Benihana - The Woodlands
Benihana - The Woodlands

Benihana - The Woodlands

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/woodlands-tx-wo
  • Phone: 2812920061
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday: 4:30 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, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Six Pines Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Benihana - The Woodlands
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 - The Woodlands reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (33)good for groups (31)kid-friendly (23)romantic (5)neighborhood gem (4)great for lunch (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (2)fit for foodies (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Not Pleased
    GNO2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I made reservations online for 7:45 p.m., we did not get sat at a table until 8:10 and was then told there was a long wait due to them being short staffed. It took over an hour after that to even begin our food. The restaurant was hot. Apparently the side by the bar and where the restrooms are at had the a/c not working. It was so hot even with the portable units and the table we sat at had a leaking a/c because it kept dripping from the ceiling. This will not be a restaurant we go to again for another girls night out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3 1/2 hours is too long
    RCPF
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Reservations for 7:30. We arrived at 7:25 & told there'd be a 15 minute wait. No problem. 1 hour later, we find out that a group of 30 had arrived 30 minutes late for their reservation & everyone after them was pushed back. We were finally shown to our table between 8:30 & 8:45. I wondered what the purpose of having a reservation was. We were treated as if we'd just walked in off the street & were thrown to the end of the line to wait our turn. If this group couldn't keep its reservation, it should have been the one pushed to the end of the line, instead of the groups who arrived on time. Our waiter was new. It was his 3rd day on the job. Things were slow, but he got the orders right. The chef was entertaining & the food good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    DodgerDining
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We booked an early reservation because we had tickets to a show. Lucky we did because the place was buzzing by the time we left. We were seated with a great group of people, which always helps. Our waiter was on time and attentive. The main attraction was our chef, who not only wad the routine mastered and cooked everything to perfection, but was very entertaining too. My wife's mango salmon was cooked perfectly, and my chef's special steak and chicken were right on the money. All in all a fulfilling experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service and food
    friedriceluvr
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I was very happy with the quick and hassle free reservation process. The service was outstanding. The chef was very entertaining and attentive to our son.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good
    clickaltdelete
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our chef, Roy, was great. We had a reservation at 4:45 and we still had to wait for a table to be completely full before they'd start the show. That means we waited until 5:15. There were plenty of open tables .. we could have gotten started and when someone has a reservation, they should have let us begin. Also, our water and drinks were always late and we were always waiting. For as expensive as it is ... it should have been better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good place as group or a couple
    Restaurantgoer
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Clean restaurant, friendly staff and quick service. Food was prepared well, but a little bland for my taste. Sushi was good and fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Party5
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a great experience the night we had dinner. Our waitress was very nice and our chef was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • crash
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Celebrated husband's birthday and used grandkid's reading rewards coupon. Had a great time. We had a new chef (George) but he was fun and did a great job. This was our first visit and we will be back. Kids had a great time and tried some new foods.;-)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Unless you make big big money for all the time going out it is a little pricey, but I definitely recommend this place for special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Feelings
    Lea23
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been here several times but during the week it is much better. This time we went on a Saturday night and had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time to be seated. Then another 45 minutes for the chef. He was very funny and made the experience better at least!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very entertaining!
    LKat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was great, and the entertainment by the chef was awesome!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Hibachi Chef
    TCBartonVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We absolutely loved our chef. (Abel) We have ate at several if not all the Japanese Hibachi restaurants in our area and he was the best we have had. The food was cooked to perfection. My filet was incredible! It was very warm in the restaurant and we noticed we were not the only ones uncomfortable with the temperature. The only other thing i would change would be to increase the portions and variety of vegetables served. We have been to several other hibachi restaurants that serve mushrooms, broccoli, and more zucchini.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Night!
    MrEdRVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had 7:45pm Thursday evening reservation, not seated until 8:20pm. At 9:30pm, we had only had soup and salad and still didn't have a cook at the table yet so we left and had to have fast food!! Mgr said Thursdays have been like this lately but still allowed for reservation and never mentioned when we arrived at 7:40pm that there was any type of issue so we could have just left at that point! Love Benihana from past but this was just a BAD NIGHT!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for special occasions
    ericaddyman
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The "chef" asked my temperature and request for spicy chateubriand several times plus it was written down by the server. I still did not get it right...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Dinner, Great atmosphere
    Tron
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Not crowded. Food was very good. Chef was entertaining. Not too noisy. Server was outstanding, keeping all glasses full. Overall a fantastic experience. We will be making this a regular dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • underwhelmed
    addicted2food
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    For the price, the food was very average, and the cook was kind, but the pace and the order of items cooked was not good. The last thing served was...onions? Whey would you do that? Just left the place very disappointed, particularly for the amount of money we spent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday bummer
    bummedbirthdaygirl
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Sushi rolls were good. Hibachi was boring and bland. The cook was nice but boring and slightly awkward. The server was MIA most the time. Didn't know the menu and seemed very laid back,about the whole thing. My husband and saddad made several comments that it was )point the chef or waiter would do something to make it special but nope. The whole experience was disappointing and underwhelming.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was okay. Our chef seems new and, although he cooked, it wasn't all that entertaining. The ice cream at the end was completely melted and not edible.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Randy
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great cook, excellent service by a college student working for you. Such a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday
    birthdayboy
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Chef was very entertaining. My kids loved him. Only had a group of 4, but they gave us the whole table.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 174 reviews are from the Benihana - The Woodlands reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Waiter was excellent. The cook at the table left a bit to be desired.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but Forgettable
    Decius
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Lot of fun with a group or kids. Seating is conducive for groups, and the chef's cooking acrobatics is fun for kids. However the food is average. Definitely not bad, but not memorable like the preparation is. Overall a place you go to for the fun experience and a decent meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I had a reservation for 7:30 I waited 30 min to be seated then 3 hours for food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • fum to watch, but not much flavor
    Keith
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    It was a neat experience, but the food had no taste. They put the food on the grill and you watch them cook it, but they use no spices, salt, or pepper to enhance the flavor, so everything comes out plain. It was fun, but for the cost, we probably won't do it again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome for Anniversary!
    DaCuriousEater
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Benihana in the Woodlands was a really nice spot. I was really appreciative of the fact that the hostess did not admonish us for being 7 minutes late. Our server was awesome and our chef was humorous. I believe I see Father's Day around the corner..........
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FIRST TIME
    bday22
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    FIRST TIME GOING,IT'S A WONDERFUL PLACE AND THE CHEF WAS MARVELOUS.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ended up leaving without eating
    Mb7468
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We had a 3 pm reservation and arrived at 2:50. I was told that the computer hadn't switched to the 3 pm reservations yet and we were asked to have a seat. At 3:10 I went back up and asked her if the computer had switched yet. She said no. At 3:25 we complained. We were then told they were short on chefs and they could seat us at a table but we wouldn't have a chef for at least 45 minutes!!! SO, we left and drove 20 minutes north to Wild Ginger and had a wonderful dinner. I was disappointed that the hostess wasn't upfront with us when we first walked in. Someone should've explained to us what was going on so we didn't waste 40 minutes of our time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Draculaura3
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My family and I had a great time. The food was great and our chef Abel was awesome and very friendly
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    2 hours and 20 minutes from time in the restaurant to time entrée delivered !!!! what's the purpose of having a reservation if they don't really care about it I had a reservation at 8:30PM. Arrived at 8:20PM and was told "you far too early" (sic) !! At 8:50PM I had to complain for finally getting sit at a table At 10:40PM our entrée was finally delivered !!! Japanese culture is know for silence, meditation, etc So what's the purpose of all that circus from the chef at the table making as much noise as he can for absolutely no reason and no productivity
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benihana - The Woodlands
    luvbenihana
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have been coming for several years and we will keep coming as we love it. Wonderful for friends, family & twosomes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Daughter's Birthday Request
    Mommy1st
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My 11 year old requested her birthday dinner to be held at this location and we were also celebrating my father's retirement. I regret ever making that 7:45 reservation. We waited over 90 minutes for the chef to come out and our waiter said that since my stepson and his friend were running late the chef would not come out until everyone was seated. When the chef, Aaron, came out he was less than energetic and was quite frankly boring. By the time we finished eating it was well after closing time. Our waiter didn't even know where my child's birthday cake was and no one apologized to us about making us wait so long for service. We were the last people to leave. I am extremely disappointed and wish that I had chosen another place to dine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annual Adventure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This marks the 3 time my child has chosen to eat at Benihana for their special birthday dinner. It is always a great choice, this year was one of the best. Thank you Benihana for making my child's birthday special!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience
    Unhappy1
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Chef assigned to cook at our table was total dud. Did not interact or entertain at all. Took grandson hoping for lots of fun and even he was bored. Too much money for a Mediocre meal and uncaring staff.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not as good as I remembered
    Sharpknives
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We went on a Monday evening to celebrate a birthday. The place was very nice and the staff was very inviting. Unfortunately our chef was a little boring and our chicken and shrimp were cooked to death. Also, the timing of the portions being cooked was off. We will stay with our local hibachi next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable evening.
    Hdenney
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Two hours seems like a long time for dinner...but the time flew by as Chef Freddy entertained with all of the usual Benihana tricks and our server Vonn met our every need. This is an excellent place to take young children...the chef puts on a magical show for them and it is a treat to others to watch the kids expressions.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love the chefs
    firecopmedic911
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The chefs are very entertaining. This is worth more than the food which is also excellent. I would definitely visit again My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our date night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Benihana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    This Benihana is the best one I have been to. The service was excellent and the food quality out if this world.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missing Something
    couldhavebeenbetter
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    It has been many years since I had a dinner at your business. I was disappointed that the cook was not as skilled at entertaining as I remember. I missed the upscale atmosphere. Many clients appeared to not care what they were waring. I don't mean it had to be coat and tie. It was more like what you would see at a McDonalds than a nice upscale restaurant. Our dinner for four was $250. and that was with two so small Kids. That was a little much for what we received.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been better
    Duckfare
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Benihana is a great concept- just needed to live up to its brand this time around.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun dining
    Diner1
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Celebrated a birthday and had a fun experience. The place is great and the good was good. However, our chef wasn't that experienced so several items didn't come out at the right time.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.