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Benares, London,
Award-winning

Benares

4.4
4.4
5865 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


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
  • LRF: 2 Course Set Menu & Spiced Piña Colada @£43pp

    £43.00 per person

    1 Jun - 30 Jun 2024
    London Restaurant Festival 2 Course Set Menu & Spiced Piña Colada @£43pp
    LRF: 2 Course Set Menu & Spiced Piña Colada @£43pp photo

What 5,865 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
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

5,974 Reviews
  1. Patelparthiv

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best Indian culinary experiences we have had - very delicious food with high quality ingredients, great service and amazing ambience. Did feel like a Michelin star experience!
    BenaresResponded 2 days ago
    Dear Patel, Thank you for your wonderful review! We're delighted to hear that you had one of the best Indian culinary experiences with us. It's fantastic to know that you enjoyed our delicious food, as well as our great service and amazing ambiance. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon. Warm Regards, Benares Team

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  2. NJ21

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is too rich with everything soaked in butter and ghee, portion sizes are quite limited and the textures are definitely lacking with all the kababs being a bit mushy. The Passionfruit Chutney cocktail is fantastic. Would not visit again.
    BenaresResponded 2 days ago
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We're sorry to learn that your recent visit to our restaurant didn't meet your expectations. We understand that dining preferences vary, and we regret if our dishes didn't align with your tastes. However, we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the Passionfruit Chutney cocktail. Your feedback is valuable to us, and we will take it into consideration as we strive to improve our offerings. We hope to have the chance to welcome you back in the future and provide you with the exceptional dining experience we are known for. Warm regards, Benares Team

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  3. AoifeW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Almost 10 years since our last time in Benares and was as good as I remember- loved every mouthful!
    BenaresResponded 2 days ago
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for your kind words! We're thrilled to hear that your recent visit to Benares was just as memorable as your previous one nearly a decade ago. It's wonderful to know that you loved every mouthful. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for another delightful experience. Warm regards, Benares Team

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  4. ValerieinOKC

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My husband and I do not have a lot of experience with Indian cuisine. Coming to London we knew there would be fantastic choices and, as we have no great Indian restaurants where we live in the US we asked the hotel concierge for recommendations. I chose Benares because of its location and the single Michelin star. Here is what I will say: the restaurant was busy and seemed to be frequented by those in the neighborhood. The vibe was more “business,” and there was not an ambiance that lent itself to intimacy. The staff was very attentive and the cocktail list was unique. I had the Passion Martini which was refreshing and spicy at the same time; vodka shaken with mango chutney and strained into a coup glass, then topped with a float of dried orange which had some mesmerizing silver beads on it. Sweet and spicy at the same time. The Samosa appetizer was a delicious twist on the usual preparation. The disconnect seemed to be our lack of experience in ordering. I asked our waiter, who was quite lovely, for recommendations and, while he pointed out a few items, he seemed at a loss to give us any firm direction. Rather than suggesting how he would curate the meal, he simply gave us an overview of the ingredients of each menu item, which we could read. I did take his recommendation of the lamb chops, and I will say it was some of the best lamb I had ever had. Absolutely spectacular. My husband’s dish, on the other hand, which was chicken in a tomato sauce, didn’t live up to anything we particularly enjoyed. The food also came out VERY fast, which barely gave us time to enjoy each course. If you go, I recommend ordering each course WHEN you are ready to eat it.
    BenaresResponded 2 days ago
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're glad you enjoyed our location and cocktail selection. We apologize for any challenges you faced with recommendations and pacing. Your feedback is valuable, and we'll use it to improve. We hope to welcome you back for a more enjoyable dining experience in the future. Warm regards, Benares Team

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent experience from start to finish. Staff and cuisine were phenomenal!
    BenaresResponded 2 days ago
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for your fantastic feedback! We're thrilled you had such a great time with us. Hearing that our staff and cuisine exceeded your expectations truly makes our day. We can't wait to welcome you back for another wonderful experience. Warm Regards, Benares Team

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Benares is always a great experience. The food is sublime and the service and ambience delightful!!
    BenaresResponded 2 days ago
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for your wonderful feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you consistently have a great experience at Benares. It's fantastic to know that you find our food sublime and our service and ambiance delightful. We can't wait to welcome you back for another enjoyable visit. Warm regard, Benares Team

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Experiencia grandiosa, la comida exquisita y el servicio de lo más amable, el restaurante está limpio y bien cuidado, definitivamente voy a volver
    BenaresResponded 2 days ago
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great experience with us, enjoying our exquisite food and friendly service. We take pride in maintaining a clean and welcoming environment for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, Benares Team

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best indian restautants in London!! Top notch!
    BenaresResponded 2 days ago
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for your glowing review! We're delighted to hear that you consider us one of the best Indian restaurants in London. It's truly rewarding to receive such praise. We look forward to serving you again soon. Warm Regards, Benares Team

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  9. Mashitup

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Went back to try this place again after a 14yr gap. The place has not changed one bit inside, still looks nice and modern. Menu has obviously changed and so has the prices. Atul kocher is now charging a ridiculous amount of money for not alot of food. While the food was nice. I would have liked to have had slightly bigger portions especially for the prices we paid. £37 for a chicken curry! And pau for naan and rice separately. 1 star given purely for the audacity of whacking a 15% service charge on top. And then being given the 3rd degree when you don't wanna pay it . Let's see what it's like in another 14years.

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  10. PaulH

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming upscale atmosphere. Service is attentive and professional. Food is a wonderful complex of flavors, stylishly prepared and presented.
    BenaresResponded on 30 May 2024
    Dear Paul, Thank you for your lovely review! We're delighted to hear you enjoyed our welcoming atmosphere, attentive service, and the complex flavors of our dishes. We look forward to serving you again soon! Warm regards, Benares Team

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FAQs

Benares does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Benares is rated 4.4 stars by 5865 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


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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