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Benihana - San Diego
Benihana - San Diego

Benihana - San Diego Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/sandiego-ca-sd
  • Phone: (619) 298-4666
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 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 - 9:30 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, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Ask for Manager

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8 FWY and 163 FWY
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Benihana - San Diego
Prepare for a dining experience unlike any other. Watch as your personal chef performs the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Listen as razor-sharp blades slice through tender steak and juicy chicken. Take in the aroma of sizzling shrimp, lobster and savory vegetables.

Or visit our sushi bar, where your sushi chef will prepare fresh nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls, all with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "My friend and I went for my birthday, and we had a great time. The staff are all so friendly and helpful, and the food is great, except that because of the grill show, all of the seafood items get very overcooked. All in all, a good time."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Have eaten at Benihana - San Diego a number of times, usually for special occasions. This time, it was different, in a negative way. We waited about 15 minutes for our table even though we had reservations. At our table and the table adjacent to us, were two families with bored, tired unruly young children. This lessened our experience. From experiences in other restaurants, adult couples are often not seated with or near families with small children. The food was good as expected. Our chef was pleasant and efficient."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My family and I went here for my birthday and the food was great so was the service..."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Because we do not get our Birthday Certificates which I have to fight for each year then when & if we do get them we can't use them because they expired just b4 our Birthdays or almost as soon as we finally get them. My husbands Birthday was June 28th we went 2 the restaurant thinking we could use it 4 his Birthday which after getting it printed it stated we can't use it because his Birthday was on a Saturday the day we made the reservations & it was 2 late to do anything about it. My Birthday is this next Friday & I still do not have my Certificate & again if I do get it it will problably expired the week of my Birthday & I can't use it either on my Birthday because it is on a Friday. So this year I guess we won't be spending it there."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Overall awesome food and awesome service; and I mean AWESOME... BUT our waiter completely ruined it all once he assumed we wern't going to leave a tip for him. He approached us and said "Just so you know we have the suggested gratuity on the bottom of your receipt (in a serious, somewhat upsetting tone). We thanked him nicely and proceeded to get the tip. When we were about to leave he then approached us and checked our book to make sure we left him the tip. My boyfriend patted his back thanking him and the waiter gave us his back and didn't acknowledge us whatsoever. He was so rude on our way out of the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Having dined at this chain many times over the years, it was always consistant. This location however was horrible. Food sub par, service so bad they had to change servers. Very poor ventilation compared to other chain locations that I have been too. What is good is that kids love it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The amount of food was okay, and the food was just fine."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We were honoring a special occasion for our daughter who loves Benihana's to start with. We parents were OK, but not overly excited based on previous experiences. Setting that as the stage, we had a truly great time and our table chef, Hector, was awesome. He expertly prepared our quality food and gave us a great table show with his knife work, juggling and pitching of various things, and his attentive attitude. We were fairly promptly seated, but whatever you do, do not be in a hurry or on a time budget -be ready to have a cocktail or two and sit back and enjoy the pace."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We took my husband for his birthday dinner and had a great time."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "It was my first time at Benihana. I had an excellent time. Our chef was Angel and he was so entertaining. I loved all of his jokes. Do come hungry. There are many courses and I could not finish my meal. I forgot our server's name but she was so nice. My meal didn't include ice cream but she gave one to me anyway."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "we celebrated our son's 21st birthday and had a horrible experience. there was another group of 4 people and one of them was very unprofessional. he not only used profanity when speaking about his friends but also used racial comments towards us. we are a biracial family and did not appreciate the comments made. he made our experience very memorable in the negative sense."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Awesome meal , great service and really good atmosphere!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Overall time there was really we always go back for the food. Always a good atmospher."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "A group of 4 were there to celebrate my daughter and son in law's 30th Anniversary. Benihana's is his all time favorite place to go for dinner and we all enjoyed the food and the staff were all great too."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I will be returning soon I love the food and the friendly atmosphere"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our Chef wasn't on his game on this night. In a normal restaurant atmosphere, it wouldn't matter, but since the Chef's performance at the table is half the experience, and half of what you're paying for, it mattered. He came out 45 minutes after we were seated, then when he tried to catch the egg in his pocket, it broke, so he had to leave the table to get a new shirt, and that took 15 minutes. By that time, we had already seen the show from the Chef at the next table, so we were all just tired and hungry, and our Chef tried to make up time, so he skipped most of the 'performance' stuff. Not the experience I expected."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Always a great restaurant to go for celebrating special occasions!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food was VERY good and the chef was entertaining and friendly."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Excellent way to celebrate my brother's 20th birthday! He really enjoyed it and the staff were on it when it came to drinks."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I hadn't been in years and was very pleased with the experience. The food was amazing (go hungry) and the entertainment was fun! Better than I remembered. Planning to go again real soon :)"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great and friendly customer service. If you want entertainment and delicious food, then this is where you will have a great time with friends and family. It's also a perfect place to start out your night before heading out on the town."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We went to Beni Hana for a Teppanyaki experience for my daughter's birthday. The head chef,Moi, was our cook and he put on a great and fun show. The food was delicious and well cooked. I ordered the Rocky special which included onion soup, salad, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, chicken, steak and ice cream. The only disappointing item was the soup which was like dishwater with soggy fried onions at the bottom. They should just serve miso soup! Also any substitutions are extra fried rice,brown rice, miso soup, etc. Drinks were good and reasonable and so is the kids menu. They give you a bday dessert and sing an original a ong to celebrate your birthday. It is fun, interactive with decent food- a good choice for groups."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Benihana is getter better than ever before. The waiter we had last time when we visited there was great, but James outshines even the best server out there. We are so impressed by the professionalism and attentiveness of his service that we have to say James is hands down the best waiter we have ever had."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My family and I have been dining at Benihana's for over 20 years now. We make it a custom to eat there to celebrate birthdays, graduations, anniversary's and/or other special occasions. The staff, food and drinks are amazing! I love this place :)"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Host was rude, waitress took order and brought check didn't see her during , had to pour my own water. Service was very bad"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I have enjoyed superb food from Benihanas across the nation and this location was no exception. Excellent food and service!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This restaurant has great service. The cooks ability to capture our attention while cooking was spectacular. We had three children ages 7, 5, 2 and they were greatly entertained by the chef and his show. The food at Benihana is alway cooked to perfection. The best place to celebrate with family any special occasion."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Everything was great! Took us to our seat on time everyone was nice. Food was excellent. No complaints."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Unfortunately i forgot her name and if there is a way for you track her down. But i love our server. She was so friendly and accomodating. She is caucasian and full of energy. She really went all out to please us and as busy as she was, she always took time to ask if there is anything else we needed. She even took our picture and great souvenir for father's day."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Have a family of 5 and everyone ordered something different, At the end We all agreed that seafood, steak and chicken were outstanding, great job. Will be back SOON."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I must admit I was quite disappointed in the food this time. My wife and I have been here before so I knew what to expect. We went on Father's day but it was quite disappointing. It will be quite sometime before we try it again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Upon being seated our "chef" told us she was going on break. The second "chef" came and told us he was at the wrong table. Our final chef was pleasant albeit distracted and went the motions without much enthusiasm. The food was very good,But the real issue was that we hadn't even finished eating when take home bags and boxes were delivered to our table prompting us to leave! We had not asked for a check, had not been asked if we were done eating, just summarily boxed up and basically pushed out. A rude ending to what was to have been a fun family gathering. I will not bring our family of 8 there again. Ichiban in Clairemont has a much nicer ambience and is all around a better place for this type of evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "very good servive good drinks and the food is the best"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our chef was very outgoing and interactive, more so then I have seen in the past. Our only negatives were the room was very cold and my children were complaining about the temperature with their arms tucked inside their shirts.The parking lot was very small due to construction so we did valet park and they were not polite. The service was great and warm and friendly and the food was very good for a show."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "B day grad Teens had fun loved the fried rice, so be sure to get that. Two not able to eat shrimp -no substitution too bad they wanted pineapple. Coupon alert-double ck what is sent. Fun watching the kids faces sit around the corner if table so u can see the smiles. Zack was fun chef."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "It was a blast to bring our kids here for the very first time. They were entertained and even tried new foods. The food was incredible and the experience was definitely memorable for all of us."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This is my fourth time at Benihana. I like the open table atmosphere. We waitress was kind and well knowledge of the menu. The cook was outstanding. They all put on a good show while cooking the food. The menu has many varieties on it, the prices are reasonable. And we always have a good time out. Curtis L. Moss, Sr."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My brother, Chris had been wanting to come to Benihanas for his 50th birthday and started talking abuot it two years ago. He enjoyed himself, as did the 5 family members who accompanied him. Hector, our chef was great and very entertaining. The food was good and none of us left hungry. The meal lasted long enough, but not too long. We had two people (not in our party) at our table and even that was not an issue. Fun was had by all."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food at Benihana's is pretty consistent but this particular location is hit or miss for quality service. We've previously dined here and had excellent experiences but on this occasion the service was not great. The chef was slow to the table and was unprepared for the meal. He had to run to the kitchen multiple times go get more steak, sauces, butter, and shrimp. This all would have been fine but ended up over cooking the meal while he was away. The waiter was very prompt to refill drinks and bring appetizers but was ignoring my wife. It didn't affect my review of the service but she was pretty annoyed by the end of the night. Again, just another sign of hit or miss service."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "First, the parking on the San Diego location is very bad. They only have little parking in a dirt space. They charge you for valet parking or you can park on the street which is very dark at night with no street light. We made the reservation for 7:15 and arrived at 7:05 and they would not sit us even there are available tables. After sited, waiting for quite a bit of time before the waiter came to take orders. And after that waited another 10-15 mins before the chef come to cook at the Teppan. The whole dinner took more than 2 hours. Definitely is not a place to go if you are hungry and don't have enough time to spend for dinner. Food taste good though with good volume. And the price is very high, be prepared to spend a lot for a dinner."
    Dined on 6/5/2014