Benihana - Atlanta - Downtown
Benihana - Atlanta - Downtown

Benihana - Atlanta - Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/atlanta-ga-aa
  • Phone: (404) 522-9629
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm, Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Sunday:Closed

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: 2:00 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, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Andrew Young International Blvd
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Benihana - Atlanta - Downtown
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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Benihana - Atlanta - Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (49)special occasion (30)great for lunch (21)kid-friendly (14)fit for foodies (13)hot spot (12)romantic (9)late-night find (7)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Donna
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Our chef Juan is awesome! We've had him once before and each time was just as enjoyable. The food was excellent as was the entertainment Juan provided. The downtown location is my favorite one and I can't wait to go back. The punch bowl drink was quite delightful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cell phone nightmare!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    I was shocked to see a restaurant filled with people engrossed in their cell phones. It is hard for the chefs to get motivated to perform when people are more concerned about texting than in watching the show. As a result, the performance was half-hearted, to say the least. We also had to wait a long time at the table for a chef to show up. The waitress/hostess was not very interested in doing anything other than the minimum basics. I was there for my daughter's 7th birthday. We had 4 in our party: 2 adults and 2 kids. We shared the table with 4 other adults that did not look up once during dinner (phones). I wish I were exaggerating. They were the rule in the restaurant, not the exception. My daughter did not get the fun experience that I had hoped for and the dinner was a very expensive flop. This restaurant could benefit from a cell-free environment. I hear there are other restaurants in the city that offer a discount for leaving the phone at the front. The chef would be happier. I imagine staff turn-over would be less and tips would be higher. We also made online reservations but I got a note the next day from you saying you were sorry we did not show up?? We will probably not go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bad birthday experience
    terrible25TH
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    i reserved my party a couple weeks in advance and noted in my reservation that it was my 25th bday and that i had never been.i mean is it not a good idea to actually take that into consideration??.i had never been and was very excited.but it went down hill the moment is stepped in.the lady sitting us had the worse attitude i wont go in to detail b,c i would run out of space smh .and the cook we had (javier) gave no entertainment i had had to get an attitude just to get him to do the onion train /volcano for my toddler n his response was that it was to hot.like tat was my problem .we had to remind then that our meals came with green tea and ice cream with some ...and ask me if i received my 30 discount for my next visit..NO first and last time ever going back .
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great eating experience.
    Taggs
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Our family loved the entertainment of the teppanyaki chef almost as much as the taste of the food. A truly memorable meal!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    kand83VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    A visit here is always exciting and fun for the whole family. The follow is consistently delicious and the atmosphere is comfortable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a Blast!
    AJ119568
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We celebrated a birthday here and we were all able to eat at the same table. We had tweens with us and the chef kept everyone entertained. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I accidentally went to the Buckhead location.The hostess at the Buckhead location called the Downtown location to advise that we were running behind. It was an honest mistake. We made it to the location 30 minutes after our reservation time. The hostess did not greet us, instead she reprimanded us for being late. I explained to her about the delay and that the other hostess called ahead. She did not care and advised that we would have to wait 45 minutes. I didn't expect to be seated right away but her attitude made me want to leave. A few minutes later, another customer showed up and she didn't greet her either. She was very rude and argumentative. I will never return to the downtown location because the hostess is lacking customer service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner Gone Wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I invited all of my friends to dinner to celebrate my 21st birthday at this Benihanas location. Joining me was another college student who shares the same birthday as me (October 31st). Total, there were about 17 of us and therefore we shared two tables. My dinner wasn't disastrous as I was in great company and the waitress gave us each our own check (which made things MUCH simpler). The birthday boy received so much attention and enthusiasm, while my chef didn't do any of the usual tricks. He didn't introduce himself. The birthday boy received three scoops of ice cream. None for me. The restaurant was so empty, yet they told me over the phone it was packed and they weren't sure we would get a table even with our reservation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    Great
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great energetic spot particularly for a special occasion. There was so much food we all took to go boxes. Our Chef, Dakota, was awesome. If you are not a member of Open Table you need to join.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were seated quickly, but took a while for food to start being prepared. Overall food was delish
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    tictosh
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food and excellent service. There was no prolonged wait time for the chef to prepare the food. Very entertaining and engaging. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My fav place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The chefs listen to you. The waitresses are always nice! Love this location!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food was great, service excellent and the entertainment was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!!!
    Poochie72
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I love this place! I look forward to going. The food is delicious and the service is great too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Try Another Location for Benihana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This location is currently under construction so there was a large area in the center of the restaurant that is covered. Other than that, the food was good, but not as good as I have had at their Buckhead location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fire the Phone lady
    HEAT
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    So I had reservations for this place and called an hour in advance just to ensure that everything was good. A rude woman answered the phone and was just over talking me. When I finally got a word in, she said we don't have your reservation and hung up the phone. So when I arrived to the resturant was greeted but a wonderfully nice man and they pulled my reservation up without a problem and my party was seated! The food was great, the kids love the show, and everyone was very nice! Whoever is answering their phones needs to be fired, she is not indicative of the type of service they offer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no fun with large party
    tryanythingtwice
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had a party of 10 people the chef came and started preparing each of our meals but by the time he was finished with the entire course the food was too cold to be enjoyable also half of the parties rice was burnt because the chef was missing ingredients and walked away while rice was burning... I suggest if the are going to accommodate for larger parties they ahould add another chef so your food will not be cold by the time you are ready to eat
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This location is my preference
    firered1212
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This location has all the things the Buckhead location doesn't have. The crowd is better, the service is better all around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer
    Titi
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    That was first time eating at benihana and it was great
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have the Sushi!
    SySy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Me and my mother really enjoyed the sushi. The wait wasn't long and the customer service was great. Would definietly come back
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Standard fare, decent show.
    EWood
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The chef was sort of phoning it in, a little distracted but went through all the motions of the show. The service was great otherwise, my glass never hit bottom and this woman was pulling double duty that night. I like the food; its not over the top but standard Benihanna fare.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as nice as it used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The restaurant seemed to have changed. They did not honor the reservation because they were too busy. Not that many people seated but they seemed to have limited chefs. After the long wait the food was good. Would not go back however because the experience was not enjoyable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and staff, bad managing
    einaphets1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    There was a huge convention occurring when we came to Benihana and all restaurants were flooded to capacity yet they kept taking walk-ins despite the backlog. I had booked an online reservation the day before and still waited an hour and a half before being seated. I spent that time either standing or sitting on the floor as there was no seating available to wait anywhere. The food was good although the staff was exhausted so I felt bad for them. There were the usual problems in this situation: long wait for drinks and ordering, sides forgotten, having to juggle empty dishes in order to find space. Our table didn't get tea or ice cream as we were supposed to and what was my daughter's bday and first time to Benihana was disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Fun
    RivkaLC
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Once a year, some out of town friends come in for a convention, and we always make Benihana Downtown our traditional "nice lunch out". Booking through OpenTable allows them to seat our large party easily and quickly. The food is good, though not stellar. The service was lovely and our host was very professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best time with friends
    Livvylove
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My friends and I got a hibachi table to ourselves. We had an absolute blast. Our Chef was wonderful and joked with us. Had no problem joining in with the party! We had a blast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dragon Con Group
    SmileinBob
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a group of 9 including 3 children. We ended up showing up half an hour or so early and ended up being seated about 10 mins after our reservation was scheduled, but it was Dragon Con and they were fairly packed. The service was pretty good the chef put on a great show for the kids and adults alike lots of flying shrimp and what not. I was a bit dismayed that they stuffed all nine of us in one table, But i don't think they are really equipped to handle more that 6 or so.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wow
    Avante
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a fantastic experience here. Past dinners there have been an issue, but this time was wonderful. Great food, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty
    keitayuki
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I looked forward to going to benihana for the last year. I was not disappointed. The chef was fun and the food was delish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    RockinRobin
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food and service were great. The prices are a little steep, but it's Benihana's. Our Chef, Juan, was really good. Will return for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too hidden!
    Neet
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The restaurant doesn't have such a great vibe because it's underground and there isn't much lighting inside!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Japanese experience no more.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Japanese experience provided by Mexican cooks. Our cook could not speak English and all he did was smile and cook the food. Benihana used to be an entertaining dinning experience. Very disappointed and Benihana in my opinion has lost its luster.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Birthday Celebration Gone Wrong
    Truthteller
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I wanted to love it, but everything fell short except the sushi. The service was slow, the food was bland, the chef had zero personality, and I was seated next to a two year old who screamed and splashed sauce all over me and my phone. Will not be returning to the downtown location.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No tricks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The chef at my table only cooked the food. I had a first timer with me and i spoke highly about Benihana they were asking me why didn't he do the things you spoke of. And on top of that your waiter one came top put table once and that was to get our order and bring the drinks we ordered and had the nerves to circle the 15% gratuity and I'm a great tipper. So I'm guessing because we were all African Americans they though they weren't going to get tipped. This was the fasted service i have ever received we were seated at 8 and I was home by 9:45 and I leave in Douglasville.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome experience
    Atlfoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Benihana made my birthday celebration very memorable. The food, drinks, service and ambience were very nice,
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manager is terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went in with a party of 10. The manager attempted to seat us all at one table which is meant for 6 people...7 tops! She stated that because we had children (2 & 4) they didnt need that much space. Eventually, I resat the additional members of our party so that we would have enough space to eat our food. The food was ok. The rice much better than the meat. Overall an average place to eat.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good Food
    Nice
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was very good. The service could have been better. And the menu was confusing. It seemed that we would get dessert with our meal, because that's what the menu said. But dessert didn't come with the entrees we ordered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sasa
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Benihana has been a tradition for me and my friends for a long time. Over all the years that I have been to this restaurant I have never gotten a bad meal. The food is wonderful and the chefs are fun. It's a great place for a special celebration or just to get together with friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 183 reviews are from the Benihana - Atlanta - Downtown reviews archive.
  • Birthday
    CarolinaGirl72
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I took my daughter there for her 13th birthday. The food was good and she enjoyed herself. The waitress bought out a small cake for her and took a picture.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Poochie72
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I really love Benihana's, I've been about 4 times this year so far. I would go once a week if it I could. Thanks for a pleasant experience, delicious food, and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Benihana experience yet!
    AtlFoodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I've been here plenty of times for birthdays, lunches and just a normal hibachi dinner. My girlfriend was celebrating her birthday with one of those certificates and she asked me along. Not only was the hibachi chef great with new tricks, the waiter was awesome too! They were both young guys that knew how to do their jobs. The server not only got the orders right and had the soup and salad brought out ASAP, but he took a picture for the two of us, sang the birthday song to her and also brought her the free ice cream. I've been getting these certificates for years and never had this experience! I let him know how happy I was with his tip. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic