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 10 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.

Specials

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: January 1, 2020

Ends: June 20, 2020

Availability: Sun 5:30PM-10:00PM
Mon-Thu 12:00PM-2:00PM 5:30PM-10:00PM
Fri 12:00PM-2:00PM 8:00PM-10:00PM
Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM 8:00PM-10:00PM

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: January 1, 2020

Ends: June 20, 2020

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-6:30PM

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: January 1, 2020

Ends: June 20, 2020

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-6:30PM

6 course Tasting Menu & Glass of Champ cocktail pp: £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: January 1, 2020

Ends: June 20, 2020

Availability: Sun 5:30PM-9:00PM
Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:00PM 5:30PM-9:30PM

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: January 1, 2020

Ends: March 31, 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00PM-2:30PM

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2Course from A La Carte Menu@£75pp, 3Course from A La Carte Menu@£85pp and Tasting Menu@£108pp will be offered in the evening. Card details are required to confirm the reservation. Cancellations must be received by 72hrs prior to the reservation day. For late cancellations, a fee of £75pp may apply.

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What 5720 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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SC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. staff was very attentive and polite. Service of food was perfect ūüėÉ. Ambience was very nice. Had a great time.

BD
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time I have been to Benares, and once again it was outstanding....not cheap but an amazing experience from all aspects. Can’t recommend enough....

TG
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food. wine and service were fantastic. We chose from the three course set menu and every course had such a great layer and balance of spices and flavours. I would highly recommend a visit. I have been there twice in the past six months for different celebrations and both times the food and service were excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Dont go for the set meal.

VK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The head waiter was especially attentive to our needs, recognising our first time at an establishment of this level. He came over to us at regular intervals and explained how best to enjoy the course. All the staff were very welcoming and it was a lovely treat to help celebrate our daughters birthday. Thank you all for making it a special occasion or us. VInce

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and it was a special occasion and they treated us to an anniversary dessert. It was a nice touch.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Superb food. We had the tasting menu and every mouthful was exquisite.

Staff were friendly and service was fine but lacked some of the finesse you might expect for the price and location. Would still highly recommend.

JT
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding meal.

We had 7 course Tasting Menu with wine flight. Every course was a joy to look at and a taste sensation to eat. Indian food raised to another level.

Staff were also amazing particularly Wine Sommelier Philipe.

Could simply not have been better for my wife's 70 th birthday.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restaurant could have been warmer apart from that everything was excellent.

s
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

I was disappointed with the service level, slightly. Not so attentive, we were left sitting in the bar with our clients and I was hoping the staff would come and ask if we wanted to go to the table. We had to stand and make the move ourselves. Also, the toilets were not up to standard. paper hand towels in place of the previous cotton hand towels and one Sink out of order

BK
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, delicious wine and service that is second to none.

Superb restaurant

OT
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional!!

A
London
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The Street Food is An insult to Indian Cuisine. Stay away from it.

IK
London
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

1. They spilt a significant amount of curry on a guest on our table. We asked them to give a discount to cover dry cleaning costs for the clothes and the only discount they gave us was the OPTIONAL service charge being waived. We had to talk to them a lot to get an actual discount.

2. Food standards seem to have dropped - I’ve been here a few times before and came back after about a year today and the food was not nearly as nice as earlier.

MB
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We both love Benares. The quality is excellent and maintained over several visits. It’s a large space but still feels intimate. Staff are attentive but never obsequious. The smoked cheese starter is wonderful and the crisp samosa understated. The baby poussin couldn’t be more tender. Our only (small) gripe is a lack of variety on the veggie mains! Wine list is very good and there is value there. One of our favourite places in London, always special.

E
London
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We felt rushed, the service was poor, casual, didn’t remember who had ordered what, noise level too high to hear the answers to our questions. Our table was next to the doors of a private room, so our view was people cleaning tables and pushing full bin bags around. Not what we expected or hoped for.
The food was unexceptional and over priced. A disappointing evening

MT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Third visit and although we chose a set instead of taster menu another excellent experience. I choose the
Paneer Makhni Samosa Chaat, Mint Tamarind and Ginger starter and wife went for the Squid Keema, Wok Tossed Vermicelli, Seaweed Butter. Both delicious with the Chaat a modern twist on a personal favorite - the best I’ve ever tasted. The squid was intense but beautiful - difficult to choose between the two dishes. We both went with Roasted Halibut, Organic Chicken Dumpling Curry, Snow Pea Salad - something for us both - Kate loving the Halibut and the Dumplings standing out for me in a really beautiful Masala. Together with complementary amuse bouche, a few sides, desserts, champagne cocktail and (unusually for a set meal) pairing wines for each course we had a fantastic time at very reasonable price. Looking forward to next visit already!

GI
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It was just OKAY. Not bad, not great, just fine. Food was okay, service was fine, cocktails & wines were outstanding.... I would go back but only if I were in the neighborhood ....

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service every time

LP
London
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant food and excellent service, it really made such a difference to our meal. Highly recommend.

KM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was divine! Overall impression of the restaurant was outstanding. Definitely be going back

ME
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Over priced inside doesn’t look great it seems they wish to milk you

RC
London
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I would recommend Benares for the food and the excellent service, but I would advise others not to drink in the bar beforehand as the prices were so steep and the overall ambience and music were a little flat.

MA
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service and amazing food. The waiter was very attentive and recommended dishes to my likings. I will be back again very soon.

AP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, not rushed and staff really pleasant, explaining everything they gave us.
Absolutely perfect!!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas treat during a