Benihana - Columbus
Benihana - Columbus

Benihana - Columbus

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/columbus
  • Phone: 6144363705x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, 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: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Polaris Parkway
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Benihana - Columbus
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!
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Benihana - Columbus reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (38)special occasion (36)kid-friendly (27)great for lunch (10)romantic (8)fit for foodies (8)hot spot (7)neighborhood gem (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Ethan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Ethan was our cook & he was phenomenal! He kept our group entertained and we really enjoyed how polite he was.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place for celebrations
    envy12
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Been here three times over the years and have always enjoyed the chef, food & company.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kate's girls night out
    KateVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Love the way the cook their food without over using the soy sauce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for family dinner
    Kimmie
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    took my 90 year old grandma for her birthday! She had a great time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for special occasions!
    cbusnommer
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I decided to celebrate our anniversary this year at Benihana. We came hoping to have some of our favorite dishes cooked to perfection. I had the filet and scallops and she had the NY strip and chicken. We had an amazing chef, Kevin, who did a great job entertaining the whole table and cooked everything to perfection. The filet melted in my mouth, the scallops were cooked perfectly and not gritty in the slightest. There was nothing left to be found on either of our plates and they even came out and took a picture of us and had it printed out before we left. I'm very happy we chose to dine at Benihana, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, exciting dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as expected
    NotSoThrilledDiner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband had taken me to a Japanese steakhouse in Dublin and it was so much fun and very exciting. I was really excited when he told me we were going again for my birthday. I was very unimpressed with our cook as he was not as entertaining as I had previously seen. To me, that was the best part of my first experience. The food was very peppery, and other than that, lacking in flavor. Had it been me paying the bill I would not have been as generous as my husband and I most definitely would have told the staff.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service
    Jkeller508
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    2nd time at this location and service was spot on. Definitely worth it!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    Mamasgot2eat
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My family and I had a great time. Our chef and waitress was were great! The food I thought was ok. I've been to many other hibachi places and I was was just expecting for the price the food to be superb. I've tasted better. It was still good though. Fantastic atmosphere and service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner for Dave
    Happy47
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We used the birthday coupon and everything was so exceptional that we gave a 30% tip and received an alert from our credit card company. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful service & food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our waitress was very professional, friendly & fun as was the chef. I had been to this location before and was not impressed. However after the other night we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff!
    YuckVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I come here often for the quality of the food they serve, great staff, and good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    Steveo08
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was very good but the Chef was very boring. I have been to several Steakhouses and this was one was the least entertaining. Server was also very slow and you had to ask for everything at least twice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana Polaris
    kkr6623
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The atmosphere was delightful and the food was wonderful. Thanks for the dining experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My son loves this place for his birthday and usually the food is ok but we had a terrific chef who was not only entertaining, he made great food! He was Korean and I believe his name was Chut... ask for him.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual!!
    A1A1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Benihana's does not disappoint ever. Food is cooked in front of you to perfection! The chef (s) are always entertaining.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Place to eat!
    crutch
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I am a die hard Ginji person and when I went her for my first time I was amazed at the selection to choose from and how good everything tasted. I will be back for sure in the future. Bit of a drive for me from the east side of Columbus but deffently worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad cook, they got my order wrong.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Bad cook. The cook did not have a good table show. Waitress got my order wrong.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a birthday!
    Mizhiz
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had a great time here for a birthday. Our chef was entertaining for our group which ranged in age from 1 to 89! Thanks for a great time!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was good didn't particularly like the onion soup (taste was salty ) the dressing on the house salad was not the greatest either. Everything else was amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was just OK...not much flavor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I thought compared to other "japanese steak houses" the food was just ok. Everything was bland and didn't have much flavor. Also, the price point was much higher then other steak houses that are similar. I will not go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply the best
    CBJfanJim
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    As usual, it was great. Great food, and very entertaining chef.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made my sons birthday
    Shananigans4966
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I took my son here for his 7th birthday. Both the server and the chef did a great job of making him feel special.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Hibachigirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have dine at Benihana before and always had good service. If you're looking to enjoy a meal with your spouse and don't want to spend a lot of money, I recommend the Feast for Two. You'll get a lot of food for good price. My family and I have tried almost all entrees that are cooked on hibachi grill and have never been disappoint. The waitress and chef were very nice and try to entertain you while cooking the food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst service ever. Angry waitress
    Jgill
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We are extremely disappointed by our waitress and location of our reserved table which was right behind the hostess stand leaving us exposed to the whole lobby. Our waitress could not have been and ruder, from drink orders to insulting my 75 year old mother to lack of service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dashed expectations
    Kris
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    They restaurant was very nice and clean but lacking in the service department. First my mother was served wine in a broken glass. We had reservartions at 7 and had to wait until every last one of the party was there to be seated which added about 10 more minutes for them to get us a table. After twenty minutes of sitting at the table watching everyone that worked there walk by us without even looking over, I had to go to the hostess stand to ask for a server. The chef was excellent (chris I think his name) and the food was amazing but we went there to celebrate my birthday and was not happy that I had to ask for a server.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Special
    Kkh3139
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Benihana is a great place for a group or special occasion dinner. We were celebrating birthday and had a group of 7 that was perfect for the table where we were seated. We enjoyed the chef cooking style and his art of showmanship. The food was great and not one person left hungry. We would be sure to return to Benihana again in the not to distant future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dinner
    Jeff
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great time! Chul was an awesome chef, kids had a great time and food was good, much lighter than most Japanese steakhouses.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had been here once before a few months ago and it was amazing. This visit, not so much. We live over an hour away and specifically made the trip for this dinner out. We sat at a table in the lounge and was expecting a nice relaxing time. The service was poor (waitress non-existent and took a long time to receive food), the sushi rolls were okay, but not like the first time. Our dinner was not good at all. My chicken was extremely dry, the vegetables were not like they were our first visit and our waitress was non-existent after our meals were basically thrown in front of us. This meal was certainly not worth the $75 (we just had sodas to drink). We will not be in a hurry to return. Sad seeing we really enjoyed the first visit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    Nikkifoodie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I have been to the restaurant many of times and had a great experience. This time the server was not attentive, three people at our table orders were not correct, did not offer to fix it or even apologize.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 206 reviews are from the Benihana - Columbus reviews archive.
  • Great Birthday
    OhioGuy
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Over the years Benihana has reduced the showmanship and increased it's prices considerably so we don't go very much anymore. However, we DO go on birthdays thanks to the $30 credit they give if you are part of their program. I miss the flames and showmanship though!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not feel special
    Scottgirl
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Usually when you go to a hibachi style Restaurant they make you feel special. I've been to this Benihana location 4 times and inky once out if the 4 times I felt like they cared we were there. This time they didn't stick us in the hibachi booth ( thank goodness, so uncomfortable) but we were put in the end and the other party on the other side which knew the people who worked there. I felt ignored, our chefs started cooking and our drinks which we order a while just came and than our salads. And this was a Sunday evening not busy at all. I will never go back to this location at Polaris again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit
    StewartVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    First time there. We were early and waited at the bar (great happy hour drinks and snacks). We'll be back as service and food were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Good Experience
    gbfoodcritic
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food was very good, a bit pricey, but that is to be expected at a Japanese Steakhouse. I would suggest paying the extra $3 for the chicken fried rice. It was so good! I had steak and shrimp, and it may have been the biggest shrimp I have ever had! I was impressed with the friendly staff, prompt service, and the overall cleanliness of the place. It wasn't as flashy or as exciting as other Japanese Steakhouses can be since there isn't fire or a lot of throwing of food. However, I really enjoyed our chef. He was kind, personable, and professional. I would go again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So refreshing!
    YuckVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I like the fact that i live so close so that I can enjoy all their great food, so fresh and a great selection of meats, seafood and sushi at its best!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sam was great!
    JodySays
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Yum! Had the edamame appetizer and seafood hibachi. We Will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was excellent! Service good! Was a little disappointed because when I made reservations on open table, I indicated it was our anniversary but nothing was done for the celebration. Overall it was delicious though!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun and good food
    zenyatta1
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    consistently good food and entertaining to see it all cooked in front of you. Generally go for special occasion. Great birthday club benefit. Overall be ready to drop some cash though, especially pricey cocktails.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exactly what you'd expect
    leesmith
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    These ambiance and entertaining did not disappoint. The food, while normally excellent, was a little below Benihana standards on this night. The quality of the filet mignon was of lesser quality than most. The Benihana punch on his night was not strong enough.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yose
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food is very good. But it's weird to be arranged to sit in a table with strangers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Brian
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Food was awesome as usual. Chef did a nice job keeping the kids entertained.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate