Benares

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A staple within the London fine dining scene and celebrating 12 years of holding a Michelin Star, Benares, a Michelin starred restaurant specialises in modern Indian cuisine with a distinct British twist.

Located in the heart of Mayfair, the sophisticated ambiance and detailed service compliment the flavour infused dishes and our enhanced by locally sourced ingredients.

Boasting four private dining rooms, as well as an intimate bar area, Benares is able to accommodate all celebrations, whether corporate or personal, and is available for exclusive hire for larger functions.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

arrived at time of table booking, still had to wait for table
brought out mains at time of starter
brought wrong mains so had to wait and remaining food got cold
not great experience for a michelin star restaurant

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BK
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far my favourite Indian Restaurant of all time! The food is impeccably good, service is even better. Its a bucket list option for most, luckily i'm able to try this food a few times a year! its a MUST_GO_TO!!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food is over hyped in comparison with the prices, decent food but nothing next to exquisite too.

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DR
Kent
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both excellent with a varied selection of dishes. Atmosphere was very sophisticated and made for a very enjoyable experience.

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JR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another fabulous meal. All those gorgeous flavors.

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LF
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just perfect. From the time we arrived the receptionist was so welcoming and the lovely added touch of a lovely scarf for female guests.

Cocktail are absolutely amazing, and the food unbelievable flavours.

All in all, a beautiful restaurant with lovely staff.

Will definitely be going to again.

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We went for the £98 tasting menu and overall it was ok but expected a lot more for the money and reputation of the restaurant. Wouldn’t consider returning as lots of other options at this price point in London

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MR
London
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, as always, in every way. The passion fruit cocktail was sublime.

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PB
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely food.

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R
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, atmosphere and service! We enjoyed the food and the cocktails.

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SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

When in London we alway try a new Indian restaurant. This time our choice fell on Benares after reading about it in Guide Rouge (the Michelin guide). We did not regret our choice. They have their own variants of Indian cooking and we enjoyed everything we ordered with a focus on fish and shellfish dishes from the a la carte menu rather than going for the full tasting menu.

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SB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely evening celebrating a birthday. There was a great, buzzy, atmosphere in the place which helped enormously. The service and food were excellent despite it being very busy. Vegan options were superb.

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly lovely evening. Wonderful dining experience. 🙂

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely, subtly spiced food. Very good wine pairing. Excellent service. Value for money for a set menu at a Michelin star restaurant. Very welcoming and helpful.

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i
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant starting with an exceptionally warm greeting on to a stunning bar area serving great cocktails followed by a really comfortable dining area with excellent service.

Benares
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Customer, What a pleasure to see such wonderful, positive feedback! I have passed your comments to the floor team - they are so grateful! We really hope to see you back very soon! Sincerely, Mukesh Pandey Assistant General Manager

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EA
London
16 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience of The Street food menu and Benares. We were not disappointed by either, The Street food tasting menu was very good value and the waiting staff helpfully explained each dish and each course. Although there were several large groups in the restaurant, we were not ignored and our food arrived within a reasonable time.

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Entertaining a business guest from the USA and our visit to Benares was just right - impressive without being ostentatious and we were comfortable while still being formal. In particular, the staff were very attentive without being pushy and the whole experience was very enjoyable.
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Benares
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Customer, Thank you for dedicating your time to share your experience. We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed both the food and the service at Benares. We hope to welcome you back very soon! Sincerely, Mukesh Pandey Assistant General Manager

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f
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Hmm...so I was looking forward to dining at Benares for my birthday and was more or less disappointed. I've heard it was "knock your socks off" Indian food, but I found the flavors and execution underwhelming and uninventive given the potential of the Indian-British concept. I've dined at several Michelin star restaurants around the world and this one is solid for what it is, but doesn't clear the "excite and delight" bar you seek from fine dining. I'm not sure how this is going to survive in the cutthroat London restaurant scene. I ordered the scallops for an appetizer (best out of everything), the venison for a main, a cocktail (could have made this at home, and I'm no bartender), and sampled the duck from my dinner companion. The restaurant ambiance and service were okay (noisy for a weeknight when they weren't full), but lacks the hallmarks and intense attention to detail of a true fine dining experience (plating was dated, etc.). Decor and visual identity leave much to be desired (what was that menu font..Tahoma??). Overall, it wasn't a bad experience, but not worth a second visit.

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OT
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant service was excellent. However the food is overrated. Won’t be going there again.

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PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was sloppy. Food was a little bland. Not worth the money at all. They are restaurants in the same price category that have much better food and service!
Disappointing

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I had booked for an early dinner after spending the day sightseeing.
We were treated warmly and shown to the bar, where we revived ourselves with a chilled beer whilst watching the bar man prepare some wonderful cocktails.
We opted for a 3 course menu, with wine flight.
The food was fabulous and opened my eyes and palate to what top notch India cuisine is!
The staff were attentive and courteous. They are explained carefully what was in each dish. The Sommelier explained why he had selected the specific wines for our meal courses.
All in all a great evening, which was thoroughly enjoyed.

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RD
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the most superb meals I've had in a long time.

My wife and I had a glorious date night in London with the tasting menu and top wine selection with the meal. The food was superb high end Indian, the wines paired fantastically and the wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable.

I will return!

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AD
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food itself is lovely. But we sat down at 730 and didn’t get our starters until nearly 9pm and then our main courses at nearly 10! Left at 10.45 and my friends had to run to make their last trains. It’s wonderful food, but the wait was so long it annoyed me especially as it was my friends 30th birthday and it was meant to be a special treat. Given we spent £600 on dinner, we could have gone somewhere else and would have been better looked after. But, the food itself was beautiful.

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AY
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The courses got better and better. We did the tasting menu with wines. Well worth it for a special occasion.

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SR
London
22 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had the set menu, the options were good and the variety was good. The food was delicious as expected and service was wonderful. The atmosphere and decor were a bit dated and a bit basic.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. I highly recommend to try scallops and cod - cooked to perfection. Everything else was also superb.

Benares
Responded on May 30, 2019

Dear Customer, We are so grateful for the positive feedback that you have left. Scallops are personally one of my favourite dishes at Benares. I hope we can welcome you back very soon! Sincerely, Mukesh Pandey Assistant General Manager

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AC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The deserts are an absolute must............skip the starter if not hungry to leave room, and getting there early for a pre-dinner drink is well worth doing.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service

Benares
Responded on May 30, 2019

Dear Customer, Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We hope to see at Benares again very soon! Sincerely, Mukesh Pandey Assistant General Manager

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M
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Thé meal was fine no real complaints but very little wow factor, everything was cooked well but it was all a little bland to be honest. A few missteps with service (telling us our wine was finished when it wasn’t) left a less than Michelin starred experience overall

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J
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have wanted to eat at Beneras for a long time but don't live anywhere near London, so when I had a weekend planned it was a great opportunity to book a table. I built it up in my head and got so excited before arriving. It did not disappoint, the staff were very friendly and helpful with great knowledge and advice regarding the food and drinks. So we come to the food and it blew my mind, everything I expected and more. Everything about the experience exceeded what I hoped it would and highly recommend Beneras to all. Next time I'm in London I will definitely book again.

Benares
Responded on May 29, 2019

Dear Customer, What a pleasure to hear such wonderful feedback! We are glad that you have enjoyed both the service and the food at Benares. We really hope that you are in London again soon to welcome you back! Sincerely, Mukesh Pandey Assistant General Manager

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h
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and great service from two very pleasant, helpful waiters. (We had the 5 course street food tasting menu.)
We ate in the bar area which looks lovely. However, I was sat under the air conditioning unit which meant there was a draught and the waiters going into the main restaurant area were constantly walking behind me creating more draught.
The green martini cocktail was also delicious.

Benares
Responded on May 30, 2019

Dear Customer, Thank you for dedicating your time to share your experience at Benares Restaurant and Bar. We are so happy that you have enjoyed the food and cocktails. We are very sorry to hear that the air conditioning was disturbing your dining; I have passed this comment to our team and we are doing our best to improve. I hope we will have another opportunity to welcome you back very soon! Sincerely, Mukesh Pandey Assistant General Manager

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very special evening thanks to the team at Benares.
The staff were friendly, welcoming and informative.
The food was amazing, we went for the tasting menu (7 courses) accompanied by wines as per recommended selection.
After the meal we stayed for 1 more drink at the bar, again, amazing atmosphere, all relaxed and beautifully decorated.
We will be back, next time for the a la carte menu.

Benares
Responded on May 29, 2019

Dear Annabel, Thank you for dedicating your time to share your experience with us! We are so pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your special occasion at Benares. I will pass your feedback to the rest of the team - they will be very happy. I hope we will have another opportunity to welcome you at Benares once more! Sincerely, Mukesh Pandey Assistant General Manager

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Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service and food

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DK
London
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fine environment and lovely flavours from special Indian food

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We expected significantly better based on reputation. We waited 30+ minutes to get seated. Some food was pretty good, but most of the food was over-cooked. Each step of the experience took 20 minutes longer than it should have. Overall I had several underwhelmed business partners for what should have been a great meal. Poor value, poor experience and would not recommend, despite best intentions.

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CC
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic,........never disappointing. Can't wait for our next visit

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ND
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere. Been several times and each time this restaurant has never disappointed. Five stars all the way

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JK
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here twice now on business... I have promised to bring my wife next time! Food, service, presentation all fantastic! A real treat to anyone that loves Indian style food.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, brilliant staff and the restaurant was lovely. Great value for money for the whole experience, would definitely return!

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