Benares

4.4
5360 reviews
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A staple within the London fine dining scene and celebrating 12 years of holding a Michelin Star, Benares, a Michelin starred restaurant specialises in modern Indian cuisine with a distinct British twist.

Located in the heart of Mayfair, the sophisticated ambiance and detailed service compliment the flavour infused dishes and our enhanced by locally sourced ingredients.

Boasting four private dining rooms, as well as an intimate bar area, Benares is able to accommodate all celebrations, whether corporate or personal, and is available for exclusive hire for larger functions.

Private Dining

From Monday to Friday, all Group Lunch reservations include a complimentary signature cocktail reception.

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Special Offers

Post Theatre Menu: £48 pp

Benares is excited to announce a new menu addition to the family. The post theatre menu is perfect for after an evening out - 3 courses including amuse bouche and petit fours at £48 per person Monday – Thursday from 2145 – 2230. This post theatre menu is set to launch April 1st for a limited time. Enjoy their 2 most talked about dishes in one menu!

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 April 2019

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 21:45-22:30

Five Course sharing Street Food menu & Green Spice Martini for 2: £40

Available in the BAR only. sharing. 1 menu shared between 2 people. From a sharing menu of 5 dishes . 1 menu shared between 2 people. Includes Tax, excludes service.. Menu cannot be halved to accommodate 3,5 or 7 people. There is a vegetarian menu available: guests cannot split the menu for veg and non-veg. Guest must order 1 veg menu and 1 non-veg menu, at an additional cost.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.Date restrictions will include special occasion dates and bank holidays (e.g. Valentines).

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 31 May 2019

Availability: Sun 18:00-21:00
Mon-Fri 12:00-14:00 17:30-21:30
Sat 12:00-14:00

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

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.Date restrictions will include special occasion dates and bank holidays (e.g. Valentines).

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 31 May 2019

Availability: Sun 18:00-20:45
Mon-Sat 12:00-14:00 17:30-21:00

3 course set menu with champagne Cocktail or Mocktail : £35

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Date restrictions will include special occasion dates and bank holidays (e.g. Valentines).

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 31 May 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 17:30-18:30
Fri-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-17:30

2 Course set menu Champagne Cocktail or Mocktail: £29

From a set menu.


Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT. excludes service. Date restrictions will include special occasion dates and bank holidays (e.g. Valentines).

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 31 May 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 17:30-18:30
Fri-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-17:30

What 5360 People Are Saying
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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good but the Sommelier was average at best and when we had an issue with the amount of wine poured his attitude was dismissive and rude and we had to then speak to the Manager who was much more accommodating and polite. Luckily it didn’t sour the evening too much but I would not rush back to be served by the same Sommelier ...

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was simply incredible. We are vegetarian and everything was delicious. The green mint and coriander sauce was so good we couldn’t stop eating it, the best I’ve ever had. The beet root appetizer was outstanding- perfectly spiced and balanced. The black daal May be the tastiest dish I’ve ever eaten, I’ll be dreaming about it. The cauliflower curry and the baby Aubergine curry were nice but not as good as the other dishes. The spinach paneer was very, very good. The naan was light and fluffy and crispy- excellent. Overall an amazing feast but hold on to your socks when they bring the check! Very expensive but Im Very happy to have been able to have the experience. And the daal.

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F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benares is a memorable experience: gracious service, comfortable and elegant dining room, and food inspired by Indian cuisine but is modern, original, faultlessly prepared and served, and divinely delicious. I will go back over and over again to this very special restaurant!

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DT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You must do the bar tasting menu it's amazing food, cocktails and ambiance all for hardly any money....although when you realise how amazing it is you might want to order desert and a couple of extra cocktails. .. definitely recommend!

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L
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter who served us was brilliant . We also met the head chef! Great meal. Enjoyed it! Great service!

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FC
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food as always was amazing and we're keen to try the new Street Food menu next time we come. The layers of flavour that are created are second to none and we have recommended Benares to friends and family. The meal was part of my husband's 50th birthday celebrations and he was really chuffed - he's not easily pleased when it comes to his food! Our waiter was really attentive without being intrusive and the whole atmosphere was very relaxed.

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B
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply Perfect

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TQ
London
13 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a great place. I’d been a few years back for dinner, lunch was fantastic and we look forward to coming back again soon.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Whilst personally I thought the food was very good my guests were not so impressed. Definitely the service is not on par with what I expect from a Michelin starred place. Especially given that the prices are very high (£25+ for a small starter). I also didn't understand why the waiter kept suggesting wine bottles for £300, its a strange starting point without knowing the person's budget. As the bill hadn't arrived for so long we proceeded to get up and walk towards the door. That was the only time I felt the waiter was acting with urgency.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top class food with excellent service. Thoroughly enjoyable dining experience

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ridiculously good food, service impeccable.

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AH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Really disappointed. Waited 20 mins to be seated and 15 mins to be served a drink whilst waiting. The restaurant was so noisy that we had to shout to hear each other. The table behind were so loud the staff actually said we will get them their bill and get them to go quickly. The staff should have asked them to keep the noise down. Other couples were also complaining about the noise. The food and drink were ok but overpriced for the experience. Have eaten in many restaurants and I had waited for years to go. So disappointed and would not go again.

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AT
London
23 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been for a while and it was our friends' first visit - what a wonderful evening! The food was excellent and the service just right! very good value for fine dining!

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PB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my husband for a birthday lunch here - food was absolutely delicious - every mouthful had a burst of different flavours and the variety of different sauces complimented each dish very well. The staff were so nice and friendly which made the whole experience really enjoyable. The waiter went out of his way (without any prompt from me) to surprise my husband with a lovely little chocolate birthday dessert with a candle. Would definitely return here :-)

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AP
Dorset
6 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great ambience and the service is superb. Great place for special birthdays.

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London
17 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely venue and food was really good but be prepared to spend a lot of money. We skipped starters as all around the £20 mark. Mains were delicious and not small portions. Perfect for a special occasion

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SM
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent dinner, softshell crab and red mullet to start followed by lamb chops. All delicious.

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RH
Leicestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mum here after a day shopping, we had the street food sharing platter which was delicious, just enough for a light dinner or lunch. The cocktails were amazing too.
And service is great!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food. Service was efficient but not very friendly. Indian waiter who took our order seemed cross that we were ordering lots of starters to share and no main courses; but overall very good.

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JM
London
17 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very, very good food and good sized portions with phenomenal flavours.

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DG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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CB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word “Stunning”

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S
Berkshire
37 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my 5th visit to Benares but I was worried as have never visited at the weekend before. I needn't of done so as the standard was just as high as normal. The waiting staff took time to explain each dish and answered our few questions in detail.

The food was amazing especially the Pollock starter and I thoroughly recommend Indian wine.

Looking forward to my next visit already

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O
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most delicious Indian food in London, excellent tasting menu, amazing experience

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had the tasting menu, wish the portions were just a little smaller allowing one to enjoy the entire 7 courses

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London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our third visit to Benares and both the food and quality has gotten even better. The waiters are very attentative and the food portions are generous.

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London
19 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

An interesting and tasty meal, with some imaginative variations on Indian food.

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HK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We came for lunch and so was quieter. Great service. I always find it difficult deciphering Indian menus because growing up it was always just curry for me. Thankfully the waiter offered to provide a curry however I wish I liked it and to not worry about the labels.

I ordered a lamb curry which was delicious and my guest ordered lamb chops which came with a side of curry too. Cauliflower was served as a side.

Everything about this place is great, the service especially. Whilst I’ve had better Indian food and at a better value this is a place I would come back to happily but maybe a special occasion

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Dubai
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Service and food

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NT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great experience. Would highly recommend :) :)

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m
Buckinghamshire
49 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Benares is situated off Berkeley Square and a warm welcome was received where we sat in the bar for pre-dinner drinks. I would have to say the bar is more atmospheric that the main dining room which whilst smart is lacking character. The food, we had limited choice from a set menu, was delicious and the service was very good with helpful suggestions re wine choice.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Unfortunately service was let

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good! The service was okay - would have expected much better!

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RH
Leicestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were recommended here by a friend and our high expectations were met. Amazing delicious food, recommend the lamb chops. Great service too. Will return for another special occasion.

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very friendly and welcoming and very knowledgable of menu and wines. Delicious food.

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LB
London
21 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic staff and awesome food. Love this restaurant. The Royal Chicken and the paneer are superb!

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OS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was perfect for our anniversary, the tasting menu was fantastic!

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PL
Surrey
8 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as usual

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food worthy of its reputation.

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F
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service was very good, this is my third time to Benares and would definitely recommend. I had the lamb sheek kebabs to start which was very nice and the lamb cutlets as main but was unable to finish it as the starter was quite feeling, overall good experience

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