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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Benihana - Cupertino reviews from OpenTable diners
219 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (148)special occasion (144)kid-friendly (101)great for lunch (51)fit for foodies (32)hot spot (16)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (13)late-night find (10)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (7)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • 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.
  • Good Place for Dinner with Group
    Heocon07
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I like this restaurant with cooking perform, and good food, friendly chefs!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the Best
    jill
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have been to this Benihana before and were a bit disappointed. The food was not as good and the service was a bit slow. WE will probably go again because our grandchildren (who are half Japanese) love it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is blah..
    Alwaysgoinout
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I would spend my money some where else. The food sucks and the service is slow. Me and my family had a horrible time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salty menu
    JRO1
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I been to benihana many times and let me tell you I'm thankfull this was not my very first "benihana expiriance" I mean, When you come to a place on special occasions you deem to enjoy, and select the food you had before and you favorite, that's sorta what you expect and crave.. But when you have a "Rico suave" chef that try's to flirt with your fiancé as he is trying to cook while he jacks up the taste. In my case he cooked the rice incorrectly(no chicken) and serves the rest of the croud by feeding them (starving me) and poorly entertaining them as he proceeded to the next dish. The next dish was my last a twin lobster tail (stillwithoutrice) which the taste was enhanced by like 20pounds of salt! At that point I was over with dinner..
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Benihana Experience
    ofito408
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We decided to come to Benihana's to celebrate a birthday dinner, with a night of exciting entertainment from their infamous chefs Ive always heard about. It was a Thursday night and we had a group of 7 with reservations for 8pm. I arrived to the restaurant at 7:50pm with two other people, and we were told that we needed to wait for our entire party of 7 to arrive in order to be seated. It was about five minutes later that rest of our party showed up making it 7:55pm. I went back to same front hostess to let her know the rest of our party had arrived and was told my name would be called shortly. We were called to be seated at 8:35, and now have less than one hour until the place closes. Our server Tabbitha was nice and made ourexperiencefair
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday celebration
    dinetowineVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This particular Benihana's is very popular. We've been here on many different occasions and it is always crowded. We've never gotten seated at our regular reservation time. The one big negative. Because it continues to be so popular, it has to keep up with its good reputation and it does. The food is very good and the chefs are trained very well. They are overly generous with their portions. If you sign up with them, they do give you a free dinner for your birthday which is usually good for the entire month. However, you do have to go Mon thru Thurs. Like I said, it is always busy, no matter when you go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday fun
    hmmm
    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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
  • It's a nice place but..
    mikas
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We've coming to this restaurant for almost ten years, especially while celebrating kid's birthday, we'd like to come back to here. It's nice and performance was great and foods are nice too. But this time, I can only give it a three-star, because it's camera was broken so we didn't get the memorial photo for kids birthday, like we did every year in the past ;).. The staff offered to take a picture for us by using our iPhone, but it didn't come out great and she seems too busy to care, hmm ;)..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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