Benihana - Mall of America
Benihana - Mall of America

Benihana - Mall of America

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/
  • Phone: 9525946205
  • 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: Sushi, Steakhouse, Japanese
  • 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
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 - Mall of America reviews from OpenTable diners
219 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (157)special occasion (152)kid-friendly (76)great for lunch (50)fit for foodies (39)romantic (27)hot spot (24)late-night find (18)great for brunch (13)neighborhood gem (10)notable wine list (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Great Choice
    GottaGoAgain
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Benihana was the perfect place to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Our family and friends enjoyed the food and service. We felt comfortable and had fun. I want to go back soon and would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Entertianment
    GolfingGirl
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It's a great dining experience, entertainment for the entire meal time. The chefs keep you watching and entranced while you watch your food go from bowl to grill to plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and fun
    smodog01
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were on a girls trip to MOA and were happy to see Benihana there this year. A couple of us had been to a Benihana before, a couple had not, including myself. We enjoyed meeting new people sitting around the grill and engaging with the chef. It was a fun evening and the food was absolutely fresh and delicious. Everything was cooked the way we liked and we even have one picky one in the group who was catered to by the chef (no mushrooms, no zucchini, no onions, etc.). This will definitely be a girls trip must next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New chef.
    Melsen
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Took over two and a half hours to get our dinner. Should not throw a new chef out during a busy dinner service. He was slow and over cooked everything. I felt aweful for him. When you are spending that kind of money for dinner management should be certain that their chef's are well prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DiscerningDiner
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Service was slow. There didn't seem to be enough wait staff, but the food was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome but....
    CougarswanMOA2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I put the "but" because, the amount of food was kinda small for the price I pay. Also we requested garlic brown rice and waitress brought it to our table realizing kitchen forgot to add garlic flavor to it so my and my wife had to wait til end of our dinner service to be served with garlic brown rice. Then that rice was sticky and heavy garlic taste to it. Overall, we enjoy our chef who is fun to watch and watch him show off his skills. Also enjoy the birthday cake and the plum wine and me/wife conversation was wonderful during dinner service making us forget the outside world for a while. I would come back and making sure the waitress will be aware of our orders. :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • RSVP and still had to wait 25 min
    BriG
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We got there on time for our RSVP and still ended up waiting, then they wanted to group us with 3 more parties, so we left because the experience wasn't going to be what we expected for a birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh Food and Fun
    sumthinsweet
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We enjoyed watching Chef Carlos prepare our meal. His quick wit and chef skills made for a fun evening and the food was amazing. We had the beef and chicken special with fried rice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration
    Lovit3
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was our first time coming here and we will definitely be going back soon! The food was wonderful, the chef was entertaining and did a fantastic job. Our server took care of us, got everything we needed, cleaned up in a timely manner, and made sure everyone was happy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleased
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I went here for our anniversary. We had never been here before. The staff was awesome. We had no idea we would be dinning with other guests, but it ended up great! The food was terrific, the service was too. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the $!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We were seated 45 minutes after our reservation time. Had the hostess told us the wait would have been so long and told us there was a bar we would have been content waiting. Instead we stood outside in the mall hallway waiting. Our server did not know what sushi was and she said she asked the manager and he didn't know what we were talking about either, listed on the Benihana menu is sashimi / sushi - shrimp! The food tasted good but is way over priced. You can get the same food along + a much better experience for half the price at Osaka.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a typical Benihana experience
    lbm926VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The MOA location is closest to our home so we made a reservation for 6:30 on a Thursday evening. Even though we had a reservation, we were given a pager and told it would be a couple of minutes. Twenty minutes later we were finally seated (I had to go back to the front desk) but being seated and being served were two very different things. The manager asked a waitress "if she could handle another table". Needless to say, service was very slow and our chef was not their best. We later found out two earlier tables were over an hour late for their reservation and were still seated pushing everyone else back. The manager did give us a substantial discount and I will go back but the MOA location needs to get their act together.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service
    Nozama
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The waitress messed up the drinks serveral times, bringing coke when ordering sprite. They were out of the beer one person in our group wanted so they just brought him another opened bottle without asking, not a kind that he wanted to drink. They were then charged on the bill for that one they didn't order. Our chef was obviously new, took about an hour and a half to get all our food, so all the vegetables were extremly cold by the time the meat was cooked. We had burnt onions and zucchini on our plates to eat for a good 45 min+, which certainly aren't good to eat my themselves, just waiting for the rest of our meals. This was one of the worst experiences I've had there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Snuggle
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Carlos, did a great job preparing our food and making us feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lived up to it's reputation
    loomie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great entertainment, excellent food, fun, memorable evening and birthday celebration
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed with MOA location
    MPMD
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We have been going to Benihana for years and this was by far the worst experience we had ever had. From being seated at a table where literally all the chairs had to be wiped off due to water dripped on them, to luke warm soup, to the chef realizing when it came time to start cooking the main course his cart was missing all the meat, to the chef being very slow and over peppering everything and the absolute worst was that the shrimp sauce was totally watered down to the point it wouldn't even stick to the food, it just dripped right off anything you dipped in it. If this is how the Mall of America location is going to run their restaurant we will not be returning
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I don't recommend this location
    kindaokDine
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It seems busy and not much care taken compared to the other Benihana locations like Golden valley, MN. I would go for the one in Golden valley rather than the one in MOA.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MOAdiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great meal for dual kids birthdays! Server seemed new and unsure about some things. It was slow going on the clearing of the plate from the different courses. Our host got scolded for putting 7 menus down instead of 6-WTH? That was weird. Overall good experience but those little things stuck with me throughout the meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it
    birthdayGal
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have been going to Benihana faithfully for over 20 years to celebrate our birthdays and the mall of America location is as great as ever!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bday
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great place to celebrate special occasions with a group of people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gregoden3034
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food was excellent! The only thing I would change is have the food get to the people quicker. It seems the wait was a little too long for most people at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benihana Celebration
    Onlythebest
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We celebrated our daughter's 16th birthday - it was her choice of restaurant. We have been to the Golden Valley location previously and always had a great experience. The reviews of Benihana MOA were not all that great but we made an early reservation and were seated right away. This was an issue in the reviews I read. I must admit the show was not as entertaining but the food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice addition to the MOA
    mj1064
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We went for my birthday dinner. At first I was annoyed, because we made reservations and had to wait (even though the place was practically empty). When we asked why we were waiting we were told that we made reservations to sit at the grill (which we didn't). We finally got a table in the dinning room, it just took 20 minutes! Our server was nice. The food was prepared just as we wanted with good flavor. A little pricey, so not sure it was completely worth it, especially my drink (not even sure there was alcohol in it).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great food nor great service.
    Jeannie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Not great food not great service for price . I had gone to this chain a number of times before but have not been to one in a number of years and enjoyed the experience but I must say this or maybe it's just kind of boring and the food is not so great for the price
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday surprise
    foodlove84
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I planned my boyfriends birthday a few weeks in advance at the new location they were so kind and accomidating Our reservation was at 7 asked them to seat all the guest first and my boyfriend and I would show up after we wnded up later than I thought and they were still so awsome at keepingthe ssurprise! Everything was perfect we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for kids
    Jacks
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The concept is fun. Kids love it. But the service is slow, the food is oversalted, and not really that great of quality. Would I go again? Sure, but only for a kid's function.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great
    billierae
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food, great service, wonderfully entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT PLACE AND GREAT FOOD!!
    PUNKIN
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I LOVE THIS PLACE!! AWESOME GLAD ONE HAS OPENED IN THE MOA THE BEST SO FAR.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    jrploccv
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our server was rude. We had a birthday coupon for 30$ off and my fiance had forgotten her Id. It was listed as a requirement so I asked her to ask manager if we could still use it and if not I figured whatever we're already here. She said " I can ask but he'll say no." With a condescending tone to her voice. So I asked her to ask at least ask and she disappeared to grab drinks. She then came back to the table twice and avoided my attempts to get her attention. When she finally came back for our tables orders and I asked again she flatly said no. I had observed her not even go near the manager up front and decided that we would not eat there that night. On the way out I asked the manager if she had asked him and he said she hadn't.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good.
    pz55068
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Rude service, rude patrons, over priced food. Not recommended.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday Dinner!
    suself
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My family and I were here to celebrate one of my brothers' birthdays. It was a great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great for Birthdays
    love2dine
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We always do our Birthday's at Benihana. The Mall of America is new and this was our second time here. Very nice inside and a fun place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday dinner
    PhotoGRL
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We went out for my birthday dinner and honestly everyone in the restaurant must have also been celebrating their birthday too as every 5 minutes we heard the birthday song being sung! I felt like I was at Applebees! Please stop this tradition! Our seafood was all slightly overcooked and therefore rubbery. My husband's Salmon was good and my Filet Mignon was very tasty. For the price my expectations were pretty high and they were not met.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Experience
    Kimm
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I had an a nice time and good experience. But I they changed the birthday certificate, both my daughter and I have a birthday 6 days apart and we wanted to enjoy dinner without other people. I had to buy an extra entree to use the cert and I brought it to work and gave a way, so it really wasnt a birthday cert. It probably doesnt happen very much, but I am single and I often dine alone. I think they should consider reducing the cert or removing the "buy a regular price entree". Over all it was ok, because after all the confustion with the cert the camera's we not working for the birthday pictures. This is the MOA location which should have a higher standard.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • might I say perfect?
    andrej
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I made my reservation with the intention of meeting up with from friends from the cities area, as I am from Bemidji. We didn't have to wait at all and our experience was superb! Great food, excellent drinks, and such an entertaining chef. Will definitely be back on my next trip down to the cities.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Group Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Most of our group had never been to Benihana before and were extremely satisfied with our meal and experience. The portions were more than enough and the drinks were delicious! Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to tighten up
    MinnyGurl
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good quality, but need to tighten up on some professionalism. Waiter paid attention to pretty young patrons but ignored older couples at the table (who spent more)
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • over priced
    cmafood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Mediocre meal that was incredibly expensive. For two people, no alcohol or appetizers, $73 before tip. In addition, i noted in reservation about food allergy and still had to notify waitress and chef.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually like Benihana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was great as usual! My complaint is with the Chef….he was not entertaining at all. He did a couple of things at the beginning and again at the end. Nothing in the middle. The tables around us were oooing and ahhing - having a great time. The people at our table were talking to each other for something to do.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do not miss
    Mathans
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great restaurant in the Mall of America. Nice place to sit down and unwind after a hectic work day or shopping. The Chefs are authentic and their creations are a fun to watch. You will never get bored.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.