Benihana - Santa Monica
Benihana - Santa Monica

Benihana - Santa Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/santamonica-ca-sm
  • Phone: 3102601423
  • 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: Sushi, Japanese
  • 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
Benihana - Santa Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (88)special occasion (82)kid-friendly (66)great for lunch (29)fit for foodies (20)hot spot (16)romantic (15)late-night find (10)neighborhood gem (10)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My experience was horrible had a rsvp and was sat done after rsvp scheduled time waited 1hr and 1/2 food a person to come and prepare the food was told by waiter how had had to split the bill to use the coupon was stiffed on the $30.00 bday coupon never again
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    AGAR7
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I have eaten at Benihana restaurants in many places and cities. This one is in Santa Monica and deliver consistent experience and food quality. I have only two comments on this particular restaurant - once you get in, the cell signal is very low and depending on where you are seated you might have none at all. I don't know why but it bothers me. Also it was an early dinner - although the Chef was fantastic and the waitress was also, we were not properly greeted when we came into the restaurant lobby, we felt a little ignored actually. Other than that, if you like Benihana food and cuisine, Benihana always delivers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMAZING!
    KristinaM27
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We celebrated our 8 year anniversary and had the pleasure of having Andrew as our chef... He was so entertaining kept us laughing all the way til the end! The night was perfect! Thank you Andrew for best experience we Have ever had!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good times
    FamilyDiners
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Love this place, including the location and staff. If you get the opportunity to choose your waiter, go with Jeremiah. If you get a chance to choose your chef, go with Shosuke. Both are total pros who will make sure you have a the best time. If you love the chicken fried rice, order extras to take home. At $3.75 per serving, it will be a great & very reasonable leftover lunch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super Yummy
    LADGR14
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Benihana is a great restaurant. It is walking distance to the beautiful Santa Monica Beach and Pier, along with numerous shops and the Santa Monica Promenade. The restaurant is perfect for a group and special occasions, providing great entertainment by the chefs. It is perfect for any occasion from a date to birthday celebration. For birthdays, they take a complimentary group picture and have a couple of the employees sing a special version of "Happy Birthday." The food is very tasty. Everything from the salmon to beef to chicken is grilled perfectly and the meals are filling. I highly recommend Benihana for anyone wanting a good time filled with food and a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entertaining and fun!
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Brought a group together that had never dined together before. The entertaining chefs and yummy food make it a great place for a get together!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite!
    MargieVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We celebrated a co-workers birthday and it's always a treat. Everyone had a good time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This Benihana Location Rocks!
    PrismPrism
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had an awesome chef! If you can get Andrew, you will not be disappointed. He puts on one of the best shows and is very personable, unlike other chefs I have experienced at teppanyaki style restaurants who rarely talk and put mediocre effort into entertaining the patrons. His cooking and seasoning style some how tasted better, even though there is a standard at Benihana's. You can request your meats to be cooked "Andrew style"- just ask him about it. :-) A guy sitting next to us loves the way Andrew prepares the chicken fried rice so much that he ordered 2 extra bowls of it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place for good meal and fun
    Mellan
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Love going to Benihana. It is a fin raring experience but it really depends on what chef you get as they are not all as good of showmen...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get it Together
    Jackster
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My second visit to the Santa Monica Benihana over the past few moths. Even with a reservation, the wait time to be seated is at least 20 minutes. Our waitress was excellent, bringing us drinks, then soup and salad. A manager brought us some edemame pods as compensation for the chef's delayed arrival. The food preparation seemed agonizingly slow and came in dribs and drabs - all the vegetables were served separately and most disappointingly - our surf and turf also came one after the other. Overall, a disappointing evening and not worth the $30 plus entree tab. I would rather go to a steak house like Ruth Chris than this adult version of Chuckie Cheese.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun fun fun
    Pajara
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We went to Benihana to celebrate a birthday. Fortunately, we got the chef that we had last time, Brian. Brian is very accommodating because he will recook your meat if it is too well-done for you. The filet mignon actually came out very juicy, even though it was not as rare as we usually like. The tempura was a little too soft, not as crispy on the outside as we are accustomed to. In any case, we had an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great fun place.
    Luvresturants
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The service and food were great. Great for special Occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • benihannas
    sxto08
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It was delicious and I enjoyed the service! 👍👍i looked forward into visiting this restaurant once again because it was a really good experience to me and my lovely wife
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • loved it !
    bet1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had an amazing chef and waitress. Food was perfect. I wish we all could have sat together to celebrate our daughters birthday.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not authentic
    Bummed
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I brought some out of town friends here for a Tepan experience and got anything but that. No show from the chef at all!! Very bland food and presentation. I looked at the table next to us and that is what I pictured when you come to Tepan restaurant. My overall experience was disappointing and I don't think I could recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hung is the BEST Chef ever!!
    Carol
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Hung is very entertaining... He's the whole reason why we choose to go to Santa Monica vs Torrance. The only issue I had was that the rice was a little crunchy... 2nd time this happened. Everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome First Time Experience !
    TaylerEats
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I took my boyfriend for his birthday and everything was great. This was his first visit and now he can't wait to go back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience
    McGrubby
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Our waiter Sean was great! And our chef prepared the food to perfection. Our table mates were friendly which always makes fore a fun experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Need to train cooks better and waiter need to be serving people not disappearing
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Always fun at Benihana's. Noise level is too high - very hard to carry on a conversation. Could lower the music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Novelty
    Noname
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Good food. Chef was new, so seemed like we were more of a training table. We specifically went there for the habatchi grill, but it was what you would expect from a chain novelty-experience type place. Would go back, but would check for other options first.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RUDE WORKERS
    MESH
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    THIS IS ESTABLISHMENT WAS NOT FRIENDLY AT ALL, I HAD TO ASK AND KEEP ASKING FOR WHEN MY TABLE WAS GOING TO BE READY MY WHOLE PARTY WAS HERE AND THE RESTURANT WAS NOT THAT CROWDED CONSIDERING MY RESERVATIONS WERE FOR 915PM AND THEY CLOSE AT 10. THE FOOD WAS GOOD, HOWEVER MY ENTREE CAME WITH ICE CREAM AND GREEN TEA, I DIDNT RECIEVE ANY OF THAT AND WHEN I ASKED THEY SAID THAT THEY WERE CLOSED, AND EVERYTHING WAS PUT AWAY I FELT LIKE I WAS A CUSTOMER PAYING FOR WHAT I PAID FOR AND DIDNT UNDERSTAND, THIS BENIHANA IS FAR WORSE THAN BEVERLY HILLS AND THEY ARE NOT EVEN PART OF THE FRANCHISE, I WOULD CONSIDER GOING TO TORRANCE OR ENCINO BECAUSE OF BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wife's Birthday dissapointing
    TonyB
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our chef was a greenhorn fresh from his 2 weeks of training. Couldn't twirl the salt shakers, couldn't do the hat trick, couldn't draw a picture with the eggs, and missed the knife sheath several times. Our waiter service also left something to be desired as he would disappear for long periods of time. We had to wait long periods of time for our drink to arrive both times. The last time, the waiter apparently had to have the busboy deliver our drinks because he was too busy? We have been to Benihanas many times and to multiple locations. We usually have a pretty good time. We had more fun watching the chef at the adjacent table, than the poor performance our own chef gave. Next time I will make a note to provide an experienced chef.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a party of 7 with only two adults and had a blast. The chef came up with some new tricks in cooking, so that was nice. Kids had a great time. Forgot the Birthday coupon that would have saved us $30 on our over $200 bill
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • too expensive
    nnfgn
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    one entrée is not going to make you full. Food is not that great. You need to spend at least 50 bucks / person to really eat. Wont come back
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • clarAtypical
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Very Good - Made birthday dinner pleasant. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes, the food was the best part.
    humpytdumpty5
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I could recommend Benihana's...but...not completely. The show and the chef got through the meal but he fumbled his tosses more than once. He seemed nervous and stiff in his manner. Was this his first or second night? The show that the chef performed made 'dinner watching' quite interesting. The food was all delicious and appealing. That's great. But as soon as he finished his show we were encouraged ,it seemed, to finish our meal or order dessert... now!... I didn't see or hear or meet any manager of Benihana during the 2 hours I was there. , I was celebrating with my son and I, two birthdays....... Ironically, this is the second Birthday dinner I've had at Benihana's in the past 5 days.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana Santa Monica
    RHO1
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our favorite Benihana restaurant. Our Chef, Erwin, was very entertaining.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Variable
    diner1
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not. Worth the time or money
    MDRCA
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
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  • The kids enjoy it
    baccus
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food Reunion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best birthday dinner
    Badabing
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hibatshi table
    mtenn
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upstairs service was terrible
    sporti00VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Pickybutfair
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool had no personality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food and. Waitress were great cook never smiled and mumbled followed script to a fault
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints!
    socal9r
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    macusina
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great service. The chef was phenomenal. It was a fun experience for all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate