Benihana - Newport Beach
Benihana - Newport Beach

Benihana - Newport Beach

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

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 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, 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
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 - Newport Beach reviews from OpenTable diners
141 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (102)special occasion (100)kid-friendly (67)fit for foodies (38)great for lunch (33)romantic (15)neighborhood gem (14)hot spot (13)late-night find (9)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • lpbstang
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Great place, awesome food! Will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's a FUN place to go for the entertainment!
    HappyBrian
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Dining at the teppan table is always FUN! as seeing the chef's entertaining us with very decent food quality!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is an entertaining place for all the family
    eatinglocal
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We love the food, we love the experience and it is a good place to celebrate a birthday. The servers and the cook were fantastic, and the food is delicious. We come here for all birthdays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    1crazywife
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Jesus our chef was excellent. I have been going to Benihana for years but his show was unique and entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good fun, good times!
    JMF1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Benihana is always a fun time. Best to go with a group. Food is a bit too salty and it get loud in there but worth it. Always have to wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait time-ehh
    byeeeeee
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was outstanding as usual, it is my fav. I had a problem with the wait time. I made a reservation 2 days in advance for 7:30, I did not get seated until 7:55. I had two small children with me who were sleeping by the end of our dinner. If we were seated that 25 min before that wouldn't have happened.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun Place to Eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was prepared perfectly, the kids are entertained by the chefs and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's Benihana's!
    Goldgrinch
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Was looking for a later (10pm) place to eat in Newport Beach and the Benihana's was right next to the hotel. Have eaten at Benihana's many times over the years (but only once in the last 3-4 years) and it was just business as usual. Fun crowd and a good show by the chef. I'm a fan of the food so I was happy. The service at this particular location was top notch. Didn't have to wait for anything. The girlfriend was also very happy as she was able to unwind with a fun cocktail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • $$$$
    GreatIntertainmentTHOUGH
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It's Benihana's - what's not to love?! To make this an honest review - attention, service, etc. - great - ambience, not so much. We were freezing (long air conditioning "strip" across entire top of wall behind us) - bring a sweater! Although the food was good, it wasn't "great." Not great enough for the price$. Our jumbo shrimp had a slightly "odd" (cleaning solution?) taste. We'll probably come again, but not for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Filet Mignon is excellent
    Mikkomaniac
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Came back twice in the same week for the filet! Great food! Great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday fun
    justCelebratingMeals4ofus
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had an awesome meal cooked up by Vee when we were there on 10/7 celebrating my son's 11th birthday. It's a great place to celebrate your birthday because they take your picture and make it available online so you can keep it, post it or send it to friends and family. Thanks for always making this a fun place to celebrate special occasions!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our new tradition!!!
    Foodyfamily
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We love Behinana. My husband and I been coming here for the past 12 years. Now with two kids they both love coming here too. Trisha Santiago
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smoke gets in your eyes.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    One of our group complained that the smoke from the volcano and cooking food seemed to be coming straight at her, and she would need to wash her hair and clothing to get the smell out. I don't know what can be done about it, but it did seem the way the air moved that what she was saying was true. It was fun and something different than your normal dinner out. I had forgotten my sweater in the lobby area, and staff was very polite and helpful in locating it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great experience!
    Goldie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My family and I come to Benihana---special occasion or not---for three reasons--great food, enjoyable entertainment, excellent service. If you want a fun evening with family or friends, this is a Must-Go place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Must Try for All!
    sportstar7489
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Phenomenal service and food! Would recommend this restaurant for groups, families, and dates!! Very inviting, great atmosphere, amazing staff!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • chop chop
    somethingnewVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We always enjoy celebrating family birthdays at Benihana's...especially with their birthday club $30 certificates. They were really busy but service was slow to begin but once we'd ordered and food was coming, it was great as usual. Great chef, meat slightly overdone but why I order my steak rare. It will come up medium rare to medium....but all was great and we enjoyed the food, ambiance and service very much. A favorite!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We waited about 14 minutes before we were even greeted. When we were greeted, we were ready to order. Server took an additional 10 minutes to bring our drinks. Meanwhile, tables sat AFTER us were already getting started with their chef. No manager presence. No team service. Just not a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Missed the mark completely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We left thinking this place is the Olive Garden of Teppanyaki. The food is ok, but most teppanyaki places are as good or better and serve much larger portions. The vegetables, especially were in very small portions. We were disappointed. It lacks an authentic feel. Each cook does the exact same routine as all the others, the decorations feel like they're trying too hard, the servers are stiff and have a mis-guided take on the idea of Japanese service. The whole thing just felt off. I'd rather go to Koki's or one of the other places that understands the concept of Teppanyaki.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    Maria
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Yen is the best server ever! I've been to this Benihana several times, in addition to other Benihana's. Yen was absolutely the best server I've ever had. She checked on us frequently, we were never out of drinks, and she was super friendly and always smiling. She went through the menu with us and offered options to our picky children. I hope this review makes it back to her and her manager, she's awesome.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    foodiechick
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I've eaten at Benihana many, many times before but this was my first time at this location. We had our reservation at 7pm and got there a few minutes before. We were not seated until 7:30pm. The service at the table was terrible. Our server was very slow and took a while just to get our drink order. The table next to us had been waiting for their chef and were told that there weren't any available and they were trying to find someone ASAP. Our food was very bland, burnt, as well as over and under cooked. Something bothered my stomach and I wasn't feeling well for 2 days. Overall, the slow service and poor food were disappointing for Benihana standards and we will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    Veedub
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a great place to celebrate special occasions. My boys (ages 7 & 8) loved it. It was their first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE BENEHANAS
    Starbuzz
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We just went to Benihana's in Newport.... FANTSTIC TIME!!! The lunch is soo reasonable and less people then dinner. Also the chef was the BEST! It was a birthday celebration and he was a big part of it! You gotta go!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    JoeG
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Celebrating my wife's birthday and everyone involved were pleasant. The food was prepared accordingly and the show the chef puts on is always entertaining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's family fun, date friendly!
    JYOlovesLaguna
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Just a fun, notable franchise of wok table cooking... Chicken, steak, shrimp. Chicken fried rice a must. My brother calls it the "sizzler of Chinese" and that's appropriate. Food is good, I like it but it's not fine dining my any means. And you walk out smelling like food! Fun, loud, cooking with entertainment chefs.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, diner n chef
    Dine43
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The good was very good. Not excellent because the steak was not as tender as we like it . The chef was superb. His name was Ye? A bit noisy. The need to sound proof ceilings. Overall I'd go again. Their service was excellent. Aim to please.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    VPRes
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food was perfect. Our "chef" Jose was a riot and prepared the food just right. We were seated almost immediately and had a great time. We will go back as this was our first time at this location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food is great and it is an entertaining place for a late night dinner.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is an outstanding place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great for large groups and special occasions , go with a large enough group and you get the whole table. Entertaining for the children , we are repeat customers
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Newport Beach
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've gone to this facility and also the one in Anaheim. I must say - the one in Anaheim is much better. We were there Friday for lunch and the chef dropped his utensils many times, did the egg trick and missed his pocket twice and had to dig the shells out of the bowl, did the same old tricks (been going for 30 years) - the volcano, beating heart etc. My ten year old granddaughter asked me if they ever learned new tricks because she has been there many times and it's always the same old thing. The guys in Anaheim try to make it a little more interesting. The waitress was slow and never came back to offer refills or bring water, which we asked for twice. Will drive to Anaheim next time for sure.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still rocking it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Awesome Meal, amazing show (Jesus was the best chef yet, and I will ask for him in the future)Keep up the great work, you got this!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday occasion
    sshhelm
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a party of 8 for my birthday.The service was great .The food was so good! The best part my whole family came including my special needs daughter who 5 years ago we would have never brought her.She did great and loved the hat.Fun night!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday experience
    birthdayboys
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Every year for 10 years, I celebrate my birthday at Benihanna. The Chef birthday coupon is nice but I didn't enjoy the change. Regardless I celebrated again this year. Cook was nice, company at table was nice but hostess/server made the experience horrible. My 15 year old nephew, visiting from NY and going for the first time even commented how bad she was. Her attitude just made the celebratory event flat. She didn't listen, was combative in her remarks and overall disposition unpleasant. I go to lunch here frequently but I will now reconsider my options. Please provide better training.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My sisters 50th birthday
    Mich714
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The reservations were very easy to make . Thank you for making her birthday very special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was good and the service was terrific. Our two young children loved watching the chef at work and enjoyed the show. Both our server and our chef were great with the kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beniho-hum
    Robin710
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was less than impressed this time at our dinner. Same stuff being done-volcano onion...beating rice heart. We like to have new special visual sensations, especially for the cost of the dinners. Boring-ah
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • missing chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Everything was perfect until we sat awkwardly with 6 strangers for 50 minutes (after our salad had been served) for our chef. In fact we watched the table in front of us be cleaned, set, seated, waited and their chef come before ours.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    Tracy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I go here at least once - twice a year. Always have great service, delicious food, and a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredibly slow service
    KatzVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We like Benihana most of the time but we went there for lunch on Sunday and the service was so slow we weren't served food until 45 minutes after we sat down!!! They should have a lot more chefs preparing the Teppanyakis. The "show" our Chef gave was mediocre and kept on having to repeat the "acts" because he was not as professional as others we have seen. The food lacked flavor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent for a small group event
    Greatfood
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We have a celebration for a success at work. Total of 8 people, perfect for all of use fit on one hibachi tables. Entertained by the cook, enjoy a great lunch and socialize with colleagues. Great fun.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing experience - so happy!
    LocalVegetarianVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Thanks to our great chef Jesus and our great server, our night was perfect. My drink was fabulous - and they accommodated my picky palate (vegetarian and I don't like this and that…) and it was perfect. None of my food even had to mix with others' meat grease or anything like that. I was super happy about this. I am so picky and had my kids, husband, and mother with me and it was a perfect night for all. THANK YOU JESUS!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate