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Benihana - Encino
Benihana - Encino

Benihana - Encino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/encino-ca-en
  • Phone: (818) 788-7121
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Saturday: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Saturday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Toshiya Nemoto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Libbit Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Benihana - Encino
Prepare for a dining experience unlike any other. Watch as your personal chef performs the ancient art of Teppanyaki, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well as your taste buds. Listen as razor-sharp blades slice and dice through tender steak and juicy chicken. Take in the aroma as savory vegetables, shrimp and lobster sizzle before your eyes.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Bar service is very slow while waiting for a table. Dinner service is better, always a good time"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food was great as usual, but the service was extremely slow. Waited 15 minutes to get soup, another 20 for salad and then another 25 minutes for the chef to arrive to begin to cook our food. We have been here at this location many times and this was the longest we have had to wait for our service."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Love going to Benni but come on now, sat at table for 45 min before a chef came. He was good though once we got him. Wendi the hostess always puts a smile back on my face when I swear I won't be back at this location."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Always fun. Food is great. Love the experience. Never gets old!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Would definitely come back again, best dining experience for my son's birthday."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "so we really like benihana and this was a celebration for my boyfriends bd. i told the hostess when we checked in. they put us at a table with a single man and his 2 young kids ages 2 & 4. and the other couple was a married couple with 2 kids ages 5 & 3. NOT what we had hoped in for our table mates! while the food was good we were not wanting to spend the evening with active kids at our table. just a bummer! truly a buzz-kill! had we not waited over 30 min. to be seated even with out reservation, we would have asked to be switched right away."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We've enjoyed visiting Benihana locations for years. The menu has changed a bit and the table chefs don't seem as enthusiastic as they once were, but ours was still delightful. Since I do not eat white rice their yummy fried rice is a great substitute. You leave Benihana completely full and satisfied. I cannot eat too much of the sauce though. I suppose it's too much of a good thing, so dip carefully."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "As always food and service was excellent!!! We always share with my daughter because there is a lot to eat and it's delish!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Its a Fun Place to Dine in !! People are all Friendly,Chef are all Profesional of what they Do !! Love this Place Specially its no to far from where I live!! The food and Coctails are the Best !! Its worth every single Pennies spent !!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food was A+ and sooo much - it was delish!!! Our chef was Oscar & very friendly & entertaining :)"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We sat at the lounge to enjoy a quiet dinner. We normally enjoy the show but had gone this night because we also really enjoy the food. We were told that due to a lot of to go orders, the food would take long... No one mentioned that service would horrible (no drinks orders taken until 15 minutes after we sat down) and that the food would come out at odd times and not cooked well. We order lobster and regretted it after the first bit! We received our rice right before Our plates were almost cleared. Did I mention our appetizer came after our main course... Which can 45 minutes after we ordered!! - really a disappointed and not worthly all the money they charge."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our reservation was for 8:45. Being pregnant, it was particularly agitating that our chef didn't even show up to our table until 9:50. I was starving by then. And to top it off- the chef Daniel flat out forgot to cook MY food. I had to remind him as he had already served everyone else and was cleaning up-"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Was a special dinner to celebrate 2 birthdays and a belated Fathers Day - 6 of us and everyone had a good time!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Once again celebrating our four Birthdays in June and why not with a $30 Certificate towards food. Always great food and service at Benihana-Encino. Benihana-Encino goes above & beyond to satisfy it's customers but the corporation is making it more difficult. We used to do Sundays lunch or dinner as we live over an hour away to the nearest Benihana, but since last year we can only use our certificate on M-F at dinners only which makes it more difficult planning our Birthday meal. All in all it's worth the extra effort to work everyones schedule to go at the same time. We try to make it to Benihana-Encino at least four times a year if not more. In Las Vegas we make it a point to eat at Benihana in the LVH too. Benihana is the best."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This is my favorite Benihana restaurant. The food is great and the staff is very friendly."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I always love going to Benihana's and this time we decided to try the Encino location. It was a different crowd, but what made me really disappointed was the fact that our chef catered to a child who demanded that her food be cooked first before any food was prepared. I've to Benihana's several times and never have I seen something like this happen, I was shocked and upset and ended up waiting longer for our rice and appetizers to be prepared."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "You can't get more fresh food than this! Seeing the chefs prepare the meals in front of you is quite an experience. They put on a show doing that also! Everyone was friendly and we had a great time. Good for groups, special occasions. It does get loud, hot, and smoky sometimes. Valet parking immediate west of the building in the alley. There's no fee for valet, but feel free to tip."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Took my boyfriend here for his birthday. We both really enjoyed the food and the experience. They sang a little birthday song and gave us a free ice cream :)"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Love to keep coming back for our birthday celebrations"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We are regulars at this and other Benihana's, we love the food! This particular location typically has the SLOWEST servers on the planet. Most of the servers are actually pretty nice but they go so slow with everything. The girl we had yesterday was the worst we have ever had. The worst part was when we finished eating it was 33 minutes before she came to check on us and at that time she didn't check on us she was actually just clearing plates and totally ignoring us asking for our checks. About 10 minutes later she finally returned to ask if we wanted ice cream and at this point we were so over it and just wanted the pay and leave and I asked again (3rd time) for my check which she brought back 5 min later."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My family has been coming to this Benihanas for years, and lately the service has not been up to par. I also haven't received the promised OpenTable points from dining here...red flag! Food is delicious, but you NEED a reservation and patience to get a table."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had father's day dinner. Service was great as was food and it's always a good time!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was great and the service was great.can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "They always have great service whenever I come. Staff is friendly and the show is great for everyone of all ages. One of my favorite spots to go. It is a little pricey though."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The best server in Los Angeles and good looking too!!!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We showed up earlier than our 5:30pm reservation, and we were gladly seated when one of the workers saw us, which was a very rare occasion, as most of the time we have to wait for a "group" to fill a table. The waitress explained everyone the sections in the menu, even though we knew what we were going to get. The chef, Enrique, gave us a great show and centered a few of his "tricks" to me, as I was celebrating my birthday during this visit. Overall, a very great experience."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Everything was great from the service to the food we had a large group and were taken care of in a timely manner. They made my daughter who Graduated feel special I highly recommend. Very entertaining dining experience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I always enjoy my dinners at Benihana. Fun atmosphere, quick and friendly service, consistently good food, and always an "experience." They are also very helpful if you have food allergies, which I do. I told the chef that I was allergic to scallops, so he cooked the order for the other guest after my meal had been cooked and served, without jeopardizing the other guests experience and food."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I took my Mom's and my grandmother her for a "your house is sold" celebration and the food was good, waiters were very nice, but the noise level was too extreme for for them. There were birthdays seated all around us and we had to shout just to hear each other. Other than that, no complaints. Food is good and you get a lot for you money."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food and service were great. The Encino location is my favorite!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time...food was superb, service was superb, and we even got to see Gwen Stefani and family!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 12:30pm, but we were not seated until almost an hour later! Very frustrating! I thought the manager should have offered all those waiting, a drink and appetizer as she was aware of the crazy wait! Once we were seated, the waiter tried his best to get our drinks and orders quickly. He warned us that the chef may be awhile as there we're more people seated than chefs available. he did bring us some edamame though. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My daughter asked to have her 7th birthday dinner here! And the food did not disappoint. We had a great time and will be back."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I always enjoy the food at Benihana. Fun, relaxing evening."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Making reservations was easy. We decided to have a spontaneous family night. We took our daughter for the first and she loved it. Since we had made reservations the wait time was less than 10 minutes. The food and service was great. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Even after having reservations at 930 we were sat at 1030. Cook didn't even come out until 11:15 we had children with us. Only good thing was the cook being so great with the kids and show. No point in making reservations and waitress kept forgetting our orders! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Benihana was amazingly delicious for my sisters 32nd Birthday. We had scallops which were the greatest ever, shrimp, calamari, steak & chicken. All were really tasty especially the steak WOW! We enjoyed the show & the fried rice. Definitely reccomend for birthdays."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "While I have enjoyed this establishment for many years, the loud kids were almost too much."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "the restaurant is extremely noisy. It is only good if it's a birthday and you've gotten a coupon for your BD online, otherwise it's expensive, butter laden ,noisy and crowded"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I took my parents here for the first time and they loved it! They're not easy to please by the way. Valet parking was actually pretty great. I'm skeptical about letting anyone drive my car but they were great. We got seated right under the air conditioner though and we were all shivering by the time we left. If you're not that hungry or don't usually eat much, the servings are big enough to share."
    Dined on 5/23/2014