Benihana - Burlingame
Benihana - Burlingame

Benihana - Burlingame

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/burlingame-ca-bu
  • Phone: 6503425202
  • 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: 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
  • 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 WinnerKid Friendly
Benihana - Burlingame reviews from OpenTable diners
239 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (159)good for groups (152)kid-friendly (132)scenic view (92)great for lunch (76)fit for foodies (42)hot spot (39)great for brunch (23)neighborhood gem (21)romantic (19)vibrant bar scene (19)late-night find (13)notable wine list (7)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • did not meet expectations
    dinnertime
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I think the staff was overwhelmed. They were nice but just shuttling people through. Our chef seemed new and inexperienced or indifferent. The food was excellent however. The ambience was lacking at our table. It was hot and noisy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A friend and I celebrated our birthdays here and we both left saying we enjoyed ourselves and the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun for groups, but nothing special
    LisaBVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This place is always jammed. You must have a reservation (valet won't even park you without one) even on a Tues night. They never seat you on time. Go for the cheesy show, not for the overpriced food or drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent and Fun
    TheCosbyKid
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Attentive staff. Our chef was great (he even had a couple new tricks). We went by special request for my daughter's birthday and everyone had a great time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fun and food
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We love this place, it has great food and the staff is great...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Time Out
    funtimes
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great night, Staff was great and our entire dinner party had a great time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • needs some work on busy days
    Norma
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing
    chickennoodlepoodle
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night out
    j9usher
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    great night out, salmon was overcooked and the shrimp app. was burnt
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food...not so good show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Benihana Burlingame
    SenhorRod
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pedro is Amazing!
    MMarinaEspinoza
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT
    Norma
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Martini
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Go here for any special occasions, love the food, show, and people! Always recommending to others
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why even bother with reservations?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent customer service recov.
    Ginger
    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 .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seated 30 min after res. time
    Flipp117
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fingernail in found in the soup
    Mikefry
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 6regulars
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scotty
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food preparation and presentation was very entertaining. My wife's birthday celebration turned out very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food (& a lot) but too noisy
    AlexT
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Steak and lobster
    Foodfinds
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Definite Good Time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT DEAL FOR LUNCH
    letsgo
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tradition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teppanyaki birthday celebration
    LittleNancyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Family Dinner
    SCP2013VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My kids love having the chefs cook in front of them and the best fried rice!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Experience is great everytime I go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No food serving!no apology!
    Tweety925VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday celebration
    goodbirthdaytime
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be
    sfdiner
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hot sauce
    Sdee
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Who in the right mind charges for hot sauce? Benihana does!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday
    ruddstr
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JensenReview
    JWJensenDining
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Fun but overly loud. Great for groups but not easy to converse.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rice
    joka13
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Delicious chicken fried rice and with the diablo sauce.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome. ...
    ADLC
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Awesome!!!! The Chef's. ... Brian and Wilmer are the BEST very accommodating. ................
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unimpressed
    peninsulafoodlover
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic