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.

Support Benares during COVID-19

Offers

London Restaurant Festival: 3 courses & a glass of Sparking Wine £35

Oct 1-31, 2020·Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-18:30

3 course Set menu with a glass of Sparking Wine on arrival

Thali Menu @£33 Lunch Only

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

From a set menu.

Dine Local: 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

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

Bottomless Thali menu with drinks offer £48pp

Sep 3-30, 2020·Tue-Sat 12:00-14:00

Bottom Less 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

What 5842 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Great atmosphere. Impressed with the stylish privacy/covid screens (hope they'll keep them). Food was good but long wait between courses. As a result, dessert was served just before closing time and we had to rush.

JP
JoyP
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thali - excellent value for money. Very good set up of tables for Covid, felt very safe. Service attentive and even manager came around to check how we were doing. A++

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time visiting the restaurant but it was a wonderful evening- the service, food, ambiance and covid-19 measures in place was all perfect. The floor manager was really helpful with the wine suggestions and food options. Definitely will be visiting again!

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LalitaR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

It was a very disappointing meal ! I’m Indian and Indian good should be robust and hearty ! My seafood curry @35.00 was totally a waste of money and the prawns didn’t even have any taste ! Dint bother to go there .

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Beautiful decor... and amazing waiters!

BS
BillySaracens
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best modern Indian restaurant in London with great food and staff

PW
PaulW
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendliest place I have had the pleasure to eat. Staff was friendly to the point of being intrusive for some. I and my guests enjoyed the evening immensely.

GM
GaynorM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe re Covid service was impeccable As was the food

SH
SusanneH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at Benares. The service, hospitality and food are incredible. Friendly staff, perfectly executed food and a very pleasant setting to share with friends, family or clients.

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vipKetman
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We went for the Thali. The onion Bhaji in the vegetarian thali was raw and had to be sent back. The chicken in the non-veg thali had a really strange aftertaste.

Overall a very disappointing food experience.

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Priti45uk
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience2

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I go there all the time. But I was very disappointed by the service. Had to wait over half an hour just to get a drink. I ended up going to the bar myself to order a drink. Even at the table. The waiters were nice but not sure of what I wanted to order. I really hope for a better service next time.

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vipSarah
London
25 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single course was delicious! Just lovely!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Service was excellent

RA
RosieA
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This was a great night out during covid times. Restaurant was brilliant, safe and amazing food. We went for a special occasion and had been wanting to go for a while...it did not disappoint! Food was on point and I’d highly recommend as an Indian myself and having been to many Indian restaurants in London as a Londoner.
Go visit!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service, undiminished by the currently trying times. My first return since lockdown, will not be my last, circumstances permitting.

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John
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and food and a wonderful dining experience!

KP
KPatel
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a nice setting. Highly recommend the 2 course set menu, great value for money.

TD
TaylorDerby
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely to revisit and thoroughly enjoyed the thali. Extremely good value when you add in the bottomless wine which was very generous

JH
JohnH
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Food was great but service extremely slow, a couple of times more than 30 mins between courses. Our waitress was trying her best and I don’t think she was to blame, maybe CoVID related staff absences?

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billalc
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Starter and desserts were very good but the main course was bad

Service is very good

ST
SThak
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great start to finish and staff were friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Cocktails were delicious. We were offered a complimentary amuse bouche followed by our orders, food was really delicious. My only comment was that the interior felt like it could do with a little lift. Given the high price, it’s probably one I’d only ever visit again if it was a special occasion.

AP
AnnP
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Best Indian food in Britain will certainly go back

SG
SGS007
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Had taster menu far too long between courses and noticed takeaways going out so wonder where priorities where? Shame as big fan of Benares over 12 years however the food was excellent

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Manraj
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We had the 7 course tasting meal.

An enjoyable meal with tasty food and brilliant service and attentive. Two of the dishes were exceptional and delicious in flavour, visually all the dishes were good. However the dishes in terms of flavour were not to the level expected for a michelin star restaurant.

This was also the feeling when comparing the value of the bill to the feeling of satisfaction at the end of the meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5