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Benihana - Bethesda

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1016 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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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

Specials

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 1016 People Are Saying
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3.8
service
3.7
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3.6
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72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

Can be loud and busy. Might have underestimated the traffic with the holiday wekened

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1.0Dined 3 days ago

Ive been here a bunch of times my last visit was a huge disappointment the cook did not put on a show like all the other cooks in the past. And for some reason the food made me and my wife sick this time. Was not happy with my vist.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Excellent Service and good food. Our chef was very entertaining. Portions could have been larger. Décor is a bit dated.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

45 minute delay: when we arrived we were told that there was a 30 minute delay (even when my reservation was at 8.45pm). The delay was actually 45 minutes.
Old place, needs a renovation urgently
Very poor service, waitress appeared to be overwhelmed
Chef was good, very entertaining and engaging

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Although my group had a reservation at 6:45, we still had to wait over an hour to be seated. The hostesses were not pleasant and did not communicate. I would recommend going to this restaurant for lunch or during an off peak time.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Went for twin daughters’ 4th birthday - everyone had a great time! Staff was attentive and we can’t wait to go back!

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The girl at the door had an attitude problem. The wait time for you to put your drink and food order was ridiculous. I was here for a total of 2 1/2 hours. The chef was messy and we had to hunt the waitress down for refills. The ambiance was too loud and the chefs make really loud noises to scare people which in my opinion was annoying.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

The venta in the ceiling could use a fresh coat of paint and some cleaning.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We enjoyed our visit and we will be back. We especially like the scallops and shrimp dinner entrees.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

I go here every year for my birthday. This time we went for my friend's birthday. It was fabulous! There were few people there (Tuesday @ 5), which was great. We had a wonderful chef and server, and the food was delicious. Sad they don't do the birthday photos anymore.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The experience was great as it normally is

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Had a super time! We’ll be back in a few weeks😊

Anthony was awesome and our waitress (can’t recall her name) but she was fabulous as well.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were quickly seated and the meal was delicious. Our chef was pretty new to the job but pushed through and delivered a wonderful dining experience. Mother’s Day was great because of our visit.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Celebrated mother’s day with my mom. We were given a table by the sushi chef as requested. Room felt like a storage room. No chairs. Just a bunch of tables. Just one table with chairs set for two. Table was a bit small for what we ordered. We made the best of it. Didn’t make the “ambiance” for the occasion feel special. Chef was attentive. Asking if we enjoyed our meal.... which was nice. Sushi was great! Delicious as usual. Overall, i would still come back to Benihana’s though. Just that one thing made me score this review low.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Took my wife and children here and they loved it! My wife said it is her new favorite restaurant. Good job!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Mother’s Day

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Anna was very attentive she kept our drinks full and checked our table consistently and clear dishes quickly. Gomez is always great, funny and entertaining. It was busy so we has to wait a little longer than usual and they originally did not give Gomez enough white rice to make fried rice so my husband and mine portion didnt have the same balance of veggies and meat as everyone else so that was a little disappointing but overall it was still a great dinner. Gomez cooked everything well, we'd come back and ask for him!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Pre Mother’s Day dinner. Great food!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great service, great food, I will be going back very soon.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Not good at all

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Always a good time but the wait and disorganization of service brings everything else down.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

It takes 30 minutes wait even with reservation, and another 30 minutes to have first bite of the food. Way too slow!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent food as usual. We didn't have the most attentive waiter this time and the staff (think it was a combo of hostess and wait staff) were arguing amongst one another about how doing certain things/restocking certain areas "isn't my job."

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Just two of us. My best friend was a first timer and she seemed to have loved it... Drinks taste good, but have no bite.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great place for a birthday. They are the original and have great food. With so many copy cats, I now wish they would add yum yum sauce to their sauces, offer extra soy sauce and throw shrimp for you to catch. It would make it more fun. They did do a shrimp/chicken combo for my daughter even though it wasn’t on the menu. Accommodating.

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3.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Portion are really small. Not all the course were served (green tea).

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

This is the style of Japanese restaurant (teppanyaki) where your meal is theatrically prepared by a knife-wielding, joke-telling chef at the grill surrounded by a wooden eating surface in front of up to 8 guests. It's a lot of fun for a special occasion, but perhaps a bit expensive for everyday dinning. The food is good, but the menu has to be a bit limited due to everything being cooked on the spot.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Food is okay. The whole thing is a little worn down. Kids like the show the chefs put on, but to me it was more sad than funny.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My 1st a d probably my last visit. I don't care to have my seafood overcooked.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I was very disappointed to be “forgotten” for my salmon meal. The chef cooked all the meals except mine till last minute when he realize I’m one without my dinner. Thankfully, salmon is quicker but I had to rush through my dinner to wrap up as my toddler was getting restless. Salmon is usually the first meal they cook before doing anyone’s meats

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

This was our third time in a year with Chef Gomez. He is fantastic! My children adore him, and he engages with them as he preps the food, tossing them morsels, and letting them throw things into his hat. He has made multiple birthdays a special event for us.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Benihana never disappoints, whether it's the food, the cook, the show or the ambiance, it's very enjoyable.

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Service was horrible and food had no taste. Expected more from all the good things I heard about this place. Just horrible.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great experience with friends and family. I always come here for my birthday.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

AWESOME SERVICE! TABLE OF 6 AND OUR SERVER WAS SERGIO!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The servers and staff for the actual dining is really efficient and friendly. However I always find the hosts welcoming guests are quite unfriendly. They need to greet people with s warm and friendly smile as that is what to me is the beginning of a good experience.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Birthday was great!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Love this happy place, but they got my order wrong and did try to correct it.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Birthday celebration it was great

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Had a great time. Our chef was Mauro who was very personable and obviously very skilled. He interacted with our kids which is always a pleasure. Went with friends and we love the big table atmosphere.

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