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Benares, London,

Benares

4.5
4.5
5415 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 46 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

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

  • 2 Crse Set Menu & A Glass of Champ Cocktail@£33pp

    £33.00 per person

    Jan 4 - Nov 30, 2022
    2 Course Set Menu & A Glass of Champagne Cocktail@£38pp
  • 3 Crse Set Menu & A Glass of Champ Cocktail@£39pp

    £39.00 per person

    May 3 - Nov 30, 2022
    3 Crse Set Menu & A Glass of Champ Cocktail@£39pp
  • 8 Course Veg Tasting Menu @£112 PP

    £112.00 per person

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

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What 5,415 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • West End London

    Indian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Hands down the best restaurant for food in London. Every single thing we ordered was phenomenal. Cannot wait to go back.
  2. LC

    LuciaC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really nice lunch tasting menu with wine paring. Didn't blow us away but a perfectly decent place for a long lunch.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I won’t recommend anyone. - manager needs some customer care training apparently. -Good food but completely off mood . - could be better if we were treated well by those 4 bar staff . - Funny thing we’re asked to pay customers service charge when we were treated badly by manager 😤.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    We were very disappointed with the service, I booked this as a special meal for our Assistant Director who was leaving her appointment. The waiter dropped a glass of wine on my colleague, whilst an apology was made and the mama presented his card, we had to ask for a replacement glass, plate and starters. I was very disappointed with the experience and felt let down from a Michelin star restaurant.
  5. E

    Elodie

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great, the food could have been better as it is a Michelin star, great service, price is ok
  6. SH

    SteveH

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Would have liked to have a drink at the bar before meal. Not asked to taste wine although this did not bother us some customers may think different. Very good lunchtime with excellent food!
  7. LP

    LataP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, very lovely staff and very accommodating and helpful to our needs and made great suggestions
  8. B

    Bern

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service, and a very relaxing experience
  9. CB

    ChrisB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was an outstanding meal with excellent service. As well as the food, the wine advice from the sommelier was really helpful.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good lunchtime menu with a champagne cocktail included
  11. K

    Karenbil

    Bedfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have vision few times now and enjoyed every meal The staff are friendly and informative and the environment is relaxed
  12. AC

    AlexandraC

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious birthday meal! Would definitely go back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  14. SK

    SarahK

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A real treat! Food beautiful as was the care and attention from the staff.
  15. A

    Abhi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great experience, excellent service , good selection of food items and Samosa was amazing - best We ever had 😊
  16. S

    Silvia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a fantastic birthday lunch. All the food was very tasty and delicious. The tandoori starters were from another world and stylish, and the scallops were equally beautiful. The lamb and halibut for the mains were superb. Thank you Lucy (Richard) for looking after us.
  17. p

    paulie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    A classic, no doubt... What they did, they did very well, I cannot stress that enough, we ate every last bite. But as I personally opted for the set lunch menu (£33 is very reasonable) I felt that, when I think of a Michelin Star food, I expected something a bit more "challenging" (for not want of a better word)... I didn't feel like I was getting anything new, though I appreciate the quality of the ingredients and service was impeccable. The bar fixed me the perfect Tom Collins and we were not rushed to sit at our table at all. We eventually sat 25 mins after our booking time (our own decision), which was nice. I'd recommend Benares to someone looking for some great Indian food, but I think there are more interesting dishes from the a la carte if you're looking for that Michelin Star experience... If you can afford the extra expense. 2 x 2 course set menu, 1 a la carte main, 2 sides, 1 gin cocktail, 2 soda and lime + service charge = £185.
  18. s

    swissbaldo

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The Michelin star is well deserved at this posh Indian Mayfair. Flavours are delicate even when spicy.
  19. A

    Avideater

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Food is good enough but portion size are too small for family dinner.
  20. GA

    GailA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time we have visited the restaurant we love the food. However the lobster biryanis which was £56 arrived luke warm and it was quite a small portion. We will be back.
  21. P

    Pascall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time celebrating a birthday. Food was amazing!
  22. C

    Codfish

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite tasting menu which is beautifully presented and served.
  23. S

    Sheena

    London

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    So much expensive and very bad experience
  24. DY

    DavidY

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    I've been to this restaurant twice before over the last few years and it was very good both times but last night was truly disappointing. The korma was bland and the service was awful. We were just ignored all evening and constantly had to fight to get any service despite the dining room not being particularly crowded. For this price one really expects exceptional service. We would have been better off in the local curry restaurant.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was AMAZING i dont think i’ve ever left a review but everything 100% worth .definitely a must go
  26. W

    Waqar

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Was ok not worth the price had better takeaways down the local
  27. GS

    GillianS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Veggie tasting menu out of this world. So glad we chose Benares - we’ll be back!
  28. A

    Alex

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food! They looked after us extremely well. Both the food and the wines were amazing, and they were incredibly accommodating and welcoming. Time flew by and not once were we told to rush or leave, which is unfortunately a common practice at other places. Thank you so much for a great time, we'll be definitely coming back!
  29. h

    hairydiner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such a lovely experience. The atmosphere and food were just fantastic.
  30. SV

    SVar23

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's was a lovely experience will be going back
  31. NS

    NikitaS

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It has always been a pleasant experience 😊
  32. LB

    LauraB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and wonderful food…first but not the last visit!
  33. PD

    PotcakeDavid

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food , accommodated is v late in the evening , good value
  34. MD

    MichaelD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, decent wine list, great service - very attentive but never overbearing.
  35. SF

    SuzyF

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meeting up of 4 dear friends
  36. B

    Birthdaygirl

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Visited Benares for my wife’s 50th birthday celebration, the food was excellent and the staff were attentive throughout, but not overbearing. Would highly recommend if you are looking to celebrate an event with a delicious quality meal.
  37. A

    Anon

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We had the taster menu and the waiter was very helpful and able to swop vegetarian options into the main menu where meat was offered (I’m a pescatarian) which enabled me to eat the fish options. Food was plentiful, tasty, attractive and service friendly and very professional. We didn’t feel rushed but at the same time never waited too long for a course. Our favourite was the scallop and desert! We did leave feeling rather too full… so maybe 1 course less but overall really enjoyable. As the restaurant has no windows it felt more suitable for a autumn or winter venue. My partners birthday was recognised it’s a desert and candle which was appreciated. Thank you.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We had average expectations from the place but it didn’t come up to expectations. The samosa tartlet was soggy. The pulao had few charred grains of rice. The food was not as hot as one would expect. Having dined at many equivalent places, this place failed to impress. Only the dessert and the chutney which came with papads were great. In the end they offered chocolate with guava purée. It puckered up our mouths due to high levels of tannins. Even the taste of dessert was ruined.
  39. TB

    TeresaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience!! Exquisite food and excellent service
  40. C

    Corgi

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always very good. Great food and superb service. Keep returning

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 5415 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 46 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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