Benihana - San Francisco
Benihana - San Francisco

Benihana - San Francisco

  • 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 - 10:00 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
  • Private Party Contact: Ask for Manager x

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Benihana - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
144 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (109)special occasion (87)kid-friendly (67)great for lunch (26)hot spot (25)neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (22)romantic (16)late-night find (13)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (3)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Wait even with reservation
    reviewer101
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We waited for 30 minutes even though we has a reservation. You have to be comfortable sitting with strangers. Our party of 4 shared a teppanyaki table with a party of 5. Our server could have been more tentative. She did not come to refill our drinks, we had to flag her down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stay away
    Liliana
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I this is one of the worst resttaurants I've been too in guide awhile. I took my daughter and her friends there for her birthday. Even they didn't really care for it. The food was bland, the noise level unbearable, just a bad place to go. I would not return again.stw away.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • fit for anyone
    TommyG
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    benihanas is a really good restaurant. there for anyone and for any occasion the only issue we have is all the employees smoking out at the entrance of the restaurant which is a problem for children or adults with asthma or just non smokers. in general have an issue with the strong scent and odor of cigarette smoke very unappealing to be in the front while waiting for your table with all the cigarette smoke and the smell and it really takes away all the excitement and fun that takes place on the inside something that's really hard to forget because as you exit the restaurant you're confronted with the same scene of employees smoking heavily in the front entrance of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We had a great time at Benihana celebrating a special birthday. The food and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Great restaurant for energetic and high energy dining. Fun place with good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GOOD!!
    omimac
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    It was mine and girlfriends 6 months and I decided to take her out somewhere special. Ive heard great things about this place. First time we've ever been there. I was excited. Overall it was a good experience. All the food was good. I could't have asked for anything else better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed!
    ncruz510
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I always come on special occasions, the food and service is always on point!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Dinner Date!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I just want to say this is my first review ever! I'll keep it simple and sweet. Food was great, our cook and server were awesome and attentive, drinks were perfect! It was mine and my boyfriends first time at Benihana, and we will definitely come back, next time with the family.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Tito
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My first time at benihanas was on my bday and it was fantastic. Our chef was great the food was phenomenol. The waitress was super nice and the enviroment was super comfortable. Definitely going to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cool place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    first time here, wouldn't take a date here, you pay alot for little food, I was still hungry after.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was great, food, so-so
    Jtowndiner
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    When you come in a large group, you will not be seated until everyone is there. Just a reminder. Hosts were very accommodating. Our server was perfect in every way. She's Vietnamese and I can't pronounce her name. Our chef was Javier and he was very good too. We had the Teppanyaki lunch. The food was fresh, tasty and cooked to our specification. 3 of my kids ordered the Lunch Boat which turned out not very appetizing. The raw tuna was hard and the chicken was too. The Lunch Boat was not prepared in front of us (came from the kitchen). Next time, we will all go 100% Teppanyaki.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • God enough experience
    mkzzVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    As usual a decent dining experience although as usual the difficulty in using a birthday certificate continues to be a joke with all the restrictions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again, a great experience!
    GraphiteHelix
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This is my Japantown group's third time going, and the service was perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!!
    OrangeOct2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was great drinks were awesome.. Chef was amazing... We had a reservation for 10 but than there were extra people and they manage to give us a big enough space with such short notice love the place
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Birthday Dinner
    justkarlah
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I decided to visit San Francisco for his birthday, spent the day at the zoo, and dinner at Benihana. It was his first time dining there, and I thought it was perfect for celebrating his 20th! And of course, he loved it! The service was great, our chef was amazing and funny, and the menu isn't too pricey, especially for the entertainment of having your food prepared in front of you! We hadn't even received the bill before my bf was making plans to visit again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no better place to eat in SF
    cell
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    great people great atmosphere good time out every time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, exciting place
    BELLEVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We go to this spot a lot in all cities. It is consistently good and fun for a group with food entertainment chefs at your table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    It was sooo yummy! Came here with my husband for our 30th birthday! We left our infant at home, but was seated at a table with 3 kids under 4! Oh well, could not escape the kiddos! But we had a good time. Food was yummy, the chef was fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disapointed
    luv2vine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had a bad waitress, long to bring drinks, long to give food, the cook was nice but didnt untertained. People at hour table was rude. Watched the cook show at other tables. In 4years it is still the same show with the food..
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    LeMorell
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Awsome ambiance great food, the guy who cooked it was really fun and good cooker
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place to visit in the city
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Fun to take a large group for entertainment while your food is being prepared
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun place to eat
    JayB
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Cucumber collins is my number 1 recomendation from the bar. We got all kinds of entrees and they were all yummy. Cesar was our chef and he was very entertaining and nice. The only weird and upsetting part is when we were paying our server demanded for her tip. Awkward. We were trying to tip half to cesar and half for her. Plus she messed up our rice orders. Oh well it was still really fun. As for the reservation part. We scheduled for 830pm and we were really late but the front desk was still very Accomodating. Which was really nice since there were a lot of ppl waiting for tables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had a great time and all my friends I invited to celebrate my birthday had a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Things stay the same, & some change
    an0maly
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Good news: Which is not to say that's a bad thing, if you've been to any Benihana before. The quality and taste of the food were great as always, but after dozens of visits over the years, the 'show' is getting staid, and our chef initially seemed unenthusiastic. Once he warmed up, and the food started coming to the plates, then things got better. I was celebrating my birthday so I splurged and got the Hibachi Supreme (chateaubriand + lobster tail) as well as an extra order of the Shrimp Sauté, both of which were delicious, as was the Exotic Mojito (albeit quite watered-down). Bad news: despite ordering with the waitress to have the fried rice and mains cooked with the house hot sauce on the grill, they refused due to "change in policy"...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • memorable.
    eli415
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The food, the service, and the chef was fantastic! I am hoping to come soon again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed...
    Francis
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The experience was fun. First time coming to Benihana and was expecting great food and the show the chef put on, was not disappointed by either. I was disappointed in the ambiance because I did not realize we would have to share the table with strangers. Had to share the table with two couples, would not have been too bad if it weren't for one of the couple's two obnoxious kids banging on all the dishes and making a mess everywhere. Additionally, the prices are very high. The food quality stacks up to the price but the portion size is terribly small. I would eat here againt, but only once in a while as the cost doesn't seem to be fully justified.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a classic!
    Bizzybee
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This place never gets old! It's so fun to hit up every once in a while to enjoy the food and show and remind us why we loved coming here as a kid.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    1stclass
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It was my wives birthday and everyone there made it so enjoyable. Food and setting were great and our cook jesus was great and put on a good cooking presentation all was well prepared and the food was cooked just how we asked for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Service Ever
    HorribleService
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My husband and I come to eat at Benihanas once monthly and each time the service gets worse. It started when we were waiting for our table we sat at the bar- a completely empty bar with 2 bartenders. One gave us a menu then walked away, minutes pass and 2 gentleman as it down. The bartender literally rushes to them and asks what they would like to drink! Ignoring us! Then he goes to help another couple, and another! The second bar tender even went to help another. I don't know if they were just idiots or if they were purposely ignoring us. By the time we had our order taken our table was ready. It took 15 min for them to bring the drinks from the bar that we had already ordered! Or chef Antonio was fabulous though. Waitress was non existant
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a Good Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    You can never go wrong with Benihana - it's always a good time. Great food, great company, great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    this experience was disappoinnting all around, lengthy wait times when I had a reserved time to be seated. Terrible host and hostess who seated an abundant amount of people at our table. I insisted they excess number be moved to another table, which they were after a lengthy conversation with hostess. Awful wait staff which continued to mess up our tables orders. Confused chef who was ill prepared to make our meal and did not bring out enough food and argued in front of customers with staff about the orders taken. Very awkward! The food turned out good in the end but the overall experience was terrible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Affordable and tasty
    Scfoodman
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A great meal for me and my boyfriend and under $100 total! Most of the time if we eat out for a nice dinner it is well over $200. Great meal and we will surely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible
    Pinkraiderette
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My girl friend recommended it and for my boyfriends birthday I decided to try it out. He was smiles all night he loved it. I loved it we can't wait to come back the chef was so funny and nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rick
    Rick
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent dinning experience. Our chef was very unique in his various skills that was displayed. The food was good too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer!
    Angeluvs
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This place is awesome! I loved the food and the way they prepare it right in front of you.. Went here for my husbands birthday and our waitress sang Happy Birthday! Super cool
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner& a show (dinner is the show)
    mdspb
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food and the chef show were both great. This is a great spot to go in japantown. We come here often.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tourist experience only.
    Hardtoplease
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Chaotic experience. Conveyor belt service. Pot luck as to who you share your table with. Would only recommend if you make your own group. Food ok but the chef's act is worth the visit but then that's what it is known for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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