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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
  • 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
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
Diner Reviews
  • "Our favorite Benihana restaurant. Our Chef, Erwin, was very entertaining."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "No one goes to Benihana for the food, you go for the show, and unfortunately, the chefs don't all put on the same show. Our Chef cooked, but he did not talk and he did not do any extra showy things -- just the very minimum mandated by the restaurant. It was my son's 10th birthday and he was very disappointed. He watched the table beside us who had a dynamic chef who put on a great show and he was very let down. The food was good but not exciting -- just like always."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Took my daughter for her 16th birthday. What a let down. If you go and Jose is your chef I suggest you leave. It was the worst meal I have had in a long time. Food was burnt, egg shells in the fried rice. He couldn't do anything. Burned himself five times. It was a huge disappointment."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "As soon as you walk into this Benihana, you might smell stale urine (for some reason the bathroom doesn't). The food is fine and the kids love the show, but it isn't a sort of place I'd suggest for foodies or adults in search of fine dining. The service was efficient and the chef was friendly and entertaining, but I still could smell the whiffs of pee... something that seems to be common around Santa Monica."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I used to go to Benihana and take advantage of their lunch specials when I was pregnant many years ago. My son is now 12 years old, and the waitress who used to serve me back then as a regular customer, recognized me immediately and gave me such a warm greeting. She even remembered my son's name! Awesome time! Delicious food and great company of friends to celebrate a special occasion...What a wonderful evening of reunions and memories!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I just loved how great the food was. The service was amazing. And I will make it a tradition to go at least once a month"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Went on a whim, thanks to last minute reservation through Open Table. Seated with three other couples, and had fun engaging in the traditional Benihana family style scene. The service was a little slow, and we found the food to be a bit saltier than we had remembered. The table chef went through the usual visual entertainment, and in doing so apparently forgot that I had shrimp coming with my entrée so had to cook more for me after serving the others at our table. This before he cooked the steaks so all who had steak had to wait that much longer......but otherwise all was delicious and a good value for the price, and we will definitely return again soon."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Me and my family went to Benihana and had an amazing experience. We were lucky and got the best chef ever, Edwin. He put on a great show, cooked the food to perfektion and showed such a professional respekt to my food allergi (meat allergi). He cooked my dish first, from start to finish without putting any meat on the counter until my food was done and served to me. Then he cooked the rest of the groups food. This was so respectful and professional in my opinion and more than I expected him to do. Very good!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Our waitress missed an appetizer, we didnt have utensils, then we didnt have soy sauce trays. It took her about an hour to get our bill, we just wanted to get out of there."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Son's bday. He had a certificate which we couldn't use - it was Sunday. Server was inattentive during the meal. We had to ask other staff to get him so we could get drink refills, etc. They don't let the chefs to make the volcano and now use a cheesy LED. My 2 yo granddaughter thought it was cool. Got steamed rice for her. Chef made an extra serving of fried rice. Charged us for it though we didn't order it. Never brought her steamed rice. Lobster: inedible. Told the manager. Said he would take off 25%. Thought it was off the whole meal. No - just my dinner. Would have been ok except the difference between steak and lobster and just steak was more. Do you really want me to take 56 cents more off. Horrible experience."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Food and. Waitress were great cook never smiled and mumbled followed script to a fault"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We come here whenever we are in Southern California... fabulous location four blocks from the beach, great chefs and fantastic food. Brian was our chef and he was so friendly and talented. Love this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Great service. The chef was phenomenal. It was a fun experience for all."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "When I decide to come here again, I will be asking for Hung to be my chef again. Best chef by far. Very interactive and energetic. He seemed like he was actually having fun. I have been to Benihana about 15x and to various locations like in Santa monica, City of Industry, Beverly Center, Beverly Hills, and Torrance. Definitely try to get him as your chef when coming to this location. Lots of fun!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Seating was on time, as per our resrvation. The the preliminary service, drinks, orderrs etc. was friendly and pleasant. chef was very entertaining and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I visit Benihana a few times a year, and this was the first to this location. Maybe it was an off night for them, but our experience was the worst I have ever had for a Benihana dinner. Our service was very slow and our waitress ended up ditching our table; other waitresses/waiters had to complete our dinner service. We had to remind the new waiter that we were waiting for our salad, bev refills we ordered earlier and also had to remind him we were there for a birthday celebration, (after they brought us our bill). The fan-fair was lackluster, not a very happy birthday. Parking was terrible! No off-street parking at the restaurant and the area was very busy, had to park in a lot 3 blocks away. I will not return to this restaurant location."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We took our son for his 13th birthday. Alweays such fun celebration. the chefs continue to outdo themselves with fun, creative cooking to entertain the kids. And they love the sodas with the pop marble, too. Such a treat."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "What a wonderful meal, cooked to perfection! We had an exceptional birthday celebration."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We got the whole family together for grandpa's birthday, including four couples and two babies. Benihana was delicious, as usual. The onion soup, salad, and chicken fried rice are staples of celebration dinners in this family. Everyone enjoyed their steak, chicken, and seafood. The chef was lively and entertaining. A good time was had by all!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We are semi-regulars eating here 3-4 times each year, but this time we hit the service jackpot. The waitress was not only attentive, she got all our special requests right, and took them with a smile. And chef Angel (with 9 yrs experience) has mastered the art of entertaining. He didn't just build an onion volcano--we got a full on nuclear power plant generator. And every time my husband ate something on my plate, Angel playfully scolded him and then moved something from his plate to mine. And finally, we were seated at a table without any children. Perhaps the best part of all. Arigato gozaimashta, Benihana. Now, if you could just offer some child-free seating times to minimize the screaming and squealing that can ruin date night..."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food was excellant. The waiter was so so. The chef was OK"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Our chef was superb. We've eaten at many Benihana's and he was the best we've had. Regarding service, we asked our waitress for water at least 3 times before she finally brought it; happily before our meal was finished. The wine and sake were brought immediately, of course. The only other comment I have is that at other Benihana's there are more veggies served with the hibachi meals. This one only had zucchini and onions, no mushrooms or bean sprouts."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were seated at a back table. The waiter asked us what we wanted to eat. We told him. One Lemon Chicken and One Teriyaki Steak. He asked how do you want it cooked? Medium we said. The Cook came and went around the table again and everyone stated exactly what was stated before. The cook came and started cooking and there was Fried rice everywhere. On people and all around. Really ridiculous stupid. Not like what used to be. Then came the meat after the Veg's. Cook asked again how everyone wanted their meal. Well, Everyone received their steak and then came the chicken. We received Lemon Chicken and Teriyaki Chicken.."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The place had a wonderful vibe! The staff was extremely nice and out cook was amazing."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Our waitress was visibly and verbally sarcastic about the fact that we only ordered water and tea for beverages..."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "One of my fave spots you can't go wrong eating here."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "My family and I always have a great time and delicious food at Benihana"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Hi I a made a reservation for 3pm. I arrive at 2:50pm and was told it will be 5-10 min before being seated. Well It was 20min later I had to go back to the desk and ask about our reservations. They had not logged us in therefore we were left waiting. Everyone that came in without reservations came in and went before us and I have a 2yrold. So needless to say I was not happy with that. Never got a response from that issue. Still not happy."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My sister, husband and two children were in LA from the UK so thought it would be fun to take them here. What a mistake ! First of all the chef was Mexican in a Japanese restaurant ! Then the chef at another table threw hot oil down the leg of my brother in-law not once but twice! ruined his shorts and has a nasty burn on his leg, asked to see the manager who gave him an ice pack and comped his meal not the entire thing so still cost us $120 for a terrible evening !! will never go back !!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "- Good food, though it took a while for our chef to come to our table. The chef needed a bit more interaction with the customers - especially first time guests. Need to know more about the sauces, the ingredients, and should trained with new shows. - Service was not the best. Took a while for the waitress to bring our drinks, take orders, clean the table, check on the customers, etc...Maybe have a beverage station in a corner vs. all of the way in the back - Noisy room but this comes with the atmosphere"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My friend and I brought our kids (3 total, all under 6) and it was just delightful! Our chef was completely entertaining and funny, and had enough tricks in his toque to keep the kids engaged and patient. Delicious food and yummy choices. Great spot for a kid luncheon that is different than your average offerings!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was excellent as always. Brought my aunt, this was her first time. She was extremely impressed. Job we'll done!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I have come to this benihana several times, but last night was my best experience. The cook (hung) was funny, fast, and made the best fried rice I have ever had. Every cook makes their food different, I can say that hung made the best food and was the most entertaining and animated benihana cook I have had the pleasure of experiencing in 12 years of going to the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Got something special in your life and need a restuarant for all ages . Benihana's fits that occasion!!!!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "couldn't say anything bad about anyone except for the waitress.. she forgot everything for everyone's order even the rice bowls for the master chef. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Our chef Brian was awesome! He was so informative - he told us what was going on every step of the way, which was great because we had some people in our group that had never been to Benihana or any Teppan place before. He provided a lot of entertainment and information, and of course, great food! It was a great time for our group, we had a blast!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Excellent. Great food. Great service. A real fun evening."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Brian was a super chef who had a great way about him and presented a good show, in addition to talking to everyone. If you can get his table, do it."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "My family and I enjoy Benihana's, especially the children. However, it is impossible to find a place to park during busy times. We arrived on time and it took over 1/2 an hour to find a spot and return to the restaurant. Our party would was not allowed to be seated until I returned. Until this restaurant gets Valet parking, I can no longer frequent it, except on off times. A real shame."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I've been to other benihana's and this one is by far my favorite. They are always very friendly and accommodating. We got to dinner half an hour before our reservation and they seated us right away. The service is impeccable here as well as the food. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014