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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

Excellent food and first class service

Raymond Owens 09 September 2016
from Grimsby

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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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  • dinner (426)
  • luxury (296)
  • lunch (265)
  • romantic (254)
  • business (199)
  • private dining (167)
  • trendy (119)
  • large parties (109)
  • value (78)
  • entertainment (69)
  • child friendly (26)
  • breakfast (5)
  • afternoon tea (4)
  • views (4)
  • al fresco (3)
  • ((((* by from Barking

    Great restaurant, great food. Only let down by the amount of time we waited on the table. Booked for 12pm. Didn't sit till 12.30 and lunch didn't come till 1pm. I was on a tight deadline with meetings at work so I felt I had to rush my lunch when it finally came. Would have liked to savour the food a bit more. Will go back though for dinner next time.

  • ((((* by from Stamford

    Was a lot noisier than we expected. Service has good. On the whole the food was very good, although it didn't blow us away. Disliked service charge being automatically added.

  • ((((( by from Easex

    Benares is amazing without doubt the best Indian I have ever had in fact it's probably the best food I've ever had and me and my wife have been to some incredible restaurants, but Benares without doubt tops the lot. The whole chicken tikka sharer is incredible the texture of the chicken was so soft and juicy with side dishes of puree spinach masala new potatoes and a delicious sauce it truly is fine dining at its best! It was our 1st time there and will certainly be going back! Prices are what you expect from the west end but you pay for what you get and we certainly got our moneys worth!!!

  • ((((* by from Los Angeles

    Very nice

  • ((((* by from Norwich

    Interesting long cocktail- very enjoyable. Very attentive staff- sometimes a little OTT. During our starter we had four different people coming to check that everythng was ok!
    Starter soft shelled crab. Lovely spices etc but I couldnt taste the crab at all as the flavour was lost under the spicing. My partne had scallops , which he said were very good.
    We had tandoori chicken for main. Lovely deep , smoky taste and sauce accompanying also very good. Extremely large portion so cou,dnt finish mine.

  • ((((* by from Poole

    We had the taster menu all courses were nice the fish course and lamb dish was exceptional.

  • ((((* by from Essex

    Food was excellent very enjoyable meal.
    Only one fault I had was the ladies toilets was not up to a clean standard.

  • ((((( by from Grimsby

    Excellent food and first class service

  • (((** by from Belfast

    Pleasant surroundings but meal over spiced for my tastes

  • ((((( by from Horncastle

    Fantastic experience, food was incredible, and equally as good was the service. We chose the tasting menu, and was not disappointed, with each course full of flavour, extremely delicious.

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