Benihana - Carlsbad
Benihana - Carlsbad

Benihana - Carlsbad

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/carlsbad-ca-ca
  • Phone: 7609298311
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 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: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Ask about Private Event Dining.

    Book your next event in our private dining room. Perfect for private parties, corporate meetings, birthday celebrations. Subject to availability; please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Poinsettia
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking for Benihana guests
A word from Benihana - Carlsbad
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Benihana - Carlsbad reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (90)good for groups (89)kid-friendly (55)great for lunch (29)fit for foodies (15)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (12)hot spot (9)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • A 'must go' in the States
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    If you are visiting USA, Benihana is one of the places to go (mainly in California), the same as Studios or Seaworld: really good food, with now the addition of sushi to the regular menu, and a wide selection of worldwide wines. The - funny - way they cook in front of you, is something to "taste" at least once in your life!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Having your birthday dinner there is a must. The place is so lively and energetic. You can't help but to have fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went with my husband and friends for his birthday. The atmosphere was great, our chef put on a great show and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovee!
    nmonroe
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Always love Benihana. They have the best rice; to die for!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Vibes
    Out2Eat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It's always constant at Benihana - great food and the care from the staff (Valerie) even their newest guy that night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a FUN Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We love BeniHanas. . . .only for a special occasion though - it's EXPENSIVE!!! But we still do love it none-the-less. So much fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No flavor and incorrect
    Sneezy
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    From the beginning we received a bad welcoming. The host/manager gave us a really bad look since we had kids with us. He said kids r allowed in this section only if they stay sitting. My kids r not animals. Order was incorrect. Portions given were very small for price. Food had no flavor at all. Kids even complained. They said this place is no good compared to the one in city of industry. I will not be recommending this particular locations to any one.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    LuvFoodButDisappointed
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I was very disappointed that we had a reservation, but still had to wait 25-30 minutes to be seated. I feel that they want you to sit at the bar and spend more money as you wait, even though you have already booked a reservation for a set time. The chef was great, but still felt that the waitress was probably covering too many tables and just very straight to business as if we were a nuisance. Food was very quality, but you might want to look for another business that might appreciate your business a bit more.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Susan12
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Just the same great restaurant I have been going to since a kid 8n Kentucky, as a parent in Florida, and a business woman now in Carlsbad. Susan Hair WomensChoiceAward.com
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Delicious food and very friendly staff. Great service as well
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be better
    Benihana2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service: was normal with attitude cook: what happen to the japenese chef the tradition is gone ..?? food was ok not like before worse the money . Over all paying to much and all the above 3 item is not over minimum . I think at this time I make a decision no more benihana.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Area too
    Celina
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were not aware of their dining area until this visit. Our reservation was at 9:00 PM, but got an hourly early to see if we can get in. We were offered to be seated at the dining area which we've never done before as we always sat at the teppanyaki table. We're so glad we agreed to be seated at the dining area. It was so pleasant, quiet, great food and actually say at the sushi bar instead. We tried their Tempura Boat and Sushi Sampler and everything was delicious and sushi was fresh, and Oscar (sushi chef) was great. This is where we'll be seating from now on.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible!
    Nikki113
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Don't bother making a reservation because you won't get seated on time anyway! Food is yucky! Customer service sucks! Avoid this place by any means necessary
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Too dark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Although I'll eat at Benihana no matter what, this particular one is so dark. I didn't like it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but noisey
    Gordonc
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a birthday celebration group of six (four adults and two children). Our server attempted to welcome us and explain some things, but her voice was weak and the noise level was so high that we really couldn't understand what she was saying. In any event, we did get our drinks in good order and placed our dinner orders. The chef was entertaining, friendly and courteous. He was especially great for the kids with his onion volcano and flipping the shrimp tails into his hat. The food was good, prepared as requested and the portions generous. We enjoyed the event, but be aware that conversation with anyone but those right next to you is almost impossible. A good spot for special event celebrations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations
    Pateicia
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I found it very easy to make a reservation online and get confirmation. It was my daughter's birthday and we normally go to Benihana in Mission Valley so I thought Carlsbad would be nice since she live in Escondido. My great grand baby 9mos enjoyed watching the chef. It was exciting to watch him. Thanks for a wonderful time. Oh, we even got pictures.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good Entertainment
    reluntantdinner
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We always enjoy taking the grand kids Benihana's and the food is good also.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Staff that Specializes in Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We made a reservation and were seated on time. We were a little early so we took advantage of happy hour with a drink and California Roll. We had a birthday coupon which made the meal a great value. I also saw the chef make cheerfully make the food without ingredients that guests choose not to eat. This is a good way to make sure that you only eat what you want to eat. Great fun, great food, and a great value are all of the ingredients we enjoy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but not Excellent
    HumbleCritic
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Best looking Benihana that I've been to so far building looks new and the inside look great. Got docked a star because the noise level was a little too high. Food is pretty much the same as other Benihanas. Chef seemed new and food was good but lacked flavor and impact compared to other Benihana locations. Would always recommend the Hibachi Steak! This is one amazing piece of meat that is a must try! Get it medium rare! Sake is good and price reasonable. Sashimi/Sushi are excellent but way way too expensive. Not worth the price if you ask me.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skimming servers!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Used my new credit card for the first time here, and the next morning my credit card was full of fraudulent charges from all over the US! Looks like servers here are stealing their customers' credit card information. Don't go to this location, unless you pay cash!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benihana
    Johnny760
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was excellent. It's a great spot for a larger group though. My wife and I didn't mind sitting next to ransoms but some people may I guess... Cooks little show can get pretty loud banging on the little grill thing an all but it's fun. Great experience for my one year anniversary. Thanks Benihana.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Kari
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We have to save up our money to go here. It's very expensive for us. We don't get to go that often, but when we do we sure do enjoy it!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, but we felt rushed
    AJ14
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our drink order was slow in arriving, and meanwhile the chef began our meal preparation in front of us. We had just gotten our cocktails when we had to start eating the first round of food. We would have liked to enjoyed our drinks for a few minutes before eating. Somehow, the timing felt "off", like maybe they couldn't coordinate well. Perhaps they are trying to "speed up" the process so they can turn over more tables in an evening, but this had been one of the things we always have liked about this place - you can relax and enjoy a nice long meal. But not this time. The food itself was still great, and the staff was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Awesome fun for family and friends. Any celebration or just lunch and cocktails with the girls, great for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    Kathleen
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Last time I ate there I remember the food being awesome. This time not so much. The steak was dry and the shrimp was dry over cooked.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Benihanas-Always Outsatnding!
    CraiglovesBenihanas
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I have been a fan for 30 years. I take my family out to Benihanas for all festive occasions like birthdays, and father's day. AS my family has grown it has gotten more expensive but the memories which always includes a great photo live with us forever! Keep doing what you do Benihanas. Perfection cannot be improved!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Sally
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We always have a great time at Benihanas!! It's amazing for kids and adults alike!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous all the way around
    jmmmck
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We took our 6 and 9 year olds to celebrate my birthday. Young kids, at best, are challenging in a restaurant. Not only were they great, totally mesmerized and behaved but they LOVED the food as did we all!!! We will go again and take others as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!
    Amazing
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We frequent this dining establishment often! On this occasion we celebrated our nephew's graduation. The hostess stand employees, the wait staff and the chef were VERY patient and accommodating!! They made this SPECIAL occasion even more special! We really appreciate all their efforts! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Our soup was cold ...had to send to back...there were 6 of us...and then the waitress dropped the soup bowls and it all went in...my lap...my hair...our chairs.....not good....:(
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Birthday Club
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Three of the diners at our table were celebrating a birthday. Chef was terrific and even did magic tricks. Delicious food and fun entertainment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful customer service
    sdgal
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    I think the chef's in Carlsbad are very new and may not have too many years of culinary experience; at least in the tricky culinary area. The restaurant manager was very customer-service oriented. The bus boy spilled a cup of water on my husband's pants while he was cleaning up the table and she was very accommodating and comped our bill. We were not expecting that since accidents do happen so we left a nice tip for our server and cook. The food isn't great but we go here once a year to celebrate our birthdays since we get $30 off coupon so it's nice to have entertainment and food, all at the same time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Teppanaki Me Anytime!
    HhowardVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Had my first teppanaki experience at Benihana while my mom visited from Vancouver, BC. It was a blast. The chef was friendly, funny and artistic. The food was good and my company enjoyed the artistry and entertainment while they ate. The experience was a bit pricey for what you got but I would love to go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and miss
    Ainsle
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Our chef that night was Ignacio (i was hoping for Dong- if you get him, you know it will be good). Ignacio was funny, friendly & had a great manner, but i think he needs to go back & freshen up his skills with more training. We had a collapsing onion volcano & a near collapse from his onion train. There was badly overcooked chicken all around that he failed to cut through with his poor knife cuts, leaving the large chunks connected together in groups of two and three. We went awkwardly using our forks to make the chicken more manageably sized. Zucchini was cut in too small or too larges sizes as well. My shrimp ended up with 4 pieces of shell & one lemon seed. Lastly, everything was dumped together in a messy single pile on the plate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very pleased
    Feedingfrenzy
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Came with our four year old and were made to feel very welcomed and special. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Favorite Dining Experience
    Lfesaver1
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is a great restaurant to bring co-workers, family, kids, friends or a date to. You can always rely on Benihana to serve good tasting food with attentive servers. The restaurant does have their newer chefs work during the week and non-peak hours so sometimes the food is cooked a bit slower, without as much flare, or excitement. The seasoned chefs are usually brought out on the weekends and during peak hours and you can tell a difference in their cooking abilities and showmanship. My only complaint with this restaurant is the noise level (and it's a bit over-priced). If you are looking for a nice, quiet, romantic dinner, this is not your place but it is if you're looking for something fun and entertaining while you dine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    FickleDiner
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The staff, atmosphere, and food were great!! The waitress was nice, attentive, and funny. I had flowers delivered there for my partner's birthday and someone called to let me know the flowers had arrived. I don't dine out often, but I love Benihana!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Kitchen Support
    EdFuen
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Teppanyaki chef was great, however, support from kitchen was quite poor. Delivery of the food to the table was kind chaotic evidenced by exchanging of food trays with the next table. What was not acceptable was that some sides were not delivered. Serving of corn with the kid's meal of my grandson who celebrating his birthday and the reason we were there, was not served until after he had finished his entree. My side of steamed rice did not come even after repeated requests by the chef and even after he had to leave the table to go to the kitchen to follow this up. Finally, the side of rice was served but that was when my steak entree was already cold. A server supervisor at least came and apologized later but such things should not happen.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite
    JustBobVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Our chef Seiji did an outstanding job ... Taste was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mothers Day
    FoodForLife
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was just average and what you might expect from a chain restaurant surrounded by chain hotels. The chief had been a Teppanyaki cook for fourteen years and could not catch any of the food or tools during his show, so at a certain point you just have to laugh at the lack of expertise he did not display.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic