Benihana - Burlingame
Benihana - Burlingame

Benihana - Burlingame

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/burlingame-ca-bu
  • Phone: (650) 342-5202
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - 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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Ask for Manager x
  • Entertainment: Our chefs will dazzle you with their culinary cooking magic that will amaze your eye as well as your appetite.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Benihana - Burlingame
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 WinnerMost Booked
Benihana - Burlingame reviews from OpenTable diners
244 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (173)special occasion (167)kid-friendly (124)scenic view (88)great for lunch (79)fit for foodies (50)hot spot (37)neighborhood gem (22)great for brunch (19)late-night find (18)romantic (18)vibrant bar scene (10)notable wine list (10)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Terribly long wait
    ping360
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We had reservations for a group of 8 at 7:30pm for my birthday dinner and were seated 45 min late. We did not get our first course soup/salad until close to 9pm. Service was slow for several other tables as well, many others were complaining about waiting to be seated. The food was good, and our waiter and the chef were both very polite and accommodating but the experience was brought down by the length of time waiting with no explanation or offer to make it better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I took my family out to dinner for my wife's birthday and I mentioned that it was my wife's birthday when I made the reservation and when I arrived at the restaurant. I noticed at tables near us that people received a special Happy Birthday and treat at the end of their meal. However, when our meal was complete, there was no Happy Birthday to my wife from the restaurant. A good evening ended in disappointment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The wait is to long
    Nightout
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I loved the food but I had to wait a 1 hour and 15 min with a reservation. This place was over booked and did care about you having to wait.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy and slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Despite having a reservation, I had to wait 45 minutes for my table. Apparently I was lucky - I spoke to some other people who waited much longer than that for their reservation. Why have a reservation if they can't seat you then? The service was very slow. The waiter forgot to turn on the grill so after the chef came out, he went back into the kitchen for 10 minutes waiting for the grill to heat up. The crowd seemed to be mostly young children's parties that night. Lots of young kids, very noisy atmosphere. The food and chefs are good, but I won't be coming back here if they can't fix their reservation system.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Benihana rocks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great service and food would definitely recommend early evening not as crowded waitstaff very attentive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible customer service
    Sahar
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    made a reservation at 8pm and when I got there 10 minutes before the reservation the hostess was rude and didn't sit my family and I close to 15 minutes after 8pm. On top of this unpleasant experience, the manager wanted to sit an additional party to my table, after letting everyone know that the celebration was for my sister's birthday and we would like to sit as a family, of course that is the reason why I made the reservation, the manager was rude and said I was unfair and walked away. Mind you, I left notes saying this was a reservation for a birthday so I preferred the tables in the back that are more private, instead my family and I were sat in the middle where we were barley able to hear the waiter or cook
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious meal
    SatisfiedCustomer
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday here. It was a lively, festive place but very noisy. Many other birthdays were celebrated the same evening. Good food plus entertainment. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more.
    FoodieCriticSF
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The dinners are priced expensively for the dishes, amount of food, service and ambiance experience. The food was not bad, the presentation lacked quality. Saving grace: Our young waiter was wonderful. The overall experience does not qualify this restaurant for more than a 2.5-star rating.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fat Kid's Dream
    libbylovee
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I love how there is so much food and you never leave hungry. I love all the different choose of food, from dinners, sushi and sides. Just makes me sad that you still have to pay extra for chicken fried rice. They should just change the prices to included it and if someone doesn't want it then deal with it that way.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night Nov. 7th dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Typical Benihana experience and a lot of fun. We had a 7:00 PM seating and were not seated until 7:20, then we were rushed by the staff to finish up for the next seating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent
    Medela
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My family and I are regulars at Benihana's. The chef did an excellent job in preparing our food. Everything was cooked perfectly. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress was great then went down
    rich
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    She was great till it was time for our dessert.. as she distributed containers for our extra food, then asked if anyone wanted dessert, didn't bother to ask for refills nor take pictures... while the waiter beside us, took pictures while letting people eat dessert then asked if anyone wanted to take their unfinished meals to go....great job other table waiter lol
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We waited one hour to be seated--and this was with a reservation. We arrived at 8:10 for an 8:15 seating. We had to wait in the very crowded entrance area for one hour before we were seated at 9:10. Granted it was a Saturday and the place was full, but still that's no excuse for such a long wait with a reservation. They need much better planning around this.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Let's go to Benihana
    Granmama
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Making a reservation was a breeze getting our table ...tedious! We love to come to Benihana for special occasions: this one happened to be my Birthday. The chef was pleasant, skilled and entertaining. The food was great and fresh, as usual. To have family, friends entertainment and good food in a neat package makes Benihana the perfect memory. The Birthday complimentary dessert is a nice touch and the souvenir picture makes us relive a wonderful experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family celebration.
    scfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Family was visiting from out of town and the chef was amazing, and excellent entertainment. As always the food was consistent as well as the service. My only suggestion would be that we wouldn't have to wait for a table when we were reserved ahead. It seems as if we are always sent to the bar for an 20-25 min wait and of course another $50 spent on drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dave
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Very busy, we had a reservation and were seated within 15 min of the reservation time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasant treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We've been dining at Benihana's for years. We initially went for birthdays and special occasions, but we enjoyed it so much that we would go whenever we craved it! Superb service, food and ambience is the key for us!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waited too long to be seated
    cdb6c
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    we were the second to enter the resto when it opened. had a reservation for 12 nn but i noticed that a lot of people were slowly filling out the tables while we were still waiting to be called. we had our table after 30 mins. if not for the food and the amazing show, the whole experience would be terrible. lesson learned: make sure there are 8 of you in a group so you won't be waiting for other people to fill out the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom's birthday
    benihanalover26
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The start was a little rocky with the reservations. It seemed a little behind/disorganized but they eventually sat us. Our server Yolanda didn't seem like she was in a good mood at all and wasn't too friendly. She seemed to lighten up by the end of the night only a little bit. When it was time to sing happy birthday, you could barely hear their mumble of a birthday song and she seems eager to get us out of there. Our chef Brian was great and so friendly though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, but late and sub par cook
    fishy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I know this isn't a top of the line place, but I have had better from here before. I made a reservation at 2:00, didn't get seated until about 2:20 (they said they had a lot of people, so understandable, but I still kind of reserved a spot.) Cook was ok. Not many tricks at all. My girlfriend who I took for her first time wasn't impressed and was more impressed by the other cooks around. They also forgot to sing happy birthday to my girlfriend although I let them know twice, and when they did, no candle or anything. They also forgot my sushi and tempura appetizer order and didn't bring it until the end. I guess they saw we weren't as pleased and gave us a free rainbow sherbet ice cream. Food +, service I have had better before, today was -.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Over priced for quantity and quality. The steak was not juicy and the chicken was dry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Customer service trumps
    Enjoydiningout
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Everything was good other than the fact that they overbooked. We had reservations and we waited 40 minutes, 2 toddlers in tow, for our table. One rude hostess out of three wasn't bad. The chef and our food were the redeeming factors but we will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Everything about the restaurant was great, EXCEPT the wait. we had reservations for 7:30 and didn't get seated until 8:10. Very frustrating. The folks in the front seemed like they could care less. Once we got in it was fine, but I don't know if we want to go through the front ordeal again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    Meghan
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Booked reservations a few days in advance through OpenTable. We had a party of 6. Our reservation was set for 6:30PM on Sunday the 19th. We arrive early at about 6:20, were told that we will be seated right away once the rest of our party arrived (waiting on only two people). They arrive at 6:25, I alert the front and were told they'd call us in a few minutes. So we wait, and wait and wait not it's 6:45, I go to talk to them, they said they are a little backed up and it should be another 5 minutes. We continue to wait. I requested to speak to a manager at 7:05PM. She verbally apologizes, I continue to wait. She offers ZERO compensation though I complained (politely) many times to her. We were seated at 7:15PM.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benihana experience
    funfood
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Benihana overall nationwide has a great reputation because of their unique style of food cooking experience. Everyone likes to feel special by being catered to and entertained.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    BennyJr
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a reservation at 1pm got there early amd they sat us down right away. Chef and waitress where excellent. Food was great!!! My wife and kids loved it. See you soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our chef was amazing!
    lovekidfriendlydining
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Unfortunately I don't recall our chef's name (may have been Moises) but he sure was very entertaining, had great people skills, and cooked our food to perfection. He made our kids first time experience at Benihana's an unforgettable one. Free valet parking made us feel special. Definitely will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun lunch
    DateNightVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Benihana always delivers a fun lunch that is fresh and delicious and served with flair!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana
    SenhorRod
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We enjoyed the food, the lively mood, family oriented restaurant. We always go there for birthdays and we bring friends to dine and of course for the presentation of the food being prepared and cooked. The chef interaction with the diners is appreciated. However 2 observations for this date. I ordered sushi as we were famished. I had to remind our server about the order. Theorder was served as we were finishing the salad. I thought that maybe that the order should have been done faster. The chef was very soft spoken so much so that you cannot pay attention to his presentation. The chef on the next table was captivating and engaging that I was watching him instead. We were mildly disappointed. Maybe next time he can speak up some more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's my party and I cry if I want2
    MsSugahips
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We was seated in the far corned and there was no room to move around...Our chef wasn't that great with the trick..My guest attention was on the chef at the next table...The food was AWESOME but the entertainment not so GREAT
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food was great. The shrimp and veggies are always the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Presentation always nice!
    Dine4funVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Benihanna always has great food and puts on a great show.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VERY BAD SERVICE
    None
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Very bad service....our reservations were at 8:15 PM were called at 8:30 PM and we arrived at 8:00 PM (the boys in the front check in were just talking away and on the cell phones) our waiter was very rude he didn’t bring my water because he said I already had a drink … He was RUDE to my 84 years mother as well my mother couldn’t understand what he was asking her in said you WANT ICE CREAM?? and YOU PAY FOR IT DON’T COME WITH YOUR DINNER…he took our order 9:00 PM we were eating at 9:45 PM our appetizers were brought after our dinner was served. I ask him for a container 4 times he never brought it I had to get off my chair and walked to the kitchen to get one….I’ve been to Benihana so MANY times never been treated like this (Burlingame)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good value
    Gina
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My fiance and I enjoyed our meal at Benihana. We go to the happy hour first at the bar for cheap drinks and then when we're all liquored up, we are ready to eat, with our handy reservation at 7:30pm after happy hour ends. The servers always know what they are doing, very enthusiastic and entertaining. The food is very good. If you sign up for the Benihana email list, they send you a $30 gift certificate on your birthday, which is what I used. It's basically a BOGO free so it was an even better deal. I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience at Benihana and will definitely return in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef was a newbie....
    Hibachifanatic
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I've been to this Benihana many times (and to many other Benihana restaurants) and this experience was not the norm. Our chef was either brand new or just very inexperienced. He was slow and did almost none of the usual jokes. His onion volcano was pretty much a failure (although he tried 3 times to make it work!). His fried rice "heart" was bad - he stuck his spatula under the poorly shaped rice and instead of "thump, thump" for the heartbeat, he just pushed on the spatula about 20 times. I like my filet RARE and he took so long just getting to each persons meat, mine was already past rare by the time he started cutting it up. I had to tell him to take it off and it was already near medium. As I said - not the norm for this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Abena
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It was my 6 8th birthday. The food, family and friends was the best. We had a great space and a wonderful cook. I was very happy! And my dinner was free. FLW
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2eat
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    love this place have been coming here for years , food is always good the dinning experience is always enjoyable the service was speedy and the chateaubriand and lobster was excellent , and the chef carlos was very funny overall fun experience for me and the family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday celebration
    jessibabyy
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I came here with my boyfriend to celebrate my 22nd birthday and it was amazing! I am a part of the birthday club so I was able to use my coupon, which was super helpful whilst on a budget. The show was entertaining, as always. This is by far my favorite location. I love watching the airplanes take off and land just out the window from my seat. Totally worth the experience & a great source of entertainment while enjoying amazing food. I recommend this place to all ages, very family oriented, but also a great place for date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We always enjoy Benihana for birthday celebrations. It's always good food, great entertainment, nice atmosphere !! This time we went to the Burlingame location and found it to be quite nice with a great view! Loved it! Sat with another family celebrating a young girls birthday!! Fun
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visits are always better
    looking4aperfectdinner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The second time I'm here so my expectations were met because I know what I get, I know the stuff the chefs do and I can order better food. I liked this time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate