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Benihana - Cupertino
Benihana - Cupertino

Benihana - Cupertino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/cupertino-ca-cu
  • Phone: (408) 253-1221
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 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 - 11:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Toshiya Nemoto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Ask for Manager

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wolfe Road & Vallco Parkway / Stevens Creek Blvd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Benihana - Cupertino
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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "This dining facility and its services that are provided are most refined. Would recommend going on special occasions, more in particularly birthdays. They make it a lively experience regardless of whether it is a special occasion or not. These waiters provide excellent service that you cannot get enough of, in fact sometimes a little over the limit. But you will never get tired of seeing any of these employees faces, except the ones at the front seem to be very busy. Suggest not to bother these people if not necessary. The chef is also very extravagant in comedy and also cooking technique is splendid. Could be loud at times, but there is never a dull moment except for when they leave you to eat your meal. Overall was a great experience!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "My husband and I gave our nephew the choice of dining out since he recently graduated and we wanted to do something special for him. It was a first time for us so we were excited to see what all the fuss was about. I have to admit, seating with strangers is a little uncomfortable at first but we quickly got aqainted. The entertainment with the cheft is fun and we had a lot of laughs...but by the time he was finished cooking the entire order, I noticed the food prepared first was getting cold. I thought dinner for 4 was a bit pricey but I guess you are paying for the show. I Don't think I would put it on my list to return but the experience overall was ok."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Going to Benihana is always an entertaining experience. The chefs there always have unique ways of cooking and entertaining the table. Every chef has their go-to moves and tricks so you'll see something difference each time you go. This particular time we had a chef named Glen. He was fun and engaging. He had flare and was able to keep our attentions on his cooking. It was fun to see him razz some of my friends. Overall I had a great time and is definitely some place I would recommend to anyone who wants a fun and entertaining night while dining."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Went for girl's night out. Performance cooking. Impressive. Food, not as much but reasonable. Would not go back again but no complaints."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Good experience, kids love it. BUT the wait is terrible. Be prepared to wait 30 minutes to get your table"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Went for my free birthday meal (have to be signed up for their club) so we had to do dinner. At 4PM on a weekday, there was only one other couple at our table and we had a very nice conversation with them. Because of the conversation, we had very little interaction with our chef and fewer of the typical tricks you see when you are really engaged with the chef. That was fine with us. The chef's entertainment is usually especially good when you bring children."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Although we went in a relatively slow time, the service was a little too slow. The food was good."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Immediately when I walked in I thought I was at a Chuck E. Cheese. There were kids running rampant on the floor, babies screaming in their seats and kids yelling at the table. It was LOUD. My boyfriend and I were a bit bummed to see we were sitted at a table with 4 loud kids. When the chef finally got there, he was less than thrilled to be there. He cracked a smile once, and was basically "going through the motions" of cooking like a robot. The food was mediocre. I LOVE teppanyaki, but this food was very garlicky and the chicken tasted like it was microwaved frozen from Costco. I think this place is great for young kids who would love the experience of sitting at a cooking table, but other than that, I would not recommend it."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The service is really good. The chef was so nice and fun for the kids. The food was delicious."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Came here for my 18th birthday loved it! The food was delicious and the chef kept us well entertained. The ice cream was delicious and not only that I got 30$ off my meal because it was my birthday!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I don't remember my waitresses name but I know my chef was the only lady Chef. I came to celebrate my birthday and they were both divine! I loved the food and the show too! It was a large group and we had a really good time. I'm definitely coming back soon!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I've been to Benihana's about a few dozen times and usually get the same thing, the same jokes, same tricks, same interaction, nothing bad but nothing new and exciting either. On this occasion our Chef (I can't recall his name) was amazing!! Very interactive, great with my 2 kids, AND he did a magic trick with a "Japanese" egg which even today blows my mind!! His cooking was amazing as well. If I ever went there again, I would (if possible) try and request him. This night was a Birthday dinner for me and my brother and everything from the moment we walked in for our reservation until the moment we left was perfect! Thank you!!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Came here the other night w/ my Mom to celebrate her birthday; gotta love the Chef's Table $30 bday certificate!! Our Server, can't remember her name (short, Asian, middle aged, female, short black hair), was super! She was attentive, anticipated our needs, helped us figure out a bday coupon situation, had a friendly demeanor, etc. Our Chef, Joel (I think), was also awesome. I've been to Benihana MANY times but this guy was worth noting. He had a good presence, was entertaining w/o being overbearing, listened to and accommodated special requests, and made delicious food. I'd come back just for him! We'll be back again in August for my birthday; Benihana never gets old and I could literally eat their fried rice every. single. day. So delish!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Entertaining, food is good, place is fun, especially for kids. Sign up on their website and receive $30 on your birthday. Be sure to make a reservation as the place is overly crowded and with a reservation they are great about seating you on time."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Our family loves to go to Benihana for special occasions. The food is always delicious and the service is outstanding. We love the fried rice, filet mignon and shrimp/scallop choices the best."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Must have reservations. Attentive service. Each Benihana location will have a different experience"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My family and I go there for dinner at least 1 or twice a month and so spend a lot of money when we do go. This was the worst even from the food to the service. First we when we arrived we had to wait for are table that I had made reservation. 30 minutes later we finally were going to get seated then the table was taken away from us so we had to wait again. The whole night was the worst I had even been."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Open table only allowed me to book a reservation for 8 people when my party was for 11. When I called the restaurant they wanted to squeeze the 11 people into an 8 sweater table. I talked to the guy and explained that wasn't an option. We ended up having to make 2 reservations but he assured me that they would do everything they could to make sure we sat together. I thought "ok, I have been here many times they will make it work." When I got to the restaurant they forced on party to sit and order while the other waited. Management was rude and in accommodating. It was a horrible experience and ruined my birthday celebration with my family. I will definitely think twice before going there again."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Benihana is one of those places you go to and know exactly what to expect. Sometimes that's a very good thing!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The main reason we went here was that our grand daughter requested a dinner at the restaurant where they cook for you at the table. What she had been referring to was a favorite Japanese steakhouse we love in the DC Northern VA area. Since we are temporarily in Silicon Valley for work, we took her here. Not as good as we are used to at home, but she was happy."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I give this a Good because my kids love it and it is fun for a party but a 40 minute wait with a reservation is not acceptable."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Came for my mom birthday and request birthday song and cake for her at the end of dinner! They totally forgot until we have to remind them again then they come with 3 people stand there singing but no desert or cake that we ordered for her! The cook is mess up our order! He put mine to my son instead mine plate!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My kids and I enjoyed our meal here. Always entertaining, food tasty."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "A busy restaurant. Tables are all full. Luck us had made reservation. Everything is on time. good service. They took a pictures and print out to us at the end of the meal FREE."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food and services was excellent. When we are in San Jose, we make every effort to come here. Was a little loud with all the Birthdays going on, but it was still great"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "my 12 year old son requested benihana again for birthday celebration but this time wanted to eat off the adult menu. service and seating was prompt this time. chef was entertaining but wish the routine could be changed up as it is the same everytime. fun place to go for special occasion since it is moderately expensiv depending what you order."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Nice that the chef prepares the food in front of you. The chef also has a nice sense of humor. Great for the kids"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Benihana is a great place with fun atmosphere to enjoy with friends and family of all ages."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This is a great group choice to guarantee a great time. The cocktail selection is quite tasteful."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Went to Benihana for a family celebration of my granddaughter's 12th birthday. Its a great change of pace for kid's birthdays as they enjoy the table chef's theatrics (as do most adults) and watching the food being prepared. The teppanyaki style makes for a fun and light atmosphere and is just a different enough style versus a conventional sit-down table service restaurant that it is special for the kids yet the food is familiar enough that they have comfortable choices. There were several other birthday parties while we were there so I think the above remarks probably apply to adults as well."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Good food and very good choice for Japanies cusine. Chief come to table and cook's"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My family had a great time at this restaurant. The food and ambience are great."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food, entertaining chef, and service."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I've been coming here for years and it never ceases to make me happy. I love the people there and it's a very friendly and relaxed environment"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Good time, good food, good company, no complaints, We enjoy the coupon also"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We made a reservation for 9 pm on a Thursday night. It was a date night with hubby and no kids. After waiting 40 minutes we left. We have always had to wait even when we had reservations but this was ridiculous. They were also very rude to us. I guess when your place is so popular it doesn't matter how rude you are or how much you make people wait, you will still have full tables. I think it was the last time I attempt to go to Benihana in Cupertino"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "A fun, entertaining place, especially good for groups."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I went there for a birthday dinner and had a wonderful time with family. Kids enjoyed the Chef's show!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My family and I have come to Benihana Cupertino for over 20 years. Our last visit was for my birthday a few days ago. This was not their best night. This is a very popular place, and they have created more tables in the back. You don't want to be seated there. Our experience was that it looked like a dining hall and it was COLD. There was absolutely no ambience. Adding insult to injury, the chef this particular evening was uninspiring, unfriendly and was not very good in his performance. The food therefore didn't come out well either. We have had some excellent nights at Benihana over the years so we will be back. However, if this had been my first experience, it probably would have been my last."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I made reservations for 7:30 PM, and was not seated until around 8:10 PM. My entire party sat their waiting and waiting. This is not a good way to build up an appetite or start of a fun evening."
    Dined on 6/15/2014