Halal, Indian·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Benares

Silver Award

A beacon for Asian fine dining since 2003, Benares brings French-inspired refinement to spice-based cooking “without depleting the authenticity of Indian flavour”. The kitchen delivers “awesome food” and “real creativity” across the board, although tasting menus are the undoubted showcase for the kitchen's talents – from pan-seared scallops with broccoli couscous and pine-nut podi (dry powder) to a crisp, puffy chicken tikka pie or tandoori lamb cutlets with rich, rogan-inspired jus and creamy black dhal makhani. Inventive set lunches might include piri-piri quail with smoked beetroot or prawn curry with Bengali-spiced kimchi, while a dessert of tarte Tatin infused with anise and fennel typifies the crossover approach. Kindly, engaging staff deliver “spotless service” in the slick, smart, white-on-black dining room, while street food and quirky cocktails are the main business in the lounge bar. Wine picks tackle the spicing admirably. “Pricey, but perfect for special occasions”, says a fan.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Halal, Indian
Eat at Home
Deliveroo, Takeaway service
Fine dining, Quiet conversation, Unique
Other Awards
One Michelin star
Special Features
Chef’s table
Group dining [8+], Special occasions

COVID-19 Update for Benares

Updated on 02 Jul 2020

Reopening on 4 July

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Does Benares have a Michelin star?

Benares has one Michelin star.

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Benares (bar)

Benares (bar)

Location for Benares

12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6BS

020 7629 8886


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Mon Closed
Tue 17:30-22:30
Wed 17:30-22:30
Thu 17:30-22:30
Fri 17:30-22:30
Sat 17:30-22:30
Sun 18:00-21:30

Reviews of Benares

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37 Reviews 


28 October 2019   - Verified Diner

Went for Husbands belated Bday treat .Had the early evening set menu ,food was great, service good , had the wine pairing which was good value .The only let down was we felt a little hurried and had to keep asking for a break ! I think the restaurant wanted to get the  cheaper menu people out quickly ! Would go again though. 

Food & Drink

Samm A

08 July 2019  
Good food and creative menu. Knowledgeable staff.

Jill B

28 June 2019  
Amazing cocktails and original food Beautiful staff.

Jill B

01 August 2018  
Excellent service great food. The soft shelled crab is excellent.

Linda S

31 July 2018  
We had the street food menu and cocktails, interesting and delicious, cleverly spiced and reasonable price.

Tina P

27 June 2018  
Excellent food with great taste Customer service very good Good venue with pleasant ambience.

Susie O

27 June 2018  
Always incredible food and cocktails are amazing.

Suzannah W

Great foodie experience in a lively setting
25 March 2018  
We had the vegetarian tasting menu, 7 courses plus a few surprises meant that we were well and truly full by the end of it. For a tasting menu the courses were really quite big and, in comparison to eating a la carte, very good value. Huge array of flavours and ingredients used, different to anything I have had before. Excellent choice for vegetarian dining. I would say that the service was not quite good enough for a restaurant of this standard, for example we had to ask a few times for a vegetarian menu and then when that was brought over we had to then ask to see the vegetarian tasting menu as it was not brought over together. It was very loud and warm in the restaurant also, but then it was a busy Saturday night. That said, the service of the food was very good, the courses were brought out promptly without us feeling rushed, and the waiters gave a good explanation of each one. Overall great for a foodie experience in a lively setting.
Food & Drink

Kay P

09 May 2017  
Lovely indian food.

Sona P

08 May 2017  
Lovely and classy but quite cosy. Excellent service and the food is gorgeous.
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