Benihana - Encino
Benihana - Encino

Benihana - Encino

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/encino-ca-en
  • Phone: 8187887121
  • 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: Sushi, Steakhouse, Japanese
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Benihana - Encino reviews from OpenTable diners
158 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (112)good for groups (111)kid-friendly (78)fit for foodies (29)great for lunch (29)neighborhood gem (15)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (10)romantic (9)great for brunch (8)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Good fun for a small group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Pretty good food. Fun to watch the teppan chef go at it. Large groups have a tough time sitting at one station. Can't decide if it's a bit pricey but it was full in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • reservations worthless
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    got early reservation; took almost 45 minutes to be seated.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sat 1 1/2 after our reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    It was our 5 year olds birthday and we had reservations at 6:15. I called because we were in traffic and valet was back up. It was 13 minutes after our reservation when we got there. The woman said "well you're late so you will have to wait" I called at 6:15 to tell them we were runnin late and the woman said ok. But 1 1/2 hour after our reservation to be seated is ridiculous. How can they expect us to sit with our 5 year olds for that long? Than it took an hour to get our shrimp tempura appetizer and 25 minutes to get steamed rice?!? We left way after 9pm which is inexcusable
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too much
    underwhelmed
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Too much salt, too much oil, too noisy, took too long to eat, mediocre food. I really was surprised, we had a reservation but didn't get seated until 25 minutes after we arrived. I didn't expect it to take 2 1/2 hours to complete!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Kayla520VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food as always but very noisy. We love the food so we always come back but this time we were sitted next to a very noisy bunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnneMarie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I took my 15 years old for dinner She looooved it!!!!! What a fun place to have dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner Tradition
    BlitheSpirit74
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My gf and I love to come here to celebrate our birthdays together. Good is delicious, service is good, reasonably priced (with the birthday certificate). Good times!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lack of customer service
    Paula
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I was there for my husband birthday, its been a tradition to us, so we have a nice picture for every birthdayat this place, guess what? They didn't have no film to print the picture, i was really ? I jist spent 115 dollars and you have no film, soo disappointed i don't think i am ever going back for this occasion again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Lunch
    DRDre
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Very good spot for anniversary and birthdays. Good food great selection, good drinks and very good service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Greatttttttt place
    Reesee
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Justin our waiter was dynamic and friendly. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is energetic. There are lots of children so be prepared.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Tintony
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It is an amazing place to dine inn I took my friend and their kids and they really loved it , this is May be the best restuarent I went to
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here!!
    Jatoine1
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Benihana Encino is always accomdating even with the largest of groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a great experience...
    KiraH77
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I loved the whole experience from beginning to end. The staff was friendly and helpful and the food was amazing. Our waitress was attentive and our chef was amazing. I have no complaints. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We have been going to Benihana for many years in many locations around the world. I can honestly say they have always been a terrific place to eat at, especially for special occasions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great!
    Ruhrgold
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Love Benihana...always a great time! 3yo loves this place too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    DwntwnJwl
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Celebrated my birthday here with my family. We were immediately seated and had our drink order taken. The wait for the tepan yaki chef was a bit long for the restaurant being relatively empty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for kids
    GoodEats
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great for celebrations - especially kids. Be prepared to wait. Our reservation was for 6pm, and although we got seated right away, our chef did not start cooking our meal until after 7pm - we had kids with us and this made it for a later night than we had anticipated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always loved Benihana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We always enjoy dining at Benihana. They are always consistent in their food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Terrible Experience
    MsJazzyBelle
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was quite possibly one of the worst dining experiences of my life. My party and I were there to celebrate a birthday and unfortunately all we did was listen to the screaming party of about 8 children next to us. We could not hear one another...we were literally screaming at the top of our lungs. It completely ruined the birthday girls dinner, this was her first time at the restaurant and she was pretty excited to go. I really would like to ask them to return my mom ey, I cannot believe I paid nearly 150 dollars to listen to screaming children for an upwards of two hours. I don't even drink and I finally had a couple glasses of wine to keep sane. The chef however was great, I wouldn't want this review to reflect poorly on h in any way.
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  • Long wait with reservation
    GuccaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were waiting in our table 55 minutes for the cook to come. Service is not great but the kids loves the food and show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Great Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I frequent Benihana's at least 3-4 times a year. It's now become a tradition of sorts for everyone in the family and we've never been disappointed because it's a great place to go for a special occasion. The food is awesome and there's plenty of it plus the chef's culinary show--Lot's of Fun!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not too special
    LAjew
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We've been to Benihana before, but not this location. The food quality was good, but the service NO. The waitress was in a rush from beginning to end. She made me feel embarrassed in front of the other party when she showed off my "birthday coupon" I've gotten from the restaurant website. We had a child in our group, whom was starving by the time we were fed. The reservation was made for 6:30 but we were not seated until 7pm, and the food arrive into our plates until 8:00 pm!!!! We filled up on rice until our entrees were prepared by 8:20, by then,we were not hungry anymore, and ended up boxing the food. The servers were more accommodating to the other party who had a special diet, and changed orders AFTER they had ordered the first time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great entertainment.
    gjth
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Always a fun spot, but it isn't cheap.It's worth a special event.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Noisy that it was hard to hear the waitress describe the menu and asking our order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUPER COOL PLACE WITH AMAZING FOOD
    JGFood
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This place is great, I haven't been to one in many many years, and it was awesome. The food was great, the chef did a great job not only with the flavor but the presentation and his skills were very cool. The manager Monica was awesome, super friendly and made sure everything was great and well taken care of. I HIGHLY recommend this place but I also recommend you make a reservation, fills up very fast, but between the food, the show, and the drinks list I can see why.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, but...
    J222
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Everything was great excepted for the service. It was slow for a Thursday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    localfavspots
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had dinner for my sons 7th Birthday. Loves the "show".We had a reservation were seated pretty quick. Stopped at the bar first and ordered a couple of drinks. Happy hour had just ended a minute earlier so we had just missed it. We also had just missed the bartender as well. He was very uncaring about what our drinks looked like. When we ordered our drinks at the table they came out garnished and looked like someone had taken the time to prepare them unlike the first drinks we ordered . The soup and salad came out quickly but there was in the entrees. We later found out that they were backed up in the kitchen as there were only 7 of the 9 "chefs" that evening. When they came out the meal was RUSHED. MAkes me wonder if I should go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • my experience
    Vee14
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    It was my first time eating at Benihana, I was there celebrating my anniversary, I ordered the deluxe treat. The meat was tender and juicy but lacked flavor and salt. The Lobster tail was to die for! the fried rice, the appetizers and everything was good, The green tea ice cream was so decadent! I can honestly say that I was excited to see The chef do the onion volcano...but he couldnt do it... he said it wasnt his day... other than that i think it was all good and i will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom's Birthday
    Birthday
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Always a favorite spot for my little boy.... which is mainly why we go there. My mom chose the spot for her Birthday lunch because she loves to see her Grandson's reaction to the chef. The Chef was entertaining. The waitress was great. It was a pleasant Benihana experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arturo is the best!
    Mandi7
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I've been going to Benihana for over 15 years and Arturo is the best chef there. He takes his time to make sure to cook your food to perfection.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    Bubba
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food is always very good. We visit the Encino location quite often. I always make reservations because there is at least four or more of us. The only problem with this location is even though you have a reservation you still have to wait at least 45 minutes to be seated almost every time. For some reason the service was not as good this time. Not only did we wait to be seated but we were never offered tea or a refill on the water. I know that sometimes you will run into these things and it does not happen every time. We usually get very good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Benihana ,Encino, Ca.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It smells like urine, the food look like a children prop, and the test it's old like a client leftover from the night or 2 nights before except for the shrimps that I request ,which I ask to the server that instead of shrimps and chicken ,I would like double shrimp and her reply was they will serve me the same exact amount of shrimps. So I end up having to get chicken and shrimps and the chicken was dry and old, the shrimp were very good but a few. We had to request the sauces because the server never brought them! I won't be back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had reservations @ 745 and got there @ 740. We were seated by 830 after we kept asking the receptionist when we would be seated! 4 large parties (mind you some were walk in's) were all being seated. When confronted after the 5th time they asked for our names and said "oh 5 more mins"! We had it and demanded a manager who sat us right away! Then out waitress comes every 30-40 min to see if we need anything and the chef does not arrive till 9! We had reservations @ 745! The chef was amazing but the staff, no comment! I have been to many Benihanna's and this was by far the worst! The service was horrible!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Take The Kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everybody from the host to the chef to the server did a great job, especially with our Grandkids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good performance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The chef was terrific and we went w a 4 year old and he was a true performer. Sadly, we had to wait 30 minutes for our reserved table and then we had to wait longer for the chef to begin
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad service
    BadBenihana
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I know Benihana is always really busy and I know I have to make reservations to avoid waiting for a long time. I made reservations for my friend and her husband surprise birthday dinner at 7:15pm. We arrived at 7:05pm and we were sitted at 8:12pm after my boyfriend and I asked the host for our table 4 times. They kept telling us our table was being cleaned. We were really upset and embarrass to have the other couple waiting for so long. The food was good, the usual show the chef does was not all there this time. The server did not bring the extra water we asked for. She did not get soda refills and she was complaining to the other waitress in front of everyone that we did not leave her a tip. Very unprofessional and unwelcoming service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Our waitress was horrible. Not only did I, but another person at our table AND the chef asked her numerous times to bring soy sauce to our table and she never did. And she expected a tip. Numerous people at our table didn't leave her a tip because of her service, she straight up asked where was her tip. Rude.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waitress was A+
    teamkobe
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our waitress was wonderful. She brought refills without being asked and was very attentive to all our needs. Best waitress we have ever had. Chef burned our rice and when u asked if he could remake, he showed obvious reluctance so we just told him Nevermind.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why bother making reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I made 8pm dinner reservations for 8 2 weeks in advance when we arrive a few mins prior to 8 (entire party present) they said it be just a few. Over 45mins later we finally got seated and we weren't the only party with this same issue. They completely overbooked. No apologies and no care we had to wait. We went to celebrate a birthday and it really put a damper on the evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My first bad visit.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    After we sat at our table the taple oppsite us was sat. These people were already intoxicated from drinking at the bar & were loud & obnoxious. The table which is supposed to be for 8 people was crammed with 10 adults & 2 kids. One guy was sitting in the ailseway where the waitress and chef have to pass to serve & cook. That guy was very loud and obnoxious and was encrouching on our table, making my guest who was arms length away very uncomfortable. I asked management 3 times to do something but nothing was done. They were getting huge bottles of beer & sake that they were getting up and serving their own table by pouring shots. There was a party of 3 at our table with a young boy celebrating his birthday and I felt bad for him.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic