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
168 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (123)good for groups (122)kid-friendly (76)great for lunch (34)fit for foodies (31)great for brunch (15)neighborhood gem (15)hot spot (14)romantic (12)vibrant bar scene (9)notable wine list (6)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • my experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at Benihana's
    PilotVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My wife had a birthday party at Benihana's On Wednesday night they were very busy however the service was grate the show the cook puts on is worth the price of the meal. I recommend this for special Occasions
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful Service
    DbrookmaVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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....
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    3fungirls
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's ok
    EDVS1106
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where's the show?
    OI82much
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a fun Lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We took the kids and it was amazing. I never thought a 4 and 5 year old would sit through dinner as they did and they ate it all tooo! Food and service is always tops! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner at Encino!
    KenBen
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average at Best
    UnhappycamperVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • B-Day Dinner
    LuvtheBeni
    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 .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunflower
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken fries rice WOW!!
    Cantstop
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST EVER!!!
    Mackmike
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Parties
    luv2celebrate
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything was awesome. Food was excellent and service outstanding. This was our second birthday celebration here and we are thinking about more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dirou
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Excellent! Unforgettable Dinner the service was excellent I recommend it for all occasion
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you!
    Newlyweds
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kid Friendly
    Kids
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Encino Behinana is a kid friendly restaurant. Your child will be entertained and feed good food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Momof2
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We like this place for special special occasions, they treat you special, foods right on time GOOD!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benihana for my Birthday Girl
    Chopper
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    PlainjaneVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Their chicken fried rice and dipping sauces are simply delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for birthdays
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good for birthdays especially for larger parties and special occasions
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistant Quality
    CAFun
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Bar service is very slow while waiting for a table. Dinner service is better, always a good time
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review for 7/24/14
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 45 min wait
    ShaedaVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic