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!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Benihana - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
260 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (196)good for groups (190)kid-friendly (125)great for lunch (52)fit for foodies (39)hot spot (36)romantic (32)great for brunch (16)late-night find (14)notable wine list (13)neighborhood gem (13)vibrant bar scene (7)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Increasing coupon restrictions
    NewDiner
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The increasing restrictions on the birthday coupon make going on or near your birthday less appealing. It is still a fun place to go, but the increasing restrictions make it less of a treat and more of a burden.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, not that good service
    Kga10
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great place to have a fun dinner of lunch as a couple or with a group
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great LUNCH deal
    Buca
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great Service Great food Lots of food Great QUALITY of food Kid friendly and super deal for Sunday lunch. All of this plus an awesome "show" from our grills Chef.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cora
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very entertaining, good food and very good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks Benihana
    Patrick
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My wife and I had a great time. The chef, Armando, was very entertaining. We were there to celebrate my birthday and they pulled out all of the stops. We arrived at 6:50 for a 7:00 reservation and were seated promptly at 7:00 and the meal lasted until about 9:20. The place was very busy, even on a Wednesday night. Not the place to go if you are in a hurry, but we were not, so it was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food show
    Marucka
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The restaurant is a little bit pricey but well worth for the show the chef runs and the outstanding food they prepare for customers
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiting in half filled restaurant
    chewie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Couldn't get a reservation for 5 or 5:15 so booked 4:45. Got there and told to wait, seated at 5 and told to wait til more people showed up. There were many empty tables. Our table filled up with another party at 5:15. Next table filled up at 5:10 and order/cooking started promptly. Cook/wait staff were good, but seating/reservation person/persons didn't do a good job. Economics requires that 6 to 8 be at a table, but the reservation system could pair parties better. Waiting around and seeing others arriving 25 minutes later getting their meals first ruins the whole dinning experience. Substituted more white onions for the usual bean sprouts and served onion soup rather than the miso soup usually served at the other teppan places.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellet food, great atmosfere, great service, everybody at the table enjoy it !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HelenP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    There were 8 of us celebrating my husbands 68th birthday. Besides my husband and I, there were two 12 year olds, a teenager and three mid forties. Our experience was enjoyed equally by all. Benihanas never disappoints....we had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Horrible Service
    Tazman
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We go to this restaurant very often and usually is really good but our last visit the service and the chef were horrible. It all started with the fact that the server forgot to turn on the cooking surface and when the chef came in to cook it was cold so we had to wait around 10 minutes more. At this point the chef is upset and you could tell throughout the service that he did not want to be there, we barely got the normal show and he did not care much for what he was doing. Overall pretty bad experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Friends
    jwpippy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is our second special dinner here in the last couple months. The food quality has really declined. Each time my entree was very dry, garlic butter was WAY over used and the chef seemed bored with his job. For the price you pay, I'm not sure I will be going for quite some time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for a group setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We were seated relatively quick which was nice, but once we were seated, our sushi alone took almost 20 min to come out & the chef/ waiter forgot one of the guests steaks! That sucked because to get the whole meal on you plate already takes like 20 minutes alone. Don't come here if you are starving- at least don't sit where the chefs make the food in front of you because it takes time. I thinks it's a fun setting for a group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mrs. Kellmer
    YKellmer
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    It was a wonderful experience for our family. I would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holy Shinto!!!
    Motiv8
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our table of eight had a great time. Everything came in a timely manner. Even the refills. Ambiance was fun and intimate. We were truly entertained by our cook and our host . Thank you Benihana for making our celebration a memorable one!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Still had to wait 20 minutes even tho we had a reservation, I realized most people were in the same situation. If they over book, they shouldn't do that!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait time
    Lynnie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    They can never seem to get you in close to your reservation time. 6:30 reservation, seated at 7:05
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I love the fact that my boyfriend and I can come here and enjoy a great dinner without any problems. The good is great and so is the chef, every time, no matter who we get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 of a kind
    1nightwitthechef
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    1st time going there !! My girlfriend love the place so much.. Friendly waiter and chef "Eduardo" spectacular and so funny he made the night for both my girlfriend and I ...
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very noisy & smokey
    krugermeister
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I've been many times but on my recent visit, it was so smokey, my eyes were watering. Great place for specisl occasion, just don't plan on having a conversation because it's extremely noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food & entertaining chef!
    foodelsd
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was my first time to Benihana's and my girlfriend and I had an excellent time! Great food and a fun and entertaining chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Marii
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Chef and waitress were awesome we were seated promptly and service was amazing my favorite spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were staying close by and made a reservation for Saturday night. It was so good that we ate there Sunday and Monday nights also! Hector and Luis were great chefs and Lanny and Willem were great servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fried rice lover
    friedricelover57
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have a taste for the dining experience, and want to build a grille so I can cook just like the chef at Benihana's, knowing that will never I look forward to the wonderful food and watching it being prepared right in front of you. Never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be
    hilbee
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Came to Benihana's to celebrate my husbands birthday. We've had a great experiences there in the past, but this past time was really a bummer. A few table mates were "sticks in the mud" and our chef was rather boring. Ordered a mai tai from the bar and it was very watered down. We also made reservations and arrived early, but still had to wait about half an hour past our reservation time to be seated.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    John
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Such a great experience. My family's favorite place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Meal
    FlyfisherVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    As usual, we had a great meal at Benihana. We took a friend to celebrate my birthday, and we all had a great time and a great meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
  • Mini
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great for adults or kids birthday parties, the food is always the best, our favorite restaurant in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GreatVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were placed in an area where servers passsed behind constantly; this made for rather unpleasant evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I really appreciated the Birthday coupon - very smart... very generous! Encourages more business and makes the customer happy. Also, may bring in people not familiar with the restaraunt and will prompt them to come back. I know I will!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dinner.
    Bernie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our Chef was Superior! Food was excellent. Would definitely return. Parking was readily available and no parking fee. I will recommend to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but slow service
    Not2Happy
    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
    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.