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Benares Restaurant & Bar

#779 of 18,237 Restaurants in London
££££Indian, , Street Food
First Floor Berkeley Square House Berkeley Square | 12A Berkeley Square House, London W1J 6BS, England
+44 20 7629 8886
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good21%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“tasting menu” (361 reviews)
“lamb” (195 reviews)
“soft shell crab” (103 reviews)
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Indian, Contemporary, Street Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
First Floor Berkeley Square House Berkeley Square | 12A Berkeley Square House, London W1J 6BS, England
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Benares Restaurant & Bar
1. Amazing Bespoke Cocktails
"ood recommendations and even adapted recipes to guest's preferences."
Hannah T
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2. In the heart of Mayfair
"Lovely venue on Berkeley square, lovely ambience and brilliant service"
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3. Great Value Set Lunch Menu
"the two course set lunch and for only £29 it is unbelievable value"
William C
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Reviewed yesterday

Benares is an elegant Indian fusion restaurant in Mayfair. There are three menus: a la carte, vegetarian, and tasting (both meat and vegetarian tasting menus are available). We chose to order off the vegetarian and a la carte menus rathe than doing a tasting, as...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank liamsaunt
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

What a fabulous night at Benares, we had the tasting menu bought for us as a gift and added the premium wine pairing to go with it. Started with champagne cocktail which was amazing. The food was exquisite and the flavours so delicate. The sommelier...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank DWS_2002
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The ambience is very formal, the restaurant is quite dark and tables are dark wood. The clientele seemed to be local workers on business dinners, plus a couple middle class-looking couples. The service was rather slow and inefficient but very polite (when the waiters did...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank verticalforest
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A wonderful atmosphere in sophisticated setting With good service. Tasty untraditional Indian food with a twist but the shift is a bit far!!! Some of the main dishes were too sweet others where to heavy and creamy! Over all it is tasty but u should...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank FoodHero101
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great attentive service, interesting (!) cocktails and an amazing varied/delicious tasting menu. Thoroughly enjoyed every single bite...

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank V3578WFdang
Reviewed 5 days ago

The tasting menu along with wine selection are just gastronomic experience worth the three hours we sat and was treated by an attentive waiter keen to explaine our journey into tastes and wine leaving us to want more but at the same time feeling completely...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Ann2shoes
Reviewed 5 days ago

One of the best meals I have eaten. Unusual ingredients but all of our meals were amazing. The rabbit was delicious. I would defiantly recommend it

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank nikkisL1281ST
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly and professional staff. A fantastic tasting menu with superb wine. Best Indian food I have ever tasted! I would recommend this place any time.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Bostrup
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When tell a friend you are going to London and ask where you should eat you know it will be good when they immediately respond. Benares was brilliant.We were greeted at the door, shown upstairs, the menu was outstanding side shell crab was amazing and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Davetraceypeacd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm in London for a solo trip and I wanted something special on my birthday. I chose Benares and it turned out to be a great decision! The food was fantastic. The people were even better! My floor manager asked me about why I was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank shruti s
Set beside some of London's best parks and home to
world-class galleries, luxurious hotels, and famed
thoroughfares, the ultra upscale Mayfair is one of
London's most exclusive haunts. Here the shopping is
haute, the dining is exquisite, and the nightlife is
vibrant. A casual stroll through the area’s chic
streets will reveal that Michelin stars and
chauffeured cars are practically the norm here. Even
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Questions & Answers
17 October 2018|
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Response from Paulstripsabout | Reviewed this property |
There are quite a few stairs and no lift that I have seen.
Sudeep D
15 October 2018|
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Response from sansi2012 | Reviewed this property |
I am sure children will be allowed but don’t think they have a children’s menu
23 May 2018|
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Response from Razor-Ronnie | Reviewed this property |
I really cant see them making a pork vindaloo, you might be better off somewhere else!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$63 - US$113
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
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17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: First Floor Berkeley Square House Berkeley Square | 12A Berkeley Square House, London W1J 6BS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Mayfair
  • Neighbourhood: Mayfair
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7629 8886
  • E-mail
Awarded a Michelin star - the second for Chef-Patron Atul Kochhar - Benares delivers acclaimed modern Indian cuisine as chic as its location in central Mayfair. The eclectic menu explores delicately flavoured dishes from all corners of the subcontinent, with sophisticated modern presentation from the food down to the elegant décor. The A la Carte menu is available with vegetarian and non vegetarian options, and the chicken and lamb at Benares is certified Halal. Guests can try dishes ranging from Kaandhari Macchi-Tandoori stone bass, with lemon rice, salsify, and pomegranate sauce, to the exquisite Lobster Two Ways -butter-poached lobster tail in Kerala-style raw mango curry, lobster claw Amritsari, and radish salad. Vegetarians are also well catered for, with Rajma Tikki - smoked kidney bean cakes, pureed Masala rice, raw red onions and coriander chutney. Finally, the dessert selection is simply irresistible. Whether diners choose the Bebinca, Coconut Passion Sorbet, Coconut Pepper Jelly, our delicious Hazelnut Torte, Praline and Sesame Chilli Snap or the Dark Chocolate Mousse, Anise Infused Sour Cherry with Yoghurt Ice Cream, it will be the perfect conclusion to a wonderful dining experience at Benares.
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