Benihana - Encino
Benihana - Encino

Benihana - Encino

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

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Benihana - Encino reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (117)special occasion (109)kid-friendly (75)fit for foodies (30)great for lunch (29)neighborhood gem (14)hot spot (13)romantic (9)great for brunch (8)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (7)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Reservation
    Disappointed
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Although we had a nice dinner I didn't like that we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. I made a reservation at a certain time and we were on time, but still had to wait. Had to rush through dinner in order to make our movie reservation :(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Treat
    Mandeezy
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I treated my boyfriend to dinner on his birthday, and a late celebration of my own birthday. The sushi was spectacular, the chef was charming, funny, and of coarse cooked everything to perfection! The ice cream with a lit candle, and birthday song was wonderful AND now we have a framed picture to remember the moment forever! He said he hasn't had such a good birthday in a long time! Thank you to the lovely staff for making our night special! :) <3
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazed
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    everyone that assisted me from the appointment seeting was very friendly and inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing dinner
    Foodie4000
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We went with 4 young kids to celebrate a birthday. Our reservation was at 5:45. While we sat down at 5:45, our chef did not start cooking for us until 50 minutes later. Really!! They must not have been properly staffed. By that point, the kids were miserable and the food was rushed. The food that night was also overly garlicky and the meat was not tender. Disappointing birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No table available
    Blandpasta
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We got there at 6:55 for our 7pm reservation and they made us wait and wait. At 730 we told them we are leaving and went to the Italian restaurant next door
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our server, Zohra, was great: very personable, and knowledgable. We had a large party of 10 and she remained attentive and patient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Onions make great volcanoes
    ginger
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We celebrated my Birthday, from now on I want to be at a table where the other party has many small children. It seemed like the performance of the chef was at a heightened level for their attendance. It was fantastic! The photo to accompany the event is a great touch. The food and especially the secret ginger dressing ( which is my fav. dressing ANYWHERE) was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant for dinner
    Growly
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Out of the many times I have gone to Benihana, this one was the best out of them all. I order the Splash and Meadow combination every time, but this time out chef cooked everything to perfection. My other guest remembered the previous time when we came here, and the shrimp was a little too brown. This time, it was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    disappointing
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Overall, I was disappointed by the service. It was very average if not sub par. I was upset because we had a table of 10 people and felt as if we were not well attended to.The first round of drinks took 10 minutes, the second round I had to walk to the bar to get my own cocktails and the third I just wanted some water and that took about 10 minutes. THE CHEF WAS GREAT! I believe his name was Gabriel. I really liked him. Towards the end, we were not offered to take a picture as a group or offered the green tea at the end. I was disappointed because we had family from out of town and I would have loved to take a picture if I remembered!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but a Long Night
    Getty20132809VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were seated 30 minutes after our reservation and were not served any food until the full table was ready to order. I would think they can bring out the soup and salad ahead of ordering if everyone is having the Teppen menu. 90 minutes into our reservation we were finally served something.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant or Interrogation room?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The ambiance is terrible. Feels like 1973 inside. Our table had a 100 watt lightbulb, fully exposed and shining right in our eyes, so the effect was similar to being in a police interrogation room. I literally had to squint to see the others at our table. Please, for the love of god, use a lower wattage light bulb!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Destination
    DebInPalmSprings
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food is absolutely fabulous and very generous portions. The experience is great for celebrations and kids just love watching the chefs cook. The noise level is high and it is crowded, but certainly fun. I understand the Benihana in Pasadena is a little quieter if you're looking for less noise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummm
    Libsbirthday
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food was great. Our chef was entertaining, and he cooked the order to perfection
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beni
    4food
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The only downside was that we weren't seated until 30 minutes after our reservation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great meal and entertainment too!
    carynrandi
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Although the chicken was a little drier than I prefer, overall the families all agreed their meals were delicious. You definitely won't leave hungry. As long as you don't mind sharing a table with others, the experience is really enjoyable. The chefs entertain as you watch your food being prepared. If you have a table filled with lively people it can really add to the dining experience. We've been to other locations and we still found the Encino location to be the best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • reservations worthless
    18436572c
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    got early reservation; took almost 45 minutes to be seated.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over crowded and over booked
    DTBWILLIAMS
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My group of 5 had a reservation at 7:30 PM. We were not seated until after 9:00 PM. The restaurant was overbooked and overcrowded and I would not recommend for groups based on my experience. We finally my birthday party booked for 7:30 PM, did not complete until 11:00 PM.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.