Benihana - Carlsbad
Benihana - Carlsbad

Benihana - Carlsbad

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/carlsbad-ca-ca
  • Phone: (760) 929-8311
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 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: 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.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager x

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Benihana - Carlsbad reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (86)special occasion (81)kid-friendly (49)fit for foodies (24)great for lunch (17)neighborhood gem (10)romantic (10)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    One of the best places to dine in Carlsbad. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pure Enjoyment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Great service, food and the preparation was entertaining as it is all Tappan Tables and so far I have not been disappointed with any of the chefs....it is a little loud but that can't be helped based on the type of restaurant it is....I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was an awesome experience.
    Cali619
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Food was great. Liked the whole chef cooking in front of you. Staff very friendly. Their drinks are magnificent. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plan ahead
    Yzmama
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Those hibachi chefs are very entertaining! Thank you for making an ordinary evening special for us! Especially our 6 year old.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Took my bf here for his birthday, it was my first time so I didn't know what to expect. The service was great, we even got a free ice cream and our picture taken cause it was his birthday! The chef Israel was entertaining, food was very yummy. Would definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Ask for the chef who recently transferred from mission valley. I think he was David F. I don't have the recipet to confirm. Food was fab. Very personable and engaged with the whole table. The place is generally very loud which is good and bad but we enjoy our visits
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Way too noisy. Could not have a conversation except with the person next to you and even that was difficult. Paying for a lot of show & not quality food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I typically LOVE Benihana but was disappointed with this visit. The cook was not friendly and didn't really put on a show at all. The food seemed undercooked. The waitress wouldn't slow down to answer questions or come to the table enough for us to ask for something else needed. When I asked her to take a photo of my group, she said no and that she would do it at the end of the meal which never happened. I brought people there for the first time and was excited to show them how it was but it wasn't as I remembered it should be. Not sure I will return to this location. May try another.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved our stay there!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We had a party of five for my boyfriend's bday and we loved every single minute of it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!
    iloveoranges
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We've been to Benihana many times before and each time we have dined here, the service is always fantastic and the food is always delicious! The "show" is always entertaining, though this time, there were some magic tricks while the food was cooking which was a nice bonus. My only "complaint" was that our reservation was at 5pm and we didn't get seated until 5:15pm (i missed lunch and was really hungry) Other than that, I didn't have any complaints about the service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The service at Benihana's was as impeccable as the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Fun for a special event. However it is very LOUD and not for someone on a low sodium low fat diet!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Birthday specialty
    Dineaholic
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Benihana's might not be an everyday dining place to go but it sure is The Place for special occasions. Even kids ask to go there for their birthdays. Excellent food, excellent ambiance, great service. The plus for our visit was my husband got to see the end of the World Series on their TV at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent & Fun
    foodmagic
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Benihana's is always consistent with it's experience, but this location had exceptionally talented hibachi chefs, with our chef also performing very entertaining slight of hand. The food was delicious, as always, and I love that I can chow down here and leave full of proteins, veggies and rice: much healthier than heavy breads, pastas and cheeses. I also love their lychee martinis. It's definitely a staple in our family for special occasions. Benihana's never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Carlsbad Benihana is always good. Excellent food. Chef did a great job with entertaining everybody and cooking food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Birthdays
    HatHop
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The restaurant staff were very good, caring and courteous. Food presentation was very good. The cook was amusing and thoughtful. We would probably go back if in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate