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
40 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (28)special occasion (27)kid-friendly (17)fit for foodies (9)romantic (8)great for lunch (6)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (3)notable wine list (3)neighborhood gem (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
  • 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!
    Mpas
    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
    • Service
    • 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
  • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 144 reviews are from the Benihana - Short Hills reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Lizzy
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining and good food
    MarylandSpecial
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to celebrate a birthday
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for birthdays
    g8food
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Everyone was so friendly. Great service and food. They even sang me Happy Birthday and took my picture. The cook was amazing and funny!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fun
    Diningfun
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    marc
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night Out
    quirkiest
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    FoodCritic
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for a friends birthday.
    ShugsSweet
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 6pm too kid friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frequent hibachi diner, eh..
    Mustaforgottathechiabatta
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic