Benihana - Santa Anita
Benihana - Santa Anita

Benihana - Santa Anita

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://benihana.com/
  • Phone: 6263402276
  • 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: 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 (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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Benihana - Santa Anita reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (72)good for groups (62)kid-friendly (36)great for lunch (19)romantic (13)hot spot (10)fit for foodies (9)neighborhood gem (8)late-night find (7)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (5)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall
    VarsityBoy
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • place was boring
    mannyboy323
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Fun place for a special occasion. I only wish they could accommodate a larger group at one table.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go
    Pickychef
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good time!
    SanGabeDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kids love funny chef
    Abee
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    very good services. happy chef. nice birthday ice cream. if have chochlate flavor even better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Our Server was amazing! Our chef was equally amazing! Great dinner
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing time!
    THETRIO
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    had chef hokie who is hilarious, so taking my boyfriend there for his first time was great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, fun times
    luvmone150
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely poorly trained staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic B-day dinner experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Daughter's graduation surprize.
    GraduationDinner
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The chef is the show!
    time2enjoy
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place for Dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great Place for any occasion service was really great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made reservations and still waited
    AllenIT
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Made reservations and still waited an hour. Not sure why this happened it looked like they were short on staff
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Semi satisfied
    Vero
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for children
    momOF3
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Love bringing my 3 children here. Watching the Chef keeps them entertained. Chef interacted with children well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benihana missed the mark
    ArcadiaGuy
    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.
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  • Worst Chef/ Food Ever!
    bbqs
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hostesses
    Nothappy
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chefs are great...
    SherryVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.