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Benihana - Bethesda
Benihana - Bethesda

Benihana - Bethesda Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/bethesda-md-bb
  • Email: bethesda@Benihana.com
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Was surprised by the show and service of the staff. I've been to many other benihanas around but this seemed lacking. Hopefully it was only that night."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Benihani didn't acknowledge the reservation. We were still seated --after a 10 minute wait, but it was unsettling to find they had no record of our reservation thru Open Table. Point of interest: on one other occasion, when I called Benihana directly to reserve a table, I arrived at the restaurant only to find that they had no record of the booking! They seem incompetent with reservations."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This wasy first time at a hibachi place and I really enjoyed it. We had a large group for my husband's birthday dinner. Aside from not being able to be seated until the whole party arrived, I was very pleased with how everything was handled. The food was good- fun to watch being made, and our boisterous group was free to be it's noisy self. Lots of fun."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Benihana is awesome! I always wanted to go to a Japanese restaurant with a stove-top table where the chef cooks in front of you. Glad we choose Benihana, the food was great, atmosphere was nice, and the chef was awesome. A great place for groups and I would love to go back with friends."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Benihana is a great place for birthdays! If you join the chefs table online they give you a special birthday gift and even an ice cream sundae!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "This location was very flexible and catering to many of our needs. They were very accomodating. We were greatly impressed by the service."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The man who cook for us he was really nice and whe have a great time but the lady in the front she was really mean. We almost leave because of her. But the rest of the people was nice especially the Shef"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The only thing that bothered us was the wait for an open table. Though that still never took away from the experience. The drinks were great and so was the food. It didn't take long for the chef to cook our meals with the entertainment they provide. Just be mindful when going there on weekends, you may wait a while."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was delicious! I would definitely go back again! We had a large group of 6 people. It was wonderful, and the service was great!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Benihana's in Bethesda is excellent for special occasions like birthdays. Everything about it was enjoyable. The birthday coupon from joining their frequent diner's club is industry leading as well."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I always come here for my birthday. If you sign up for the Chef's Table emails, you get $30 to spend on your birthday dinner! I absolutely love the colossal mango shrimp and the Las Vegas roll. I look forward to my birthday visit every year. Thank you, Benihana!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Everything was great service and chef were good. No complaints i would go back"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I have been to this location many times. This is the first time I sat in the sushi bar area. Sushi was good and the happy hour prices were great. My entrée was not very warm and not up to the usual quality. Server was okay, disappeared for a while."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Everything was excellent. My group was really please with the overall service."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My family went to Benihana for my daughter's birthday and took a friend (there were 6 of us). The reservation was for 7:00 pm -when we arrived it was a mad house. The noise level was unbelievable - the atmosphere was chaos. I was annoyed that they squeezed us in with two other people - there really wasn't enough room - but I shouldn't complain because next to us was a family of 7 overly large people and they squeezed them in with 2 more. I think for parties of 6 and above, they should give you your own table. Don't think we will go again unless they can guarantee our own table."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Benihana has been one of our special occasion restaurants for years, it never disappoints. We always choose the teppan steak and chicken combination and we always enjoy the chef's performance as a central part of the evening. (We were seated with two couples - one pair stayed on their cell phones throughout, and one appeared to be quarreling and did not enjoy the show - most rude and disrespectful to the chef!) I also had the sake flight, a sampler of three sakes ranging from slightly dry to very sweet. Everything was excellent. Service, quick and attentive. Our steak was cooked exactly as requested, chicken was tender and delicious, the chicken fried rice was very good and amusingly prepared, and the three sakes were a real treat."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I would frequent this restaurant as a child for special occasions. I remember once I came with a bunch of friends and our fathers and had a private room where we had to Take our shoes off and kneel at the table, it was such an amazing experience. The service was so authentic with Japamese women wearing kimonos and Japanese chefs who were super talented and exciting. Throw all of that out the window, such a rip off, there is nothing authentic about the place, it's such a sham and so disappointing! The food was decent but that's not why you go there!!! Sadly we will not return, so sorry my kids won't have the same experiences as I did as a child there."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "My son loves this restaurant, that is why we go to it once or twice a year. It is very noisy, but fun to watch the food prepared in front of you with a little show from the cook. The food is prepared and delivered to you in multiple stages, which is not the way I prefer to eat - but it is freshly cooked for sure. The quality is average to good, depending on your selection. Value for your money is good, a complete meal is provided. Not for gourmets, but very popular and worth a try."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Friendly, polite, fair, respectful characteristics of good customer service. This is something that I did not get from your hostess."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I love Benihana. They never cease to disappoint us! Their service is incredible and the food is ALWAYS to die for! Worth every penny, every time!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was our first time at Benihana. The receptionist was extremely rude, I asked if I could push it back by 15 minutes and she literally said, "No, it's Valentine's day - there is nothing I can do for you. If you don't show up, we'll have to give up your spot"... she could have been nicer in the way she delivered the message. I knew that the chances were slim, but thought I'd try. I arrived on time and was seated. My boyfriend was late. It was my first time so I wasn't sure how it worked. The waitress came around to take orders, but never said that everyone had to order at the same time. So I said, I would wait and she said, okay hold on. Then the receptionist came over and said, ma'am if you don't order, you'll have to leave."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went to Benihanas because it was the original Japanese tepanyaki. The place looks like it has seen better days. Reservation was for 630, wasn't seated until well after 7. Wait staff was attentive, the cook was polite, professional but it looked like he didn't want to be there. Food was ok, simple grilled steak, shrimp, chicken etc. Probably won't return, not good value for $ and very disorganized."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I was thoroughly disappointed with our visit. I have not been to Benihanas in many years and I figured this would be a perfect place to take my fiance for Valentines day. BIG MISTAKE. Everything took forever from drinks at the bar, to my pepsi at the dinner table. Many times they forgot items for the table including my two soups (I do not like salad) and forks. The food was waaay overpriced due to a limited menu for VDAY and the food was awful. There was absolutely no flavor to anything we ate and to wrap it all up, they didn't even have enough ice cream for our table, although that was part of the meal we paid for. The didn't offer anything in exchange and no discount. WOW. I will definitely not be back anytime soon, if ever."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was great, great environment, and great staff! highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great atmosphere for a romantic dinner. I will definitely dine there again. Also, Sergio prepared the food as ordered. It was a great Valentine's Day!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went with niece and nephew - food was greasy and the seafood Diablo, well, had very little seafood!! The chef was not authentic and knew two lame tricks... one - making a chicken the other the choo-choo train. Chicken trick was OK. Sakura and other Japanese restaurants - IMHO - have been much better and more cost effective."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Had a reservation for a party of 4 at 1030pm. We first went to the bar, bartender was great!. When my other guest arrived and we got sitted, The lady took our orders and all was well. Then we asked for another drink at 11 we were told bar is closed and it was never announced to us it was gonna be closed shortly. Then we asked for a meal to go, was told the same thing about the kitchen... Was very dissapointed from that point. We asked for a manager and she told us she would accomodate us"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The restaurant wasn't bad, it was my first time dining at Benihana, but I think that for me I didn't live up to it's name. I've had better hibachi for less. The food was more or less bland, the service was decent, I had to wait a bit to get another drink, but for me it just wasn't worth it. If a friend wanted to go, I wouldn't talk them out of it, but it'd have to be a semi-special moment."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I enjoyed my time here but the appears of the restaurant was not what I expected. The DC location is more appealing"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I had been hearing for years that this place was great. The food, scenery and service were all just ok. Nothing to brag about. The food needed more flavor, and there was no soy sauce or salt and pepper on the table and it definitely needed it. I asked for those things, and got them 20 min later and at that point my food was cold. The good part is that everything tasted fresh."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My daughters love Japanese hibachi, so in Bethesda, Benihana was an obvious choice. Kinda noisy, but that is part of the hibachi experience. Simple but delicious steak and seafood."
    Dined on 2/1/2014