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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 WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "Always good food and a fun time, go annually for my birthday and its predictably good"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We go every year for our birthdays. Everything is amazing at Benihana's. The fried rice is a must add on!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had gotten together in celebration of our parents 30th wedding anniversary. They had never been to a place like this, and they just loved it more than anything. The chefs cooked right in front of us, and were even able to accommodate special food requests (for allergies)! Great experience."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This was a Sunday and the restaurant was jammed. Loud parties sitting back to back is not my cup of tea. Then the food comes and comes with narry a chance to relax. Asking the waitress, who was friendly, did no good because, as she explained, everyone is on a schedule once the order is placed. Benihana - sayanara!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Benihana is always delicious! I get the Chataubreand steak and it's so fantastic! They have California Rolls too, so we can get those for the kids. Their chicken fried rice is So so good! This is our go to special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our dinner was fabulous. I have always loved going to Benihana and they didn't let me down. We had to make a late reservation that night because of my work hours, but Benihana was still packed with people and dinner was still great."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Although the show is fun the addition of shaking salt and pepper shakers as choreography is ill advised. This food is made way too salty as a result. I would have been happier if they had sprinkled their salt on the floor and started tap dancing."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "My husband is alive and we were celebrating that fact. He was in a medically induced coma about 2 months ago and had to re-learn how to move again. It was a treat to go to Benihanas and say Yahoo and Thank You GOD!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Overall, it was a fun dining experience. Food was delicious, especially the Soup, Salad, and Fried Rice! By the time I finished eating them, I was pretty stuffed for the main course. But of course I ate most of it, and had left overs for lunch the next day!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Watch out... Employee hair will show up in your rice and yet they will respond it's not mine. I will now have nightmares about eating fired LICE instead of fried RICE. Did not appreciate chef watching me pull it out of my mouth and then telling me it wasn't his hair since he has white hair. He did absolutely nothing about giving me new fried rice or even offering an apology or telling the manager. Watch out apparently service is going down at my now X-favorite place. I used to eat here at least twice a month for the past 20 years NO MORE!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Fun place to go with group of friends, And good food. :)"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I just love Benihana. So much fun, and great food."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I always choose Benihana of Tokio for surprise Bday party celebrations and special occasions because It's such a specialty. This was my son's favorite restaurant ever. Sadly he died 5 years ago but the Photos and memories will be cherished forever. Thank you."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was great....Albert the chef cooked and performed right at the grill at our table.....creative wonderful attitude and excellent performance both food and chef.....Waitress was efficient and thorough got everything right.....and was cheerful..... My only issue if it is an issue is that we had reservations for eight pm and while we were there at eight.....it took a while to seat us....and then we had to wait for others to be seated at our table....which took another little while.....we were hungry and ready to eat..... The rest of the place...seating and atmosphere was fine......there was lots of room when we got there which eventually filled as time went on....no explanation as to why it took so long to be seated......"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "we took our friend to celebrate her birthday and she absolutely loved it and asked us to take her again real soon."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food was amazing! I was disappointed only because I had a 6p reservation & wasn't seated until 6:30. That part was frustrating due to the fact we brought out of town guests. This was my first time at this location, we usually go to BH."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Very hot inside and service throughout our time there was very slow! Food was just okay, nothing special. This place could use a good remodeling. Won't be coming back again."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I always love the food and setting at Benihana but the service is just lacking. We went for lunch and as most people, were on our lunch hour and it took us almost 2 HOURS to finish lunch. This was just ridiculous. We understand that coming here might take a little longer than just the one hour but this was just too long and there was too much time just waiting around at the table hoping a server or the chef would come over soon."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Took our granddaughter for her 9th birthday (it's her FAVORITE restaurant). Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa AND the guest of honor had a wonderful time, as usual. Ordered from the lunch menu (it was 2:00) and saved a few dollars but still got PLENTY of food - several doggie bags went home for munching later on …. of course, we will be returning…."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went to Benihana for my Birthday and had the best time. Awesome Mai Tais!! And the food is so good. i love that salad dressing and the ginger sauce! We had a tempura app, which was light and crispy. I had Land and Sea, which is Filet Mignon and Scallops. Everything was cooked to perfection and the chef and waitstaff were great. So were the hostess and bartender. Nice Birthday dessert and they even give you a souvenir picture. Highly recommended for any special occasion."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We found out the hard way that Benihana is not Benihana anymore. No hot towels to start off the meal. No entertaining stunts by the chef. None of the fire tricks. An here's the worst part. You know how they ask you if you want steamed or fried rice? They leave out the part where everything is a la carte now. You pay for everything separately. Even the staff admitted that ever since the new ownership they have discontinued all of the things that made it entertaining for the kids. They have raised prices and make you pay, a lot, for what used to come with the meal. These things have trickled down to the staff who are going through the motions. Rocky Aoki the founder is dead and now, so is Benihana. NEVER AGAIN."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The kids love it. Lots of good food at a reasonable price. We will keep coming back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I love Benihana this is my all time favorite place"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Birthday dining experience was very nice. The cheif Stan was excellent. He talked thru the cooking process and everything was cooked to perfection. The original server was forgetful and didn't bring out a couple of things that were ask for. When she went on her break the new server was great. She was very attentive and keep everything picked up."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Came here for the first time with my boyfriend to celebrate Valentine's day...a day later to not only avoid long waits but also to not ruin the first time experience and it was great! I just wished the people we were sat with were more enthusiastic. I feel like only my boyfriend and I enjoyed and were impressed with the cook. The other people just sat there with no soul. Regardless I would definitely return! I also love the cherry on top at the end by taking your photo...for free! :D"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Benihana has, and will always be, one of my favorite restaurants. The food is consistently good, the servers/chefs are always friendly, and the experience is always exciting. This is definitely a restaurant for a group or for a cute dinner with your partner. Kids also love this restaurant because of the "show" the chefs put on."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "As incredible as the food was (at it was amazing), what stood out the most on our visit to Benihana's was the service. It was one of those rare dinner experiences where my glass never fell below half full, our waiter was always close by for a question, and our check was ready and processed in a timely manner. I was more than impressed with the staff and chefs. Thank you for the great experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I brought my I brought my girlfriend for her birthday. She's never been here. She had an awesome, amazing time. The look on her face made me so happy to see her enjoy herself."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had reservations for 4 at 5:30 for my son's 9th birthday, but the other portion of the table wasn't seated until 6. We sat without even water for a good 15 minutes! When the other party arrived one of the guests refused to sit with us, so that took another 5 mins. to get him to the table. Our order was not put in until about 6:10! The young guys sat next to us stayed on their phones the entire dinner-awful! We unfortunately spent 2 hours there, and nobody could eat by the time the food came. Our server ensured us that he would send Angel, the manager, over to speak with us but never did. In fact, he left for his break and never returned! After spending $175, we left very dissatisfied and annoyed without a desire to return."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I Love coming to Benihana's. I usually come here for Special Occasions . Had a reservation for Valentine's Day. If your looking for good food and entertainment , then you defiantly want to come here. You sit blackjack table style facing the chef (like a dealer) and he cooks the food right in front of you"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "1st time,best time.the noise was loud but i didnt mind because the chef was great"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "It was our first time coming to this place with our kids, unfortunately we wouldn't recommend this place for children under 3. It was too crowded to have strollers and car seats in. But it was an excellent experience, food was awesome & chiefs are truly talented."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had a great time. Good food and excellent company at our table. Wait time wasn't bad"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have never been too this restaurant and on feb 14 i took my fiance and it was the best place i have ever gone the food was just amazing and so was the service and the chef i am going here again foresure but next time we r taking my parents here for a great experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My team wanted to go here for a big celebratory lunch. I was impressed start to finish, and was pleased my team enjoyed themselves. We ordered sushi rolls and then it seemed like everyone was going for the rocky special - hibachi steak and chicken. Awesome!!! Wish there was a way to get the rice and veggies and meat all at the same time, but I guess that's the point. Not a big deal, just wishful thinking. Our chef was really great and playful. Our server was really outstanding, and even made dessert extra special with whipped cream and cherries on the ice cream. Team's decided this is our new place to celebrate big moments. A little on the expensive side when you don't order off the lunch menu, but well worth it!!!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Been coming here for years. Never have been disappointed. Always good food & service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The service was great! The food was reasonable given the price. Everyone in my group left happy."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Everything was top quality from the service to the meals as always. I am always pleased with my experience at this Benihana."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Booked a 5:30 reservation for dinner with three friends. At 6:05, drink orders were all that were still being taken. By the time I had to leave (6:50) I had just been served my entree meats, and had to get a box and take my meal to leave, getting only a few bites of the hot filet mignon, and no birthday dessert. Very tasty food and drink, but painfully slow and often absent service resulted in a very very disappointing 'celebratory' meal."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "I had the chicken off the Express Lunch menu and it was so fast and it was great! I sat at the bar and the bartender who helped me was very nice."
    Dined on 2/7/2014