Benares

4.5
5670 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

  • 3 Crse Set Menu & A Glass of Champ Cocktail@£38pp

    £38.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    3 Course Set Menu & A Glass of Champagne Cocktail on arrival @£38pp
  • 2 Crse Set Menu & A Glass of Champ Cocktail@£32pp

    £32.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    2 Course Set Menu & A Glass of Champagne Cocktail@£38pp
  • VALENTINE'S DAY MENU @£124 PP ( sample menu )

    £124.00 per person

    Feb 13 - Feb 14, 2022

    VALENTINE'S DAY MENU @£124 PP ( sample menu )
  • VALENTINE'S DAY VEG MENU @£114 PP

    £114.00 per person

    Feb 13 - Feb 14, 2022

    VALENTINE'S DAY VEG MENU @£114 PP
  • 8 Course Tasting Menu @£119 PP

    £119.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    8 Course Tasting Menu @£119 PP
  • 8 Course Veg Tasting Menu @£109 PP

    £109.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    8 Course Veg Tasting Menu @£109 PP

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What 5670 People Are Saying
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DrMichael
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time visiting after a recommendation. Fantastic experience. The starters stole the show. Personally, loved all fish dishes. Very thoughtful and friendly service.
The coat service was nice and the staff was welcoming and helpful.

Would recommend and come again.

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Kirti
London
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beatiful restaurant esp the entrance and bar area. Eating area understated but smart and tables not too crammed in just to get numbers! Food and service also fab and we had the set menu with a cocktail which was really good value for money. Also, as is so annoyingly common these days, we didnt get rushed off our table in 1.5hrs... but that maybe as we had a late lunch so no more until dinner... but was nice to enjoy a leisurely lunch.

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sharon
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just incredible !!!!! Our third visit awesome - we will be back. Thank you

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Kerree
Essex
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Everything was too spicy, although spice wasn't mentioned on the menu.
I've been before, and it was superb, but after this experience, I won't be returning.

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AbdullaA
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great ambiance and staff has great knowledge about food and wines. And food was mind blowing.

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vipCgds
London
12 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was absolutely amazing! We had the 8 course tasting menu and it didn't disappoint. The way it was displayed and the service was excellent. I did think the ambience was as good as it could be but the focus is on the food which is as it should be!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good but dining area & service was only average. Considering the cost (£100 per person average), much better places to go

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NickyD
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was exceptional apart from the potatoes that was a side dish- lacked flavour. The set menu was very good value and each mouthful was an absolute pleasure!

DB
DerekB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the usual fabulous meal at Benares - superb flavours and beautifully cooked with the minimal snout of oil. We had the scallop in coconut curry and Goat’s cheese for starters followed by the Lamb tandoori and Chicken Tikka washed down with a Ruinart Rose (mark up on the Ruinart was a bit steep). Definitely one of the best , if not the best, high end Indian restaurants in the ~UK

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TrevorF
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, pre theatre menu small portions but delicious, nice to have a cocktail. Wine list pricey

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Nick
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time here, absolutely fantastic! Really amazing service and food, will definitely be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Benares was great as usual.

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sanar
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

food was good but too pricey, the portion was too small

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Wanda
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience3

For a Michelin star restaurant, our expectations weren't quite met. Though the food was really tasty, it wasn't anything otherworldly though still a strong point. The ambience in the waiting area was great, shame it didn't quite carry out into the dining area as it did feel a little bland compared to the rest of the restaurant. The service was definitely the weakest area - when you have about 5 or 6 different waiters serving the dining area (where there aren't THAT many tables compared to other restaurants I've been to), and especially in a restaurant of this standard, some basic mistakes should not happen. For example being served the wrong order, or worse, having to ask for the bill 3 times and waiting around half an hour to receive it when the restaurant was already fairly empty as it was close to closing time. Thankfully one lady who we assumed to be the head of staff came to save the day a couple of times, but the other servers felt a touch lacking. Overall, good experience and we are glad we came, but for the price point, not really worth it and not a visit we'll be repeating.

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SamM
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was perfect! Servers were friendly. It lived up to the expectations set from watching Masterchef!

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WendyB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely tasty set lunch. Matching wines perfect.
Would love to go back soon.

NJ
NadineJ
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice wines, great service! Definitely will come back here!!

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FaziaO
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have dinned at Benares a few times pre-pandemic and although the food is still good the prices have gone up rather a lot. Will have to think twice about dining here again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, staff very helpful with the menu and wine choices- not busy due to covid I guess which is a shame. We will go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great value for 3 course meal

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime food. Amazing service and location.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Incredibly rude service - don’t get me wrong food was absolutely amazing but as a Michelin this should definitely be an all encompassing experience.

When I was called to remind my reservation, the hostess on the other end was very to the point and more of a “DONT FORGET” than a gentle reminder.

Arriving literally 1 minute late, and steps outside the restaurant, a hostess called me and basically said “WHERE ARE YOU”… and I said well I’m right outside and she’s like “HURRY COS ITS THE LAST SEATING”….

When I got in, I didn’t get a gentle hello or warm welcome but instead “WE HAVE TO HURRY, COS THE LAST ORDER IS AT 2:45 PM”

And when seated at the table, a waiter was like “WELL WE MUST HURRY because the KITCHEN CLOSES”… and upon ordering a dish (Hake), he sternly corrected my pronunciation.

It did not seem like service was a consideration at all, even by British standards where they don’t work for their tips.

Food was A+ but service was F-

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Codfish
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vegetarian tasting menu was absolutely fantastic. Fascinating selection.

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RobertB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Benares yesterday evening since we had been given a restaurant gift voucher for Christmas. We are regular customers at Benares and so opted to go there again, this time using the voucher. I’m very happy to say we were delighted with the experience, being welcomed back like old friends and then wowed with amazingly accomplished cooking: dishes prepared with imagination and executed with real flair.

The restaurant was buzzy with delightful ambiance and we were given our requested table, far enough apart from other guests to subdue any COVID-19 anxiety.

The service was friendly and exceptionally good.

We can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The two course meal is £40 per person.. there is only two things u get which is samosa chat and pau Bhaji… there is nothing else. Totally not worth it..dint enjoy the experience at all…

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have, dined on many occasions since 2007, the maintenance of great food from the kitchen, to the excellent front of house service makes for a grand theatrical production. We look forward to our next visit.

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ImtehazC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food from the Benares staff.

Walked in showed straight to our table and made an anniversary memorable for us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Dinner was incredible. One of the best and most memorable meals of our lives.

SM
SueM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Day 8 course tasting menu was a complete dining experience! We loved every course and every moment of our 4 hour feast!

JL
JeffreyL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great experience dining at Benares for their Christmas Day lunch. Initially one waiter wasn’t wearing a mask and I informed one of the head waiters and they fixed it right away. The food and service was amazing and I got very full after the meal.

RP
RemusP
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Service was really subpar - we brought our own bottles of wine and paid the corkage fee, but it felt like the service team was doing their job for the first time - constantly forgetting to pour, forgetting plates...food was outstanding though and would come again because of that.

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AmitP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very overpriced. £54 for a Biryani.

Service at best average. Not the greatest of food, ambience is not great.

Definitely not worth a visit. So many more restaurants with better quality food…

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JasN
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The service was slow. The vegetarian curry we had was unpleasant.
There was nothing special about this restaurant over and above our local curry restaurant even to the extent our coats were handed back to us, in bulk, rather than us being helped on with our coats.

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Kamran
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was a little disappointed with the table snacks which from days of old at a Benares were more generous in their diversity and options.

Overall still a great place to eat but a little over priced for the food I consumed.

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Cherry
London
35 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fantastic, definitely can see why Benares has its Michelin star. My friend and I had the tasting menu and every dish was so delicious, subtle intense flavours, cooked to perfection. Superb service and nice quiet atmosphere which is what we wanted.

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saqn
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

food was not of a quality that the prices indicated.

HS
HumaS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great ambience, very good service , lovely location
We went for our wedding anniversary and the manager we don’t know his name made it really special for us with wonderful dessert and drinks
I’ll definitely like to go again 👍

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anonymous
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food