Benihana - Bethesda

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$30 and under
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Japanese
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.
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TK
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Benihana has long been a birthday tradition for our family which means 6 visits per year. Unfortunately, we've seen a rapid decline in service. Over the years the wait for every aspect of the evening has increased. Once seated, we wait an inordinate amount of time for a waitress to take a drink order. The wait continues to request our meal order and now, typically, we know that we won't see our waitress again for quite some time. The chef cooking for us (with the exception of one who nearly lit a guest on fire) has always been excellent. But the other waitstaff we see standing around as we wait for a water refill or dishes to be removed. This most recent visit was ridiculous. The waitress brought our appetizer as we had just completed dinner. The second glass of wine I had ordered 20 minutes prior, I canceled as we were requesting the check. The takeout salad dressing, she forgot. At one point I stacked all 6 soup bowls in front of me and even the assistant manager (or manager) ran around looking past us every time. He never bothered to stop and remove this mountain of bowls, nor did anyone else for 15-20 minutes. It was my daughter's birthday...she was never offered ice cream, the birthday song that we come for skipped. And for what it's worth, only once that I've ever been there have we been offered green tea though it's part of our meal. Though it's been a terrible level of service we had continued to come back, tolerating the increasing level of poor service but this one took the cake and we'll be looking for a new birthday venue.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Maybe....Last visit service was awful. But other times has been ok.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Service was really bad

AR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our best visit. The service moved at a great pace and Sergio was the best cook we have ever experienced, the balance of the waitstaff was appropriately attentive and made our birthdays memorable!

VB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We REALLY loved our cook, Martinez. He was great, funny, pleasant and MADE AMAZNG FOOD!! Thanks Martinez!!!!!!

AL
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, as usual. We left full but not overly stuffed. We will be back.

CG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my friend's birthday and we had a wonderful time period

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

We dine here ALOT so some experiences are better than others but we enjoy the food.

MK
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service and food were just OK

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Used to be consistent dining experience but has gone downhill in the last year.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good, however the service was poor. Our waitress was slow and whenever she would come to the table she would forget an item, leave to go get the item, take forever again and we would have to remind her about it. Whether it was to bring us water or dressing for the salad or an additional utensil.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The waiter charged me for chicken friend rice, when I didn’t ask for it.

MW
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

There was a mixup, and the chef did not prepare fried rice for me. Then I apparently was caught in an argument with the staff, and I had to wait a long time for my rice, until after my other food was ready. Then I was still charged for the rice and the manager said nothing to address the problem. The staff was nice enough, but the quality of service and value for what you get has gone down. I do not recommend this location.

F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed dining at Benihana as always. Food was delicious, chef was outstanding. Thank you Joel! Waiter was attentive. Thank you Myeisha aka Mimi. We’ll be back next week.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This place has dropped in quality over the years. Food wasn't good this time. Our chef was pretty bad at his tricks.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and also great family fun

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Benihana is not the same anymore.

D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Benihana!

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KT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I think Benihana is what it is -- a fun place to go with kids or a group of friends. However, with just me and my wife, the experience was just OK. The food was good and the initial service was OK. But we ended up waiting 20 minutes after our we finished eating just to get the check. We were only offered dessert after we flagged down a staff member to get the check. Overall, we likely won't return for a date night but maybe with a bunch of friends.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was very disappointed in the service at this location. I’ve visited several locations across the country and I’ve never had such a terrible experience. The chef rushed through cooking the meal and did not take the time to properly season the food. Our waitress was overworked with too many tables including a table that had more than ten people seated. The soup was good, but the salad didn’t arrive until after the entrees were cooked and eaten. Our drinks were never refilled. Only when someone walked to the refill station to fill their own drink was assistance provided by another waiter. The rest of the table never received a refill. Our server only returned to give out checks and did not ask about the flavor of ice cream or tea that is included with certain meals. The manager did nothing about the subpar service until we complained multiple times. This location brings down the reputation of Benihana. Do not eat here.

O
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Made 9 pm reservations, arrived & was told we had to wait. We went to the bar thinking we could order there but was told it would take 45 minutes to get our food. We made reservations because we were going to a show afterwards. We went back to the hostess stand & asked how much long. The young lady said she could seat us now. We were seated w/3 other people. We only ordered sushi because we knew the food wouldn’t be ready in time. We enjoyed our sushi.

SY
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Benihana Bethesda and I thought the food, service and ambience were all very good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great like usual... seated around 7:40pm... reservations at 7:30p

A
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was terrific but too often, the wait staff is sub par- very slow, fail to come and check on you, fail to notice you need your white rice, more water, refill on beverage, the check,etc. It really ruins an otherwise pleasurable experience.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 2

The chef performance was terrible. He didn’t do 80 % of the tricks we normally see. And we had 2 birthdays with us and we informed the staff but we didn’t get a song or anything.

KS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Wow !!! I have been to several Benihana this is the worst location in Bethesda . It first started with the hostess trying to seat me and my husband to a table that six people already and it was no room to even out our drinks . I kindly asked to be moved to a new table which she did so new table new waitress. I’m not sure if she was new or overwhelmed that night but she was terrible all the tables that had her as a waitress complained and some people even left . Thank you Benihana for the Birthday coupon I will never return to this location.

PT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated promptly with our confirmed reservation. The waitress was very attentive and responsive. Our Chef was fantastic, as was the food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had great service - our cook Mauro was amazing! Food was perfectly cooked, very attentive!

EF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

While Benihana is still good, it's not what it used to be.

BL
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I was unimpressed! It took almost an hour for a chef to come to our table to begin preparing the food. Our waitress came by twice and we had to flag her down. The chef was speaking so low and was so unentertaining. I was very disappointed.

WB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

We had a 7PM reservation, earliest available when we made it at 4:30 PM the same afternoon. Arrived at the restaurant at 7:00 PM sharp. Paid for 1:45 at parking meter. Were seated at 7:05. Waitress had 2 other tables she was working. Rarely saw her during our visit. Chef didn't arrive at our table until 8:00. Not sure if the chefs at this location were all new, but it was pretty clear - based on many visits to similar establishments over the years - that the chefs were incredibly slow. No show with any of these guys. Not that we minded, but I found that very unusual for a place like this. The most important reason we come here was the food - and it was delicious. The other components of a visit to a restaurant are important of course, but at the end of the day, it's about the food. We were very satisfied with that aspect of the visit.

AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite resturant, I love the onion soup and salad, tender shrimp, juicy steak, sauces, best fried rice, and kind and funny server and cook. I enjoyed thier new drink specials. I go every year for my birthday and for a great meal!

AC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I took my daughter and her friends to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. The restaurant was accommodating to my daughter who ordered no vegetables. The chef made the fried rice with no vegetables for her and added the vegetables in for the rest of the table. However, we never received our salad. And at the end of the meal, the waitress asked the two who ordered the kid’s meal for their ice cream order, she did not ask the rest of the party if they wanted dessert. I had to order it after the ice creams arrived at the table. My daughter liked that they sang happy birthday, but not sure about the dancing part. Overall, it was a good meal experience.

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Cook and the waiter were great. Food over priced especially $4 for fried rice.

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our first experience at Benihana, can’t wait to go back! From the moment we walked in to the moment we were walking out, great experience. Loved the food and drinks that we had. Our cook Luis was awesome, friendly and cooked delicious food!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Happy bday

K
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Benihana is such a nostalgia celebration place. But they are really dialing it in. Running 30 minutes over even for reservations. Only about half the chefs showed up. Ran out of hat menus. Our chef was clearly new — rice all over the place, cleaning the grill while food was still on it, no jokes.

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They changed the recipe for the yum yum sauce it is like an orange colored Ranch dressing, so terribly gross! The hostess had to be our server they were completely under staffed. Not the usual Benihana experience I was expecting at all.

MM
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food. Steak lobster is awesome. Only bad thing is service is lacking. Dont knowing they dont have enough staff but it's slow and poor service

N
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Consistently good food and entertainment

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