Benihana - San Diego
Benihana - San Diego

Benihana - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/sandiego-ca-sd
  • Phone: (619) 298-4666
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00 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 - 10:00 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
  • Private Party Contact: Ask for Manager x

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
269 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (203)good for groups (192)kid-friendly (105)great for lunch (64)fit for foodies (39)hot spot (31)romantic (30)great for brunch (11)neighborhood gem (11)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (7)notable wine list (6)great for outdoor dining (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Great place for Birthday dinners!
    Carol
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We had a great time at Benihana celebrating my birthday. The chef was friendly and put on a fun food show. I ordered the Ahi and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    First impression was horrible the hostess was chewing gum the whole time, and it look like she was not interested on her job. The server was awesome, but the chef was just ok. Management needs to pay attention to details. Everything matters on a restaurant that the average is 30 dollars a person.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome atmosphere
    Lpulley
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    First time here and not only was the food and service excellent, it was very entertaining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    Shannon
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Wonderful service & entertainment. Great birthday club deal! Had lots of fun & food was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great way to celebrate a special occasion!
    MyGraduationMeal
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The food and our chef Oyuki were AWESOME!! Our special occasion was a birthday, and this was a perfect way to spend quality time with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hostess was Rude
    RudeHostess
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    While the last few of our group of 14 were trying to find a parking spot, the Hostess continued to threaten us that they would bump our group and could not give a time on the next seating. It was my birthday and I had a reservation and the last few were only late because of the full parking lot and fee to pay for valet. It was very disappointing that they would dismiss us so quickly, since we were filling up almost two of their cooking tables. We left, drove down the street to Fuji Steakhouse where they accomodated our group with smiles and had a great tasting birthday dinner!
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  • Great place to take somebody special
    fresh
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I had a awesome time with my wife she love this place.we recommend our friends to go and have a great time at benihanas. the chief was awesome they always entertain people and make you laugh
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Their $30 gift certificate is fabulous. No other restaurant does that. Dinner show is entertaining if you've never seen it. Only thing I would change is that. I've seen the same tricks for many years
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jose and server
    Youngg
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Services both were on point. Nice, good personality, and caring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My 50th - 10th Birthday Experience!
    relaws52
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Make my birthday celebration very entertaining, and worth the time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Gerbil2
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Very disappointed. We took our grandchildren especially for the entertainment factor of having the food prepared at the table. Our chef was clearly inexperienced. He had few "tricks" except for banging his utensils on the table. He was sloppy when serving the food to each platter. In addition the food was quite ordinary compared to a hibachi restaurant we recently visited in Florida. He over salted the rice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • momof6
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    great dinner with our kids, very entertaining. everyone left stuffed and happy
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Our table was in a back room where it got very cold.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining
    foodie4life
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    A great Date Night spot. Be sure to make reservations! This place gets very busy! If you are only a party of two you will be sharing a larger table with a group of peeps you don't know. The food is delicious! Highly recommend to upgrade to fried rice (only steamed rice comes with your meal). I recommend this place for special occasions. Your chef will be sure to entertain you :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • missing something....
    DebNRon
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I took my family there for birthday dinner celebration and I really missed the OLD birthday song. The woop woop at the end was fun. The energy isn't the same either. Our chef was very cordial, but didn't seem like he was too thrilled to be there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    GemsVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Great show, service and fun atmosphere. Used the birthday certificate, which is a treat. My whole family comes every year during our birthday month.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Performance and choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The performance was good but seemed basic the other chefs seemed more lively and more interactvitive, also would of like to know there was choices like being spicy and adding different flavors, also the way were sat was strange :/ but over a it was okay most importian my kids did enjoy what they did see just dont know if we will come back
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Amazing food and very energetic vibes, fun place to go out with friends and family!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Time
    Lovergirl
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Family get together for Grandma's 85 Birthday. Cooking station and table fit 8 adults. We all loved the experience, food and the chief entertanment was awesome. You get you money's worth.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant
    Kimmy
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I came in on my birthday and there were so many people and it looks like the servers were under staffed on Oct. 26th around 1pm. The server was amazing and the chef was so kid friendly! I loved and enjoy my visit there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food super fun chef
    Mannie818
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Decided to stop by benihanas after a day at sea world with the family. We showed up 30mins early and still got our table right away. The chef we had was super fun more than other benihanas I been to. The food was great quality and having the manger thank us for choosing benihanas was the small things that makes it a good restaurant that values there customers. I would say it is well worth it if your ever in San Diego. Thanks you again Benihana San diego see you next time I'm in town
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Everything!
    relaws52
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Keep up the good work! I really enjoyed the Hibachi Supreme!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and entertainment!
    chefmomSD
    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
    • Food
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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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  • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time dinner
    marco
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    too loud food not that special our both was in the back of the main area and the servers were so very busy with other tables. we felt like we were left alone and forgoten
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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 !!!!
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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.