Benares

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Indian
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

London Restaurant Festival: 6 courses, champagne cocktail & gift £110

Enjoy a 6 Course Tasting Menu for£110 pp with a complimentary champagne cocktail on arrival and a gift to take home.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

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

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: 14 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Sun 18:00-20:45
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: 14 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

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

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: 14 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

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

Quick Thali Lunch @£33 pp including Glass of beer or Soft drinks

Benares has launched a Thali Lunch Menu for those short on time. Arrive, sit, eat and enjoy in 45 minutes wonderful dishes such as Tandoori Seabass, Murg Makhani, Paneer Rogan Josh, Quinoa Salad, Bhapa Doi and many more. Vegetarian Menu available! Priced at £33 per person including a glass of Cobra Beer or soft drink

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 14 May 2019

Ends: 14 November 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30

Post Theatre Menu: £48 pp

Benares is excited to announce a new menu addition to the family. The post theatre menu is perfect for after an evening out - 3 courses including amuse bouche and petit fours at £48 per person Monday – Thursday from 2145 – 2230. This post theatre menu is set to launch April 1st for a limited time. Enjoy their 2 most talked about dishes in one menu!

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 April 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 21:45-22:30

5 Course sharing Street Food menu & Green Spice Martini for 2: £50

Available in the Bar only. 1 menu shared between 2 people. From a sharing menu of 5 dishes . 1 menu shared between 2 people. Includes Tax, excludes service. 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: 1 May 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Sun 18:00-21:30
Mon-Thu 12:00-14:00 20:00-22:00
Fri-Sat 12:00-14:00 20:30-22:00

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun - Thu 7:00PM - 10:00PM

What 5562 People Are Saying
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B
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We order Gol Gapa and each Puri was leaking so we could not enjoy, also we ordered peas paratha it was very dry, overall experience was ok

MM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary at Benares! Staff were great and friendly! Food was excellent quality with great recommendations from the assistant manager ! Thank you for making it a wonderful night for me and my wife

PD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Unusually loud, however. Some carpets would help.

LM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately our experience was not great. Some of the food was very good however one main course was served luke warm. For the price I’d expect way better both in terms of food and service which was patchy at best. There are other high end Indian restaurants in London that are better in my opinion.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the first time at the restaurant we tried the Tasting menu with the paired wines. It was absolutely fantastic with the wines complimenting the food to an exceptionally high standard. Our favourite courses were, the first course of scallop and cured sea bream was simply outstanding and the Greece Viognier was beautifully crisp and the fish course of salmon with lemongrass couscous, coconut and curry leaf sauce with the accompanying French Alsace with very skilfully executed and the spice balance wonderful. All round and fantastic meal, we shall return

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husbands 70th Birthday last week.we had the taster menu which was amazing.The flavours were so well blended with the textures too.The staff are attentive but not overbearing.The silk scarf on arrival is a lovely touch.we took our friends there as we had visited twice before.Loved it very special evening,topped off with meeting the chef.Sue

AE
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and a great dining experience. Will definitely book again.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good. Service was appalling. Had to wait so long for drinks and that's after having asked 3 times. When asked for the bill that took half hour and that's after asking again 3 times.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Worst Indian restaurant in London. How is it possible it has a Michelin star? Unbelievable! By far too expensive given food and service quality.
Never again

GD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit with the chef. The new menu is outstanding. Made our day great!

J
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great setting alongside great food. Great for small business 1:1 meetings - hope to visit again soon.

JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the fabulous dining experience at Benares. All the layers of flavors.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful combination of traditional Indian cuisine with British ingredients. First time to try the traditional drink, Lassi, and it’s delicious. The flavor is not very spicy, instead, smooth and tasty. Highly recommended!

AL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nos encanta venir a este restaurante cada vez que visitamos Londres. Somos muy fans de este cocinero

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and reasonable for high end restaurant. Would definitely recommend.

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

great food options on the lunch set menu! Excellent food and service .

NP
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time. The staff were fantastic and the food was a revelation.

OO
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent discovery. I can’t wait to go again! Whilst I was there I imagined all those I know who would love it too!

CE
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great and staff were welcoming. Some staff were more engaging and expressive than others though.

RM
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Scallops were excellent. Sweet and sour fish could have been tastier. Unfortunately meat was overcooked.

MM
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The overall meal was cooked very well but the venison we had was tough and lacked flavour. As this was the principal item on the main dish, it was somewhat surprising. The starter was excellent.
The price/value was therefore not as good as it could have been.
The restaurant lacked atmosphere and was too clinical.

AG
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like to visit London 2 or 3 times a year to take in some different restaurants and have visited a number over a range of years. Whilst we generally have good experiences or better our visit to Benares was excellent. All of the staff we encountered were warm, professional and knowledgeable about the food. We loved the ambiance and whilst it was an early evening table there were sufficient other diners to create a nice relaxed atmosphere aided by the service which was a perfect balance of friendly formal. The starter was preceded by a poppadom and chutney selection which delivered incredible flavour and texture, this was followed by a chef’s taster which delivered more great flavour and texture. Without itemising what we had both our starters and our mains were wonderful. Sadly we only had two courses due to a theatre booking but we are still talking about Benares days later. It was a really memorable dining experience and I’m certain we will return. Thanks to all the staff at Benares.

BB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and memorable Indian food.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Ladies rest facilities were awful.. blocked toilets

ML
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is AMAZING ..... I cannot wait to return.

KF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully attentive Staff , inventive and delicious food.

VC
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb in every way. Gorgeous food, excellent service and amazing cocktails. The perfect start to our holiday!

NS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The waiters seemed confused and weren’t very good at following up, taking the time to explain the food and or taking out empty plates. The experience was quite rushed and confusing. We got the wrong side and naan as well, and not what we had ordered. The food however was outstanding! Really delicious and good. The sound wasn’t great either, so it was hard to hear each other.

OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Perthshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve visited 3 times before for the tasting menu and this time we tried the a large carte and we were not disappointed!

Love the ambience. Love the welcome. Love the food.

KP
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly wonderful service, discrete but friendly and knowledgeable. Outstanding food, beautifully prepared and presented.
A lovely evening.
We would love to return.

AW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I would recommend the a la carte but not the tasting menu. It was very disappointing and you would have struggled to recognise it as Indian. A great shame as we have always loved it here.

A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and experience.

AB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The order took a little long to arrive than expected. Food quality was very good.

CL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The venue was very noisy and the food average and overpriced. The staff however were friendly and helpful

VG
London
17 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious but found the vegetarian Tasting menu a little heavy. Overall a great dinner and service!

DD
London
46 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for lunch on Saturday, ate off the set menu, started with the champagne cocktail which was delicious! The food was excellent for flavour & value, would definitely return.

JL
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth the money. Would revisit to try more of the delicious food. Great service too. Amazing champagne cocktail!

J
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was fantastic and the environment very pleasant. The starters and main courses were very perfumed but lacked consistency - the haddock portion was minute. The deserts are fabulous. Finally there is no draft beers and the wine prices are really prohibitive.

S
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is beautiful and the service is excellent. I went there for the first time with my partner for my anniversary and we loved it. We will be visiting Benares again :)

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