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Benihana - Short Hills
Benihana - Short Hills

Benihana - Short Hills Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/shorthills-nj-sh
  • Email: shorthills@benihana.com
  • Phone: (973) 467-9550
  • 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: 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, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Benihana - Short Hills
Prepare for a dining experience unlike any other. 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "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 ."
    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 $$$$"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I was there on 3/29 to celebrate a birthday and I must admit the service was excellent from when we first arrived until we left. I would highly recommend this location. A+++ completely satisfied!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The restaurant is large for the area, with more than 20 hibachi tables. It is tailored for groups of about 4-8. The ambience is lively and the chefs are very entertaining. We ordered the usual chicken, shrimp, steak, lobster, scallop hibachi selection and all are very good. The steak was cooked to order and done perfectly. Our guests were first timers and they all enjoyed it. Very extensive drink selection but pricey. But the hibachi is relatively good value given that the chef cook in front of you. We went to celebrate a birthday and they took a picture for us and we got to keep a souvenir photo at the end. That was a nice surprise."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Went to Benihana on a friend's recommendation to celebrate my birthday with my family. Great choice! Food was very good, drinks were good, and the kids had a blast."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food was not seasoned, although it was good quality. It had no flavor at all. Not very authentic hibatchi."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everyone was so friendly. Great service and food. They even sang me Happy Birthday and took my picture. The cook was amazing and funny!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The food and our chef was great. He kept it fun and lively for my entire group. The waitress on the other hand was terrible. She barely spoke, and when she did, she spoke so low that no one could understand what she was saying. She was extremely slow and having been a waitress in a Hibachi restaurant before, I know it isn't easy, but she couldn't even keep water glasses full. We also had to ask her to take away empty/extra dishes. I would never sit at her table again."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I am very experienced with japanese food - in fact I'm a bit of a "snob" as I have lived and worked in Japan. I did not have any experience with Benihana restaurants apart from this one (Short Hills, NJ) - in fact it was a first for both me and my dining companion. We loved the food, and the presentation as it was being made. The prices are also very reasonable for what you get. I am definitely coming back with my wife - it's not "romantic" as such (you are sitting next to other patrons, basically) but it's a great vibe and very pleasant, up-market dining experience."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Went as a group of 7 had a great time. They take reservations. Be sure to have reservations or you will wait for a table. The place is cook the food is great. If your reading this you must want to go to hibachi. Do it have fun and be sure to get some Hot Saki."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I've heard great things about this restaurant so when my boyfriend and I decided to go for our first time I was expecting great food. Not great food. Good but not great. Wouldn't go back. Noodles were not good. Sushi was delicious. As well as the Benihana punch. But as far as the main course it wasn't what I had hoped for."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "My forst experience at hibachi and it was amazing! The dinner is great the greeting at the door is very warm and welcoming i will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The whole family had fun and enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner for my nephew!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Was my first time at Benihana and not my last. Food was very good and I can't wait to try some of the other things I saw others try at our table. Cook was enthusiastic and explained how and why he was cooking things the way he was. It is great for a group since you sit at a group table and it is not only dinner but a fun show."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Waited over 20 minutes for our first round of drinks, server must've been new because we only saw her twice. Food was ok, Diego is the best chef there.. He was not our chef this night."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Went for a friends birthday. Was more crowded than my first experience but was offered to start at the bar until our table was ready. Didn't need it, was seated shortly after the offer. The service was okay considering the place was extremely crowded. I still felt taken care of and the food was as expected."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Planned a special 70th Birthday dinner and it was spoiled with all the children. Watching a 2 yr old banging the table the entire time was furstrating. I felt like I was in a school outing. I was very disappointed."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The veggie delight dish was steamed not grilled which wasn't on menu and they were steamed to the point they were soggy and bland. Really terrible. The grilled dishes were great. Would recommend grilling the veggies or asking how customer wants them cooked."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Hibachi chiefs seem jaded- didn't even put on a show. Rice/noodles not included with $30 dinner... Very busy and rest seemed short staffed."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Benihana is the staple for hibatchi style food. You can see the quality ingredients that are used from the zuchini to the NY strip steak. Everything is fresh fresh fresh, and it comes through to the taste. The show will vary from chef to chef, but the food remains consistently great! Not the cheapest, but to me, the best value. We always celebrate our special occasions here."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We took the family here for my twins 5th birthday. When it came time to sing happy birthday only 1 staff member sang and with zero enthusiasm. It was a very disappointing finish."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "If you have never ate at a Hibachi start with Benihana. Quality food and service. I had been to two others and i found this one better food and quality."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "I went with my boyfriend and another couple. We had a blast eating and drinking and being entertained by the chef. It was a little cold where we were seating before and after the chef left. Not sure if anything could have been done about that."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "A group of friends and I took our mentee here for her 21st. She had so much fun. She really enjoyed herself and the sake :) defiantly recommend this place to anyone. No long wait and very family friendly."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Express lunch consisted of salad-rice-veggies and chicken all for about 10$. It was fresh, delish and a great value!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Out waiter wasn't very attentive. She rushed us into ordering appetizers at the same time as out main course which resulted in the main course being prepared in front of us immediately before we received our appetizers. The chef was great but the overall impression was ruined because of poor service from the waitress."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "It is exactly what you would expect. Food is OK, mostly its just fun."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Food is good and the kids love the entertainment. The chefs are generally very good and will cook to your requirements. The waiter service and front desk staff really let the establishment down. The front of house staff are rude and appear terribly disorganized (we booked a table and no one could workout where to seat us - we waited an hour with 5 children only to be told they had completely forgotten about us!) The table service is equally disorganized and frantic at best - i can honestly say i had no idea who i was tipping at the end of the meal!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We took our newly 5 year old there for a mommy and daddy dinner date on a Saturday night at 6pm. Everything felt very rushed. The cook hardly put on a show..isn't that what we are paying for?? I ordered a glass of wine and since the waitress didn't ask if I wanted a specific one, I figured she is bringing me the house chardonnay....nooo she brought me the most expensive one on the list! I thought that was very wrong. Two girls came and sang to my son with no energy and you could not hear them over the noise of the restaurant. Overall, I was very disappointed! We were rushed in and out, my son was not made to feel special on his birthday, and it was just too expensive for average food and wine! We will not go back."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We recently made reservations for this restaurant on a Saturday night. When we arrived at our time of 7:00 pm we were told that they were still "working through the 6:30 reservations," and were "not sure" of the wait but at least 30- 45 minutes. So glad we had a reservation. There was no area to wait as we were crowded in with tons of other people waiting for tables- it was a total mob scene.The parking situation is even worse- we had to park in an unmarked spot because there was simply no place to go! We were so looking forward to it because one person in our party had never had the Hibachi/Benihana experience. After waiting 15 minutes with no movement in the waiting room, we decided to eat elsewhere. Will not return."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We went with Benihana of Short Hills for the reputation of the company. It was definitely not the best hibachi I've ever experienced. The chef seemed like he had other places he'd rather be than cooking for us. He went through his "show" half-heartedly just to get it over with (very disappointing to my 10 yr old son who looks forward to our one annual trip each New Year's Eve). The food was of good quality but lacked flavor. Fried rice and noodles (what hibachi is known for) was an extra charge and not everyone gets ice cream for dessert (nor did they have red bean or green tea). We thought that, given the town and the company, that our experience would trump previous year's experiences. Sadly, I feel it lacked much."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The hibachi is schtick. But, our daughter loves the schtick, and I have to admit I like it too. A bonus is that the food is better than you'd think. You can get better food for the price, but the fun makes it worthwhile."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "I have eaten here about 5 times this year. Service is way too slow. Made a point of letting them knkw it was my daughter's birthday, and it was just disappointing. Chef did almost no tricks, and was not personable. Hostess gave me the check for the entire table, even the people not in my group. The final straw was the least energetic rendition of their birthday song. We were there for a child's birthday, that's why everyone goes there. Just not me anymore."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Overall enjoyed the evening for my birthday with two little kids. Food was as I remember, good especially the sauces. We had a great chef that was fun and authentic to the Benihana experience. I will say the dining room could use an upgrade, it felt dingy to me. Fun drinks and good sake."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "My eyes were irritated from the smoke. My clothes stunk like grease and meat. I couldn't hear my dining companion over all the loud children. Never again."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I came there to celebrate my mother's birthday. I have been there 3 times in the past but never was I ever disappointed with service and food as I was when we were there this past friday. The waitress was unattentive, the cook seemed bored and the food was bland to say the least. We had to ask for our rice when we hadn't received it after the meat was already cooked. The cook didn't care to do any tricks but managed to say Thank You 3 times making me feel like he was begging for tips. There were 3 parties on the table. Nobody tipped and that should tell you something. We will def not go back. It is overpriced (seriously, they charge extra for the rice that no matter what comes with the meal) for the quality of the food&service we received."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The meals were overpriced, and the facility very cold and drafty. We had to ask three times to close the vent by the cooking area. When we went up to the host for change of a big bill so we could provide a decent tip he proceeded to try to give all small bills ($1's, $5's and few tens). He was not welcoming even as we arrived and he definitely didn't want to provide us with change . The meal however was pretty good and the hibachi chef entertained us as well."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "I come to this particular Benihana location in Short Hills, NJ for my birthday, my son and my husband's birthday. It has become a family tradition and the staff is always very accommodating and pleasant. Had two bad experiences but the manager made up for it so all is well. Good food, sushi and the price is affordable."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Great food and show for the family and kids and people who goes for first time"
    Dined on 4/21/2013