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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
  • Email: newportbeach@benihana.com
  • 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 WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Not going to lie, out of all the times I've been to benihana (6) times, all the servers are very rude! They are all old, Asian ladies, and they are always so cranky! It takes forever to get an order, refill, etc. I can't even get a picture of my family from my phone on my own birthday because they just ignore &walk away after giving the printed one! Especially when trying to talk to them and to ask questions, they walk away and say ok and don't see them for about 20 minutes. The man making the food seemed to be having an off day, he wasn't doing any of the shows and talking. I've had him before, but he wasn't doing anything at all! Also, he was taking forever to make our food! Everyone is just very rude & bad service! Even the front desk!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I used to love benihanas but I guess thats years ago before I became a food critic. The flavors were so bland and meat a little tough. Our chef wasn't as funny as the table next to ours and the other tables constantly caught our tables attention. Overall if you're just looking for an overpriced show benihana is the place for you! If you actually want good quality meat id suggest looking at other restaurants.. the service from our server was awesome but then towards the end she got kind of lazy with it and barely cane to refills. The manager also yelled at the hostess from the moment we walked in to the moment we walked out. Honestly thats not good to see."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food is good and cooked in front of you. The chefs put on a fun show. A bit pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Food is always excellent and we love lunching at Benihana !!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I had my birthday party with my friends, and all of us are satisfied with food and service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food and service was very good; however the Air Conditioning was set too low and it was extremely cold that our food did not stay warm."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have been eating at Benihana restaurants since the 1980's. The menu selections, food and service are still great! Most recently, I was at the one in Newport Beach. Go - take friends or family, and enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Benihana is a wonderful place to take special someone/s to celebrate Special Occasions, or just a great dinner out. Fun to watch your food being prepared in front of you with a show of enjoyment. All the Staff are wonderful."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This place is very good to go on a date for good food and a show very intertaining got seated right away with my reservation very polite employees have no complains for my first time I would love to go back another time ."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a great time. The kids love it and always have a great time with the chef and his show!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "their menu has been updated with some new items, like mango shrimp that looked good."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I had a very good time went for my birthday with my wife. The servers and chefs were very professional we were at the table with other groups but everyone was on the same page trying to enjoy a good meal and a good show. Lots of fun tricks and the food was cooked perfectly and it was also made to order if you wanted something cooked a little longer. I thoroughly enjoyed my time and I plan on returning next time with a few more friends."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have gone to Benihana for years but our most recent visit was disappointing. Chef was boring and under cooked everything. No personality. Service was slow, waitress never came back to refill water or ask if we wanted another drink. Food was smaller portions than in the past and not as good."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We love to go to Benihana not only for the great food and service, but we cherish the photo they take of our group. We have years and years worth of pictures. I have to say though, that the service and the chef were even better than usual this trip. We've had over ten people squeezed at the table, but the optimum number is eight. Oh....and don't forget to have one of their famous cocktails in a signature glass!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Not happy this time. My friend bday and my birthday . Each of us have $30 certificate and the waitress would not let us use both certificate. She said We can use only one . This is weird. What if one person go having dinner by itself . It mean they cant go Benihana in one person I dont mine to pay but its weird to me that Benihana send $30 certificate."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "This is a great lunch spot for a small group to sit and dine and enjoy a meal with a show. We were able to order sushi and share among the group along with our entrees. Our drinks were filled without asking and the meal was filling without feeling like you had to order too much. We had a great time."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Very good for first timers. It was my girlfriend's first time there and she loved it. Now she wants to go there every time we can!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Fun way to celebrate one's birthday. Food was great. Watching the chef is the best."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I was dining with some elderly people and asked to not be seated at a table with children. So, of course, after we are seated they bring in a family to sit with us with three children. Pay attention to requests or don't ask for them"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Had a fabulous Birthday Celebration Dinner!!! The food was excellent and the atmosphere was fun!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I chose this location because we were spending the morning in Laguna for my Mother's 69th birthday. I mentioned her birthday when I reserved our table and when we sat down at the table. The drink server was polite but not overly friendly or excited to be there. The chef was nice, lacked enthusiasm, but he told us to save room for ice cream. The fried rice, meat, and sauteed mushrooms were great, however the vegetables just don't taste the same as they once did when they were sauteed whole and then cut up up upon being served. There use to be I think yellow and green squash and zucchini and now it is strips of carrots and a bit of zucchini with a lot of onions. Our plates/table were cleared and we were given our $60 check. No happy birthday."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Well run. Fun and talented chef. Love the sauces. Very consistent. Love the salad dressing. Nice server."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great food!! Sign up for your birthday on their website and get $30 credit to use during your birthday month. Staff was also very friendly and the manager was nice enough to stop by see how our meals were."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "You go to Benihana first and foremost for the show, teppan-yaki. Our chef was late, and failed most of his "stunts." I found it funny how he would say "next time, next time" whenever he would fail to catch the shrimp tail in his shirt pocket, or carelessly make a mess when making the fried rice. The staff was great, however. They always topped off our drinks, and accommodated to our every request. I guess it just depends on who you get as your chef. Interesting for a first experience, but would i go again? Not likely."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Luis, our chef, was a pro and our waitress more than took care of us by keeping our drinks full. The food was great! We arrived 15 minutes late for our reservation thanks to notorious LA traffic and were still seated very promptly."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This Benihana serves good food with its standard teppanyaki (iron grill) cooking/dining experience that one would expect. Chef Jose was entertaining and also demonstrated his culinary skills. Service was outstanding. The waitstaff in this restaurant have their act together and were very customer-focused."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Awesome! Love this place! Love the food! This is our special occasion spot so every time we go we can expect a good time and good food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was mine & my girlfriends first time here. (Her b-day) & everything was beyond delicious! The food is so fresh & smells amazing because it is prepared right in front of you. & the cooks have a good sence if humor. We enjoyed every minute of our time here. & the ladies at the front desk are real nice also. We got there about 30mins before our reservation & they seated us right away! I am not a big sushi fan but my girlfriend is & she LOVED the sushi! Like I said we enjoyed everything with you guys & it really made my girlfriends birthday special! We will definitely be back soon to enjoy another amazing mean. Thank you for great service & delicious food!!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Went to Benihana with the whole family - wife, two kids, parents and also a close friend. We had a table to ourselves, and a great chef. We ordered lobster, shrimp, chicken, vegetables, so tasted a pretty wide variety of items. Food was tasty, fresh, and piping hot. The biggest part of the eating experience was the performance put on by the chef of course. He did an amazing job, the kids were thoroughly entertained and so were the adults. The fried rice was very good, recommend you definitely get that. The banana tempura and ice cream was also very good. The lobster was fresh, soft, and cooked to perfection. I would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "As like with all other Benihanas, this one was great. Parking sucked but valet was free."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Best birthday dinner ever! Great food and great staff!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Wonderful for groups and special occasions. Kids love it."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This was my first time going to Benihana and sadly, I was quite disappointed. I expected to be entertained and awed and I wasn't at all. Our chef wasn't very engaging. The server was very efficient but again, not engaging. The most disappointing thing for me was the food. It just wasn't good and for the money, it was really bad. My husband got teriyaki steak with green onions and shrimp. I got the tuna. The teriyaki was way too sweet and the shrimp on both the appetizer and the entree were way overcooked. Due to the fact that you see everything cooked in front of you, we were also able to see that the shrimp hadn't been cleaned properly. The chef offered to make my tuna rare, then gave me tuna that was medium well."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I think the service was awesome, however I've been to many different locations and this location had a boring cook. He didn't do a lot if the tricks I've seen and it was my families first time and we were excited to see some tricks and not much were done. Overall good experience but disappointed in the food display."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great place for fun occasions, lots of good cooking, fun times, not for quiet alone time."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Great show , everybody in our party enjoy it a lot our waitress is very helpful this is recommend for birthday group party food is great a little bit noisy due to fan noise and cooking demonstration."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Great meal and great service as always. Bennihana always delivers and is a good value."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Great to celebrate birthday here, though you have the free meal, you still spend pretty good money for your party, but it's great entertainment, the kids will love it!"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "I love Newport Beach and this place is kinda tucked away. That makes for a fun afternoon (or dinner) with very few interruptions. Our chef was the best that I've ever had at any other Benihana. Scallops were perfectly cooked-not rubbery. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "My 2 yearold son had a great birthday party here. Our server was not very helpful with the cake and did not want to get us the ice cream that came with thte kids meals but I don't hold that against the restaurant . . . just a bad server. Think it was the chef's first day or maybe he has just worked there too long. Not very good at his show but he was extremely nice and smiled a lot. I don't really hold that against the restaurant either. Over all it was a nice time. Kids loved it."
    Dined on 1/11/2014