Benihana - Santa Anita
Benihana - Santa Anita

Benihana - Santa Anita

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://benihana.com/
  • Phone: (626) 340-2276
  • 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,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Steakhouse, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Toshiyo Nemoto
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Huntington
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Benihana - Santa Anita
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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Benihana - Santa Anita reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (68)special occasion (64)kid-friendly (37)fit for foodies (15)great for lunch (15)romantic (12)neighborhood gem (12)late-night find (11)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Horribble customer service,it was a sad birthday
    Food789
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Made reservations for a birthdayGirl, we were ignored for 20 min., our food didn't come in on time, no birthday picture or waiters singing. They were informed it was a birthday, they just didn't care
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Benihana
    Ryan
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The restaurant was nice along with the atmosphere. Everything was clean and organized. The waitresses service was terrible. She came in the beginning for drink orders then at the end for dessert. Food portions are so small you can even get full and you never get all off your food at once. The chef put sauteed onions on my plate after my food was all gone.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful time and great food
    Patty
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had a wonderful time having dinner at Benihana's. Our chef was Hoakie and he was the best chef we have ever had at Benihana's. Please let him know that he made our dining experience enjoyable. We had a previous bad experience at this Benihana's and I just wanted to let the General Manager, Joe Kreigsmann, know that we gave it a try again and had the best of service and great food. We will definitely be back. Love the on line reservation option.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana, Benihurry!
    Lovedalrae
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I really like this place because food and chefs are always friendly; but service was extremely slow. Drinks usually take a while to come out and on this particular visit, drinks as well as food took forever. We waited nearly an hr. Inbetween getting our soup n salad and having a chefsent to our area to cook our orders. Management really needs to get it together and implement a better plan to provide adequate service to its patrons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very long wait for main course...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I arrived 10 minutes early for my 8:30 pm reservation. I was not seated until 8:55 pm. After drinks and orders were placed, we were served our soup and salad around 9:20 pm. No great so far... The manager did check on our table once, but the chef did not arrive at our table until 10:10 pm. That is over a 100 minute wait for the main course. When the chef confirmed my order, I had to think for a few seconds, because I couldn't remember! I have no problem with the chef and the food, but this place was very understaffed for this evening. This isn't the first time I had a bad experience with a long wait... I came for an express lunch and had to wait 20 minutes to even have a server come to my table. I going to another location next time!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oscar our chef was awesome!
    anniversaryplusbirthday
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great with kids! So was our waitress. My daughters had a great time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining & excellent service
    vintagefoodie
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Benihana's has delicious food with many selections. Prices are very reasonable and the cooks that prepare your food add to your experience with entertainment and engaging conversation. You cannot beat Benihana's for customer service and attention to your needs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Petra
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Staff was great and we were well taken care off as a large group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dave
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I've been to many bennihana's in the past and this restaurant at sanita anita was one of the worst experience...food was just good, not outstanding..service was fair..waited long periods for drinks and for the waitress.....for a friday nite the service was horrible....they needed more help...The restaurant itself was really nice inside..the cooks seemed new and inexperienced,,,,hopefully they will get better...Bennihana has a great name and food..this place just needs improvement.....
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We always enjoy a good time at Benihana's, however this time wasn't as pleasant. Not necessarily due to the restaurant but the people we were sat next too. That didn't turn out to well. Also, on this trip we had to wait a good while before we were seated and then another while before ate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively Presentation and Good Food
    LFoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I dined at Benihana in Arcadia yesterday. The ambience is good, the chef's culinary skills were excellent. I would definitely recommend it for small group, individuals and families. There is something for everyone's appetite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    with the exception of the rice everything was delicious... the rice was not thouroughly cooked therefore it was hard to eaf
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hokie Pokie
    onikazeken1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I go to benching a lot, but this time, our teppanyaki chef was amaaaaazing. I highly recommend getting Hokie as your chef!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    mgmtgirl
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Food was delicious chef Byran was entertaining and cooked our food very well. Had a good experience for my birthday, would definitely come again to celebrate any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Benihana
    Bruce
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The restaurant is well managed and while some of these Japanese steak houses aren't that good, this was exceptional. The cook served up the plates in a great presentation, didn't just throw it on the plate like most of these places do. And it was really great food,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    CJThunder
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is a great place. My only wish would be to have dedicated tables not mixed with other customers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Henry was hillarious
    Charlie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had Henry. I've been to a few of these places, and he rocked it. He was totally hillarious, and did things I've never seen another chef do> I think the table next to us was a little jealous. Mad props!! Would totally recommend this location. But, I tried their rolls which were horrible. Stick to the stuff the chef prepares! Perfect for my son's bday.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Funny, friendly, and delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Our chef was hilarious. He has us laughing the whole time. The vibe at this location seemed much younger than the puente hills location. All of the chefs were younger guys who would all joke with each other and really put on a show for the diners. I had a much more enjoyable experience at this location. The food as always was delicious. The only complaint I have was that it took a while for our sever to come back around to check up on us or get refills. Buts that's really nothing. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    mikeygee93
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My girlfriend, her friends and I all had great service, the chef/cook andrew was very amusing and comforting
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was good and place was fun
    Veritou
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was good and place was fun. Take a light sweater because the place was cold.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for birthdays!
    Leci09
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Went here for my birthday and it was very nice. Service could have been better we had to wait 30 minutes for appetizers. Other than that I would recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teppan Rocks
    cande
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    At Benihana you can always be sure of a show and delicious food. We love it here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Excellent Japanese food! Fun to watch the chief at work
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Benihanas but...
    food4drea
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Every exprience is different and the service can be exceptional to a horrible experience. This time was a very bad. First, I feel like we are always rushed to eat after we get our food. This was confirmed this time around. The server was standing right by our table watching us eat. He was literally over my left shoulder arm distance apart. I felt uncomfortable. So after 15 minutes of eating my Son has to go to the restroom and I take him. We where there for about 15 minutes. I come back my food was boxed up and they had sand Happy Birthday to my Brother. I was very upset. I asked my husband what happened and he said they just came out and boxed food and sang happy birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait
    Cindy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was our second time dining at this location and it was a bit disappointing that the wait time was still quite long. The first time we felt maybe it was because the restuarant just opened at that location so the people weren't as experienced, so we gave them the benefit of the doubt. However, this time around it took about a good 45 minutes from us being seated until the chef came out to cook our meal. That's just way too long especially because we were only one of three tables occupied in the Restuarant. Luckily the chef we had was great. Great conversation and very personable. If it wasn't for him, you'd have one less star. If I could have rated him, I would have given him all five stars.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Olivia
    Bluefary193
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    First time here and it was a great experience. Our chef was great with the kids, and we enjoyed our food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Eric our chef was excellent, funny and entertaining!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FUN PLACE
    Redovergeren50
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Going to Benihanas is always fun. Adam, our chef, was hilarious! Food DELICIOUS! Yummy Mai Tais!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    LoveBeni
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I'm not sure if it was because it was Tuesday or they were just understaffed, but the wait after being seated was way too long. The drink order was taken but then it was about 15 min before they brought my coke. Then when dinner was finally being cooked, my rice bowl was brought and the rice was hard and undercooked. I usually have a good experience at Benihana but, this time around the food was not up to par. But the cook himself was terrific. Very funny and talkative. And the manager even had to come a box our food. Where was our waitress ??? This experience won't keep me from going back, I just hope that this was a one time deal of being understaffed and bad rice. Still love you, Benihana :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good for a large group
    Not2happy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    RSVP were for 12 but it felt like management wasn't ready for us since we waited over 20 mins for tables.Our half party had their meal first & they were done over a half hour from us 1st.It must have been a busy night for this Thurs because we rarely seen our waitress.She was nice but not attentive to our needs after she gave us our soup.i think mgt had her running opposite tables far from us because we can never locate her for refills & napkins.My party was pleased with all the good food but not at all with table service.I had to call diff people in the front desk for help. Both Cooks were awesome & overall great.Wish our party had got our food near the same time & we had waitress attention b4 our glasses were empty & watered down from ice
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The chef was wonderful and very entertaining! The food was delicious the only problem was that our chef was really late to our table nearly 20 mins just sitting there. The waiter would disappear and took forever to bring us utensils or drinks we ordered. Other than that it was great!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • its my BIRTHDAY?
    Odiemouse
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    As always, ANY food purchased at a Benihana (BH) is EXCELLENT! They treated my party of 6 with respect and dignity, even the two small children. I was disappointed to find that the skills of he Teppan Grill chef were forcibly watered-down compared to the days of my youth. No throwing knives high up into the a-frame exhaust fan area, No onion volcano fire, No fire at all for that matter! In short, NO RISK, no show! The SPECTACLE was what made BH stand out and all other teppan grills COPIED BH's tough standard. After my night, I can't tell tell you why I would bother to go to a BH over a Shogun, Tokyo Wako or other teppan grill establishment. It seems BH has now lowered itself to its competitioon, and is no longer the STANDARD.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    reohome
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our server and our Chef were excellent. Very sleek restaurant and bar
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • August 2nd-daughters 4th bday
    Mida
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I ordered the yakisoba noodles and could not eat it-they were drenched in sauce. I love the ambiance and the show was fun for the kids but the cook was pretty sloppy which did not sit well with me. We spent 175 on dinner, the food was not worth it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My son's birthday
    Not2happy
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My family used to go to Benihana's for special occasion dinners several times a year, but after relocating to the foothills we stopped going until I realized there was a location in Aarcadia which was about 25 miles from us. We used to visit the Encino location, and to my recollection it was much better. First we waited in the lobby for 25 minutes until I complained to the hostess, who said she was unaware our entire group was present even though I had told her upon our arrival. Then I was disappointed we had a very young chef, she was good but not in comparison to my previous experiences. As we were leaving my son and I noticed another older, Japanese chef who was MUCH more involved and entertaining, and were very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Server got order wrong/Awesome chef
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We were there to celebrate two birthdays - mine and my sister-in-law's. I ordered the Deluxe Treat, and my wife ordered the filet mignon. As our chef was finishing up, it was clear that I was not going to get the lobster that was included with my order. When we asked the chef, he said that our server only indicated that I was having filet mignon. Since we were well into our meal, I didn't bother making an issue of it. It was disappointing, since I looked forward to having lobster as part of my birthday meal. On the up side, our chef Adam was AWESOME! He was entertaining, personable and a great chef. Lesson learned - we will make sure that our server has our order correct before the chef comes to cook our meal in the future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 143 reviews are from the Benihana - Santa Anita reviews archive.
  • Great Chef!!!!!
    vecerp
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    BRYAN was the Best Chef Ever, never been more entertained!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bachelorette
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere, great servers, waiters, the music was a little too loud though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Eats
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were at Benihana's for my son's birthday. We had a great time, the food was good and the chef, Hoki, was super entertaining!!! We got lotsa laughs!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana - Arcadia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I like the location of this restaurant. In comparison to other Benihana's - they are not up to the same notch as the others I have been to, but they are fine. Location and ease of parking, etc is nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate