Benihana - Bethesda
Benihana - Bethesda

Benihana - Bethesda

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/bethesda-md-bb
  • Phone: 3016525391x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Friday: 11:30 am - 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: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, 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/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Ask about Private Event Dining Book your next event for up to 32 guests in our private dining room. Perfect for private parties, corporate meetings and large birthday celebrations. Subject to availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Ask for Manager x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Woodmont Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Benihana - Bethesda
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 - Bethesda reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (67)special occasion (59)kid-friendly (58)great for lunch (20)fit for foodies (17)neighborhood gem (9)great for brunch (6)romantic (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (5)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Problems were never addressed
    R1CHTER
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    All entries are supposed to be served with green tea. However, we never received any. Even if everyone else in my party said “No” while I was in the restroom, the waiter should have asked me later, for example, when done eating. No spoon was served with my soup. So I started with salad. By the time I received spoon, soup was cold. We ordered Fried rice. However, we received “Fried Rice with Chicken.” This was completely inappropriate, as one person in our party was vegetarian. No ice cream or sherbet. We had to wait 20 minutes to have our photo taken. Then when I went to enter my photo in the Passport Challenge, the website states that I need a code, or a password. The restaurant did not provide us with a code or password.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • System Error = Customer Loss
    Monique
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Due to a system error, my birthday certificate was not accepted. The manager offered no recourse and was somewhat callous, insinuating that we had previously used the certificate and were trying to scam the restaurant. It's disheartening to know that Benihana thinks so poorly of their customers and so highly of itself that they would insinuate such behavior from a loyal customer. The certificate was supposed to be verified prior to ordering, and it wasn't. We probably wouldn't have dined if we knew there was a problem with the certificate, as there were numerous dinner options in the area that would have been a lot less expensive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jerry
    Jerry
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Had a great time again at Behihana. Service was wonderful and the portions are generous.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday Fun!
    Andi
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We took my daughter and 8 others for a 13th birthday celebration... the food was great and our chef was terrific! Always a fun time for a birthday!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and food was excellent.
    Geebees
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent food and service with large portions. Chef was very entertaining and funny.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I have been to this place several times before and years ago and up until the present. This use to be a great place for dates and dinner but I personally feel that the food is mediocre compared to other competitor restaurants that I've been to and also the service is very slow. I was there for a special occasion only but that will probably be the only time I go there, sorry to say.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 267 reviews are from the Benihana - Bethesda reviews archive.
  • Great for kids birthday party.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great for kids birthday party. Entertaining for everybody in the party
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The old standby
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    While cheesy, it is entertaining. Kids seem to love the antics from the chefs. The menu never changes. Don't go if you are expecting haute cuisine or Japanese food. Nonetheless, the food is prepared fresh for you and if you like the style, it is quite good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Manger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The manager was so kind and professional she make sure we had the best time. She checked every table and talk to every guests and made everybody feel home. Kudos!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interactive Birthday Dinner
    AlwaysAscending
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It was my first time at Benihana's but I have been to hibachi spots before. The food here was good but not the best I have ever had. The staff was accommodating with our fluctuating reservation number. Would try it again for another special event but kind of pricey to enjoy on a weekly/monthly basis.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun for Birthdays
    AngelS
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Sign up for their mailing list and get a free dinner on your birthday. Some restrictions apply. You get a free photo of your party and you get a birthday song if you dance! Fun and the food is the food you've already come to love.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    lunch
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Enjoyed the service, everything was excellent, would visit again
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, lousy service
    Patience
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food is usually good but a far cry from what Benihana once was. Waited 25 minutes after our table was seated and still no one was waiting on us. Twice I got up and asked the numerous wait staff to please come to our table. Finally, 35 minutes after our table was seated, we got a drink. Server who delivered soup then salad kept getting confused and began walking away having not served my wife her soup and the later her salad. The rest of the meal was ok.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • It's a hibachi restaurant
    Stone1
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Plain and simple it's a hibachi places but they do have some really good sushi!!!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a date night
    Erik
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Benihana is a great place if you are going on a date with your significant other or a night out with the family. The food is great, the service was awesome and the chefs were entertaining and really paid attention to the special orders that were given to them. I would definitely go back and take others!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions
    wammy
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We ordered Strip Steak and they cut the steak in bite size piece on the grill and put it on my plate. Not sure if we received the entire steak. My husband wanted more. If you pay 50.00 for the special than at least you should get the whole steak. Everything taste good.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My experience at Benihana
    Nique414
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I would say my dining experience was rather disappointing. The seating is far too squished and uncomfortable. The waitress was nice and attentive considering the busy atmosphere. The cool made a few errors and I was not informed that you get charged extra for fried rice. The cook was nice but the food tasted kind of bland. Then there was an issue with our bill. We ordered California rolls but they were never delivered to our table and they were on the bill. And there was an additional charge for fried rice we were not aware of. And then there were 4 people in our party and we were charged for 5 meals. I think this place is a bit overrated and I have been to better hibachi restaurants. I thought the decor was lovely though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It wasn't worth my time
    DelectableVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The service was just ok, but the food was exceptional!!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • loved my visit
    starr
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    i had ricardo as my chef and he was amazing. funny , entertaining, and cooked the food perfectly. the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Anniversary
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We informed them we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and they gave us some ice cream for dessert and took our picture to save the memory for us. It was very nice
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday turn out great!
    CUCU
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We went to Benihana, Behthesda to celebrate my birthday. It turned out better than expected. The food of course was great, well prepared and with a latin-japanese flair as Chef Gomez did a great job. The surprise was at the end when they usually bring a cake theyr brought out an ice cream, a song and a dance which I had to perform!! To top it all we got a very nice photograph taken which will always remind us of a great celebration. Many many thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and Late
    elenagilbert
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I made a reservation but was seated half an hour after my reservation. I understand that at Benihana you are seated with another group which means there is often a wait for a table. However, half an hour is a little ridiculous. Furthermore, the group next to mine was incredibly loud and disruptive, as well as a little vulgar considering there was a small child at the table I was at. Although our server was very friendly and helpful, and our food was good, there is not a good chance I would suggest this restaurant to a friend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointment with meal
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    We were very disappointed with the quality of service at this Benihana. My had the Salmon Mango and I the Deluxe Treat. The chef squeezed the juices from the Salmon ending up as a dry pattie and the so called mango sauce was nothing more than pico de gallo with a hint of very small mango pieces 5. My steak was under cooked, and the cold water lobster looked like a large tiger prawn. We will not visit this Benihana again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We had an amazing time at Benihana! The food was incredible and service was amazing. Make sure you get there on time though. We were running a few minutes late and phoned to let them know and the lady who answered the phone said they only hold reserved tables for ten minutes after the time requested and then they are released to others. Luckily we made it there with two minutes to spare but they don't give wiggle room on the reservations. other than that, it was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was surprised by the show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Was surprised by the show and service of the staff. I've been to many other benihanas around but this seemed lacking. Hopefully it was only that night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great show for kids, food = so so.
    Cappie
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Our grandkids adored the fancy cooking acts. The staff was great with kids. But the food was bland and the meat tough. You have choices of meat cuts, and we should have gone for the better cuts. But for the price, ALL cuts should be good. Bill seemed very high (well over $100) for two adults and two little boys with no alcohol.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    chickenballZ
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Benihana is awesome! I always wanted to go to a Japanese restaurant with a stove-top table where the chef cooks in front of you. Glad we choose Benihana, the food was great, atmosphere was nice, and the chef was awesome. A great place for groups and I would love to go back with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Benihani didn't acknowledge
    BhuddaBear
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Benihani didn't acknowledge the reservation. We were still seated --after a 10 minute wait, but it was unsettling to find they had no record of our reservation thru Open Table. Point of interest: on one other occasion, when I called Benihana directly to reserve a table, I arrived at the restaurant only to find that they had no record of the booking! They seem incompetent with reservations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Place
    SunniOne
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This wasy first time at a hibachi place and I really enjoyed it. We had a large group for my husband's birthday dinner. Aside from not being able to be seated until the whole party arrived, I was very pleased with how everything was handled. The food was good- fun to watch being made, and our boisterous group was free to be it's noisy self. Lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Birthday Spot
    Cheerchickkara
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Benihana is a great place for birthdays! If you join the chefs table online they give you a special birthday gift and even an ice cream sundae!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved
    sushilover21
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    This location was very flexible and catering to many of our needs. They were very accomodating. We were greatly impressed by the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The man who cook for us he
    gooddine
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The man who cook for us he was really nice and whe have a great time but the lady in the front she was really mean. We almost leave because of her. But the rest of the people was nice especially the Shef
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana Special
    sushipal85
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The only thing that bothered us was the wait for an open table. Though that still never took away from the experience. The drinks were great and so was the food. It didn't take long for the chef to cook our meals with the entertainment they provide. Just be mindful when going there on weekends, you may wait a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great show for all, and the food is good as well. Only advice is to avoid busy late nights and holidays. If possible, book as early as possible before the chefs are on the downside of enthusiasm and zeal.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benihana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food was delicious! I would definitely go back again! We had a large group of 6 people. It was wonderful, and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    cknight
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Everything was great service and chef were good. No complaints i would go back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday bash
    BudfromGaithersburg
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Benihana's in Bethesda is excellent for special occasions like birthdays. Everything about it was enjoyable. The birthday coupon from joining their frequent diner's club is industry leading as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very generous birthday!
    Michelle
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I always come here for my birthday. If you sign up for the Chef's Table emails, you get $30 to spend on your birthday dinner! I absolutely love the colossal mango shrimp and the Las Vegas roll. I look forward to my birthday visit every year. Thank you, Benihana!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant. Everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Great restaurant. Everything was excellent. My group was really please with the overall service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Deborah
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My family went to Benihana for my daughter's birthday and took a friend (there were 6 of us). The reservation was for 7:00 pm -when we arrived it was a mad house. The noise level was unbelievable - the atmosphere was chaos. I was annoyed that they squeezed us in with two other people - there really wasn't enough room - but I shouldn't complain because next to us was a family of 7 overly large people and they squeezed them in with 2 more. I think for parties of 6 and above, they should give you your own table. Don't think we will go again unless they can guarantee our own table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.