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Benihana - Newport Beach
Benihana - Newport Beach

Benihana - Newport Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/newportbeach-ca-nbe
  • Phone: (949) 955-0822
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00 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, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McArthur Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We also offer complimentary Valet parking.
A word from Benihana - Newport Beach
Prepare for a dining experience unlike any other. Watch as your personal chef performs the ancient art of Teppanyaki, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well as your taste buds. Listen as razor-sharp blades slice and dice through tender steak and juicy chicken. Take in the aroma as savory vegetables, shrimp and lobster sizzle before your eyes.

Sushi appetizers can be ordered in the dining room, or visit our sushi bar, where your sushi chef will prepare fresh sashimi, maki and temaki sushi from our full sushi menu.

Located near John Wayne airport.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Always a fun place but this time we felt way rushed throughout the process ..do t know why it wasn't that busy ."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Hi, the people on our table found glass in their food and that just ruined my appetite."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "CHEF PEDRO WAS FANTASTIC! He provided a wonderful dining experience, and delicious food. *Unfortunately, if it wasn't for Pedro, this location of Benihana would be getting 1 star at most. I have been to other locations several times, and was immensely disappointed by my experience. I made my reservation about a week and a half in advance, and confirmed it the day of the reservation. My group arrived on time, but IT TOOK 45 MINUTES for us to be seated. The purpose of a reservation is to reserve a table at a specific time for a specific amount of people, and to have that honored."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our waitress was very nice and attentive. Our cook was wonderful, he was nice and talkative when we asked a question. While he was cooking he was telling us what he was doing and made a small joke here and there. For the 1st time being there I had a wonderful experience and will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Benihana's has become one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate special events as well as a great dining experience whether we are just a couple or a group. The food is excellent and the entertainment keeps us engaged. We will introduce ourselves to our table mates and make it a very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I've always celebrated our birthdays there and enjoyed the tradition but this last time I was questioned about my coupon the waitress said it had been scanned and used previously . I was really embarrassed the waitress did not wait till after the meal was over. Even though she said they would comp the meal. I didn't quite enjoy it anymore."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Our family chose here for a belated Father's Day celebration since the Newport Benihana never disappoints! Of course my 6.5 year and 2.5 year old grandsons were in attendance. The waitress and chef catered to both the adults and the children. The food and drink were exceptional (the grandsons were thrilled with the umbrellas in their children cups too). Everyone had a delightful meal and the atmosphere lends itself to celebrations. Whenever anyone in my family gets to choose where they want to go out to eat - they always pick here! Thank you for always delivering an awesome experience from the time we walk in the door until we exit. Bravo!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I enjoyed Benihana with my family, enjoying my mothers birthday. The ambiance and the service was great! But the preparation chef's were a little boring. Many little jokes and gags from pointless light shows to cliche onion volcanoes ruined the fun of benihanas. It didn't engage my family into the preparation of the food, and lacked some flavor of originality and freshness."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "They have a sign on the front door that acknowledges they get you in and out quick during the lunch hour for those of us that stop by during our workday for our lunches. I had a reservation for 2, wasn't seated until 230 and my food didn't even start to get cooked until 3. Well there went my lunch hour and I hadn't even begun eating yet. Needless to say I made it back to the office at 4 making that a 2 hour lunch. Other than that, the food was amazing as always and the chef did great once he did finally make an appearance."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We come to dine here often and all the times we've been here it's been great, this time however. Our server took forever to bring us our soup & salad so we sat there for a long time. another group got seated after us and they got their food first. that was not fun to watch. she didn't give us a cup for the beer, she took forever to the point I wanted to leave. She asked us if we had a birthday coupon and we didn't and my bf was explaining to her he signed up and she cut him off and asked the other party if they had. We come here often & she couldn't give us a coupon when we always pay full price! Chef who cooked our dinner was great. Food was delicious. I hope the next time we go we don't get the same lady. Not happy with this last visit."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Food is consistently great! Service is inconsistent and depends on who you get. Tonight we had a server who missed checking with the guests altogether, did not ask if we wanted water, and did not bring my bowl of rice or a dipping plate for sushi."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Haven't been here in ages but the fiance wanted his bday here. Surpassed my expectations but miso soup was watery and terrible. Salad and service was good. I think its worth the extra $3.50 for fried rice. You can also order brown ride fried rice."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "andres was great and had a great time we will return again for the food and entertainment."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "With the kids grown and gone, my wife and I have adopted a new hobby: dining, rather than just having dinner. So, we gave Benihana's a try, simply because we never had. I doubt that we will be back as it seems clear we are not their targeted consumers. We were greeted by a disinterested host, a young man than seemed to wish he was anywhere else. Our server was perky and friendly and was deserving of the entirety of our tip. We found the antics of the chef boring and lame and the results of his efforts were disappointing. But all around us were families with children as excited as if enjoying Chuck-E-Cheese after a winning soccer game. They obviously had a good time. We did not."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "we bring the grand kids there because of the chef's and the food that they really like."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food is good, but the fun has been sucked out by corporate standards. No more flaming onion volcanos, no more catching food. It was replaced by an LED pocket light on the onion, and a very tame display of chef talent. Staff told us corporate made them stop all the fun stuff that Benihana was known for. Come on corporate America, get the stick out of the mud and have a little fun. It's ok, but I wouldn't rush there."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "As a child we one our birthday we would get to go to Benihana and loved the cooking on the table! Now that I am an adult with kids, I love getting to take my little ones and see how excited and happy they are to watch the master chef! Such a fun place and the food is delicious...can't go wrong with anything on the menu."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The service was excellent. It was funny going to a Japanese restaurant and seeing only Mexican cooks there. But he was very good and kept all of us engaged with his performance. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Finally! We have a chef who is really good in entertaining my kid and could speak English well (sorry no offense) great Job to our chef Andres!! I will be requesting you again soon. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Our family had a fun filled evening with a delicious dinner, as usual. The service is perfect."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "6 friends and myself were there....all went well, but our "cook" was new, therefor he wasn't as prepared with all the special "tricks" they do while cooking, yet he knew the basics of cooking just not the showmanship. We of course had all been there before and knew the "normal" routine, which was lacking. Because we are OLD friends we visited the entire evening and the "show" portion wasn't that important. The food and pricing is good and the menu is extensive. No complaints at all."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Ok... in the 70's & 80's Benihana was, shall we say, "a more reserved dining" atmosphere. Now, it's YeeHA! Part show, part schmlatz, total fun. We had to ask (up front) to slow down the service or it's, "order now-drinks-appetizers-main course-here's your photo-thank you for coming". Very friendly place, but manage your expectations before you sit down and remind the wait staff when seated, so they don't rush you as it is BUSY (do tip accordingly). What hasn't changed is the food quality and a really great place for a special occasion. Go celebrate something fun soon, but be ready for noisy, happy chaos! ...Happy 50th birthday Benihana!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Benihana is our daughter's favorite. We usually go in the evening and the place is mobbed. This time, for her birthday, we went for lunch. We really enjoyed the difference. A table to ourselves, quiet, and the lunch menu includes slightly less but is very reasonably priced."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I've been here many times and it never disappoints. The chef was funny and fun (and there were no children at the table). Service was really good as well."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The waitress who took over while Benny was on break was not good. She brought boxes before even asking if we wanted dessert. I felt like she was rushing us out. We also told her we were celebrating my son's birthday but she never offerred to take a picture or sing birthday song to him."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Besides great food and drinks the organization and timing always perfect between the chefs and waiters you really couldn't ask for more. It is the Mercedes Benz of restaurants. The management team is amazing and tries to ensure every guest experience is memorable and pleasurable."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "It was a great experience for the kids, food was not the best but still a Fun night. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had 3 birthdays to celebrate and it was nice to be able to do that together and use the birthday coupon without any problems!! My kids loved everything!! We had a great time with our friends and family! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Brought my girlfriend for her birthday, and we were both very disappointed. The service was slow. The chef was an older man, we were expecting all the tricks while he cooked, but not once did he do any fun tricks . The table next to us had a young chef, and did all the cool tricks and it looked like his table were having a blast. We were stuck looking over to that table the whole night. Food was good. But just the fact that our chef was not entertaining , made us not have a great time. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "we go for special events, birthdays, graduations, etc. food was very good, enjoyed watching chef & his talents with knife & spatchula. Drinks were tasty, Maiti & White Sangria. Lobster, Fillet Mignon, Salmon, Shrimp, all very good. The noise level this evening was a bit to loud (i pressed the wrong button above & could not change it)."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My mother had her 88th birthday party celebration here. She had a great time and enjoyed the chef's entertainment. Alex provided a great atmosphere and interacted with everyone at the table. Definitely will be back!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I took my 11 year old daughter to Benihana Newport Beach for the first time. She is a picky eater and she ate very good! The service was great and the food excellent, great to break the ice for small parties and sharing the tables with other people was a plus."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was great as usual, services attentive only wished they would have taken souvenir pictures of the mothers and her family. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The chef was excellent and very friendly. He made the special day for my Mom all the more special."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Well our chef was Japanese and he barely talk to us . He probably did 2 or 3 tricks in silent motion . I suggest you get a good chef who can cook well and is able to speak English. It was so boring I wish we just sat down at the no waiting room and by the way we got the same chef when we ate at the same Benihana on March for my nephews bday and OMG he was just as awful as the second time. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I absolutely love this place and how they do things here. The chefs cook the food right in front of you and it's amazing. They are funny too and do fun tricks with the food. I deff recommend for larger groups. It's my new go-to place :) "
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We have never had a bad meal or bad service here. The food & service are consistently outstanding and overall it's a great value for your money. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "It was a great experience! We go there every year, but this time it was nearly impossible to get reservations!! We tried for several days (usually there is no problem) and one reservation time became available! Next year we will make reservations a few weeks in advance!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I ordered colossal shrimp and my husband ordered other seafood. The shrimp was dry, not juicy at all. The chef looks like not very good at those tricks and entertainment those teppanyaki restaurant chefs usually do. I only saw him busy cooking those food for 6 of us (8 guests for each table). And looks like he turn the heat too hot so that our food was smoking. We were not very satisfied the food we had last night."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The gentlemen and his three boys whom we were sharing a table, were so nice and we had such a wonderful time within the group. That at the end of our meal the waitress came to our table and said that the gentleman just paid for our dinner. We are blessed to say the least. Thank you whom ever you are ❤️ "
    Dined on 5/1/2014