Benares

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5832 reviews
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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.

Support Benares during COVID-19

Offers

London Restaurant Festival: 3 courses & a glass of Sparking Wine £35

Oct 1-31, 2020·Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-18:30

3 course Set menu with a glass of Sparking Wine on arrival

Thali Menu @£33 Lunch Only

Aug 3, 2020-Feb 3, 2021·Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30

From a set menu.

Dine Local: 3 Course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail: £35

Aug 3, 2020-Feb 3, 2021·Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-18:30

From a set menu.

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Tue - Sat 12:00PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 10:30PM

Bottomless Thali menu with drinks offer £48pp

Sep 3-30, 2020·Tue-Sat 12:00-14:00

Bottom Less Thali menu with drinks

6 course Tasting Menu with Glass of Champ cocktail on pp @ £98pp

Aug 3, 2020-Feb 3, 2021·Sun 12:00-14:00 17:30-20:45, Mon-Sat 12:00-14:00 17:30-21:30

From a set menu.

2 course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail @ £29

Aug 3, 2020-Feb 3, 2021·Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-18:30

2 course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail @ £29

What 5832 People Are Saying
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vipKetman
London
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

We went for the Thali. The onion Bhaji in the vegetarian thali was raw and had to be sent back. The chicken in the non-veg thali had a really strange aftertaste.

Overall a very disappointing food experience.

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Priti45uk
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience2

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I go there all the time. But I was very disappointed by the service. Had to wait over half an hour just to get a drink. I ended up going to the bar myself to order a drink. Even at the table. The waiters were nice but not sure of what I wanted to order. I really hope for a better service next time.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Service was excellent

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RosieA
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

This was a great night out during covid times. Restaurant was brilliant, safe and amazing food. We went for a special occasion and had been wanting to go for a while...it did not disappoint! Food was on point and I’d highly recommend as an Indian myself and having been to many Indian restaurants in London as a Londoner.
Go visit!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb food and service, undiminished by the currently trying times. My first return since lockdown, will not be my last, circumstances permitting.

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John
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and food and a wonderful dining experience!

KP
KPatel
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food in a nice setting. Highly recommend the 2 course set menu, great value for money.

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TaylorDerby
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely to revisit and thoroughly enjoyed the thali. Extremely good value when you add in the bottomless wine which was very generous

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JohnH
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience2

Food was great but service extremely slow, a couple of times more than 30 mins between courses. Our waitress was trying her best and I don’t think she was to blame, maybe CoVID related staff absences?

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billalc
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Starter and desserts were very good but the main course was bad

Service is very good

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SThak
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was great start to finish and staff were friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Cocktails were delicious. We were offered a complimentary amuse bouche followed by our orders, food was really delicious. My only comment was that the interior felt like it could do with a little lift. Given the high price, it’s probably one I’d only ever visit again if it was a special occasion.

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AnnP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Best Indian food in Britain will certainly go back

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SGS007
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Had taster menu far too long between courses and noticed takeaways going out so wonder where priorities where? Shame as big fan of Benares over 12 years however the food was excellent

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Manraj
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

We had the 7 course tasting meal.

An enjoyable meal with tasty food and brilliant service and attentive. Two of the dishes were exceptional and delicious in flavour, visually all the dishes were good. However the dishes in terms of flavour were not to the level expected for a michelin star restaurant.

This was also the feeling when comparing the value of the bill to the feeling of satisfaction at the end of the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was superb and the hosting was amazing. Very very happy

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SeemaR
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect ambience
Amazing food, was impressed with everything I ordered
Welcoming service
Really felt like back home in India
Hospitality was perfect.

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vipbabyboomer
Surrey
69 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb meal, nothing can be faulted or bettered. This was a fantastic gourmet experience.

SR
ShajadorR
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Mocktail was made out of syrup rather than fresh fruit, the samosa starter was tiny and 90% of it pastry rather than mince. The food wasn't great given it is a premium michelin star restaurant, pathetic portions, had to go out and get a burger as still was hungry, the ambient and service was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food, wonderfully pleasant staff, great experience

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StuartH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, the best Indian food I’ve ever tasted! Great value for the quality & fantastic service.

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Wendy
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Incredible eating experience. Tasting menu and pairing wines were sublime. Our waiter was very attentive and her knowledge of the food and wine was spot on.

PH
PhilH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent and beautifully served - Luciana looked after us so well!

IC
IrvingC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

As usual the food was excellent and the staff pleasant and attentive. It was quite nice having our own booth with the plexiglass shields!

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SCcc
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic! The experience was absolutely great and the service was excellent!

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VictoriaG
Kent
1 review