Benihana - San Diego
Benihana - San Diego

Benihana - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/sandiego-ca-sd
  • Phone: 6192984666
  • 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: Sushi, Japanese
  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8 FWY and 163 FWY
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Benihana - San Diego
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!
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Benihana - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
247 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (192)good for groups (178)kid-friendly (122)great for lunch (48)romantic (34)hot spot (33)fit for foodies (29)great for brunch (20)notable wine list (13)late-night find (12)neighborhood gem (11)vibrant bar scene (8)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Dinner and a show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great place to go with a group of friends. Make sure to ask for garlic butter on everything!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointed
    jasper
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I was very disappointed with our recent visit, specifically the food had no taste whatsoever. Even the sauces were extremely bland. Most of my party felt the same way. For the prices you charge, we could have gone anywhere else and gotten better food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We come to Benihana often for teppanyaki. This last visit we had slow service. It took 15 mins to get seated even with a reservation, another 15 mins to get someone to take our drink order, another 15 to get the drinks. The chef finally made an appearance an hour into our wait but didn't have it together. Overall, it took 3 hours for the whole thing. No apologies for being late or slow. A bit disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EnzoS
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Prices are high for what the food actually is. Our server barely stopped by to check on drinks, etc. My Arnold Palmer was empty for half of our dining experience. We asked for our kids food at the beginning of our dinner, it didn't show up until after we were almost done with our food. One Mexican cook was going back and forth gossiping with the other cooks, totally unprofessional. The guy didn't have a clue I actually understood what they were talking about. Won't go back again. Felt like I was in Walmart
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place
    Shelby7
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Making reservations was super easy and I love how you can make them online. The wait was not bad at all and our chef was very funny and lively. The waiters are always around when you need them and the service was great. It was a little noisy but I definitely recommend eating here if your celebrating something or just for a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Birthday!!!
    Sandra
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had 5 in our party, one of them was 6 years old, who had never seen the magic of Benihana Grill Chef....she was mesmerized. Miguel-San, as he called himself, made sure he incorporated "kid friendly chef magic", making a Mickey Mouse out of the fried rice and a train from sliced onion and zucchini. He was fantastic. We all ordered a different plate, and everyone was very pleased with their choice. The Benihana Mojito's weren't bad either. I would recommend the Grill dining for any special occasion!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jamgood
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Especially good chef tonight at the Teppan Grill. Lovely that they give gift certificates for birthday dinners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    it had been years since I last dined here. This type of eating, for me, is for special occasions. We celebrated my daughter's 16th birthday here. It was loud (but that is somewhat expected.) The overall cleanliness of the dining area we were in (around the grills) could have been better. We found lemon slices on the floor, rice on the floor and other food items in addition to the carpet being slippery (which would indicate spills). Further, the overhead vents were not very efficient in directing the smoke from the cooking of our food upwards; I came home smelling of food as a result. The food is incomparable to any other place we've ever eaten however.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great First Time.
    foodgirl13
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had never eaten here before. It was an awesome experience. Both our server and chef were friendly and good at what they did. The "floor show" by the chef was great. He interacted with all of us at the table. The food was so good. We all enjoyed everything we ate. A return visit will be happening in the future.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was my families first time at a Benihana. We really enjoyed our chef and the entertainment he brought yo the table! The only negative thing I can say is we were given the wrong check. So instead of $109 being due it was only $60 due. The $60 was a young group of 3that didn't seem to speak much English at all! Fortunately we were honest and traded checks...my advice to all that visit an open table would be check your receipt.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a date !!!
    Finest
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great experience on the grill table with my friend !!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The only thing we had a problem with was a lady was drunk and using profanity in front of my kids we said something to our chef and he had the manager handle it. The restaurant was really great in the way they handled it
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow and Loud
    Tedd
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We were disappointed with the promptness of service once we were seated. We were served our soup and salad and then waited. At that point, another group was seated nearby. They had their dinner and were on dessert while our entrees were just being prepared. As always, the noise level was very high!! In order to carry on a conversation with anyone in your group you need to almost shout. That just adds to the noise level. It is not a place for a quiet, relaxing dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GreatVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Service was off. Upselling of drinks and appetizers is annoying.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last to leave the restaurant
    StillInLove
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I took my date and we talked most of the time. We talked so much that the hosts bagged our food and we sat there until they closed. No on rushed us out or bothered us. I think they respected a couple who lost track of time so engulfed in each other. Its the small things like that that are appreciated. Thanks Benihana for making my date an awesome one.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Benihana experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Absolutely love this place ! Celebrated my birthday here and I couldn't be happier with the service ! Definitely recommending this spot to everyone I know .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad to see they are not the same
    disappointed
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I used to LOVE Benihana!customer service has declined so much,we had to wait over 30min to be seated WHEN WE HAD A RESERVATION! My husband asked what was going on, they said we are cleaning your table.My brother in law asked again 10 min later, they said we are about to sit you.My sister went & asked, they apologized & asked us to go ahead & move where the hostess will see us. 20 min later the manager talking to the hostess & complained about the wait. Then we realized they had marked us as already seated. She apologized & told me she would treat us with an appetizer & 20% discount. Fortunately one lady sat with us at the table & told us about the 20% discount on her bill. we asked for the discount and they gave it to us too ONLY when asked
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The chef put on a great show. I had the filet mignon, and my wife had the Salmon. It is always fun watching the chef prepare the meal in front of you. Even on a monday night though, we needed reservations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointment
    TheTrueFatKid
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Was seated right away with no problem. The only issue was being asked after a minute of being there what we wanted to eat and we haven't even ordered drinks or appetizers yet. With an extensive menu, you should at least allow your guests five minutes to look at the menus. We ended up paying for the beer that I ordered and left before the chef even showed up.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Waitress was nice, cook was boring, food was blab and dry
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great time &great food
    diner1
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Can't go wrong with Benihana for a good show and good food. Kids (and adults) absolutely love it. The chefs always put on an amazing show and the chef we had this time, David, was phenomenal! Definitely a people-person. The food is always high quality. There's nothing worse than mediocre food at a restaurant, but that's never a worry here. It is expensive, but great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress
    Noyjoy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    She was awesome! You could tell she was a bit stressed. But she was very good attentive, and funny.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • open table dropped the ball
    resanfu
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I made reservations for 5:15 for my husbands b day we show up at 5:10 clerk at desk says your reservation was at 4:30 that will be a 20 minute wait
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Monique's Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Celebrated daughter's 17th birthday, it was great, had great people sitting at our table. Service, food and chef's always good. The only thing i dislike it the parking, not enough.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty sushi
    nogluten
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    They were really careful in paying attention to our food allergies.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Asian Restaurant
    HAYS
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    On vacations, i'm always go to a Benihana, my kids love it. Grate Food, and the chef are great
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    fernanda
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I always come from mexico to lunch here, it's very good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Loved the chef, Hector, he was so funny and entertaining while preparing our food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late dinner
    Gmoney
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had a great dinner on Saturday. Noise level was too loud...table behind us was getting loud. Waitress seemed to be in a rush. Other then that is was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT SPOT
    mommaloco65
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is the best place for all your food and cozy needs My Birthday was absolutely fantastic and my fiancé and I will come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a nice experience.
    Lazsauce
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was really good. And the guy cooking it was really funny and some nice tricks with the spatula.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rough start, ended delightfully
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The hostess was stiff and not so friendly a bit rude. As we waited to be seated we considered walking out. Our server started off with attitude, then towards the end lightened up and became super friendly. Our Chef Zack was delightful from beginning until end and put on a spectacular show. Considering it was the first time for 6 out 8 members of our party, they were a little put off by the hostess' rudeness and the beginning of our dining experience. Food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good but over rated.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The staff has started to believe their own press. 30minutes late with reservations An hour past reservation before drink. Never got appetizer ordered or second round of drinks. Entire staff management on down sucked and had the "be thankful we let you spend money hear" attitude.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Waitress got our order wrong...
    LuvagoodmealVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Really great service but got our order wrong and they still charged us despite their mistake. Overall still a fun experience for our dual birthday celebrations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Had reservations but had to wait at least 20 minutes past the reservation time to be seated. Food was ok. Sat in the lounge area. Used a $30 birthday gift certificate but she only applied $16.50 and when I asked her why she said something about my meal. The gift certificate was supposed to be applied to my boyfriend's meal. Just all around not impressed. Bummer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but too smoky
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The Teppanyaki Room is a lot of fun. The cooks and waiters are very friendly, efficient and the food is delicious. The one downside is that when you have several griddles running at the same time you leave smelling like your food. They need to update their extraction system.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good time
    Itsrobynb
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Our family save Benihana for special occasions, as it's a pricey adventure. However, it is a fun way to celebrate and the food is always amazing. We especially love the fried rice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasion
    CharmD
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Came here for a b-day, which I mentioned when the reservation was booked online. We were seated quickly, but it took a while for our chef to come out. You're seated with strangers unless you have a group of 8, but you can get a little privacy/space on a date if you sit on the ends. Our server was very helpful and offered suggestions while explains the menu and where to find everything. The chef put on an impressive, funny show, the drinks were great and the servings were generous, and dinner includes soup, salad, appetizer, green tea and dessert. There were at least 10 other birthdays while we were there, and we heard the b-day song for one last time when they came to our table with his sundae (w/ candle!) We also got a free picture.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night dining
    specialfun
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had the pleasure of having Max as our chef. We have eaten at your restaurant many times over the years & we found Max to be very fun & entertaining, and he was probably one of the best chefs we had. His food was delicious. We had a great time. We were put in the side room with only 2 tables & we loved that!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent customer Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everything was great from the moment we got out of the car. The vale made us feel like rock stars.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.