just to say although the deal is offered as £40 for 2 for the taster menu and cocktail, it was actually £50.
I think this is open tables fault not the restaurants but it was rather annoying especially as price had been a factor in choosing which restaurant to go to!

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JayO
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice place to visit with great service I would recommend.

JP
JeremyPH
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent trip to Benares. Excellent set menu on Satuday lunchtime.

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Angel109
London
18 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, delicious cocktails and impeccable service. Such a treat.

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Santy
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Would recommend the Thali.

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SureshN
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the thali. Great choice, well prepared and presented. Service is unobtrusive and good.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was so average my local takeaway has more flavour. Apart from the lamb chops, which were amazing, the food was not great. It was so ridiculously overpriced that we were expecting amazing food and were thoroughly disappointed. Won’t be going back there!

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NeemaM
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere in the restaurant was ambient in keeping with a fine dining restaurant. The staff were immediately attentive and welcoming. I felt they err well trained in the menu and wines.
The food itself was delicious, however the portions were smaller than other similar places I have been to. On a positive I was left wanting more after each course. The wines were well matched.
Overall, an enjoyable experience, the only thing was it was on the higher end price wise compared to similar and equally delicious places.

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YousefB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very lovely waiter, new italian girl, amazing service she had a great presence and wit about her on valentines day despite it being 11 pm. 10/10, she made our stay extra welcoming.

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Ghu55
Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Where do I start! The saying “I’ll believe it when I see it” comes to mind. A must recommendation from associates and friends went a very long way. Right from the reception/welcoming persona represented by the front of house staff to the minute we were seated 10/10. That’s before the menu of what’s to be served that day was even presented! So our first impressions? We were already sold 👍🏽 We decided to opt for the Taster Menu since it was our first visit, to experience the full on Benares experience. All the dishes were served in a; well balanced palatable and a very well presentable way. Everything on offer on the menu was without a shadow of doubt a 10/10 - Our most favourite item off the menu was by far the Chicken Momo, Kachumber Chutney and Raita. The ambience was perfect for the occasion, mellow and not too loud. A very classy and upscale venue, you get what you pay for and it’s not just the food but the experience as a whole. The staff where all very friendly and introduced themselves by their name. As each dish was unravelled, it was clearly explained and the attention to detail with the conveyance of their individually tailored customer service was second to none. Hats off to the team who made our evening very special and an evening to remember. Would I recommend this place and would I visit again? Hands down a strong recommendation in my books and I will be visiting again - well done to the team at Benares!

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Kapoor
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food! Surely will be back again, thank you to the entire team that looked after us.

JM
vipJeffM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was served beautifully and was truly outstanding. It had a great mix of traditional india food with just the right amount of exotic and high end flare...cannot wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review