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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
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "We had an okay experience at this restaurant. The only thing that sucked was that we made a reservation for 7 we got there at 6:50, didn't get seated until 8 and to make it worst we get seated in a table with 8 Adults (counting us) and 2 kids, I barely had space to eat. Very unfair, but the cook was very friendly, is the only thing that made my experience better."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Talk about an A tipical corporate restaurant, this is just the place...the service was great food was boring , but the tapi-chef was good. Well weres the love ooooh I no family owened restaurants is the only place to dine..."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The service was good, and the food was good. Not great, but good. I did enjoy the "show" of the cook preparing our food right in front of us, but a little more guidance would have been nice. The veggies were cooked first, and I waited for the rice to be done, and then added cold veggies. Saved some of that mix for the meat, and then I had cold rice and veggies to have with the meat. The experience was decent, and the food was pretty good, but I am not sure it is worth the hype or the price. It would not be my first or second or third choice at the Mall of America. My real only complaint, other than average food, is that we had reservations for 2:00 PM on a Sunday afternoon, and did not get sat until 2:15."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I took my 12 year old daughter and my family to dinner for Halle's birthday. We had a great waiter and chef. The food was amazing. I love the options you have. They are perfect. The only other thing that I would add to the vegetables of which were onions and zucchini would be to possibly add mushrooms."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The atmosphere is a little noisy , but that's what you expect in that type of restaurant. The steak and shrimp was amazing. Everybody in my group enjoyed the food. I am not too impressed with the salad and the soup."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Visited Mall of America and was excited that they had a Benihana because it is my favorite place to eat at in my home town Michigan . This Benihana did not have Mustard sauce but instead a different kind that didn't taste anything like it ."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was great as usual! The chef was amazing! To start there was a lot of workers standing around. Made 530 reservations and didn't get sat until 6. I wouldn't normally have to much if an issue but I had my kids with. The service was slow! We ordered sushi to come out before dinner and we didn't get it until halfway through dinner (no apologies from the server). Then the exhaust fan broke above the grill and filled or area with heavy smoke. No one seemed rushed to fix the problem and once again no apologies."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My friends and I went here for a goodbye party since we were leaving for college and the experience was amazing! So many wonderful memories were made, the show was FANTASTIC and the food was DIVINE. We already made plans to come here again over winter break~ ^_^"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We Had A Reservation At 730 & Didnt Sit Till Past 8 . . Then The Watress Was Poor On Getting Refills & What Not . The Chef Was Great"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Love the restaurants concept, chef and wait staff were superb and very friendly. Would attend consistently if it weren't for the high cost of the meal. I don't mind paying more for great quality and service but this was a bit steep for a family of four. I paid, with tip 165. 3 adult meals, 1 kids meal, one alcoholic beverage and two drinks. personally I think the meal should have been just slightly over $100. Your business model works for you but if you really want grow and expand, I'd say drop the prices a bit so more of middle class America can afford it more often. Just my opinion. Other than that, loved the overall experience."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Took my family for a birthday, 1st time for my kids and they loved it! We all left so full we could barely get back to the car! The chef was super nice and accommodated our special requests. Will go again!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The food was good, the service was great! Will we eat there again? MOST DEFINETLY!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Once again the food was amazing. Presentation was great, and our chef did an awesome job."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great spot for group get together, very enjoyable time around the 'grill' Just right amount of interaction. well done with the new spot in the Mall of America!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our waitress and chef for the evening was very personable and remembered all our requests! My girls who had a birthday - graduation -moving to college celebration were very pleased with the celebration that Benihana helped us with!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The experience was very fun and my friends and I had a blast! Very nice staff and amazing food!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our family loves Benihana and the new location at MOA is already our favorite in the Twin Cities. The kids even ate their veggies on there plates. The staff at MOA was excellent and super friendly and attentive. Look forward to going back again."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We celebrated our daughter's 25th birthday with style. Every part of our celebration was fantastic. She was greeted with birthday wishes and treated like a queen. This was truly one of the best dining experiences ever."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My Wife and I booked a special night out, were seated within minutes of out arrival time and enjoyed ourselves at Benihana's in the Mall of America. The chef was fun to watch and made us a very tasty meal."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Wouldn't seat us until last party member arrived. We wanted to move to a different section that was 3/4 empty, as was the entire restaurant, and was told it would be a 20 min wait because they only had 1 server. We left."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great service and a fun way to do lunch at Mall of America...way better than the food court and more interactive!! :)"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Very fun and Sammy was spectacular. However, a large delta between chefs.. the table next to us was clearly bummed with theirs and was far more entertained by our chef, Sammy. Great job Sammy."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We love hibachi and so do our kids. This Benihana location was clean, staff was friendly, our chef Carlos was awesome :) and as always the food was amazing. My kids had a blast and gobbled it up, even the veggies. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "It was a fun night with great food and good service. A fun way to celebrate my husband's birthday!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was so good I couldn't stop thinking about how good it was! Will be returning again and again :) The only down fall was the waitress forgot to bring out our deserts so we were waiting awhile even after we had all received and paid our checks."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Overall the evening was OK. Not great, not bad, nothing to say "ohh, I must go back here again". I have been to the Benihana on Louisiana Ave and in Maple Grove several times. Nothing stood out to me about the MOA Benihana experience, which was disappointing. The culinary tricks by the chef are the same as performed at the locations mentioned above, nothing new for a new location. The food was fine, you can't go wrong with steak and shrimp. At other locations ice cream and tea were included after the meal, which was not offered at this location. The specialty drinks were very good. Overall, I am a bit disappointed. I thought that this location in particular would have a WOW factor, but it was clearly missing this."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I ordered mango shrimp, which, for $30 I hoped would taste like mango, but all I tasted was salt. The soup was bland. My husband ordered teriyaki shrimp and beef, which was also poorly seasoned. The service was great, the atmosphere was fun, but I would rate the food as "fair." However, I think it really depends on which chef cooks your food."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was good. Our chief must have been new at this. He did not do many trics and when he tried he dropped everything. Over all we still had a great time!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I'm a Benihana lover, but the past couple experiences at the Mall of America location weren't very good. First, the sushi roll and the soup were both Luke warm. The waitress wasn't quick on getting us our beverages refilled, and the cool took forever to prepare the main courses. He prepared the steak last, so those that only ordered steak had to wait a long time to eat. He also didn't provide much entertainment - and the food just doesn't taste as good at the mall. It has a lot more flavor at Golden Valley. There were quite a few of is that had ice cream that was suppose to be included in the 30 dollar meal and the waitress never asked us if we wanted it. She dropped off the check and didn't return for a while. Just overall disappointed"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was okay and the chef was less than impressive. We've been to other Japanese steak houses before and this chef was subpar. Use caution with desserts.. Someone at or table found a HAIR BOBBY PIN in their ice cream!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great food. Also the chief show was awesome. The services was good. They have a intensive Sushi menu."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Overall the experience was very nice. We had a great chef (previously from Maple Grove, MN) and the waitress was very good. The food was excellent as always but a little on the pricey side. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Service was just terrible. It took about a half hour after being seated before our drinks arrived. Most of them came out correctly but not all. I was never asked if I'd like another glass of wine the rest of the night. Soup and salad were also slow. The chef was lacking the correct number of serving dishes on two occasions. The server seemed to ignore his requests to bring out more. The chef was a little off his game with the show, dropping things etc. He also forgot the seafood portions of our dinners until everything else was done. Being nearly two hours into the ordeal, most of us declined the ice cream so we could get out of there. But then it took another 15 minutes and multiple attempts to get the checks straightened out. Not fun."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We were there for our son's 15th birthday dinner and thoroughly enjoyed our chef and server. The food was amazing and the chef's entertainment was great! It was both my husband and son's first time to Benihana's and we will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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
  • "But the service was terrible. I don't know if we just picked a bad day or not. Had a 12:30 reservation. Was seated at 12:50. Waiting for 20 minutes before we got served a drink and a chef did not get to our table until almost 1:30."
    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