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Benihana - Burlingame
Benihana - Burlingame

Benihana - Burlingame Details

  • 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 - 3:00pm, 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 - 9:30 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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Ask for Manager
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Great night, Staff was great and our entire dinner party had a great time."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Receptionists could be more friendly and competent - one was on the telephone, another helping someone else on the side, another just talking, the fourth was glaring at all three - oblivious of me as I was standing in front of all four of them - after registering as soon as I came in for a noon reservation, we were still told to wait for 20 minutes - I had to ask what time the noon reservation is before we could be seated and even then we still stood around for another 5 minutes wondering what was going on!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I have been coming to this restaurant for 10+ years and every time I come the cook seems to be worse and worse. I do not know the hiring process for this upscale restaurant, but my chef didn't know how to cook seafood! He over cooked the salmon (even after I told him it was done) and he over cooked the lobster. All in all he seemed he didn't know what he was doing, he was not sociable, he was awkward, but above all he didn't cook the basics like fried rice and onions with zucchini well. Burnt, over cooked, bland. I do not want to be harsh but I needed to give the restaurant that used to be a favorite of mine an honest review. I hope future cooks step up and management has enough professionalism to hire and fire appropriately."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "This isn't a review, just comments. We have gone to Benihana Burlingame form over 30 years. It was our son's birthday. 3:00 -3:15 reservations. We sat for 30 minutes before anybody gave us water. They served water and lunch to a table that came after us, before us. The chef, was outstanding, but came at 4:05. My birthday boy ate and literally ran to an appointment without the customary birthday singing:( After years of birthday tradition with all the kids, I was disappointed. Seems like a management issue; not enough staff. I will avoid lunch after 2 and dinner before 6 from now on. I felt sorry for the service staff……didn't look like it was their fault!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The staff were very helpful and friendly. They helped us seat a group of 18 people even though it was not guaranteed! They did their best to put out group together! It really shows the skills in customer service at Benihana. Chefs are always fun and loud! A great place to bring children. I would definitely return to Burlingame Benihana. Thank you for the outstanding service!!!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "great night out, salmon was overcooked and the shrimp app. was burnt"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "unfortunately, this time around, the food was good (as it usually is), but our chef was in training (?). We have been to benihana's many times before, and it's always a hit and miss with the chef. We either get a very good entertaining, shrimp flying performance, or you get one that takes forever to get those shrimp tails shells off the shrimps. although we got a "private" room, separated from the rest of the restaurant in a corner covered with a screen, our party agreed at the end that this was the "training" room, so that the rest of the restaurant couldn't see what a poor show our chef was putting on. sad because we had our kids with us, and show was not very entertaining. good food though."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "The one thing I find lacking is adequate parking space, specially at night. You have to use valet parking, this add up to your expense."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "When we go there, we now request Pedro as our cook. He is friendly, engaging, entertaining, and makes the food extra delicious every time. Just be aware that the front desk people are not very friendly but once you get past them, its a great experience."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Ramon was wonderful and the waitress was also very attentive - unlike in the past, I didn't have to ask for more tea and not get a dirty look"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Go here for any special occasions, love the food, show, and people! Always recommending to others"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "You show up at this place, and they immediately tell you that you are not going to be seated anywhere near your reservation time. We were waiting 30 minutes before I went back to the front desk to inquire how much longer it was going to be, just to be lied to that they were calling my name a while ago. Once seated, it took another 30 minutes to get the ball rolling. 1.5 hours before we got to eat."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We were seated 1 hour late but we were waiting in the bar it was an excellent service recovery when our drinks were given free . When we sat for dinner the cook was very good The food was fresh & delicious . Very cheap considering the quality & service .We felt welcome & they have apologized many times for the delay . The young front desks persons should be trained more on how to deal with upset customers though ."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We had reservations for 7pm. We arrived 5 to 7 and checked in. At 7:10 I asked what the status of our table was. They asked if I checked in and I said yes, I checked in at 6:55. They said our table will be ready in 5 min. At 7:20 I asked the status of our table, they said it will be ready in 5 min. I asked to speak to the manager bc I was told prior that it will be ready 5 min and it was not. They told me to speak to someone who was clearly not the manager and as told the same thing. We finally got seated at 7:30."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We were having lunch for my Birthday and my husband found a FINGERNAIL in his soup. Unfortunately, it made it in his mouth. Our whole table was horrified and disgusted."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "A group of us -- we all went to high school and university together -- get together once a month for lunch. Benihana in Burlingame is our favorite and provides excellent food and service, and chefs that are clever and very entertaining. We'll certainly be returning regularly even though it is a distance for some of us. That makes no difference because everything is perfect there."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food preparation and presentation was very entertaining. My wife's birthday celebration turned out very good."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Seafood is great. Make sure you add $3.75 for the fried rice instead of just regular steam rice. You won't regret. I always loved Land & Sea, with great beef and scallop. This is a place for food and celebration, but you can't really talk here because it is wayyyyyy too noisy."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Great place for a group of 8 or less. Private room, great chef, entertaining and filet mignon melted in your mouth. Service was excellent! Seated a few minutes before our reservation time even! 6 of us for dinner and 6 people who loved the food. Try the baby blue moon if you're a fan of umbrella drinks. Only negative was that it was a little loud. Not the place for a quiet conversation, but a rousing party atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My first time there after years of seeing various advertisements and it surpassed my expectations. Excellent food and much attention to detail. Outstanding chef that I actually got video of in action! Near perfect craftsmanship and everything was properly cooked & seasoned. Hats off for a wonderful experience and a memorable dining event. Carleton W. Morris"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We have gone to this restaurant for dinner before, but lunch was excellent! Great menu deals nd making reservations...was the best part. I did so thru open table and went straight to the table. They even sent me a text reminding me it was time to leave. The food is always very good, atmosphere is fun."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This is a tradition of friends and family to celebrate birthdays. Last few times we have been there we have reservations at a certain time yet we have to wait nearly an hour for our table. Not sure if it is their intent to have you buy drinks in the bar. This tradition of benihanas is getting quite annoying though."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our group of 7 enjoyed our dinner from start to finish. We celebrated a birthday and felt like we received extra special treatment. Our table ordered a variety of entrees, everybody loved their meal, soup, salad, entree and dessert. Thank you for making it special."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My kids love having the chefs cook in front of them and the best fried rice!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I come to Benihanas once a week and everytime I leave I still can't get enough of it. The noise level sometimes can be a bit annoying but a lot of people do come here it's usually always busy so if you don't mind a little noise then shouldn't be a problem. Service sometimes a little lacking when you need something but the food is great never any less."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Bad.....they didn't serve any food to me because server and chef mess up my order. But the chef did repeat my order before he started cooking, bad experience as this is my pre-birthday dinner! Even though manager offer a free dinner but very disappointed!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Benihana is always fun, make sure you have a great chef to entertain you..been there so many times though, need to change up routine..food is always excellent.."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Food is great and service is fine. Only problem I had was that the Hibachi cook told us that he does not share in the tip that we add to our bill, so we gave him a tip separately. That was not true and we over tipped. Be careful when tipping."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "i came here with my family for my birthday dinner. it was loud but it was a friday so i accepted it. nice good food and even though the chef messed up some of his tricks he was still funny"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I have dined at this Benihana for over 20 years and I have to say this may very well have been my last visit. Our "Chef" could not have cared less about what he was doing. Our order was not correct and the staff didn't seem to care. Our waitress did not understand the menu and told us we could not order a shrimp appetizer, even though it was on the menu. After several minutes she finally understood. Considering the very inflated prices, i.e. $3.25 for a small bowl of soup or salad you would think the staff would be accommodating. Since I know the regional chef trainer for this restaurant I will be sharing this horrible experience. I have several hundred dollars in gift cards to sell on eBay now."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Who in the right mind charges for hot sauce? Benihana does!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Very busy and very loud. Almost every table was celebrating a Birthday. Great food and good service, but VERY LOUD!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Fun but overly loud. Great for groups but not easy to converse."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Delicious chicken fried rice and with the diablo sauce."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Awesome!!!! The Chef's. ... Brian and Wilmer are the BEST very accommodating. ................"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The place needs better ventilation and lighting..... found it too smokey for comfort. Noise level - very loud. Service was just OK and food fair - nothing much to rave about. Mango shrimp had no mango. Tuna was too artificial pink. Unimpressed with the hibachi chefs who seemed out of practice or just bored themselves."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My wife and I decided to have a nice Japanese Dinner and was totally disappointed. The cook over-cooked my wife's salmon, his food timing was totally off and I asked for medium well on my Filet Mignon and some pieces were medium and the veggies were cold by the time he finished. Never asked if everything was ok or if my wife's food was okay since she barely touched it. I did speak to the manager regarding my wife's salmon and he did take it off the check. I was expecting a good authentic Japanese food but what I got was a very Americanized food. I would not recommend Benihana."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My daughter always begs us to take her to Benihana to celebrate her birthday. I made my reservations via Open Table noting that it was to celebrate her birthday. When we checked in, the hostess made a point to mention to us that they knew we were there to celebrate a birthday so I thought we were in for a good night. However, after the initial check in, they completely forgot it was my daughter's birthday. They actually asked us THREE times over the course of dinner if we were there to celebrate anything special and each time we told them it was her birthday. However, they STILL forgot to sing to her until we asked them to do something. They even sang to another girl that was sharing our table! Was very disappointed with their service."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Found it ridiculous that we had to do valet parking. Parking lot was pretty much empty on a Saturday night but we were required to of the valet parking."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Doesn't matter if you have reservations! Forgot about us, had to waith 30 minutes for table!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014