Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
Benihana - Fort Lauderdale

Benihana - Fort Lauderdale

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/fortlauderdale-fl-ft
  • Phone: 9547760111x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Friday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 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

  • Cross Street: Intracoastal Waterway
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
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 WinnerMost Booked
Benihana - Fort Lauderdale reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (81)good for groups (80)scenic view (55)kid-friendly (54)great for lunch (26)romantic (17)hot spot (16)neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (14)great for brunch (9)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (7)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • disappointed
    greeniis613
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Arrived 20 minutes early for reservation, had to wait almost 45 minutes. The restaurant seated two other couples that arrived 20 minutes after us first. We ended up leaving with out eating here because of rude people they chose to seat worth us
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we wait for the table 40 min,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    the service is a disaster we had a reservation us wait 40 min for the table
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bit pricey but very good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Overall it was a good experience. However u should keep in mind if u go there with a party of 2-3 they will put u together with random peoples... Also we had a reservation for 5:00pm and they didn't sit us down until 5:30pm because we were only 2 peoples... and they don't put a chef there for only 2 peoples... so we had to wait for more peoples and when there was 6 of us than we got a table... Other thing was after the chef left we got our checks like right away. Waiter asked: do u want any dessert? Some of us asked but regardless he brought the checks to all of us. Felt like they trying to throw us out of the restaurant... which was super weird because the restaurant was half empty so I didn't really understand why the rush....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BeniHana Ft Laud
    K8ness
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Love the food here, it's NEVER disappointing! Exciting, fun atmosphere, great for groups, kids or special occasions. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for celebrations
    luvdining
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We were celebrating my son's graduation. The waiter made sure my son was happy and cooked a great meal. Our Hibachi cook was not Japanese and he did a great job with the food but his rice was a little crunchy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations
    HanaGirl
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I love this place but it's pointless of making a reservation. We waiting over an hour and I was about to leave bc people that came after was seated before us. I referred a friend to celebrate her birthday that night and she was a little annoyed but the chief changed all of that.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smart seating.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was a girls night out including my 16 year old daughter, so we get seated and we are excitited for the experience and there is a couple there that has already had to much to drink and was bothering the cook and using vulgur words and was puting his hand in places they should not be. my daughter was so uncomfortable it was a very unpleasant experience and I really am not sure if I would go again. The cook did the best he could without ruining the rest of the groups time. So I thank him for trying.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    everyone told me the customer service was poor the Fort Lauderdale location against their opinions I went there for my birthday dinner with 3 other friends and they were right my server Jessica A was not pleasant, did not help us understand that menu, nor did she make any effort to make sure my experience a memorable one. I would not recommend to Fort Lauderdale location to anyone that is celebrating special event. The chef was nice. but you can also tell he was not pleased with Jessica assistance not only did she get orders wrong she didn't even refill my drinks. she would get missing for long periods of time and we would have to send the chef to go look for her.plus she sloppy packed our to go plates.never will I go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing!!!
    bmcvey
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food, wine choices, atmosphere, cook, and just basically everything was superb. One of the most fun/entertaining places I've been to in a while. Everyone is laughing, having fun, and eating platefuls of food. Most of you will not finish all of your food, but that is the point!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations
    Mtia
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Still had to wait about an hour even with reservations, otherwise food and service were good
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Our overall experience was very good but we waited entirely too long for our main dish to begin being prepared on the grill. According to the time there was a 20 minute wait between the salad and the main dish beginning to be cooked. The couple that was sitting at our table, we were a party of four, was so upset they almost left. We were also upset but chose to stay and wait patiently. The chef was not prepared to handle unhappy guests when he arrived and referred us to management, but no one ever attempted to come speak with us. Other than that the food, atmosphere, parking, and hostess were all excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for parties, not for foodies
    Madeleine
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Really fun, our waitress was wonderful and our cook/entertainer hilarious and energetic. It is great if you want a good show. If you are a foodie, this place isn't for you.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 40 minutes to seat w/ reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was the FTL location on commercial. Granted it was Saturday night and around 6:30. Not sure how to catagorize not being seated promptly so I dinged them on service above. The actual chef and table service was very good so I ended up giving them an overall fair. The late seating issues was further compounded by the fact that after we had waited 15 minutes a party of 4 (we were also 4) was complaining that they had not been seated in a timely fashion. I heard them tell the party well "you didnt have reservations". They still sat that group before us? About half an hour in they told us that the very next table was ours. In our direct line of sight a table was cleared and then a group from the bar area was promptly brought to that table??
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining with a View
    cyncity23
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This particular restaurant had a lovely view of the marina. I was very pleased with the service from our staff and the food was really good too! Great place to celebrate birthdays. Overall an above average experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining experience
    finedining
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I've been there quiet a few times but that one particular night I wasn't too pleased..the chef took entirely too long to prepare our meals plus he was very boring. The kids was half way asleep by the time their dinner was done so of course we had carry out bags. I will be returning and I will request for another chef.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Waiting for our table was way too long even after having a reservation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Longtime Patron, Crappy Instance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My family and I have enjoyed Benihana for years, but this visit was awful. I planned dinner on Mother's Day for my wife and kids, and made an online reservation in advance. We showed up a few minutes early at the restaurant, and was told by the hostess that we would have a 30-40 minute wait. I informed her that we had a reservation for 7:00pm, and she simply repeated that we would have to wait. This didn't sit too terribly well with me, especially since they were apparently still accepting walk-ins. After waiting 30 minutes, my son went and asked when we might be seated. He was told we would be the next table seated, but then we watched as three more tables were seated before us. Granted, this was but one time, but it left a black mark.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mothers Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is a favorite of our son, the Hibachi table, so it was an appropriate Mothers Day dinner. The family at our table was very pleasant as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day 2014
    Benni
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    First time to this one I wasn't disappointed the chef was entertaining the food was good , I had a seat by the water AWSOME view
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Experience
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    This was my 2nd time going to the restaurant (first time to this location) and we were celebrating my husband's birthday. Just think the staff should be careful of the conversation topics they begin as there was a discussion the 2 chefs had that I was greatly offended by.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Smdominic87
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Always a great place to go for special occasions. Celebrated mothers 50th birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy anniversary
    Happydiner
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Great food and good service just the place for the special occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and Engaging
    HGM006
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    excellent hibachi work and the chef had a great personality. kept the table engaged and entertained with his humor. food was flavorful and cooked perfectly. been to a few benihana and same level of good service and quality food was present here. did not leave feeling hungry at all. place is fun.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Dinner
    foodie
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    My family and I go to Benihana's for special occasions such as birthday's, graduations, etc. The food is always great although the portions this time did seem a lot smaller. It took a long time for the chef to come out and get started (about 40 minutes) and it took a long time to get drinks. I do not blame the server for this since it is mostly not in her control. My kids love going here and the chef always does a great job keeping them entertained.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sweetgg
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I have a great dining experience every time I go. I enjoyed myself. The chef was very entertaining and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going back
    LALAVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I eat at this location twice a week, at all times I would bring friends and family and lately the services has not been the same. I'm not a person to complain but this time this is it for me. On Saturday I brought my niece to Benihana it was her first time and I wanted it to be special. Our waiter forgot to bring my niece lemonade and my water with lemon. I remind our waiter 20min later. Our chef "M"was completely boring and he did not perform tricks for my niece. The food was lacking alot of salt I even ask the chef to borrow his salt and pepper. My niece wanted her steak well done but she was served medium well. After I left Benihana I had diareah. Moving forward, I will start going back to Benihana Miami !!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Booked through opentable for reservations at 7PM. We didn't get seated until 7:35 ? Why have reservations if if can't seat within a reasonable time of reserved time ?
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My personal opinion
    beachdude327
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food was great and we loved the Samarai style cooking. Unfortunately, we felt "Wedged in" between all the other guests. A little more elbow room would have been nice. It was also very loud and I could barely hear my date when she spoke.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too long:(
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    from the time we were seated at the table....we waited 30 minutes till any food was served. Waiter messed up order for the chef...and waited too long for table to fill up
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but need patience.
    Dinnerout
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Reservation for 7 got seated at 7:25 then waited until 8 :20 for a chef to start cooking. Service was very slow. Food was very good chicken and shrimp a little over cooked but enjoyed the food for the most part.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • SamanthaVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We had a great time at our table. Sergio was very entertaining. The bartenders were fantastic as well!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner and Fun Atmosphere
    shawnebabe
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Food/Service was great...My son had a Super Birthday Dinner. Can't beat the view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Todd
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The chef was friendly and professional. The waitress did not refill drinks and was impossible to find. The food is good quality and enjoyable for the kids. The tables are a little crowded when full (8 people) but with kids it was manageable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana Dining
    rratli
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    If you are dining at Benihana's then you do or should know exactly the type meal and experience that you will get: fun, lively meal prepared in front of you. The Fort Lauderdale Location is unique because it sits on the water and if you are lucky enough to be seated facing the water then it is a great view. If you book a reservation at this location, ask for Enrique's table and wait if you have to. He has been there 25 years and is a self described "Mexican Samurai". He is delightful, not jaded after doing this for so long and has really perfected a nice balance of the kitsch of the Benihana experience with a fun evening out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We held a surprise dinner for my best friend and they did not disappoint. The food was delicious, the chef was great, funny and energetic. Overall great time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Piecemeal Dinner
    Lefty
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The experience left me never wanting to do this again. Not because the food or the service or ambience was horrible, but because I do not enjoy eating that way. First I eat my rice, then my veggies, then my meat. So everything I ate ended being boring. Also, the chefs have done their schtick so many times, it has become routine and they seem to go through the motions instead of putting on a show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beni yes-go
    hmort
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    We eat here multiple times a year. Its a great spot for our large family to enjoy a (mostly) healthy meal and sometimes celebrate a birthday. Even with a reservation, you usually have to wait at the bar ( which we don't mind too much.) The only problem is my family is usually starving when we get there so we would prefer to order apps along with our drinks but they're hard to share at the bar. The food is always fresh and the cooks are always interactive with us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never know who you may dine with?
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Benihana Fort Lauderdale is always a great dining experience. Great view from the windows looking out over the Intracoastal waterway. The food quality is always good & I have never had a chef who failed to be terrific. Since the cooking tables are large, as a couple, we have had the opportunity to be seated with people from all over the US & the world & it made the evening interesting! Fun to celebrate a birthday here as the staff makes a fuss & sings & the children receive great paper crowns to wear. They also have a great sushi bar in the lounge area if you want a quick dinner.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday blast
    FamilyFun
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    My siblings and I treated our father for his 65th birthday (my daughter was also celebrating her 2nd birthday). He had never been to benihana and we thought he would enjoy it. He has been a chef for over 30 years so finding a place he likes can be difficult. He loved it! Our mother enjoyed it as well. She wouldn't put down her phone so she could record the cooking show. We will definitely go back. Also the picture they took of our family was a great touch! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    It doesn't matter how many times you visit, it's always a great experience. This a family favorite and great for kid in you. Food is always great and never disappoints. Consistency is a staple of this great franchise.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.