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
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
Benihana - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
245 reviews since April 2 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (195)good for groups (175)kid-friendly (120)great for lunch (51)romantic (35)hot spot (32)fit for foodies (32)great for brunch (19)late-night find (18)notable wine list (13)neighborhood gem (13)vibrant bar scene (7)great for outdoor dining (5)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Last to leave the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad to see they are not the same
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    mizjoycie
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    MT2341
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My family and I went here for my birthday and the food was great so was the service...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ZonieNCA
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing... BUT...
    NicJos0607
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    Paty50
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The amount of food was okay, and the food was just fine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Bad
    cohibatom
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Table Chef
    dunsmurmur
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We took my husband for his birthday dinner and had a great time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal and good atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Awesome meal , great service and really good atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My birthday coupon celebration.
    2k14
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Overall time there was really we always go back for the food. Always a good atmospher.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating a 30th Wedding Anniv.
    Iowagirl
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place...
    Blkdyme
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I will be returning soon I love the food and the friendly atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night for the Chef
    Julie
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • celebrating son's 21st birthday
    momanddadBJB21
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Guests who want 2 come 2 dinner
    BirthdaysRnotspecial
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate