Benihana - Bethesda, MD

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1976 Reviews
$30 and under
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 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 more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall great experience. The eat area was cold but I don’t know if that was weather related or no heat. Food and service was great. I would go again but when the weather get warmer.

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LRd824
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The food was not good it was very basic and lacked any flavor. Which was really disappointing considering how expensive this place is. The environment was super loud and there was this group of people in the lobby with this older woman who seemed to be intoxicated and she was falling all over my grandmother! And the staff did nothing!!She also didn’t have on a mask which they’re supposedly required in the lobby!The host staff were not very friendly and not attentive. The chef and waiter we had were great though. And the alcoholic drinks were very good. Luckily my grandmother had a decent time for her 70th birthday, however the rest of us (family) were not happy at all.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded a day ago

Dear LRd824 on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

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mvill
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Benihana’s has turned into something else, and not in a good way.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded a day ago

Dear mvill We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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MartieB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love celebrating my bday @ Benihana’s, being part of the Chef’s Table club is an added bonus the $30 gift certificate always comes in handy

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Food and service were both great. The restaurant was very cold inside. Staff said that the heat had been broken for almost a week and it was 25 degrees outside.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Quality of food and service is below average.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Guest We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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OsvaldoB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, quick and good food. Reserving a table online was very easy.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded 5 days ago

Dear OsvaldoB We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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IngridG
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it !! We were attending very nice and polite making sure we had everything and making sure my daughter birthday was An experience to remember she had desert picture taken and they sang her 3times she felt special I will definitely come again !! Thank you Benihana

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded 6 days ago

Dear IngridG Thank you for celebrating your special occasion with the Benihana team!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I saw mixed reviews when I made the reservation and I went against my better judgement to try them out. Sadly this was one of the worst dinning experiences I’ve had in a long time. The only thing they appeared to get right was mask required upon entering and distancing of parties. They were clearly short staffed so our server was trying but every request took forever to complete. The restaurant was freezing during our entire time of our stay and the cook was either out of practice or not very good to begin with. I saw him season the food but it was extremely bland and his performance was all around pretty bad. The drinks were also horrible, I saw the bar tender pour packets of sugar in our old fashioned cocktail and the taste was bitter and disgusting. I will not visit again and if you’re considering a visit I highly recommend against it.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on January 11, 2022

Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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TroyG
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needs a little more food but overall great ambiance

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded 6 days ago

Dear TroyG We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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vipHappy
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall3food4service5ambience2

I don’t know what it is about the best at this location in the winter but it is always cold. Many patrons are with there jackets on. It was hard to really enjoy our meal because it was cold. We come to this location every January for my sons birthday and it’s cold. We still come because it has been a tradition and who will think it will be the same. Maybe it’s time for this location to update the heating system.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on January 10, 2022

Dear Happy On behalf of our team here at Benihana we would like to sincerely apologize for the negative experience you encountered, especially while celebrating a special occasion. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so we can properly address your concerns.

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NaiaT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I went for my birthday, absolute worst.
I server was just terrible. Kept bringing the wrong things we ordered. Took forever to even come the the table to take orders and barely came back we had to ask other servers for their help. It was freezing in the restaurant and asked three times to see if the heat could be turned on. The cook was probably the only decent part but you could tell her didn’t want to be there either. Two people had ordered white rice, asked the person 4x for the rice. I would have maybe understood if it were busy.. but there were three other parties going on receiving more attention. Not sure if it was because we were on the other side of the restaurant in a corner.. but really no excuse for the poor service.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on January 10, 2022

Dear NaiaT On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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BrendaG
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Me and my Family went to Benihana for my Birthday Jan 2, 2022- I must say I fully enjoyed the entire experience from the customer service to the entertainment and the Food is simply delicious - we took the grandkids and they really loved the fire display and the food tricks- I HIGHLY recommend this Restaurant and will be going back in the near future!

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on January 11, 2022

Dear BrendaG We appreciate you dining with Benihana, thank you for the kind words!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Benihana to celebrate my birthday with my family!
The kids loved Chef it was a lot of fun. The food and service was excellent.

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cserv
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there with a large group and had a wonderful meal with great service and entertainment. I highly recommend this place.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on January 7, 2022

Dear cserv thank you so much for your feedback, we hope to see you back again soon!

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Chris
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is not as good as I remembered it from years ago. Food is way too salty. They overcharged us significantly and we had to have them fix it so look at your bill carefully. It’s a shame Zikis closed down in Gaithersburg. It’s way better and not as expensive.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on January 3, 2022

Dear Chris On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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JawanR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Benihana Bethesda was delightful! The food was delicious and the service was polite and helpful.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded 7 days ago

Dear JawanR We are happy you enjoyed the Benihana experience! Come back soon!

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MarkS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like the food various varieties and price points.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Overall food was just OK.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on January 3, 2022

Dear Guest We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service was terrible. It was my partners 1st time, waiter never introduced himself, never went over menu, asked were we there for a special occasion NOTHING! Please dont let me get into the decor of this location-LOL

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on January 11, 2022

Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana we would like to sincerely apologize for the negative experience you encountered, especially while celebrating a special occasion. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so we can properly address your concerns.

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RobinW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter! Great chef! Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Dinner

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CalebMichael
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The hosts are quite rude and do not have a clear handle on the business.

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JacquelineW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience2

This was me and my family 1st time at Benihana, and I must admit I was truly disappointed. I clearly had high expectations. The best thing was the drinks.

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Mika
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Wayyyyy too much butter! Ran out of brown rice :(

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KarenW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you don't mind eating with strangers then it's great.

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vipAlexis
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Came here at the last minute for Christmas dinner - haven't been to a Benihana in over 5+ years and we usually dine at the one in Dulles, VA. It has definitely lost it's pizzaz and doesn't live up to the hype anymore. Our chef did cook my lobster and scallops perfectly and the steak was a little over medium. The onion soup was delicious, too much ginger in the salad dressing - overall just okay and will probably be another 5+ years if we ever come back.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on January 10, 2022

Dear Alexis We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always come to Benihana for Christmas dinner. The food is consistently delicious with great service!

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Maries
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant And go early because it fills up quickly good food

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MelanieC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Food was not good. It was not even average. Worst food I’ve ever had for my birthday dinner.

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EEEE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

7:15 reservations. Did not get seated until 7:45. Food was good although we felt rushed. Service was slow.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on December 17, 2021

Dear EEEE Thank you for your feedback! Come back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE LOVE MAURO

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SalaC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The cook was great. The steak and colossal shrimp was great. The service was lacking. I had to ask for straws and water. They started serving a table before me and they were seated after me.

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SunflowersNRoses
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great server/Manager:Mike. We arrived a few minutes early but the hostess seated us right on time for our reservation. Ricardo was great and very personable. He was friendly and put forth extra effort for the children at the table, ie making characters out of the rice. :)

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on December 15, 2021

Dear SunflowersNRoses On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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Briyah
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

This night a Benihana was not the best. It was extremely loud, guest had their children running around like it was a playground, and the host was not friendly and welcoming. Our waitress was okay. The food was okay. I couldn’t really enjoy dinner with my family because it was very loud and unpleasant.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on December 9, 2021

Dear Briyah On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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vipTanyaC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food was tasty and the chef was experienced and did a good job preparing and presenting the food. The service however was awful. We waited 20 minutes past our reservation, didn't get our full appetizer orders and had to look for the server to get refills and new drink orders. I had better experience in other Benihana restaurants.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on December 8, 2021

Dear TanyaC We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on December 9, 2021

Dear Guest We are happy you enjoyed the Benihana experience! Come back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

6:30 reservation waited at bar area 15 min had to go back to front to b seated then waited another 20 minutes before getting drink

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on December 8, 2021

Dear Guest We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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JenG
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious! Our chef and server were amazing and friendly. We were celebrating my mom’s birthday and they made it very special for her! Can’t wait to come back!!

Benihana - Bethesda, MD
Responded on December 8, 2021

Dear JenG Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the special occasion!

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PinayMommy
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The front desk was very patient & friendly. We were seated at our table after our reservation time, which was separate from the main dining area. The area around our table was cluttered with cleaning items, dirty carts, & unused furniture. The manager didn’t come out to greet tables. One of the servers was fast & friendly. The other server across from us with the rest of our family group was flustered & overwhelmed. The hibachi chefs at both tables did an amazing performance. We all enjoyed the different courses. Not sure if I would come here again.

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You can order delivery directly from Benihana - Bethesda, MD using the Order Online button. Benihana - Bethesda, MD also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Benihana - Bethesda, MD also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 652-5391.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD is rated 4 stars by 1976 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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