Benares

4.4
5877 reviews
£41 and over
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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Bottomless offer £48 pp

Oct 28, 2020-Nov 28, 2020·Tue-Thu 12:00-14:00 17:00-20:30, Fri-Sat 12:00-14:00

Bottomless Thali menu with drinks

6 course Tasting Menu with Glass of Champ cocktail on pp @ £98pp

Aug 3, 2020-Feb 3, 2021·Sun 12:00-14:00 17:30-20:45, Mon-Sat 12:00-14:00 17:30-21:30

From a set menu.

2 course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail @ £29

Aug 3, 2020-Feb 3, 2021·Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-18:30

2 course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail @ £29

Thali Menu @£33 Lunch Only

Aug 3, 2020-Feb 3, 2021·Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30

From a set menu.

3 Course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail: £35

Aug 3, 2020-Feb 3, 2021·Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-18:30

From a set menu.

1,000-Point Tables

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Tue - Sat 12:00PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 10:30PM

What 5877 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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JayO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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ShekharN
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed by the overall experience. Right from the reservation to the end.
All staff were very courteous, food was AUTHENTIC INDIAN and the ATTENTION TO DETAIL was exemplary.
In my online reservation, I had mentioned that I was coming down to celebrate my wedding anniversary. Hence very pleasantly surprised by the Walnut Chocolate Brownie on a decorated plate, which made our day.
Will certainly visit again and recommend to all my friends.

Thank you to the Benares Team

KW
KarenW
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely good quality restaurant. Coped well with social distancing

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amandaw
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really enjoyed the experience thought the level of service and dinning was exceptional we will definitely be back and will recommend to our friends and family. Made our birthday celebration special, many thanks guys

CM
ChrisM
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service. The bottomless thali was excellent value for such a lovely restaurant.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was hair in my yogurt - wasn’t happy about that. They gave us complimentary desert to compensate that and an additional one for the occasion we were there for.

Food was ok though.

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ks14203
London
20 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Services was brilliant and couldn’t be faulted. Ambience was lovely. Cocktails and Starters were delicious.
Unfortunately mains and desserts weren’t to our taste. But maybe we ordered the wrong items.

DY
DavidY
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Food fantastic but service not as good as when we were there before.

BV
BettyV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time at Benares.

My partner and I got the tasting menu - think it was 98 GBP per head.

Food - 4/5
Absolutely stunning food. Out of all courses, it was only the final 2 that we weren't abosolutely raving about (lamb main, little flavour. the dessert was a complex jelly & cream concoction - we just dont love cream!)

Service - 5/5
Some of the best service I've received in London. Only comparable place for me in terms of service is Luca in Clerkenwell. Really charming waiters who were really attentive and had good chat! They kindly served up a brownie with a candle for my partner's birthday.

Ambience - 3/5
Location feels special - swanky Mayfair without the pretentiousness of nearby Sexy Fish. Well set up for covid-19; screens between tables made us feel very safe. The waiters kept their masks on at ALL TIMES!! I cannot believe the amount of staff I've seen elsewhere who serve without a mask on. The reason I've given this place a 3 is a little out of vanity. When you go to such a nice expensive place it'd be nice to take some scenic photos. I would not say the inside of the restaurant is scenic or particularly memorable.

All in all though, I'd reccommend Benares for a special occassion. For a more affordable meal, their lunch menu comes at a good price!

JM
JiMBo
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service already book to go back next month

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Our 4th time back to Benares and we are already planning our return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for a dinner to celebrate my husband birthday. The food was absolutely wonderful, from preparation to presentation, very pleasing. Excellent service!
I would just like to thank you for the fantastic evening we spent with you!
Love to visit again!

MB
vipMichaelB
London
16 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We e been ‘surviving ‘ on Benares takeaways since they were available but decided to take the plunge and return for the real thing ! Well worth the effort. All sensational and with polite and great service !!

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siobhanw
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner with our 5 year old daughter for a special family treat. I have been twice before and had not seen children there so was slightly nervous. Staff were amazing, so warm, kind and welcoming to her. She was treated like a princess! Both the service and the food were outstanding! I cannot fault anything. The childrens menu is fantastic and very reasonably priced, our daughter said it was yummy delicious!

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Shelgy09
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous birthday meal, been wanting to go here for ages and it didn’t disappoint. Will be back when next visiting London.

ZH
ZayedH
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service the food everything was sublime it was fantastic every mouthful was mind-blowing this was one of the best meals I've ever had a great experience in a great restaurant

VC
VictoriaC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent afternoon with wonderful food and excellent service a real gem
Thank you

SQ
SimonQ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb and genuine service plus great food!

DH
DHTT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lunch -:had the three course menu with the Champagne cocktail which was most interesting item of the entire meal. Service was ok but the gentleman in the suit taking the orders needs to loosen up especially as he in a customer facing role, the other staff were warm and pleasant. Food, nothing special, the soft shell crab starter was tasty. For the mains,the Venison keema was overly sweet even for a game dish and my partner's haddock was well cooked and tasty but overly salted ! The dessert was a chocolate and guava mousse nothing special - my local Indian, Michelin recommend does better food and service...pity. Won't be returning in a hurry

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Ladywhodines
London
21 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A different approach to Indian cooking from most Indian restaurants especially in the tasting menu format. For us the dishes were beautifully balanced and the quantities spot on. An excellent basic flight of wines went with it with the Viognier from Greece a particular eye opener. Only criticisms were a slightly long gap between two courses early on meant the rest of the meal was a bit rushed due to the 10pm curfew and the turbot dish was effectively a waste of an expensive fish as although the sauce was superb the flavour of the turbot was completely lost and the fish itself was slightly overcooked. Might have been better using monkfish tail. Having said that I would have no hesitation in having the tasting menu again on a future visit as food like this is hard to find anywhere.

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vipqueenjo
London
31 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night out before lockdown on the 3 course deal. Extremely COVID safe with screens between tables and all waiting staff in masks. V helpful staff explaining everything and the set menu delicious and great value. Sides a bit pricey at £9 for a very small plate of Dahl but wine decent price and delicious cocktails - so large Bill was our own fault! Will be back - when we can!!!

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Discriminating
London
23 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Most enjoyable, very good food and wonderful service

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Wess
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff very helpful with everything especially when we had a spillage on our table.

JS
JohnS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food is ok but the it's massively overpriced. Maybe it's because it's in Mayfair but if I'm going to be spending £100-£150 per head I want to be blown away and I definitely wasn't.

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TazH
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular! Incredibly flavoured food wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable staff and all at a great price. Tasting menu worth every penny, wines impeccably matched, the scallop was an absolute favourite!

BJ
BJLONDON
London
32 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were made very welcome on arrival and throughout our meal. All three of us chose the thali menu and the accompanying drinks offer. We were delighted by both and were very surprised to be offered extra portions of our favourite dishes.

A most enjoyable experience made most special by the very helpful waiters.

JV
JayV
1 review