Benihana - Bethesda
Benihana - Bethesda

Benihana - Bethesda

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/bethesda-md-bb
  • Phone: (301) 652-5391
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday: 3:00 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Benihana - Bethesda reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (69)kid-friendly (57)special occasion (55)great for lunch (18)fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (8)late-night find (6)hot spot (6)romantic (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • I expected too much when dining
    colonial815VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    I expected too much when dining here. It was a good dining experience with pleasant staff and huge portions. My main issue was that the food was substandard and seemed poor quality. Also, the chef was kind, but less impressive than others we've seen. It seemed like a good place to go if you want to bring the kids though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Its Benihana - you know what
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    Its Benihana - you know what you're getting. The Bethesda location does a nice job being able to keep the food quality up instead of sacrificing that for the sake of the hibachi entertainment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a fantastic time! Chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    We had a fantastic time! Chef was amazing and we will use this again. My husband had went here a few years agao and when his B day came up its where we went.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the waiters need to learn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    the waiters need to learn how to speak better english so you can understand them they need to better prepared for food allergies our appetizers came after dinner was served
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Xmas at Benihana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    My 5 year old and I went to Benihana for one of our newly adopted Christmas Traditions. Truth is we had no family dinner prepared at home and wasn't really up to the chillin with family idea. We wanted a quiet day just the two of us! What a great choice. We enjoyed the Chef who made sure my son was fancied and the two families next to us were really nice we all made jokes conversed and had a memorable Christmas dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was slow I guess because
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Service was slow I guess because of the holiday. You had to ask the waiter for water. The chef was entertaining and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My experince at Benihana
    Skip
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Had to wait 30 minutes to be seated even with reservation. Food was very good but the service was lacking. The waitress forgot our drink orders several times and had to be reminded that we did not get them. The noise level was very loud. The cook was great. The atmosphere had changed from what we remembered years ago, and the restaurant has become a more casual place to eat, but I had not been there in years. I actually did not like it for a Xmas celebration. I would go back for a casual dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perhaps because it was one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Perhaps because it was one of the few places open on Christmas Day, but our chef was exhausted, the place was packed and loud and the food was tasteless. I was hoping for at least a good show, but as I said, the chef was exhausted. Would not eat at again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our chef was entertaining,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    Our chef was entertaining, and our group ranged from grandmas to little kids. Our waiter was very attentive as well, but not in an overbearing way. Food was tasty, and chef customized orders with ease. Would deficiently recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My kids like to come here
    Lovefood
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    My kids like to come here for the show but they now cannot do fire, volcano or any trick. Food is barely ok. The chef was nice but the waitress was miserable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The cook could have had a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    The cook could have had a little more tricks. I've been more entertained at other hibachi places. But, I still enjoyed the night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef Mauro was OUTSTANDING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    Chef Mauro was OUTSTANDING! He catered to all our wants and needs.. However, our server Laila was terrible. She forgot things that we ordered, put her tip on our bill for 6 people, when the menu says gratis is added for parties of 8 or more. So she wasn't too excited when we called her out. Then once that was cleared up she still tried to take her tip ny giving us the wrong change. Needless to say, we gave the chef his tip & that was it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I just loved it all. I brought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    I just loved it all. I brought a team of 11 and when Benihanawas chosen as the spot we will go to; it brought a bright smile yo every one. Thank you guys, You Rock!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The chefs are not as entertaining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    The chefs are not as entertaining as they used to be
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The filet mignon and lobster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    The filet mignon and lobster melted in my mouth! The chicken fried rice, soup and salad were also fantastic! We'll visit again!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Benihana is fun place to take
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    Benihana is fun place to take your kids or to celebrate a birthday with them. They have fun, you get fed, there's a show. Everyone goes home happy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The mgr was very rude and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    The mgr was very rude and was not trying yo be accommodating until I told her that my party of 15 could go elsewhere. They gave up our 2nd table & packed 15 people around one table until my daughter complained. We waited over an hour because of this. Our chef was not friendly and only spoke if we addressed him. It was my birthday & only one staff member made a feeble attempt to sing & then he just gave up because no one else would sing with him. I didn't get the birthday ice cream or whatever is given to patrons. I think your management staff should be retrained in customer service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our cook was not friendly,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    Our cook was not friendly, funny or entertaining as many are in this restaurant. My kids like it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The hostess was gracious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    The hostess was gracious and the chef was entertaining/hilarious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience, although
    MrsHendy
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Great experience, although slightly awkward to eat dinner with strangers. They forgot my husband's rice which is obnoxious but didn't ruin the dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beni Hana is fun, and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Beni Hana is fun, and the food is surprisingly tasty, but it is really quite a scene, especially on a Saturday night. Very loud, lots of chatter and cooking clatter. The Schlick is a little old -- I remember the smoking onion volcano from when I was a kid -- but it is a fun outing, especially with the kids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a blast at Benihana!
    LaurenVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    It's always a blast at Benihana! The kids were so entertained and the adults had a great time too. The "show" was fab with the onion choo-choo train, the veggies and chicken. We even splurged and bought the kids the china buddhas. Very fun and we can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was fine. Nothing great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/14/2012
    It was fine. Nothing great. I did feel that charging for soda refills with 20+'dollar entrees is kind of a ripoff .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my first time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/12/2012
    This was my first time dining here. My boyfriend had been wanting to try it so I took him there for his birthday. The food and service was good but I think we were expecting a little more than what we got. My boyfriend was not very impressed. He felt that the restaurant is hyped more than what it really is. I think this is a good place to go for a group event, not so much for a romantic date with your significant other. Overall, it was a pleasant experience. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Benihana is always delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/31/2012
    Benihana is always delicious. The garlic butter they use sets everything off.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    This is a great and fun restaurant. The food is excellent and the ambiance is nice whether you are with kids or on a date. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chef that served our table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/23/2012
    The chef that served our table seemed a little lethargic. He lacked the usual energy and entertainment level that I am used to at Benihana and other Japanese steakhouses. I would probably not visit this location again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrific meal. Expensive,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    Horrific meal. Expensive, really below average food. Unimpressive chefs. Overall a horrible meal. Our middle-schooler asked if we could please never go back. We agreed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a bit run down now (I
    CB00VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2012
    It's a bit run down now (I remember this restaurant's "glory days" 25 years ago when it was one of the only Japanese restaurants in this area.) The food is good, not great but the chef's special touches to make the dining experience interesting (especially for children) is still fun. The service was excellent. We ate late (around 8:30) and the last of the tables with children were leaving. If we had come earlier the noise level would have been much higher - so if you want to talk, arrive after 8!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst experience here...the
    MrandMrsHVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2012
    Worst experience here...the bar took over thirty minutes to get our sushi order. They were very unfriendly. The waitress was very good but we ended up getting our salads after the meal was almost done. I dont think I can recommend this one, goto the dulles one instead(plus here they charge $1.25 an hour to park)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a fun quite different evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    a fun quite different evening --enjoyed it very much!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The kids really enjoyed our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    The kids really enjoyed our chef, and our waitress was great. The food was good and there was plenty of it to share. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have visited numerous Benihana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    We have visited numerous Benihana locations, and this way up to par with all the others. The dining room seemed more spacious than other locations, and was more modernly decorated, which was nice. The service was great, as always. The food was delicious as well. We will be back! The only thing I missed from other locations was a choice of salad dressings, they only offer ginger. This Amercian girl would have liked some ranch! Overall, it was a great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant, Good Food
    Frankie
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Great Restaurant, Good Food along with Experienced Chef's
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The cook was entertaining The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    The cook was entertaining The waitress was terrible. Never came back to check drinks, rarely saw her. Food good but not seasoned much...very little flavor
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What An Eperience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    We loved our dining experience,but the outside decor was not appealing.We are planning to return though because we think our two children(ages 10&12)will enjoy the food and dinning experience too.If the exterior was more eligant we might consider the limo service as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good but service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2012
    Food was good but service was slow. Ran out of drink and had to wait way too long for refill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice environment for the day/time
    LRWK929
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    Nice environment for the day/time that I visited this restaurant. The wait staff and server were personable and efficient. Had a great birthday dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • At first I thought the prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    At first I thought the prices were high. But the amount of food you get is worth it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What can you say about Benihana?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    What can you say about Benihana? There is nothing quite like watching your food being prepared in front of you. The flavors are simple, but the food is almost always well-made.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic