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Benares Restaurant

  • Mayfair
  • Lunch
  • £££££

Modern Indian cooking with a stellar wine and cocktail list - a special treat and well worth the trip.


12a Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS
+44 (0) 20 7629 8886
Opening Times
Mon-Fri 12.00-14.30 & 17.30-22.45
Sat 12.00-15.00 & 17.30-22.45
Sun 18.00-21.45
Insider Information
Benares is Michelin starred.


  • Square Meal

    Square Meal Says…

    A beacon for Asian fine dining since 2003, Michelin-starred 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 chef Atul Kochhar’s talents. 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.

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  • Design My Night

    Design My Night Says…

    Benares Restaurant and Bar is a perfect venue for impressing the lady. Michelin star food, elegant and relaxing surroundings at the bar and a series of water-filled pools decorated with brightly coloured gerbera flowers evoke the beauty and vibrancy of the city of Benares, in north India.

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  • Evening Standard

    Evening Standard Says…

    London now has many upmarket Indian restaurants but it still takes some getting used to — an Indian that doesn’t automatically offer you a Cobra or a Kingfisher while you wait and has a Margaux on the wine list for £995, and makes a point of saying its chutneys are homemade... We were shown the tasting menu for £69 a pop and went for the à la carte. We also roamed round the wine list, ignoring the bottles that might sit comfortably with someone picking up a gleaming limousine from next door and settling for a bottle of Sula Zinfandel from near Mumbai (£23.50).

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