Guide MICHELIN 2019

(968 Reviews)
12 a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS
Indian, Halal
A la carte menu

Top offer

Star Deal - Thali quick lunch & a beer or soft drink £33 per person

Available lunch Mon-Sat (12:00-14:00) until 27 August 2019, subject to availability. Dishes from a set menu & subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service.


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

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 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
(based on 968 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (7)
  • al fresco (4)
  • breakfast (5)
  • business (302)
  • child friendly (38)
  • dinner (719)
  • entertainment (92)
  • large parties (158)
  • lunch (432)
  • luxury (466)
  • private dining (291)
  • romantic (388)
  • trendy (201)
  • value (130)
  • views (4)
  • By Mateusz M from London
    20 July 2019

    Delicious and surprising food, lovely decor and the ambience, very efficient service and great value for money. A few nice touches like a scarf on the entrance or a chocolate before the bill made it even more special. Highly recommended.

  • By Stella R from Burnham
    20 July 2019

    A superb meal - friendly welcome on entering the premises downstairs. The decor is smart and stylish. Waiting staff were attentive but not over-bearing. They were knowledgable on the dishes on the menu. The food was beautiful - we had prawns/duck croquettes as starters, haddock/chicken main, poached pair dessert. I couldn't fault any of it. It was simply delicious. A nice touch on leaving - the head waiter noticed us looking into the private dining area and opened it up for us to go in and look around. A lovely area for a small private party with a huge window looking straight into the restaurant. I think we may be coming back!

  • By Moona H from London
    6 July 2019

    A really good dining experience with well cooked and presented dishes and excellent service!

  • By Judith M from Edinburgh
    15 June 2019

    Good food, amazing service!

  • By Stacey P from London
    9 June 2019

    A wonderful evening, although I wasn't aware that it was going to be served at a table in the bar not the actual restaurant, it was a truly awesome food experience, the staff were fabulous, friendly and well informed and nothing was too much trouble. Having eaten in this restaurant in the past, I can only say the food and DRINKS (wow the Green Spice Mai tai was sublime so much so that we absolutely had to have more of this one and the Passion Fruit Chill Vodka one) incredible as always and thoroughly enjoyed spoiling not only my husband on his birthday but treating our now old enough kids to this very extraordinary culinary experience.

  • By Andrew R from London
    5 June 2019

    Great service and food !

  • By Val G from Reading
    30 May 2019

    Everything was excellent. Great cocktail and delicious food

  • By Magicmacdougal M from London
    27 May 2019

    This was an anniversary lunch for my wife and I and all our children. We decided on the Thali lunch with two largely vegitarian diners it offered a great choice. The food is deceptively simple and quite delicious. This is my second visit here and it is probably my favourite London restaurant. The service is exceptional and relaxed and nothing was too much trouble. The maitre'd and our waiter were fantastic making sure that we were all happy with our Thali selection, moving some things out bringing others in. Then bringing extras at the end more fabulous breads and some rice to mop up the sauces. Altogether a really great lunch experience with a lovely little surprise at the end. Thanks to all at Benares for making it a special occasion.

  • By Darron T from London
    24 May 2019

    Food was excellent, service was impeccable, no faults whatsoever. Staff were very attentive, but not overly so, and extremely friendly.

  • By Kirstie W from London
    24 May 2019

    Food was good but we weren't told that we would be sat in the bar on stools rather than at a table - not a great experience.

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

  • Star Deal - Thali quick lunch & a beer or soft drink £33 per person
  • Star Deal - 5-course street food sharing menu & a green spice martini £25 per person
  • Star Deal - 3 courses, Paired wines with starters & mains, & a champagne cocktail £52 per person
  • Thali - Light, Quick, Delicious Lunch with beer £33 per person
  • Two Course Set Menu with a cocktail £29 per person
  • 3 Course Set Menu - £35 PP with champagne cocktail

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