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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
  • Email: sanfrancisco@benihana.com
  • 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 WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "my reservation was at 1:30pm. I waited about 30 minutes for a table...after we seated, the waitress told us needed to wait another 10 more minutes for the table to be fulfill in order to take our food order. We waited another 15 minutes...when we saw the chef was another 15 minutes...the waiting time was unpleasant, but the foods was good and the price was reasonable. The service I would say it's okay."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "It was our friend's first time at Benihana - Japantown. We made same-day reservations and arrived an hour early only to be seated earlier! Our waitstaff were friendly and accommodating -- we had lots to drink. Our cook was as friendly as he was skilled with the blade! The food was what you'd expect from pan-fried technique. Hey, you go for the show! We all had a great time! If you have any dietary restrictions, make sure you let them know ahead of time!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had a great time. Very friendly servers and chefs! And the food was amazing!!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Our family loves having weekend lunches and birthday dinners at Benihana. Food is always delicious and filling. The chefs are entertaining and the waitstaff always attentive. Manager is always walking around and making sure his guests are happy. New bar area is nice to sit and have a drink before dinner too."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The waitress was on top of her job. She made us feel welcome and at home. The Chef was top notch, and the food was so delicious!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I haven't been to Benihana in years but glad to know that they are still as good. My daughter wanted to go there for her birthday because of the fun ambiance. The staff was very friendly and made her birthday special with a free geisha mug and photo of our family. The steak and shrimp is a must."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I just went because my family wanted to go. Really noisy. I heard you get free dinner if it's your birthday? That explains hearing an irritating happy birthday song more than a half dozen times as we were sitting. I couldn't hear my kids comments or chat wth my husband sitting right next to me. I could, however hear the screaming child of the other family sitting at our table. So... If you like small, bland portions, served in stages where you choose to eat your portion of grilled onions now, or wait 10 minutes and eat them cold when your protein is ready, and served with the same tired jokes from the last 5 decades, then this is the place for you."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The place was very loud. We did not get a table at the ordered time although booked a few days at advance."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have been to Benihana a handful of times previously and sometimes the experience has been tremendous, and other times it has been sub-par. However, this past weekend I went for my birthday with a group of 7 (4 of whom had never been to Benihana before and were super excited to give it a try) and was embarrassingly disappointed. The chef was completely disengaged from the table, looked absolutely EXHAUSTED from start to finish, and hardly performed any knife skills at all, which is really the only reason people go to Benihana to begin with. All of the food was overcooked and bland which is sad because Benihana is known to make some wonderful chicken friend rice. I just really wish this place was more consistent."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This restaurant was sooo loud, no one in our party could hear the waitress taking our order and it was overwhelming. I also guess I forgot that Id smell like grease afterwards so be prepared to do laundry. The drinks have zero alcohol in them. Truly. Theyre just sugar water. I went for the show which was alright, but I wont be back."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Our chef was Jorge and he was very entertaining and talented. It was my daughters 16th birthday and another birthday from other guests at the table. Jorge made the experience fun and delightful. The wait staff was very attentive and polite as well"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had to wait for 20 minutes before being sat, and then another hour before anyone came over to cook for us. Way too long and the waitress was inattentive until we actually were eating dinner. I thought this would be a fun experience for my family for a birthday–not expecting the food to be fantastic. But considering how long we waited, I will never go back."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Extremely terrible management. Must wait 1+ hrs. with reservation. Explanation from Manager: Due to prior parties being late, parties that come on time must suffer. No apology was given nor any sympathy was shown to any of the guests that were waiting to dine. At least 2 other parties in waiting area waiting for 1+ hrs. Tried their mediocre sushi roll at the bar while waiting. Not worth it. WARNING *** DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY AT THIS ESTABLISHMENT! *** Plenty of wonderful restaurants in the surrounding area."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Had reservations for 9:30, was seated at 9:30. Can't get better than that."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "From beginning to end the staff was nice. The chef is talented and entertaining. Great family place and the food was great and well priced or lunch. We really enjoyed our food experience"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I love the food and I enjoyed my birthday at Benihana's. Amd had good services and best chefs"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food is always amazing but the service was so so. I love the fried rice with garlic butter, yum yum!!!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Dining room great, but don't think of enjoying Happy Hour. Sign outside restaurant tells all ... Help needed in four categories! Waited 25 minutes for someone then 15 for our cocktail never came back. Table waitress rude saying over worked. Do not go to Happy Hour just not worth it."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Benihana is known for its cooking showmanship, not the case anymore - just a bunch of hand movements with the spatula and noise from the salt and pepper shakers. The food is still good and it is great meeting people and having fun at the table. They need more ventilation in the place, my clothes reaked with the cooking smell and I had to put them in a plastic bag so they wouldn't smell up my house until I could launder them."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The fried rice was so delicous that I keep thinking about it!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Our chef was armando and all I can say we will always ask for him! Amazing r Ricks and outstanding service from him our server was very nice and attentive hostess are very organized and friendly managers walk around making sure everyone is fine loved the service overall I will come back is now one of my favorite places to come with friends and family! !"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The San Francisco location does a really good job......food is surprisingly good, chefs talented. service attentive. Not inexpensive but worth it! Our grandkids ages 8 and 5 love it and so do we!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Hostess had very poor customer service skills. The chef assigned to our table was nice but didn't quite have the skills of those 20 years ago. Akward to see Latinos doing the show of a Japanese."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I go to this restaurant very often but most of the time the servers dissappear and we are only left with the cook skin this case we needed more tea, more sushi, more drinks and could not find the server other than that our experience was good"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Everytime I go here for my Birthday, I have nothing but a good time. This place is great for groups and I also love doing the Sake flight options they have. Go on, do a Sake flight!"
    Dined on 5/28/2013
  • "Everything was good , other than the girl working at the front counter , she was very rude , at first I thought it was just me until my husband also brought it to my attention. But the food was great !!! I will be coming back for another dinner thanks again."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "the chicken fried rice was the best. the beef, shrimp and scallops were good and the calamari just ok, like that the food is served very hot and is accompanied with two diffrent dipping sauces. the salad dressing was abit bitter and soup was only ok japanese miso tofu soup at regular japanese restaurants is better. the ambience is energetic and you can tell people were out enjoying themselves. brought our 1 yr son and he was happy with the noise and a high chair was available. the place can get smoky and you will smell it in your clothes. price is abit on the high side for the quality of ingredients but no excessive and experience is part of the reason to go there. nice to go every once in awhile."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We came here in two groups - one big group for a birthday and then 3 adults at a different table. The food is good and it is always fun."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Everything was nice about this Resturant minus our cook he wasn't entertaining. Boring vibe on our table. He was more focused looking around instead of focusing and entertaining on us. Maybe second time around well have a better experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We waited 45 minutes after sitting down to get our chef. 3 chefs bypassed our table even when we were there first. No manager was present to monitor which table needs to be served first. We were disappointed and may use another location next time."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Went for a belated Valentine's day dinner - and to take advantage of the $30 birthday gift certificate they send if you join their frequent diner club. I opted for the steak/shrimp/chicken dinner (they were buying after all) and my wife had seafood. Well of course you know it's fresh, you see it cooked in front of you! Love the garlic fried rice, the chef was really good and everyone at the table had a blast! I've probably dined her 50 times, love it every time."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I brought my boyfriend here for his first ever teppanyaki experience and he loved it! I am no stranger to this type of cooking. The food was pretty good, but quite dry. Also, I was expecting the chef to be entertaining as most other restaurants with this style of preparation are. The menu is on the moderately expensive side so it is easy to run up a bill."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The food was good. Place was a bit noisy and we couldn't really hear our chef talking. But all around it was good."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a reservation, when we got there we still had to wait 20mins for a table. The rest of the night went well. Our cook had some skills. Drinks were refilled promptly."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This is always a fantastic place to dine. I have never had a bad experience, bad service or any complaint on the food."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Benihana is a good place to bring friends. It's entertaining, but don't expect exceptional food. Maybe it was just an off night, but the chef overcooked everything; the scallops, shrimps, lobster tail, and the filet. Medium rare came out well done. I suggest to order rare or keep an eye on the food and ask the chef to serve it. It's not proper etiquette, but it's better than wasting food and having the chef fire up another piece. Overall, we had a good time."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Loud, good service, good for kids birthday party for showmanship."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Been here plenty of times great for groups and fun , they cook your food right in front of you and great customer service !"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Very fun experience. The food was good (not amazing), and some chefs were better performers than others. But the wait staff were attentive and accommodating. Overall a lot of fun!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "I come here a lot with my boyfriend and his two year old son. They are always very accomodating and friendly. Will be back many more times!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014