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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
  • Email: houston1@benihana.com
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "This was my third visit to this restaurant and I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was great."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I booked the reservation online for mine and my boyfriends 1 year and 10 months anniversary. It was amazing as it was the last time we came. I enjoy watching my food be made by a great chef who do neat things. Best experience and restaraunt I've ever been too. Love it loved it loved it! We had such a wonderful time! (:"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Way overbooked! Super crowded at every table! Staff was noticeably stressed and rushed."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "WE HAD A RESERVATION BUT STILL HAD TO WAIT FOR 30 MINUTES OR MORE FOR OUR TABLE. HIBACHI CHEF WE HAD WAS NOT VERY INTERACTIVE WITH THOSE OF US AT THE GRILL. THE SERVICE OVERALL WAS SLOW"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The server gave away my nieces birthday cake to another party although her name was on her cake. Didn't bother to confirm if the cake was at the right table. This was the worst experience ever"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We had an exceptional time. My husband really enjoyed the food and the photography that you guys took of us was the icing on the cake!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Only issue was even though we made a reservation we still had to wait approximately 45 min to be seated."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The Chef's at Benihana do an outstanding job of bringing out the best flavors everytime I get an opportunity to visit I go."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Awesome good great service and the chef was great."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My wife and I love the food and chef but the service was underwhelming."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "They need to update this restaurant...it looks dated and old. Food was ok. Didn't go another night we had scheduled due to this night's experience."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Came here to celebrate my birthday for years and was flabbergasted my boyfriend had never been. After telling me that he 'sees no reason in every paying over $20 for a plate of food' I knew I had to take him here to prove him wrong. Yes, the food is costly, but so, so worth it! Great place for a date night or to take your kids to watch them be encapsulated by the wonders of watching the chefs prepare food. If you haven't been, go!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We really enjoy hibachi for the show and interaction. The food is great!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Very loud! Food was just ok. Our chef was a Latin guy who did not say one word. Would not go back."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We probably won't ever dine at this location again. We made reservations several days in advance only to be seated 2.5 hours after 7pm. The hostesses and manager Lynn were rude and avoided customers. They flustered at simple questions and they were condescending. Ruined a birthday surprise we reserved for a friend and it was overall a packed mess. This Benihana's needs to start all over. It used to be so nice. I'll definitely advise friends etc to stay away."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Close to the theater district. Benihana never disappoints in their food and ambiance."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Food is typical and decor is somewhat dated. Everyone goes to Benihana for one reason...because it is consistently always the same experience. Nothing spectacular but a good place to visit with friends. We had a very unexciting table and the food was marginal."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "A fun dining experience. My only complaint is that the building had poor ventilation that created clouds of oily-smoke through the teppan area of the restaurant and permeated everyone's clothes. Our cook was funny and seemed to enjoy his job, which made for a good time."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Love, love, love the food - chef, Israel, outstanding - great seasoning, etc. - servers this particular evening were below par - discussed with General manager and he was very appreciative of feedback and would address it - ALWAYS love going there -"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Great good as always- Benihana is consistent turning out large portions of great food with good service."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Everything was lovely. We did ask our server about validating the $10 parking cost and we were told the hostess does that at the front. We asked her and she said its for dinner only. My son suggested she tell the server that and she wouldn't even comment. A bit rude."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I've dined at Benihana a few times now - mostly for some sort of celebratory event. My most recent visit was for my sister's 18th birthday. We both had a great time and enjoyed the food and chef."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Service was very good with a lot of attention from waitress. Food cooked in front of you and was really very tasty. Only problem was that the air condition setting was such that it was freezing cold and we had to keep on our sweaters and jackets."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "The tall smashed box it the corner by the table made the crowded room feel worse. There was old food on the grill. Fingerprints on window. I could not hear the cook. The food spilled over everyone's bowl."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The chef was great. Very personable. Very animated. Very engaging. Involved all members of the party. Food was excellent. Seafood cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The food was great, but our Chef was not much of a showman. We went with all of our adult children and were very disappointed with the lack of showmanship and he did not hardly talk at all or try to engage the group. The food was great, but not sure if I would go back."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We took a friend out to celebrate her graduation. The waitress didn't hear or understand us half the time, so she wouldn't bring things that we asked for and made no attempt to try. Cups were left empty for long periods of time. The hibachi chef was entertaining however food was bland and medium rare steak was very rare on the inside. We all left unsatisfied and didn't feel like we could voice our concerns to anyone that would care since both waitresses seemed like they were unhappy to be there."
    Dined on 12/16/2013