Benihana - Cincinnati
Benihana - Cincinnati

Benihana - Cincinnati

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/cincinnati-oh-ci
  • Phone: 5137724800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Sunday: 12:00 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: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Ask about Private Event Dining. Book your next event for 12 to 16 guests. Perfect for private parties, corporate meetings and large birthday celebrations. Subject to availability. Call for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Ask for manager x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Springfield Pike
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Benihana - Cincinnati
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 WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Benihana - Cincinnati reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (79)special occasion (79)kid-friendly (41)great for lunch (40)romantic (24)fit for foodies (19)hot spot (12)great for brunch (10)neighborhood gem (6)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We were there in august it was a great experience. The food, ambience service and the level of noise. Birthday but no picture. The other night was a birthday we got a picture, the food was good but the noise level and crowd was to much. It will probably be a while before we go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made my girlfriend happy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I recently with my girlfriend and her family for her birthday dinner, the servers were very friendly, the chef was more than accommodating and the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrated Birthday
    dryan
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a fantastic time at Benihana's celebrating my husband's 50th birthday. They sang Happy Birthday to him and had him wear a Benihana's hat for a photo and gave him whipped cream, a cherry and candle on his sherbert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mrsfunnyman
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My favorite hibachi place. My husband and I are never disappointed when we go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so great.
    usingfreebies
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    There was a lot of food, and the other seven guests at our table seemed to really appreciate that, as they were frequent flyers of this establishment. I thought the food was pretty bland, especially the rice. With that said, I thought the shrimp was really good; the steak, not so much. We had some issues with dirty dishes being served, but the manager promptly tried to make ammends and even folllowed up with our table twice to make sure all was well. The employees were all very nice and the Happy Hour prices in the lounge were pretty good, esp for sushi rolls!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always wonderful
    HungryHulk
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I love this restaurant so much! From the wait staff to the hostess, everyone is friendly and accommodating. My favorite chef is Hiro. He makes the food taste so good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthdays at Beni's
    Joylyn
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Benihana is a great way to get excited about birthdays... no matter how old you are! All of my friends love getting to celebrate each other's birthdays at Benihana's....makes getting older a bit easier to take!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My experience at Benihana
    entertaining
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was AMAZING! And the art of making it was beautiful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ridiculous charge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    As a long time customer of Benihana's I was very disappointed with our visit. We didn't even get to eat! They wanted to charge our group of 8 an additional 18% just to be sat at the table. This was NOT gratuity, because I asked, but just an extra 18%. So we left. I have never had to pay this fee in past and find it ridiculous that I would just to sit at a table with our family. They would sit 8 people there no matter what so why should we have to pay. When I made the reservation there was no notation of additional fees. We called other locations of Benihana and they do not charge this fee. The new management needs to rethink this!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun night
    Alsopa1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I made reservations fro 7:30 and was sat at 7:40 after my husband asked how much longer the wait would be. Our server/s were very nice and professional and the chef was funny. I enjoyed the food very much but I always enjoy that part. This is not a place I will take my 7and 2 year old again unless for lunch dinner is to expansive for children who don't eat much, but they enjoyed themselves and so did my husband and I.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My family had dinner reservations and was seated some time after the time. The service was slow and not great from the server. The chef was amazing and very kids friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was good chef and waitress 👎
    waide25
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The waitress couldn't really be understood which is understandable given the nature of the place but she didn't pay attention to my order and I was the last one to eat after being the first to order and the chef wasn't paying me attention and kept getting my food wrong...overall good time but food was late and to salty
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible evening
    Jill2001
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Reservation for 8:30. Didn't get our first drinks until 9:30Ish Had to go ask for our salad and soups 30 minutes later. Had hair in one salad. Chef didn't start cooking till 10:30. Server never checked on us and the best part was the hood kept dripping water on me throughout my meal. We had a 16mth old in our party and a pregnant lady as well. Server was asked for a refill or a beer and would keep forgetting. 3 of our party was new and now they won't come back. Worse birthday dinner ever. Chef was awesome, so disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    we had a great chef. his name was adrian. we had reservations at 730 and didn't get sat until 820. what is the point of a reservation if we are going to wait an hour anyway. the host was rude but we love benihana and will continue to go for every birthday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow Service
    daniel10519
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Sat down at 8pm drinks and 1st course at 8:10 2nd course 8:15 then we sat with no cook from 8:15 till 8:50 when we had to ask where our chef was. Then at 8:55 chef showed up and you could tell from the start that Alex our chef was not happy at all, it showed in his lack of showman ship, he was not fun, did not joke with us, nothing. I have had much better experiences at Benihana in the past.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • vicki
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Had a ball! Eugenio was great. Dalton was attentive. the cherry blossom wallpaper is beautiful!! we were SO full!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good
    liktodine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was good and the cook may my grandchildren feel so welcome couldn't ask for a better cheif
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hibachi dining
    Jodi
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Love going to Benihana at any time! Highly recommended to keep your kids entertained and actually eat well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shellys
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was aewsome and the chef was friendly and courteous. The remodeling of the restaurant was great and the lighting was good. Not too bright or crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Birthday Celebration!!
    Leo2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Benihana's is my favorite Cincinnati restaurant! We come here for very special occasions and always have a great time. The experience is wonderful and does not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    maebee
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was recommended to Benihana's as.a great birthday restaurant. I was very disappointed! The seating was cramped and hot, since the habachi rooms are small with so many hot grills. Our attendant had an aura of fake-friendliness and spend no time at our table and took a hhorrible picture of us in the sun. Our chef was nothing special and rarely spoke to us while he was preparing our meal, of which he put a massive amount of garlic butter on. Completely overrated and overpriced, I will not return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vacation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Benihana was absolutely wonderful. Great service great atmosphere
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana
    flip86
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I enjoy eating at Benihana's because the food is delicious, and the entertainment is fun - especially for my 4-year old daughter! The chicken fried rice can be a meal all it's own, but I love to get the steak and shrimp combo. The fact you usually share your table with strangers gives me the opportunity to meet and talk to new folks in a relaxing, fun environment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food Bad Experience
    OhSnap
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had a party of 5 that were celebrating our great grandmother's 89th birthday. We were seated at a table with 4 other customers who proceeded to wreck our visit. They had 2 small children. The baby screamed throughout our meal. She was seated next to me and she kicked me periodically throughout the meal. The mother made no effort to control her children and it was a nightmare. Our chef was wonderful and even commented twice about the nuisance the children made. Our waiter had no personality whatsoever. He was wooden and awful. The manager/bartender was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Time
    spideyfan62
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Recently I took my wife and a couple of friends of ours to the Cincinnati Benihana for dinner. I had been to Benihana prior so I knew what to expect, however my wife and our friends had never been so they were blown away by your restaurant. From the moment we walked in they were swept off their feet and whisked away to Japan for an unforgettable experience. They were in awe with everything from the decor in the lounge to the professionalism of the entire staff, as well as with the exquisite cuisine you offer. Thank you for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than before
    Happy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had not been to eat here in 22 years. The first time I came I was 16 years old and I thought it was disgusting. From that day I swore I would never eat there again. It's amazing how age and experience can make you do what you say you won't ever do again. This time I was just thinking of somewhere that both my husband and I hadn't eaten together before. I decided to try Benihana again and this time I was delighted that I did. We will definitely return with the kids. Great time!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but A/C was broken
    Brenda9200
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Not our best Benihana experience. For my birthday, I am the one that brought 8 people. My daughter got a slight fever from some meds to add to the discomfort as we ALL were sweating, hard to relax and enjoy when it is so hot. I wish someone would have called us to let us know about the A/C and let us decide if it was worth it to sit at a table with a grill there that makes it hot on a normal day. Overall the service was good and one of our better chefs. Still, not the birthday I was hoping for.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great dinner
    rickyT
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had 6 family memebers dine at Benihana Satuday night and couldn't have had a better time. The chef was entertaining, and the food was awesome. I highly recommend this restaurant especially for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food and service were great.
    Lindaloo
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Party of six which included a seven month old baby. Service staff went above and beyond to accommodate our needs. Food and service was very good. Only complaint was the oppressive uncomfortable temperature in both bar area and dining room which was compounded by the hibachi tabletop cooking. Clearly there was an issue with the A/C or lack thereof. We were there celebrating a birthday which the staff added to our enjoyment with photos and dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Uncomfortable
    MsBeBe
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The AC Unit wasn't working at all. It was very hot and uncomfortable. My daughter's were celebrating their Birthday and was looking forward to such a good time! We waited almost a hour for our food to even start being cooked. We were told by staff they had only a few cooks! This place has more and more issues each time I dine!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Came into Cincinnatti to bring my new wife to the Benihana experience. We made reservations. Showed up on time and it was so hot we could not stand. Then they charged us 27$ for a drink with little alcohol it was terrible.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best Fried Rice!
    Food4me
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Me & 6 if my friends & family came to Benihana for my birthday & we had a fantastic time! The chef was very entertaining & the fried rice was out of this world!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner Gone Wrong
    Emerald007
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I was very displeased with the overall service on July 8th (birthday dinner). Our party was not acknowledged for 2 hours due to extremely poor staffing. As a result, we had to expedite the events and forego the family entertainment etc. Had it not been for the lateness in the evening, we would've gone elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great, but not when time is limited
    mjmgsssp
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Food is great! However, if your time is limited (i.e., lunch hour), even with a reservation you will go over in time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible chef
    Mickyg
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The restaurant had signs saying under construction. It smelled like mildew. Our chef Alex didn't introduce himself or say hi. Hevhad no personality or showmanship to his presentation. Will not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Good!
    biggie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I go to Benihana a couple of times a year, and they are always good and consistent, which is what I expect in fine dinning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining with a purpose
    Chris
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food and service were top-notch, very professional setting, and we were provided with some great photos of our evening to cherish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    love2eat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We made reservations and had to wait a few minutes to be seated. Once we were seated, it was almost as though the people sitting next to me were too close for comfort. I ordered my food and once I got my check saw I was charged $3.50 for chicken fried rice which I never asked for! The lemonade was not good however the food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Food was great we had Adrian as our chief he was great, friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining!
    Laros13
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My family and I usually go to Benihana at least twice a year for holidays and birthdays. We love love love their food. It is very consistent. On this particular visit I was there with my sister. Our chef was Eugeno and gave us the BEST show we have ever experienced. He was also very personable to all the guests at our table. I love the renovations that were done to our restaurant recently also. I recently began ordering the Rockys Choice which offers steak and chicken with a mix of veggies for $26.99. My ultimate favorite is their chicken fried rice!! You have to pay extra to upgrade your rice but it is worth it. Only criticism I can offer is that I wish we were given more zucchini with the meal because the chefs do their magic on it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.