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12 a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS 0203 641 7605

(((() Indian
Main course: £24
Food spend: £50
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 22:30
Sunday: 18:00 - 21:45

Fabulous evening. The staff were very welcoming and pleasant and the food was amazing. The Mumbai martini was delicious.

Michelle Willis 05 October 2016
from London

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Awarded a Michelin star, Benares brings the excitement and vibrancy of Indian cuisine to a chic, elegant setting in Mayfair, central London. The menu of bold spices and superb textures at Benares is designed by Atul Kochhar, and has won widespread acclaim from the Evening Standard and BBC Good Food Magazine.

The Indian subcontinent is fully explored in the Benares menu. All lamb and chicken is Halal, and many complementing exotic ingredients are encompassed, ranging from spice rubbed Romney Marsh lamb cannon with white aubergine purée and artichoke Fritters, to hearty vegetarian options like pea and lentil cakes with warm cauliflower purée and asparagus stir-fry. A number of dining options are available at this Atul Kochhar restaurant, from the a la carte menu, to Benares sharing platters and pre-theatre set menus.

A cooling but bold dessert menu is served at Benares restaurant, with rose bhapa doi, hibiscus sorbet and fresh raspberries a popular choice. An extensive wine list is also available, with expert recommendations by a sommelier to accompany key dishes. An inventive, tantalising cocktail menu is showcased at Benares in London, with options like the trademark zingy passion fruit chutney martini.

Combining vibrancy and elegant restraint, Benares in Mayfair offers diners Chef’s Table seating with full views of the kitchen. Private dining is also available with seating for up to 34 people. Green Park Tube Station is a 5-minute walk from Benares.


12 a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS

Contact +44 2076298886
Reservations 0203 641 7605

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4.5 (((() (based on 591 reviews)
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  • luxury (299)
  • lunch (267)
  • romantic (256)
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  • trendy (121)
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  • ((((( by from Swindon

    Had the taster menu and it was amazing .. best Indian food we have experienced .. service excellent .. only niggle was the £41.00 service charge included in the bill would have tipped anyway but maybe not quite as much ..

  • ((((( by from Singapore

    We had the tasting menu. The food was imaginative, gorgeous and well served. Every dish was excellent and has its own characteristics. In particular, the chicken tandoori pie was unique. All tastes well harmonized with sauces and dips. Must go place for modern Indian food.

  • ((((( by from London

    A bit complicated and tedious

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  • ((((( by from London

    Fabulous evening. The staff were very welcoming and pleasant and the food was amazing. The Mumbai martini was delicious.

  • ((((( by from London

    The pigeon starter was unbelievable. Brilliant. I had the lamb, same as last time and it's the best lamb I've ever tasted. Great mix of Indian and British cooking. Unparalleled anywhere else I've dined. Highly recommend as a treat as it's a bit on the expensive side but I don't mind paying a bit extra for world class food on special occasions.

  • ((((( by from Reigate

    It was a family visit with our 2 sons and we had wanted to dine at Benares for sometime. We were not disappointed, the food was excellent and the service exemplary.

  • ((((* by from London

    We had the set menu and every mouthful was delicious. Friendly seevice and great cocktails too.

  • ((((* by from Southampton

    The Food and service were excellent and couldn't be faulted. However I had to ask 3 times for the bill, even though i had been warned on the day we had to be out by 8 pm as there were later bookings! With the 15 minutes wait for the bill meant we nearly missed the train home!
    It was a birthday celebration and having read reviews on line, my wife was very excited as she had read that birthday celebrations had been given a cookery book. (She has been a fan of Abtul for some time and had bought a ticket 2.5 years ago for a cookery demonstration by him but he had unfortunately had to cancel due to his fathers illness).
    She was therefore extremely disappointed to learn,that although I had booked on line and advised it was a birthday celebration, she couldn't have a cookery book by Abtul as we hadn't had the tasting menu! This was despite the fact we had had cocktails, two wines and chosen from the a la cart menu and had actually spent more than two tasting menus would have cost! Had we known that perequisit we would have probably had the tasting menu and less wine!
    It was Meanly minded not to have made her evening complete by giving her a book as she loves cooking with spices and it would have made the evening perfect. Instead she went away disappointed.

  • ((((( by from Wakefield

    Smart entry and welcome.
    Fast, friendly and attentive.
    Delicious and well presented food full of subtle flavour and style.

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