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 complimented 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 10 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.

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Special Offers

London Restaurant Festival: 6 courses, champagne cocktail & gift £110

Enjoy a 6 Course Tasting Menu for£110 pp with a complimentary champagne cocktail on arrival and a gift to take home.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

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

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: 14 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 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: 14 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

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

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: 14 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

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

Quick Thali Lunch @£33 pp including Glass of beer or Soft drinks

Benares has launched a Thali Lunch Menu for those short on time. Arrive, sit, eat and enjoy in 45 minutes wonderful dishes such as Tandoori Seabass, Murg Makhani, Paneer Rogan Josh, Quinoa Salad, Bhapa Doi and many more. Vegetarian Menu available! Priced at £33 per person including a glass of Cobra Beer or soft drink

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 14 May 2019

Ends: 14 November 2019

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

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: 31 October 2019

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

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 May 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Sun 18:00-21:30
Mon-Thu 12:00-14:00 20:00-22:00
Fri-Sat 12:00-14:00 20:30-22:00

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

What 5598 People Are Saying
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P
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new menu was a delight. And the green martinis are worth the visit alone

AW
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, very professional yet friendly. Set menu with matching wines was excellent value (didn’t skimp on the measures). All the food was delicious, although the scallop starter was tiny!

h
London
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us thoroughly enjoyed the six-course tasting menu with wines. The food was excellent throughout and the service was always attentive. It was my first time at Benares and I was impressed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful special dinner with two young kids, first trip to London!

RL
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 1

Delicious food and a divine experience - we did the tasting menu which was exquisite and good value for money.
Sommelier could have been a bit more helpful but other than that a lovely evening- would definitely recommend.

KC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service
We went for the tasting menu and what a treat !

I
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing meal for my Husband's 50th birthday. We had the tasting menu with the wine pairings. The Sommelier was very knowledgeable and friendly. The food was wonderful, both in presentation and taste! Would love to go back soon.

BC
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fabulous meal, great ambience but do think it’s over priced.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Lots of time between one course and the other. Lots of time to get everything. A manager too loud when speaking to the guests and for far too long that was uncomfortable to be in the next table

B
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was slightly lacking in wow factor this time but I would return to this restaurant without hesitation

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service from start to end! Knowledgeable waiters and all the staff were helpful and friendly

v
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

There was a large event by the bar which was quite noisy. We were kindly offered the private dining room if we wanted a quieter place to talk.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was poor and slow
Food was very tasty and delicious

Very expensive

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We have been to Benares before for lunch so thought it would be the perfect restaurant for my husbands 40th with friends. The tasing menu was really disappointing, not at all what you’d expect for the quality of restaurant or price. The service was also very slow. We won’t be returning, sorry to say.

MK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Highly recommended if you want a first class dining experience.

CH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the second time we've been to Benares and we're hoping to go back very soon. Everything about it was spectacular. Loved it!

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service appalling, food cold and sent back twice. We left half way through meal.

N
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tasting menu for lunch absolutely superb along with great service. Very very special couldn’t recommend it enough

A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

very pleasant place to go for lunch. I do however wish you would not telephone to confirm. I had booked and confirmed twice on line. I do not like to have to take a phone call as I am often in meetings and it is quite unnecessary.

V
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent food. Great service as always. Will be back again

B
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better than ever.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The Crab Dosa and Lamb Chops were outstanding. I choose to go off the Al Carte for the desert to try the chocolate samosa, this was a mistake. The Al Carte was much better quality.

The service at the start was slightly slow but overall was very good quality, especially the Sommelier.

Also big shout out to the Cheese Kulcha.

JA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Top quality and inspired dishes, this restaurant never fails to please. It’s our go to place for special occasions.

KI
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and the service was outstanding . We'll go back again .

DE
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh, complex, and delicious with flavors that matched perfectly. The wine selection was great as well. The creative dishes are worth a visit.

C
Bath
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Very friendly and professional service. Stylish interior. Food marginally overpriced but acceptable. Wine very overpriced - sommelier filling up glasses that hadn't actually been touched yet in order to get us through the bottle - this actually warmed up our wine and discouraged us from buying another bottle. That aside, this is a superb experience overall. I would reccomend highly.

MB
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A flavour delight. I had the set menu all dishes were delicious and full of flavour. Service was exemplary and perfect but not over the top. Wine matching was also excellent. Pricey yes worth it absolutely.

J
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing Indian Food - probably the best Indian Food in London with a great combination of flavours/spices and everything cooked perfectly.

JW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed! Had pre-booked the tasting menu which was supposed to come with a champagne cocktail. It was expensive but we decided to go for it as it was our 10th wedding anniversary. The restaurant had no clue about our booking and we never did get the cocktail. The service was exceedingly slow and the food, while good, came in tiny portions and was no where near what you'd expect for the cost. After complaining, the manager did reduce the bill and did not charge for the bottle of wine we had - good customer service but still very disappointing overall as we'd been looking forward to Benares for a long time and expected a special night out.

F
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful food in lovely surroundings. Attentive and respectful staff.
A little noisy at times. However this would not stop us going again.

OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was ok!
Nothing special to be honest.
And it’s very expensive for 3 dishes!!
The waiter was professional with us.

CU
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Surly waiters not smiling food order mixed up and not all served at once - food quality very good and different however overall experience spoilt - they don’t seem to care

RP
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We weren't very happy with service and we were rushed off our table half an hour prior to the given time slot.
The only reason I will come back is because food was good as always and it's our own Jamshedpur guy, Atul Kotcher's restaurant.

f
London
29 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience form beginning to end. The girls were given a free gift of a scarf on arrival (I got lucky Indian orange). We had the taster menu which was delicious pared with the wines- (got very informative tasting notes from the sommelier). The staff could not have been more friendly and the chef even came out to thank us as we LOVED his dahl- creamy and delicious just like we had in the Oberoi in Mumbai. Finished with Darjeeling tea. The whole night could not have been better- would highly recommend. The food is very tasy and not very chilli hot

M
New England
37 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent vegan tasting menu, great service and a nice ambiance. I would recommend it to a friend.

B
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We order Gol Gapa and each Puri was leaking so we could not enjoy, also we ordered peas paratha it was very dry, overall experience was ok

MM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary at Benares! Staff were great and friendly! Food was excellent quality with great recommendations from the assistant manager ! Thank you for making it a wonderful night for me and my wife

PD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Unusually loud, however. Some carpets would help.

LM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately our experience was not great. Some of the food was very good however one main course was served luke warm. For the price I’d expect way better both in terms of food and service which was patchy at best. There are other high end Indian restaurants in London that are better in my opinion.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the first time at the restaurant we tried the Tasting menu with the paired wines. It was absolutely fantastic with the wines complimenting the food to an exceptionally high standard. Our favourite courses were, the first course of scallop and cured sea bream was simply outstanding and the Greece Viognier was beautifully crisp and the fish course of salmon with lemongrass couscous, coconut and curry leaf sauce with the accompanying French Alsace with very skilfully executed and the spice balance wonderful. All round and fantastic meal, we shall return

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