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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

MAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SIZZLE.
The more you give, the more you get.
For a limited time, RECEIVE A $10 PROMOTIONAL CARD WHEN YOU PURCHASE $50 IN GIFT CARDS. Offer available 11/14/17 – 12/31/17. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

MAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SIZZLE.
The more you give, the more you get.
For a limited time, RECEIVE A $10 PROMOTIONAL CARD WHEN YOU PURCHASE $50 IN GIFT CARDS. Offer available 11/14/17 – 12/31/17. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

MAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SIZZLE.
The more you give, the more you get.
For a limited time, RECEIVE A $10 PROMOTIONAL CARD WHEN YOU PURCHASE $50 IN GIFT CARDS. Offer available 11/14/17 – 12/31/17. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18.

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

3.8

ambience

3.5

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

67% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food kids loved it. The Chief was amazing and the server was fantastic.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Nothing like the old days. Or the glory days. Ricardo from Mexico did a good job cooking with the ingredients he was given. Service was fine. We were just hoping for more. Something was lacking.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great experience and great food! This was a first for my entire family and we enjoyed every moment. The service was great and the restaurant was spotless. Ordered shrimp and it tasted fishy, clearly not fresh. Besides the nasty shrimp, I had an excellent experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and great service, a fun dining experience....

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We always go to Benihana for family birthday celebration. Food and service great. However, this visit was disappointing because they did not take the usual birthday photo because their printer was not working and they ran out of sherbet and ice cream🙁

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Extremely busy Sunday night; lots of families and big groups. Felt that the service staff were overwhelmed (not enough staff) - it took well over 15-20 minutes for our drinks - not cool - not sure if that was a wait staff issue or bar issue but it should be addressed quickly. We had to wait 2-4 minutes for forks after our salads came to the table - chef was great and good is always very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

How do you run out of kids menus? The kids were so excited to go and then we’re treated like second class citizens. Very disappointing.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Arrived at 744 pm for our 745 pm reservation and checked in immediately. Waited until 805 pm, 20 minutes, and still we were not seated nor communicated to by any of the staff. We left promptly, went to another restaurant. Will not be returning unfortunately........

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Management is terrible! Had a reservation at 5:30 and weren’t sat until 6:30. Management could not have cared less. Will never return to this location.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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