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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.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
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.
Private Party Contact:
Bernadette Brillantes: (855) 428-7029
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine
Benihana - Bethesda Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This time my experience with Benihana waa very bad. The server was totally not listening. There was place for only seven people on the table but she got an extra chair to seat me at the same table. I told her it is too crowded. But she insisted. There was no place to keep my stuff. I practically held my bowls and plates in my hand to eat. There was no silverware and plate for the extra person. I asked her for it but she forgot inspite of reminding three times. I had to get up and ask another server to help me. But when i got the fork ther was food on it and my plate. I asked her to change it and she took many reminders again. I had not finished eating and she almost took my plate from my hand. This was a very bad experience.
This place is a bit TOO KID FRIENDLY for me. It had been many years since we had been there. Our last experience was when it was located in the Air Rights building....it was terrible. It was noisy, there were kids running around and at one point a child ran into our waitress while she was carrying hot sake' and it spilled on me. I was burned but not seriously. Fast forward quite a number of years....we were there last Sunday. Ir was excessively noisy, there were kids running around NON STOP and no parent nor manager made any attempt to stop them. I know the current generation is parents do nothing to reprimand their children, but for goodness sake, a manager should have made some sort of statement to the multiple tables with uncontrolled children. If we move past that, the service was good, the food was exactly what I expected, and i enjoyed the meal, HOWEVER, I won't go back. I understand the "Family"concept but there has to be SOME POINT where it becomes an inconvenience to other diners and a liability ton the establishment. If there is a time when it isn't SO DAMN NOISY I would go back.
We are long time customers of Benihana. Our last visit just wasn't quite right. The presentation both by the chef and of the food on the plate was lacking. It was sloppy and rushed. The food was not cut up small enough to use chopsticks. The fried rice was flat. The vegetables were unappealing. They seem to be moving away from the Japanese enticement.
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