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About Benihana - Bethesda

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 Bethesda is located on Wisconsin Avenue in beautiful downtown Bethesda, just a short drive from Washington D.C. Book your next event for up to 32 guests in our private dining room; perfect for private parties, corporate meetings, and large birthday celebrations. Ask about our Private Event Dining options. Subject to availability. Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday 4–7 p.m. Enjoy signature cocktails, specialty sushi rolls and a variety of appetizers starting at just $3.00.

7935 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:
Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Woodmont Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 652-5391

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/bethesda-md-bb

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Details

For a limited time, when you purchase $50 in Benihana Gift Cards, you’ll receive a $10 Promotional Card. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Buy your Benihana Gift Cards at your favorite Benihana location or online at Benihana.com. Excludes Tax and Tip. Valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017. Promo Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM.

Private Dining

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.

Benihana - Bethesda Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

3.6

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

70% would recommend it to a friend

Kid-friendly (26)
Special Occasion (22)
Good for Groups (19)
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Fun (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Good for a Date (13)
Casual (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Romantic (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Cozy (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

All but the initial welcome were five star. I was particularly impressed with the manager who roamed the dining area, checking tables, picking up debris on the floor, and generally monitoring the tables. Very impressive.
Benihana, like most restaurants, has a policy of not seating anyone until the whole group arrives. However, as a 75-year old woman who looked her age that day, accompanied by my sister, who was 71 and who uses a white cane, I was not impressed by being told to have a seat at the bar. An excellent hostess would have sized up the situation and offered chairs for the two of us. When all members of our party did arrive--we came in three waves--the table wasn't ready. Finally, when we were just gathering around the table and deciding on seating, she started to robotically go through a script about being our hostess, blah, blah, blah. Needs more training in how to be really good at her job.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Very nice. We were celebrating a birthday and didn't have a cake. The staff went out and bought a cake for us .... even candles and saved the day. We had two young children. There were plenty of others there. No one worried about noise and crawling under the table. Not really a place for a nice quiet, adult dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

chef was amazing, but at $30 bucks a pop, out shouldn't have taken 25 mins for drinks. Had to ask for salad. Very loud restaurant, even at lunch. Our entire table (we didn't know the others) was super annoyed. Never again.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was great. The atmosphere is always loud with ppl hvn a good time as they dine with one another.

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·Dined 6 days ago

We were seated early and the service was great. Food was outstanding.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Upon arrival for our 7:15 reservation, we had to wait in the lobby for 10 minutes. It would seem that a reservation should be prepared that allowed us to be seated on time. The hostess was not friendly, had a male friend visiting with her at the check in desk, very unprofessional. It seems service on the weekdays is below par. Additionally, the chef cooked my vegetables in/around the shrimp, when I was clear in explaining that I was a vegetarian. More careful attention the to diner's experience is needed when customers are paying the prices charged here.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Loved the experience me and my girlfriend had the waiter we had was also the bartender he did an amazing job, he was very respectful and kind to us always asked if we wanted something more if we wanted desserts and always refilled our beverages. Great customer service from our waiter he made the experience ten Times better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Not coming back here ever, waited 1 hr to be seated even though I had a reservation, the place is veryyyy cold, it is freezing, ppl are sitting in coats inside. Now its 30 min of sitting and waiting until the waiter comes to take our order. The food portions are very small, this place is way overpriced.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Even though I made a reservation, I still had to wait 45 minutes to be seated. No one was at the front when I checked in and had to wait to give my reservation information. Food was great but service was horrible.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was very cold, the food was average. I was not happy celebrating my husbands birthday here. The staff did not speak legible english. Very dissatisfied.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My experience was great as always. Benihana is my favorite restaurant.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Although the chef was very nice the host was a bit rude and unfriendly. Now as far as the show when cooking the food we have been at Benihana in Honolulu HI and it was better there. Maybe train them more because we were observing the other tables and all the chefs do the same thing. It will be more entertaining if they learn more tricks! And lastly the food portions are way too small!

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Disappointed expensive and food is not worth the price

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We love this for family friendly birthdays

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We celebrate birthdays with kids at Benihana because they get a kick of watching the chefs' "special effects" - the volcano, the choo choo train, etc. today's chef was very lackluster, the food was made really fast with no show. Disappointing.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Food was great and filling service was awesome. We will be going back real soon.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Worn and unkempt. The floor was sticky. The chef was nice but not entertaining which is what people come for. The food was fine but the whole experience was really disappointing.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Typically love the place. However, this night the service was horrible! Took over 40 min to get our drinks and appetizers which came cold. (The place was only 2/3 full) Chef couldn’t keep the orders straight, kept putting the wrong food on each plate. Chicken ended up over cooked and dry. In the end, even with manager stepping in at the beginning, nothing got better and nothing was taken off the bill or offered to be taken care of after such an awful experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We've been to the Atlanta location & loved it. Bethesda shouldn't be allowed to carry the name! The chef scorched our veggies. The seafood was over cooked. My calamari was tough. The chef (Mauro) needs to practice his craft because he couldn't split the egg, plop the shrimp tail in his pocket & the top layer of his volcano wasn't cut properly so he had to improvise. The food was tasteless. If they used the regular mayo or yum yum sauce that may have worked but their version was way too bland. My daughter's birthday dinner didn't turn out as hoped. After getting our initial drink order, salad & soup, the server never returned! We had to stop servers as the passed the table for refills or assistance. I will never return to this location

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

It was great, food just needed some better seasoning.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This location no longer serves the Yum Yum sauce that Benihana is famous for. It has been replaced with a "mustard sauce" which is disappointing. Remember to feed your meter if you park in the back of the restaurant (we made the mistake of forgetting and ended up with a ticket). This location is not my preferred location, we like the Dulles, VA location better. Not a bad experience but just not as good as what we've experienced at the other location. The chef splashed sauce all over my 4 year old (accidentally of course), the hostess did not check us in for our reservation, and we get an annual photo of our family here for our birthday dinner and we have photos from every year of our daughter's life but no picture here b/c the printer was broken, as was our family tradition.

The food was good and was what we expected and everything was overall fine. This was our first time at this location.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

I was too anxious for the environment. However the hostess accommodated is, and seated us in a quite section.

There was only one sushi chef, and so our food took some time. The sushi isn’t anything to write home about.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We had a horrible experience at Benihana the other night -- in a lot of ways.

Most importantly, the restaurant was very dirty. The carpet was dirty and in bad need of vacuuming, the floors were sticky (and somehow also slippery right in front of the bathroom), the handle to the bathroom was disgusting, the table was not clean, my husband's chair was falling apart. Even the bill folder that was given to us at the end of our meal had food residue on it.

There were other things wrong -- like we had a 7:45pm dinner reservation, didn't get seated until 8 and didn't get a chef at our table until 8:45pm. That is pretty standard for Benihana.

The service was terrible and sporadic - only asked about drink refills once and never served water with very long periods of not seeing our waiter at all.

But - if this restaurant needs to fix anything -- it's the cleanliness problems.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Unfortunately we went to Benihana Bethesda for my daughter's 5th birthday. Overall terrible. We were seated almost a half hour after our reservation with no explanation or apology. As soon as we finally sat down and got settled they asked us to move to accommodate another guest. We told 3 people and put on the reservation that it was my daughter's birthday--there was no mention of it again. Chef was completely disengaged and miserable. When we got up to go another guest not in our party but at our table said "this is terrible, I can't believe they didn't do anything for your kids birthday." Never again, Benihana.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food was not worth the price. Barely any vegetables come with the dinner and all the food was cooked too far apart to eat as one meal.

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

The experience had here for my husbands birthday was lack luster. We waited 20 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation. The food was typical of any habachi restaurant, yet the prices where atronomical. Our drink costed the same price as our 6 course meal. Even though we used the birthday club coupon, we spent well over $100 for two 6-course meals and 1 drink. Moreover, they did not have the green tea ice cream or banana custard available for dessert. If we we would have been advisef of that when ordering, we would opted for the 5-course me instead saving us a little money. Dont think well take the drive to Bethesda to visit this restaurant again, even with my birthday club coupon in December.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

This time was very disappointing. Service was horrible. We got seated 15 minutes before another table and they got their food first. Then our server disappeared. Other people at our table had to flag her down to get refills. Then at the end she disappeared again. It was very poor service. The food was good except for the fact that they changed the yum yum sauce and it isn't as good as it used to be.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We came here for my son's 8th birthday. Our reservation was at 6:30. At 7:35 we were still waiting at the table with NO FOOD. The waiter was unapologetic, no appetizers were offered to help the kids with the wait. We ended up walking out. Overall crappy experience. Not impressed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

They did not have our reservation when we arrived despite our Open Table reservation. They seemed surprised that we still wanted a table. We've been once before and service was very fast, but tonight them messed up most of our orders and everything took forever. The smoke also drafted our way for a while, leaving us coughing and throats burning. We had to leave without dessert, because our kids were so tired and miserable. We won't be rushing back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Ordered sashimi,
They got my order wrong.
Tuna and salmon sashimi tastes awful!
Returned my plate and left.

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 (Raum Stuttgart)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Generally good service at this Benihana, but we had a weird experience at the regular tables (non-Hibachi grill) seating. The hostess was pulling double duty as our waitress and service suffered despite her best attempts. Maybe stick with hibachi grill seating.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

I had not been to this restaurant in a very long time. I learned that the sauces changed about two years ago. Their yum yum sauce is no longer available. The new sauces are not as tasty but likely healthier.
The rice was too mushy for my liking. The meat was bland and the scallops too small for the price of the food. The service was good. Overall , i was not impressed given the price and overall quality of the food.

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Service was incredible. My server was polite and quick to assist with anything.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We love coming here for celebrations - this time it was a Birthday, but no wish candle and no photograph! Disappointing, to say the least. Also, the food was overcooked.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My husband and I had a great time here Sunday, my only complaint is that i wish they had the yum yum sauce but they don't lol.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Good food, good service, great chef. The chef did a great job cooking, was entertaining, and very friendly.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I've been to a few Benihana's over the years, this is because far the worst. I'm giving it a lousy review because the place is dirty and disgusting. It could really use a deep clean. Plus, it's more like a Chuck-E-Cheese with all the kids there. Birthday party central. It's definitely kid friendly, but not a date night place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Miguel our Server & Joe our Chef simultaneously & absolutely made my return visit a great one. This time I dined & although I did not partake in the Hibachi setting, Miguel took very good care of me with my straight from the kitchen orders.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

My daughter wanted to go for her 12th birthday because she loved the theatrics of the chef (she went to a friend's birthday there) and thought the food was good too. There were quite a few other tables with young guests celebrating their birthdays too. So it was clearly kid friendly. She enjoyed it which was the most important part.

So if you're expecting a romantic dinner this is not the place. First you share your table with other folks which is fine but not private. You could have been seated at my daughters birthday table and enjoyed the birthday song and some other catchy tune. Maybe worst of all you leave smelling like a French fry.
The food was fine but not great for the price.

The quality of the chef will probably make the biggest difference in your experience.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Always a fantastic time when we visit and we visit 1-2 times annually!!
My hubby absolutely loves this place and I completely understand why!! He's requested to become he for the past 8 to 9 years for his birthday dinner and we have!
The past two years we've been going early enough to catch happy hour! Great idea, almost everything on the dinner menu is on the happy hour menu! The drinks are wonderful, the food is delicious, and the food comes out within 10 minutes of ordering! What more could you ask for!

The table person that we always get who makes our food is always friendly, accurate, and gets the food cooked within a decent time! We've hosted parties 4 guest of 4 to 14 people each year and it's always been a great experience! The uniforms are always nice and clean, they're always very the attentive, the orders are always 100% correct and the establishment itself is always very very clean!

I look forward to returning back for my husband's birthday 2018!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Authentic, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Fun, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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