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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
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 WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "One of the most energetic benihanas I've been to. Staff was friendly and fun. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "ExcelleNt food and service. A little pricey but worth it. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Overall my experience here was very nice. I came here to celebrate my boyfriends birthday and we enjoyed the communal feel when paired at a table with two other parties of people. The food was prepared properly and our servers were all very friendly and effective. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Great service, great food! Overall really happy with dinner!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Food was slow and wait staff changed in the middle of our meal. They clearly did not communicate as certain portions of our meal never came until I complained to manager. By this point the remainder of our party was finished with their meals. The manager argued with me (briefly) but eventually agreed to write off one of the meals. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Everything was great from the food to the service my party had a good time and we will visit again"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had been to Benihanas once before a few years ago so I cannot remember if the wait to be seated took that long. The soup was delicious, and I cannot get over how good the rice was! Only thing is that I took my mom so she could get a kick out of the chef cooking for us but I think our guy was new because he was really slow and did not do as much of a performance as the other chefs around us. Overall, at least the food was still really good! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Came here to celebrate Mother's Day. We were a total of 5. Great Service! Server was so great! The chef was very down to earth and friendly. The food was great. The restrooms were very clean, and the ambience was great. This is my second time at this restaurant and doesn't fail to satisfy our family gatherings."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "food was delicious but overall the staff was great. we arrived late to our reservation because of parking trouble and they still sat us down quickly. will definitely go again!! yummy food!!! "
    Dined on 5/4/2014