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 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.

Offers

Bottomless offer £48 pp

Aug 3-31, 2020·Mon-Wed 5:30PM-9:00PM, Sat 12:00PM-2:00PM

Bottom Less Thali menu with drinks
Unlimited Thali food for 90 minutes from being seated
Unlimited choice of drinks Prosecco or house wine for 90 minutes from being seated .
Bookings only via reservations
Only valid for month of august
Max 6 guests per booking
Includes VAT, excludes service
No mix and match on drinks

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

Aug 3, 2020-Feb 3, 2021·Sun 12:00PM-2:00PM 5:30PM-8:45PM, Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:00PM 5:30PM-9:30PM

From a set menu.

2 course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail @ £29

Aug 3, 2020-Feb 3, 2021·Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-6:30PM

2 course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail @ £29

Thali Menu @£33 Lunch Only

Aug 3, 2020-Feb 3, 2021·Mon-Fri 12:00PM-2:30PM

From a set menu.

3 Course set menu champagne Cocktail or Mocktail: £35

Aug 3, 2020-Feb 3, 2021·Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-6:30PM

From a set menu.

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

What 5777 people are saying
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Yaseen
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such amazing value for money .. friendly and personalised service which gets extra points !

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

CHECK IT OUT, amazing service and friendly staff throughout your evening, you will not be disappointed.

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gillers
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another fantastic meal here. It's really good to have indian food which is a bit different. Service was spot on - loved the cocktails.

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AnishD
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, at a great restaurant. I would definitely visit again.

KR
KRoy
London
20 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambience and wonderful service. We would definitely come back again.

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JAWardley
London
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous evening with sublime food, tasty cocktails and wonderful attentive service. Consistently THE best Indian restaurant in the UK. Thank you for looking after us so well and for the little celebratory plate of macaroons at the end. We will be back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, great service!
Staff were attentive and the food was served in a timely matter. Really lovely experience and I am looking forward to the full menu being back on!
They have organised the restaurant well to ensure social distancing.

DB
DanielB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food is overrated in my opinion. Poppadoms were stale and portions very small for the money. Good cocktails though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu selection and variety, the food itself and the service were all outstanding.

This was my first meal out since the corona outbreak and I took someone who wanted Indian food. So I really hoped the experience to be a good one - and it delivered much more than I’d hoped for.

Thanks again for a fantastic meal and we’ll be going again definitely

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Ravi
London
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience of food, service and ambiance. The staff were friendly polite and had the right level of leaving us alone to enjoy our first date night after lockdown. The food was amazing! I look forward to going back again.

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TimL
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and and service
welcomed to the bar for a drink before going to the table
staff were friendly and attentive
food was amazing as usual
could not fault the experience at all

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Maaruh04
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Amazing service! Glasses were never empty and food tasted amazing! I’d only say the decor needs to be improved and maybe some music in the background for the atmosphere.

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Scarlatti
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The dishes were too small to justify the exorbitant prices. For example, three pieces of paneer were priced at £18 – and moreover these pieces were fairly mediocre. Save up your money and fly to India instead.

MT
MTalbot
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great to get back to Benares after lockdown and although only a la carte menu available it worked very well - My two guests, visiting for first time, really enjoyed the food and Wine / cocktails were excellent

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to be back!

We returned to Benares for the first time this year having missed at least one visit during lockdown . The service and food was as good as ever and so was the chance to see some familiar faces once again ( masks notwithstanding!). The a la carte menu was slightly less wide ranging but there was ample choice for us and for our two guests and they even made something off menu for one of us that he remembered having had some years ago . The barman too was able to give one of us his favourite cocktail even though that is no longer on the bar menu! We will be back very soon.


Benares did a great job when they developed a delivery service during the lock-down, they even supplied free meals to hospitals near them 10,000 to be precise well done.

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Olivia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Not worth the price. Food was not that good. Staff and ambience was great.

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RobertB
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been having takeaways from Benares during the lockdown, and the food and the health and safety set up was exemplary, so we wanted to support them when we had our chance to dine in person. This was our first in restaurant experience since lockdown and the occasion was my wife’s birthday, so informed them in advance about it.

Our reservation was for Wednesday evening and Benares did an absolutely fabulous job: the service was outstanding, the food devine and the ambience was surprisingly upbeat and vibrant, given the socially distanced tables. We felt very safe as all the staff were wearing masks and there was lots of hand sanitiser stationed around.

My wife was delighted with her birthday treat, so well done Benares, we will be back soon!

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C123
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benares excellent as always. The best Indian restaurant in the country

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First night out after the lockdown. Waiters and staff all gloved and masked up; sanitisers at various points; menu with QR codes minimising touching; adequate spacing between tables. Best it could be under the circumstances.

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Anjita
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Great ambience. Very much respected social distancing so we felt very safe.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team were so welcoming and almost apologetic at the pandemic and the changes they have had to make. There was no need. The food was exceptional and the only place we considered going for our first lock down meal. We cannot wait to return again and are happy to give our money to an organisation that has done so much for the NHS. Thank you Benares you did not disappoint.

TS
TomS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, and good ambience.
Service was good but on a couple of occasions waiters forgot that one party member was coeliac so could not eat gluten. They responded well but could have gone badly if not asked.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal super service and we were given a free take home of the dhal I loved furthermore the chef came out and told me how to cook it. Cocktails also great. An all round great experience and we will be back again

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AvniD
London
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The non-vegetarian set menu was very good but the vegetarian set menu was ok. The food in the vegetarian menu had too many dishes which felt soppy and lacked a little crunch e.g. samosa needed some bite inside rather than a smooth paste, the cabbage dish was the same. However, the paneer was outstanding and the bhartha was very tasty especially paired with the truffle bakarkhani. Some dishes in the vegetarian menu were also quite spicy e.g. the vegetable and soya momo.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was extremely tasteful. Our waitress was very polite & friendly waitress.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews