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

25% off food bill

Oct 7, 2020-Nov 6, 2020·Tue-Sat 17:00-17:30

Early Bird Offer. 25% Discount on food bill.

Thali Menu @£33 Lunch Only

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

From a set menu.

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

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

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 5862 People Are Saying
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Shelgy09
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous birthday meal, been wanting to go here for ages and it didn’t disappoint. Will be back when next visiting London.

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ZayedH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service the food everything was sublime it was fantastic every mouthful was mind-blowing this was one of the best meals I've ever had a great experience in a great restaurant

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VictoriaC
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent afternoon with wonderful food and excellent service a real gem
Thank you

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DHTT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lunch -:had the three course menu with the Champagne cocktail which was most interesting item of the entire meal. Service was ok but the gentleman in the suit taking the orders needs to loosen up especially as he in a customer facing role, the other staff were warm and pleasant. Food, nothing special, the soft shell crab starter was tasty. For the mains,the Venison keema was overly sweet even for a game dish and my partner's haddock was well cooked and tasty but overly salted ! The dessert was a chocolate and guava mousse nothing special - my local Indian, Michelin recommend does better food and service...pity. Won't be returning in a hurry

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Ladywhodines
London
21 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A different approach to Indian cooking from most Indian restaurants especially in the tasting menu format. For us the dishes were beautifully balanced and the quantities spot on. An excellent basic flight of wines went with it with the Viognier from Greece a particular eye opener. Only criticisms were a slightly long gap between two courses early on meant the rest of the meal was a bit rushed due to the 10pm curfew and the turbot dish was effectively a waste of an expensive fish as although the sauce was superb the flavour of the turbot was completely lost and the fish itself was slightly overcooked. Might have been better using monkfish tail. Having said that I would have no hesitation in having the tasting menu again on a future visit as food like this is hard to find anywhere.

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vipqueenjo
London
31 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night out before lockdown on the 3 course deal. Extremely COVID safe with screens between tables and all waiting staff in masks. V helpful staff explaining everything and the set menu delicious and great value. Sides a bit pricey at £9 for a very small plate of Dahl but wine decent price and delicious cocktails - so large Bill was our own fault! Will be back - when we can!!!

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Discriminating
London
23 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Most enjoyable, very good food and wonderful service

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Wess
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff very helpful with everything especially when we had a spillage on our table.

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JohnS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food is ok but the it's massively overpriced. Maybe it's because it's in Mayfair but if I'm going to be spending £100-£150 per head I want to be blown away and I definitely wasn't.

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TazH
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular! Incredibly flavoured food wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable staff and all at a great price. Tasting menu worth every penny, wines impeccably matched, the scallop was an absolute favourite!

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BJLONDON
London
32 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were made very welcome on arrival and throughout our meal. All three of us chose the thali menu and the accompanying drinks offer. We were delighted by both and were very surprised to be offered extra portions of our favourite dishes.

A most enjoyable experience made most special by the very helpful waiters.

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JayV
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food! The staff were friendly and professional. It was brilliant!!!

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AdjO
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Service was amazing and food was good value for money and definitely worth it! Food came out in a timely manner. Experience overall was amazing! Highly recommend

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EmmaW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a really exceptional dining experience. We opted for the tasting menu with a wine pairing and this is certainly the way to do it! The food was exceptional, particularly the scallop dish. Very generous portions though so skip lunch!

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Katie
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and attentive staff, with great precautions in place for Covid.
Had a fabulous night

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faridak
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

too pricey and not much on the menu to choose from

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vipThomas
London
44 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was OK, we expected it to be more Indian. The soft shell crab upset our stomachs, maybe we aren't used to deep fried food anymore. Desert was good. Staff very friendly!

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Msbrownin
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very attentive and the food was great. Definitely worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
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.

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vipJeff
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cooking, well spiced-and a superb wine list. Friendly and knowledgeable staff

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talltaff
London
14 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the tasting menu with paired wines. Excellent food and that was a real eye opener with the wine.
Very well set up for safe dining that retains a warm restaurant experience.

JP
JoyP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
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++

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
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 on 23 September 2020
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 .

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BillySaracens
London
5 reviews