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Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
Benihana - Fort Lauderdale

Benihana - Fort Lauderdale Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/fortlauderdale-fl-ft
  • Phone: (954) 776-0111
  • 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: Japanese, Sushi
  • 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
Prepare for a dining experience unlike any other. Watch as your personal chef performs the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Listen as razor-sharp blades slice through tender steak and juicy chicken. Take in the aroma of sizzling shrimp, lobster and savory vegetables.

And don’t forget our delicious sushi appetizers, including fresh nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls, all made with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Reservation messed up, 3 drink order choices not available, too crowded at the table, birthday dessert forgotten, dirty bowls and silverware, pricey for quantity and quality. We will not return."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I was surprised that the seating was not private but you had to share a table with strangers. Service was good. Chef was good but food was a bit over salted. Noise level did not make it enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I'd say we go to hibachi once or twice per year, and the experience is generally the same - Good dinner and an entertaining show. This location provided half of that experience. The dinner was tasty, but the entertaining show was missing. Service was good, and there's no beating the birthday club $30 discount. Overall, a very acceptable experience."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had Joel as our chef and he was so amazing! His energy, sense of humor and enthusiasm really made our department's group luncheon a wonderful time. Lunch is very reasonable and we loved it! Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I just love going there I love the food and I can have fun at the same time!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had to ask for clean plates. The food wasn't really seasoned well, I came for the fried rice and I can cook better than what was cooked there. I've been to other Japanese steakhouses and the good provided is much more than this. Also, I have a shellfish allergy... Chef tried to give me shrimp and I had to physically put my hand out to stop him. Instead of cooking rice, veggies, steak & then shrimp, he cooked veggies with the shrimp so I had to pass on eating vegetables which I love! Really disappointing especially when I told him AND the waitress. I wouldn't go back there again. They don't really pay attention to you & it's more of a "get people in and out" mentality. Service / cleanliness/ good food is an afterthought."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Mother in law missed step outside as leaving and 3 valet made no attempt to assist or show concern."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "After waiting 30 minutes to be seated even with a reservation, the server Su was terrible. She was extremely rude, the eating area was dirty and she didn't take it upon herself to clean it right away. The chef Enrique saved the day he was extremely pleasant and funny. The server really made the experience unpleasant. Next time I'll try the Coral Springs location."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful first time experience!!! I will most certainly return."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Benihana, the perfect place to go for special occasions. Sign up for Captain's table - it's worth it! Food is consistently delicious."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "went for our anniversary, had a great time. The chef (Enrique) was great!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I've been coming to this location for over 20 years,every time I go somewhere I complained!!!!,I noticed the portion have decreased but how much can we eat!!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "OMG our chef Richard was soooo good and the food was the best I ever tasted at that location. However, our waitress was rude and her attitude sucked! I go there all the time and she served us before I don't know why this time her attiude sucked. I had to tell her four times I wanted my appertizer on a receipt by itself. Also, I order my drink before my sister. The waitress came ten mins later without my corona beer and my sister order her cocktail after. Then the waitress came back 5 mins later with my sister drink and not with my drink and when I asked her if she forgot about my corona she had a attitude. Honestly, a beer is the easiest drink to grab I didn't understand why she had a attitude when I asked her about the status of my drink."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had a 7:30 reservation for dinner for 2. We arrived early and took advantage of the happy hour. We noticed that the hh prices had gone up, some substantially and we probably wont go back to partake in just hh again because of this. Still good service and drinks! We waited to be paged for dinner until about 8PM. It was busy and we finished our soup and salad before a chef made it to the table. Regardless, our chef Joel was great! Did things the others don't. Food and drink wonderful as usual. Always consistent with food! Top quality!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I usually have a great experience when coming here, however, on this occasion it wasn't very pleasant. Our server was great with a good personality, but the chef was terrible. We sat for almost an hour before the chef came to the table and although the manager sent an appetizer, it didn't change the fact that the chef was boring, did not entertain the table or provide for a fun experience."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "not interested in reviewing. This is a dumb thing u ask for a review it takes 2 long then u can't end it until u fill everything.Fill in the blanks 123 thats what it should be"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We were invited by friends and I have to say I am going to invite others as well. I highly recommend the chefs tables...perfect to entertain up to 8 guests. We all ate well and they accommodated our food allergies too! Thanks"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "When we arrived for a reservation at 9:30 it took about a half an hour to be sat, then once sat we didn't get our soup and salad for about 20 minutes, then it took another 20 minutes just for the chef to come to our table. It was my first time dining here and hope it doesn't take that long to get serviced."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The wait time is too long. Waited an hour and half with reservation."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Always an entertaining time with good food. Fortunate to sit with a group of people celebrating graduation. It was a great lunch"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Have been here many times. My only comment would be that the food tends to be a bit bland. Needs a bit more spice But it's a great place for large groups and occasions"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "especial occasions dinner party, birthdays, etc this is a great place."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Great food drinks and something different to make dinner fun"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We made reservations for Father's Day to treat my dad who was visiting from Vietnam and has never been to Benihana's. We were running a few minutes late, but they graciously accomodated us. The service was good, and the gentleman cooking the food was funny and engaging. The only thing I had a problem with was that the food was very salty. The gentleman cooking, used quite a bit of salt. Next time I will request no extra salt. We have been coming to Benihana's for years, special occasion or not, and have always had a great experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The service and the food was superb!! My family and I really enjoyed myself. You truly get what you paid for and it was well worth it! :-)"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "years ago benihana was a unique and different experience in food. it has been copied and knocked off by so many restaurants. they say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery!! the food quality and the service are heads above the others. other than the wait which doesn't happen much when you achieve VIP status on open table.... we had a great time."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Arrived 20 minutes early for reservation, had to wait almost 45 minutes. The restaurant seated two other couples that arrived 20 minutes after us first. We ended up leaving with out eating here because of rude people they chose to seat worth us"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "the service is a disaster we had a reservation us wait 40 min for the table"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Overall it was a good experience. However u should keep in mind if u go there with a party of 2-3 they will put u together with random peoples... Also we had a reservation for 5:00pm and they didn't sit us down until 5:30pm because we were only 2 peoples... and they don't put a chef there for only 2 peoples... so we had to wait for more peoples and when there was 6 of us than we got a table... Other thing was after the chef left we got our checks like right away. Waiter asked: do u want any dessert? Some of us asked but regardless he brought the checks to all of us. Felt like they trying to throw us out of the restaurant... which was super weird because the restaurant was half empty so I didn't really understand why the rush...."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Love the food here, it's NEVER disappointing! Exciting, fun atmosphere, great for groups, kids or special occasions. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were celebrating my son's graduation. The waiter made sure my son was happy and cooked a great meal. Our Hibachi cook was not Japanese and he did a great job with the food but his rice was a little crunchy. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I love this place but it's pointless of making a reservation. We waiting over an hour and I was about to leave bc people that came after was seated before us. I referred a friend to celebrate her birthday that night and she was a little annoyed but the chief changed all of that. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "It was a girls night out including my 16 year old daughter, so we get seated and we are excitited for the experience and there is a couple there that has already had to much to drink and was bothering the cook and using vulgur words and was puting his hand in places they should not be. my daughter was so uncomfortable it was a very unpleasant experience and I really am not sure if I would go again. The cook did the best he could without ruining the rest of the groups time. So I thank him for trying."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "everyone told me the customer service was poor the Fort Lauderdale location against their opinions I went there for my birthday dinner with 3 other friends and they were right my server Jessica A was not pleasant, did not help us understand that menu, nor did she make any effort to make sure my experience a memorable one. I would not recommend to Fort Lauderdale location to anyone that is celebrating special event. The chef was nice. but you can also tell he was not pleased with Jessica assistance not only did she get orders wrong she didn't even refill my drinks. she would get missing for long periods of time and we would have to send the chef to go look for her.plus she sloppy packed our to go plates.never will I go back."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The food, wine choices, atmosphere, cook, and just basically everything was superb. One of the most fun/entertaining places I've been to in a while. Everyone is laughing, having fun, and eating platefuls of food. Most of you will not finish all of your food, but that is the point!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Still had to wait about an hour even with reservations, otherwise food and service were good "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Our overall experience was very good but we waited entirely too long for our main dish to begin being prepared on the grill. According to the time there was a 20 minute wait between the salad and the main dish beginning to be cooked. The couple that was sitting at our table, we were a party of four, was so upset they almost left. We were also upset but chose to stay and wait patiently. The chef was not prepared to handle unhappy guests when he arrived and referred us to management, but no one ever attempted to come speak with us. Other than that the food, atmosphere, parking, and hostess were all excellent. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Really fun, our waitress was wonderful and our cook/entertainer hilarious and energetic. It is great if you want a good show. If you are a foodie, this place isn't for you."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "This was the FTL location on commercial. Granted it was Saturday night and around 6:30. Not sure how to catagorize not being seated promptly so I dinged them on service above. The actual chef and table service was very good so I ended up giving them an overall fair. The late seating issues was further compounded by the fact that after we had waited 15 minutes a party of 4 (we were also 4) was complaining that they had not been seated in a timely fashion. I heard them tell the party well "you didnt have reservations". They still sat that group before us? About half an hour in they told us that the very next table was ours. In our direct line of sight a table was cleared and then a group from the bar area was promptly brought to that table??"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This particular restaurant had a lovely view of the marina. I was very pleased with the service from our staff and the food was really good too! Great place to celebrate birthdays. Overall an above average experience."
    Dined on 5/16/2014