Benihana - San Diego
Great place for family celebration!Our reservation was honored on time. We had a very entertaining chef who catered to our special occasion - 21st birthday. It was fun and the food was very good particularly the steak entrees. This is a good restaurant for special occasions and larger groups. The price was reasonable given the courses and the quality of the entrees.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMawesome chefI've been to this restauraunt several times and by far, Erick M. was the best chef we've had. He was funny, energetic, and the food was good. The best part of sitting around a big table is having a chef who can wow the crowd (and cook good too).6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat foody experience :)My husband surprised me by taking me out here and boy, it was more than worth it.
Especially the way food is prepared before you (with all the antics of the cook that kids will love) is a totally different experience.
Good for going in groups, as you might be seated along with different groups if less than 6.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLove itThanks for the moment,food was great,we had a lot of fun
And we enjoy our dinner6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMNice but needs remodeling.Nice but needs remodeling. My part really njoyed n tipped extra for chefs show. Last ones to leave table. Didnt want any fun left behind.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGood ServiceEverything workout well. We arrived on time and we had minimal wait time. The internet access to making reservations was easy and convenient. I was kind of worried that the reservations would be lost or misplaced but everything turn-out magnificent.
We will be back.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat!We had David as our cook and he was awesome! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and had a great time6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMA nice place for a differentA nice place for a different and refreshing atmosphere. The food is great. Service is very good. Well reared children can appreciate the concept. Don't bring little ones as it will be inconvenient to other patrons. A must visit experience for all.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMHighly Recommended!Great food, best teppanyaki chef & excellent service!5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMHectors chefLove the chef made it so fun and as a first time I will go back5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service and showBirthday celebration with a tight schedule. Service staff knew it and gave us great service even though we had to be done in 90 minutes to make theatre curtain. Apple (waitress) and Max (chef) were terrific. And food was to usual high standards, and we're finicky eaters. Great birthday overall.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday DinnerIt was our first time at Benihana's so, we were excited. We immediately felt the energy from the hustle and bustle of the servers and the volume of the customers as soon as we entered the restaurant. In no time at all, we were taken to a table for eight, where we filled in the last two seats. The sever went over the items on the menu and provided us with the house specials. We ordered chicken fried rice, the Las Vegas roll, and the hibachi chicken and steak. The hibachi came with onion soup, a side salad, and green tea ice cream. The hibachi and rice were cooked right on the grill in front of us while entertained by the chef, making pacman or volcano shapes with our food. We had a great experience, especially for my birthday!5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceGot there 10 minutes early. Were asked if we would like to be seated early-of course. Our chef, Hector was amazing. Not only did he entertain he spoke to each individual at the table. He individualized each meal to our liking. He was very entertaining. Even people at other tables were applauding him. The food was delicious and very filling.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMSuggested gratuityI love this place for birthdays and the fact that when you sign up for your birthday on their website get a $30 gift certificate. They have gluten free soy sauce, my mother has Celiac disease, but she can still come for the party, her food is cooked in the kitchen. The six people we were seated with were fun people. The chef was nice, still fun, more practice will get him up to the level on used too. Then the suggested tip, 18% was suggested, we didn't feel it was deserved. The waitress run out to the parking lot and told us we didn't pay our bill. We paid our bill in full and left what we thought appropriate for her service. She said the certificates said 18% was mandatory, unable to verify and feeling humiliated we have her the money.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMFavorite PlaceBenihana is possibly my favorite restaurant. It's just one of those places that is reliable to a great dining experience. You can go there and know you will have great service and great food. I have never disliked anything I ordered here and I have never left unhappy. Benihana is a great place to stop in for sushi or have a party with friends.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesomewe always have a great time at this restaurant. The food is great the wait staff is excellent and the chefs are awesome at what they do. We go to this restaurant every year for our birthday meal and it is the best experience of the year.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMService great. Didnt haveService great. Didnt have to wait to long to be seated. Only complaint we had is that our shrimp tasted a little old.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMcelebrateWe celebrated our daughter's 13th birthday there. Everything was festive.....food, staff, etc.
We were seated with two young prom couples who were delightful.
We'll be coming back sometime soon.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst TimerMy wife and I went here for the first time. I was expecting the food to be mediocre, and be focused more on the showmanship of the chef. The food was fantastic, and the Chef was terrific. The food was so fresh and tasty. The fillet mignon was one that rivals most steakhouses. The Las Vegas rolls were probably one of the best piece of sushi I've ever had. My wife had shrimp, lobster and scallops. The whole plate tasted like it was caught that morning. We like the casual atmosphere, although it's appropriate for more special occasions. We will definitely be making more trips to Benihana5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMFunny great place..!!!Is my second time at Benihana - San Diego, the service was great, the chef was really funny and the food outstanding...
Thanks for such a great night...!!!!5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMMothers Day DinnerWe had a resevation and were seated ahead of time which was nice.
Kyle our server was very good, and our Chef David was very entertaining.
The food was excellent, over all a very fun time for the whole family.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMkids (and adults) love itThe 4 kids in our party were mesmerized. Great show. Great food. Expensive.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA great first experienceI took my friend from Isreal here. It was his first time coming to San Diego. There wasn't much on the menu he could eat, due to his religion, however the chef took the time to speak with us about what he could and couldn't eat. They ended up custom making sushi for my friend. It was the nicest experience and friendliest service I've ever experienced at a restaurant. Thanks again guys !5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMPromI took my prom date to Benihana and it was amazing. We enjoyed the food and service.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was excellent andThe food was excellent and the chef was very entertaining. I went with my wife and she enjoyed herself so much that she is thinking about coming again very soon. The waiting staff did a great job of making us comfortable and made sure that we were well cared for.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing ExperienceThe food was great & so we're the mixed drinks, & I am very picky with both of those. I had a amazing time with my boyfriend & some family. It was my first time & I would defiantly recommend this restaurant to all of my family & friends(: I have already talked & posted about it about it on my social networks.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday celebrationZack was our chef for the table and he was excellent!! He showed he has a lot of tricks and he made it fun for us!! Always had a smile in his face and he has excellent sense of humor!!! It was a perfect celebration for my sisters Bday and he made it even more special!!! Thank you again!!!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat experience!I had the scallops & my husband had the steak chicken shrimp combo. It was all very good & I will order the scallops again! The chef was fun as well as talented & made my 4 yr old grandson's birthday very special.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMLove BenihanasWe had a great Birthday party dinner at Benihana San Diego.....great Chef Leo....delicious food, great service!! One of our favorite restaurants!!!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMoutstandingAtmosphere was energetic and food was great. Like everything that was on my plate.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was great and itThe food was great and it was fun to watch them cook the meal right in front if you.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOur reservation was scheduledOur reservation was scheduled for 7:30 pm we arrived at 7:15 and the parking was horrible. I feel like they have minimal parking just so you are forced to pay the valet $5. Which isn't a big deal it's just unnecessary. But other than that the food was exceptional, I ordered the salmon with avo tartar sauce. Our waiter was great, quick and friendly. The cook was not that great though . He hardly spoke and didn't seem to into the show.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was an amazing experience.It was an amazing experience. I loved it! The chef's table was a delightful. If you ever want great food and an awesome experience come to Benihana.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst dinner experience hereHad a great bday celebration here the only bad thing is it was really hot & stuffy in the room they sat us in, other than that we'll def be back!!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMZenji was amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazinZenji was amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!! Everytime we come to Benihana, we request to sit at his table. If he's not there, we leave! :)4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional well executedExceptional well executed dining experience. Pleasure to watch your meal being prepared for you inches away and with seating for 7-8 there's an opportunity to see what you may want to sample on your next planned trip.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our 1st visit andThis was our 1st visit and we enjoyed ourselves and we would come again and recommend this place to family and friends. Chef Miguel had us laughing and entertained.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways an entertaining adventureAlways an entertaining adventure , never disappointing, thank you4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMI have always loved comingI have always loved coming to Benihana's, and this time I brought my cousin and her family to celebrate her birthday. I think her 4 year old daughter had more fun watching Erick? Eddy?, the chef putting on the show. Our reservation was at the San Diego location April 13th, 2013 @ 12pm. We were seated and served promptly. Staff was friendly and courteous. After watching my cousins daughter laugh at the chef, I think we'll back for her daughter's birthday next month hahahaha.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience,but needs makeoverOf course everyone knows this is an awesome experience. I have been here millions of times over the past million years... lol I will say that it is due for a make-over. It is the same setting with the same decor and the same experience. I do notice that they have opened up the bar area into an actual seating area, that is a bit crowed on weekends, and awkwardly set so that there is a teeny tiny bar now, with absolutely no standing room, or sitting at the small bar. It could have been thought out better but always fun there, great energetic atmosphere. Wish it were a bit more modernized with the times though. Love the food and the chefs!4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed a birthday lunchWe enjoyed a birthday lunch at the Mission Valley Benihana's Restaurant. The teppan chef was exceptional preparing a wonderful meal at Our table that was tasty, delicious and fresh. The service was good and the wait staff was courteous. The ambience was fitting for a Japanese restaurant with ample parking with both off-street and on-street available.
If You want an enjoyable dining experience in nice surrounds prepared at Your table with fresh, high quality food and ingredients, then Benehana's is the restaurant to go to.
Join their birthday club and have a $30. dining certificate sent to you for use during the month of your birthday for use Monday through Friday.
Bon Appetit at Benihana's in Mission Valley.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMI absolutely loved the foodI absolutely loved the food and service. My five year old son is so picky with food and he loved the rice and the chef kept him entertained. It was a great experience.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat dining experiencethe service was outstanding. We all had a very good time with our server as well as our cook.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Japanesealways great food and good service. I have been coming here for over 20 years and it never disappoints.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent experience for myExcellent experience for my first time. Our chef was very professional and had a wonderful sense of humor.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome service and food,iAwesome service and food,i was celebrating my 50Th birthday,had a great time, our chef and server where great.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful experience.We had a wonderful experience. The whole staff were very courteous. We will definitely return soon!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolute fun experience...AngelAbsolute fun experience...Angel was our cook and he did a great job...great food! I have told all my friends/family and they seem to all be interested in going to Benihana's...we will come back soon too!!!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMPhillip made us feel we werePhillip made us feel we were the most important people in the very noisy room. Our glasses were always full and the food was, of course, delicious.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful time. TheWe had a wonderful time. The group at table was active in interacting with our chef. The food was delicious!4/2/2013 12:00:00 AM