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Benihana - San Francisco
Benihana - San Francisco

Benihana - San Francisco Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/sanfrancisco-ca-sf
  • Phone: (415) 563-4844
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 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/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Ask for Manager

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Laguna /Webster
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street Parking
A word from Benihana - San Francisco
Located in the Kintetsu Building of the San Francisco Japan Center, Benihana San Francisco is the talk of the town. At Benihana, we serve great American favorites like sirloin, chicken and fresh seafood. All according to a 1000 year-old Japanese recipe.

You surround our hibachi table with smiles and excitement and we surround your visit with a dazzling, fast-paced performance. Our chefs create an oriental masterpiece just for you. Their razor sharp knifes slice and dice through courses of mouth-watering cuisine. It's a mesmerizing event at any age.

So, join us for lunch or dinner and experience what has become the longest running dinner show in the world.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Terrible service. Waitress came To our table twice and did not refill drinks. Sushi order took a while To arrive. We were giving the wrong check and took 15 min to correct the mistake."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "There is nothing like dinner at Benihana. The food is good and the "entertainment" -- watching the chef cook your meal in front of you -- is fabulous. It is a great place for birthday parties. Now that Benihana is on Open Table we go more often since it is so easy to make reservations."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This was the food highlight of our 2 week trip to California. I enjoyed dinner here with my 2 grown up kids who had never eaten Japanese food before let alone experienced Benihana . They loved it! Javier was an expert cook and entertainer. Everything was perfect. Thank you"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Sometimes, if you're lucky, your chef is really adept at cutting, chopping and flipping the food. Make no mistake, that's what this is about. Otherwise, the fare is standard, nothing special or delicious. It's a good place to take a kid for a special birthday. Otherwise, I wouldn't go."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The dining room was very noisy. Food quality was good. However, we ordered seafood which consisted of lobster tail, prawns and scallops. All the seafood were overcooked which I think was due to the teppanyaki grill setting was too high and also the chef not paying attention to the cooking. When lobster and prawns gets too cooked the meat becomes tough. That was the case unfortunately."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "It may be a little dated but so are tiki bars -- what may be old and out can be now new and in again. Food has always been solid, not spectacular. The kitchy chef show is corny but part of the deal. The lunch menu is a great value over the dinner entrees. Had the hibachi steak and it came w/all the excellent sides -- shrimp, fried rice, veggies -- the cut was decent, kinda gray colored but still tasty and just the right amount."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The Manager was exceptional, he provided the right touch. He stopped at our table to ask if all was well, and he made sure that we were taken care of."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Good times were had by all! Make sure tou sign with their birthday club a few days before you show up foe a birthday dinner, otherwise no free dessert for you! Otherwise it was great! Everyone was super friendly and the food was great. We showed up early for happy hour and it's the only time where it's worth it to drink there, the bartenders were great!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Had such a great time here with family, chefs are very talented and entertaining. The food was the best I have had in a long time, can't wait to go back again. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Came for a birthday. We had a grilled entree dinners to see the 'show'! Lots of knives and spatulas twirling and flashing. The meal came with onion soup, shrimp appetizer, salad, grilled veggies, steamed rice and ice cream. We also ordered fried rice which they prepared on the grill right in front of us. They shaped the frying egg like a bunny and then the rice into I heart you on the grill! He also used the onion rings stacked up to make a volcano shape that he poured water into so it would steam! This is definitely a 'show', so don't go if you are starving and in a hurry. But IT WAS SOOOO LOUD we literally had to shout to be heard. We couldn't even hear the other end of our table. It's also kinda overpriced for the show."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "BENIHANA has long been one of my favorite restaurants. It offers a traditional Japanese food fare which is prepared beautifully. While the food is being prepared and is cooking at your table, you are also treated to the many entertaining skills of the Table Chief. This is a pleasant way of spending time while awaiting you cooked food. Also, the fact that "Birthdays" are recognized by the employees serving your table in both Japanese and English, is a very nice gesture indeed. The menu offers many items from which to choose. My most favorites are the Filet Mignon (sp?), Lobster and Shrimp. My friends and I always look forward to dinning at Benihana and plan to continue to do so as often as possible."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We went for lunch today and noticed a big improvement in the service. We always love the food and the ambience, but the staff for the last couple of years was not quite at the same level. Not the case anymore because today was TERRIFIC, and we are looking forward to our next visit. Thanks for making us feel special!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Went for my birthday as I do each year. They changed their program and I missed the notice. In order for you to receive the $30.00 off the birthday person meal YOU MUST HAVE another adult with you buying full price meal. I am a single dinner. I say no more. jmo"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Tried to make a reservation for lunch and was told the first available reservation was after 8 PM. Tried Opentable and was able to make a lunch reservation immediately."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I always enjoy Benihana !great service with attention to detail. So much fun"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We went to Benihana's last week at the request of our 12 year old on his birthday. I had not been for probably 30 years and was a little skeptical. We arrived very late for our reservation but were graciously welcomed and seated. We all had a great time. My martini was perfect. The kids loved the show, from the onion volcano to the shrimp flips. Just know that Benihana's is not haute cuisine. If you are a food snob go somewhere else. If you want to have a good time and enjoy some pretty decent food with a group of friends or family this is a great choice. We will be back for our next birthday!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Nice expericence Except sitting with vegetarians was not fun."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I do not remember being able to order sushi before so plus for the bar/sushi bar. Our chef did some really cool tricks, but it took a while for him to start. It was a awkward/felt rushed as they cleaned up around us and put chairs on the tables. Got there at about 8:30pm, waited maybe 5 - 10 mins to be seated. No problem. Took our orders promptly, we got our soup, & then our salad shortly after. Waited about 15 mins @ tried to order sushi but it was closed. One of the other guests at our table tried to refill her drink & that was closed too. They didn't warn of us any last calls. The chef finally came around 9:30 (if that - we waited an hour for him to start!) & we left about 10:30pm shortly after the chef finished cooking."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Although the food was yummy, we come for the cooking show part too. This chef seamed to be searching other tables looking for the next date. He wasnt interested in our table and didn't put on much of a show. We highly recommend Jay as the chef to go to."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have enjoyed many wonderful events over the years with my family at Benihana's SF"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "my birthday was on the 31st of May (Saturday) and I had a coupon for it. Very disappointing when they told me that the coupon can only be used Mon-Fri. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were seated right away. The server was good. The food was good. The drinks were water down. The cook was a major downer. The did the spatula musical intro, the rice heart and the volcano - period. All done with a sour face. No extras. No jokes. No salt and pepper show. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I love Benihana. I wanted to check out the location in San Fransisco for fun. It was a wonderful experience. Thanks to our servers and our chef Antonio! You all were outstanding and the food was delicious as usual."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "They made many mistakes with our food orders and did not apologise as well as the chef wed useless. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I have dined here many times and find the tappan cooking is fun and interesting for most of the guests I have invited to dine here. I enjoy the place and find the food interestingly prepared and tasty, and really a fun place for youngsters.Samm"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Took our clients and their young children to celebrate and had a wonderful time. Great experience overall. Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Even though we had a reservation we were still given a buzzer and told to wait an additional 20 minutes before we could sit down. The restaurant was bigger and more commercialized than anticipated. Otherwise, the food was good and our server was friendly -- I just didn't really like the atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "If you want good food at a reasonable price, go somewhere else. Here you're paying to watch barely skilled cooks cut and cook meat on a grill while having fun with their knives and spatulas. Ho hum, unless you're an eight-year-old and really get off on an onion volcano."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I went to Benihana for my birthday dinner with a group of six people. When we arrived we had to wait for our full party to arrive in order to be seated but that's not so bad. As I've been told great things about the show the cooks put on that is exactly what I was expecting but didn't quite get that experience. Our cook seemed to be in a hurty or not in the mood to do what the other cooks were doing to entertain their tables, from what we could see and hear. We were also told this by some of the people in our party that have dinned at this reastaurant frequently. The food was good and the ambiance was enjoyable too, my only complaint would be that I felt like we got cheated out of a great benihana experience by the cook that assisted us."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our grand children, who are not the best eaters, love this place and eat everything. They love the shrimp, the steak, and the delicious fried rice. The grownups enjoy it all too! Friendly service and fun experience! Great for birthday parties too!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great food! I always cOme here and have a great time. The chief was great and the food was good. But I was extremely disappointed when the waiter returned my bill requesting that I hAve to leave a tip for her. NOt knowing my family including my self left a $25 tip with my sisters bill. That was very rude of her and makes me not want to eat here again. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great service and a great chef. Had lots of fun and enjoyed the food immensely. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Not what I expected it to be. The chef performance was boring, no excitement, he seem bored and didn't care about what he was doing. Food is bland only flavor was the butter"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We've had many dinners at Benihana - and Antonio was the best. Lots of fun and good food. That's what it all about."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I have been to Benihana several times and always noted the attitude of the hostess/wait staff is less than I would normally tolerate. But the chefs and the food are always excellent so I overlook the rudeness. Mother's Day was the last straw! My mother loves this restaurant so we booked our reservation WEEKS in advance. We checked in 10 minutes early and were given a pager. After a 30 minutes I told the host we had show tickets and needed to ne seated or we would be late for the show. This information resulted in an eye roll and the comment "well this is a busy day for us." No s---! That's why I booked weeks in advace! I'll sure miss the food but I'm done with this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Overall the experience was just as it always is for one of our birthdays. This time around we had a chef that was really good. Our food was flavorful. The Management was also very accommodating. I'll be back for my Bday,. We only come for bdays. Kind of a tradition. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The waitresses we're a bit pushy and made us felt rushed. Maybe setting up a table for all couples should be organized more. It was almost 30 minutes before the waitresses took our order. I loved the chef he was 5 stars . Just wish I had a better overall experience for my first time . "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "this time wasn't fun our chef seemed to be somewhere else. I think his name was jesus. he didn't do any tricks he used regular butter instead of garlic butter and he burned some of the peoples food. I will give them a pass cause I usally have a good time."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Went here for our daughter's birthday and managed to crowd 9 of us around the table meant for 8. The staff were friendly and efficient but didn't acknowledge the birthday girl until dessert time. The cooking theatrics don't change at all from visit to visit but our chef showed more interest in it than we've seen before. He seemed to be having fun himself. The food is reliably good but could use a little more seasoning (for me), and there is plenty of it. He was very helpful with the vegetarian in our group, adjusting the ingredients to her taste. The staff were also very accommodating with the birthday cake we brought with us. Note that the restaurant does not validate for the garage downstairs which seems bizarre. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I spent my birthday at Benihana's in San Francisco Japantown. Not only was the ambience nice but our chef and server were awesome! Benihana's is a great place to celebrate birthdays."
    Dined on 4/24/2014