Benares

4.5
5473 reviews
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Indian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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.

Special Offers

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-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: 14 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

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

Light, quick, delicious lunch: £33

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-Thu 12:00-14:30

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

What 5473 People Are Saying
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Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A more casual Michelin star experience than we have had with other Michelin restaurants we have visited but this isn’t a criticism though, the clientele seemed younger too. It was relaxed and friendly but the food was amazing and the wine matching was superb (we had the prestigious choice). My favourite dish from the tasting menu was the salmon it was exceptional. We have already recommended Benares to friends.

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Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding! Second time riding here and equally as good as the first!

Service / food / atmosphere all amazing!

Very good value for money.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We have been to Benares many times, but sadly this visit didn’t really come up to expectations. The meal we had was nice, but not outstanding. There seemed to no standout items, and everything was just average. Even small things like the chutneys didn’t have that special freshness or zing to them. And our Dhall (which was one of my favourite things) was more like a very runny soup. The staff were friendly and efficient. Maybe not having Atul Kolchar there any more is showing?

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PS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Terrible experience. Had high expectations based on previous reviews and the Michelin Star. Unfortunately it was very disappointing for us. Table was not ready on time and it was already very late. We were rushed to order while we were waiting in the lounge. Food was ok and nothing to rave about for a vegetarian like me and definitely below par compared to other similar restaurants in London. The worst part surprisingly was the service. No one approached us even once to inquire about the quality of food or if we need anything else. Not even paper towels or hand towels were placed and we had to call for one everytime we needed one. The attitude was totally careless and it just seemed like they were trying to just finish up and leave. Very disappointed especially with the poor service compared to not just other high end restaurants in London but with any restaurant in general. I hope they focus on that more than their strict dress code! That’s what they need to get right.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meals were nicely sized and extra was given

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WW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I had high expectations going in given the Michelin star. The cocktails were very good and unique but overall, the level of spice did not come through in any of the dishes. I was not looking for spicy but complexity and it was not fully there. I cannot remember, now as I am typing this, any particularly memorable dish aside from the cocktails.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very Refined Indian Food ! real tasty. We enjoyed the atmosphere a lot.

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Dallas
140 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We has great expectations for this place even though we new its famous chef was gone. I had duck croquettes as a starter, and chicken as a main. Nothing special to talk about. Service was cordial and better than average. I would not recommend this place

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The food lacks authenticity and to be honest did not taste that much different from a decent Indian. This was the thali menu. I personally would not come here again. Service was satisfactory and if you like dark restaurants then you will like this. Food is mild enough if you are not used to eating a curry but for me it lacked spicing not necessarily in the heat department but just depth of flavour.

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ER
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

The food was excellent: inventive, delicately spiced, with complex flavours and textures. The portions were generous. I was given a silk scarf as a gift when I arrived which was a nice touch.

The service however was disappointing for a restaurant of this level. For example, we repeatedly had to ask for water, which was then slow to arrive.

The main dining room is cavernous, with a low ceiling and the bland decor reminiscent of a hotel restaurant from the 1970s. The room amplified noise from other people’s conversations.

Benares
Responded on 10 July 2019

Dear Customer, Thank you for dedicating your time to share your feedback with us. We are glad that you have enjoyed the food in the restaurant and I am sorry to hear that the service and the ambience did not meet your expectations. I have passed your feedback to the rest of the team and we will do our best to improve and make sure our service is as good as our food. We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back at Benares! Sincerely, Mukesh Pandey Assistant General Manager

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience from start to finish- the food was fantastic and the service was excellent- we will definitely come back again

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CR
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was impeccable-very friendly and helpful staff including wine recommendations
The food was perfectly cooked with light spice and complex flavours-overall a lovely experience

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d
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent, inventive food with intense flavours. First class service - attentive& efficient but relaxed, not overly formal, and intelligent, helpful advice on food & wine choices.

Benares
Responded on 10 July 2019

Dear Customer, What a pleasure to read such positive comments! We are so happy that you have enjoyed your experience with Benares - I have passed your feedback to the rest of the team, they are very grateful! I hope to welcome you at Benares again very soon! Kind Regards Mukesh Pandey Assistant General Manager

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RC
Kent
33 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect from start to finish - excellent food, service and ambience!! Will be returning again soon.

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RS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food polite very helpful with the menu.
Very welcoming and service excellent
Would recommend to anyone

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were an hour late and they made us feel so welcome. This is not our first visit. The service and quality of food is exceptional.

Benares
Responded on 10 July 2019

Dear Customer, Thank you for dedicating your time to share your feedback with us. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your lunch at Benares. I have passed your comments to the rest of the team. I hope for many more visits of our returning customers! Kind Regards Mukesh Pandey Assistant General Manager

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Service staff didnt have a clue what was going on. We ordered desserts and didnt get them

Benares
Responded on 10 July 2019

Dear Customer, I am so sorry to hear that the service didnt meet your expectations. We are working very hard to improve all aspects of our dining experience and I am very grateful that you have dedicated your time to share your opinion with us, as your feedback helps us grow. I hope I will have an opportunity to welcome you back very soon. Kind Regards Mukesh Pandey Assistant General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday InDian street food, although we were treated as well as ever even though we ate in the bar.

Service excellent as always and with a level of attentiveness that always makes you feel special when you go there.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A fantastic Indian restaurant !! The food was excellent

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S
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food brilliant service will definitely be back, but take a jacket the air conditioning worked rather too well!

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Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s fair to say that, despite living in Norfolk, Benares is on of our favourite restaurants and we take every opportunity to find an excuse to come! This week’s lunch was the result of a voucher I bought my husband for Christmas and it was, as always, well worth waiting for! To be honest, when we heard that Atul Kochar had moved on, we were a tad concerned that it wouldn’t be as good, but we had no need to worry! As always, we were greeted and taken up to a lovely corner table. The waiting staff, especially the sommelier, were of the expected high standard and the food as wonderful as ever!

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PE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I had a hair delivered in my food!!! The food this time around was not very good.
I came back after my first meal at this restaurant where the experience and food was amazing
unfortunately the second time it was quite the opposite
a nice touch, we received silk scarfs as gifts and I don't want to complain about that but would like to mention when I washed the scarf the threads were coming out of all edges..

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BC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Overpriced for the food. The lobster was overcooked for £44. Service was slow. The person taking the order was so close to me that he spat on my as he was talking to me. The food did not have the fragrance I would expect from Indian food. Overall if you want to talk about going to this restaurant to show off then go for it. I would never go there for food. Not a Michelin star dining experience at all.

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t
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

veg tasting menu had too many food items.
You can use new technology in preparation of drinks and food.
Please check Following places we had visited in the past that may give you understanding of why we gave you 4 stars.
1- Vedge rest Philadelphia.
2- Gastronomic Stockholm.
3- Masala Library Mumbai.
4- Nopi London.
5- Rasika Washington DC
6- Bindaas Washington DC.
Tarun Dharia

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London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent experience with lots of nice little touches, including a surprise birthday cake for my partner. Set menu deal was great value. Food was creative and as good as expected

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KV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience as always. I even plan to go to London just to be able to eat there. Food is of the highest quality, the experience is that of a truly modern Indian cuisine. Personell is always very kind and they never forget the slightest detail.
An absolutely classy restaurant. To the entire crew best greetings from Vienna :-)

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JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food & service were excellent. The one comment we have is that we would have wanted an option of an India dessert.

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WD
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service. Tasting menu with wine pairings were exceptional.

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AT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Saturday lunch set menu. Benares only needs a one word review - fabulous!!
Top quality food and service. We will be back!

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service! Great food!

The ambience of the restaurant is great. Wonderful date night place!

Benares
Responded on 10 July 2019

Dear Customer, What a pleasure to hear such wonderful feedback! We hope to welcome you back very very soon! Sincerely, Mukesh Pandey Assistant Restaurant Manager

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CD
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, amazing food, fab night!
We had the tasting menu and was not disappointed.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Mid week dinner service, got seated in private area as were running late. Front of house staff very accommodating, tried the dal makhani which is their signature, staff whipped up a complimentary spicy sauce on request to pair the already well seasoned lobster biryani. No complaints, place and service fitted the bill which was understandably steep. Good first time experience.

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r
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious flavours and attentive service. Very disappointed that the set menu was not available on a Sunday evening which made it very expensive.

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B
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sumptuous food and cocktails served by a delightful staff. Highly recommended.

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G
Yorkshire
15 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place. The staff, food and ambiance are exceptional

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AT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An amazing treat for my 50th birthday. The food was delicious and the staff an absolute delight. They even produced a birthday cake at the end of the meal. I look forward to my next big birthday, I know where I'll be celebrating it 😁

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o
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

our second visit to Benares and what an excellent meal. we will return for more superb dining.

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Too noisy for a Michelin star experience. Non vegetarian Food was excellent, vegetarian choice not so good. Ambiance was lost by the open plan dining. Maybe my expectations of a Michelin star restaurant were unmet. But was too noisy in any case to have any conversation.

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HJ
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! Simply beautiful to look at and unbelievable to taste! Would certainly return.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Does not disappoint. Returned after a few year break and everything was as good as the last trip.

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