Benares

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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.

Private Dining

From Monday to Friday, all Group Lunch reservations include a complimentary signature cocktail reception. Based in the exclusive and vibrant Mayfair, Benares puts on a classy performance with its striking contemporary design. A wide staircase sweeps up to a cool bar, lavished with hand crafted Indi

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Special Offers

5 Course sharing Street Food menu & Green Spice Martini for 2: £50

Available in the Bar only. 1 menu shared between 2 people. From a sharing menu of 5 dishes . 1 menu shared between 2 people. Includes Tax, excludes service. 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: 1 January 2020

Ends: 20 June 2020

Availability: Sun 17:30-22:00
Mon-Thu 12:00-14:00 17:30-22:00
Fri 12:00-14:00 20:00-22:00
Sat 12:00-14:30 20:00-22:00

2 Course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail: £29

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: 1 January 2020

Ends: 20 June 2020

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

3 Course set menu 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: 1 January 2020

Ends: 20 June 2020

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

6 course Tasting Menu & a Champ cocktail: £98

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: 1 January 2020

Ends: 20 June 2020

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

Thali lunch menu: £33

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 January 2020

Ends: 20 June 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30

Treat your mum this Mother's Day

Mother's Day Special 3 Course Menu at £45pp. Available for Lunch and Pre-Theatre (1730 to 1830) up to 8 guests. Every Mother will be welcomed with scarfs and get a box of Petit Fours to take home. Regular Tasting and A La Carte Menus will be available as per usual.

Sunday, 22 March, 2020

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun - Thu 7:00PM - 10:00PM

What 5741 People Are Saying
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JO
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JP
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
London
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Would recommend the Thali.

SN
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NM
London
11 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.

YB
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.

G
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!

K
London
9 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
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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a 40th birthday celebration and couldn’t fault anything. Great service, delicious food and a few nice touches including a birthday pudding complete with candle!

V
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Indian foods. Definitely above average standards

HM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing
Dark lighting which was awkward in the toilet but you feel spoilt
It’s an expensive experience- that I hope to do again

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We had a set menu offer. The food was good, and the service was good too

EP
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fantastic lunch from set menu, with wonderfully attentive serving staff. Coeliac diner very well catered for. Exquisite flavours in the food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food

OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambiance is really nice we had the private wine cellar room, apart from the waiters coming in every 5mins it was a nice section small for a group of 10. The food was mediocre and over priced seasoning was not great and most of the food from our mains was left uneaten. For such a well named establishment in Mayfair I expected far better quality of food

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Best Indian I’ve ever had

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice lunch with good service .
Although the wine we chose was unavailable the Sommelier helped us choose a different one instead . Which we enjoyed.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The service was poor and the waiter assigned was not attentive.

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. staff was very attentive and polite. Service of food was perfect 😃. Ambience was very nice. Had a great time.

BD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time I have been to Benares, and once again it was outstanding....not cheap but an amazing experience from all aspects. Can’t recommend enough....

TG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food. wine and service were fantastic. We chose from the three course set menu and every course had such a great layer and balance of spices and flavours. I would highly recommend a visit. I have been there twice in the past six months for different celebrations and both times the food and service were excellent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Dont go for the set meal.

VK
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The head waiter was especially attentive to our needs, recognising our first time at an establishment of this level. He came over to us at regular intervals and explained how best to enjoy the course. All the staff were very welcoming and it was a lovely treat to help celebrate our daughters birthday. Thank you all for making it a special occasion or us. VInce

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and it was a special occasion and they treated us to an anniversary dessert. It was a nice touch.

OT
London
12 reviews