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Benihana - Bethesda

3.8
914 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasion (25)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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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
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Phone number
(301) 652-5391
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
Bernadette Brillantes: (855) 428-7029
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Cross street
Woodmont Ave
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 914 People Are Saying
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3.8  based on recent ratings
3.9
food
3.6
service
3.4
ambience
3.4
value
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JavierE 
1.0  Dined 2 days ago

I had a reservation at 7:45 p.m., the table was given to me at 8:45, then it took more than 2 hours in the whole process, the check took more than 1 hour 15 minutes to start cooking. I was more than 3 hours in the restaurant 2 hours 15 minutes were waiting for the table or the food and 45 minutes was really what I enjoyed .. Terrible service, I think that very few people work for the restaurant demand

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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
1.0  Dined 3 days ago

Experience SUCKED! Had a reservation and waited almost two hours to be seated. Waited another hour for food to be cooked! Never again!!

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ElizabethH 
1.0  Dined 3 days ago

Benihana Bethesda normally runs like clockwork, but last Sunday it seems that the manager forgot that it was a holiday weekend and the place was a complete mess. There weren't enough cooks and the wait was horrendous. We had a 6:45 reservation, but we weren't seated until at least 7:45 and didn't get food until after 9 p.m. We were offered a free appetizer! We didn't leave until after 10:30 and we had small children in our party. Really, a terrible experience. So much for my son's birthday celebration.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Restaurant was crowded n

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Benihana was great but as always, even reservations do not help. We still waited 40 minutes for a table (even though we had 6pm reservations via Open Table).

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ManuelaP 
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Not our first time at Benihana and we are always happy to be there! The kids have a ball of a time, the food is quite nice and everyone can kick back and relax. The only 'complaint' ( nothing that would prevent us from returning) is that we would appreciate it if we were not rushed through at the end of our meal. We were still working on our food when we were asked about dessert, and despite making it clear that we were still eating, a few minutes later, our check appeared without a request on our part, with an added 'whenever you're ready'. We understand that it's a busy night on Sundays and other people are waiting to be seated, but there are probably better ways to go about this kind of thing.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great service.

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KoreyR 
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Had a good night out and the food was good. They where crowded was glad I made reservations, there were a lot of kids and large parties there. The chef was entertaining it would be a great place to take a large group of people but, suitable for two as well.

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LuisG 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service and food. Will definitely come again.

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KathyB 
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

Benihana is one of my favorite places however this past visit was terrible service and food. Very disappointed especially since I was celebrating my birthday. Nothing more to say other than terrible

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Too much food...warning! I hadn't planned well and felt bad when the main dish was ready, I ate 2 bites. I would suggest a cold drink with ice. When the place is packed and the grills on, it gets warm...and hard to find your drink person. Kids totally entertained :)

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

It’s was good

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Dcmad (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Hate being packed in like sardines at this restaurant. Luckily, we had an extra seat between us and other family. Food good, server fair. The prices are too high, portions too small. Still, fine for a visit or two a year

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Cassie (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined 7 days ago

By far my worst dining experience ever, the manager had the worst attitude not hospitable at all, the chef did not engage with us at all, there was a fight that broke out between the manager and another person dining, the chef dropped a bowl while cooking that cut my foot and he not once apologized. I drove 1hr and 25 mins to this restaurant thinking somehow we receive a 4 Star dining experience on Valentines Day and was the complete opposite. My table was still waiting for our food, while the restaurant was closed, cleaners were vacuuming around our table and trying to clean what they could until we were still waiting for the rest of our food to be prepared,I was unable to dine in and eat because the restaurant was closed and most of my food was cold because the chef took so long preparing my choice of meat, funny but we received our appetizers last. Very disappointed in my overall experience!!! Oh yea I was seated 20 mins after my reservation time.

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JessicaP (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

The food was exceptionally good! Everything melted right in your mouth. I wouldn't want any other hibachi after eating at this place!

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MariaP (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Me and partner loved it!! The food is delicious and we had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent except for reception area not professional people at all

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Meffi (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Our daughter had a fun birthday dinner. Good food and entertaining presentation.

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JustinC (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

2 yr Anniversary was a success thanks to our chef Anthony. Im a Chef myself and his culinary skills are A1. Restaurant was clean and staff was courteous. We'll be back and requesting him. Thank again!

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Nikole79 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

The person who checks you in when you have a reservation wasn’t very friendly. When I arrived all of my party hadn’t arrived yet. She said: I would have to wait until everyone arrived and I couldn’t be seated beforehand.
Food was okay. The soup we received wasn’t hot. More room temperature. The alcohol beverage I ordered was watered down.

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vipBads (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

I just wish there was a better way of making the customer have a more quieter table talk to themselves but I'm starting not to like having more people show up at the table being late

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

The food was great. Chef at my table didn’t use too much butter, which I dislike. The filet mignon was so juicy and tender. I highly recommend any meat with shrimp dish. So yummy!

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vipSlopes (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

It's very gimmicky - wonderful for a kid's birthday party or celebrating a special occasion with family or friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

My mother was surprised by friends and family for her 91 birthday celebration. We had a great time. The food was delicious and service was wonderful.

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MartinaB (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Great place, our table side cook chef was very entertaining. The food is and was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Took my 3 year old daughter there for her birthday dinner. It was a great fun for the family, especially my 5 year son old, who ate everything in sight.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

What happened? The food was AWFUL! PLEASE tell me when did Japanese start putting chicken in the fried rice? I ate the food because I hadn't eaten since that morning. The food at Kobi and other Japanese resturants such as this are MUCH better. I am extremely disappointed...$90.62 wasted

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vipEatsOutALot (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

This is definitely a place for kids’ birthdays, just be aware. The noise is shouting level, but the chefs are fun & the food is tasty. I was disappointed that I never did actually get a clean sake glass - the first had a lipstick mark on it (I honestly gagged at that), then the second was equally dirty, but at least it didn’t have a pair of lips obvious. I ordered a bottle of alcohol after that, I didn’t trust the dish washing.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Great experience. Only downside is that they were out of Japanese draft beer!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

I always enjoy going to Benihana for my birthday for the amazing value, food, service, and theatrics of Japanese influenced Hibachi preparation and cooking of delicious food.

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