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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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"
    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...."
    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
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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