Benihana - San Francisco
Benihana - San Francisco

Benihana - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/sanfrancisco-ca-sf
  • Phone: 4155634844
  • 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: Sushi, Japanese
  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Laguna /Webster
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street Parking
A word from Benihana - San Francisco
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Benihana - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (86)special occasion (70)kid-friendly (53)great for lunch (23)fit for foodies (18)neighborhood gem (13)romantic (12)hot spot (12)late-night find (9)great for brunch (8)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Horrible Cook
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our waitress was really friendly and nice and answered all of our questions. However, we expected a show/performance from the cook which Benihana is known for, but we did not get one. Our cook did not smile the whole time he was at our table until the end when he left. He did not put on a show for us unlike the other tables. It was a big let down as this was my first time at Benihana's and it was for my birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner& a show (dinner is the show)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Watch your meal prepared in front of you with a little bit of flair.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been here many times.
    RJSB
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This is the only Benihana's I've ever been to. Not for lack of trying, but other locations are slammed. Not that this spot isn't always busy at dinner time, they just seem to know how to work a crowd better and being in Japantown there is lots of competition. I've never had any complaints. They are always accommodating to my wife and I's dietary concerns and these days, that's all I really can ask for other than service that's mostly on the ball. They meet both those standards, and the food is solid. Plus the show element is always a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A show that offers pretty good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Benihana continues to offer a very entertaining exhibition. The experience is personal in that a chef cooks for groups of eight (or fewer), but the experience is also impersonal in that six to eight chefs are serving different groups of diners at one time. The chefs' actions (essentially the same as they were decades ago) hold everyone's attention, including kids and people who have doubts about Japanese cuisine. The food tastes pretty good, with just enough customization to make diners feel they matter as individuals. Groups sit around large grills and there are fan hoods over each grill. All of this metal means that the rooms have little sound absorption, so the din is overwhelming. One can barely hear the adjacent people or waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location and food!
    DrLydiaGray
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This Benihana is one of the best I've been to. Food was prepared very well, ambiance was great, clean and fresh. Hostess and waiters wre very attentitive. I had the Samurai and everything was prepared very well and delicious. For teppan, this is a great reliable restaurant in the City. Manager came by to greet and he was very interested in any feedback to make our experience better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun dinner
    LuvgdfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great dining experience. Good for a group affair. Kid friendly a bit noisy though. The entertainment is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Entertainment
    1eat2drink3repeat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My kids love it every time! It's a fantastic treat while visiting SF & it doesn't happen too often. Customer service is wonderful. In fact, it stirs up a bigger appetite while waiting & seeing the food cooking in front of you! Thank you, The Tran Family
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud!
    WilDD85
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very, Very loud restaurant. Probably one of the loudest I've ever been to. Overall, it was still Good regardless of the noise level.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Entertainment, Bad Service!
    cyru
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I took my daughter here for her 21st birthday in which she had never been. She enjoyed the entertainment of the chef. As for me the chef placed a lot of salt on just about everything. Don't expect amazingly great food its really not Japanese food at all just American Japanese style. We went for lunch and it was not that crowded. Table server seem like she did not care about customer service. I had to ask to many questions about things she could have openly explained. Sorry! Don't think I will be back. If you want repeat business I believe you should learn how to treat your customers like kings and queens, just like how they do it in real Japanese restaurants in Japan.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off night for service and food
    AshMasonSF
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Our chef Jay seemed to be off that night. He couldn't even catch the things he tossed. Also, the fried rice and filet were bland and lacked seasoning. The check settling process also was a pain, as it seemed as though the hostess had trouble with our tender. First though, it took a while to get attention to be served at the bar. My friends and I were disappointed in the night overall - which is odd since we've always had a good experience at the Benihana in SF on my birthday. Probably wont be back for the occasion in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    Will
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    They shoehorn way too many people at one table. The other guests were way ghetto, on beyond ghetto in fact... Not the restaurants fault, but... Servers do not check in on you... One of the worst benihana experiences I've ever had. I've eaten in about 20 different benihana restaurants. The chef and food were good though. I think I'm being generous with 3 stars.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great!
    yummofoodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was very delicious. The only down fall were the screaming kids at lunch time. But we did go on a Sunday so its understandable. The food made it worth while. Thanks Sergio!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    BenihannaGuy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great place food is always good. Ambiance service is always there and not to mention if you have any special requests like mine. Extra garlic butter chicken fried rice cooked a little crispy he he. I've been coming to Benihanna for years and still love coming here
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 30 Years Reunion
    huang888lauren
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I had my 1st Benihana dinner in San Francisco Japantown around 30 years ago. It was a brilliant experience and memory (especially the cost of meal by that time was really expensive. That dinner was a treat from one of my wealthy relatives who have never been to the US before.). 30 years later I took my kids to visit the same restaurant again. This time we had a lunch. Both of my sons love this place. Food and services are fantastic as usual. And this place is now really kids friendly. Price for lunch is amazing, too! Great job! Would love to come again for birthday party soon in the future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not great
    Jeffpac
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food was okay- no real complaints with food. My tea cup say empty for about 20 minutes. I went later in the evening (8:30) and the place was filthy. There was food all over the floor- not just under the table but throughout the place. Dining here was not a disaster but I don't plan in returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Benihana SF below chain's standard
    Marco
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have been at Benihana some times in different locations than SF. Last night I went to the Benihana at Japantown. Place is little larger than what I remember from others; food is superior as usual, especially meats; the "samurai-cook" who served for us was not so great, more in the attempt to please guests than to carefully prepare the stuff; the place was crowded by lot of people celebrating something and making barely bearable noise. I would not recommend the Benihana in SF although the chain is still worth experiencing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our time at the restaurant was great!! Great service and food, very delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cedb
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Good food. They almost cooked our food with a dirty spatula. It took 2 hours for a chef to come to our table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beninhana is one of the best.
    frany79
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This place. Is one of my favorite restaurant. In san Francisco i like the. Place,the food bit the only thing. Don't. Like is the ambient is to small. The place and after. You eat your. Clothes. Smells.a food. Is hot. The. Place no to much ventilation And also the price on the beverage. Is a little. Expensive
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    2nd time here and, while service was better than the first time, still subpar for a well known chain especially given how much they charge for a meal. If I'm going to spend $30 for a meal, I will go elsewhere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was hard to hear because the hood needed to be on.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a crowd pleaser
    Scotchpepper
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    You can't go wrong for big groups and a meal that's guaranteed to be entertaining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious as always
    vickyinepa
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Benihana never disappoints with their quality of food and flavor. I would recommend letting your chef know to use garlic butter on the seafood, fried rice, chicken and meat. It gives it a great flavor!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FUN TIME BUT POOR FOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    MY WHOLE FAMILY HAD UPSET STOMACHS THAT NIGHT AND THE FOLLOWING DAY - FOOD QUALITY IS QUESTIONABLE.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef and Food Review
    diningforfun
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I loved the chef's display - he did a wonderful job. The food tasted wonderful! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hostess Missed the Mark
    LMIAR
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Made our reservation for 8:00 PM via Open Table and showed up at 7:58 PM was told we were too early to be seated... He then went on to forget about us and not seat us until 8:30 PM? What good is a reservation if the Restaurant does not honor it..? So much for us being on time.. Nonetheless, to be fair to the overall operation the dinner was fun and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First impressions do count
    Feedingfevers
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Host staff could do a better job accommodating parties who have made reservations rather than making them feel like nuisances. We waited longer than we should have to sit, but then it got better. Friendly waitress and fun chef. Food was good, abundant. Drink (Mai tai) was light on alcohol, heavy on sugar. Kids loved it, though. Can't expect much more for an assembly-line restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • :)
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Luv benihana. I've never been in the same room with so many people with the same birthday as mine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dexter R.Colby PHD 7/21
    DRCSFO
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had a great time! Keep up the great work! Happy Hour. .if you have more then Three in your party. You can't order all your Drinks at a time & must show ID every time! Happy Hour could be a tad longer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good faire.
    cyn88
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Chicken Fried Rice Was Delicious. Great cocktails. Sushi Was Flavorful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boring chef
    Sar30
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was good as alway but the chef was boring!!! I had brought people here from Ireland, boasted about how fun the chefs are only to get the driest chef possible!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great for dinner! If you can, reserve Chef Jessie; great sense of humor and truly enjoys his job!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lacking excitement and service
    thedude
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    So I am a big fan of Teppanyaki places in general but was let down in our recent visit to Benihana. The chef was about as uninvolved as you could possibly be with almost no communication to the table, some sloppiness in the performance, and overall felt like he was just going through the motions. On the service side we felt ignored by the waitress and had to flag her down to order more drinks. Additionally, one of our guests was vegetarian and was made to wait until the entire cooking was over to receive her food. So basically for 30 minutes sitting there while everyone else was eating. We will not return as this is the 2nd time we have had a sub par experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a neighborhood gem
    1Cyclelover
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    First of all, making a reservation for this restaurant is pointless. We arrived on time and weren't seated until 15 minutes later. Arriving early will require you yo wait longer. Then, the hostess had a very cavalier attitude. She had everything wrong. She couldn't find the reservation. Then, she got my name wrong after 3 times and then we had to wait for 15 minutes. But, when we finally got seated, the chef was amusing and cooked very well. The food was very tasty and the waitress who took our order was friendly and patiently took our order despite the overwhelming noise throughout the restaurant. Overall, despite the entertainment, I think I will pass on this restaurant for future.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a fun time at Benihana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    PassVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood a little overcooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy 50th Benihana
    boss302
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Times.
    thatskarobot
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.