Benares

4.5
5193 reviews
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£41 and over
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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 led by Chef Patron, Atul Kochhar, 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, inspired by Atul’s extensive travels within India and 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Modern European
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm;

Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm (last seating 10.45pm);

Sunday: 6 pm - 10 pm (last seating 9.45pm);
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Phone number
020 7629 8886
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Atul Kochhar
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Parking Details
Paid public parking is located in the surrounding area of Berkeley Square and Davies Street. Parking is free on Sundays
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Public Transit
Green Park stations is located within a five minute walk from Benares. Furthermore, Bond Street Station is located within a 7 minute walk from Benares.
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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.
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Special Events & Promotions
Reservations are now open for Easter weekon the 26th March 2017. Please do check our website for our special Leg of Lamb offer.

Kids under 7 years old eat for Free this April*
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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

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Special Offers

5-course Street Food Menu & Cocktail for 2 £40 in bar

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.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 1 May 2018

Ends: 30 September 2018

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

6 course tasting menu & a champagne cocktail: £98

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 May 2018

Ends: 30 September 2018

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

3 Courses & champagne cocktail: £35

From a set menu. Complimentary cookbook for lunchtime bookings.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 May 2018

Ends: 30 September 2018

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

2 courses & champagne cocktail: £29

From a set menu.


Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT. excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 May 2018

Ends: 30 September 2018

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

Reviews from verified diners
5,193 reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
67%
Very Good
21%
Good
7%
Fair
3%
Poor
2%
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
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4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had the 5 course tasting menu at the bar and everything was delicious. My phone was running low on charge and they gave me a portable charger to use while I was there. The staff were attentive and hekpful. The bar was chilled out and a great place to meet with friends. Highly recommend and will definitely be back!!

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GF
5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

We were eager to try Banaras in London since it was Michelin star rated. We loved the ambiance, the service was very good. My green spice martini was amazing and very creative. The food was beautifully prepared and served, but lacked an oomph factor. We had the lobster biryani, fish and bread which came with sauces that were a bit flat. Our servers were attentive and courteous, and made out time there very enjoyable.

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SM
3.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Service was really bad and it ruined what was supposed to be a memorable night. Waited for our wine (waiter forgot to give our order to the bar) and our starters took over an hour to come! Just not good enough. Won’t be back

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ND
4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

We ate from the street food menu in the bar, plus a dessert. Five courses and a cocktail for £40 (for both of us) was very good value. As we expected, the portions were small, but we added in a dessert and left feeling very satisfied. The food was delicious and totally without fault. The cocktails were also outstanding. Service was overall great, our waitress was very friendly and attentive, but it took quite a while to order our first drink, which was annoying. Total bill for the street food menu + 2 delightful desserts, 2 cocktails, 2 glasses of wine and service was a little under £100.

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JD
4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Excellent evening with fantastic food, outstanding service and great atmosphere. The staff are very attentive, helpful and professional. The food is always tasty, varied and extremely well presented. We have never been disappointed.

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TN
1.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Absolutely appalled by the way we were treated by the staff! Were moved 3 times because the booking manager made a mistake, our food didn't arrive till a whole hour later of us ordering and it took about half an hour to get anyone's attention; when we finally did we were welcomed with an uninvitinv and don't want to know attitude which is really not expected in a restaurant like this. All in all a horrific experience and I shall not be returning nor do I have one good word to say.

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3.0Dined on 13 July 2018

We travelled to London from the north east specifically to go to this restaurant for my husbands birthday. He enjoys Indian food but wouldn’t really describe himself as a foodie. I on the other hand am a foodie. My husband was happy with his meal but I found mine to be a bit too spicy. It then meant the wines I choose were a bit wasted as my mouth was on fire so couldn’t really taste the wines.
Considering it is a Michelin star restaurant , I thought there had to be consistency in the food presentation but my starter had two swirls of sauce- a green and a brown but my husbands didn’t have the green.
The man next to us was quite an arrogant, demanding customer who staff seemed to be at his beck and call which then left us looking around to get the waiters attention.
We have dined in many other 1,2 and 3 star Michelin restaurants and enjoyed the experience more.
I was however shown the wine room at my request and chatted with the sommelier.

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CR
5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Fantastic food and excellent service highly recommend to anyone who like Asian tastes done exceptionally well

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OT
5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Delightful evening at Benares. My second visit here...and my memory did not fail. Excellent food, attentive staff who provide unobtrusive service. A very memorable evening.

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K
4.0Dined on 12 July 2018

This was a birthday dinner with close family and the staff couldn’t have been more charming, excellent service. Interesting and innovative menu, well presented. Pricy of course but this is in the heart of Mayfair, with the mark up on wines in the extensive list being pretty eye watering but not entirely surprising. A special treat for all this.

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OT
4.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Wonderful food delivered by super staff who were extremely efficient and personable. Hats off to the sommelier who recommended a perfect Chenin Blanc to accompany our meal and to Maitre D who made sure everything ran like clockwork and was very charming. The only 'negative' for us was the lack of natural light, but there's not a lot that can be done in that regard. Never tasted Indian food so good!

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LH
5.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Lamb and venison were excellent

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JH
3.0Dined on 10 July 2018

Very surprised that this restaurant rates as a Michelin star. Waited 30 mins for our table, the wine we chose was superb and the sommelier was competent, the food chaotic, the ambience disappointing. We won't return and we love great Indian in London

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WH
3.0Dined on 9 July 2018

We expect to be wowed by a two michelin star restaurant but we weren't. The food was generally very good, but was let down by an average paratha (one of them offered as an apology for a delay in serving the main course) and the complimentary petits fours. My main course was nearly cold. The service was very good.

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OT
1.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Bad food bad service

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C
5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Gourmet Indian. Do not expect the standard fare of curries.

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SC
5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

As always, excellent service second to none with superb food and wine.

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M
5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Always wanted to dine at Benares - and I wasn't disappointed. We started off choosing off the 3-course set menu, but never got to the dessert - too full! To cap it off a lovely bottle of Argentinian Malbec - highly recommended!

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G
3.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Had not eaten at Benares for close to 15 years. The prices haven't got any more affordable but the food was excellent once again. Service also impeccable.

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K
1.0Dined on 24 June 2018

A table was allotted in a secluded room saying no other table was free. When we insisted a table for two was given in the main dining area. All through we noticed that at least 3/4 tables for two were always vacant. The table next to us was free all the time.......... leaves a feeling of being taken for granted. We do not come to Michelin star restaurants for being taken for granted

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A
1.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Had an amazing experience until got a bad tummy

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KN
5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

conveniently located near special attractions/museums. excellent food with superior service

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OT
5.0Dined on 20 June 2018

We had the street tasting menu before the theater. It was the perfect amount of food for two people and such a fun experience to try so many things. The signature martini was amazing!!!

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FH
3.0Dined on 18 June 2018

Starters were average. Nothing too special and the mains in my opinion were over priced for what they are. Presentation is very good. However food wasn't the best

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SW
5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

I had been meaning to try this restaurant for ages and my Sons birthday seemed the perfect occasion. Perfect it was in all aspects. The food was absolutely amazing.

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OT
5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Fantastic 30th birthday at Benares! Food was excellent! Service excellent! Only problem was naan breads a little burnt which wasn’t ideal but nothing to ruin the meal.

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AA
1.0Dined on 15 June 2018

A Michelin star restaurant should have two things. First a good menu and second good service. The food was okay but the service was extremely slow and bad. I would never go there again and neither recommends it to anyone. Whats the point in going somewhere where you literally have to sit and wait for them to bring the menu and then take orders etc. Highly disappointed!

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c
4.0Dined on 14 June 2018

Staff were attentive and friendly and we weren’t rushed. We dined on a set menu which was nice and tasty enough. The little extras were a nice touch too, but whether dining on the a la carte makes the difference I don’t know, but neither of us walked away wowed or raving about this place as a Michelin star restaurant. Worth a visit though, it was a pleasant enough dining experience.

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SC
3.0Dined on 10 June 2018

My overall experience was average - okay not great. The food was excellent and authentic. In terms of service, we were expecting a better one for this type of restaurant. We were properly welcomed but one of our waiter kept a straight face (quite unfriendly with no smiles, no interaction). Moreover, usually high-priced restaurant would clean your table for dessert which was not the case for us (at least remove the crumbs). So I think that for a Michelin star restaurant, one would expect not only impecable food but also service.

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D
5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

If you only have time for one Indian dining experience in London, this is the place to go.

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GK
3.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Food is superb but is not matched by the service which doesn’t quite come up to Michelin star standards. Staff need to interact with diners more which would create a better overall experience.

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MO
4.0Dined on 6 June 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurant in London, simply because the food is always excellent.
I do not hesitate to recommend to anyone.
I felt The service was very attentive and nice this time.
It was my very first time having bar menu.
We tired 5 course street menu for 2, £30 (each person £15). 5 dishes were;
Artichoke, Squid, Sea Bass, Chiken and Lamb. all cooked in perfection especially Sea Bass (i am usually not a big fan) and Lamb, they were so well seasoned to die for.
Even they all were bar menu, all of them are freshly prepared and in perfect condition.
Only downside were since it was at the bar, it was not always easy to eat food served propery and all portions were bit too small (at least for me)
Next time i try, i definitely try this menu (for 2) just by myself which will be a perfect portion for me.
Thank you Benares, i am a cery big fan of yours.

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J
5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

The three course menu was delicious and the service friendly.

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PH
5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

Great food, attentive staff, nice ambiance. 5 star!!!

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OT
2.0Dined on 2 June 2018

We chose the vegetarian tasting menu, sauces were delicious but much of the rest was bland and disappointing. For the price we expected much, much more. I’ve had better Indian food elsewhere for a fraction of the price. Won’t be back.

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a
5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Excellent set lunch. Great range of flavours and dishes. Nice service and enjoyable atmosphere.

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OT
4.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Modern interpretation of Indian food; there are other restaurants for more traditional fare. The dishes however don’t disappoint with attractive presentation, clever spicing and plenty of flavour.

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OT
5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

As always the food and service was excellent!

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S
4.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Thank you for the person used menu keepsake it was much appreciated

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AM
5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

It's been about 18 months since our last visit and I can't think why. Everything about this restaurant is great. Lovely lounge to enjoy one of their amazing cocktails, nice and relaxed dining room, great service and excellent food. We opted for the tasting menu and matching wines and I couldn't fault any of it. There was a sufficient gap between courses, the wine arrived before the plates, and everything tasted fantastic.
Hopefully it won't be another 18 months until we return!

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