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Benihana - Mall of America
Benihana - Mall of America

Benihana - Mall of America Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com
  • Phone: (952) 594-6205
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Toshiya Nemoto
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3 floor inside mall, next to Macy's
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Benihana - Mall of America
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 and dice 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 flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "The filet mignon and the chicken were both on the tough side to chew - definitely would not expect this for these types of meat. I ordered the filet mignon "medium" like I always do at restaurants. The restaurant was too cold - I was wearing a warm-up top and it was still too cold. My 21-year old son had goose bumps on his arms - he was wearing a t-shirt. We made an online advance reservation for 6:00pm and arrived on time. However, we did not get seated at a table until 6:25pm - are you kidding me? Benihana's is about my favorite restaurant in general, but this particular one needs to improve on the things I have noted."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I think the whole act of the choo choo train is stale and the energy level of the chefs isn't what it once was. The food is good. Spendy, but, good. I have visited this location twice in a month. Maybe that is the issue. Better if it is more of a special occasion place."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This is a new location at MOA. First time dinning at this location and there is noting I can say bad about my experience. ..except that their wad a bit of wait time even thow I had a reservation. Every entertaining for the kids and the food was fanominal! I had the tiger shrimp, scallops and lobster entree. They cook it right in front of you!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great time for my daughter's birthday lunch. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Everything we had was delicious. Love the fried rice and yummy sauce. Neither the waiter nor the food prep person were very good. Both kept forgetting things."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The grill cook did an excellent job and was entertaining. Amazing skills. But we were seated 1/2 hour past our reservation, taken to a table not set up, then went to another table and the waitress got 3 of our 8 orders wrong. Ordered Teriaki steak and got Teriaki chicken. Not sure we'll go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Had a great time, food was great! Will surely be back"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I wasn't aware that in order to use my birthday coupon that I had to purchase another meal full price. I also didn't receive a birthday picture which I have received in the past. My guest asked for steam rice instead of fried rice and didn't receive it into we were half way through our meal."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "In town for All-Star game went to mall of America to catch a movie between games. To my surprise I see a Bennihana. He'll yeah. Mad a reservation for dyer movie and order my usual. Teriyaki chicken and fried rice. Sauce tasted a bit different but not bad. Yum yum. Cook was grrrrrrrrreat. Do miss the big fire."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The staff seemed to lack energy - all of them and not happy to be there. No one checked to see how our meal was or the service. Restaurant was extremely cold - we had 3 kids and 3 adults and all of us were cold. Food got cold quickly on our plates because the A/C was blowing right down on the table. We would not return to this Ichiban - not on par with the others."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We normally eat at the mpls location off hwy 394. Shrimp sauce is not up yo par at MOA location yet. Service was okay chef presentation okay not as good as other locations. Service will hopefully improve the longer they are open."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had a great night out with the kids for a birthday dinner. The good was very good and the kids sat still watching everything. We arrived at 5:30 and it was nice and quiet until we left around 7."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "However I was very glad I did not bring my children. While there 2 kids fell, I feel there is no child entertainment so not very appropriate for say my 3year old and my 6 month old. Great for date night or group parties though."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to celebrating my mom's 70th birthday; however was disappointed that the MOA Benihana did not have the mustard sauce and did not cook the fried rice first like all of the other Benihana restaurants that I have been to. The waiter was outstanding and did a wonderful job with my 3 year old twins."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We were seated around 6:50 PM at a hibachi table. Our chef started around 7:40 and the food was not finished being cooked until around 8:15. The chef neglected to season the steak my wife and son ordered. Not sure if this was by design or simply forgotten. Way too long of a wait for a non-entertaining hibachi chef. I seriously doubt we will go back. There are other Japanese restaurants that are better."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The service is pathetic. Have been there twice and botht he times have had to wait more than an hour after having reservations. The food is pretty ordinary and can be compared to any other Hibachi place in the twin cities but you end up paying more than double. The service is pathetic. the first time they served me the wrong Sake and served reheated tempuras whech were oily and not crispy but hot. When confronted, they re did the order and the second time they forgot to serve the appetizers. They eventually served it in the middle of the main course when reminded. Also they forgot to serve the rice along with the appetizers and had to be reminded. For the the price they charge we could have had a far better experience at another restaurant."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was good but we ordered our sushi when we ordered our drinks and we didn't get it until our food was almost done cooking."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great time at the MOA Benihana! We were there for dinner on a Saturday evening to celebrate a birthday. We were a little frustrated that although we had a reservation, we were given a buzzer when we checked in and waited about 10 minutes. I realize that we were a party of 4 wanting to be seated at a hibachi grill for 8, however, I felt the wait was inappropriate. Our chef was outstanding and very entertaining. The food was delicious and freshly prepared. Two of us ordered entrees that included dessert, but it was neither offered nor served."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We love Benihana and are excited that it has come to MOA!! This is a great place for any occasion."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were very dissapointed in the dining experience. Our seating time was 7pm. We were seated soonafter that, however the waitress did not come for out order until 7;30. It wasn't until 8pm that our chef arrived. The service was lacking. The meal was nothing special and I can get just as good of a presentation at our local Genji's"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We are huge fans of Benihana - love the food, the atmosphere and the chefs. However, this location was not at all like the others we have been to. First, no server came to get our order, we waited over 20 minutes. Second, the table we sat at was uncomfortably cold. We asked for the air conditioner to be adjusted numerous times. It wasn't until my husband took our 8 year old son away from the table to warm him up that the manager finally looked into it. Third, they cooked the wrong fish for one of the meals even though they double checked it at the start of the meal. Fourth, they completely forgot to serve us rice. Fifth, our waitress gave us an attitude when we asked for some kinds of discount for the missing rice."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had reservations but had to to wait for over an hour for the chef to be available as they were under staffed. When we finally got our food, it was nothing impressive. Though the chef was funny and tried his best. Hats off to the chef but over all first time experience was disappointing."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Had to wait 45 Minutes before the chef even started making our food after we were seated. The table next to us waited about an hour."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "William was a great chef who made sure to engage my young nephew and made my sisters birthday a great time"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My wife and I took our 9-year old daughter for her birthday to Benihana in the Mall of America. While the food was good and the chef was talented, our experience was horrible. The waitress messed up everyones order, my wife and my daughter did not get any rice. No one was given the salad we ordered. My daughter did not receive her ice cream. When it came time to pay, everyones ticket was wrong. I asked to see a manager, and after a 10 minute wait, I explained how no one at the table was happy. Out entire table was comped our meals (The bill had to be over $200!) While the food was good, the experience left me thinking I will not be going back to Benihana in the Mall of America."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food at Benihana's is THE BEST! The chicken fried rice (upgrade) is the best I have EVER had ANYWHERE. I can not even duplicate the flavor at home! It's also interesting entertainment - depending on your chef that particular night/day. Perfect for that birthday celebration for young and old alike!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We love the new MOA location, with open table we got right in on time with our reservations."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food was what we expected. Very good. Chef was great, however the waitress STRUGGLED! She was slow, never brought a straw I asked for twice, left us without drinks or refills for a good portion of the dinner, took forever to bring the bill and then messed the bills up. Think I'll go to the one in Gilden Valley next time even though this one is closer to my house..."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Love Benihana... this location has plenty of space for many groups. Nice it is at MOA to shop before or after..."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "While part of our party did arrive late, they would not seat us until our whole party arrived. Once ex did get seated we were kept timing for our chef for an hour. While waiting the server took our drink orders & our food order & then brought out our rice orders with no sign of our chef. The rice went cold & he eventually had to bring us new rice. It ultimately took more than 3 hrs to eat. Needles to say we were not happy about that."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The server seemed new; unfamiliar with the menu and slow service in getting our drinks, pre-meal food, and check. The chef was fun and lively. The food was amazing."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We headed to the new Benihana location at the MOA for my birthday celebration this year. (We typically go to the Golden Valley location.) The guy who served us our drinks and took our order was friendly and more than willing to accommodate all of our special food needs. We were very impressed with him. The cook, however, seemed a little too quiet and even though we told him some of our food needs, he seemed to forget a lot. We were disappointed that there was no picture, ice cream, or birthday song as we have experienced at the other Benihana location. Overall, we had a great meal so that was very nice but the service was average."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We made a reservation for 6 people at 7pm. We checked in on time and we weren't seated for over a half hour. The server was distracted and got three orders messed up. I ordered an appetizer when the drinks were ordered and didn't receive it. I ended up cancelling the appetizer order because we were eating our actual meal. The server didn't ask about refills on drinks until the glasses had been empty for fifteen minutes. The chef, however, was very nice, energetic, and he made sure that we got the food items we ordered. He was very entertaining and he did some tricks that I hadn't seen before. I left the tip primarily because the chef was so great."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I've always wanted to go to Benihana. Everyone talks about how great it is and how nothing compares to it. I beg to differ. I've had much better. The food wasn't very good, except the yum yum sauce. The chef was forgetful and didn't make enough food for the table. The waitress was lovely and kind. I wouldn't go back there for as much as it costs or for the food. There are Osakas everywhere. They serve more food with the meal and it tastes better."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "They have been open just over a month and have some lapses in service. Two birthdays at our table but gave my candle to another at table, didn't sing Happy Birthday. Had trouble with final bills, didn't take $30 coupon off and had to redo the bills. Two gals from Maryland needed receipts for business expense using cash and credit card and were the last to get final billing. Almost missed shuttle to hotel. I know it will get better for them as other locations are great."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Amazing new restaurant with 24 hibachi tables to serve you. Entertaining chefs cook for you while you enjoy the delicious 5 course meal. Family friendly and lots of fun!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Raymond was the Chef, absolutely amazing and fun. Jacob our server was very efficient and accomodating. Will definitely return to this location!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Although it's not exactly an authentic Japanese experience (our chef and waiter were Mexican), the food is excellent. I have seen much better teppanyaki shows and chefs, but for entertaining young kids it was fine."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I have always liked eating at Benihana. I always went to the Golden Valley location but it was so far. When I heard they put a restaurant in the mall I was really excited. My experience here was a good one. Everyone was very very friendly, the waiters you can understand and are very helpful for those who have never been. The chef was really good too, I brought my son with us and he did some fancy tricks to entertain him. He also was very nice and cooked everything the way you asked. I love the GARLIC BUTTER, just makes everything that much better. The shrimp sauce was also Amazing! I enjoy my experience and will be back!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food at Benihana is always good...the show that the chef is supposed to perform is usually disappointing. This night was no different. He did 1 trick with the fried rice...that was IT! The chef had to ask for more food twice and then had extra food that wasn't ordered that he ended up cooking and offering to us. The lack of communication between the chef and the server was very visible and frustrating because it took longer for the chef to cook our food and everyone at the table were getting impatient...AND there were 3 kids at the table, which I also have an issue with. Benihana is fine dining and it is no place for small children. When we book, we should have the option to request a table with no children. Thoroughly disappointed."
    Dined on 6/13/2014