Benares

4.5
5783 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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Experiences

  • 2 course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail @ £29

    May 21 - Nov 30, 2021

    2 course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail @ £29
  • 2 Course menu with Champ Cocktail/mocktail @£29 pp

    £29.00 per person

    May 21 - Nov 30, 2021

    2 Course set menu
  • 3 Course menu with Champ Cocktail/ Mocktail @£35pp

    May 21 - Nov 30, 2021

    From a set menu.
  • 3 Course Menu with Champ Cocktail/Mocktail @£35pp

    £35.00 per person

    May 21 - Nov 30, 2021

    From a set menu
  • 8 Course Tasting Menu with Champ Cocktail @£109 pp

    £109.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    6 Course Tasting Menu with Champ Cocktail @£109 pp
  • 8 Crse Veg Tasting & Glass of Champ Cocktail@£98pp

    £98.00 per person

    Jul 1 - Nov 30, 2021

    6 Crse Veg Tasting & Glass of Champ Cocktail@£98pp from a set menu
  • CHRISTMAS LUNCH 8 COURSE TASTING MENU

    £125.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    CHRISTMAS DAY 8 COURSE TASTING MENU

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What 5783 People Are Saying
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murraya
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food after a lockdown but not exceptional. Tasty , well presented but probably too pricey to be honest.

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear Murraya, I would like to thank you for having taken the time to write your feedback on your last visit to Benares. We hope to see you soon. Best wishes, The team

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PaulD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambience. Service very good and made to feel welcome. Will go again for sure. The cocktails were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding.. the food is tooo good

Benares
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Guest, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you soon in our restaurant! Best wishes, the team

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GailM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Little disappointed that the bar area was not open however that quickly passed when entering the restaurant which was so wonderful. The restaurant supervisor was very helpful when we were ordering our food, as this was our first visit, so we were grateful of her advice. A nice little touch at the end of our lunch was the chocolate brownie happy birthday to me. The food was outstanding and we cannot wait to return.

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear GailM, Thank you for taking the time to review your last visit to Benares. We are glad to hear our cuisine have met your expectation and that our team have delivered a great service. Looking forward to your next visit! Best wishes, the team

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FazKausar
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Benares… the new chef (Sameer) is a magician
Just go and order the tasting menu and take your taste buds on a wild ride…
This food os one of the best place in London and perfect when you really really need to impress… and be impressed

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MarionC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely set lunch, with a very different champagne cocktail.
Can highly recommend the food.
Excellent value, and now tempted to return for a full tasting experience.

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear MarionC, Thank you for taking the time to write about your last visit to Benares. We are glad you've enjoyed the experience and we are looking forward for you to come back and perhaps try our lovely Tasting Menu. Best wishes, The team

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faulkstu
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb high end Indian food. The venison kebab starter is particularly superb

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear Faulkstu, Thanks for your review. Glad to hear you have enjoyed your last visit to Benares. Best wishes, The team

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AlisonM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch experience…friendly and attentive staff, great looking and tasting food and wonderful champagne cocktails!

Benares
Responded on 15 September 2021

Dear AlisonM, Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your last visit at Benares. We are glad you've enjoyed the experience and that our cuisine and service have met your expectations. We are looking forward to seeing you in our restaurant soon. Best wishes, The team

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MichaelM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unusual cuisine which may be specific to this type of restaurant. Lovely tasting food.

Benares
Responded on 15 September 2021

Dear MichaelM, Thank you very much for your review. We are glad you've enjoyed your experience at Benares. Looking forward to welcoming you back in our restaurant. Best wishes, The team

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DiReed
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good flavoursome food, beautifully presented. Efficient and attentive staff.

Benares
Responded on 15 September 2021

Dear DiReed, Thank you for your review. We are glad that our cuisine and service had met your expectations. Please, come back soon! Best wishes, the team

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CarlaB
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food and excellent service. Set menu was great value

Benares
Responded on 15 September 2021

Dear CarlaB, Thanks for your review. We are glad our food and service have met your expectations and we hope to see you soon at Benares. Best wishes, The team

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HelenP
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Set menu was very good value and great care was taken with the food. It was absolutely delicious and the service impeccable. We felt very looked after, but not overbearing. We can’t wait to go back.

Benares
Responded on 15 September 2021

Dear HelenP, Thanks a lot for your review. We are glad you've enjoyed the experience at Benares and hope to see you soon! Best wishes, The team

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GS19
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Amazing staff had a great night!
The food was phenomenal. Enjoyed the time there.

Benares
Responded on 9 September 2021

Dear GS19, thank you so much for taking the time and write about your last visit at Benares. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and that our cuisine and service met your expectations. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, The team

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SumB
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Excellent ambience and lighting.
Service was good with very prompt attention and food was on the table remarkably quickly for a busy restaurant.
The quality of the food particularly the Mains was at best mediocre. Expected a bit better on the flavours....
The Starters were good and innovative

Benares
Responded on 9 September 2021

Dear SumB, We appreciate you have taken the time to share your last experience at Benares. Please, do get in touch with our marketing team at marketing@benaresrestauran.co.uk to share your thoughts of your food expectations. It is really helpful for us examine your feedback in order for our team to improve our standards and guest satisfaction during a guests dining experience. Looking forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, The team

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AlishaJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Knowledgeable waiter and great choice on menus.

Benares
Responded on 9 September 2021

Dear AlishaJ, thank you so much for taking the time to write about your last visit at Benares. Please, do come back soon! Best wishes, the team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good!

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DavidC
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well what can we see, we were visiting London to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. So it was a special occasion and the staff made it very special indeed.. it’s worth having a cocktail before your meal as they are fabulous..
the food is second to none we had the tasting menu paired with the wine. Great wine waiter Philip very knowledgeable
When we are in London again we will return

Benares
Responded on 31 August 2021

Dear DavidC, Firstly, many congratulations on your 40th wedding anniversary! We appreciate you taking the time to write about your visit at Benares, and we are glad to hear you've enjoyed your special evening. Glad to hear our food and service met your expectations, and will definitely pass your compliment on to our Head Sommelier Filip and the rest of the team. Hope to see you soon! Best wishes, The Team

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Piyush
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Authentic Indian food with richness in taste. Suggestion to add more variety in set menu.

Benares
Responded on 31 August 2021

Dear Piyush, Thank you very much for your review. Your suggestion has been taken to our Management team. We are looking forward to welcoming you back at Benares. Best wishes, The Team

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vipReema
London
12 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little bit pricey but really worth it as the food tasted amazing the service was amazing overall we had an amazing time. I would definitely come back here again and already recommended it to my friends.

Benares
Responded on 31 August 2021

Dear Reema, We appreciate you taking the time to write about your last visit at Benares. We are glad to hear our food and service have met your expectation and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon! Best wishes, The team

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DEEPTI
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was very average and definitely not exquisite. Not something I'd expect from a Michelin star restaurant I don't think i'd go back there ever again. Wasn't impressed.

Benares
Responded on 31 August 2021

Dear Deepti, Thank you for taking the time to write us about your experience at Benares. I am truly sorry that your experience with us was not as hoped and that the cuisine did not meet your expectations. We have not received negative reviews about the food that evening, however we welcome all feedback as we view it as a means of continuous improvement. We hope to see you again soon. All the best, The Team

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vipbobB
London
21 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having been to Benares before I wasn't' disappointed with our experience. Had the tasting menu with paired wines, very nice, well presented and very good service. Whilst we had a two hour slot, we stayed for over three hours and this was not a problem.

Benares
Responded on 31 August 2021

Dear BobB, Thank you very much for your review and your loyalty to our restaurant. We are so glad to hear you've enjoyed your last visit at Benares and we are looking forward to welcoming you back soon. All the best, the team

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vipSIMON
London
25 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Service was great.
Small problem with starters was sorted very quickly

Benares
Responded on 31 August 2021

Dear Simon, Thank you so much for your review. We are glad to hear you've had a good time and our staff promptly solved any issues. We are looking forward to have you here in the future. Best wishes, The Team

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mcmc
London
4 reviews