Benihana - Pittsburgh
Benihana - Pittsburgh

Benihana - Pittsburgh

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/pittsburgh-pa-pi
  • Phone: 4122762100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Friday: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday: 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 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/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cochran Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking for Benihana guests
A word from Benihana - Pittsburgh
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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Benihana - Pittsburgh reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (53)special occasion (52)kid-friendly (26)great for lunch (13)fit for foodies (9)romantic (7)neighborhood gem (5)hot spot (4)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I dine here often! I love it here and the manager is the absolute best! Very friendly to patrons all of the time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Overall value for the price paid is disappointing. Entree selections are very overpriced. $9.00+/- for a standard speed rack cocktail that tasted pretty much like straight mixer is crazy. One would expect that the Chef's would all be "entertaining" at a hibachi restaurant however, our observance prior to our meal being started left us wondering what our experience would be. Since we were celebrating a special occasion, we talked with the manager in the hopes that we would receive a Chef that would meet our expectations. I'm pretty sure, based on the conversation that took place with the manager and his explanation of how the process worked, it was pure coincidence that we got Nick. He was funny and did a good job in the food preparation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Time for Birthdays
    Snacks
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had 3 kids and 4 adults celebrating 3 birthdays. The kids love the food and show the chef does. Everyone went home with a full belly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very disappointed
    Disappointment
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Pittsburgh Benihana --- new management and new employees recently. the place went down hill. service was very slow, waitress was not attentive and the cook did not know how to cook. very, very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a reservation for 730 did not get seated til 840 on a Tuesday night. We never left the restaurant til 10pm. It was the slowest service I've ever had.
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  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We waited over 30 minutes for one sushi roll. Once seated, no one came over for a good 15-20 minutes. I then had to go up and ask if we could get a waitress. When the waitress did come over she proceeded to tell us that she was not supposed to wait on us. I guess she was doing us a favor? The chef was great, the food was great. The waitress took forever to bring drinks and boxes. We weren't her priority since she wasn't supposed to be waiting on us anyway. This is the first time I have had bad service at Benihana. It was really disappointing. The chef definitely made up for it though.
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  • Great birthday meal
    Jake
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Always a good choice for birthdays. If you sign up online, you get a coupon good for pretty much a free meal the month of your birthday. The food is solid and while not cheap, I always come home with leftovers because you get soup, salad, and a shrimp appetizer with your hibachi meal. It's a nice little show to go with the food as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Everything is always delicious...my favorite restaurant...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benihana's Pittsburgh
    PittsburghBob
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Overall experience was very good. We had to wait fairly long for our chef to arrive. The management gave us some free appetizers to smooth things over. Staff was very friendly and courteous. One thing we noted that felt a bit sneaky was web placed our orders with the waitress. When the chef finally got there he starts cooking the food and then asks if we want fried rice. We all accepted figuring it was an option included with our meal. We didn't know there was an additional charge for the fried rice until we received the bill. The charge was $3.50 each even for the kids. There were 4 of us....so that totalled $14 that we didn't anticipate. We will definitely go back, but for special occasions only.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    yumyum
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It was our son's birthday dinner with family and we all had a wonderful night! The service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Fun
    foodlovers
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very enjoyable watching the chef cook. It's even better when the chef interacts with the diners. My granddaughter had a fantastic time; the chef was exceptional in his attentiveness towards her! A good place for groups or family. Only one small comment about the side salads & soup. Not an appetizing salad(the ginger glob, not good) & soup is bland with maybe 2 ingredients. The chef makes up for this by preparing a very good meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or miss. This time, a miss.
    Kinsella217
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The thing about Benihana is that your meal is dependent on a great many factors. The chef you're assigned, your table mates' manners, and the rambunctiousness of the tables around you. This time, an inexperienced chef wasn't up to the standard. He was pleasant and his trick skills were up to par, but the cooking side of his skill set is still a work in progress. We believe his cooking talent can be improved, but this was the worst meal we've had at Benihana in the decades that we've been dining at this location. My wife's steak was overcooked, given her request. Our hibachi shrimp entrees were surprisingly bland, and the fried rice was inconsistently cooked. It was very disappointing, given how amazing we know the food can be at Benihana.
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  • Horrible service
    DillonwolfVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our waiter complained that we were talking too much and he had other tables to take care of. He kept forgetting our drinks and brought our sushi after our cook came to the table. He was rude up until he brought the bill.
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  • Always excellent
    TheDoctor
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    One cannot go wrong at Benihana, unless you are adverse to Japanese food and an entertaining chef who prepares your meal right in front of you.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Benihna is always a favorite......
    nikkimomof4
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Every year I look forward to celebrating my Birthday at Benihana with a group of girl friends. This year was so exception. Our chef,Tony was fantastic. Entertaining and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for kids
    Snacks
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our kids always have an excellent time. Tam was our cook who prepared excellent food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Chef was wonderful. Service was not. I asked not to be sat at a table with children. Indeed we were sat with a baby in carrier who cried off and on throughout the entire dinner. When drinks were needed they were brought very late. Our last drink was ordered well before our check was cashed out yet we got the drink way after our check was given to us
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Tina
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The foot was great and Tony our Chef was awesome. Service was good and fast overall price was pretty good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasions
    LyndMc
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We go to this restaurant on special occasions. Its always good for a change, the food is always good, and the experience in entertaining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Birthdays
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food and absolutely nice to have a date night away from the kids. Thought the lighting in our area was a little dim.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BAM
    Luv2plumwine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food and service were outstanding! Tam was great. My family has been coming here for nearly 40 years and the last time was one of the best meals we have had ever. Lobster and Filet was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service!!!
    Banksville
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Good food! Chef Nick prepared some great food and, cooked it special as we requested!! Mike the bartender was, as always on top of his game!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was excellent and plentiful with enough left overs for dinner the next day. The chef was very nice, friendly, and skilled with those knives.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hibachi
    Anon
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a group of seven, so we were able to have a grill to ourselves. The chef was funny and engainging. He kept the kids entertained. Food was good - the standard hibachi fare. Nothing different.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for special meal
    Pottervb
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We went with a $30 coupon for a birthday, and both other couples at our table had the same coupon. Our chef was fabulous -very entertaining and good at preparing exactly what each of us wanted. Food was cooked to perfection and portion size was generous. Cannot get a private table unless you sit in the bar and don't eat hibachi, but have never gas a bad experience with any of the strangers we have shared tables with. Just be sure to sign up for their chef's table to get the $30 coupon. Beverages are expensive but very tasty. Desserts are minimal but not necessary after the big hibachi meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Queenoffreds1
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food is always cooked to perfection. Sometimes are seated with other couples that can give your dining an entirely different setting than what you wished for.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Benihana was fantastic as usual. Their hibachi is leagues above all other ones that I have tried. Our cook, Penny, was the best we have had so far.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was yummy, Service was quick
    SandraC
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We were seated quickly even after calling just 30 minutes prior to increase our reservation count. The server was prompt to our table and gave us refills through out the meal... which is always an issue when we eat at any hibachi. Usually once the meal starts you never see your server again and are left drink-less for a long time. The food was yummy as usual and the chef was very friendly. It was a Monday night and not a weekend night as we know to avoid the weekends otherwise its a 4 hour ordeal to eat here even with reservations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Took my 15 year old daughter for her birthday and her friends to celebrate and they had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An okay visit
    JimF
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Been going to Benihana's for the last 10 years or so to celebrate birthdays and such. Usually 4 times a year at least. Perhaps this is the reason this latest trip wasn't so special. The food was okay and the service was good but it was nothing special. Drink prices seem to be a bit on the high side and the menu doesn't seem like it has changed much in years. Just my opinion since the other 3 members of my dinner party said everything was great as usual so we will be coming back for the next birthday celebration in a few months.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food/ marginal service
    Outoftowner
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I have been to Benihana many times in the past 10 years. This was my 1st to this location. I had made a reservation for 7. I had to work a little later than expected. I called and asked about changing to 7:30. They said no problem. We arrived aaa few minutes early and they said their would be a wait. We didn't get seated until 7:50. The servers were running in the restaurant to try to help. Once the chef came the food was as good as other locations. Will give this location another chance- hopefully they were just understaffed that evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    deliciouso
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We went to Benihana for a special occasion and it was disappointing from start to finish. The service was poor. We waited for everything, even drinks because the waitress said she was waiting for clean glasses. Once we got the drinks the waitress basically disappeared so the clean glasses stayed empty. Then we waited forever for our cook who was clearly exhausted. The food was okay but not worth the price without the show. And the bathroom was filthy. My shoes stuck to the floor!
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  • Great Chef!
    fatnhappy
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our hibachi chef Tito made our dining experience wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 189 reviews are from the Benihana - Pittsburgh reviews archive.
  • Always A Fun Time!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I have been going here since I was a kid, and it never gets old! I absolutely love this place and the entire experience that it offers! The best hibachi in Pittsburgh without a doubt!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's lost its edge
    doebtown
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The Samurai is and always has been a great place for kids on birthdays. (I know: it's Benihana now. But a native Pittsburgher calling this place Benihana would be as sacrilegious as referring to the old Civic Arena as Melon.) And the food is good. The fried rice is awesome. The beef is tender and juicy. And the shrimp are mouthwatering. But the last 2 times we were there, our chefs were disappointing: the entertainment factor wasn't there. Showmanship wasn't in their blood and they didn't have the knife skills that make the event so memorable. Furthermore, the physical plant is tired. We won't stop going. But that's just because it's sentimental. But all other things being equal, you might want to look for another place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great... If Everyone's On Time
    Blenvis609
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Almost every single person was so nice about our visit and two late members of the party. Had the most wonderful chef, Mom. However we will not be returning because one of the older hostesses was truly a rude person. She seemed pretty awful to work with and she was angry and showing it about our two late members. She wouldn't let us sit down, so we sat at the lounge and a nicer hostess moved the reservation back. We were allowed by another employee to finally sit down within five minutes of the late party's arrival and the older hostess threw a very obvious fit. It was my fiance's birthday and I never want her or anyone to have to deal with such an impatient and disrespectful person. Really sucks that one person spoiled the experience.
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  • Good food
    GlobeTrotterGeek
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    As always good food and good service at this Benihana. Can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Another great experience here!
    creatureofhabit
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    In my last review of Benihana, I wondered if the chef makes the difference in your experience and I know now that it does. Tony was our chef this time and, although I ordered the same thing I always do, it was better this time than any prior occasion. Everyone in my party agreed. If you go... request Tony!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place!
    Richlynno
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner. Food was good - great atmosphere. Friendly service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great for special occasions
    shtrdglassheart
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I came here to celebrate my birthday. They give you a coupon for a free entre up to 30$. The portioning was great but I feel they were a little overpriced. They sing you happy birthday and the hibachi chefs are super nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate