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Benihana - Bethesda
Benihana - Bethesda

Benihana - Bethesda Details

  • 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 - 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: Japanese, Sushi
  • 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
Prepare for a dining experience unlike any other. Watch as your personal chef performs the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Listen as razor-sharp blades slice through tender steak and juicy chicken. Take in the aroma of sizzling shrimp, lobster and savory vegetables.

Or visit our sushi bar, where your sushi chef will prepare fresh nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls, all with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Terrible experience and worse for the folks we shared the table with."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Seating not good for left handed people. Our chef was not as entertaining as our chef kevin in vegas."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great! I would definitely have a meal here again."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The waitress seemed unpleasant and rude. She didn't even tell us her name. Bad service, but great cook and food."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food & service have changed over the years. Food not as favorable & staff not as exciting."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Great for family celebrations. Kid friendly. Food was excellent."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Had a great time again at Behihana. Service was wonderful and the portions are generous."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Excellent food and service with large portions. Chef was very entertaining and funny."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great for kids birthday party. Entertaining for everybody in the party"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed the service, everything was excellent, would visit again"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Sign up for their mailing list and get a free dinner on your birthday. Some restrictions apply. You get a free photo of your party and you get a birthday song if you dance! Fun and the food is the food you've already come to love."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Food is usually good but a far cry from what Benihana once was. Waited 25 minutes after our table was seated and still no one was waiting on us. Twice I got up and asked the numerous wait staff to please come to our table. Finally, 35 minutes after our table was seated, we got a drink. Server who delivered soup then salad kept getting confused and began walking away having not served my wife her soup and the later her salad. The rest of the meal was ok."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Plain and simple it's a hibachi places but they do have some really good sushi!!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Benihana is a great place if you are going on a date with your significant other or a night out with the family. The food is great, the service was awesome and the chefs were entertaining and really paid attention to the special orders that were given to them. I would definitely go back and take others!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great show for all, and the food is good as well. Only advice is to avoid busy late nights and holidays. If possible, book as early as possible before the chefs are on the downside of enthusiasm and zeal."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We ordered Strip Steak and they cut the steak in bite size piece on the grill and put it on my plate. Not sure if we received the entire steak. My husband wanted more. If you pay 50.00 for the special than at least you should get the whole steak. Everything taste good."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The service was just ok, but the food was exceptional!!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I would say my dining experience was rather disappointing. The seating is far too squished and uncomfortable. The waitress was nice and attentive considering the busy atmosphere. The cool made a few errors and I was not informed that you get charged extra for fried rice. The cook was nice but the food tasted kind of bland. Then there was an issue with our bill. We ordered California rolls but they were never delivered to our table and they were on the bill. And there was an additional charge for fried rice we were not aware of. And then there were 4 people in our party and we were charged for 5 meals. I think this place is a bit overrated and I have been to better hibachi restaurants. I thought the decor was lovely though."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We went to Benihana, Behthesda to celebrate my birthday. It turned out better than expected. The food of course was great, well prepared and with a latin-japanese flair as Chef Gomez did a great job. The surprise was at the end when they usually bring a cake theyr brought out an ice cream, a song and a dance which I had to perform!! To top it all we got a very nice photograph taken which will always remind us of a great celebration. Many many thanks!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "i had ricardo as my chef and he was amazing. funny , entertaining, and cooked the food perfectly. the food was amazing."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We informed them we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and they gave us some ice cream for dessert and took our picture to save the memory for us. It was very nice"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "While the food was ok (I'd say "serviceable") the 6 & 4yo kids had so much fun - which was why we went there. We would return, knowing that they'd have a great time."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "I made a reservation but was seated half an hour after my reservation. I understand that at Benihana you are seated with another group which means there is often a wait for a table. However, half an hour is a little ridiculous. Furthermore, the group next to mine was incredibly loud and disruptive, as well as a little vulgar considering there was a small child at the table I was at. Although our server was very friendly and helpful, and our food was good, there is not a good chance I would suggest this restaurant to a friend."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were very disappointed with the quality of service at this Benihana. My had the Salmon Mango and I the Deluxe Treat. The chef squeezed the juices from the Salmon ending up as a dry pattie and the so called mango sauce was nothing more than pico de gallo with a hint of very small mango pieces 5. My steak was under cooked, and the cold water lobster looked like a large tiger prawn. We will not visit this Benihana again."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had an amazing time at Benihana! The food was incredible and service was amazing. Make sure you get there on time though. We were running a few minutes late and phoned to let them know and the lady who answered the phone said they only hold reserved tables for ten minutes after the time requested and then they are released to others. Luckily we made it there with two minutes to spare but they don't give wiggle room on the reservations. other than that, it was a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our grandkids adored the fancy cooking acts. The staff was great with kids. But the food was bland and the meat tough. You have choices of meat cuts, and we should have gone for the better cuts. But for the price, ALL cuts should be good. Bill seemed very high (well over $100) for two adults and two little boys with no alcohol."
    Dined on 3/28/2014