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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

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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3.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

3.5

ambience

3.3

value

3.3

Noise

Moderate

60% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (25)
Good for Groups (23)
Special Occasion (21)
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Kid-friendly (18)
Fun (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Casual (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (3)
Cozy (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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Happy Hour (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

The teppan cook was good. The service was horrible. We received our soup and salad after the main course was served. The server did not refill any drink for the entire table. The restrooms were disgusting. I’ve been to many Benihana restaurants nationwide. This one was the worst by far.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The staff was rude and the service was terrible. It was definitely the worst hibachi experience I've ever had. The chef barely did any tricks. The hostesses were extremely rude. Our waiter kept forgetting our order (did not bring green tea or ice cream included with meal, even though we asked). Also, I had to ask for water at least 5 different times, and didn't get any until the end of the meal. This experience ruined my birthday. I will not be returning!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 14, 2018

There was long wait although we made reservations and it took really long to make the food!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Too crowded. Food over cooked.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great Service. Wonderful atmosphere and location.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

It was very noisy and not a relaxing environment. A lot of kids running around. I was expecting a classier experience and was disappointed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We go to Benihana every year for my birthday. They send me an awesome coupon and we love the food. Yummy food with table side cooking show!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

When we got there, the manager informed us that there 7 group of people waiting ahead of us . It took about an hour to be seated. Fodd was as usual. They gave us 25% discount for not taking reservation properly.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

They were running an hour behind on reservation times causing us to have to wait and the restaurant was so cold that everyone was sitting with their warm coats on. The food and service were good (once we were seated) but they really need to get their act together if they'll continue to accept reservations.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was great but this location is having problems with their heating system. It was one of the coldest night's and the entire restaurant was eating info their coats. No heat and it was blowing cold air. I hope they fix this soon.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had reservation at 14:00 but didn't get our first course (soup) until 14:30 (or a bit later)- the soup was cold (feel like it was sitting out for long time). Our server just screwed up so many things. Not an ideal way to start a new year, especially paying Holiday menu price.
The cooking started around 14:40 - no complaints to the chef, as he did a wonderful job.
The restaurant is extremely cold. Even with cooking right in front of us, all of us at the table kept our coats on.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I visit this establishment at least twice a year, I’m not a resident of the city, I prefer their chicken fried rice over Kobe’s. Anyway, this particular visit was for dinner on NYE. My reservation was at 930pm I arrived late but they still honored my reservation. The host informed us that the dining room was cold this evening but being as though it was NYE and past 10pm other dining options were slim. Food was okay, the lobster was great. However the waitress never came back after the entrees were done so that I could order another round of drinks. I also expected maybe, since everyone dined with their jackets on a nice gesture, like free chicken fried rice, would’ve been a cool compromise. Either way Benihana is always god for a nice evening dinner. I’m sure next time the temperature will be just right!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

40 minute wait beyond reservation time. Table by door on 15 degree night - had to leave coats on while eating. Shrimp tasted very fishy - could not finish. We eat there all the time, but tonight was a real miss.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We didn’t get to sit down..we waited about 25 kim for our reserved table along with 20 other people who were waiting longer than we were. Ended up leaving.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

new year's eve, the heat didn't seem to be working. however it took a LOT of agitated people at our table for them to address it by offering a 25% discount. they should have acknowledged the problem as soon as we arrived. even staff was bundled up. instead the manager kept telling staff to tell us that the heat was working.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The heat was not working -- on New Year's Eve no less! We were freezing during the entire meal. The restaurant was understaffed which meant that it took 15 minutes to get a glass of water and another 15 minutes to get a refill. Also, the hot soup did not come out after the chef had begun preparing the main courses. The family next to us received their appetizers after they completed their meal.
The chef was distracted and not fun for the kids. Also, the kids like the sherbert and we like the green tea ice cream. Guess what? The restaurant was out of both. At 7:00 p.m. We should have expected some of this being New Year's but it was a lousy experience. We won't go back. If 0 stars was a choice above, I would have gone with that. Not cheap, either.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Terrible. Their heat was broken and they still seated us. They failed to tell anyone at check in that the heat inside the restaurant was not working. Such an awful experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The place was freezing. Many people wore their coats. Granted it was a very cold day outside but that was a bit extreme. The floors were very dirty and the bathrooms gross. Not sure we will come back with the kids.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The entire experience was awful! The restaurant had no heat and we all had to eat with coats and hats. It was my twin daughters 7th birthday and New Years Eve, we had reservations for 7 and bill came up over $300plus dollar for terrible ambiance, ceiling is falling apart, cold interior and food that was small in size for hibachi and not all that good. Our chef didn’t entertain the girls...it sucked terribly. Don’t waste your time or $$$!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We decided to spend New Years Eve with our son (age 5), our friends and their children (ages 5 and 3) at Benihana in Bethesda. It was a terrible mistake.
We were greeted by a very rude hostess, only after she wondered off a few times and came back. She had a space heater I noticed.
When we were finally seated we were freezing. The people dining around us wore winter coats.
The wind chill outside was below zero.
There was a hole in the ceiling above our table which added to the chill. We switched tables to get away from the open ceiling, but it was still freezing.
This is not an exaggeration – You could see the waiter’s breath inside the restaurant when he talked to us.
We told him it was my son’s birthday and he said he would handle it.
It took a long time to get our drinks and food, while freezing. The hot table helped warm us up. But the kids complained of being cold and were so unhappy.
The water brought ice cream after the meal, totally forgetting about my son’s birthday, which to a 5 year old is a big deal. We would have said something, but the staff was already setting the table for the next diners, while we sat there to get us out.
My husband was given the wrong check.
We were all so cold. On the way out I asked why it was so cold. Another woman at the hostage station said “the heats broken, been broken since Friday.” She was wearing a blanket wrapped around her shoulders.
I told her about our awful experience and asked if there was anything they could do, at least a discount which she replied. “No, no one gets discounts.”
And to top it all off on the way out, my son and his friend slipped on the ice on the restaurant’s ramp and fell. My son’s friend was crying and bleeding.
I can’t even begin to describe our disappointment and negligence of this restaurant. It was a truly horrendous New Year’s Eve experience, with no attempt to make it better.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The absolute WORST Dinning experience EVER! It was FREEZING the heat was not working and they didn't even have portable heaters the temperature inside felt pretty much the same as outside. Just about everyone was sitting at the tables eating with their hats and coats on. The staff was walking around with coats and hoodies on. The the manager Mimi looked me in my face and lied saying it's 84 degrees inside I looked at her like she was crazy and informed her that several of her staff already told me the heat wasn't working she then said "okay well I'll give you 20% off your bill" as if that makes up for her lying or sitting in that icebox. I feel so bad for the staff who have to endure those working conditions. So sad

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The restaurant was frigid cold. We have had record temperature lows and they didn’t have the decency to have the HVAC working before a huge holiday rush. They tried to heat the restaurant with small space heaters but it didn’t help at all. They should have called patrons beforehand but they didn’t because they wanted the $ putting us in a difficult situation. We were hungry and cold. The food didn’t even stay warm on the plate. Worst experience and we won’t be returning anytime soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a much better experience than we expected. The food was delicious and the “show” was very nice. However, the exit was not polite. It was like, “Move! Hurry up and leave” not “Thank you for coming, & please come again.”

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

It was so entertaining to sit at a hibachi table and watch our meal being prepared... we had eight people in our party so we filled all the seats at the table...it was like a private party! Our chef was funny. The food was great - fried rice and grilled veggies were especially yummy. A little drafty at our table - freezing cold night - but we did get warmth from the grill, so it was ok. Great place to eat!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The children had a great time at this b'day dinner. Grown-ups too.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went on Christmas day at 1:15. They were out of kids cups, and yes the glass ended up breaking on the floor. They were out of carafes for the Sake.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Waited 30 minutes to be seated and then they put 5 obese people at our table who couldn’t fit. The place is DIRTY AND DISORGANIZED. Will NEVER GO BACK

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food is good, however, it's extremely overpriced to start, and then they charge you extra fir fried rice because they put a tiny amount of chicken into it.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We brought a friend for fun dinner. We had a great time. This restaurant has always been a family favorite.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We celebrated my daughter’s 10th birthday....she enjoyed herself....

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

muy buena comida ambiente agradable restaurante accesible

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We didn’t even get seated. For as much as we love the food here, the staff is always overwhelmed with being understaffed. Poor management. The lady at reception barely acknowledged us, then we told her we had a reservation for 8:30 and she said she will take care of us. The next gentlemen that came over said that they have 7 tables to seat in front of us, it would be 10PM before we get seated. We opted to walk out and go somewhere else. It’s too bad they don’t have another location here. The food is so bomb!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Hello,

On Saturday, we came to celebrate my 50th bday with friends & family. Our Chef was so
dry and seemed drunk...He just was NOT with it...The host/waiter dude was AWESOME!!!
But Our chef was some garbage...I kind of want a do-over bc the wait w/Reservations was
over an hr....complete Chaos at the front door!!! So confusing and overwhelming, that we
started to leave. The Bathroom was downright disgusting & AWFUL....wet paper towel and toilet paper was everywhere, like no staff had even tried to clean it in the 3 hrs we were there. I decided to not go back into the restroom for the entire dinner. It was that bad...just nasty.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Would have been great but total chaos when trying to be seated. Manager and host completely confused and made initial contact aggravating. Chef and waitress really great so made up for initial rough start.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I’ve been to many other Benihana around the world- this one is by far the worst- the food was simply awful- service was sub par- we will never come back

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Normally I love Benihana but this time we were seated at a table with a direct line to the door and it was VERY uncomfortable as it was very cold and the wind came right in and at us. I highly recommend this place but be careful not to sit at this table!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I went there to celebrate my husbands Birthday. As we were trying to eat our food, the staff was trying to close for the evening. Vacuuming, spraying cleaning fluids, and often ignoring our presence. The portions are very small for the price. When it was time for the Birthday song. It was almost none existent. Everybody was more interested in going home than to make sure the Birthday song was sung with excitement. Only one person came out, and another girl came , as she was pulled away from another table while she was explaining the bill to her customers.
Maybe they shouldnt advertise Birthday celebrations because this visit was a mere disappointment.

What surprised me most was, when I ask for more onions and zucchini, during the cooking process, I was hit with an $3.00 charge for each very small slice unbeknownst to me. When I explained my concerns to the Manager on duty. A short Asian lady. She was rude, unconcerned, and pretty much eager to tell me the $6 stands. As I used to visit this location about 20 times a year, I will not return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The Bethesda location was freezing. We were told that it would get better once the grill got hot. It did not. We asked to move tables but even though there were many tables empty, they did not move us. The group sitting with us also complained. They said they would bring hot tea but did not. Being so cold just ruined the mood--a shame because the food is great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I love Gomez . He’s one of the best chefs very entertaining and funny

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