Benares

4.4
5341 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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

Five Course sharing Street Food menu & Green Spice Martini for 2: £40

Available in the BAR only. sharing. 1 menu shared between 2 people. From a sharing menu of 5 dishes . 1 menu shared between 2 people. Includes Tax, excludes service.. Menu cannot be halved to accommodate 3,5 or 7 people. 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: 2 January 2019

Ends: 30 March 2019

Availability: Sun 18:00-21:00
Mon-Fri 12:00-14:00 17:30-21:30
Sat 12:00-14:00

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: 2 January 2019

Ends: 30 March 2019

Availability: Sun 18:00-21:00
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: 2 January 2019

Ends: 30 March 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 17:30-18:30
Fri-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-17:30

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: 2 January 2019

Ends: 30 March 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 17:30-18:30
Fri-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-17:30

What 5341 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food. Service was efficient but not very friendly. Indian waiter who took our order seemed cross that we were ordering lots of starters to share and no main courses; but overall very good.

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JM
London
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very, very good food and good sized portions with phenomenal flavours.

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DG
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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CB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word “Stunning”

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S
Berkshire
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my 5th visit to Benares but I was worried as have never visited at the weekend before. I needn't of done so as the standard was just as high as normal. The waiting staff took time to explain each dish and answered our few questions in detail.

The food was amazing especially the Pollock starter and I thoroughly recommend Indian wine.

Looking forward to my next visit already

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O
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most delicious Indian food in London, excellent tasting menu, amazing experience

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had the tasting menu, wish the portions were just a little smaller allowing one to enjoy the entire 7 courses

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

This is our third visit to Benares and both the food and quality has gotten even better. The waiters are very attentative and the food portions are generous.

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OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

An interesting and tasty meal, with some imaginative variations on Indian food.

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HK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We came for lunch and so was quieter. Great service. I always find it difficult deciphering Indian menus because growing up it was always just curry for me. Thankfully the waiter offered to provide a curry however I wish I liked it and to not worry about the labels.

I ordered a lamb curry which was delicious and my guest ordered lamb chops which came with a side of curry too. Cauliflower was served as a side.

Everything about this place is great, the service especially. Whilst I’ve had better Indian food and at a better value this is a place I would come back to happily but maybe a special occasion

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Dubai
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Service and food

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NT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great experience. Would highly recommend :) :)

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m
Buckinghamshire
49 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Benares is situated off Berkeley Square and a warm welcome was received where we sat in the bar for pre-dinner drinks. I would have to say the bar is more atmospheric that the main dining room which whilst smart is lacking character. The food, we had limited choice from a set menu, was delicious and the service was very good with helpful suggestions re wine choice.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Unfortunately service was let

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good! The service was okay - would have expected much better!

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RH
Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were recommended here by a friend and our high expectations were met. Amazing delicious food, recommend the lamb chops. Great service too. Will return for another special occasion.

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very friendly and welcoming and very knowledgable of menu and wines. Delicious food.

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LB
London
21 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic staff and awesome food. Love this restaurant. The Royal Chicken and the paneer are superb!

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OS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was perfect for our anniversary, the tasting menu was fantastic!

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PL
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as usual

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food worthy of its reputation.

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F
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service was very good, this is my third time to Benares and would definitely recommend. I had the lamb sheek kebabs to start which was very nice and the lamb cutlets as main but was unable to finish it as the starter was quite feeling, overall good experience

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MW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit and we weren’t disappointed. Staff really went out of their way to help my son and I celebrate our joint birthday. Food was as before delicious and we had the tasting menu which very good value compared to most other Michelin restaurants. The restaurant is quite noisy but that is because it’s always full of people having a great dining experience.

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H
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable setting, top class service, and superb food and drink. This is fine dining Indian cuisine.

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was bland and over priced. Sent food back and came back exactly the same, bland

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PJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This wasn't our first experience at Benaras but certainly the best.
Amazingly flavourful food.
Extremely friendly service.
excellent complementary food.

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w
New England
53 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal meal worthy of its Michelin star. Each dish was uniquely creative with its roots in Indian cuisine but with a sophisticated flair. The balance of spices and heat were palate pleasing without being overpowering. Well worth putting Benares on your must visit list.

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LL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried the set menu, it was full of flavour, well balanced, also good selection of dishes were available.
We loved the gulabjammun dessert. Service was excellent.

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VS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening at a lovely restaurant. Will visit again

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benares is probably the best Indian restaurant in London. The spices and flavor of the food is outstanding and the service is impeccable. I am in London for business regularly and always make sure i have dinner at Benares

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matteo was absolutely lovely.
The food, ambience and decor were amazing!

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Newcastle
13 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, there is nothing else to say!

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DR
London
12 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Beautiful fine Dining Indian. Fantastic food and service and beautiful wines served even by the glass ...

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Over all the experience was excellent and the food was delicious.

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B
London
15 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, really great service. Very reasonably priced as well. Loved it.

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a
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Benares is turning into an upscale regular spot for my spouse and I to entertain our friends who fly in from afar. After five visits over two years, we have never been disappointed.

The ambiance is sophisticated, with very friendly and competent service, but the real star is the food. As you would expect from any Indian restaurant, vegetarians are well cared for and the omnivores have a delightful selection of properly posh dishes. For those who appreciate Indian food, these plates are a revelation, not just a mild re-working. Big props to the inventive mixologists, too, as we now always start with an inventive cocktail.

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London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, our experience was fantastic

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B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and great knowledgeable staff. We really enjoyed out visit and we'll be back again.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really nice. The staff were friendly and kept check on us throughout.
Would recommend this place.
And will be visiting them again.

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London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, can not fault this restaurant in the slightest

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