Benares

4.5
5681 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 Courses with Champagne Cocktail/Mocktail £38

    £38.00 per person

    May 21 - Nov 30, 2021

    3 Course Set Menu with Champagne Cocktail/Mocktail @£38pp. From a Set Menu.
  • 8 Course Tasting Menu with Champ Cocktail @£119 pp

    £119.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    8 Course Tasting Menu with Champ Cocktail @£119 pp
  • DECEMBER 3 COURSE SET MENU @ £45PP

    £45.00 per person

    Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2021

    DECEMBER 3 COUSRE SET MENU @£45PP
  • DECEMBER 2 COURSE SET MENU @ £39pp

    £39.00 per person

    Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2021

    DECEMBER 2 COURSE SET MENU@£39pp
  • DECMBER 8 COURSE VEG TASTING MENU @ £119pp

    £119.00 per person

    Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2021

    DECMBER 8 COURSE VEG TASTING MENU @£119
  • 2 Course menu with Champ Cocktail/mocktail @ £32pp

    £32.00 per person

    May 21 - Nov 30, 2021

    2 Course set menu
  • CHRISTMAS LUNCH 8 COURSE TASTING MENU @ £132PP

    £132.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    CHRISTMAS DAY 8 COURSE TASTING MENU @£132PP
  • 8 Crse Veg Tasting & Glass of Champ Cocktail£109pp

    £109.00 per person

    Jul 1 - Nov 30, 2021

    8 Crse Veg Tasting & Glass of Champ Cocktail@£109pp from a set menu
  • December 8 Course Tasting menu @ £129pp

    £129.00 per person

    Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2021

    8 Course Tasting menu @£129 pp
  • NEW YEAR'S EVE @£149 PP

    £149.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    9 course Tasting menu for dinner

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What 5681 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was amazing: extremely responsive and flexible without being overbearing. The food was the best Indian food I’ve ever had, and it great food generally.

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LeoS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the set 3 course meal Quality food great choice and the most tender chicken I have eaten great value. A
Nice ambiance really enjoyed our experience

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience coming for my wife’s birthday the service from start to finish was immaculate . The waiting staff were super helpful and the management team was superb . Everything about the restaurant oozes class and fine dining . Had minor issues with the mains and the management sorted it out asap and very apologetic . Recommended 10000000/10

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benares was everything I needed it to be for a special birthday present. I had planned this and Benares more than exceeded my expecting. The staff, atmosphere, food and drinks were all perfect.

Gregory ensured we had some amazing cocktails prior to being seated. Mo and the dining staff were all friendly, warm, welcoming and made our visit thoroughly enjoyable.

I would definitely recommend Benares and look forward to visiting again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Food was okay quality but nothing special or memorable. Expected more from a michelin starred restaurant in mayfair at those prices. Had
-mutton momo in coriander infused soup - unfortunately the coriander was definitely the star of this dish
-salmon woth a couple of mussels - very average
-a choc and pistachio dessert - couldnt really taste the pistachio

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Vonny
London
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back on song post Covid. Just as we remembered it but better. Brilliant value set lunch. Super food, fine service, lovely wine. So good to be back

Benares
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Vonny thank you very much for your review! Great to hear you came back to visit us and that you enjoyed the full experience! Looking forward to your next visit. Best wishes, Marzia Marketing Exec

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Put in a table in the corner. Had to keep putting hand up to get attention of waiters. Started pouring bottles of unwanted mineral water. Forgot to bring drinks orders. Had to ask twice. Refused to pack some of the food left saying they didn’t have a box for the yoghurt but had boxes for everything else.

I would have struck off the service charge If I was not with guests.

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear Guest thanks for the feedback. We are sorry to hear your latest experience with Benares did not meet your expectations, please do accept our apologies and rest assured that this has been taken to our management team to be dealt with. Please note, the reason why we don't recommend taking our Raita at home is that it contains dairy and therefore its temperature should not go above 5-8degrees (food safety). Apologies if a different and wrong explanation was given to you. Best wishes, Marzia

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ThomL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Have been multiple times and never fails to impress. Highly recommend the vegetable massala

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear ThomL Thansk for your review and for being a loyal guest of ours - we are so grateful! Can't wait to welcoming you again soon! Best wishes, Marzia Marketing Exec

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PRM1960
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant lunch. Cannot fault anything. Will definitely return!

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear PRM1960 Thanks so much for your feedback. These are such kind words and we are glad you have enjoyed your experience with us. Please, do come back soon! Best wishes, Marzia Marketing Exec

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JUlie
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We booked for dinner but the menus were not available (and not indicated).
It was so crowded we struggled in hearing each other at the table, the waiters had many tables to take care of, therefore the service was really not in adéquation with a one star Michelin.
The food was good but classic and nothing original that deserves the qualification of a gastronomic restaurant. Overall we felt that the place was just a good Indian restaurant but nothing that deserved a Michelin star, we were extremely disappointed.

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear Julie, Thanks for the feedback. We are sorry to hear that the overall experience at Benares did not meet your expectations. However, please note that as stated on our website, our Set Menus are only available for lunch and early dinner (5:30pm - 6:30). We hope to see you soon in the future. Best wishes Marzia Marketing Exec

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing
Thank you all for your care and hospitality
All of you were amazing and made my partners birthday a day to remember. Thanks for the touching cake at the end.

Recommended to all

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear Guest, thank you so much for taking the time to write about your last visit to Benares. So glad you chose Benares to celebrate such a special occasion and that our team was able to make it even a little more special for you and your partner! Please come back soon! Best wishes, Marzia marketing exec

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NickD
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was good, but service was a little off - for every course our server had to point out which dish had nuts, despite telling us up front that nothing we'd ordered contained nuts. And drinks were a little slow to arrive too.

Not bad, but not as excellent as you would expect given the reputation (and compared to previous visits)

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear NickD Thanks for your feedback and for visiting Benares again. We are sorry to hear about the long wait and so that this time you were not fully satisfied with the overall experience. Please note that the entire Benares team take the allergens issues very serious, and therefore our staff really wants to make sure there are no misunderstanding on this matter. We hope to see you soon in our restaurant in the near future. Best wishes, Marzia Marketing Exec

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AdrianM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Staff friendly, helpful, informative.
Cocktails excellent.
Food very good.
Pricey as expected.
Great experience.

One point. Nowhere to put bags at tables. Apart from floor. Chairs don’t lend themselves for safe hanging of bags. Ok with bench seats at edges but not good elsewhere.

Supply bag stools or have hooks/indents on chairs.

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear AdrianM Thanks for your review. We are happy to hear you were fully satisfied with both our cuisine as well as our new cocktail menu. Thank you for raising the point about the bag hooks. I do apologies if you have not been offered one as we do have Benares bag hangers that can be placed on the table for guests to use. We will remind our front of house team to pay more attention to this moving forward. We wish to see you again soon in the near future. Best wishes, Marzia Marketing Exec

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GabrielleF
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Interesting and varied food with attentive service.

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear GabrielleF Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad you were satisfied with the menu choice that Benares offer and that our service has met your expectations. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Marzia Marketing Exec

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AnthonyF
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top quality food with friendly and attentive service. I have been a few times for business dinners, but this is the first time I have taken my family. It went very well, and I only have good things to say about Benares

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear AnthonyF, Thank you so much for your review. We take much pride in having you as loyal guest and we are really glad you chose Benares to spend some quality time with your family.. and what's better than a great meal with amazing drinks?! Looking forward to seeing you very soon. Best wishes, Marzia Marketing Exec

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Suda1
London
15 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service especially Waitress Lucy was brilliant.

Benares
Responded 5 days ago

Dear Suda1 thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you have enjoyed your experience at Benares and that Lucy and our team looked after you with extra care. Looking forward to seeing you in our restaurant very soon! Best wishes, Marzia Marketing Exec

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue with relaxing classy atmosphere

Benares
Responded on 17 November 2021

Dear Guest thanks so much for your feedback. Looking forward to seeing you back soon Best wishes, Marzia Marketing Exec

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the tasting menu, which was incredible. Easily the best Indian tasting menu I’ve had in London. Service was perfect, friendly and attentive. The crowd was slightly older and the noise level was very loud which would be the only downside to the restaurant.

Benares
Responded on 16 November 2021

Dear Victoria, thank you very much for your feedback - it is much appreciated. We are glad to hear that both our cuisine and service have met your expectations and that you've had a lovely time with us. Please, do come back soon. Best wishes, Marzia Marketing Exec

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Portion and choice was very small. Also additional charges on top of the 2 course price, service charges was pretty expensive

Benares
Responded on 16 November 2021

Dear Guest, thank you for the feedback. We are sorry to hear you did non enjoy your experience at Benares. Unfortunatley, I cannot tell you what had happen with your additional charges on top the the 2-courses menu as we do not have your booking details and therefore cannot track the table number. However, please do feel free to get in touch directly with me at marketing@benaresrestaurant.co.uk and I'll be happy to assist you. Hope to hear from you soon. Best wishes Marzia Marketing Exec

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vipAlessandroP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Very good service but wine arrived before the welcome champagne we ordered and the table was unstable and couldn’t be kept still the entire night although waiters tried to fix it several times.
A bit too loud for my taste.

Benares
Responded on 16 November 2021

Dear AlessandroP, thansk for your review. Glad you really enjoyed our cuisine and that it met your expectations. Apologies for the little inconvenience with Champagne and wine, and with concern to unsettled table, please rest assured that our handyman has been notified and will work on this issue as a matter of urgency. Thanks again for your feedback, and we are looking forward to seeing you again. Best wishes, Marzia Marketing Exec

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ShaffinaC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasure to eat there . Very good service and food was outstanding. Staff was very attentive and pleasant.

Benares
Responded on 16 November 2021

Dear ShaffinaC thanks so much for the review and kind words. So glad you've enjoyed your experience and we are looking forward to welcoming you back soon at Benares. best wishes, Marzia Marketing Exec

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DennisK
London
1 review