Benihana - Anchorage
Benihana - Anchorage

Benihana - Anchorage

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/anchorage-ak-ac
  • Phone: (907) 222-5212
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Saturday: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Sunday: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday: 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm, Saturday: 3:30 pm - 10:30 pm, Sunday: 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Toshiya Nemoto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 8th and L street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Benihana - Anchorage
Welcome to Benihana and a dining experience unlike any other! If you’ve never been to Benihana before, let us tell you what you can expect: Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups of eight to ten, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood.



Or you can visit our sushi lounge where a talented sushi chef will prepare the freshest sashimi, maki and signature sushi rolls with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine. Smaller tables and more intimate seating is available in the lounge or bar on a first-come, first-served basis, whether you’re looking to enjoy one of our delicious Benihana Teppanyaki entrées or our amazing selection of sushi!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Benihana - Anchorage reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (52)good for groups (50)kid-friendly (31)fit for foodies (14)great for lunch (10)romantic (7)neighborhood gem (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • A sight to see with a bite to eat!
    FoodieMe
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The great experience of seeing your food cooking in front of you as well as seeing the culinary tricks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meal prep lacked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The cook was great, the food was great but the service was bad. They seated us late, tool forever to get drinks and appetizers and whoever set up our meal for the cook forgot food items and ingredients needed to the meal. Our cook kept having to leave to get someone to get him ingredients or actually left the table himself.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Special Event Dini
    DinnerOut
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our family went to Benihana to celebrate a birthday and enjoy a dinner out and it did not disappoint. Our chef, Brandon, was entertaining and engaging and the kids had a wonderful time. The food was delicious. They were able to accommodate us even though we arrived a few minutes late for our reservation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    Unhappy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Your prices in the menu should be what one receives on their bill. If the menu states a price that is what I expect to pay. Yours didn't. So when I got my bill it soured the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Foodie14
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Only been a couple times and good experience both times
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence
    nisezz
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Great place to eat and celebrate birthdays. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long Wait
    BeeBee
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I don't know what the point of a reservation is if you have to wait 20 minutes to be seated. We had 5:30 reservations two of the guests were 5 minutes late which them bumped us apparently as other parties were then seated before us and we had to wait. The food made up for it though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will never return!!!!!
    Badbday
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Benihana has ruined not only ruined my twin 9 year old daughters ' bday celebration, but now they've ruined mine also. Early October for kids bday, made a reservation and waited 20 minutes after checking in. Got bumped food for 2 larger parties of people who had reservations after us. We were told it would be 15 to 20 more minutes while they "prepared a table" for the 5 of us. Fast forward to my bday on the 26th. Reserve for 5, get there, we wait and then they only have 4 seats available at a table with another party. We asked if we could wait for the next table so all of us could fit instead of cramming in an extra chair. Their response : what are you going to do? "We can't bump any other reservations for you. We're full." we left.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun Food Great Experience
    adventuregirl
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Definitely a special occasion place. My grandson and I both have October birthdays and took advantage of birthday club gift certificates (dinner for me, special mug for him). The chef was entertaining and talked to my 8-year old grandson the same way he did the adults in our party. My grandson had steak and shrimp and I ordered the grilled tuna. Everything was very well cooked, but the tuna was outstanding. Perfectly cooked and seasoned. It was my first time having grilled tuna, but definitely will not be my last. Service was attentive without being overbearing. The whole experience was a great way to celebrate. Also, our reservation experience was so easy using open table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved our experience.
    Love2lobstertails
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I love taking my kid! Her favorite part is the laser show that some of the cooks do. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef was lacking
    Cindy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I found the food to be excellent however the service was lacking. My friend and I sat in the bar while we waited on our table. No one waited on us. My friend went to the bar and ordered drinks. Our reservation was for 7pm and our table was not ready until 10 to 15 minutes after 7. I was very disappointed in the chef. He was not entertaining at all. We had 2 younger children at our table. One of them was celebrating their birthday. He also seemed disorganized. He lacked personality. I was there on Saturday the 11th and was very pleased with the chef. The chef on Saturday was very energetic and conveyed that he enjoyed what he was doing. He had a wonderful personality. He performed with the food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & experience
    BestinAnchorageVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    It is always fun and the cooks are great. It's great for special occasions just a long wait!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    n a recent Monday night, I headed a group who was recognizing a recent awardee and special invited guests. Dining at Benihana was the awardee’s choice. While the food at Benihana tasted fresh, waiting an hour for the chef to start our service left a stale taste with our group.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but slow service.
    BestinAnchorageVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I go her regularly, the food and staff are both equally amazing. Staff is always friendly and always in a great mood. It just usually takes around 40-60 minutes for a chef to actually come start cooking our food. Will be back though!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    dmdpol
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food & service were great; however our only problem was even with a reservation and being early we waited almost 30 minutes for a table. The wait time for other people without reservations was about the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I was so upset & never want to come back again. I made a reservation at 8 & did not get sat till 8:30. What was the point of having me wait 30 min when I made a reservation? I was so upset and the only thing the hostess would tell me was that "you have to wait since there is a wait." So are you telling me that my reservation doesn't matter? There was a reason to a reservation. We got there at 8 so they couldn't use the "you're late card." I work at a resturant downtown as an expo& hostess and I was always told that reservation were important AND first unless they show up late. I was mad that I nearly walked out with my group until they finally sat me. FORSURE I'm not coming back till you find hostess that know how to seat or get retrained.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alaska39
    Alaska39
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was okay. I Won't be going there again. Kinda disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday singing? Really?
    PvonNahme
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good Teppan. As Good as one might expect in Anchorage. Slightly sub-par for the Benihana standard. With the exception of the Service which was much more note-worthy. My only request is that, come on, it's Benihana, not Shenanigans. Could we please lose the stupid Birthday singing? Oh and if you are going to have a table that close to the kitchen entrance, some sort of room divider or barrier to that much noise coming from the kitchen would be appreciated. And a little overpriced for the quality of beef they are using. You'd get better steak at OUTBACK . Sushi was just ok. "Sushi and Sushi" ,behind Moose's Tooth is still the best in town, without question.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The worst chef ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have been to this restaraunt many times. It was our sons birthday. Sat at table 40 minutes before chef started cooking. The other couple was talking and she looked at him and said "do you want me to cook or leave". Took over an hour for her to cook our food. She couldn't do the tricks dropped everything and kept talking about her knife was her boy friend....very weird. We were seated at 5:50 and left at 8:00pm. They brought our check minutes after she finally finished cooking. My food was good except chicken was tough, my wife's seafood dinner was all over cooked. My sons dinner was cooked all by itself and he was done eating before we even started. Not the way we wanted to spend this special occasion. Very much disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bummer
    HibachiLover
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Chef constantly dropping stuff, servers messing up orders, food expensive and over cooked. Seating staff placing families with young kids at tables with couples on nice dates. Staff never indicated what was included versus not included with entrees- thereby racking up lots of add ons to inflate bill. I used to live this place growing up in Virgina. Unfortunately this was a poor replication.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice evening.
    AlaskaFamily
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Very nice dinner and evening. We love it every time we go there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saki ???
    Seth
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My wife and I suffered gastric problem. Saki didn't smell right. Food tasted good. Wife had Trio and I had land and Sea.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great,friendly services
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This place is awesome.a great place for friends and family gather.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Benihanas
    nisezz
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We have started an annual birthday family dinner at Benihanas and we truly enjoy everything about this wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Everything was so very good. The food is always "hot off the grill", which is a must for me. My only complaint is that I ate too much, but whose fault is that?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    southside2
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The quality of the food and the uniqueness of the serving style make a good fit for special occasions. However, unless your group is 8 or more you need to be the type that likes to share your occasion with the strangers who may be sitting alongside you to fill out the space. In general, it all works out - we had a mix of tourists from Brazil, my husband and I celebrating an anniversary and a twenty something threesome bent on drinking their way to oblivion in celebration of a birthday. By the second round everyone was on the same page, enjoying the show and the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've had better experience
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Had reservations through Open Table for 6:45. I arrived early and I didn't get seated until 7:20. I was there for my son's 10th birthday and there was only 4 of us. Our waitress was pretty good but she kept forgetting our requests. Our chef Brandon was the best! He flavored the food so well that it was the best I ever had from all my dining experience. The other guests agree. Since it was a Monday night, I didn't expect to leave the restaurant almost three hours later. So the waiting and time spent there made my overall experience ok. I would say I would not go there as often if it continues to be like that.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    Iamthestig
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dinner was delicious and we met some new friends from France! Never know who you'll meet and befriend when you share a table with other people. Glad we did!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I took my parents the to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. My mother eats like a bird and they let her order from the childrens' menu. It was perfect. They really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The only reason I go to Benihana is because my kids like the food. Time and time again, Benihana will never seat you at your reserved time. We had a 7:15 reservation. Once we arrived, we were asked to wait either in the bar, or an a bench near the bathrooms until our table was ready. We were seated at 7:55. A large group came in after us and were seated before us. When I asked why we had not been seated, I was told that someone made a mistake and seated a party ahead of us. We were shown to a table in the back. We noticed that the table across from us had been there quite some time, but without their chef. We heard them complain to the manager. We didn't fare much better. Dinner for 4, including two sushi appetizers was $176.00
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • overall ok
    MsBelle
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Told chef I was allergic to mushrooms and shellfish he prepared 95% of my food first, however the soup had mushrooms and they didn't make me one without even when I asked. Then the fried rice was cooked after everyone else's food was prepared so I ended up at the emergency room anyway because the rice was made on the grill after alot of shrimp and mushrooms had been prepared. I don't blame the establishment because it was an oversight on both parties. Other than that the food was great the show was amazing and we were seated with cool people. However iur reservation was for 8:15 and we weren't seated til 9 which was kind of a let down. Oh and the big blue fish bowl thingy was so delicious it's a 2 persin drink and we still didn't finish.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK if you're in a HURRY!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    9:00pm Reservation. We got there about 9:10pm. I apologized to the hostess, but she was stand offish. Obviously put out that we were 10 minutes late. Not a good start to the experience. But then we sat down, and were immediately greeted by our server took our drink order. From then on, we were rushed on EVERYTHING. He came back 2 times within 3 minutes to get our order, and I hadn't even seen the whole menu. He came back a 3rd time (before bringing our drinks) to tell us that the bar was going to be doing last call. It was obvious that everyone there wanted to go home and that we were holding them up. We weren't half way done with our food before he asked if we wanted take home boxes! Too expensive to be treated like that...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Yashz
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Came here once a year ago for my birthday, loved the food, loved to watch the chef cook our dinner. This time, came here for my son's birthday and as usual, food and chef was superb. However, our waitress wasn't. We had to wait nearly 15-20 minutes after we finished eating for the customary birthday song and ice cream. My son was almost disappointed but eventually he got his birthday song and ice cream. By then, we were more than ready to leave. I would come back, but only on a special occasion, once or twice a year, since the price is a bit high.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails us
    HarrietVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is the third time in about a month that we've been here. As usual we had scallops and filet. All was cooked to perfection and very entertaining.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it
    HarrietVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    No matter which Benihana we go to, their all wonderful. I had scallops and my husband had filet. Both had fried rice. One of our friends tried the salmon and noodle dish and it too was wonderful. Everything was cooked to perfection and the entertainment outstanding. What more can I say!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 188 reviews are from the Benihana - Anchorage reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Benihanas is always great every time we go there. Consistent, great service, great food. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you!
    DowntownLocal
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We celebrate my mother & daughter's birthdays at Benihana every year, and every year - it's a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great a Food and Entertainment
    NeCeeVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We are repeat customers because we can always count on great service and delicious food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Eh
    Chya
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My girlfriend and I were looking for a nice, romantic dinner on the 4th of July and we were put a table with a drunk couple who were all over each other. Ruined our evening. Her tuna steak was over cooked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive
    Firstnlastvisit
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was prepared by a talented and friendly chef. The amount of food received for the price was a huge disappointment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall