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Benares, London,

Benares

4.5
4.5
5370 Reviews
£41 and over
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Modern European

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    020 7629 8886

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sameer Taneja

  • Catering

    Benares is available for exclusive hire for lunch and dinner, as well as drinks and canapé reception.<br />The main restaurant can accommodate up to 150 guests (seated) and can hold up to 300 guests (standing), using the Lounge, The Berkeley and The Dover rooms.

  • Private party facilities

    Discover the world of Michelin private dining in the heart of Mayfair.Situated in Berkeley Square, Benares is a modern Indian fine dining restaurant, where innovation marries tradition.Our private rooms are perfectly suited for a variety of events,

  • Private party contact

    our team: 020 7629 8886 x2

  • Neighborhood

    Mayfair

  • Parking details

    Paid public parking is located in the surrounding area of Berkeley Square and Davies Street. Parking is free on Sundays

  • Public transit

    Green Park station is located within a five minute walk from Benares. Furthermore, Bond Street Station is located within a 7 minute walk from Benares.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • 8 Course Veg Tasting Menu @£112 PP

    £112.00 per person

    Jan 14 - Nov 30, 2022
    8 Course Veg Tasting Menu @£112 PP
  • 8 Course Tasting Menu @£123 PP

    £123.00 per person

    Jan 14 - Nov 30, 2022
    8 Course Tasting Menu @£123.00 PP
  • CHRISTMAS DAY MENU

    £132.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Christmas day menu @£ 132

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What 5,370 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West End London

    Indian

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  1. c

    carmenetta

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I haven't been to Benares for a few years and had seen some negative reviews. I went there last night with friends and had the 3 course set menu. This is incredible value with a choice of three starters, mains and desserts. The food and presentation were fantastic - the lamb curry is especially worthy of a mention. Wine prices start quite high but you are in the heart of Mayfair. We had a Californian Merlot for £59 which was really good. The staff were extremely friendly and very efficient. We enjoyed it so much we're going back to celebrate another birthday within the next few weeks.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    V good food/attentive service. Shame we only found out at the very end that we could have ordered the traditional dishes (e.g. Biryani), which are no longer on the menu. Ambience is rather corporate.
  3. BG

    BallyG

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, Amazing staff, Amazing experience but very expensive, not something for a regular visit but save for a special occasion. 8 course taster menu was amazing
  4. AL

    ALPESHP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing 👏 - just got 👌 right ✅️. Fantastic experience
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience1
    Amazing food and wine, dull atmosphere, awkward service.
  6. JS

    JoelS

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We came to this Michelin restaurant expecting an above average experience. We did the chefs tasting menu. We have done other tasting menus at other restaurants. Not our first rodeo. The food was above average and tasty but not 5 star level. Not particularly innovative (are we all tired yet of bites served on shells?). When our food arrived, there was no explanation of our course. It was obvious they are training people. One of our courses was explained as “venison”. No mention of the sauce on the side. The wine pairing was not served by som or a som in training. We know nothing about wine and we knew more than the gentleman pouring for us. Covid has affected the restaurant industry greatly. I would wait until places like this are up to speed before spending this kind of money.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and cocktails. Fantastic service

    BenaresResponded 6 days agoThank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Benares and hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Viktoriya Marketing team

  8. SW

    SteveW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely sensational, a perfect birthday present for my wife.
  9. R

    Rainbow1

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It took them 45 minutes to run the payment from the time they gave us the bill !!!!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food.
  11. v

    vaishak

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    benares in Madrid is much better. Food was good, but it doesn't standout at this price point. Wouldn't go back.

    BenaresResponded on June 17, 2022Dear Vaishak, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your disappointment in your experience at Benares London. Please feel free to get in touch with us directly at marketing@benaresrestaurant.co.uk to share more info about your experience. Looking forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Viktoriya, Marketing team

  12. T

    Trips

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very creative food and excellent presentation. The Muntjac tikkas had that magical balance so difficult to achieve between the time in the marinade and the cooking time - result was simply outstanding. Also the scallops cooked in a spicy Malabar curry were delicious. Overall a wonderful experience, though the acoustics may need a rethink, since conversation on the table was quite difficult due to the ambient noise. We also happened to bump into the chef and suggested that he covers a bit of the East of India too in his menu - we covered North and South West only - he promised to consider our request.
  13. MC

    MrsCF

    London

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service in a sumptuous environment. The food is well prepared and presented but comes in small portions. It is spicier than I would prefer, however, the waiter suggested adding yogurt to my --otherwise tasty-- curry which worked like a treat! Overall a true "experience".
  14. C

    Carol

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Meal- first time we have ventured back since lockdown and probably our best meal ever at Benares. Tandoori Ratan delicious, Goats milk paneer and Chicken momo a delight and loved the steamed yogurt and fruit dessert. Attentive staff coped seamlessly with my being gluten intolerant.
  15. s

    susieg

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Amazing creative and inventive Indian food. Something for everyone. The ambiance is good but it’s a little dark in places. Overall great review. Definitely recommended.
  16. SC

    SatisfiedCustomer

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food taste really good, but when you order a Set menu, you don’t get a complete meal. You get not even half so much food as you get few years a go. We were hungry when we left Benares.
  17. M

    Merca190

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to several top end Indian Restaurants around London, this is by far the best. The service was excellent to food was first class. I could not fault it in anyway. Very happy and will return as my place to go now.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow!! Excellent service and food!! Well recommended for a great night out, exquisite surroundings and customer service the best I have ever experienced.
  19. CZ

    ChristianZ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    I went here for an anniversary with my wife, unfortunately I came in shorts so we were sat at the bar, which was understandable (I had foreseen the possibility of that happening). But because we were sat at the bar for the first 20 minutes we were only served 1 drink and no waiter approached us, which shouldn't have happened, because we already picked which menu we wanted upon booking. Overall the food was good, but nothing special especially compared to the price, I feel we could have gone elsewhere and had a better experience for less money.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb tasting menu. Great attention to the details and staff very attentive.
  21. p

    peters

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent 3 course set lunch mentu and wine pairing The service was also very good. Highly recommended/
  22. VT

    VishT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    very good experience with great taste of food testing menu. do recommend.
  23. NS

    NikitaS

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Indian meal I’ve had
  24. KH

    KellyH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening. Food was superb! Staff were friendly &amp; engaging
  25. KC

    KatieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Going to Michelin star restaurants isn’t the norm for us, it’s special. This was our second and very much a different experience to our first. It has a more relaxed environment whilst also having the same attentiveness as the more formal restaurants we have been to. The sommelier was excellent and the wine pairing I would highly recommend, both options were great. We had the tasting menu which I think is the best way to experience fine dining as you get to try things you wouldn’t pick and that often become your favourite! Well worth a visit. Thank you.
  26. BM

    BoysanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decided on Benares for mums 70th. She had a wonderful experience and wants to go back with the rest of the family who unfortunately could not make this occasion. Food was great, pricey but expected. I had the lamb cutlets and only criticism was the anchovy that comes with it. Maybe on some pallets it works but I had to leave. Apart from that, an enjoyable experience and fabulous flavours that I hope to have again in the not so distant future
  27. LJ

    LaurenceJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food. Came here for anniversary and they made us a little cake as well which was lovely. The scallop starter and halibut main were particular highlights.
  28. HP

    HannahP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and wine and lovely Friday lunchtime atmosphere.
  29. JM

    JonathanM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Indian food ever. I would highly recommend this place if you are in London. Very posh neighborhood as well.
  30. P

    Peterv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A perfect fusion between European produce and Indian techniques
  31. YK

    YvonneK

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice Indian food - we preferred the à la carte options to the set menus - with good service
  32. ML

    MaryL

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, AMAZING food! Loved the service - very kind and attentive staff…great experience!!!

    BenaresResponded on June 17, 2022Dear MaryL, Many thanks for your review and kind words. We are glad to hear you really enjoyed the Benares experience from start to finish, and we hope to see you again very soon! Best wishes, Viktoriya Marketing team

  33. A

    Abha

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the passion fruit martini , malai kofta and the paneer galouti kebab
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    traveling to London for our Honeymoon
  35. KD

    KarinD

    Charlotte

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the chefs tasting experience along with the wine pairing. Highly recommended! We thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Our servers were great. Phillipe was an extremely knowledgeable sommelier.
  36. LU

    LUV2EAT

    London

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was nice but nothing spectacular, portions were very small. Waiters were kind and pleasant but on occasions seemed to lack knowledge about the dishes - not what you would expect from a Michelin Starred restaurant They did acknowledge the fact that it was a special occasion which was a nice touch.
  37. E

    Eccellente

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Unsufficirnt service.
  38. TD

    TracyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great attentive service from start to finish. Fabulous food and wine pairings for the 8 course taster menu were perfect. A wonderful experience!
  39. a

    abrahamj

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service with a wine list tailored to the spice level of the food.
  40. DS

    DavidS

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent meal; the waiter and kitchen staff did not allow the fact that we were in a hurry, on the way to see a show, to negatively affect our dining experience or the quality of the food we received....... both were exceptional! My partner was treated to the most delicious brownie on the house to celebrate her birthday.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Benares does offer delivery in partnership with Supper London and Uber Eats. Benares also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7629 8886.

Benares is rated 4.5 stars by 5370 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Benares

12a Berkeley Square London, W1J 6BS

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Mayfair

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Modern European

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Paid public parking is located in the surrounding area of Berkeley Square and Davies Street. Parking is free on Sundays

  • Public transit

    Green Park station is located within a five minute walk from Benares. Furthermore, Bond Street Station is located within a 7 minute walk from Benares.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sameer Taneja

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7629 8886

  • Catering

    Benares is available for exclusive hire for lunch and dinner, as well as drinks and canapé reception.<br />The main restaurant can accommodate up to 150 guests (seated) and can hold up to 300 guests (standing), using the Lounge, The Berkeley and The Dover rooms.

  • Private party facilities

    Discover the world of Michelin private dining in the heart of Mayfair.Situated in Berkeley Square, Benares is a modern Indian fine dining restaurant, where innovation marries tradition.Our private rooms are perfectly suited for a variety of events,

  • Private party contact

    our team: 020 7629 8886 x2

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