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
97 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (75)good for groups (75)kid-friendly (49)great for lunch (16)fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (13)romantic (9)great for brunch (4)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • first timers.
    kaliman76
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My family really enjoyed our dinner at benihanas,great atmosphere and food. The selection was a little short for vegetarians, but other tham that it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    dinnerreview
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Nice experience if you have not been there before. Loved watching the "show" when dinner was made. Restaurant was clean, food was good and fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • daughter's 13th bday
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We were welcomed sat in the lounge for a drink while waiting for the rest of our party...seated right away. Ambiance is modern, warm, welcoming and very clean. Good symmetry. Teppan chef was very entertaining, did some magic for us and cooked everything perfectly and in sync with everyones dishes. good time. They pack up your leftovers for you in envoinmentally safe packaging. Nice time. We all left happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT TIME
    Cnut
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The staff was very courteous very professional. Very good atmosphere to have family dinner. Kid friendly great entertainment that the chef put on how highly recommended
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice evening,
    yumyum
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Kids love it here. Waitress got my order wrong but I didn't change it, worked out.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had so much fun!
    SeaRae
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Thank you for the great food and the fun show. I think our guy was new at it, however we still had a nice time. Thank you for the birthday gift!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVED IT!
    LoveFood
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This was my first time at Benihana, I'm all about surprising my spouse for holidays with something fun! I've always heard such yummy and great things about Benihana, so I figured what better place to go for my fiances 43 birthday! I was in "AWWWWW" the whole time, just laughing and really enjoying the ambiance! Great service and GREAT food... If your looking for a quiet personable place this definitely isn't for that! Fun outgoing and loud place!! We'll most definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Four of us had a great time celebrating my birthday dinner at Benihana's. The food, service, and chef were all great. You couldn't ask for a more pleasant dining experience. I haven't been to a Benihana's restaurant for many, many years, but I'll return to the Carlsbad location in the near future. In addition to celebrating special occasions, Benihana's is a worthy location for just a great night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kids
    MrVal
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Should have been given the choice to sit with a family with children....
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The front desk staff were extremely rude, treated us as though we were a huge inconvenience to them. Then they crammed us unto a table with 4 others and we hardly had any elbow room! I will not eat there again
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Benihana in Carlsbad
    Localdiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food is delicious and prepared exactly how you order it. Great place to go for the entire family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    IT WAS EXCELLENT AS ALWAYS! WE WILL BE GOING BACK VERY SOON
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gblah
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Had a reservation Made it couple weeks ahead. We werent seated for 30 min after the reservation time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Benihana never disappoints. It's always fun and the food is fantastic. Only thing I was unhappy about was that when I called the restaurant directly (we were staying at the hotel directly across from it) they said there was a 1 1/2hr wait. When I checked Opentable.com there was an immediate opening. How? I don't understand but thanks to opentable.com we had a wonderful meal with our kids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hibachi chicken fried rice a must
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant never fails me. It doesn't matter which location you go to. Their food are consistently delicious. I especially love their hibachi chicken fried rice which goes really well with almost everything. Plus whereelse could you go for dinner with a free show. My son loves the chef's little show when they're preparing our food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sailor
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was well pleased with the diner. It was higher priced then I was expecting. although I must say that our chef David was very good and entertaining. I would recoment this place to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Hot
    2hot2enjoy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I must say this was the my most unpleasant visit yet. It's difficult to enjoy your dinner when the temperature is too hot and your chef is sweating which I thought was very unsanitary.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A 'must go' in the States
    Cazzimmoso
    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
    Teppanfoodie
    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
    Rileys
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 280 reviews are from the Benihana - Carlsbad reviews archive.
  • 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