Benihana - Anchorage

4.3
674 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
Welcome to Benihana and a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, 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. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef and indulge in a specialty cocktail. Benihana Anchorage is located at the corner of 8th and “L,” near many downtown attractions, including the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Center for Performing Arts, Dena’ina Convention Center and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. It’s a 5-minute cab ride to the Alaska Railroad terminal and 10 minutes from the Ted Stevens International Airport.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
LUNCH
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

DINNER
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Satruday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm,
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm

BANZAI HOUR
Monday - Friday: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Phone number
(907) 222-5212
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 8th and L street
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Wine
What 674 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We didn’t get our drinks until after our dinner was cooked and served. We didn’t get our salads until after our food was cooked, server could hardly be flagged down to find out where our steamed rice was since everything else aside from drinks had been served. Maybe they just need to limit how many tables each server has because he couldn’t keep up.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I've been coming to Benihana's for several years now, and Its been great every time!

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Server was extremely slow , told us he was to busy and that our table would "just take awhile to get anything we need", was there for a birthday and kinda get the photos cause we keep them all, was told to go to the front and get it mean while they threw all our food away we left at the table cause we were coming back. Almost a full meal at 36$ wasted in the trash. And told nothing they could do. Manager was wearing S&M attire and cooks were making fun of him openly. Was really distrubing. We go here every birthday or special occasion. This will be stopping now.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We loved our chef Michael! He did an amazing job! The waitress was a lil rude and very short with us. She would come check us but wouldn’t get the entire requests of the table.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Sat on the bar side. Food was cool when it came to us except the rice in the bowl.
3 or 4 dirty tables where new people came in and had 2 choices where to sit. Waiter wiped his nose with his hand before bringing my to go box. Learn to multi task and wash hands and expedite food while it is still hot. I spent $60 treating my friend to lunch and what a disappointment.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Our chef was amazing!! He was funny and so talented. Our server was just ok. She got our orders wrong and didn’t really listen! She also rolled her eyes during all the birthday song from the other tables.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I'm pretty sure our chef was ill. He kept coughing and sneezing. I didnt get the shrimp that was supposed to be included in my meal, this was also the case for my son's meal. I mentioned it to the drink server and he said I didnt order shrimp, guessing he doesn't know the menu very well. I also ordered special sauce that i was charged extra for, but did not receive. Lame experience overall, especially for the price and it being a special occasion for me and my son.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

The food is always very good. The service is first rate and the "show" is a blast, but that's why we go there.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Great experience. Entertaining cook and excellent food.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Our waiter was awesome and so was our chef! the bar tender wasnt good with customers but made decent drinks for our friends.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Be aware they have a holiday menu with more expensive prices. Same food as the day before just more expensive.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had mothers day reservations for 6, the food was wonderful, the chef man was great, service over all was great, but when we went to sit down, they said we have to seat two people at the end so keep one end open, well, ok... we can do this.. i guess, so they come next asking if I can scoot over for a place for the baby coming to the table... and they then cram two people and a baby at the same station we are at. i felt very uncomfortable for them , at least the baby was a quiet baby. but , we spent over 400.00 for mothers day meal and we are squished together the entire time. I am highly disappointed in this type of arrangement. i would not have gone there had i known this would have happened. i won't be going there next mothers day for sure... or any other special occasion.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were met at the door by a woman still literally getting dressed at the checkin counter. She informed us to wait at they weren’t really open yet.

Then the Wait staff was rude, confused and rushed himself. He rushed us through the meal and was not knowledgeable or efficient. He missed items and was confused 🤷🏽‍♂️ Very unprofessional.

I was expecting a photo for mother’s day and possibly a special flower.

Very disappointing with the service.

However the chef, Danny, did a great job, as always.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We used to love Benihana but haven’t been in a year or so. We were so disappointed during this visit that I’m pretty sure we’ll never go back. First, when we walked in it was so ridiculously Smokey, it was as if they hadn’t had the overhead fans on all day. The soup in the beginning of the meal tasted so watered down, it took the chef 45 minutes after our orders were placed to come to the table. They didn’t do the mushrooms with the steak like usual and every other table around us had mushrooms. As soon as the final food was served, the waiter came over and immediately started boxing up our food-we didn’t even have time to enjoy it. So we went home to eat it and low and behold, the steak was just like the soup-tasted like nothing. Super disappointing experience.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service was lacking, but the food & entertainment were great as usual

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Fabulous and yummy as always!! LOVE going to Benihana's!

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

For the second time in a month we had the same female chef. She was pleasant but over cooked the seafood. Not our best experience there and we go there often.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Chef was great

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Manager was great and Very accommodating of a mistake.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The food was excellent, get lots of food for the money. The cook was very entertaining,,

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great place to eat. Fun when there’s kids at the table. They get so excited. Food is always good. A fun time. We always stop in the bar and have sushi before we go to our table. Works out great. Would recommend it to anyone.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Chef Jeff was awesome! Celebrating birthday's are fun at Benihana.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

second time having a chef that cant perform the tricks correctly and only makes awkward conversation. Makes for a weird experience sitting in front of the performance and having them make mistakes all night long.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting great service and good food!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Child Birthday

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Always great!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

It was great as usual. The only thing that was a bit disappointing was that the the cook was fairly new and didn't get as hyped or as playful as other cooks I've had in the past. It was a first time experience for my mom and I had wanted her to see how fun it could be when you have a lively cook. She was OK. You have to start somewhere. She was kind and I am sure she will get better with experience.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Awesome as always and a great value. Drinks were great too!

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Unfortunately 2 of the drinks were so strong of alcohol that we were unable to drink them. Left our full glasses on the table, wondering if we would get a chance to get them fixed, but no one cared to ask why we didn’t touch 2 very pricey drinks, nor remove them from our bill. That was a huge disappointment, the rest of the experience was what we had expected as we have been there several times. Thanks!

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We had a 5pm Thursday evening reservation for 10 (6 kids, 4 adults). We were seated immediately, and we then proceeded to watch table after table sit, eat and leave while we waited. Our server was friendly and very helpful, but for such a slow time, I’m not sure why it took so long to get drinks. Around 6:15, our chef arrived. Chef was not on their A game and the kids were wowed by the surroundings tables instead. Finally, at 7:30, we paid our checks and left. 2.5 hours we sat there and it’s not as though we ordered a lot of food. Each family spent around $120-150 and none of us left fully sated. Needless to say, we won’t be returning. Sadly, this was the second chance their management asked us to give them.

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We had the very worst chef he did the bare minimum and kept screwing that up. He had the personality of a wet blanket with zero flare.he dropped the egg and screwed up the onion volcano and didn’t even re do it he just moved on. It was a real let down especially since we drove 3 hours to go there and we could see all the other good chefs around us! So disappointed!! I believe our chefs name is as Jeff or Jason, he talked about himself way to much. He works at the Saturday market in the summer making fried rice.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Orders were messed up and forgotten. Watery drinks. Not the experience I’d expect for $50/person.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

They did a good job on my reservation it the food was ok but the cost for basically getting shrimp and steak fried rice is not worth it. Didn’t really get a so the guy came out didn’t talk to us he did his grilling and that was all. It was nice to get out with friends but we won’t be coming back for the food

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Fun for a couple or couple couples... atmosphere is the draw and the food preparation is well done - may need to return a couple times and understand all the in's and out's of this hibachi dining / chefs table

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

It was my birthday and the staff really made me feel special!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Jeff was our chef, and he was phenomenal! Great experience overall.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our chef Dylan was so much fun! Very skilled ... our server was freshening drinks before we could think to call her, overall a great experience with excellent service.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The chef did a great job. The waiter however when you would ask him for something he consistently told us to hold on and would forget what we asked for.

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1.0Dined on March 3, 2018

They brought Togo boxes at the same time they finished cooking. Never felt so rushed. We decided it will be a while before we return.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The server was great, the chef was awesome, the food was superb.
We where seated quickly, beers took longer than they should have.
Dining was great but the floors are disgustingly dirty.

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