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Benares, London,
Award-winning

Benares

4.5
4.5
5821 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

19:00


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 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
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • Area
    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, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Tasting Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail @£129 pp

    £129.00 per person

    2 Jan - 31 Mar 2024
    Tasting Menu & A Glass of Sparkling Cocktail @£129 pp
    Tasting Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail @£129 pp photo
  • Veg Tasting Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail@£119pp

    £119.00 per person

    2 Jan - 31 Mar 2024
    Veg Tasting Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail @£119pp
    Veg Tasting Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail@£119pp photo
  • 2 Course Set Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail @£35pp

    £35.00 per person

    3 Jan - 31 Mar 2024
    3 Course Set Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail @£39pp
    2 Course Set Menu & A Sparkling Cocktail @£35pp photo

What 5,821 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

5,822 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Good old Indian food. But I couldn’t find the Michelin element in it.

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  2. ADBB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. Special thank you to Shubham for excellent service. Great flavours and great taste.

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  3. NeilN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience, excellent food and attentive staff

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Amsterdam

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food although some dishes were a bit too spicy for my taste.

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  5. MikeH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been going to Benares since 2007 which should speak for itself. Always with friends and lovers on birthdays anniversaries high days and holidays and always very happy. The odd glitch is always made up for by their service values.

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  6. AnnaB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and wonderful experience. Very pricy though!

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  7. IanL

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Sorry the noise was excessive. The food very expensive. The wine expensive. Veraswarmy a better choice

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We live in the U.S.A. Benares is always on the top of our list when in London. We enjoy it so much, we are dining here 3 times this week! This is exquisite modern Indian cuisine! We couldn’t make up our minds on dessert, so our server , Shiv, asked us a few questions and surprised us with a delicious dessert and cocktail. Everything on the menu is a perfect choice. Shiv is wonderful and makes our dining experience special and memorable. We can’t wait to go again!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING service from Shiv. Honestly I cannot fault a single thing about the evening

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  10. Khadijah

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried the 3 course set menu and each course was tastier than the last. Exquisite flavours combined with excellent service and ambience.

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  11. DrKazza

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Stunning food but the restaurant was sweating hot and we had the worst service we ever had

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  12. Mavis

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    When we come to London, we always visit this restaurant. Found the menu very limited. Don’t think we will be back.

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  13. EmmaL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved it ! Food was very well presented and delicious, with different flavours and the right level of spices. Good service and nice place. Will recommend !

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  14. yogini

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional food and friendly efficient service, will definitely go back…

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  15. RayH

    London

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is still an 8 out of 10, but used to be a 10/10. My scallop starter was excellent and my wife's samosa was also a thumbs up. We both had Chettinad chicken for our main. Not really fine dining standard, poorly presented and not amazing taste wise. My wife had to send hers back as it was still bloody near the bone. Very disappointing for a Michelin starred restaurant. So we could eat together they replaced this with a butter chicken dish (which was not on the menu) and reduce the charge to reflect the cheaper dish. Desert was ok and as it was my wife's birthday, we were presented with a piece of cake with a candle, hardly fine dining! When we have celebrated a birthday here before we have been presented with a beautifully decorated plate of goodies. Surprised there was no amuse-bouche which we always get if we dine at an a competitor like Kanishka, Indian Essence etc. On a positive, the cocktails were amazing and the service was good without being excellent. Last, I was surprised that all they did was replace our under-cooked dish, no complimentary drink or anything else was offered as a way of an apology. This is fine dining and when you spend over £300 on a meal for two, you would expect more of a gesture for such a basic error of serving un-cooked chicken. Despite this, it is Benares and we would return and recommend, but will go to one of Atul's restaurants next time we are treating ourselves.

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  16. IanA

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and experience. Lovely ambience. Staff attentive.

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  17. NatalieL

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very dated restaurant. Staff were very nice. Food was average for the price paid which was extremely disappointing.

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  18. LisaK

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a Warm friendly welcome. The most incredible food. Perfect service and perfect cocktail /wine list. Benares is definitely a favourite restaurant of mine , can’t wait to go back.

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  19. ThomasE

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Worth a visit, can espacially recommend the fix lunch menu.

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  20. NathalieF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal. Indian food at its best. Great experience.

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  21. AP1981

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious menu, good portion size, nice champagne

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  22. SteveH

    Devon

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Absolutely the worst dining experience I have had in over 50 years of dining in London. This is advertised as a Michelin starred restaurant which clearly it is not! The cost of our food alone (two people) was £150. I can get better quality at my local Indian for £40. I will be writing to the Michelin guide to make sure they deal with this fraud

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  23. Zchhabz

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every little element on the plate has been thought through and sublime. Congratulations Benares team!

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  24. BrendanD

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m a vegan and I don’t eat garlic. Had a small but very high quality selection. Food was excellent. Good non alcoholic cocktail. Very nice ambience and great service.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience...looked after brilliantly by all the staff. We had the tasting menu... absolutely delicious & would definitely recommend.

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  26. OzdenA

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I recently had the pleasure of trying out the 'Ayurveda-Inspired Menu' and was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it tasted. Although the portions were quite small, the wonderful ambience and attentive service more than made up for it. While I might not opt for the set menu again in the future, I would absolutely recommend giving it a try for a tasty experience.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Very expensive for what it was , my dessert wine was corked and when I questioned it they tried to argue that it wasn’t not what I expect from a Michelin star restaurant

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  28. Muncho

    London

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a relaxed lunch with good friend. Staff were professional,friendly and great service throughout. The restaurant was busy enough to have a pleasant ambiance, but tables spaced apart enough to chat easily . We had the set menu with wine pairings and champagne cocktail which was great value . The food was delicious and surprisingly very filling! The food was beautifully presented and flavourful. I had the Pani Puri , Lamb and chickpea and poached pear. Benares is a lovely venue to enjoy a special meal and I’ll be back!

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  29. acs22

    Caribbean

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb dining experience. Best Indian cuisine anywhere.

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  30. DavidB

    West Sussex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have wanted to visit Benares for years & this was my first time. It didn't disappoint & we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The food & service were excellent. We chose the linked wines for the first 2 courses which were absolutely first class. I cannot remember when I enjoyed a restaurant as much - thank you.

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  31. BijN

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience and servicebwith attention to detail which you expect from a fine dining experience. I found the food a bit underwhelming with limited selection of dishes skewed towards mild flavors. The staff works really hard and makes it up with their exceptional service.
    BenaresResponded on 29 January 2024
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent dining experience at Benares. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the ambience and experienced exceptional service during your visit. Your feedback is valuable to us, and we will use this as an opportunity to review and enhance our menu offerings to ensure a wider range of flavours to cater to diverse preferences. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm Regards, The Benares Team

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  32. Mo2food

    Newcastle

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great welcome, amazing cocktail bar and cocktails and food is amazing. Very attentive staff, brilliant service and really vibrant. We were not rushed, acknowledged our celebration and will definitely be back.
    BenaresResponded on 29 January 2024
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at our restaurant. Your positive feedback means a lot to us. Thank you for choosing to dine with us, and we look forward to serving you again soon. Warm Regards, The Benares Team

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  33. Anon

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had the January menu and the portion were very small, so everyone was still hungry. The restaurant was very noisy so had to shout the hear each other.

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  34. Grant

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall excellent experience, on the day of our visit at lunch it was extremely quiet and so the ambience was a little lacking, however the food and service was 10/10 and could not be faulted. Will definitely return in the evening/weekend

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I didn’t like it I’ve been boasting to my friends and family how great benares is after my first experience But after tonight’s experience I think I should rephrase “Benares was great” But honestly I didn’t experience anything Michelin and the whole place looked outdated something out of a 1994 Bollywood movie Dont get me wrong there maybe some people in 2024 still loving that vibe :/ I don’t think I’ll ever come again or recommend Sorry for the words But it’s all true

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  36. MarkKateS

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time at Benares and we really enjoyed the experience. Especially liked the ambience, with a lot of ‘chatter’ in the room. Exceptional service but had to ask for a glass of wine that was ordered between courses but didn’t arrive until halfway into the main course.
    BenaresResponded on 29 January 2024
    Dear Mark, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Benares. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your first visit with us and that you found the service exceptional. We sincerely apologize for the delay in serving the glass of wine that was ordered between courses, and we are committed to ensuring that such lapses do not occur in the future. Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we will address this issue with our team to ensure improved service moving forward. We truly appreciate your patronage and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Benares for another memorable dining experience. Warm regards, Benares Management Team

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  37. IanM

    Italy

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food excellent…………………………………………………………………………………………….not much more to say!

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  38. SteffenZ

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, delicious food but quite high noise level

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  39. LoLA

    Los Angeles

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exquisite meal! Delicious spicy food and stunning presentation!! The halibut, black lentils, and chocolate lava cake were just some of our favorites!! We sat in the wine room which was a semi-private space. Great lighting and cozy! Excellent service.
    BenaresResponded on 29 January 2024
    Dear valued guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed an exquisite meal and found the food to be delicious and beautifully presented. It's wonderful to know that the halibut, black lentils, and chocolate lava cake were among your favourites. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon for another memorable dining experience. Thank you for choosing to dine with us, and we look forward to serving you again. Warm Regards, The Benares Team

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  40. sarom

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    World class modern Indian food. Really unique and amazing, although also typical/characteristic Indian flavours, but done exceptionally creatively and well. Great service.
    BenaresResponded on 29 January 2024
    Dear Sarom, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our modern Indian cuisine and found it to be unique and amazing. It's wonderful to know that you appreciated the blend of typical Indian flavours presented creatively. Thank you for choosing to dine with us, and we look forward to serving you again soon. Warm Regards, The Benares Team

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Benares does offer delivery in partnership with Supper London and Uber Eats.

Benares is rated 4.5 stars by 5821 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Benares

12a Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • Area
    Mayfair
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • 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, 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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