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Benihana - San Diego
Benihana - San Diego

Benihana - San Diego Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/sandiego-ca-sd
  • Phone: (619) 298-4666
  • 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: Japanese, Sushi
  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8 FWY and 163 FWY
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Benihana - San Diego
Prepare for a dining experience unlike any other. Watch as your personal chef performs the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Listen as razor-sharp blades slice through tender steak and juicy chicken. Take in the aroma of sizzling shrimp, lobster and savory vegetables.

Or visit our sushi bar, where your sushi chef will prepare fresh nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls, all with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "I always come from mexico to lunch here, it's very good!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was really good. And the guy cooking it was really funny and some nice tricks with the spatula."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Everything was great from the moment we got out of the car. The vale made us feel like rock stars."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My friend and I went for my birthday, and we had a great time. The staff are all so friendly and helpful, and the food is great, except that because of the grill show, all of the seafood items get very overcooked. All in all, a good time."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My family and I went here for my birthday and the food was great so was the service..."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Have eaten at Benihana - San Diego a number of times, usually for special occasions. This time, it was different, in a negative way. We waited about 15 minutes for our table even though we had reservations. At our table and the table adjacent to us, were two families with bored, tired unruly young children. This lessened our experience. From experiences in other restaurants, adult couples are often not seated with or near families with small children. The food was good as expected. Our chef was pleasant and efficient."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Overall awesome food and awesome service; and I mean AWESOME... BUT our waiter completely ruined it all once he assumed we wern't going to leave a tip for him. He approached us and said "Just so you know we have the suggested gratuity on the bottom of your receipt (in a serious, somewhat upsetting tone). We thanked him nicely and proceeded to get the tip. When we were about to leave he then approached us and checked our book to make sure we left him the tip. My boyfriend patted his back thanking him and the waiter gave us his back and didn't acknowledge us whatsoever. He was so rude on our way out of the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The amount of food was okay, and the food was just fine."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Having dined at this chain many times over the years, it was always consistant. This location however was horrible. Food sub par, service so bad they had to change servers. Very poor ventilation compared to other chain locations that I have been too. What is good is that kids love it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It was my first time at Benihana. I had an excellent time. Our chef was Angel and he was so entertaining. I loved all of his jokes. Do come hungry. There are many courses and I could not finish my meal. I forgot our server's name but she was so nice. My meal didn't include ice cream but she gave one to me anyway."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were honoring a special occasion for our daughter who loves Benihana's to start with. We parents were OK, but not overly excited based on previous experiences. Setting that as the stage, we had a truly great time and our table chef, Hector, was awesome. He expertly prepared our quality food and gave us a great table show with his knife work, juggling and pitching of various things, and his attentive attitude. We were fairly promptly seated, but whatever you do, do not be in a hurry or on a time budget -be ready to have a cocktail or two and sit back and enjoy the pace."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We took my husband for his birthday dinner and had a great time."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Awesome meal , great service and really good atmosphere!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Overall time there was really we always go back for the food. Always a good atmospher."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "A group of 4 were there to celebrate my daughter and son in law's 30th Anniversary. Benihana's is his all time favorite place to go for dinner and we all enjoyed the food and the staff were all great too."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I will be returning soon I love the food and the friendly atmosphere"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our Chef wasn't on his game on this night. In a normal restaurant atmosphere, it wouldn't matter, but since the Chef's performance at the table is half the experience, and half of what you're paying for, it mattered. He came out 45 minutes after we were seated, then when he tried to catch the egg in his pocket, it broke, so he had to leave the table to get a new shirt, and that took 15 minutes. By that time, we had already seen the show from the Chef at the next table, so we were all just tired and hungry, and our Chef tried to make up time, so he skipped most of the 'performance' stuff. Not the experience I expected."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "we celebrated our son's 21st birthday and had a horrible experience. there was another group of 4 people and one of them was very unprofessional. he not only used profanity when speaking about his friends but also used racial comments towards us. we are a biracial family and did not appreciate the comments made. he made our experience very memorable in the negative sense."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Because we do not get our Birthday Certificates which I have to fight for each year then when & if we do get them we can't use them because they expired just b4 our Birthdays or almost as soon as we finally get them. My husbands Birthday was June 28th we went 2 the restaurant thinking we could use it 4 his Birthday which after getting it printed it stated we can't use it because his Birthday was on a Saturday the day we made the reservations & it was 2 late to do anything about it. My Birthday is this next Friday & I still do not have my Certificate & again if I do get it it will problably expired the week of my Birthday & I can't use it either on my Birthday because it is on a Friday. So this year I guess we won't be spending it there."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was VERY good and the chef was entertaining and friendly."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great and friendly customer service. If you want entertainment and delicious food, then this is where you will have a great time with friends and family. It's also a perfect place to start out your night before heading out on the town."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We went to Beni Hana for a Teppanyaki experience for my daughter's birthday. The head chef,Moi, was our cook and he put on a great and fun show. The food was delicious and well cooked. I ordered the Rocky special which included onion soup, salad, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, chicken, steak and ice cream. The only disappointing item was the soup which was like dishwater with soggy fried onions at the bottom. They should just serve miso soup! Also any substitutions are extra fried rice,brown rice, miso soup, etc. Drinks were good and reasonable and so is the kids menu. They give you a bday dessert and sing an original a ong to celebrate your birthday. It is fun, interactive with decent food- a good choice for groups."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I hadn't been in years and was very pleased with the experience. The food was amazing (go hungry) and the entertainment was fun! Better than I remembered. Planning to go again real soon :)"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Always a great restaurant to go for celebrating special occasions!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My family and I have been dining at Benihana's for over 20 years now. We make it a custom to eat there to celebrate birthdays, graduations, anniversary's and/or other special occasions. The staff, food and drinks are amazing! I love this place :)"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Host was rude, waitress took order and brought check didn't see her during , had to pour my own water. Service was very bad"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Benihana is getter better than ever before. The waiter we had last time when we visited there was great, but James outshines even the best server out there. We are so impressed by the professionalism and attentiveness of his service that we have to say James is hands down the best waiter we have ever had."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I have enjoyed superb food from Benihanas across the nation and this location was no exception. Excellent food and service!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This restaurant has great service. The cooks ability to capture our attention while cooking was spectacular. We had three children ages 7, 5, 2 and they were greatly entertained by the chef and his show. The food at Benihana is alway cooked to perfection. The best place to celebrate with family any special occasion."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Everything was great! Took us to our seat on time everyone was nice. Food was excellent. No complaints."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I must admit I was quite disappointed in the food this time. My wife and I have been here before so I knew what to expect. We went on Father's day but it was quite disappointing. It will be quite sometime before we try it again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Unfortunately i forgot her name and if there is a way for you track her down. But i love our server. She was so friendly and accomodating. She is caucasian and full of energy. She really went all out to please us and as busy as she was, she always took time to ask if there is anything else we needed. She even took our picture and great souvenir for father's day."
    Dined on 6/15/2014