Benihana - Encino
Loved it. Take me back!I took my mom here for Mother's Day. My mom and I don't see eye to eye on much, but we found something to agree on at Benihana! The people sitting at our table were all friendly, the chef- his name was Aki- was talented, charming, and could really work a crowd. From what I saw, all the chefs were like that. The waitress was great too, she stayed on top of everything, and was also charming with a great personality and sense of humor. I just really, really enjoyed myself, and it took a lot of the pressure off ME to make sure my mom had a good mother's day. I'm glad I went to Benihana.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat as AlwaysThis is at least our 10th time to Benihana's and our 3rd time at this location. The food as well as the show performed by the chef were amazing as always.Our 5 year old daughter was blown away by the tricks the chef does with the food. They also make "kid chopsticks" which are chopsticks bound together with a rubber band so that kids can use their sticks without a struggle. The wait staff was on point and attentive without hounding you. The prices are a bit high but considering you are getting a show with your meal it is worth it. Be prepared to spend some time there as our dinner lasted about 2 1/2 hours although we were all amazed it was that long as time flew by with the entertaining show Great for a special occasion with a large group5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGood Times with Wife & Friends....Ask for Chef Joe at Benihanas in Encino is a definite recommend for any special occasion, get together, or date night! Good Food, Good Service, Good Time! (Pricey $$$)5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMFood is always good and theFood is always good and the chef's very entertaining.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMMeet New FriendsA great place to go to meet new people and make new friends, have done this as a result of several visits over the years.
I had the Spicy Seafood Diablo, I have had this only a couple times over the last year and each prior experience was very good.
I was distracted talking to the people at the Table, so I did not watch it being made to know if I am mistaken or not, but that was the impression I was left with that it has changed.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMNice place with a lot of energy.Nice place with a lot of energy. It is a fun night out if you enjoy watching your food grilled. The cooks try to make a show out of it. Order the shrimp and fillet minion.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWait staff was excellent andWait staff was excellent and friendly. Did all they could to make our visit special.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce again, great for a specialOnce again, great for a special occasion birthday dinner. They are consistently good - food, service and entertainment. A must for our kids who want to come here on their birthdays, again and again. Bravo, Benihana!4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMOscar our Chef was AMAZING.Oscar our Chef was AMAZING. After years of dining at Benihana's, our visit in February was extremely disappointing to say the least. Was so glad to have an experienced Chef cook for us. The show was fun and Oscar was a blast. Found out we could request him next time. Can't wait.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMI think if it were more affordable,I think if it were more affordable, more people would come. It's definitely a special occasion place for me simply for this reason. Otherwise, I always have a great experience here.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was great exceptEverything was great except my husband, Irving Charles, did not get his birthday $30 gift on his email like he did last year.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMNever disappointed with theirNever disappointed with their steaks! Par excellence3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and ambiance wasThe food and ambiance was great the only problem I had was that I believe that the tip should fit the service given we ordered appetizers and the hostess forgot to place order and charged us full price for the appetizers because the order was placed after happy hour. I believe that we the customers should be the ones to dictate how much is left for tip. The chef was great and very funny.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMHad an excellent meal! ChefHad an excellent meal! Chef and all the staff were all friendly! Will come again!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI've been with both childrenI've been with both children and adults, and I have to say its way more fun going with a kids! My husband and I took our 5 year old and were seated with another family with their two kids around the same age. By the way our table was reacting to the chef I noticed other tables (full of adults) looking over their own chefs shoulder to see what ours was doing. And the food is amazing so it is worth the price b/c your getting a show with dinner.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved everything about it!Loved everything about it! Food, Fun and Entertainment all wrapped up in one. The different flavors of lemonade was fun, but could be improved if it was fresh lemonade.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAs usually the food was great.As usually the food was great. We were a party of 5 and shared with a party of 3. One couple got the steak (filet mignon and chicken) with chicken fried rice and it was more than enough food for 2.Our chef Enrique was wonderful and funny. It was my birthday and they did the song and ice cream with candle and the picture. The only thing that was a drag, is we had a 6:30PM reservation, got there 10 minutes early and was seated about 7PM. This seems to be the case every time we go, even on weekdays. They apologized for running late.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFor the average diner thisFor the average diner this spot may be a little on the pricey side, but it is well worth it, especially if you are celebrating a special occasion or have never experienced this type of dining. You definitely receive enough food to justify the cost and if you join "The Chef's Table" the birthday coupon that they send you is very generous! We took my mother-in-law here to celebrate her 85th birthday as she had never been to a Benihana's before, so it was a very memorable birthday dinner for her and the photo that they gave us to commemorative this dinner was great!!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food and show. TooGreat Food and show.
Too noisy to have a conversation.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMI love coming here for birthdayI love coming here for birthday celebrations with my husband. if you join their frequent diners club, they will send you a certificate for $30 towards your birthday dinner. I love their chicken, steak and lobster, and the fried rice is delicious, and it's always fun to watch the chefs entertain you while they cook your food.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AM