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Benihana - Santa Anita
Benihana - Santa Anita

Benihana - Santa Anita Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://benihana.com
  • Phone: (626) 340-2276
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
  • 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 (corkage fee applies), 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "First time here and it was a great experience. Our chef was great with the kids, and we enjoyed our food"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Eric our chef was excellent, funny and entertaining!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Going to Benihanas is always fun. Adam, our chef, was hilarious! Food DELICIOUS! Yummy Mai Tais!"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "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 :)"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "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"
    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!!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Our server and our Chef were excellent. Very sleek restaurant and bar"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "BRYAN was the Best Chef Ever, never been more entertained!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great food, great atmosphere, great servers, waiters, the music was a little too loud though."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Everyone was very friendly and the service was outstanding. I didn't get the waiters name but he did a great job. The chef was funny and gave great service as well. I had a great dinner with my wife and we were both satisfied with the service. I would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Didnt get the energetic feel like other benihanas service was slow, asked for diablo sauce waitor brought it when I was almost finished with my plate, mix drinks were super weak."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Fun place for a special occasion. I only wish they could accommodate a larger group at one table."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This location is not what I am used to from this chain. Poorly trained staff, unaccommodating to food allergies and not trained in proper service."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "brought 2 kids - ages 7 and 5 - they had a great time! chef was really good and funny, food was good. this experience is really more like dinner and a show at the same time - so more expensive than just a regular restaurant for the same food. the experience of the meal was enjoyable and worth the price."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "very good services. happy chef. nice birthday ice cream. if have chochlate flavor even better."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our Server was amazing! Our chef was equally amazing! Great dinner"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "had chef hokie who is hilarious, so taking my boyfriend there for his first time was great!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "It has been over 40 years since I went to a Benihana. I was delighted to see that everything was as good as I remembered. The cooking of the food is still entertaining, and the food was delicious. A great place for friends to get together."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "At a dining facility like this with its reputation, it was extremely disappointing in the staff that was there. It felt more like they hired staff fit for your local Denny's restaurant. Staff coming to and from work through the front door half dressed, staff delighting in "break room talk" in the public dining areas, extremely poor welcoming and goodbyes, staff that speak to diners (though nicely) with language and vocabulary that was unprofessional (I almost felt like I was at a high school). The overall experience was actually quite poor. If it wasn't for the food, I would have rated this a one star experience. There are other Tepanyaki places I will be taking my money to enjoy. It was unfortunately a wasted experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I asked for Elena because she had great reviews on Yelp. She did not disappoint us! She may very well be the best chef as far as flavor and taste goes! I didnt even use any dipping sauces! She was very professional as well as fun. She really made our dinner a memorable one. I highly recommend Elena! Great job Elena! Don't change anything! Our server was also top notch! Sorry can't remember her name? Attractive blonde haired girl."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I took my family for my daugther's graduation, and we had a wonderful time. Food was great and the show was awesome. Both my granddaughters, 3 years of age, were amazed. We were all entertained while enjoying the great ambiance . We will definitely return to Benihana's."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The reason to go to Benihanas? For the food...YES! For the ambience...YES! The main reason to go though is to be entertained by the chef who prepares your food! All the chefs like to perform certain tricks that showcase their skills. This time we were amazed by something we had never seen before. A transfer of rice in midair from bowl to bowl! You are amazing Chef Adam!!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great Place for any occasion service was really great!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Made reservations and still waited an hour. Not sure why this happened it looked like they were short on staff"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "First time attending this location, I was made to wait 20 mins until the actual reservation time, although there were plenty of tables available. This didn't bother me as much as how the hostess behaved, it seems to me that they are to carefree, in the time I was there I heard personal phone calls and personal visits from family members. I'm not against this, but not during the time that the dinner rush is about to start. Or why not take a break and handle personal business on your own time. We had to wait while the hostess introduced her mother to staff, other than that chef and waitress were great but I think I will stick to my usual at Puente Hills Benihana."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Love bringing my 3 children here. Watching the Chef keeps them entertained. Chef interacted with children well."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This Benihana location is still fairly new. It looks nice and the staff is friendly but I do not plan to return anytime soon, given all the other options in or near Arcadia. The chefs prepare great food but are still learning to do the trademark type things you normally expect of a Benihana chef (flipping things, making patterns on the grill, etc.). The wait staff has a long way to go - they were very slow (20 minutes) to bring out drinks even when the restaurant was less than half full. I don't mind paying for a good meal at a known restaurant like this, but when the service is that slow and/or when you have noisy young children nearby it changes the equation for me. If I want that kind of noise I'll go to the nearest MacDonalds."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We celebrated Father's day there and our Chef was a nightmare. His poor sap needs to go back and be retrained! He forgot the eggs when making our chicken fried rice. He left all the ingredients in the back and either had to ask the wait staff or leave his station and run to the back to get the items he was missing, which were several! He could not cook the meats to the proper temperatures, he gave my appetizer to my family member so I missed on an appetizer since I did not want to take it from there plate. His tricks/show were horrible, he was not even at amateur level. It took him an hour and a half just to cook all our food. The only good thing/person was our waiter!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The hostesses working on June 10th were atrocious. I called in for directions and was told your restaurant was located near Macy's. As I was injured, I called so I didn't have to walk the entire mall, but I did anyway. Once I got there the told me that they didn't hav my reservation I called in 2 hours before. They claimed that it was because the system went down but it was ridiculous. I also had 2 wait another 45 minutes to be seated."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The chefs are great, but the waitstaff is not as organized as I would expect. Perhaps they are understaffed...we've been here twice this month and both times, we needed to remind our wait staff of requests and both times, they forgot to offer us the complimentary ice cream that comes with the meal. This is not a big deal, but not as good as I would expect for what you pay for the meal."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Tyler was a great chief, very funny and made sure my kids had a good time. It was there first time at the restaurant and due to Tyler they can't wait to go back "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "All of our guests truly had an amazing celebration dinner following graduation at Santa Anita! Tan, our cook, made the experience fun and memorable!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food was awesome but the service wasn't great. After we were seated, ate salad and soup, the chef came after 50 mins of being seated. Was also slow in cooking our items. The waitress at our table pretty much disappeared after serving our drinks and really didn't check in to see what we needed. The saving grace was the meal.thats it."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Our chef was good as well as our server. Unfortunately it took forever to be served. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014