Benihana - Burlingame

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$30 and under
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Japanese
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. There is no better view on the waterfront of South San Francisco Bay than at Benihana in Burlingame. You can watch the tide rolling in or the jumbo jets on arrival at San Francisco International airport, all while dining on a delicious meal at the teppanyaki grill or enjoying a sushi feast in the lounge. Express Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Happy Hour is available from Monday to Thursday from 4-7 p.m. An 18% service charge is added to all guest checks for parties of eight or more.
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MV
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my first time here; it was for my birthday. It was such an enjoyable evening. Great food, great service. Lovely experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was okay

S
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We are long time clients of Benihana Burlingame. We enjoy the food very much. Chef Brian is always a pleasure to see and have as our Chef. Thanks to everyone!

S
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, but this night was very loud!!

PL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. It’s like watching a show. Out cook was absolutely wonderful. The kids loved him. I like the valet parking. Easy in and easy out. Thank you!

YJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The reason of 4 star is because we waited a long time for the check at the end. They seem to be too busy to respond to our requests. Everything else is great. Kids loved the show at the table.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice night. We had 8 other people in our table that we didn’t know. But it turned out to be a very nice dinner, the people were fabuluos, the chef was great.

JT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was a bit salty but the ambience and friendliness of the waiters was great!

KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I went in for my birthday dinner and we were able to walk along the Bay for a bit since we got there early. Mandatory valet parking is a little annoying but overall, it was great!

AW
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Me and my family walked in and it looked like the hosts already had an attitude. My squarer made a joke the waiter didn’t acknowledge it just rude if you’re black don’t come here they obviously have that mind set of let’s not give them good service because “they’re” not gonna tip

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grandparents birthday

LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming to Benihana! Always a good time with the show. Our chef and server were excellent, super entertaining and fast and efficient.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience!

MO
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

VERY filthy men’s bathroom, everything so rushed, food is really average, noisy and disorganized environment.
VERY EXPENSIVE.

CL
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy Benihana!! The atmosphere and food are great!

LD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food and drink. Our chef who took care of us was very Defightfull and intertartaining. Can't wait to go back .
The only complaint I have is the level of noise is to high to comminute with your dinner partner. That is the only complaint I have. Plus their proportions of food we more than enough. All in All it was Wonderful and I will bring all my friends and family there for their Birthdays We will continue to goBenihana!!! Thank you Benihana's for a Delightful Evening with Graet Professional, friendly Servers!!
Lori D. Novato,ca.

SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday:)

OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Birthday party

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Recommend for the food not so much for the service. It is mediocre service. They aren’t attentive to details.

MM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef Benito was amazing. With his humor and professionalism it makes you feel at home.
Thank you!!!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great, but the service left something to be desired. Our chef was good, but the server kept forgetting us and didn’t bring items we requested (tea, kids menu, etc.)

MM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

My experience was awful. My reservation was from 8:15 and I was not seated until 8:30 with out an chef
coming to the table until 9:30.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

As we got there , our reservation was at 815, but still had to wait more than 30 minutes for our table. So we went to the bar and they were understaffed, had to wait 15 minute for our drinks . After we got seated , we stil had to wait 30 minutes for our chef to get to our table. Service was overall good , but as a franchise . Why can’t they just hire more person

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The whole experience felt rushed.
Server seemed eager to hurry us up. Not great customer service.
Chef also seemed eager. Was very quick with the meal preparation and not to much showmanship compared to other chefs I’ve witnessed.

EE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Our food didn’t taste good . Ken was our chef. Next time I will make a reservation I will emphasize that Please don’t let him cook for us .

DF
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Cook that night was awesome and interacting with us. The food was super good. Overall, we had a great time!

CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benihana has become a birthday tradition for two of our children. We love it! The food and the whole dining experience is wonderful.

RK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Chef was great as always. The waiter was unattentive. Not available when needed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Waiter was attentive.

SE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. I would back again and again the food is always amazing. And the staff is always nice.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Worst cook ever. He said three words the whole time. Rice was mushy and no taste. Mixed steaks as he was cutting for two different meals. Meaning mixed the rockys choice with the trio steak. So bad.

HR
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

This was my birthday celebration and I made a reservation for 8pm. We got seated at about 8:10pm and not a single server came to us til 8:35pm. The drinks and food took forever. We finally got our chef, who was great, but didn't get out of there til 9:40pm. Way too late for my daughter and the other two kids at our table that one fell asleep and the other was crying and screaming from exhaustion. Will have to reconsider coming there next time.

AA
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our chef was great .. food was bomb...service is good as well, the drinks however could be better

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome chef always great food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service is declining each time we dine here. The chef does not do the same level of theatrics nor does he seem to enjoy it. It takes forever to get drinks, much less refills. They squeeze too many people around a table. We have to ask for extra place settings and our plates are way out of reach due to the squeezing in. And then the service staff does not come regularly to clear dishes so we are just littered with obstacles just trying to reach for our appetizer.

SR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was my God daughter’s birthday . It has always been a tradition to come during birthdays. I was a little disappointed when the kids menu was nothing but a photocopied paper ! The kids always looked forward to the games on the paper and then converting it into a hat ! Then the restaurant was packed yet there was only one server . We saw her maybe 3 times . We finished dinner and waited for her to return to give us ice cream options and the birthday song . We waited and waited and when she returned she apologized and asked if we still wanted the ice cream . Well it’s a 10 year old birthday, she definitely wanted the ice cream and song . It just seems Benihana is going down hill since they will be closing soon . I feel for the amount you pay you deserve better service . One waitress for a whole restaurant is unfair to those dining and staff !

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Not sure if it was late but out of all the times I have been to Benihana I’ve never had a chef barely interact. He didn’t do any tricks normally done and looked in a rush also . He seemed to be a little more talkative after he was done cooking not too sure if he was trying to get a tip . Overall the food was great service was ehh.

NR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a fun experience but Chef Robert made this trip better than ever. He was hilarious and elevated our experience there. The filet mignon with the onions and mushrooms was superb. Definitely recommend.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very rushed

MR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I ordered an appetizer at the bar while waiting for our table the appetizer came out 50 minutes later & was cold. Our waiter was really nice but he might have been a bit overwhelmed he didn’t visit our table enough to check on food or refills. The chef was nice but the phone was a bit bland but I’ll take that over too salty or over cooked. My reservation was at 9:15p & we didn’t leave the restaurant until midnight so make sure you have a few hours to spare if you plan to come here.

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