Benihana - Short Hills
Benihana - Short Hills

Benihana - Short Hills

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/shorthills-nj-sh
  • Phone: 9734679550
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Saturday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 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, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Benihana - Short Hills
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
Benihana - Short Hills reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (29)kid-friendly (25)special occasion (24)fit for foodies (8)great for lunch (4)romantic (3)great for brunch (3)hot spot (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Displeased
    RC782
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I had a Baby Shower /Dinner party with Family and Friends. I was disappointed on the treatment my guest and I received. The waitress were badgering my guest with menus for entree order as soon as they sat down. We were not provided any complimentary Soup/'Salad even after being told by the waitress that would be served before our appetizers arrived. The appetizers brought out were entirely incorrect and left everyone starving. The orchestration of my party fell apart before my eyes. Left me, the Mother to be stressed and embarrassed. My guest felt uncomfortable and rather leave then spend their money purchasing entree's at the restaurant. The appetizers brought out to the table couldn't feed a child. This was my first and last time!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Linda
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We go to this restaurant for every special occassion. This time the food was particularly good. However the service was poor.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We'll be back!
    marina1983
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We had a great time and great food at Benihana. Went for an adult birthday. The staff was very attentive. Food was great! Definitely will go again both for a special occasion and just for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I enjoyed it and would go again.
    Diner1
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We made reservations and was seated right away. The staff and service was very good. There was a group of very very loud and obnoxious college girls at the table next to us which was quite unnerving. However, they left before our food was done. I enjoyed the whole experience and my 15 yr old son loved it. The only thing was my shrimp and scallops were both over cooked. Nevertheless, the food was still good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The drink was the best part
    Mattyice30
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I love hibachi places and been to all of them, I don't think I would go here again. I ordered the Fillet mignon, the soup was very salty and the ginger dressing on the salad was bad.. The portions size def wasn't worth the money, and I also got noodles with it because I really enjoy them, but they sucked here! The drink was the best thing here, jack and coke! Left hungry still and not satisfied.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Somewhat Disappointing
    joefood
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have been eating at other hibachi restaurants for years, but never Benihana. I was very disappointed. The meal (expensive) did not include rice or noodles, and the food was not as flavorful as at other restaurants I have been to. We went to bring my daughter and her friends for her birthday, and the girls had a great time, so in that respect, Benihana delivered. Every table seemed to have groups of mostly young kids celebrating a birthday. I would not go here for a meal on any other night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waited too long...
    Karine
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We went last week for a birthday dinner and had a reservation at 7pm. We only got a table 45 minutes later, and the staff at the reception didn't even care. We would have appreciated if they would at least have apologized.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Service
    KathyMadisonVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I had wonderful meals and great service. Only problem on Saturday nights at Benihana is large loud groups. Also every table had multiple children.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Kid-Friendly
    CarolS
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We visited Benihana with an adult party of 5. There were so many kids that we felt we were at a family only restaurant. We have 3 kids so we like kids but there were kids running around all over the place. My recommendation would be for the restaurant to create an adult only area. That would be the only way that we would return. The location of the restaurant is great--up on a hill in Short Hills. The food and service was good. Drinks had a lot of ice. If you are looking for a place to take kids, this is the place for you!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of fun for the whole family!
    Samben
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The service is great and everyone enjoys the show. The food is pretty good but the ventilation needs a lot of work! You will leave smelling like the oil used!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • my kids love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My kids love Japanese food....... and always have a great time....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The brand name in Hibachi
    phibbles
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our 2nd time at Beni Hana and I think I've come to expect more from the company that made hibachi famous. Like any other place, I found dressings and sauces to be thin and lacking in any flavor. Chef did a decent show and cooked things well, but nothing had a great seasoned flavor to it. For the HIGH price you pay, I expect a lot more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was great. Service was good. The cook "Dimas" did everything just right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    KayDee
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Pretty slow and forgot our white rice. Also did not being out the ice cream scoop for the birthday boy. We'll prolly not go to another Benihana after this.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nurse
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I went there for an early dinner for my birthday. Nice setting, clean restaurant, friendly and good food! I would go again, definitely!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    MommaDiner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Sushi came out after I had begun eating my meal, waitress was never around and if you saw her, you were lucky if she heard you ask for something you needed, she was not friendly at all and seemed to not want to be there
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Waitress took forever to get drinks. It was good but arirang is better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foreverfoodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was below average for the cost. Not recommended if you are looking for authentic Japanese chefs performing at the tables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 157 reviews are from the Benihana - Short Hills reviews archive.
  • ts always a treat at Benihana!
    dennis
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We always go to Benihana for birthday celebrations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go late!
    MpasVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We went right before they were about to close and they rushed our food and nothing tasted as good as it usually does.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • garlic haven & tired chefs
    Avril
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Was SO loud in there that I had issues hearing my nieces who were sitting on either side of me! Also need to have option of no garlic! ! Our chef seemed extremely tired & didn't seem to even want to be there working, let alone entertaining tables while there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful
    Kaycee
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Took my boyfriend out for his birthday and although he doesn't like dining out he was amazed. He loved the whole "ceremony" that went into making the food and the service was immaculate . At the end of the night, it became his favorite restaurant. You can never go wrong with Benihana especially with group of friends or family, beautiful scenery and ambience. As for couples, if you do not mind sharing a table with 2-3 strangers, it can be exciting but if you are more of a private person, well maybe it's not for you...but don't rule it out just yet, just give it a try and you might be surprised.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is Amazing
    NewFavPlace
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I love every part of dinner. Everything was delicious! It's a bit expensive, however, because the food was so good I didn't complain. It was well worth it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining with shrimp & lobster
    diana156VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great for family with young children , the chef has some good cooking skills.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ro29
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I think the menu prices were a bit overpriced for the quality of the food, but overall great service and a fun time with family!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    LoveMaggianos
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great Service, Food, and Dining. 2 Thumbs up! The Big Blue Drink in the Big Fish Tank Glass is Great!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Hibachi
    ShortHills10May14
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Overall everything was very good. I do however have a few comments. I was surprised that the rice was not served either before or during the 'Hibachi' experience. By the time we finally had gotten the rice the meal was over. The rice was also cold but still good. I would recommend that the rice should be heated on the hibachi and served at the beginning of the meal. Also the vegetable portions were not enough and left a little to be desired. I had hoped for more vegetables and a larger variety. Maybe some broccoli, peppers, bok choy, or other cabbage.. etc The noise level was good it was not too loud or too quiet. Ambience was good but definitely not a romantic place. Lastly, I was very surprise as to the lack of desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great fun, and food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This is not your typical hibachi. Lots of energy, not just with the chef, which is to be expected, but with the entire staff and clientele. We arrived 45 minutes early for our reservation and we were graciously accommodated within 15 minutes of our arrival.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Treated my mom and in laws for Mother's Day Eve dinner. Very good service. Good food. Very pleased.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Good Time
    TeeTeeQueen
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary dinner and he had never been here before. He loved it and can't wait to go back, he was just like a little kid, but really enjoyed himself.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    Ninaluv808
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    This is a great place to have a wonderful dinner with family and friends, thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worse Birthday Dinner Ever!!
    Dparker
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Rushed service, not so nice waitress and I was really blown away about Benihana not being able to accommodate my 3 extra guests
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    mama73
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We took 9 people in our family to Benihana for a special occasion. We had an amazing chef that was highly entertaining on top of delivering us fantastic food. We will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak
    Skwerl
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food was very good, I got steak and scallops hibachi dinner and the steak was great. The waitress didn't come back at all after the cook came over. I would've ordered more drinks/wine etc. I could barely hear the cook when he was talking to us or asking us things. He dropped a few things during his tricks but that's ok it was all in good fun.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Had a great time with the Family,my kids enjoyed there meals and found it quite amusing how the Chef's cooked.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    FineWineandFineDine
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Great Experience. Great Food. Good Time overall. Service was good, and so as the food. Watching everything happen in front of you offers a great experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to celebrate!
    Ellenppi
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We went in to celebrate my birthday. Because of the reservation, we were seated in 3 minutes. I have a $30 coupon from joining The Chef Table, the birthday club for Benihana. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The chef was good but we were
    Cee3
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The chef was good but we were not happy with our waitress . We felt like she was rushing us out . She also never brung refills and wasnt very friendly . Her shift was done before we were and she just left us unattended . We had to ask another waiter for a refill .
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 30 minute wait with a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    30 minute wait with a reservation made on opentable. Service took forever. Once chef finally got to table it was quick. My second glass of wine came after dinner was finished. Not worth the $$$$
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very fun and everything was
    CasualDiner
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Very fun and everything was great. Drinks are yummy too. Haiku Coladas make you want to be on a beach or in a pool with a swim up bar lol.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.