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
207 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (150)good for groups (147)kid-friendly (108)great for lunch (50)fit for foodies (32)romantic (22)hot spot (20)neighborhood gem (18)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Doggie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun!
    chairman888
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My kids and I enjoyed our meal here. Always entertaining, food tasty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good experience
    ondiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    Colleen
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun for special occasion
    Wendy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food cooked in front of you
    Luvcrft
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teppan Yaki is a lot of fun
    Beaster
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Benihana is a great place with fun atmosphere to enjoy with friends and family of all ages.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    Foodxluv
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This is a great group choice to guarantee a great time. The cocktail selection is quite tasteful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Change
    Estes
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Good food and very good choice for Japanies cusine. Chief come to table and cook's
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Special moments
    alejog
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My family had a great time at this restaurant. The food and ambience are great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience as usual.
    Hilobra
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We enjoyed the food, entertaining chef, and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always !
    BranManDiner
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.