About Benares

Offering vibrant and inventive Indian cooking with impeccably sourced British ingredients.

Benares Restaurant & Bar is a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant nestled in the heart of Mayfair and is one of London’s premier destinations for contemporary fine-dining Indian cuisine.

Named after the ancient spiritual capital of India, Benares seamlessly marries tradition with daring modernity, capturing the essence of India’s diverse culinary landscape. Our menu finds its inspiration in the vibrant street food culture that permeates every corner of the subcontinent.

Experience a unique dining experience that blends cultural richness and innovation, captivating the hearts of both new and loyal enthusiasts who have made Benares their favourite London Indian restaurant for two decades.



Executive Chef: Sameer Taneja

Sameer Taneja first joined the team as Head Chef from 2012 until 2015 and returned to Benares as Executive Chef in the summer of 2019 regaining a Michelin Star for the restaurant in 2021 and retaining it in 2022 and 2023.

He introduced new menus based on simple, clean and precise cooking, using impeccably sourced British ingredients in dishes that are grounded in tradition but create excitement on the plate.

His culinary style is entirely produce-led pairing Indian cuisine with classical French techniques learned from his 20 years of experience working with some of the world’s best chefs.

Visit us in Madrid

Benares Madrid has a unique décor and a menu that comprises of traditional techniques of the Indian cuisine and high-quality local products.
Located on Calle Zurbano in the centre of Madrid considered by some to be one of the best zones, Benares Madrid counts with a show cooking space,
a Benares’s Lounge terrace that offers a selection of platters inspired in the Indian Street Food, and outdoor terrace space.

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For bookings: [email protected]

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