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Indian fine dining restaurant with British flair in the heart of Mayfair. Named after India's holy city, Benares has a unique talent for changing the way people perceive and experience Indian cuisine. Benares Restaurant and Bar, since its opening in 2003, has been considered one of the finest Indian restaurants in the city. Guests enter an elegant lounge with hand-crafted India inspired furniture, and is complemented by a beautiful pond decorated with fresh flowers, creating a luxurious aesthetic.

"My ethos is entirely produce-led - to use the best quality, natural and sustainable ingredients in dishes, that whilst grounded in tradition, create excitement on the plate." Sameer Taneja - Executive Chef.

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Opening hours

Lunch | Monday to Saturday: 12.00pm- 2.30pm. Sunday: CLOSED. Dinner | Monday to Saturday: 5.30pm- 10.30pm. Sunday: 6.00pm- 9.30pm.

Opening hours and days may be subject to change.

What we love

  • Fine dining
  • Relaxed dining
  • Private dining



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Awards & Cuisine

  • 1 Michelin, 39 - The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Award placing
  • Indian, Vegetarian Recommended
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Chefs table

Complete with a glass window overlooking the main kitchen, diners can observe the team at work and meet the chefs. This is a fascinating insight into the workings of a fine-dining kitchen, for a private dining experience to remember.

Minimum spend of £600 applies on all bookings. Terms and conditions apply.

Luxury Restaurant Guide members are able to take advantage of free room hire, although minimum spend still applies.To book contact the Events Manager at Benares on 0207 629 8886, and quote your Luxury Restaurant Guide membership, or email events@benaresrestaurant.co.uk.

Private dining

Boasting four private dining rooms, as well as an intimate lounge, Benares caters for all your private or corporate group dining events, and is available for exclusive hire. A selection of menus have been carefully crafted for the private dining rooms, celebrating the best of seasonal British and Indian produce. Minimum spend applies on all bookings. Terms and conditions apply.

Event member offer

Luxury Restaurant Guide members are able to take advantage of free room hire, although minimum spend still applies. Plus the person making the booking receives a complimentary voucher for two people to enjoy dining from the Street Food Menu in the lounge, to be redeemed after the event.


Berkeley Room


Minimum 9
Maximum 16

Dover Room


Minimum 17
Maximum 36

Wine Room


Minimum 2
Maximum 10

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