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Benihana - Santa Monica
Benihana - Santa Monica

Benihana - Santa Monica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/santamonica-ca-sm
  • Email: Santamonica@benihana.com
  • Phone: (310) 260-1423
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Toshiya Nemoto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Broadmay and 4th St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Benihana - Santa Monica
Benihana in Santa Monica is located on 4th St., between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd., near shopping, entertainment and the beach. Watch as your personal chef performs the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Listen as razor-sharp blades slice through tender steak and juicy chicken. Take in the aroma of sizzling shrimp, lobster and savory vegetables.

Or visit our sushi bar, where your sushi chef will prepare fresh nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls, all with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine.

Enjoy a dining experience unlike any other.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Took my granddaughter there for a birthday lunch. The waiter was so attentive and really went out of his way to make her feel special. The cook was great too. The ice cream, song and picture at the end of the meal made the experience perfect. The food was good but we only had the sushi boat. Next time we'll order chicken teriyaki so there will be more of our food to see cooked!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Took forever for my party to be seated. Took about 20-30min for our server to take our order. As a second time visit I was dissapointed that the service was bad and that our cook Jason was very messy wild cooking"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Love this place. Always terrific food but so much more. Great entertainment as well."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I love the family feel of Benhannia. I would defintly return."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "This was my third time at this specific location and I drove far to get there. The Encinio Benihana is much closer to me but I'd rather drive to Santa Monica"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The atmosphere was fantastic, the food was delicious, and I love the dinner entertainment. Thanks Benihana"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Fun and delicious: Benihana is a great place to eat tasty Japanese food and marvel at the dexterity of the cook, who is preparing the food right in front of you. It's a great intro to Japanese food too, as everybody at the table get to taste everybody else's order. Great for kids, they get entertainment and a special menu. Each table accomodates up to 8 people, which makes it a great venue for birthdays - the super-friendly staff will also celebrate you! Only (minor) downside: hair and clothes need a wash afterwards."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Food was excellent and we had a wonderful time. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The waitress added 18% tip for a party of two!!! The service we got was not 18% worth!!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Eating at Benihana is always a lot of fun.. kids have fun, families have fun, groups have fun. The food is also very good and very healthy for not a great deal of money. We always enjoy ourselves and enjoy meeting the chefs and servers."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "It was me and my twin sister's 31st birthday and our first time dining here. The food was great and so was our chef. I can't want to go back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The staff was extremely fRiendly. Lovely environment! I'll definitely be back soon!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I love this place and frequent it often (3-5 times a month). The staff is awesome, the show is great, and the overall experience is amazing."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Excellent service, great food it was just perfect we will be back soon"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Server was good but could come around a little bit more"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Recently celebrated a going away party there with 12 people. Table was ready when we arrived, food & service were amazing, loved the Art Deco vibe and the overall crowd was mixed and very upbeat. No gratuity & good drinks! I shall return."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I made a reservation for my girlfriends 21st birthday, we were excited and showed up 30 min early. We thought that is fine and we would sit at the bar upstairs, the drinks are way over priced and I asked the bartender is there anything special for a birthday celebration. He replied rudely, "we charge double for birthdays". The bartender was very rude that night constantly looking at my girlfriend and I as to if he was giving us a hint to not sit at the bar. This was a Monday night 3/10 and the bar wasn't busy at all, we weren't taking away any space for potential customers. I do not understand why he was so rude. Other than that incident, great restaurant (other than the bartender). Better teppan grills out there."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "I surprised my mother and sister, for the both of them this is their first time dining at Benihana's, we all enjoyed the food and Chef's entertainment. My sister loved this restaurant as it is kid friendly, furthermore, my nephew's eyes could not stop staring at the chef, as he would throw the shrimp tails on top of his Chef's hat and create volcanoes and stream locomotives out of onions and water. Thank you Benihana for our wonderful experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have been dining at Benihana restaurants all over for 30 years plus now. ALWAYS great food and a winning spot for a family event such as birthday, anniversary etc. Santa Monica location was no exception. Great time was had by my whole family! Service was wonderful and our chef was quite fun. Will continue our tradition of Benihana's as a fun celebration choice."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I came hear during the LA Marathon last weekend. There was hardly anyone in the place. It took out chef Hierberto about 20+ minutes just to come out. The waiter never came back to check on us once the chef arrived. The chef used way too much salt on our veggies. This is the Benihana so far. I will never come back here again."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "THE FOOD WAS GREAT AS ALWAYS BUT I WENT TO THE BAR AND ORDER A APPLE MAIRTINI AND I GOT IT WITH OLIVES IN IT THAT WAS A FIRST FOR ME SO I TAKE IT YOUR GUY MUST BE NEW NEED TO TRAIN FASTER FIRST TIME AT THE ONE IN SANTA MONICA AND I WILL GO BACK"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "If you sign up for their birthday list, you get a $30 coupon to use the month of your birthday. So with two people, it is a super reasonable place to come eat to celebrate! The $3.50 extra for chicken fried rice is totally worth it. Great meal with soup, salad, cooked vegetables, rice, meat, and ice cream. Great experience!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "My cheif alaberto was amazing i love the steak and lobster only thing i did not luje was i was looking for a romantic evening with my wufe it was her first time it would be betrer if u had two people seating tables would make it more intamite"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We have been coming to the Santa Monica CA restaurant for 20 years. For birthdays, anniversaries & New Years Eve. This was the first time we've had a bad experience. It was my husbands 58th birthday. Our reservation was at 6pm. We arrived 10 mins early and were advised the table wouldn't be ready for 20 mins. My husband is a big guy so we always request to be seated at the end. The hostess forgot about us & said the people already seated at the table refused to leave the 2 end seats open so we'd have to squeeze into the middle or wait another 45 mins. Not much of a choice. We waited for the next table where we were seated with loud children. Our chef Jason stumbled & mumbled his way thru the meal & it was not cooked well."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We have been to benihanas over 10 times sometimes the service is wonderful and Wechave had great waiters and waitresses other times the waiters are really bad this time the waiter was really bad . Our best chef was Shoku And our worse was Tourino."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Benihana is always great when I go and this outing was no exception. Everything was delicious and it was a delicious dinner overall!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We had a great time celebrating my husband's birthday....family celebration with our boys. The boys absolutely loved the cooking presentation! Very cool experience for all of us!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "reliable but touristy experience. best if you can get one of the Japanese chefs."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The food was great specially the Chicken Fried Rice"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great food! Great drinks! Great service! Really fun atmosphere!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have gone to other Benihana restaurants and this location would be my least favorite. The cook, the food, the setting was all disappointing .The cook never tried to build any rapport with the customers, no effort to show his skills with his cooking tools. He almost seemed not to want to be there. The food seemed a bit different than other Benihana. The portions seemed smaller. I ordered a side of noodles that even my toddler would find it not being enough. There would be not left overs tonight."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was wonderful and the servers were on top of everything. My only complaint is that my reservation was at 9:30, but did not get seated until about 10:30. But that could have been from the heavy crowd on valentines fay."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a good meal, the waitress was very good, but the chef needed a lot more training. One of the main reasons people dine at Benihana is "the show" that the chef performs at the grill. Our chef seemed to have been a trainee because he was very messy. He got rice all over the grill, the table, and the customers. Maybe that's why he was working the lunch shift."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Experience was pleasant. Everybody at table was silent, on Valentines day. Had 1 beer and the lobster tail dinner, daughter a kids combo. Lobster was small and had metallic flavor. Fried rice still excellent. The price was high, but daughter liked the dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Not as packed as most Benihana's in southern California. Excellent waiting service. JTA"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was a great place. I came here with my girlfriend for Valentines Day, and it was amazing great service, food, people. Overall the price is lay is worth it because you get more out of it. I would recommend this place to anyone and I'm returning here for my birthday."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I reserved 2 seats for valentines day for my wife and I and when we got there they said it was a 50 minute wait. Then I asked why there was a 50 minute wait and the hostess said we double booked. Meaning the restaurant didn't care that it was valentines day. There were other couples waiting longer than us and they decided to leave. Good thing my wife is patient."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Chef was VERY boring. Food was good, but took WAY to long to cook."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were a group of eight and ultimately had a good time. The food was good and everyone was very nice, however the whole experience was very chaotic and unorganized. We work in the service industry and are understanding of how demanding the food service industry is, however there were too many sloppy errors which made the overall experience disappointing. We love the food at Benihana I only wish there would have been more of a focus on the customer experience."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Benihana is always a fun and exciting experience. The food is consistently good - not incredible, but good. It's a great place for a date or for a family event. I'd recommend the Splash and Meadow."
    Dined on 2/9/2014