Benares

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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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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 January 2020

Ends: 19 June 2020

Availability: Sun 17:30-21:30
Mon-Fri 12:00-14:00 17:30-22:00
Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-22:00

2 Course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail: £29

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: 1 January 2020

Ends: 19 June 2020

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

3 Course set menu 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: 1 January 2020

Ends: 19 June 2020

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

6 course Tasting Menu & a Champ cocktail: £98

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: 1 January 2020

Ends: 19 June 2020

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

Thali lunch menu: £33

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 January 2020

Ends: 19 June 2020

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

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

What 5755 People Are Saying
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TomS
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, and good ambience.
Service was good but on a couple of occasions waiters forgot that one party member was coeliac so could not eat gluten. They responded well but could have gone badly if not asked.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal super service and we were given a free take home of the dhal I loved furthermore the chef came out and told me how to cook it. Cocktails also great. An all round great experience and we will be back again

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AvniD
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The non-vegetarian set menu was very good but the vegetarian set menu was ok. The food in the vegetarian menu had too many dishes which felt soppy and lacked a little crunch e.g. samosa needed some bite inside rather than a smooth paste, the cabbage dish was the same. However, the paneer was outstanding and the bhartha was very tasty especially paired with the truffle bakarkhani. Some dishes in the vegetarian menu were also quite spicy e.g. the vegetable and soya momo.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fabulous meal and excellent service! Would definitely go again!

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NicH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Der Service war erstklassig es hat an nichts gefehlt. Das Essen was sehr lecker und hat auch satt gemacht. Tolles Ambiente

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timr
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food and great service, our host was very helpful giving great advise on the menu choice
We began with cocktails which were a very interesting and fabulous twists on classics

LE
LeeE
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service - would definitely recommend

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VinodS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Had dinner with family members. Got shown to a table designated for large groups. Had to kick up a fuss to get a table in the main area which we did. Food poor, my local India restaurant can serve better food at a quarter of the price. Heavy use of double cream... and that's not Indian! Service was poor, non of the waiting staff had a smile..tells it all how unhappy they must be working here. This is a highly overrated Indian restaurant. Can't recommend and will never return. Hugely disappointing

MS
MarS
1 review