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Benihana - Houston - Downtown
Benihana - Houston - Downtown

Benihana - Houston - Downtown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/houston-tx-ho
  • Phone: (713) 659-8231
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday: 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 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: Between Clay & Polk
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Benihana - Houston - Downtown
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.

Or visit our sushi bar, where your sushi chef will prepare fresh nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls, all with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I thought the restaurant was perfect for a birthday celebration, but wow was it overpriced, and no real desserts. Just ice cream ."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the chef he was friendly and the food was great!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My lady and I went for our anniversary. It was great only thing the chef cooked over cooked our steak but either way it was still good. Look forward to visiting again soon."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We went for lunch but for some reason it seemed like it took a little longer than usual to get started. The one cook did the table next to us and then came back to do ours so they must have been short. The table was not sit up so someone had to bring hiom mopre bowls for sauce, and for rice. Still the food was good, the cook had his funny jokes, and we enjoyed teh people at our table."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I went for lunch on Sat on Father's day weekend. I knew from looking at the menu on their website that lunch prices were 1/2 of the dinner prices, but they handed us Father's Day menus which were same prices as dinner. When I asked about the lunch prices that I saw on the website, then they gave me that lunch menu. But you had to ask. Was disappointed with that."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I am a fan of japanese food, specially tepanyaki. This is one of my fave restaurant of all time, always great food and service. I highly recommnend it!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My Family and I (8 adults and 2 kids) enjoyed the Hibachi style dining experience. My guest were an hour late, but the restaurant was able to accommodate us and honor my reservation. The waitress was cooperative and took many birthday pictures upon my request. The chef was bilingual and carried conversation in Spanish and English, which made my parents feel comfortable. Also, the restaurant stayed open half an hour after normal closing hours and didn't made us feel rushed to finish our diner. Overall an enjoyable experience; I will definitely return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Was not crowded at all. Food was good. Nothing spectacular. Could not understand waitress so that was very frustrating. Chef just seemed to be going through steps and a script. Not really into the entertaining part of the job. Was not the best I've been to. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "had 7pm reservations for my daughters 17th birthday, we were told that we could not seated until the entire party had arrived. We were all there and waited an additional 20 minutes. we did not get seated until 7:45 pm at the very back of the restaurant, literally next to the emergency exit door. The table host and chef were great. The table host in training gave me the wrong wine 3 times before someone intervened and correctly brought my Moscato."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Benihana's is a must visit for every family. For first timers, it's a delight. Sure to bring a smile to your face. The Chef puts on a show but more remarkable than that is the freshness and taste of the food. We can't wait to visit again."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This was a great place to take a co-worker who is leaving the job. The place was in a great location not for from the job and easy access. The food was great and everyone had a good time."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "After running late for a 7pm reservation, Benihana was more than accommodating! I originally reserved a table for 10 and only 5 people showed and it was not a problem! I had a marvelous birthday celebration and I will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "First time trying Benihana's in downtown Houston. It was absolutely great! Go when you want to really eat! So much food and so many options. Definitely a place to try again. Not recommended for vegetarians. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Very enjoyable! Louis GREAT chef and Fong GREAT assistant. Both Louis and Fong definitely made our first visit an pleasurable experience. Food was delicious! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I first experienced this place 12 years ago. Now I know why I never went back....HoRrible! I seriously, just forgot. It really is fun to watch them cook the food in front of you BUT why does it taste like $H^+. Nothing was seasoned and it was so bland. I read mixed reviews when I booked but thought I will still give them a chance....I really was more excited about the show. Oh well. Good Luck if you decide to go. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I had a good experience here because the waiters and our chef were very polite and accommodating. However, the hostess was very rude to us! We had a reservation and 3 of the four diners arrived on time. One person was ten minutes late because of a traffic accident on the freeway. We walked in and greeted the hostess. She proceeeded to say that we would not be seated because our party had not arrived yet. I explained about the accident and asked that we just be seated. We were planning to just order some sushi and wait until the last person arrived before we ordered our entrees. The hostess reacted very rudely and would not let us be seated, even though we were going to wait to order. She really acted like she didn't want our business. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Of course the food is going to be amazing. It was mother's day so it was packed. They sat us about 15 minutes later than our reservations, but that seems to be respective for holiday standards. My wife and I love eating here."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was over crowded. No place to sit and wait. An hour wait on reservations. We almost left because the hostest said we had nine reservations before ours. Five minuets after she told me that while we were walking out the door they call our name. So she obviously didn't know what she was talking about. They had all tables going and it was so smoky you could hardly breath without coughing. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "A waste of a Saturday night. Very rude hostesses- but that's what you get when the rest of the house is so disorganized and they are forced to deal with disgruntled customers. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Good food and with a reservation not much of a wait which worked out well with a 2yr old."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "They got my order wrong burnt my shrimp fried rice had to argue with wait staff about My order couldn't get my drink refilled don't want to go back!!!! :("
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We've dined at Benihana for over 20yrs in California, our first time in Benihana was a great experience… until the end of the meal. Our chef 'Chin' was amazing, food was exactly what we expected, all the flavors were there. The big let down was we were not offered green tea or/and ice cream. We were really looking forward to finishing our meal with green tea ice cream, and we would've gladly paid for it. The bottom line is we felt we were rushed to leave."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere and food! Celebrated my birthday."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I brought my daughter's for the first time and they loved it. We shared a table with a couple and had Louis as the chef and he was very entertaining. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This was a fun dining experience before we went to the Rockets playoff game"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Always have a great time here! My kid thinks it's so much fun! Good food!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Beware that your entire party must be presented before they will seat anyone. They ask you to stand in their cramped ugly bar area until everyone shows up, which is ridiculous. They could seat you and just not start the food prep until everyone has arrived. I was there with a baby in a stroller and a grandma using a walker, so this was a big deal. The hostess apologized for the inconvenience and the manager was totally unsympathetic. Also their dining room needs much better ventilation. We walked in and it was like facing the smog of a 1970's airport. Still, the show was a lot of fun as usual and the food was fresh and tasty."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food was fresh - no real flavor though (only seasonings used were salt and pepper). It was hard to hold a conversation due to the noise level. You'll need to sit in the bar area to avoid the loudness. I had the chicken, shrimp with brown rice, side of scallops and a Mai Tai; it cost me under $57 which I found to be a little steep."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Good was good. Wish the shrimp sauce was better. Very smoky in the entire restaurant and felt like they even had a door open somewhere because of the chill. Me and my clothes reeked of food and smoke."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was great, the staff was nice but no one validated our parking or even mentioned anything even though we were there for over 2 hours. After spending over $100 we each had to pay $15 upon leaving the garage that is connected to Benihanna. The parking staff was rude but I don't blame the restaurant. It's common courtesy to remind or ask customers or clients about validating when you know it's an option. A disappointing end to an otherwise good night out with friends."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Fun place for kids and birthdays. Great group setting and service is really good. Food is good with huge portions."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Ive been to this restaurant before and ive always enjoyed it with my girlfriend and friends. However, i decided to bring the whole family here for a birthday dinner, and it was phenomenal. Its something the family enjoys. From the chef, food, drinks, menu, seating, staff, everything.. it was so great! I definitely would recommend this idea/place to someone who deserves a great time."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My fiancée always wanted to dine here, and it was a wonderful surprise for her. She loves Japanese food and visited several restaurants, but never Benihana. The food and service were very good. The shrimp were juicy and tender. The chicken was also tender and seasoned to perfection. The servers(staff) made recommendations on the food and spices, which was excellent with the meats. We also enjoyed the drinks with our meal. It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "They wouldn't sit us until our whole party was there and we were planning a surprise birthday party."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "It's Benihana... We know what to expect. Fun to drink Mai Tais in the goofy glasses that you can take home. The more Mai Tais you drink, the better the food tastes. Still couldn't help wondering why I was there but I am sure I'll wind up going back again sometime in the next decade."
    Dined on 6/3/2013
  • "Benihana is an energetic place to experience hibachi. Staff is friendly and food is excellent. The chef's are entertaining for the most part. At first glance, the prices are expensive but, the amount of food you get and the show make it all in line with any other establishment."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Attended this restaurant during lunch and sat at the hibachi grill. Food was not that great and neither was the service. I did not get a refill until the end of my meal and had to ask for the check long after our meal was done."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Visited Benihana for my birthday. Our chef must've been new because he didn't know the tricks & showmanship that we were accustomed to. The food was not seasoned well either. Overall, it wasn't the experience we were expecting."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to the Benihana in Downtown Houston for Valentine's Day. This was my first time ever going. Let me tell you...that was the best time we ever had, especially on Valentine's Day. The food was excellent and the service was great. We would definitely come back to Benihana, especially this location."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Entertaining Chef, good table of strangers that liked to mingle, and wonderful tasting food - great Valentines Day choice!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014