Benihana - Cupertino
Benihana - Cupertino

Benihana - Cupertino

  • 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 - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Ask for Manager x

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
Benihana - Cupertino reviews from OpenTable diners
235 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (167)special occasion (161)kid-friendly (117)great for lunch (55)fit for foodies (39)romantic (18)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (16)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (9)great for outdoor dining (7)scenic view (3)Show More
  • NOT GREAT IF YOU ARE GLUTEN INTOLERANT
    Romanten
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    My wife is on a mandatory gluten free (GF) diet. We go there often and have to bring our own soy sauce. The chef tried his best but it wasn't the best. We also requested no salt but he pretty much salted stuff anyway. The restaurant would be wise to have at least one chef who is gluten smart; maybe even set up a gluten free certification program. They don't have a salad dressing that's GF and our waitress said she'd go into the bar to fetch some vinegar and oil which should be in the salad preparation area, not the bar! No one seemed to know if the mustard and ginger sauces were GF either. If Benihana's would reply to me with the answers above, I'd appreciate it and we'd have a much better experience our next trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Our waitress was the best! She was very accommodating and always kept our drinks refilled. She seemed to really enjoy her job. We had been here many times, but felt this was by far the best service and entertainment by the chef we had ever had there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining!
    Brighteyes
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We love Benihana's but save going there for special occasions only because of the cost and time involved. Made a reservation for 4pm on a Sunday and still had a 15 minute wait for a table. But once seated, our server was super attentive and efficient. I also appreciated our table chef, who was very accommodating to the allergies and dislikes of many seated at the table. My picky eater daughter inhaled the chicken fried rice and eagerly accepted the extras. I took a star off because the chicken I had for dinner was over cooked and dry. But overall it was a fun and delicious experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    iheartbabe
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    there were alot of Left over fried rice on the gril and all of us on the table were hoping he would at least share that with all of but instead he got 4 to go boxes and gave it to the people who were working in there. Then some workers were asking our chef in front of us that if he has any left overs to put it in the box for them. But overall the food was great but our chef was being a little stingy I guess. But thanks for a wonderful service and delicious food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait to be seated
    Ceejay73
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had made reservations for 8:00pm and arrived a few minutes early. After checking in with the host, they said it would be a few minutes and they would call our name. Sadly, it took approximately 45 minutes to get seated. Why even have a reservation when we were obviously caught up in the wait as if we didn't have a reservation. Once we were seated, everything was great! I don't know that I'll go back because of the experience of having to wait so long when I made a reservation. Oh, and the host never checked in with us during the wait with updates. We had to check in with them. Not very good customer service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The service was great especially our waitress. (I cant remember her name =( )She was so friendly and was fun! She joked with us and made us feel very comfortable. It was out first time Here and it was wonderful. The cook was entertaining but talked quietly to where we couldn't really here what he was saying. Overall the food was good, just one downside was the fried rice wasn't cooked all the way so some pieces were hard still. But we will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, entertaining chef
    suegirlsunny
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    A fun restaurant good for groups and birthday celebrations. The food they cook right in front of you is tasty with generous portion. The chef is well trained and very entertaining (at least for first time diners). The atmosphere is casual and fun with birthday songs taking places here and there. The downside is that the air in the restaurant is very warm due to the food being cooked in the seating area. They need to install better ventilations/AC or a shower is required afterwards. The restaurant also needs to improve its scheduling system. There were a few groups of us who booked 7pm reservation but did not get seated until past 7:20pm. The restaurant is very crowded and you absolutely need reservation and expect delays.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun but nothing special
    Jeff
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The staff just "went through the motions". The teriyaki beef was average but the sushi and shrimp were very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overbooked!!
    Kimtiger
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Even though we have made reservation way in advance, we are been kept waiting for almost an hour to have our table ready..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • So good!
    JaniceVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My husband and I came in for lunch and the food was excellent. My husband ordered the Hibachi Supreme and his steak was cooked exactly how he liked it. I ordered the Benihana Special and asked for melted garlic butter to go with my lobster. Very yummy! Jason was our chef and he had a few tricks we haven’t seen before, he was pleasantly entertaining! We’ll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Entertaining for families and kids
    SJWDVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We had a fun evening at Benihana earlier this week. We had 7 people - 4 adults, 1 teen, and 2 young boys. The chef put on a good show and he was engaging with the kids, who particularly enjoyed the cooking antics. The servers were good as well; very attentive about refilling drinks. The grill food was quite yummy and very good value. Apparently the sushi wasn't the best, but Benihana isn't really where I would go for sushi anyway. The only drawback is that you leave smelling like a teppanyaki restaurant. I'd go again, especially with kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not This Time
    SJFoodie2VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We have been coming to this restaurant for years and this was the first time our dining experience was poor. Our chef was entertaning and made great food, however our evening was ruined by our dining partners and a server that wasn't really into service. The family that dined with us obviously hadn't taught their children how to behave in a restaurant as they stood on the chairs, talked extremely loud and ran around the restaurant. Mom and dad just sat there glued to their cell phones. Our server came back once to check on us, but never refilled our water glasses. If I am going to pay this much money for dinner, my dining experience should be outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • :)
    waterpologirl
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food and cooking presentation was excellent as usual. I ordered the Hibachi Shrimp and my boyfriend ordered steak and chicken. Our waiter was very attentive and answered all our questions. The reason I gave the service 3 stars was because we waited 40 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation and it took forever to get our bill and pay. You expect to have a long dinner at a place like this, but spending nearly 3 hours at a restuarant is ridiculous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Love, love, love this place. Went there on my birthday and took the kids. We had such a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Angodian299
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food was good and the chef was amazing! Mike was very attentive to every request my friends and I made. Benihana gave me a $30 certificate, a photo for my group, and sang a birthday song for me with a green tea ice cream candle dessert. The service was great too! It was very busy Thursday night but the servers always managed to refill water glasses every time it's near empty. The only thing I don't like about the restaurant in general is the table sitting arrangement where we have to sit with other people for the teppanyaki tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • World Series Night
    Giants1
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The waiter completely forgot about us until we asked the manager for help. She went on to forgetting our drinks & brought our soup & salad out after we already had our rice. Not make it worse she said our card wouldn't go through so we could pay cash. She wanted the 18% tip. So we said no & our card magically went through. In the end she didn't care much that we were celebrating 2 birthdays and left us waiting so long. Very disappointed. We're chosen to find a new location to celebrate from now on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Dissapointed!
    mcstyle
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Love going to Benihana's! We celebrated out 20th wedding anniversary is style, great food and always entertaining. We were taken to our table within 2 minutes of arriving for our reservation, even on a Wednesday night it was busy, glad we were able to secure reservations at our preferred time with opentable.com!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delicious
    Alwaysyummy
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We dine at Benihana establishments a few times a year. The food is always excellent. The chefs are entertaining, even if half the table is on their phones. The servers are great. Love the birthday song and chefs table voucher!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • you get food with a show
    dinetowineVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We go to Benihana's , maybe around 3 times a year. Its usually a special occasion place for us. This last time we went, I realized, it is really a good value. You get not only salad and soup, but for small extra amount, you get chicken fried rice along with your entrée which can also include shrimp, onions, mushrooms, zucchini etc. and dessert all of that under $30 pp. Very good value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Our whole family was amazed with this place in general we had an excellent night. Every one was nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Birthday Dinner
    CharlieJ
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We celebrated the birthday of our twin 9-year old grandsons at the Benihana Restaurant. They had a great time watching the chef prepare the meal, trying new foods and sharing it with each other and . This is a great place for special occasions. They also enjoyed the special attention they received from the staff to celebrate their birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DebbiejindublinVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I think you either have a good experience or a bad experience. Our party of four (4) adults had a great experience. The food was good and the chef was fun. The servers were super accomodating. A good time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • B-day tradition
    cupertinokims
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Don't really go otherwise. Started when kids were young and has become a tradition. Everything's overcooked and over salted.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Double Birthday Celebration
    Anjie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were celebrating my sister and aunts birthdays. The service was great and very accommodating. My aunt uses I wheelchair for outings and there was no difficulty getting to our station. Daniel our chef was great. The food was delicious. The dessert was a scoop of Hagen Das ice cream which was perfect after already eating too much. Can't wait until I return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The chef, John, is fun and entertaining. I was just surprised that the tip was already written in the receipt that was given to me by the one who was taking our orders. The service was better the last time I ate there with my coworkers.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like hibachi, don't miss it
    Lesley
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    we have tried lunch specials, shrimp + chicken, filet steak, all taste very good! love the fried chicken rice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very slow even with reservation
    Loracc84
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We booked the dinner reservation for 2 people at 8 pm through Open Table.com. We got there around 7:45 PM. The host at the front desk very un-organized. We waited 45 minutes pass our reservation time to get the table. The waitress was extremely forgetful. We ordered the sake first. She told us it will be ready in 5 minutes, because it needs to be heated. Then, our sake never arrived. Our waitress was no where to be found the entire dinner time. I saw her twice to re-fill the tea for the tables near by. It was not a good experience. I think that I will never come to this place on weekends anymore.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last time for us
    familyfoodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    It has been a typical trip for kids birthdays but we are done I think. Not mentioning that you get as usual a table approx 30 minutes after you arrive even on a quiet day with a reservation (a third of the tables were empty). This time the noise level of the hood was so loud that we could not talk or hear anyone, the cook or the rest of the family. After 30 minutes of cooking it was a relief when the cook left and turned the thing off...But because we were not talking we almost had finished eating... Then our cook, who did for sure better than I would do myself, missed almost all of his tricks even trying them 2 or 4 times, so we tried to do as if we had seen anything but certainly not what you are looking for...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good time
    Imconnected
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Another awesome meal at Benihana. Good times, good food, great service. Francisco our waiter was amazing and attentive. Joel the Chef was super entertaining!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    You go to Benihana to be entertained while having your food prepared in front of you. The food was mediocre and the Entertainment was subpar. The staff appeared tired and borderline rude.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Have been going to these restaurants for a long time but hadn't been to this one for 25 years and found that the place where my wife and I had our first dinner together had been poorly remodeled and was looking very run down. Couldn't even get a cup of coffee. It was so loud that I couldn't even hear myself think. We won't be back! !!!!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Japanese Feast
    Good2eat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great food, excellent to take a group with you to enjoy the special cooking style at the table. Enjoyed the experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LouiseVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Love to go and watch the well trained cooks! We go often for grand kids birthdays, as well as our own.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • nice
    foodiev
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great service, great food, entire experience was worth the b-day pricey meal! Cant give 5 stars because my man's carstereo was stolen while we were inside,couldn't believe that happened in Cupertino...yikes! Better security patroling the parking lots is a must.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greatexperience
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great for small group parties. Kids just love it. Waiters and chefs are very friendly. We are coming back this Friday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mimimtl
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Service here is always terrible, especially the front desk. They always make you wait and smiles are few and far between. Only come here because my kids like the show and even that is iffy depending on the chef...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday at Benihana's
    MsABGilroy
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had great service and our chef put on a great show. There were 2 of us at the table celebrating birthdays. Had a great dinner and a fun time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Feel at home.
    Foodlover
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I like the food there and the atmostphere. The servant are very nice & friendly. I really enjoy it. I go there 2times Every year to celebrate my husband & my birthday with my family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    kv17
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    great costumer service ever! Our chef and waitresses were aamazing!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • juicy steak and lobster
    SophisticatedShorty
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Each year I take advantage of the birthday promotion from Benihana. This year I opted for the steak and lobster. It was excellent. I've seen all of the cooks tricks before but it's still enjoyable every time. The Cupertino location is one of the nicer ones in the bay area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.