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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
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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Diner Reviews
  • "Loved the food, my only complain is the waitress took too long to get our orders and more then ten minutes to bring out the drinks."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I have been to several Benihana restaurants but this was the worst. The noise was not the fault of the management since there were several loud parties, but the low ceiling seemed to accentuate the sound. The air conditioning was not working in our area. The manager brought a fan and placed it near the people at the opposite end of the table but didn't offer us any relief. When we left, I noticed that the a/c worked in the next room - just not in ours. While we sweated in the heat, we waited an inordinate amount of time for our food after our salad. Again, the manager apologized to the other party at the table, but said nothing to us. I don't know if he expected to pass the message or if he was just ignoring us. I'll not return."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I loved that we had the same waitress as we've had the last few visits. So sweet, funny, and helpful. Of course, the food was amazing as usual."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Once I booked my reservation, it was never voiced to me that my entire party had to be present before being seated. While waiting, I overhear the hostess tell another party they could be seated, as long as they place and order for the party guests who were not present within 15 minutes. However, this option was never presented to me. The food was just okay. As we're leaving the parking garage, the woman at the gate informs us our parking would've been free if someone at Benihanas would've stamped our ticket. I was completely unaware of this. She was letting us know for future references, but there will not be any future dining for me, my family, or friends at this establishment. I really thank you all for ruining my 20th birthday."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My husband's had never been and it had been several years since I had been. We did get a good chef, but it was extremely hot, loud and food was just ok. For $100 for two people NO DRINKS I EXPECT MORE ENJOYMENT"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food was good and the chef did a good job entertaining the group while he was cooking. The bottle of wine that we ordered arrived warm. They did not have any bottles chilled and put the warm bottle in a wine cooler with ice. We had to wait for the wine to chill in order to drink it. I would have appreciated being offered a different wine that was chilled, so we did not have to sit and wait for the bottle to somewhat chill."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I love the presentation of the website. I had several Asian choices to chose from but this site stood out. The one thing I loved most was I was not disappointed once I got to the restaurant. I will return."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "It was nice, we had lunch reservations and were seated immediately. But we had to wait a bit for guy to come start cooking & once he did the table wasn't hot so we had to wait another 10 mins. But food was good. Just don't come here unless you got time to spare, it's not an hour in/out type place."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Totally poor customer service, even as a birthday meal. I will never return to this Benihana's again, ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We had to get up and service our self to get refills. I hot up to speak to the manager stated the would take care of me, but he didn't do anything. Made reservations as requested on your web site, then told we were to early, when we arrived just 10 minuted before we were to be seated. 2 other table were seated and their food started before our order was even taken. We had to get up and get our own refills"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I have a great time at this location! The hibachi chefs are great and are sure to contribute to your evening. The service has always been great and the atmosphere is light and energetic. Sitting at the hibachi table is always an experience and we enjoy the jokes of the chefs. Or if you choose to have a more private dinner there is always the bar area or private dining for couples who would like a more intimate dinner. The manager visited our table as well to ensure that our dinner met all of our expectations."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My guests and I had a wonderful time. We all agreed that it was a fun and exicting night filled with delicious food. Thank you Benihana!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food had no flavor. Show is tired, boring and the same time and time"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a 7:30 p.m. reservation in which we arrived at 7:15 p.m. We were told we could not be seated until all our party arrived. Our party rushed to come arriving on time at 7:30 p.m. We were not seated until close to 8:00 p.m. The hostess was pretty clueless and not apologetic for us having to wait. The manager did not seem friendly at all. The chef was not too entertaining being we had our children with us. However the waitress made up for the frustration with being friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "It's Not What It Used To Be Needed More Flavor & Chef Was Sloppy!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Great dinner, great ambience and service. Pedro was the best doing that little show on the Teppanyaki."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Love the food, been eating at Benihana for over 30 years! Visited in Hawaii, Utah, AZ and TX!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The atmosphere is great. The dishes are amazing especially the crunchy sushi roll. Chefs keep you entertained with tricks."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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