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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Benihana - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
267 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (194)special occasion (194)kid-friendly (118)great for lunch (55)fit for foodies (33)hot spot (29)romantic (29)great for brunch (13)notable wine list (11)neighborhood gem (11)late-night find (8)great for outdoor dining (7)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Dinner and entertainment!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My family and I have been going to Benihana as long as I can remember. My first memory at Benihana is San Francisco location in 1975. Went to San Diego location for dinner the other night and had equally as great of a time. Our chef Ray was fun and the food was good too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    MelEMel
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I usually love Benihana but this experience left something to be desired. The service was poor (we had to flag down a server to get a glass of water and place our order after having sat there do 15-20 minutes. This was after the manager brushed us off when we requested assistance) and the food was mediocre at best. The sushi was good but the current special (stripped bass with mushrooms and asparagus) was under cooked, there were literally two slices of mushrooms to accompany the fish, and the fried rice was bland. My friends meal came with ice cream and our waitress brought us the bill with no mention of her dessert. My friend had to remind her and then request it. Very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Loud but pleasant
    ExcitedDiner
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    It was a bit loud as can be expected when you have someone cooking your food right in front of you, but it was very cool seeing how expertly they work to get your food prepared!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cowboyup123
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I've been there numerous times with both my girlfriend, friends and family and would highly recommend it to everyone. The service & entertainment is well worth the time & the food is fabulous we've enjoyed it every time we dined there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a marvelous time
    cinmohr
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I came here to celebrate my birthday with my family. We had a wonderful time. It may seem pricey but it is a huge meal and quit satisfying. I think this is a wonderful place to go for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • exciting
    sanmex
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    having a personal chef cook for you in front of you is the best. From the different shows he presents to the overall experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I had been there before and had a better experience this time the cheff was talking to other people on other table about raider game he didnt really do a show and to top it off the waitress dropped soda on me and didn't even realized it . I wasnt too happy with the service especially since it was my birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so happy birthday
    ByeByeBeni
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Having been a customer for more than 8 years I have found that each dining experience gets worse. I've always thought it was great that you receive a $30 certificate for your birthday month but this year I feel I received the same treatment that one would expect with a 'free' meal which was poor service. I will most likely pass up on future offers from Benihana's.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    CDED
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Benihana is the original of hibachi style dining. The seafood is always excellent and the sushi is great. Expensive, but the food is worth the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    cloud9mom
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It was a great night. Drinks a little expensive for the little alcohol that was in them. Dinner was very good. Could have used some salt & pepper on the tables. Chairs need arms to enhance the experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellant Entertainment and meal
    Michael
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our 34th Wedding Anniversary and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening and meal. We were visiting San Diego for a long weekend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all about the Chef...
    WishWeHadADiffChef
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were celebrated my husband's bday on 10/11. We were looking forward to an entertaining "show" and a good lunch. At our table it was my family of 4 and 2 other gentlemen. Unfortunately, the "chef" (Jeffrey) at our table ruined it. He was too concerned with joking with the chef at the next table. He kept missing when he would try to perform the usual Benihana "tricks" and each time he would quickly look at the other chefs, as if he was hoping they wouldn't see. He barely interacted with any of us. At one point (after another miss) he said it was his bday and he had gone out the night before.That was his excuse. If that was the case, he shouldn't have been there. The food was good, but we all know the "show" is what make it an experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Double bday celeb
    Snowylucky
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Big fan of Benihana. Collector of their unique mugs. Was happy they had introduced a fish mug, a must get item for me. Food and service always good, but can be haphazard when packed, which is understandable. Always left with a good experience and stinky clothes :-) don't recommend getting dressy when coming to tappenyaki restaurants. On this recent visit, was not happy they did not offer chef's special for two. Other then that, I like this place and would recommend for a good dinner date. Happy munching and see you there soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take Groups of 8
    Two4One
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I recently went for my birthday & while the food was delicious as always the service was ok. We were sat with another group which is normal, however this group was very demanding and loud. We were the last to be seated and they were very rude about giving us even a few minutes to decide what to order. They requested extra everything, sauce(s) (more than one on all their selections), rice (which they didn't pay for), butter, and they just went on and on. Refill this and take this and double this. I made a request and the chef nodded in reply and then completely ignored my request because the other people were talking loudly and then proceeded to give the other party the item I requested. I enjoy the food but I wont be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad review
    hit2din
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Actually, I had a bad experience with it because my girl friend and I had strong stomachache and was her birthday !!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extremely disappointing.
    TomB
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    When you pay prime prices for food and entertainment, you expect a lot. Benihana in Mission Valley has disappointed me for the last time. Regardless of previous experiences there , I still took my daughter and friends for her birthday when she asked on a Friday night. We were seated late even though we had one of the last reservations (8:45). Our server was slow and got our orders wrong. Getting a drink was next to impossible. Our chef, a former kitchen hand cooking for less than one month, did not season the food properly and it was bland. His show was lame. He couldn't do any of the usual things you see at Benihana and did not engage us at all. This was my last Benihana trip. Next time Kobe Shogun or Fuji. They haven't disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    Greengiraffe
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was amazing! Our chef was awesome! The only thing that bothered me was the group who sat with us. They were on their phones when the chef was putting on his show. It was still great but what's the point of going to a resturant like that if your going to play on your phone. It's distracting and rude.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Confused
    Confused
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Excellent food. When it was time to check out the 2 other people at our table had birthday gift Chef Club certificates. Both of their certificates were rejected. They were very embarrassed. The manager came out and told them they were not valid because they were already used. Then I signed my bill took my copy and left the merchant receipt in the book. Well, we were hanging out talking when the waiter came out to the parking lot and said he had no copy of the bill. Where did it go? We are concerned we will be charged twice. Who took the signed merchant copy? Two very strange situations happened at our table. Made me feel uncomfortable. My name is Denise Butler we were there at 5pm on Oct 1, 2014..Please look into these two situations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing
    Atcguru
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Been going to this restaurant for over 20 years. Always been great except this time. The server was training which was fine but never asked if we wanted more. Food was undercooked and over peppery. Manager knocked a little off our bill but if this was my first time at this restaurant I would never go back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easy
    vherrera
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Don't use opentable that often but it was easy to make a reservation and they sent me an email confirmation as well as a reminder the day of.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was disappointed!
    ladybj
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I have dined at Benihana in several states and at this one in San Diego several times and I must say this time was the worst. I had a reservation and was seated 30 minutes are more after the reserved time. That may have been ok, however I observed others without reservations being seated before me (totally unacceptable). After being seated it took another 30 minutes to get a drink (water,etc.). Server malted the menu on the table an no one bother to clean it up before the chef arrived, another wait.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ruined Birthday
    dissapointeddiner
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Poor service. Reservations were for &:15 but we were seated closer to 7:45. As we ordered another full table was sat at a table across from us, yet they ordered after us, and were served first. Usually have a decent time but yesterday was a disappointment in their customer service. Notified the manager and he was very rude about it, stating "What do you want me to do? Are you hungry?" in a snarky voice.. usually that is why people go to dinner, am I right? All in all the food was good but service was very poor from the hostess to the manager. All we wanted was to have a nice birthday dinner, but that was ruined.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner & a show
    Tiffany
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    great food and fun chef Santiago gave us a good experience. we were seated almost immediately. it was nice to have a couple extra people to share our table too. nice meeting new people!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why make a reservation?
    Beniwho
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a 7:00 reservation for 5. Fifteen minutes after 7, and after seeing another group of 5 who arrived after us get seated before us we asked what was going on. We were told they were behind but we were next Well why take reservations then? Ten minutes later ANOTHER group of five was going to be seated. When we asked again what was happening they realized they had passed us over TWICE even after us asking what was going on. Our chef was really not up to standards. Dropped an entire tray if food twice. Ended up taking even longer to get the food then. We did not even receive a discount or an apology for everything so completely messed up. Really not the experience I expect for dropping over 250.00 on dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loueg
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our Chef was very animated and made for a fun evening. The food was excellent. We were seated approximately at our reservation time. Our out-of-town guests loved the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Came to celebrate my birthday with my family and friends. Had a great time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Benihana Birthday celebration
    LinRonatBeni
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Overall our evening was great. The meals were outstanding and our Chef, David was outstanding. The noise level was pretty bad, with all the cooking/showmanship by the Chef's coupled with the crowd chatter. Parking is a real hassle, recommend just pay $5 for valet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I've been here a few times and really enjoyed it. This last time I went to celebrate my 23rd birthday with some coworkers. The Chef cooked my food to perfection and was extra friendly, but our server had messed up a few of our orders. Our sushi orders came out late, and my coworker's emperor's salad had been completely forgotten about that she ended up cancelling it! He would forget about our side of the table constantly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to celebrate
    PointLomaPam
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Enjoyed celebrating our son's birthday with a group of teens. Lots of energy and fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    eddie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Reservation on time Seated on time Great chef Great waiter I will recommend to our friends
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovinit
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had an 830pm reservation and waited close to an hour to be seated. I frequent Benihanas on a regular basis and I expect this for a walk-in basis but I have never been this inconvenienced before with a reservation. Overall was a good experience for my daughter (which we were celebrating her birthday) she was just disappointed we had to push back the rest of our evening plans. Love coming here I would definitly recommend and will return as all other visits have been great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate