Benares

4.6
5710 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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Experiences

  • 2 Course menu with Champ Cocktail/mocktail @£32 pp

    £32.00 per person

    May 21 - Nov 30, 2021

    2 Course set menu
  • 2 crse Set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail@£32

    May 21 - Nov 30, 2021

    2 course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail @ £29
  • 8 Crse Veg Tasting & Glass of Champ Cocktail£109pp

    £109.00 per person

    Jul 1 - Nov 30, 2021

    8 Crse Veg Tasting & Glass of Champ Cocktail@£109pp from a set menu
  • CHRISTMAS LUNCH 8 COURSE TASTING MENU @£132PP

    £132.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    CHRISTMAS DAY 8 COURSE TASTING MENU @£132PP
  • London Restaurant Festival Tasting Menu & Cocktail

    £119.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    8 Course Tasting Menu with Champ Cocktail @£119 pp
  • London Restaurant Festival 3Courses & cocktail £38

    May 21 - Nov 30, 2021

    3 Course Set Menu with Champagne Cocktail/Mocktail @£38pp. From a Set Menu.
  • London Restaurant Festival 3Courses & cocktail £38

    £38.00 per person

    May 21 - Nov 30, 2021

    3 Course Set Menu with Champagne Cocktail/Mocktail @£38pp. From a Set Menu.
  • DECEMBER 3 COURSE SET MENU @£45PP

    £45.00 per person

    Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2021

    DECEMBER 3 COUSRE SET MENU @£45PP
  • DECEMBER 2 COURSE SET MENU@£39pp

    £39.00 per person

    Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2021

    DECEMBER 2 COURSE SET MENU@£39pp

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What 5710 people are saying
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Nassi
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was Devine and the service was perfect.

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SherylS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was really great!

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KimJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch at Benares while in London for the day for our son's 18th. Food was delicious and the lovely addition of a birthday message and slice of cake was really appreciated. Always love eating at this restaurant

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HammalA
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great value set menu , Excellent quality spiced food with some creativity. Only negative is that the main was really small

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DonnaD
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benares was wonderful it was my birthday and was given a birthday cake 🍰 lovely

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JennyR
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience, and attentive but not overbearing service. Went for the a la carte menu as the tasting menu was a bit to much fish for us. The duck was very good.

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Alec
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, amazing wine
Really recommend the tasting menu and wine flight
Staff were excellent

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ShresthB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best appetisers I have had in a long time - the samosa ragda tartlet. Mains were well prepared as well but the tartlet stole the show! Service was impeccable. Special thanks goes to Mr. Mukesh Pandey for hosting us and making our experience a 5 star one. Great place overall - will visit again surely.

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Nelz
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, good and fast service. Lunch menu has a good value and still great.

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tonyc
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was are second visit to this restaurant and we were more than happy with the excellent food and service

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DeborahO
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theatre meal. Gorgeous food, excellent services. Served in time to get to theatre without feeling rushed. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was mostly very good – never exceptional but consistent and well executed. Service was curt, efficient but not really welcoming and warm.

The restaurant room is pretty bland and lifeless, it’s all pleasant enough but not exactly inspiring. Would probably not come again.

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tjamesjones
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is truly amazing, we tried pretty much everything and would very happily go again. All the starters are superb. Good wine list. Service isn't bad, but a bit slow at times. The room is OK, I guess, it's a bit soulless just this shiny tiled floor and tables like some airport cafeteria. And, it is not cheap. But the food is amazing.

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StuffedFull
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The tasting menu was superb. Each dish had a unique taste. A particular highlight was the venison. If I was to make one negative comment with respect to the food, it would be that the penultimate dish of chicken tikka masala was unnecessarily oversized in portion. By this stage we were both running out of room! It was delicious but it was a shame to have to leave some.

Diners should expect “run of the mill” decor and a very noisy,casual atmosphere. It didn’t detract from the food but the environment was basic.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable evening with impeccable service. Congratulations.

Benares
Responded on October 13, 2021

Dear StuffedFull, Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you back soon! Best wishes, The team

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. They went the extra mile. Delicious food.

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JBeans
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, this is a lovely restaurant with excellent and attentive service, however the set menu veg option main course was quite basic and disappointing. It was a masala vegetable dish that felt like a pasta sauce/ragu and came with a bread roll. Otherwise the rest of the set menu was great and I would thoroughly recommend the venue.

Benares
Responded on October 13, 2021

Dear JBeans, Thank you for taking the time to write about your last visit to Benares. We are glad to hear you have enjoyed the service and our cuisine, however we are sadden to hear that our Pao Bhaji-Spiced Organic Vegetables Masala. We hope to welcoming you back soon at Benares. Best wishes, The team

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vipHeenaP
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and service were both great although the popadoms could’ve been better. We booked the table for our anniversary and was nicely surprised when they brought out a dessert with Happy Anniversary written on it.

Benares
Responded on October 6, 2021

Dear HeenaP, Many thanks for taking the time to write about your last visit to Benares. We are happy to hear you have chosen us to celebrate you anniversary and we are glad we could play a small part in making it special for the both of you! I am sorry the poppadums were not to your taste, please feel free to email our marketing team at marketing@benaresrestaurant.co.uk and let us know what we could improve. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Best wishes, the team

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DavidD
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Dissapointing, cocktails very weak and overpriced, service not as good as our last visit, food nice but no better, overhaul an enjoyable evening but not special as was our first visit

Benares
Responded on October 6, 2021

Dear DavidD, Thanks for your feedback and for coming back to Benares. We are sorry that you did not enjoy your last visit as much. Please, rest assure your feedback has already been taken up to our management team in order for this not to repeat. Please get in touch with marketing@benaresrestaurant.co.uk. Please, do note that our prices are very competitive for Mayfair and it would be difficult to find another restaurant in the area at our price base. Looking forward to seeing you soon. The team

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Mark
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Over priced and food had very small portions. However good to visit once.

Benares
Responded on October 6, 2021

Dear Mark, many thanks for your feedback, it is really important to us. We are glad to hear you have had a good overall experience at Benares. We are sorry to hear you were not satisfied by the portion of our dishes, however please note that our prices are very competitive for Mayfair and it would be difficult to find another restaurant in the area at our price base. We really hope to see you soon in our restaurant in the future. Best wishes, The team

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MauriceM
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptionally tasty with a combination of flavors I recognised with many I didn't. They also offered wine pairing which means we tried wines we never would have opted for and than matched the dishes we selected.

Benares
Responded on October 6, 2021

Dear MauriceM, Many thanks for taking the time to write about your last visit to Benares. We are glad our cuisine and service have met your expectations and that our wine pairing/wine options gave you the opportunity to try something new and that you have enjoyed it! We are looking forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, the team

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VineshNair
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Was my wife's bday ... firstly would have been nice if someone asked us if there was any occasion we were celebrating. We ordered the tasting menu which was a 10-course meal, the food was good, but I think the wait in between dishes was long ... Overall I think the experience was alright, met my expectation but I was hoping for an experience that would have exceeded it ..

Cheers.

Benares
Responded on October 6, 2021

Dear VineshNair, Thanks for your feedback, it is very important to us. We are glad you had a good overall experience, however we are sorry you had to wait long for the food to come in between courses. Please, rest assure your feedback has been taken to the management team and the issue is being investigated. I am sorry we have not asked if you were celebrating any special occasion, however please send your wife our most sincere belated birthday wishes. Looking forward to your next visit The team

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
21 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
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