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
128 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (85)good for groups (82)scenic view (59)kid-friendly (50)great for lunch (30)fit for foodies (20)romantic (19)neighborhood gem (17)hot spot (15)great for brunch (12)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Dining experience
    finedining
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I've been there quiet a few times but that one particular night I wasn't too pleased..the chef took entirely too long to prepare our meals plus he was very boring. The kids was half way asleep by the time their dinner was done so of course we had carry out bags. I will be returning and I will request for another chef.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Waiting for our table was way too long even after having a reservation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Longtime Patron, Crappy Instance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My family and I have enjoyed Benihana for years, but this visit was awful. I planned dinner on Mother's Day for my wife and kids, and made an online reservation in advance. We showed up a few minutes early at the restaurant, and was told by the hostess that we would have a 30-40 minute wait. I informed her that we had a reservation for 7:00pm, and she simply repeated that we would have to wait. This didn't sit too terribly well with me, especially since they were apparently still accepting walk-ins. After waiting 30 minutes, my son went and asked when we might be seated. He was told we would be the next table seated, but then we watched as three more tables were seated before us. Granted, this was but one time, but it left a black mark.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mothers Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is a favorite of our son, the Hibachi table, so it was an appropriate Mothers Day dinner. The family at our table was very pleasant as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day 2014
    Benni
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    First time to this one I wasn't disappointed the chef was entertaining the food was good , I had a seat by the water AWSOME view
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Experience
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    This was my 2nd time going to the restaurant (first time to this location) and we were celebrating my husband's birthday. Just think the staff should be careful of the conversation topics they begin as there was a discussion the 2 chefs had that I was greatly offended by.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Smdominic87
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Always a great place to go for special occasions. Celebrated mothers 50th birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy anniversary
    Happydiner
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Great food and good service just the place for the special occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and Engaging
    HGM006
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    excellent hibachi work and the chef had a great personality. kept the table engaged and entertained with his humor. food was flavorful and cooked perfectly. been to a few benihana and same level of good service and quality food was present here. did not leave feeling hungry at all. place is fun.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Dinner
    foodie
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    My family and I go to Benihana's for special occasions such as birthday's, graduations, etc. The food is always great although the portions this time did seem a lot smaller. It took a long time for the chef to come out and get started (about 40 minutes) and it took a long time to get drinks. I do not blame the server for this since it is mostly not in her control. My kids love going here and the chef always does a great job keeping them entertained.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sweetgg
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I have a great dining experience every time I go. I enjoyed myself. The chef was very entertaining and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going back
    LALAVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I eat at this location twice a week, at all times I would bring friends and family and lately the services has not been the same. I'm not a person to complain but this time this is it for me. On Saturday I brought my niece to Benihana it was her first time and I wanted it to be special. Our waiter forgot to bring my niece lemonade and my water with lemon. I remind our waiter 20min later. Our chef "M"was completely boring and he did not perform tricks for my niece. The food was lacking alot of salt I even ask the chef to borrow his salt and pepper. My niece wanted her steak well done but she was served medium well. After I left Benihana I had diareah. Moving forward, I will start going back to Benihana Miami !!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Booked through opentable for reservations at 7PM. We didn't get seated until 7:35 ? Why have reservations if if can't seat within a reasonable time of reserved time ?
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My personal opinion
    beachdude327
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food was great and we loved the Samarai style cooking. Unfortunately, we felt "Wedged in" between all the other guests. A little more elbow room would have been nice. It was also very loud and I could barely hear my date when she spoke.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too long:(
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    from the time we were seated at the table....we waited 30 minutes till any food was served. Waiter messed up order for the chef...and waited too long for table to fill up
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but need patience.
    Dinnerout
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Reservation for 7 got seated at 7:25 then waited until 8 :20 for a chef to start cooking. Service was very slow. Food was very good chicken and shrimp a little over cooked but enjoyed the food for the most part.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • SamanthaVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We had a great time at our table. Sergio was very entertaining. The bartenders were fantastic as well!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner and Fun Atmosphere
    shawnebabe
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Food/Service was great...My son had a Super Birthday Dinner. Can't beat the view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Todd
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The chef was friendly and professional. The waitress did not refill drinks and was impossible to find. The food is good quality and enjoyable for the kids. The tables are a little crowded when full (8 people) but with kids it was manageable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana Dining
    rratli
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    If you are dining at Benihana's then you do or should know exactly the type meal and experience that you will get: fun, lively meal prepared in front of you. The Fort Lauderdale Location is unique because it sits on the water and if you are lucky enough to be seated facing the water then it is a great view. If you book a reservation at this location, ask for Enrique's table and wait if you have to. He has been there 25 years and is a self described "Mexican Samurai". He is delightful, not jaded after doing this for so long and has really perfected a nice balance of the kitsch of the Benihana experience with a fun evening out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We held a surprise dinner for my best friend and they did not disappoint. The food was delicious, the chef was great, funny and energetic. Overall great time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Piecemeal Dinner
    Lefty
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The experience left me never wanting to do this again. Not because the food or the service or ambience was horrible, but because I do not enjoy eating that way. First I eat my rice, then my veggies, then my meat. So everything I ate ended being boring. Also, the chefs have done their schtick so many times, it has become routine and they seem to go through the motions instead of putting on a show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never know who you may dine with?
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Benihana Fort Lauderdale is always a great dining experience. Great view from the windows looking out over the Intracoastal waterway. The food quality is always good & I have never had a chef who failed to be terrific. Since the cooking tables are large, as a couple, we have had the opportunity to be seated with people from all over the US & the world & it made the evening interesting! Fun to celebrate a birthday here as the staff makes a fuss & sings & the children receive great paper crowns to wear. They also have a great sushi bar in the lounge area if you want a quick dinner.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday blast
    FamilyFun
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    My siblings and I treated our father for his 65th birthday (my daughter was also celebrating her 2nd birthday). He had never been to benihana and we thought he would enjoy it. He has been a chef for over 30 years so finding a place he likes can be difficult. He loved it! Our mother enjoyed it as well. She wouldn't put down her phone so she could record the cooking show. We will definitely go back. Also the picture they took of our family was a great touch! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    It doesn't matter how many times you visit, it's always a great experience. This a family favorite and great for kid in you. Food is always great and never disappoints. Consistency is a staple of this great franchise.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and kid friendly
    LauderdaleWhales
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The chefs are great showmen and the kids menu is very reasonably priced. A great family night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Time
    jamesqVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Our reservation was quickly recognized and we were seated shortly after arrival. Server was pleasant. We needed to leave in time to attend the Broward Center for Performing Arts and the server was very helpful. The chef was entertaining and quite accommodating.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt a bit rushed
    GigiVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I am not sure about how I felt with my last experience here... I felt like they were just herd off cattle to sit as soon as possible...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay Chef.. Delayed Service
    Inthebiz
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I havent been in a while as I try to stay away from the tourist traps and this has become one of them. We decided it would be safe to go on a Sunday. Our reservation was 7:30 and we waited 10 minutes to be seated. With this style of dining this happens. No problem, we went to the bar. The server although knowledgeable was very slow (probably had too many tables) 30 minutes to get us drinks and take orders. Once the chef finally showed for the prep of our dinners (25 min after orders were taken) he had to excuse himself 3 times to go back for items that were missing. The chef was entertaining and engaging & dinner was good once he started. All in all an okay experience. If you are on a time crunch, you might want to try another option.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible
    Johnad
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Waited siting down 45 minutes before anyone came to our table. The mess up our order. Very bad experience
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Dining Experience
    Kate
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    While we had to wait to be seated (about 15 min) for a reservation. Chef was OK, I've seen better left us twice because everything wasn't on his card. We watched other Chef's and they were way better. Our Birthday celebration had to be shared that with another person not in our party. Took the fun out of it. Waitress was OK, Charged extra for fried rice but was not mentioned when we ordered. The ambiance was excellent and food was good however, wish it could have been served together instead of pieces. Nothing like eating your rice first, then 2 shrimp cut in small pieces that they called appetizer, getting your meat/seafood last. But again very good and our group did have a great time. Would recommend for a great leisurely time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait to much
    Hatetowait
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Reservation was at 8:00 we call late and arrive 8:15. 9:45 order take 10:30 start eating !!!! 3 kids and a baby starving worst experience ever
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The Chef Shriek was amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Between the food and service the most enjoyable was Chef Shrik he was just amazing between his sarcasm and jokes. I will forever go back there hopefully I'll get the same chef.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfaction
    Kahoona
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    The food and the show were great, as usual. Continue what you are doing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 18TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
    TONY
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    WE HAD AN AWESOME TIME ,IT WAS OFF TO A ROCKY START WHEN WE WHERE PLACED AT A TABLE WITH A GROUP THAT HAD TWO CHILDREN UNDERTHE AGE OF 10 THAT WERE OUTTA CONTROL SO WE QUICKLY GOT UP AND ASKED THAT WE BE PLACED AT A DIFFRENT TABLE. FROM THAT POINT FORWARD IT WAS AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE AND WE ARE VERY HAPPY THAT WE CHOSE THAT PLACE TO CELEBRATE OUR DAUGHTERS 18TH BIRTHDAY.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary
    lucyVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food was very good but found the surroundings dirty including carpet and kitchen facilities. Staff was great and service was very good. The restaurant needs some refreshing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been here once before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I've been here once before and loved it but when I went for a second time my family and I did not enjoy it. I will not be returning anytime soon. Horrible chef so the food was no good, not satisfied.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • From the valet to the view
    Vangieson
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    From the valet to the view of the water, me and my party had an excellent time. The food was amazing, the chef was hilarious and the sake was outstanding. Would recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chateaubriand. Not
    Hoffy
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    When you order Chateaubriand they should serve you Chateaubriand not Filet Mignon and try to pass it off
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed my birthday :)
    Jeanette
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Thanks , definitely coming back ..... Next time gonna try the guest chef :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.