Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
Benihana - Fort Lauderdale

Benihana - Fort Lauderdale

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/fortlauderdale-fl-ft
  • Phone: 9547760111x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Friday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Toshiya Nemoto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Intracoastal Waterway
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
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 - Fort Lauderdale reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (80)good for groups (79)scenic view (55)kid-friendly (53)great for lunch (25)romantic (17)hot spot (16)neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (14)great for brunch (9)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (7)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Birthday dinner
    Sandie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great place to celebrate. Good food and loads of fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bryantsspot
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is one of my favorite dining spots. I like the idea of seeing my food prepared in front of me and the fact it is mainly a healthy meal. My grandson loves Benihana for the fun and entertainment the chef brings to the table. I always recommend this spot for lunch and or dinner. You have the opportunity to meet new people at your table and have conversations with both the patrons and the chef. Great place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • vangi10
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Benihana restaurant, a popular spot, provides individualized food service and caters to all palates and handicaps. Our chef, John, prepared foods as per requirement at our table with care and attention to detail. However, there is very limited choice for vegetarians.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is priority
    hopetoreturnagainsoon
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    it had been several years since i'd been back to Benihana and sadly felt the food quality was marginal. We enjoyed it- celebrated a birthday with four of us there- but if food quality is lacking, it needs to be improved and back to the former standards. It was also so loud I couldn't hear the waiter or what anyone else was saying... we will be back, in the hope that food quality will be better. It's fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    JHLA
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Benihana is always consistently good. Servers are friendly and the chefs are super friendly and a great show. Great place for everyone, young, old, couple or family. They cater to everyone well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Had a reservation still waited almost an hour to get seated
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    DocLou
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    When you enter the restaurant, they greet you...they are all courteous...The maitre di is the best, the waiter was great as usual, and the manager can not do enough for you....I recommend this rest. to everyone...the food is fanastic, and I will keep bringing all my friends and associates to this Fort Lauderdale Benihanna..again I thank you, esp the Manager...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good food- service, eh
    Kimberlee
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had an 8:30 reservation and were sat promptly when our entire party arrived. We got to the table and were one chair short. Instead of re-seating us, they squished another chair in. We waited 30 minutes before I got up and asked someone if we had a server. She came over and took our drink order but did not ask about food, which we were more than ready to order. One guy our party had to make 3 trips to the bar - our waitress was nowhere to be found. We told our server that we were celebrating a b-day. She must have forgotten about that too -we were barely offered dessert before the check. We got ice cream elsewhere on our way home. I have been to this Benihana on at least 4 other occasions and have never had an issue like this before.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food is amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Love this place go there you will love it too. Perfect view the cooks are awesome and the food is even better. Go for the lunch its a really good deal, free valet really nice guys. Waittress is awesome yoi will never run out of your drink
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • horrible experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was the worst experience ever!! Emelio was our server and john the italian was our cook. Inordered the hibachi chicken and it was raw not thoroughly cooked. Our reservation was for 7:30 we left at 10:30. It took emelio about 30 minutes before he ever asked what we wanted to drink and anothrr 40 mins before our drinks came. I ordered california rolls as an apitizer and thise and the soup came out before our drinks! Absolutely horrible!! The lady next to me at our table complained to the manager but he did nothing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom's Birthday
    Denise
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a great time at Benihana's this past Saturday night - my mom especially. The view of the Intracoasal Waterway was awesome! The food and our chef, Sergio, were outstanding! I've visited two other south Florida locations and this one is the BEST! It's at the top of my list!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations mean very little here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went on Saturday night and it was a zoo. Although open table showed available reservations this place does not seem to differentiate between those holding reservations and those not. I arrived 6:50 for a 7pm reservation and after waiting 40 minutes asked a manager what the issue was. At that point he squeezed our party of 4 into a table. Definitely not worth the headache. Needs better management.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Allergy beware
    rbfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Never before have I seen a restaurant take a food allergy so nonchalantly. When we were greeted by the server we informed her of an egg allergy. I suggested my daughters food be prepared separately in the kitchen not on the common hibachi table. I was told not to worry. When the chef came he reviewed the tables order and jokingly said extra eggs for my daughter. I was very confused. Thought her dish was being prepared in the kitchen. Asked to speak to manager. She put the blame on me and said I should have notified them before I was seated at the table. I told her that I informed the server (the first person to see us at the table). Not a good experience and this place needs to take allergies more seriously.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need to be aware of the experience
    regen17
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I went to dinner with my son and it was an all-around good experience and there were no serious issues. The only thing that I did not like about the experience I can write off to not being familiar with the Benihana way of prepping and serving food. I was not aware of the fact that most of the food on the menu is prepped at the table, so the prep and service was spread out over an extended period of time. The issue that I had was that we ate our soup and salad, the chef arrived at the table and started prepping the food. It was then served out in bits and pieces over a pretty long period of time. During that time, my son and I lost our appetites. By the time the chef was done, we were ready for to-go boxes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining spot, will be back (:
    Nomnomnom
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had a great time on Friday night. The chef was very entertaining and made the experience at least twice more fun than any other hibachi place I've ever been to. The food was great and actually it was a lot better than any other hibachi I've gotten before too. Definitely will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Richard is the best!!!
    C0ncierge
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great culinary experience, Wait staff was "in a hurry", forgot that 2 customers in my table were celebrating their birthdays and wasn't very attentive in general but Our Hibachi Chef saved the day. Ambiance was horrible, as a beardy customer from the table in front of us kept on bossing and bulling his chef for not cooking as they "do it in the hood", I believe Management should have gotten involved to kick that uneducated and obnoxious customer out of Benihana. I've been many times to FLL, Doral and MIA locations and this was by far our worst experience, LEAVING ASIDE CHEF RICHARD, HE WAS GREAT.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to celebrate a birthday
    southflaliving
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Fun and the food is very good! Priced well for what you get. Great for birthdays or visiting company
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could have been a great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The issue was the guests we were sitting with. From the moment they got to the table they rushed the service, forcing their order on the hostess and going so far as to feign having diabetes in an attempt to get their food faster. When the server finally approached the table one of the other guests was speaking loudly on her cellphone and another was barking orders about how he wanted his food cooked before the chef even got an opportunity to introduce himself. All this could be overlooked but it was my birthday guests first time and the other guests behavior resulted in us not getting the show and experience we came there for. We expressed this to the server and she apologized but that was it. We payed a pretty penny to be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No taste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    J J was the cook and the food was terrible. I had to return my entire plate .
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time
    SFLJonny
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I set the reservation with Open Table. I had requested a table with a view and mentioned in the notes it was for an anniversary. We got there and were seated within a few minutes. They accommodated the view part perfectly as we could see through the window to the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal and all the nice boats cruising by. They even gave us a special dessert at the end of the meal. Service was great and our chef was very friendly and talented with the showmanship. I would recommend this location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    the food and the service were good, but the table next to us was extremely loud. Oh well...
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best expierence
    Hottie2269
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I've been to Benihana plenty of times but never to the Fort Lauderdale location. It was perfect. Valet parking,great chefs, great drinks, and right by the water!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun time
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This restaurant is so fun. Perfect for all ages. Deliciously entertaining. Good food, great prices, excellent location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    JJDANT
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Always enjoy going to Benihana in Ft. Lauderdale. The Ft. Lauderdale location is close to where we live and right on the intracoastal with a great view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Take a guest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Took a guest to Bennihana's and she thoroughly enjoyed her meal and the chef.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great place.
    jscinelli
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Just a go to place for any occasion. Intercoastal View is also nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had a great time took my wife here for her birthday. It was her and our sons first time they had a blast. Plus the picture and the ice cream topped it off for her. The overall experience was great the chefs are always fun & energetic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit once again
    PatrickL
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Been here a few times over the years. Maintains high level of service and entertainment for the kiddos. Staff makes the time fly by. Fresh food
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inexperienced chef
    Gabby
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was good but chef lacked experience and boring. Couldn't muti task either. Disappointing to go to a Japanese restaurant and you have an American chef.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch with Grandkids
    Vicki
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It was my granddaughters' first trip to Benihana. They both thought it was the greatest thing ever. The chef went out of his way to entertain the girls and we really appreciated it. The food was good, but the show was better.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Always fun with kids at that place, not complicated...filet mignon and lobster was great...only down side...their salad dressing !!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant for amateur diners
    foodies
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The shrimp and lobster dinner I had was old and overcooked. I wasn't expecting gourmet but when paying $35.00, I did expect decent food. Table was small and cramped and the chef had to serve the dinner without the vegetables as he couldn't coordinate the meals. When you get the zucchini half way through the meal and the onions after you have finished, something is wrong. My wife's meal wasn't any better. I have dined at similar restaurants before, so I know how things should have gone. My experience was so bad, that we decided to start eating at home. We both agreed that even if the food was free, we would not eat there again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My chef daz was the best made my experience wonderful!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happy2b
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Enjoyed our experience with our "Jason". He was very hospitable and friendly. Did a wonderful job of preparing our dinner. The atmosphere was and view was breathtaking. Love dining near the water.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Excellent presentation, the food was delicious, however it had too much salt and too much butter.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed.
    jlange66
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I'm on disability so my budget is right but chose to go here for my birthday. The chef (John) did no "show" while cooking. He complained about the job the entire time. The entire table complained about the fried rice. He told us it was sushi rice because they ran out of the rice for fried rice and that we should complain but don't tell the manager he told us about the rice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    Aza23
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The main reason to go to Benihana's is the experience. They have trained Chefs that cook and put on a show right in front of you. You get a lot of good food, even though it is a bit expensive it is worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Yummy Yummy Sauce :-(
    NoYumYumSauce
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had no idea there was no Yummy Yummy sauce at this Benihana. I was very disappointed to find this out. Not sure why it is different than all the other Benihana's I have been to. Great server, great chef! We were celebrating my birthday...it was a good time. But the food just is not the same without it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic, romantic , exciting, fun
    bless26
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Me and my.boyfriend went i thought it wold be great to.take him for his birthday the food was great and the shelf sergio was fun and attentive to all our needs and more .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impersonal
    Em2DINE
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was one of the most impersonal reception greeting to a restaurant we have ever had. When we were taken/herded to out table the hostess never even waited for our whole party to be presant, as one was paying the bar bill. Throughout the whole experience we felt like a spectator in a zoo. Sorry !
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    • Noise LevelQuiet