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Benares, London,
Award-winning

Benares

4.4
4.4
5832 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 27 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Mon–Sat 17:30–22:30 Sun 18:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    020 7629 8886
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Sameer Taneja
  • Catering
    Benares is available for exclusive hire for lunch and dinner, as well as drinks and canapé reception.<br />The main restaurant can accommodate up to 150 guests (seated) and can hold up to 300 guests (standing), using the Lounge, The Berkeley and The Dover rooms.
  • Private party facilities
    Discover the world of Michelin private dining in the heart of Mayfair.Situated in Berkeley Square, Benares is a modern Indian fine dining restaurant, where innovation marries tradition.Our private rooms are perfectly suited for a variety of events,
  • Private party contact
    our team: 020 7629 8886 x2
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • Area
    Mayfair
  • Parking Details
    Paid public parking is located in the surrounding area of Berkeley Square and Davies Street. Parking is free on Sundays
  • Public Transit
    Green Park station is located within a five minute walk from Benares. Furthermore, Bond Street Station is located within a 7 minute walk from Benares.
  • Entertainment
    We do not offer daily entertainment but for private dining events please contact our events manager at events@benaresrestaurant.co.uk and we will happily attend to your requests.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • 2 Course Set Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail @£43pp

    £43.00 per person

    25 Mar - 30 Nov 2024
    2 Course Set Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail @£43pp
    2 Course Set Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail @£43pp photo
  • 3 Course Set Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail @£49pp

    £49.00 per person

    25 Mar - 30 Nov 2024
    3 Course Set Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail @£49pp
    3 Course Set Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail @£49pp photo
  • Lunch Tasting Menu @85 pp

    £85.00 per person

    3 Jan - 30 Nov 2024
    Lunch Tasting Menu @85 pp
    Lunch Tasting Menu @85 pp photo

What 5,832 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

5,941 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. Expensive though.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about this experience met our 5 Star expectations.

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  3. AlisonP

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tasting menu is wonderful and the muntjac particularly good.
    BenaresResponded 1 day ago
    Dear Alison, Thank you, for your kind words! We're thrilled you enjoyed our tasting menu. We sincerely hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Benares Team

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  4. AndyG

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not our first visit to Benares but confirmed what we already knew. Superb polite service and the best Indian food we’ve had anywhere. Great evening!
    BenaresResponded 1 day ago
    Your continued support means the world to us, Andy. Thank you for being a valued part of our Benares family! We look forward to your next visit! Warm regards, Benares Team

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  5. ElizabethT

    Jackson Hole

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am a huge Indian food fan and had reservations at a place that I’ve gone to for years when a friend recommended this restaurant. All I can say is tonight I had probably the best Indian food experience I have ever had!! The food, the ambience and service were all over the top. Everything was perfection. The wine list is out of this world!! The food was exceptional! I began with the scallops which were tender and flavors were marvelous. I then had the lamb chops which were done perfectly about this meal and this experience was 100%. I can’t wait to go back and I wish I had a free night because I would go back again and again and again.
    BenaresResponded 1 day ago
    Dear Elizabeth, Thank you so much! We're honored by your high praise and thrilled you had an unforgettable experience. We continuously work to create great experiences for our customers and your feedback makes it all worth it. Looking forward to your next visit! Warm regards, Benares Team

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  6. CarolineT

    Devon

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointed with the greeting as the lady was rude on arrival, however, the waiting staff in the restaurant were very attentive. The food was amazing!
    BenaresResponded 1 day ago
    Dear Caroline, Thank you for sharing your experience at the restaurant. We understand how important it is to have a warm and welcoming atmosphere from the moment you enter. We’re glad to hear that all other members of staff were brilliant and we’re pleased that you found the value and standard of food to be amazing. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back and provide you with an even better experience. Warm regards, Benares Team

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  7. Fiona

    London

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and attentive service, ate early evening and already half full

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  8. JazMann

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful food and experience. Attentive staff. A wonderful (if pricey!) night out with family.
    BenaresResponded 1 day ago
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review - we truly appreciate it! We work really hard to offer the best meal in the best possible ambience. So we are happy to see that it reflected on your last visit. We look forward to your next visit! Warm regards, Benares Team

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  9. rachelw

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was delicious, and special. We loved our meal and experience at Benares.
    BenaresResponded on 9 April 2024
    Dear Rachel, Thank you, for your kind words! We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit with us. We sincerely hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, The Benares Team

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall excellent. Was a little put off by the server who kept pushing butter chicken on us and whenever we had a question about a menu item (because we are American?) but he was more helpful when I told him we were here to try something new.
    BenaresResponded on 9 April 2024
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We continuously work to create great experiences for our customers and your feedback is always valuable. We look forward to your next visit! Warm regards, Benares Team

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely delicious authentic Indian food. Excellent attentive service. For an elegant romantic or a family dinner
    BenaresResponded on 2 April 2024
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review - it's very appreciated! We continuously work to create great experiences for our customers and your feedback makes it all worth it. We look forward to serving you in the future! Warm regards, The Benares Team

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    one of the best dining experiences in London. service was excellent and the food was an epicurean experience. Shubham made the whole experience memorable
    BenaresResponded on 2 April 2024
    Dear valued guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us feedback. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, The Benares Team

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and the service was prompt. Definitely recommend this spot! Just note that price for a 3 course prix fixe lunch on open table is incorrect, it’s around 49 pounds each per the menu.

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  14. StephenL

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely as always - thank you
    BenaresResponded on 2 April 2024
    Dear Stephen, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review - we truly appreciate it! We continuously work to create great experiences for our customers and your feedback makes it all worth it. We look forward to your next visit! Warm regards, The Benares Team

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  15. Matt

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Well spiced and tasty. Drinks were great as well! I would have stuck with traditional papadum instead of the variety of papadum inspired chips but kudos for the creativity.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and great service and the cocktails were excellent.

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  17. RupertG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience with excellent food! Will definitely come back!

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  18. Dentro

    London

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Traditional but more refined than usual indian restaurants. Interesting wine list.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Their service was a little slow but the waiters were all very pleasant. Food wise, I don’t believe it was value for money but some of the fishers were delicious such as the scallop. The rest was pretty average and the halibut wasn’t great. It would be nice if they had a little bit of music in the background to create an ambience but overall, amazing cocktails, delicious starters, average mains - a bit overpriced all in all.
    BenaresResponded on 18 March 2024
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate your compliment on the scallops and cocktails, but we apologize for the disappointment you felt with the other dishes and falling short of your expectations during your visit. We hope you will give us another chance to exceed your expectations in the future. Warm regards, The Benares Team

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food with incredibly attentive service at a good value.

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  21. SujathaV

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food which we enjoyed . Pricey but that is what you expect for. A Michelin star restaurant. The starter portions were small.but the main course portions were really good . Could help to have. A bit more clarity on what comes with the main course as we had a complimentary naan , with lobster . Overall enjoyed this unique experience.🙏🏽

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Good old Indian food. But I couldn’t find the Michelin element in it.
    BenaresResponded on 18 March 2024
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent visit to our restaurant. We strive to consistently provide exceptional dining experiences. We value your patronage and would love the opportunity to provide you with a more satisfying experience during your next visit. Warm regards, The Benares Team

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  23. ADBB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. Special thank you to Shubham for excellent service. Great flavours and great taste.

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  24. NeilN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience, excellent food and attentive staff

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Amsterdam

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food although some dishes were a bit too spicy for my taste.

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  26. MikeH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been going to Benares since 2007 which should speak for itself. Always with friends and lovers on birthdays anniversaries high days and holidays and always very happy. The odd glitch is always made up for by their service values.

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  27. AnnaB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and wonderful experience. Very pricy though!

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  28. IanL

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Sorry the noise was excessive. The food very expensive. The wine expensive. Veraswarmy a better choice

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We live in the U.S.A. Benares is always on the top of our list when in London. We enjoy it so much, we are dining here 3 times this week! This is exquisite modern Indian cuisine! We couldn’t make up our minds on dessert, so our server , Shiv, asked us a few questions and surprised us with a delicious dessert and cocktail. Everything on the menu is a perfect choice. Shiv is wonderful and makes our dining experience special and memorable. We can’t wait to go again!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING service from Shiv. Honestly I cannot fault a single thing about the evening

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  31. Khadijah

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried the 3 course set menu and each course was tastier than the last. Exquisite flavours combined with excellent service and ambience.

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  32. DrKazza

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Stunning food but the restaurant was sweating hot and we had the worst service we ever had

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  33. Mavis

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    When we come to London, we always visit this restaurant. Found the menu very limited. Don’t think we will be back.

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  34. EmmaL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved it ! Food was very well presented and delicious, with different flavours and the right level of spices. Good service and nice place. Will recommend !

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  35. yogini

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional food and friendly efficient service, will definitely go back…

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  36. RayH

    London

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is still an 8 out of 10, but used to be a 10/10. My scallop starter was excellent and my wife's samosa was also a thumbs up. We both had Chettinad chicken for our main. Not really fine dining standard, poorly presented and not amazing taste wise. My wife had to send hers back as it was still bloody near the bone. Very disappointing for a Michelin starred restaurant. So we could eat together they replaced this with a butter chicken dish (which was not on the menu) and reduce the charge to reflect the cheaper dish. Desert was ok and as it was my wife's birthday, we were presented with a piece of cake with a candle, hardly fine dining! When we have celebrated a birthday here before we have been presented with a beautifully decorated plate of goodies. Surprised there was no amuse-bouche which we always get if we dine at an a competitor like Kanishka, Indian Essence etc. On a positive, the cocktails were amazing and the service was good without being excellent. Last, I was surprised that all they did was replace our under-cooked dish, no complimentary drink or anything else was offered as a way of an apology. This is fine dining and when you spend over £300 on a meal for two, you would expect more of a gesture for such a basic error of serving un-cooked chicken. Despite this, it is Benares and we would return and recommend, but will go to one of Atul's restaurants next time we are treating ourselves.

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  37. IanA

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and experience. Lovely ambience. Staff attentive.

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  38. NatalieL

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very dated restaurant. Staff were very nice. Food was average for the price paid which was extremely disappointing.

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  39. LisaK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a Warm friendly welcome. The most incredible food. Perfect service and perfect cocktail /wine list. Benares is definitely a favourite restaurant of mine , can’t wait to go back.

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  40. ThomasE

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Worth a visit, can espacially recommend the fix lunch menu.

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FAQs

Benares does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Benares is rated 4.4 stars by 5832 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 27 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Benares

12a Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • Area
    Mayfair
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Mon–Sat 17:30–22:30 Sun 18:00–22:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Modern European
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Paid public parking is located in the surrounding area of Berkeley Square and Davies Street. Parking is free on Sundays
  • Public Transit
    Green Park station is located within a five minute walk from Benares. Furthermore, Bond Street Station is located within a 7 minute walk from Benares.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Sameer Taneja
  • Entertainment
    We do not offer daily entertainment but for private dining events please contact our events manager at events@benaresrestaurant.co.uk and we will happily attend to your requests.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    020 7629 8886
  • Catering
    Benares is available for exclusive hire for lunch and dinner, as well as drinks and canapé reception.<br />The main restaurant can accommodate up to 150 guests (seated) and can hold up to 300 guests (standing), using the Lounge, The Berkeley and The Dover rooms.
  • Private party facilities
    Discover the world of Michelin private dining in the heart of Mayfair.Situated in Berkeley Square, Benares is a modern Indian fine dining restaurant, where innovation marries tradition.Our private rooms are perfectly suited for a variety of events,
  • Private party contact
    our team: 020 7629 8886 x2
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