Benihana - Bethesda
Benihana - Bethesda

Benihana - Bethesda

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/bethesda-md-bb
  • Phone: 3016525391x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Friday: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 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: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Ask about Private Event Dining Book your next event for up to 32 guests in our private dining room. Perfect for private parties, corporate meetings and large birthday celebrations. Subject to availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Ask for Manager x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Woodmont Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Benihana - Bethesda
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Benihana - Bethesda reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (66)special occasion (61)kid-friendly (57)great for lunch (21)fit for foodies (17)romantic (7)neighborhood gem (7)great for brunch (6)hot spot (4)late-night find (4)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • MrandMrsHVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is the second time in a row this place has been horrible. It has really gone down. The chef didn't try or do any normal tricks. He was lackluster and didn't do any tricks they normally do. A couple with a child was at our table and he didn't do the egg or train of onions. Four filets were ordered and two of them that were cooked were not filets and the chef argued about it. Looking at them you could tell two were just the normal steaks and not the filet cut. The chef kept saying all were filets even though it was obvious they weren't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Fun to have food prepared in front of you! Food was prepared to taste and was good. Enjoyed our dinner, would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    DateVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Service was a little slow overall but the kids had fun which was Priority #1.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm done!
    Dcmad
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been to this restaurant several times in the last few years and it gets worse and worse. The service is poor. During my last 2 visits, the appetizer was forgotten by the server. We sat at a full table for at least 20 minutes before anyone took our drink order. The cook was excellent and entertaining. However, the whole experience was exhausting and frustrating since the server didn't give him the right info. I don't think I can go through this again. Overpriced food served with so many mistakes that it's just not worth it anymore. My biggest complaint is that they now pack the tables with so many people that you can hardly move. I'm done.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience
    sciencedancer
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Benihana - Bethesda to use my $30 birthday coupon. Though this wasn't my first time at a Benihana restaurant, it was my first time at the Bethesda location. The cocktails were superb, the chef's performance was humorous and impressive, and the food was to die for. It was pretty loud, so it was a little difficult to talk, but every other aspect of our experience was phenomenal. I would highly suggest Benihana - Bethesda, especially for a special occasion or celebration!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent eating experience
    Goodrestaurant
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Clean restaurant, good food, quiet atmosphere, friendly staff
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for groups/special events
    OrangePeel
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was seasoned and cooked well - between our group I tried the hibachi chicken, the shrimp, and a vegetarian dish. The chef was also attentive and entertaining and paid attention to special requests. I think what made the occasion stand out was their above and beyond attention to birthday celebrants. In addition to a free dessert, they give the party a free photograph of everyone at the restaurant. It's nothing extravagant, but I know my husband appreciated the gesture. Overall I'd come here again for another group occasion, though perhaps not a regular dinner outing (too noisy for lengthy conversation).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun dining!
    Ski2slow
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This latest visit to Benihana during a family trip to Washington DC convinced me that this is where to go for Hibachi. All of the ingredients looked fresh and top notch. Our chef got everyone's steak perfectly cooked while keeping all of us entertained. He paid attention and asked my wife whether she thought her "Rare" steak was done when she mentioned to me it seemed good. He also per my request kept the amount of Soy Sauce to minimal to keep the fried frice from becoming too salty. After this visit, will be visiting Benihana again! Especially this location!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time diner
    Lo4Lo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was awesome, the drinks were good, and the staff was pleasnt, helpful and friendly! Chef Joel was funny and he put on a good show! It was very loud but not unbearable. I will definitely be visiting again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    TheJew
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    If you ever visit this restaurant ask for the chef Cesar. He is the absolute best.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrated last day of school
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Kids love Benihana, so be prepared, it's gonna be a loud experience. The food is always fresh and delicious, the show is great - even for grownups, and the service is attentive. And the meals on the kids' menu (12 and under!) are a bargain. Which helps when the meals for adults are spendy. Nobody leaves hungry. Recommend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MrandMrsHVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    A good place to eat, but the Dulles location is much better. Also they charge for parking at metered spots all day until 10 pm so make sure you have change. It's $1.25 an hour so you will be constantly checking your watch to see if you need more money. This time our chef seemed tired and didn't care too much. I got a medium rare steak and someone else got well done. He cooked them both the same amount of time. Their white sauce which is normally amazing was not as good today and was very watery. A good place to eat but next time I think we will go to Dulles.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • About what I expected
    kyle
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    It was a little annoying that the hostess wouldn't seat us without a full party (a member of our party ran into some personal issues and ended up being a half hour late); however, we understand that that's the nature of these restaurants and don't have much wiggle room. I don't hold it against anyone, but want people to know they might encounter that. That being said the food was good and the experience was fun. The shrimp was way better than the steak.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & good service
    notpicky
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Overall experiance was good. Not quite as much of a show as I expected, but cannot complain. More expensive than a few competitors but definatley better than most. Will be going again soon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not worth the drive !
    daryeajr
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I am from baltimore, MD. I wanted to take my girlfriend to a very nice resturant where we haven't been before. we decieded to go to here , but even though I had reservations they told me I had to wait 30 minutes . This place doesn't give you a lot of food at all , i got the steak & chicken and i got about 8 dry pieces of chicken. I will not be driving all the way out bethesda for this anymore .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent food, entertaining venue
    SacdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great place for a group to sit around the grill and be entertained as the chef prepares your meal. The food was decent, nothing over the top. I think our favorite was the fried rice with chicken that accompanies most of the entrees, and is made from scratch. It was a fun place to take the in laws out for an energetic evening, but hang somewhere else if you want to have a quiet dinner conversation. It is noisy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    When we arrived, we were told we had to wait 20 min even though we arrived on time for our reservation time. They wanted to seat us in a table with 5 people already there (it would have been very crowded). The chef was so so. No fancy egg toss just a lot of banging with utensils. Went for a birthday celebration and was disappointed! Will never dine again
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a waste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Terrible experience and worse for the folks we shared the table with.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as good as vegas
    mmj201
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Seating not good for left handed people. Our chef was not as entertaining as our chef kevin in vegas.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great! I would definitely have a meal here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what it used to be
    Cba2livr
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We've been going to this restaurant for years now. But before this last visit it had been several months since our last visit. The place seems to have changed drastically. The table chef burned everything he prepared. And the experience was not fun and festive. It was actually very dull, like the 'chef' was following a script. The wait service was almost nonexistent. Very disappointed as we were celebrating my son's birthday.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hmmm
    Godisgreat
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This place was okay. We have been to another location in Minneapolis and i would have to say that one was much better!! This location is okay but our biggest problem was how they sat two or 3 people for a whole round table that could clearly fit more people. It wasn't as enjoyable because of that. We could also see the workers state ding around in the dinning room looking at people hearing while they socialize among themselves.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The prices were ridiculously high
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The chef cooked one person's food at a time. My friend was served her meal a good 15 minutes before i got mine! Food quality was fair at best. I had not been to this restaurant since it moved to this new location and was not prepared to have to have 8 quarters in hand to fee the meter! I had to stop strangers to exchange dollar bills for quarters. I will not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely
    MissTee
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I had a lovely time. This was my first time there and I really enjoyed myself. Waiters, stuff, cook, and bartender was excellent food enjoyed it I will be coming back thanks. ... for everything truly a 5 star restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The waitress seemed unpleasant and rude. She didn't even tell us her name. Bad service, but great cook and food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They've changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The food & service have changed over the years. Food not as favorable & staff not as exciting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect place for groups!
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I celebrated my birthday dinner here, and have done so in prior years - as always, it was very enjoyable! The front desk team and our chef, including wait staff were all friendly and courteous. I ordered the Splash 'n Meadow, which is basically steak & shrimp with rice & vegetables and it was delicious! My friends and I had a great time - will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner is always fun.
    MissCani
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We started to come Benihana for Birthdays 10 years or more and we love it. The one thing about you always meet new people and share short stories and eat Great Hot Food every time. My kids love it as child and now as young adults it's date night for them.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benihana - Bethesda
    Benihana
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great for family celebrations. Kid friendly. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As expected
    Dcsf
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I went with family for father 's Day and we got what we expected. Was not expecting too much so it delivered on food and amusing chef show. Nothing new from the previous other times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Problems were never addressed
    R1CHTER
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    All entries are supposed to be served with green tea. However, we never received any. Even if everyone else in my party said “No” while I was in the restroom, the waiter should have asked me later, for example, when done eating. No spoon was served with my soup. So I started with salad. By the time I received spoon, soup was cold. We ordered Fried rice. However, we received “Fried Rice with Chicken.” This was completely inappropriate, as one person in our party was vegetarian. No ice cream or sherbet. We had to wait 20 minutes to have our photo taken. Then when I went to enter my photo in the Passport Challenge, the website states that I need a code, or a password. The restaurant did not provide us with a code or password.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • System Error = Customer Loss
    Monique
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Due to a system error, my birthday certificate was not accepted. The manager offered no recourse and was somewhat callous, insinuating that we had previously used the certificate and were trying to scam the restaurant. It's disheartening to know that Benihana thinks so poorly of their customers and so highly of itself that they would insinuate such behavior from a loyal customer. The certificate was supposed to be verified prior to ordering, and it wasn't. We probably wouldn't have dined if we knew there was a problem with the certificate, as there were numerous dinner options in the area that would have been a lot less expensive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jerry
    Jerry
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Had a great time again at Behihana. Service was wonderful and the portions are generous.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday Fun!
    Andi
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We took my daughter and 8 others for a 13th birthday celebration... the food was great and our chef was terrific! Always a fun time for a birthday!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and food was excellent.
    Geebees
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent food and service with large portions. Chef was very entertaining and funny.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I have been to this place several times before and years ago and up until the present. This use to be a great place for dates and dinner but I personally feel that the food is mediocre compared to other competitor restaurants that I've been to and also the service is very slow. I was there for a special occasion only but that will probably be the only time I go there, sorry to say.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for kids birthday party.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great for kids birthday party. Entertaining for everybody in the party
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The old standby
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    While cheesy, it is entertaining. Kids seem to love the antics from the chefs. The menu never changes. Don't go if you are expecting haute cuisine or Japanese food. Nonetheless, the food is prepared fresh for you and if you like the style, it is quite good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Manger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The manager was so kind and professional she make sure we had the best time. She checked every table and talk to every guests and made everybody feel home. Kudos!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interactive Birthday Dinner
    AlwaysAscending
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It was my first time at Benihana's but I have been to hibachi spots before. The food here was good but not the best I have ever had. The staff was accommodating with our fluctuating reservation number. Would try it again for another special event but kind of pricey to enjoy on a weekly/monthly basis.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate