Benihana - Houston - Downtown
Benihana - Houston - Downtown

Benihana - Houston - Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/houston-tx-ho
  • Phone: 7136598231
  • 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: 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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Benihana - Houston - Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (45)special occasion (38)kid-friendly (29)great for lunch (15)romantic (12)fit for foodies (11)late-night find (9)hot spot (8)great for brunch (4)scenic view (3)neighborhood gem (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Missing server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    It was my birthday event. And although I had a certificate for my bday I did not expect service to be bad. I have been there numerous times and my server was very absent minded. Our drinks were not refilled. She forgot my second drink that I ordered but charged me for it. We had to wait forever to leave. I had my family that went for there first time and was annoyed by the wait. This was a weekday bday dinner and we spent 2 1/2 hours there and not by choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Felt a little rushed by the wait staff but overall experience was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My experience at Benihana
    Love
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It was our first time there and I highly recommend --it amazing experience from the food to the chef made super fun and wonderful experience. Overall it was great. Please request chef Louis he's awesome!! :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for the kids, great steak!
    Kingwoodmom
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Benihana is a fun time for a family special occasion. Steak is great and so is quality of the food. Chicken fried rice is a must have!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible
    Briana
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I went to this location for my birthday celebration dinner and when I got there, I knew it was going to be a bad experience. I had a group of 15 of us and the front lady was so rude to us. She lied to us and said that the kitchen was closing at 9:15pm. We got seated at 8:50pm even though my reservation was for 8:30 so we felt rushed as it was. They didn't come until almost 9:10 to place our drink order. When we got our drink it was until almost 9:20 that they took our food order. After placing my order and drinking some of my drink, I noticed something was in my cup. When I looked further, I realized I had a roach in my drink. Just horrible. I told the people and they just brought me a new drink and didn't apologize or say anything about it
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Benihana
    CheeCheeBrie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great place for date night, girls night out or a simple family get together. Chef was entertaining and interacted with everyone at the table as he did tricks and cracked a few jokes. The food was very delicious and they give a pretty good portion of everything. Came last night (Saturday) and the place wasn't really crowded at all. There were 2 of us and we had a 6:30 reservation. We got there early and were able to sit down at 6:15 with another group who was already there. I learned that if you are a small group you will very likely share a table. This is only my second time to benihana in a lot of years so I didn't know that, but I didn't mind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We love benihana's. Downtown it is a fun energetic place. The wait staff are friendly and quick to help. The chef is entertaining and cook to order. We are d always happy when we go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive but worth it
    Nomnomfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was a great experience for my date and I. He loved the food, only thing was the chef was mediocre. He didn't do many tricks, I like to have a good time and he could've made it better. Other than that I loved the atmosphere and food. I
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too hot and too noisy!
    TCBartonVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    As soon as we entered the restaurant all were heard were patrons complaining. Not being seated with reservations, and people saying they were sweating over their food. We almost left before we were seated because we had been to another location before and it also was very hot inside. But we were seated at our table at our reservation time. It was very hot and very noisy. No one ever approached us to explain why it was so hot or to offer an apology. That is very unprofessional and tells me they really do not care about their customers! Will not return!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kudos
    msking
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My waitresses was Mariska and she was so attentive and sweet. My party had no problem leaving her a big tip. Because she had us laughing and made sure we had everything we wanted and needed. While waiting on 4 other tables. Awesome service. And the food was exceptional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Experience Ever
    UnhappyDiner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have been going to Benihana forever and have never had such a horrible experience. Even though we had a reservation we ended up waiting ~45 minutes after our reservation time for the table. Once we were seated our drink order took an unusually long time, but this wasn't the worst of it. The soup came as usual, but the salad didn't come until the cook was almost done preparing our dinners. The waiter/busboy never came back to pick up soup or salad dishes so we ended up clearing them ourselves to a table that hadn't been cleaned. Since we hadn't seen our waiter, we had to grab another server to order drinks. When they didn't come, my husband ended up going to the bar to get them himself. Needless to say, I will never go there again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only complain is
    Nice
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot and Noisy with slow service
    EndosamVIP
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • friendly staff
    BestWaitress
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I will NEVER be back
    Daisy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way overpriced for Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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
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  • Good food and entertainment
    TXEllen
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the atmosphere
    kcnative
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Bad
    DZAdita
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very poor customer service
    Patter7621
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, fun, entertaining
    MJKoz
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • crazyforu4sure
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • getting boring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food had no flavor. Show is tired, boring and the same time and time
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beginning not too satisfying
    PG11
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not What It Used To Be
    LoveNewRestaurants
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It's Not What It Used To Be Needed More Flavor & Chef Was Sloppy!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner!
    LinusVanFoodie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great dinner, great ambience and service. Pedro was the best doing that little show on the Teppanyaki.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wezan8r
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Love the food, been eating at Benihana for over 30 years! Visited in Hawaii, Utah, AZ and TX!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend it!!!
    diddy
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The atmosphere is great. The dishes are amazing especially the crunchy sushi roll. Chefs keep you entertained with tricks.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced but hood food
    GrandmaVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I thought the restaurant was perfect for a birthday celebration, but wow was it overpriced, and no real desserts. Just ice cream .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    Ruky
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I really enjoyed the chef he was friendly and the food was great!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luved it
    GeorgiaGuy
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 226 reviews are from the Benihana - Houston - Downtown reviews archive.
  • Good place to go
    Twall
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Diner
    FrankDaTank
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice celebration
    Wtassin
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    sunshine
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Birthday
    FirstTimer
    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!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Atmosphere
    RicoTBL
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch for Co-Worker Leaving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.