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Benihana- The Royal York Hotel
Benihana- The Royal York Hotel
  • Address:
    100 Front Street West
    Toronto, ON M5J 1E3
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown/ Financial District
  • Cuisine:
    Japanese
    Price: CAN$31 to CAN$50

Benihana- The Royal York Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/royalyork/GuestServices/Restaurants/BenihanaJapaneseSteakhouse.htm
  • Phone: (416) 860-5002
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Chef's Table, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area
  • Entertainment: At the heart of the Benihana experience is the teppanyaki table, around which guests gather and enjoy a meal expertly prepared and cooked to perfection on a steel grill, right before their eyes — by a chef who is as much entertainer as culinary master.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: York Street
  • Public Transit: Benihana is located directly across from Union Station. Easily accessed by TTC Subway or GO Transit.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The City of Toronto is completing major roadwork in the surrounding area. Please visit our website:

    http://www.fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto/map/mapanddirections/

    for the most up to date information for directions and closures, note that guests arriving by car must use our Front and East (Valet) entrances (West entrance is available for pedestrian access only).

    Complementary valet parking is offered with your Benihana experience.
A word from Benihana- The Royal York Hotel
Benihana is a Japanese steak and seafood house that features teppanyaki style dining spaces, sushi / sashimi bar and a traditional Japanese menu. It’s Japanese décor and well trained, experienced staff create an authentic Japanese ambiance. The combination of these aspects results in a unique experience for guests of all ages.

The City of Toronto is completing major roadwork in the surrounding area. Please visit our website:

http://www.fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto/map/mapanddirections/

for the most up to date information for directions and closures, note that guests arriving by car must use our Front and East (Valet) entrances (West entrance is available for pedestrian access only).
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Diner Reviews
  • "Booked our 8 person reservation from Seattle. Arrived day of reservation, and 2 more friends wanted to join us. Restaurant not open yet, but hotel made necessary arrangements without challenge. Had 2 tables facing one another. Two wonderful 'chefs'. So much fun, and many memories made. Wonderful evening with friends! Thank you, Benihana!!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had such a great time here! The food was delicious and our chef was very entertaining! It can be expensive but it was definitely worth it!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Be prepared to be entertained at Benihana. The chefs are great at culinary magic. The food is great and plenty of it too."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Lovely food, great experience and wonderful service. Friendly environment and would gladly and without a doubt go back again. Thank you for a memorable night."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food quality is good. A little rushed through. Staff are friendly.,great location."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "l ve come here about 15 times, everytime the food outstanding, whenever l go to toronto l make sure l come here for the best food experience my mouth can have,"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Pricey yes but you have to pay for quality."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Benihana for the first time last weekend! It was amazing. We met some amazing new friends over dinner!The food was fresh and delicious, prepared before our eyes. Our chef, not only cooked our meal, but he put on a production. The serving staff were friendly and attentive! I ordered a vegetarian meal and they ensured that my food was prepared first and that I did not receive any meat! I was so impressed! We definately will return. It was pricey, but well worth it. Our plate was full and so were we! Thanks Benihana"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a great experience. Friendly staff and wonderful service. I think I was full for a week after eating there!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My first time there and it didn't let me down! Service was incredible from the time we walked in until we left and the food was delicious. Would definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "If you want to be entertained while you eat, this is the place. The food is expensive but well worth it. Sushi is very fresh. Meal portions are large. The service is prompt and friendly. They never make you feel rushed. Perfect for either a girls night out, date night or any type of celebration. Would highly recommend. Look forward to going again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Not really great for a date night with your husband.....we ended up at a table facing the wall with another family with 2 little kids. Not worth the price at all. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is the 2nd time my 2 adult daughters & I visited Toronto and ate at Benihana - we LOVE it!! I made reservations online through OpenTable, which was easy. I took the confirmation number with me, in case we had trouble, but of course the entire process was smooth, and when I gave our name to the hostess at Benihana, she immediately crossed it off her reservation list. We love sitting at the teppanyaki table, watching the food being prepared before our eyes, and interacting with other diners at the table. The food is fabulous at Benihana's, and the atmosphere is amazing! We highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "the food was good. The sushi is great. Needs more options on drinks."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The service was excellent and the table setup was smart. It was a great experience, but this wouldn't be my first choice if I was hungry. The staff was attentive and service was first class, but that didn't make up for my overlooked ahi tuna. It had the toughness of reheated leftover, well done steak. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food was good, and the service was good. The down side to this resteraunt was the cost. We felt it to be way over priced, and in no way am I cheap. I had a good time and deffentently recommend the spicey tuna roll. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was my first time at Benihana in Toronto. I lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1984-2007 and had been to the Benihana there many many times; mostly for special occasions and when I had visitors from Europe. The Benihana is Fort Lauderdale is smaller than the one here in Toronto. The athmosphere is more intimate because of its location on the intracoastal waterway makes it accessible by boat. In all our food was very good and we had a great time. The onion vulcano was a nice touch. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Last minute idea for a fun date night for my fiance and I. Didn't realize that its more a group setting than a date night. While the staff are friendly, and service was very accomodating, the food was only marginal, and the 'performance' was left us wondering why we bothered. Our chef only flipped his spatula a few times and made a lot of banging noises with the salt, pepper and sesame seed shakers. The onion volcano was a mess (as it collapsed). Also, our table was quiet so we made the best of the situation. But we will not be going back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "had an amazing time and the restaurant took note of the note i made on the reservation about my boyfriends birthday and gave him a dessert."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food, a little overpriced, fun to watch. It was a weekday so there was a lot of people from a convention. It had been a while since I went to a Benihana. Best for groups since the tables are set up for that."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I took my daughters for dinner for this experience and it was a really great evening. The Server was very pleasant and accommodating. The Chef we had was very entertaining and was good to explain all the food/process etc.. Food was very tasty and expecially the Lobster!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "He did a great job, way better then the last time we went! Makes all the difference!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food got a bit cold before finish. But very nice food. A bit noisy."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Perfect Teppanaki Grill - Shrimp, Scallops, Lobster, Chicken, Sirloin and Filet Steak, and veggies were all cooked perfectly. The show was fun with an Onion Volcano, but what impressed us most was the perfectly cooked dinner. The only downside was the ambience as a big office group of "boys" were seated beside us 1/2 way through dinner."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "the chef was very engaging, very good at his job, handled the utensils well, he made it fun"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Dined with a group of 4 at the tepanaki table. The service was good, and watching the chef prepare the meal was fun (I did expect a bit more of a show than what actually happened though). The food was very good from apps to main course. Good choice for groups, but not for a romantic evening out. Was pricey, but you definitely get a lot of food for what you pay for."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My 13 year old son wanted to go some place different for his birthday. We chose this restaurant. Both the food and service were very good. It is expensive but a good choice for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "When we were there, it was very nice. Food and chef was very good. One problem that was actually kind of annoying by the end of the meal: the staff kept grabbing plates and dinnerware, and glasses off of our table - long before they should. I realize they are trying to clear things up , but no one should be grabbing your plate away when you still have food in your mouth from the last bite... they were grabbing everything this way the entire meal, you could barely finished, and ended up you felt so rushed. Even the glasses, you were not even finished your beverage, even tea at the end and zoom... away it went. That was disappointing."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The meal was good but it was difficult to hold a conversation with all of the noise. Additionally, the fume hood should be turned on occasionally. In one instance the smoke / steam from the grill was suffocating."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Atmosphere was Great. Food excellent but the prices since last visit have gone up quite considerably."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The Teppanyaki chef did not put on a show at all, even though he had good knife skills. The furnishings and decor in the restaurant are tired looking - need a face lift. On a positive note, you will not leave hungry."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We decided we wanted to have a special dinner for Valentines Day. We chose Benihanas, and were not disappointed. The food was superb, the fixed price menu providing ample selection. I had the steak, which was cooked to order perfectly. Many stakehouses don't seem able to do medium rare justice. My partner had the teriyaki chicken, and she felt the sauce was maybe a little too light, but the other sauces provided made up for that. All in all, we are looking forward to our next meal here. The only downside, and I don't know how this could be fixed, is that you sit side by side with your party, so conversation is hard to accomplish."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went for dinner with my lovely girlfriend who isn't fond of vegetables or seafood but the experience of the teppanyaki cooking won her over! Delicious and inspiring. Amazing place to visit, even better if your staying at the York. Much respect for the chefs and serving staff!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I went for Winterlicious 2014 at this restaurant with my hubby. I have been for teppenyaki at Iron Chef Mississauga previously and in comparison , the latter was definitely better. We mainly came for the tricks and performance, but there was hardly any of that. The chef at benihana was pleasant , but I only saw him flip his knife once and create an onion volcano. And that was the end of it. I dont know if the special tricks and performance is reserved for regular clients only !!!! So being a winterlicious customer, my review is poor in terms of performance, average service and food. I felt rushed and felt it was not worth the $45 per head."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Super expensive and mediocre food. Some indian server guy kept picking his nose"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Benihana's staff are well trained and friendly, and our chef's performance was certainly a sight to be seen! They are very accommodating for those with diet restrictions which was great to see. The sushi was superb and the meat was out of this world!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We had a double dating there and it was nice when the performance was on! It's the first restaurant in Toronto that I saw the live chef performance =] Impressive!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Excellent dining for singles, couples and large groups. Staff is professional, enthusiastic and dedicated. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "As always no complaints about this fantastic place."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The food was awsome delicious, perfect temperature,well cook, portions just right and a nice melange of flavours. Atmosphere of place really nice not only for families but for business too. Service good and attention to details."
    Dined on 1/31/2014