Great Place for the Kids
I took my wife and two children to Benihana and it was so much fun to watch the wonder in my children's eyes as the chef went through his routine and made them laugh and watch in awe as he twirled eggs and made an onion volcano. Great way to spend some time with the family and have dinner. In addition, the food is great, tasty and hot!
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
read about it, went to try it.
Studied the business case, and just went to try it.
Loved the food, and had a great time.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Benihana is awesome!
I really enjoyed this dining experience right in the enchanting japan town in the heart of San Francisco! The food was great and the chef was entertaining. A great experience for a group of 8 or just for 2. The bar area offers a great selection of drinks as well as food items. Overall a great dining experience!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Front desk- unorganized and seated late.
Dinner- lots of fun and delicious!
Bill- took off the fried rice charge when I questioned them about it.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a wonderful experience at this restaurant it was the second time that i ate there and both times were very good but this last time that i went it was great the one downfall though the chef was not as energetic as the first time we visited
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time eating here and eating sushi really enjoyed it and look forward to going back.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun, Friendly & Filling!
I enjoyed a wonderful Father's Day Lunch with my parents. Benihana is a vibrant, fun, and entertaining environment that's positive and satisfying. My parents enjoyed the slicing, dicing, and acrobatic juggling of knives, spice shakers, and ingredients. The Father's Day Prefixe Menu was well designed and offered great meals for reasonable prices. For $30, you would get a miso soup, small salad, fried rice, shrimp appetizer, your main (steak/shrimp entree), and green tea ice cream! That's a whole lot for a little! I'm very satisfied with Benihana and I would gladly go there again!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special Occusian Birthday/Annv/Fun!
This place is great for groups, the price is fair and you can have a pretty good time - the chiefs are entertaining can be a little on the noisy side - for a night out with family and friends I would rate it as a good place to go. the food is made and cooked to order on a grill in front of you, we had the chicken/stake dish the stake was cooked to or perfection (rare) good flavor, a lot of food. be mindful what you order, one could overeat easy. I would recommend making reservations first however they will not seat you until all your party arrives. It's an experience to do at least once - take fun people with you. I defiantly makes a difference the people you are with.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall it's okay but the lady server that we had for our table were not very customer service oriented. When we're not sure and in doubt of how to go with the ordering on the menu, she didn't provide a very clear explanation as to how to go about it. The way she presented it confused us even more. But the chef did a great job!!!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The chef was very friendly
The chef was very friendly and helpful, he did whatever he could to make the experience there very good. Didn't like that the tip was added to the bill, in my opinion tipping should be left up to the customer, that is not acceptable to me, this was the only thing that I didn't like at this restaurant. Please leave the tip for the customer to decide on.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great presentation and experience!
I went because as a member of Benihana online mailing list, I received a promotional birthday gift certificate. I have gone to this particular Benihana many times and always enjoy the food and observing the chef cook everything in front of all the guests! So much fun and delicious food! Try the "splash and meadow" (steak and lobster)!
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
A fun meal was had by all.
A fun meal was had by all. The Japantown Benihanas is well run. If you don't know the system, let someone else explain it.
Dinner with strangers but friendly strangers :-)
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for my daughters b-day 15 years old,didn't like that you offer a certificate for birthdays and then, it takes 24hrs before you can print and then your only able to use it Monday -Thursday, not on the birthday or the weekend. We came in from out of town on a weekend would have been great to use it then.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun but very noisy
We had fun at the table but there is so much noise that you cant hear what the waitress is saying.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
we had a great time!
It was busy at the restaurant; we had to wait a little to be seated, lots a people. They run out of kids hats/menus, the waiters were really busy but they tried their best. The chef was really good, the show, the food was very good, my kids enjoy it a lot, a little noise so be prepare for that. All the family were happy at the end, we had a great time.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
FUN LOUD AND SOMEWHAT TASTY
Had a lot of fun! Quite a lot of kids and noise. I am a vegetarian- the veggies were just steamed with rice. Which is a little boring and the veggies werent steamed long enough which made them hard. But still enjoyed everything overall!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
GOING AWAY PARTY
I HOST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND THIS IS THE BEST AND ONLY PLACE I GO TO FOR THERE GOING AWAY PARTIES. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS. THE COOK'S ARE VERY ENTERTAINING AND THEY ARE ALL GOOD. THE FOOD IS ALSO PRETTY GOOD AS WELL. THE SERVERS ARE GOOD AND FRIENDLY..JUST AN ALL AROUND GOOD MEMORABLE TIME.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good show, decent food
Sat at the grill and they put on a good show. The timing of the cooking is very well executed and it doesn't feel like much of a wait when you're watching it be cooked. Also ordered sushi on the side and it was good quality spicy tuna. Got the lunch duet and it was tasty and a decent amount of food.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Communication with waitress failed
This was the 4th time we visited the Restaurant. We were in a party of 7 adults and 2 Kids. The food was excellent. We asked for the Chefs Special which is normally Shrimps, Chicken and Steak and comes with Soup, Salad and Ice Cream. We also ordered fried rice. She offered the combo for us and asked if the children wants only chicken. But the kids wanted to try all of it. So I expected that we did get what we nomally got. In addition we got scallops, lobster and prawns. When we got the bill I was confused that there were Oceans Treasure and Rocky's Choice billed instead of the Chefs special. In addition we were billed 1 beer and 1 smoothie too much and the ice cream was billed too. I am still waiting for the management to call me back.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
hot august night
We had an excellent experience at Benihana. Great vibe, food was delicious and the service was good.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I took our boys here for their birthdays and they absolutely loved the chef cooking in front of them.. They did cool tricks for them and they were a lot of fun. Food was good too and good quality. Steak and chicken was great. For their birthdays they were sung to and given free ice cream sundae with a picture of all of us. Great fun.. Good food... Good environment!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
5 year olds love benihana
Haven't been to Benihana in 15 years, but it did not disappoint. Kids love this place and our chef and waitress were very attentive. Only complaint the smell after dinner.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Family loves Benihana!
Our grandchildren ages 8 and 5 love the hibachi shrimp and steak and the delicious fried rice. Parents and grandparents enjoy the food too! Quality food, showmanship of the chefs, very good kid friendly service, makes this a winning experience!
We had the 8 year old's birthday party here a few weeks ago with a bunch of her girl friends and it was a big hit!
8/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food and entertainment
The steak at Benihana was excellent. I ordered the steak & shrimp hibachi and it tasted fantastic. The service was great. While we waited for our table, we sat at the bar and the bartender was very nice and friendly and provided prompt service. The food servers were very attentive. The chef was skilled at his job. The only problem was the noise level. The restaurant is very noisy and it was very hard to have a conversation with our friends.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was awesome and we had a fun time although it was very noisy and we had exhausting (!!) table neighbors. Recommend to go there only with enough people to fill a table.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always so much fun
I love coming here with a few friends when we're feeling energetic. The show never good ok, the food always tastes great, and it's in the middle of a really cool city!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun place for family dinner
Food is tasty and fresh. Chef is very skillful. I like him always clean the cooking top before he starts to cook other stuff. The only downside is waiter/ waitress never come back checking for customers need. She shows supper busy and rush every time stop by to drop off stuff. Customer can't ask questions or order extra item after order being placed.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
had a nice dinner & a lot
had a nice dinner & a lot of fun, thuna steak was a bit too dry.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a wonderful restaurant to bring your children. The chef entertains and pays special attention to the children. There are three choices of rice- brown, white and fried. They are all good and your fried rice can be made with either white or brown rice. Our family chose steak and shrimp. The chef asked us how we liked our steak and cooked it just right.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious and accommodating!
We love going here. It's always a fun time and the food is great. We love, love the fried rice and the sauces. Our favorite is the spicy tofu. The staff here are extremely accommodating. I'm sure if it's because they are located in SF, but they have no problem meeting to my husband's vegan diet. I have good vegetarian and VEGAN options. We just ask for no butter when cooking our food, and we never have had a problem.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went there with a buddy of mine for my Birthday and it was fantastic. Fun, entertaining and delicious...what more do you want in a restaurant?
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's certainly entertaining.
The formula isn't new. However, it is interesting to watch the chef prepare the food. It is very good quality. Noise level is somewhat high, and it would be hard to have a large group together as 8 seems to be the largest that can be accommodated at one "station". We would go again.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for birthday celebrations
Being part of benihana club allows you to get a discount on your dinner during your birthday month. Food was excellent and the kids enjoy watching the food preparation.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Husband and I like to dine at the Benihanas in Sacramento. We were down in the Bay and decided to dine at the one in SF. Normally we order some seafood with chicken or steak and fried rice and its usually pleasing. However, this time left a little to be desired. I am not sure if the cook was new or what, but the food was not seasoned as normal and he did not perform any tricks. The service was okay given the fact that the restaurant was a little crowded. It took awhile for a server to take our drink orders but once she arrived the rest of the service went smoothly. Benihanas is a great place to meet and socialize with others as you share the table with them. We will dine at Benihanas again as we have had several great experiences there.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always A Good Time!
You should know what you are getting when you walk into a Benihana. The food is going to be good, but not a five star experience. You go to have fun and see the cooking performance, laugh a little and have a good time. There are many other choices for Japanese cuisine if you are a foodie and really looking to be wowed by the menu. The San Francisco location is large, clean, and the service is good. Our chef, Jesus, was fun!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a bight with the guys. The chef had no energy but gave a nice show. Food was very good.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been going to Benihana for few times now and I've always enjoyed myself. Great staff energy is through the roof, the chef shows are great. Highly recommended
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
chefs are performers
Benihana is a great experience for anyone who has never visited the restaurant. They have many locations in various states. We saw kid birthday parties, groups, couples and the food is always fine. The chefs are pretty good performers...be careful where you sit, the smoke from the grill can be a little over powering. Waitresses are friendly and attentive.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food Great Service
This place is great! This was my firstctimecgiing for lunch! Very relaxing and great device and good!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best bud's birthday bash!
Brought my best bud out with some friends to celebrate his birthday. Visiting Benihana helped to make our night out memorable and delicious!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great family spot!
We went to Benihana's to celebrate our son's birthday. It's so hard to get adults together, due to their schedules, children's schedules etc. Finally, after some time changes, we got together. Yay! What fun we had with our Chef Jesus! We will plan on visiting Benihana's again.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Best Dinner!
Five of us had a wonderful dinner and were entertained! Great place to eat!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was great 1st exp
I enjoyed coming to Benihana for the first time last night. The guy in the front was nice and put a birthday note for our table---we were little late for the online bday reg. So i was VERY happy about that. While we were waiting to be seated, we asked about if it is okay to make the steam rice into fried rice (from the Steak and chicken for two dish) for free, the guy said it should be okay. Then ended up with we were told by the service that we would have to pay $3.50/person for changing into fried rice.
Over all, the experience was great, just wish I didnt have to spend another $16 on fried rice. :(
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Is this Benihana's or Pancho's?
We have been to this location many times and we have been very lucky in that we have always managed to get the better cook than neighboring tables. There is such a high turnover however that we never see the same cooks withing a three month period, and all the cooks are now latinos.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love coming here. Always come for special occasions an birthdays. Dinner show is always fun
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Super Meal & Show!!
The food was great! It was prepared efficiently and served with a flair. The service was also great even though the restaurant was basically full. Our chef was very adept with his cooking & showmanship skills. Looking forward to a return visit very soon.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm from san mateo. Plan was to have lunch at burlingame with my family for my daughters bday. Went to burlingame they were not accepting no walk ins until evening. Good thing I was able to call san francisco and they got us in righy away and gave us time to drive all the way to downtown. If it wasn't for san francisco my daughter would have not had her birthday wish. To eat and experience at benihana.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hadn't been here in over ten years. It's definitely a special occasion place for us. Got a gift certificate and took the family for a day before Thanksgiving lunch. Our lunch Chef was Alex. He was very entertaining and made us all feel good about our meal choices. It was fun and tasty. The sushi bar was a plus! Will absolutely return!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were 45 minutes late due to an accident. The staff was great and was able to get us a table for 7 in 15 minutes. Jesse the chef was excellent like always
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gluten Free Care Cafe
We had requested gluten free options in open tables special request section and both the host and chef were very friendly and accommodating
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM