Guide MICHELIN 2021

Benares

(1012 Reviews)
12 a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, London, W1J 6BS
Indian, Gourmet, Halal
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Average

Main course: £24
Food spend: £50

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 22:30
Sunday: 18:00 - 21:30.

Restaurant description

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 evokes the true essence of Indian cooking, 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, 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.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Benares
4.5
(based on 1012 reviews)

92%
of diners recommend this restaurant

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Value
  • Location

Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (7)
  • al fresco (4)
  • breakfast (5)
  • business (309)
  • child friendly (38)
  • dinner (747)
  • entertainment (94)
  • large parties (160)
  • lunch (450)
  • luxury (476)
  • private dining (298)
  • romantic (399)
  • trendy (208)
  • value (133)
  • views (4)
  • By Pietro B from LonDon
    16 September 2019

    Food was good but not wonderful. Service was excellent and the location is great for a romantic dinner.

  • By Zaheer H from London
    13 September 2019

    I had booked a table to dine with my wife for our 5 year wedding anniversary. Firstly I was not given a table until 40min after arriving and was just seating in the waiting area. Once seated the terrible service continued, I had asked for water whilst I decide on a drink to order. After placing orders for drink my water had still not arrived having told the waiter again still no drink. I then placed the order for food and still waiting for my drink and water having reminded them on 2 occasions previously. Once my starters had arrived I still have no water or the drink I ordered I again asked I’m still waiting for my drink and water. A manager walked by asking how our food was and told him I have been waiting for my drink for the past half hour, with his acknowledgment I was given the drink but again no water. When I received my drink told the waiter still waiting for water which then eventually came after 40min. I must admit I was shocked with the service I received and did not expect that for a Michelin restaurant.

  • By Maria J J from Margate
    10 September 2019

    Service was amazing.

  • By Qasim K from London
    9 September 2019

    Amazing experience, staff were very friendly an the food was was delicious!

  • By Natalie D from London
    7 September 2019

    Beautiful food and the paired wines were lovely! Service excellent as well.

  • By Mark S from London
    7 September 2019

    Absolutely amazing I would give it 3 Michelin star if I could! Brought out a plate saying happy anniversary for desert with chocolates even though we didn’t ask which was a lovely gesture.

  • By Sarah C from Glasgow
    5 September 2019

    Loved it! The food was tremendous and the staff were excellent too!

  • By Kathy G from London
    5 September 2019

    Excellent service and food.

  • By Kholoud A from London
    24 August 2019

    It was amazing experience with amazing food and atmosphere

  • By David T from Woolwich
    21 August 2019

    Food was exelent particular the starter and main course.. a real treat My only observation is the lighting is poor and makes it difficult to read the menus Also poor lighting in the toilets I always look forward to comming back and sharing it with friends

Restaurant Location Map
Benares
12 a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, London, W1J 6BS

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