Benihana - Cupertino
Benihana - Cupertino

Benihana - Cupertino

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/cupertino-ca-cu
  • Phone: 4082531221
  • 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: 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

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Benihana - Cupertino reviews from OpenTable diners
213 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (148)special occasion (145)kid-friendly (105)great for lunch (53)fit for foodies (36)romantic (21)hot spot (18)neighborhood gem (17)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Birthday fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Came here for my birthday. It was entertaining. The chef put a show while cooking our dishes. He was a little less enthusiastic but the service was great. Got free dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum!
    Miguel7
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I have been a customer for many many years. 15+ I think. I'm always entertained and the food is always amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tdog
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    great chef.. very funny, usual tricks/fan fare.. flipped the rice from one bowl to another which was cool
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebrated a birthday here
    LizzieliZ
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Took someone here for their birthday. We were only three people so we were grouped with two couples. It was good food, different from dinner time, less busy (which I liked). The chef wasn't that enthusiastic though. I'm going to start requesting a chef when I make reservations (if possible).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, fun evening
    SFnative45
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had a great time with family and food, delicious. Service was terrific and the chef, outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing and very busy!
    claireeats
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Make sure to make a reservation ahead of time, you won't get a spot if you don't! The food was great, a little underseasoned for me, but still good overall. The meat was tender and I love the idea of seeing your food being made. The servers were very nice as well and entertaining when cooking the food. Would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be...
    Disappointeddiners
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Disappointing. That's How our group felt about the food. The food was terribly bland, lacking flavor. The prices seem to go up each time we visit, yet less is provided. They no longer offer ice cream with meals . Even green tea was missing. The chef seemed more concerned about playig with his utensils than flavoring the food. We have removed this restaurant as one of our favorites.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday at Benihana
    familynight
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We celebrated a family birthday at Benihana, taking advantage of the $30 discount offered online through the "Chef's Table" promotion, and having made advanced reservations. Our family of three sat at a table with a family of four also celebrating a birthday. Our chef was very personable and entertaining, keeping the rapt attention of our 5 year old throughout his time preparing our meals. Overall an enjoyable and memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boring Chef
    FRaine
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We ate @ Tepanyaki and had the most boring chef ever! They don't talk or even entertain us with show. I don't recommend this place! Go San Bruno instead.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entertaining for kids
    Sain
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It's Benihana. :) The kids love it and eat more when they're entertained. We personally felt that the seafood was better than the steaks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seating
    sewlady
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Only one complaint. We were late for our reservation, but it still took 30 minutes to get our table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as always
    Stephie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was amazing and our chef was so much fun!! We had 2 members of our group who had never been before and they were impressed and had a fun time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place to celebrate birthdays
    vonhug
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Benihana is a great place to celebrate birthdays especially when you can use their $30 off coupon on your birthday. They provide you with a photo of your group after your meal so you can remember the occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doggie
    Luvfood
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The waiting time is too long outside. After sitting down, another long wait time for the server. The chef is quite hilarious and the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ExcellenyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Consistently excellent. Always enjoyable to be here. Great menu
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    Fun4all
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Overall a great experience. This was the first time we'd been here and it met or exceeded our expectations. Food was great and so were the quantities. We went for our anniversary and the chef and staff did the little things to make it a fun experience. We'd definitely go back and will be bringing our three year old daughter with us, I know she'd enjoy it as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GOOD
    foodie4life
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I enjoyed it very much, went there for a date. Food was good, but I never got served my steamed rice. Service was a little slow and they had an issue when we tried paying with a credit card
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foods were ok,but the smell was not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The foods were ok. I enjoyed the entertainment given by the Chef. The main reason why I don't eat here that often is because I always ended up smelling like foods and smoke. Even after I had my coat dried clean, the smell was still there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable birthday dinners
    Blue
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I love the giant bowl of Blue Ocean cocktail and the fresh grilled food! The birthday photo souvenir is wonderful - we get to see how we haven't aged every year:-).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite Eating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yeah, it was just....ok
    1stTimeratBenihana
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Entertaining.
    ushneb
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Entertaining
    Onlineusa
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went for girl's night out. Performance cooking. Impressive. Food, not as much but reasonable. Would not go back again but no complaints.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No bad surprise
    almomoVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Good experience, kids love it. BUT the wait is terrible. Be prepared to wait 30 minutes to get your table
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, best to go for lunch
    Muchacha
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow Service
    DineTownVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Although we went in a relatively slow time, the service was a little too slow. The food was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre
    Hungrygal
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • san jose
    chilan
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The service is really good. The chef was so nice and fun for the kids. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    TorresA
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My waitress and chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Chef
    Tony
    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!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A treat, as always.
    LuckyLucy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place
    Beta
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner!
    Momw2Kids
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun dining
    Tree
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Must have reservations. Attentive service. Each Benihana location will have a different experience
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible service
    Experience
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistant
    DivaDiner
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good food
    TinCanNomad
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anon
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic