Guide MICHELIN 2020

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 Prashant S from Luton
    12 September 2020

    Restaurants ambience was good, food was average, service was good.

  • By Ruth J from Asford
    11 July 2020

    Meal was superb and service was great. No canapés with cocktails which was disappointing.

  • By David B from London
    14 February 2020

    The only place to get a great Indian!

  • By Paul G from Manchester
    8 February 2020

    Its not what I would expect from a restaurant with an award

  • By Diederik V from London
    7 February 2020

    The tables were made for children. My girlfriend and I did not fit at all. We are tall but nothing out of the ordinary, so maybe just get tables for grown ups, not just for children. Food was alright, but nothing out of the ordinary. Did not feel as authentic as I had hoped.

  • By Stuart J from Winchester
    29 January 2020

    Friendly, good food, excellent atmosphere. Issue with the bill that had to be thrashed out. Ultimately a reasonable solution but required more effort than it should. Would certainly visit again.

  • By Janina F from San Francisco, California
    24 January 2020

    Benares combines fine dining and Indian cuisine, and every dish is unique and delicious. A 'must go' restaurant every time I am in London

  • By Owain R from London
    18 December 2019

    Excellent food and service - staff very good with young children - although not the cheapest restaurant in town

  • By Farvak K from London
    14 December 2019

    Amazing food and experience.

  • By Vijay S from London
    10 December 2019

    Lovely service. Street food very tasty and good value.

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

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