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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
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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Diner Reviews
  • "The service at Benihana is consistently awful. If you are okay with this meal taking forever, never getting refills on water, extra napkins, or anything at all from your waitress, who might on a 30 minute break in the middle of your meal, then this place is for you! Food is always good, but the service is awful. We sat down at 7 PM, and didnt have the chef come to our table until 8. Then he had to cook a meal for a couple at our table first, because of a shellfish allergy, so we didn't get to eat until 845 for a 7 pm reservation...."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "My girls and I love coming here we come to celebrate accomplishments or birthdays. The cook is always fun to watch never gets old the girls love watching and even though they've seen it multiple times they are always amazed. The drinks are excellent and appetizers are awesome. I always like to try something new and I have not been disappointed it's soooooo goooood!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Chef did not know how to cook.kept screaming across grill for waitress for drinks or sauces that we need. The smoke of the grill was not on and kept going towards us so we smelled like smoke from grill."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Even though the food was outstanding, I was disappointed with the "show". I thought it was very average and on par with other similar type restaurants. This was not up to the standards I remember; where the quality of the presentation was as important as the quality of the food. It used to be that the dexterity of the chef and skill with a knife was showcased while butterflying the shrimp appetizer. I watched in disbelief as our chef unceremoniously dumped the shrimp on the grill and cut them all in half with one quick stroke. This is not the performance I remember and what made Benihana's so special and worth the extra money over other restaurants."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Lobby and Lounge were a little crowded when we got there, cleared out about 15 min. later when it appeared that they were all one large Group! Bartender was very bad, did not appear to understand english very well (had a mustache), had to ask for the Plum Liqueur several times as well as point to it on the menu to get it. Sister asked for ice water as well several times to get it, he was not busy, so it did not make sense unless he did not understand. Was pushing a Mai Ti on her also even though she said no and wanted a certain Japanese beer. Great Chef, Juan was his name, and did a very good job entertaining despite a group of 4 guys that had no interest in what he was doing and talked loud and ignored him throughout."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Food was not good, atmosphere was horrible. Chef had no personality, and the hostess was a real piece of work with a ton of attitude. I had a reservation for 19 people and was treated like pain in their butt! We will not return!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • " We almost always come to Benihana's for everyone's bday . This was the first time that a bday certificate was actually used . The $30 off was GREAT !!! However , I have noticed that the farther back u get into the restaurant the colder it is . And it was REALLY cold ."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Make sure to claim the Birthday Certificate of $30. It really helps a lot. We probably will go back for another family member's birthday."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Took my wife for her birthday. Have been to the Beverly Hills location once about 7 yrs ago. Made reservations at the Encino location. Arrived 15 min early and had to wait 10 min to be seated. That was the only downfall. After that, all up hill. I loves that our chef gave everyone at the table free shrimp as an appetizer while we waited for our food to be cooked. Wish I would have brought my son. The entertainment is well suited for all ages."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Really was the best time in a long time. Benihana in Encino is where our family has celebrated all occasions for years.....but my birthday was just exceptional this time!! We just shake our heads an enjoy the wonderful flavors as if for the first delicious time. What a ball!! YUM!!! Thanks Benihana!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Everything was awesome. Food was excellent and service outstanding. This was our second birthday celebration here and we are thinking about more."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Excellent! Unforgettable Dinner the service was excellent I recommend it for all occasion"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I have been here before many years ago. On this experience I was happy to bring my newlywed husband here for his birthday. The staff were open and happy. We were seated with two other couples (both couples were Straight" and each had kids. They accepted us right from the start. Our Server Jennifer (or) Jessica was OUTSTANDING!!!! The food was good, and there was a lot of it I look forward to returning!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The Encino Behinana is a kid friendly restaurant. Your child will be entertained and feed good food."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Means my family haven't been here is such a long time and it reminded us why we love it! Our chef was great the good the was awesome!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We like this place for special special occasions, they treat you special, foods right on time GOOD!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My birthday girl wanted to go to Benihana in Hawaii for her birthday day, but we didn't make it. So, made plans for a post-Birthday celebration at Encino. Food & service was great. Gabriel was entertaining!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I had a birthday voucher which I have used in the past. I contacted them via email for clarification on the voucher, if it could be utilized by a single diner and received an email back, that yes, indeed, it could be used by a single diner. When I was seated, the server informed me that they had changed the requirements and it was 2 for 1 dinner. I responded that I had emailed just that very day and was told I could use it for a solo diner. She checked with the manager and he said if I purchased a $9 drink, then I could indeed use the voucher. The food is always good but it was a little awkward to have them change up the rules at the last minute."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Their chicken fried rice and dipping sauces are simply delicious."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Good for birthdays especially for larger parties and special occasions"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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