Benares

4.5
5532 reviews
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Indian
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A staple within the London fine dining scene and celebrating 12 years of holding a Michelin Star, Benares, a Michelin starred restaurant specialises in modern Indian cuisine with a distinct British twist.

Located in the heart of Mayfair, the sophisticated ambiance and detailed service compliment the flavour infused dishes and our enhanced by locally sourced ingredients.

Boasting four private dining rooms, as well as an intimate bar area, Benares is able to accommodate all celebrations, whether corporate or personal, and is available for exclusive hire for larger functions.

Private Dining

From Monday to Friday, all Group Lunch reservations include a complimentary signature cocktail reception.

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Special Offers

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 5532 People Are Saying
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KP
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly wonderful service, discrete but friendly and knowledgeable. Outstanding food, beautifully prepared and presented.
A lovely evening.
We would love to return.

AW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I would recommend the a la carte but not the tasting menu. It was very disappointing and you would have struggled to recognise it as Indian. A great shame as we have always loved it here.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and experience.

AB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The order took a little long to arrive than expected. Food quality was very good.

CL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The venue was very noisy and the food average and overpriced. The staff however were friendly and helpful

VG
London
17 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious but found the vegetarian Tasting menu a little heavy. Overall a great dinner and service!

DD
London
46 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for lunch on Saturday, ate off the set menu, started with the champagne cocktail which was delicious! The food was excellent for flavour & value, would definitely return.

JL
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth the money. Would revisit to try more of the delicious food. Great service too. Amazing champagne cocktail!

J
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was fantastic and the environment very pleasant. The starters and main courses were very perfumed but lacked consistency - the haddock portion was minute. The deserts are fabulous. Finally there is no draft beers and the wine prices are really prohibitive.

S
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is beautiful and the service is excellent. I went there for the first time with my partner for my anniversary and we loved it. We will be visiting Benares again :)

MS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I booked this as a treat for a client, we ordered taster menu and most expensive wine flight. The menu other than the salmon course was boring and bland, the wine service was appalling no consistency, food arriving before glasses put out or wine served. The wine servings were tiny and the final wine no more than alcoholic raspberry-ade. It was so disappointing and for £200 per head daylight robbery. I couldn't complain on the night as i did not want to embarrass my client. I have been to benares maybe 10 times and feel so let down, i wont be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant , food was delicious and the service was great

JV
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience , very friendly staff and we had a outstanding evening. Timing of the courses was spot on, very attentive staff who explained the dishes very well. Overall impressive.

k
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We hadn't done our research so missed the 6.30 cut off point for the fixed price menu. However, we asked our neighbour what he was eating and there is an off menu choice of butter chicken and other more homely dishes which can be ordered . ( not publicised though). The chicken and dhal were delicious . Real depth to the dhal. The biryanis ( side dish!) with the venison was slightly oily but overall my main was very good .
This was my first visit and I was very surprised at the high volume of noise that was tolerated by the management. 2 groups around the central round tables were the stereotype of baying bankers who yell at each other , oblivious of other diners. I wish we had complained to the manager and asked to be moved. Our waitress was very kind and agreed the noise was extreme ( we could hardly hear her, let alone hear each other) . What is your policy on noise. ?

MG
London
278 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good mostly classical Indian food well prepared and with good service. Excellent value with special offers.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The soft shell crab was deep fried to death. The server was pointing at the food with his index finger just a couple of centimetres above each item he was describing, almost touching the food on the plate. That was pretty unappetising. After we finished eating, we waited about 20 minutes for the dirty plates to be removed.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing is fantastic!

SA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Would recommend to others.

HS
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food - vegetarian menu was delicious. And service was amazing!

LB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food tasty starter and good main courses. unfortunately one of our tables main course didn’t arrive with the others but the waiter apologised twice!good value set menu. A la carte venison excellent.as was chocolate desert.
Lighting in ladies cloakroom extremely poor.
Nice touch to be given a scarf on arrival as little gift.

s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very spacious restaurant. Excellent service . Drinks were very good and wonderful puddings

OT
Denver
158 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from the US, where great Indian food is hard to find, so we were very excited to try Benares, and even more excited when it lived up to the hype. We decided to go with the tasting menu, which was perfect in every detail. It was also plenty of food, but not so much that we thought we would burst (this is a good thing!). From the amuse through the dessert and final ending sweets, every course was fresh, perfectly cooked, flavorful, innovative, and delicious. Even the palate cleansing sorbet was fantastic. And the service was absolutely excellent, in every detail. We asked to go slow, and they were wonderful about pacing things so that we were able to really enjoy the experience. Some Michelin one stars have great food and ok service, or great service and good but not great cuisine: this place has both. Whenever we are back to London, this place will be a must for us.

KG
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

We had the Thali lunch which was excellent and great value for money. Unfortunately my wife’s thali arrived 10 minutes before mine and when mine arrived the fish course was still not ready and was delivered later. Yes the staff were apologetic but you just do not expect that in this type of establishment and there were no attempts made to offer me something to keep me happy.
Also the restaurant was not full yet they insisted on placing us next to another couple when there were so many tables empty; just made the experience less personal than it could have been.
Finally there is a clear dress code on the web site no trainers; no shorts etc. We travelled from outside the UK and brought appropriate attire but there were guests there in blatant disregard of this dress policy. If you have a policy enforce it or don’t have one.
The food however was brilliant

P
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They made me ill, food tasted god but almost out me in hospital. Not sure how hygienic they are normally, but never again for me

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Totally deserve the Michelin's Star.

l
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Being a regular to restaurants in the mold of Tayyabs and Dishoom and also a fan of higher end restaurants that do tasting menus I was keen to know if anywhere else combined the two and Benares came up. My partner and I opted for the tasting menu and whilst the food was nice, at £98 and a 13.5% service charge we ended up paying £140 each which means the restaurant is putting itself in a high league. I found the food to be inconsistent (from the first dish the plating was not the same for me and my partner) and whilst the spicing was good we both left feeling a bit underwhelmed and immediately thinking it didn't compete with other high end restaurants. At this price range I can't recommend Benares.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food and service

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing!!!!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food ok. Tasty but nothing special, no bad dishes. Lovely venue, good attention to detail.

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

Michelin star venue - Really??

We have eaten at many Michelin starred venues all over the world. No one has informed the staff, the chef or the management that they are supposed to be at this level.

A very overpriced large standard curry house! So many better places than this!

Don’t waste your time or money. Genuinely not worth either.

MR
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The waiters in the dining room could lighten up a bit. Everyone did what they should, but a smile would make such a difference. The bar staff have it spot on.

G
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place....visit every time I am in london

EJ
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely outstanding dinner. We had the tasting menu and each course was delicious, save the dessert wasn’t quite as good as the rest. We also had the wine pairing menu which was fantastic and the sommelier Philip was excellent, although the dessert wine at the end was a tad too sweet for one of us. The waiters were polite and efficient. It’s not cheap but certainly worth it for a nice occasion. We wholeheartedly recommend it. The printed copy of the menu with the wines we were given was a lovely touch.

SD
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absulutely fantastic. Food was brilliant. Weighter was so informative and really looked after us. Welcoming staff could of maybe seemed more happier however overall brilliant. Food was excellent.

N
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Having visited twice before, we had high expectations however we were sadly disappointed.

The bar staff were friendly enough, although it did take an age to get a drink... however when we moved through the to dining room, it appeared like no one knew what they were doing.

There was food regularly coming out of the kitchen on trays with waiting staff stood near the kitchen holding trays of food going cold, waiting whilst another waiter came to join them to take them to the table. Then when the food did get to the table, it took them ages to work out who's food was who's! Not at all good.... and not what you would expect from this standard of restaurant.

None of the waiting staff were friendly or welcoming, and the food was mediocre at best!

We definitely wont be visiting again.

We asked politely at the end of the meal if they could take the £100+ service charge off the bill (which is the first time ever that we haven't paid service!) the waiter didn't even ask why, or if there was anything wrong, nor did a manager come over to ask what was wrong. How bizarre!!!

NW
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Second time here. Cocktail were amazing, and food top notch. Tasting menu had a broad spectrum of flavours and expertly prepared. Paired wine list was extremely disappointing; quite bland, not particularly matched, I wonder if this is due to the volume of tasting menu’s and they have to go for high volume stock? Wine previously was as good as the food

D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the set 3 course lunch, both food and service was first class and the atmosphere understated and relaxed. A delicious experience!

CR
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I came back for dinner after a few years from my last time and was expecting more. The food dishes were good but somehow not fantastic, the service was good enough but the wines are way over priced. Will come back a next time to give it a chance.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the street food deal which was reasonably good, food quality was nice although not outstanding. I do think portions could be bigger and the cold prawn was weird. Service was great despite it being a busy period when we arrived.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just too wonderful !!

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