About Benihana - Burlingame

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.

1496 Old Bayshore Hwy
Burlingame, CA 94010
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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 - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 342-5202

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/burlingame-ca-bu

Entertainment:
Our chefs will dazzle you with their culinary cooking magic that will amaze your eye as well as your appetite.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, 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.

Benihana - Burlingame Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (69)
Good for Birthdays (66)
Good for Groups (58)
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Fun (58)
Good for a Date (40)
Kid-friendly (39)
Casual (37)
Waterfront (37)
Scenic View (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Happy Hour (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Tasting Menu (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Authentic (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Business Meals (11)
Cozy (10)
People Watching (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Romantic (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Healthy (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Spicy (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Live Music (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Nephew’s birthday!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Very entertaining watching the chefs!
Overlooking the water. Very friendly staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Fun, good food. Table was jammed with 9 people and cook had so much rice cooking at once that he was literally throwing bits at us when he turned food (unintentionaly). Still fun birthday venue.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Very good Server was wonderful

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Carlos was amazing cook!!

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·Dined 7 days ago

The place was good great location by the view but my only complain the,chef was harsh with the kids meaning for a kid is a freebie show that can enjoy more than adults but after couple table services everyone should be tired.... Make the kid make your day .....!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Waterfront, Kid-friendly
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·Dined 7 days ago

Great place to celebrate a bday!

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

The food was bland and filet mignon steak was hard. The teppanyaki entertainment hasn’t changed and the chef had the same old tricks. The servers did not greet my husband even though I told them it was his birthday. There are better bbq grill dining options and do not recommend this place.

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

It was our first time at Benihana it was fun watching the chef tricks, and also the food tasted delicious. My Nephew was very impressed. Thank you!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The waitress was trying so hard to sell. We had two girls under 12 who ordered from the adult menu and a 14 year old who wanted to order from the kid menu. She would make an exception. I think good customer service skills is defined by how you can accommodate people reasonably. She should of suggested we do it that way, but since that meant a smaller bill she wouldn’t do it. Maybe it wasn’t her intention but this is how our table interpreted it, even the teens picked up on this.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Pricey but I Recommend it to anyone. Our reservation was at 6pm and we were seated around 6:30pm.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

B-Day always nice at Benihana s service alittle slow this go around

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Best birthday gift

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

My request for my favorite server was not granted .

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I order to go along side the couple meals i purchased to eat there. My food to go once i got home. Everything was extraordinary small. No salad with my lunch duet. Rice was half full . I wasn’t happy

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Curtis, our waiter was great!! It was Mom’s 85th birthday & Curtis was very attentive , accommodating & overall an asset to our celebration! Great lunch!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

👍🏻friendly staff, great food & will come back for sure.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food is always excellent when we go there. My only complaint is I made the reservation for 4 people. They usually sit 7 to a table. Lately, they have been squeezing 9 people to a table. You are so squished together, you barely have room to move. You’re basically bumping elbows with the person next to you. Other than that, great place for a fun dining experience!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great experience, filet mignon medium rare was great! Raspberry lemonade and piña colada were great!

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Came here for my boyfriend’s 21st birthday and we had horrible service. Waited 15 minutes after we got seated for someone to take our drink order, then 5 minutes later someone else came to try and take our drink order. Took another 15-20 minutes to get our drinks. Meanwhile, a table that got seated 15 minutes after us had already got their drinks and their food was already started. Took awhile again to get our soup (was cold) and she forgot to bring the salad until I reminded her. Our chef Brian, however was amazing. He was very entertaining and the food was great. If it wasn’t for him we would have had a horrible time. Don’t think I’ll come back to this location though.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Came here for my daughters b day and we had a great time once seated at our table, but we almost left because our reservation was for 430 and we didn’t get seated until 5pm. And other ppl complained of the same issue. Maybe that was an off night for the restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Our reservation was for 7:30pm and we were not seated until 8:00pm. We were told over the telephone we can show up early since we had to reshdeule from 6pm to 7:30 due to adding one more guest to our table. We showed up at 7pm and checked in with the hostess. It was very loud and seem to be a bit to busy for the employees. We were celebrating my daughters 12th birthday and had her grandparents there as well with us who are in their 80's. The service was very slow and by the time we ate which was about 9:15pm (when we has the chef serve us a the table) we did not leave until 10:00pm.

Our host kept apologizing for the slow service and offered us free ice cream at the end which only 4 out of the 9 people had a serving. Also my daughter had a coupon for a free Bouda Birthday mug which I had to remind him to bring it to her. He also gave one to her friend and said she can have one also which made her very happy and we all thought that it was very kind of him; however when the bill came the 2 mugs and the 4 ice creams were all listed and charged. We were so tired that we paid the bill including the tip of approximately $518.00 to get out of there and get home since it was such a long night being there waiting.

It is a sad to say that our young host was nice but he talked a lot of what he would do to make sure we were okay and ended up charging us for items that he was not suppose to. As one of our guests indicated was he was a smooth talker who knew how to play the game!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Sitting at the bar or in the regular dining room are the best options. There is a bar table area that has great views of the bay but the service/food is not as good as eating it fresh at a table in the regular dining area. They almost forgot part of my meal, so it ended up taking longer to get my entree completed. Everything else was fabulous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food was good, but I am disppointed in the welcoming of the receptionist and how the some employees carried themselves. The restrooms were very dirty. I’ve been a customer of Benihana’s for many years in different locations and this location has let my expectations down. The location could use some refurbishment.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Our chef, Dustin was a great chef. Did not rush through the service and was friendly to talk with. The supporting staff on the other hand I kept seeing them talk with each other laughing on multiple occasions. Food quality has gone down the last few times we've been there. Once in a blue moon for a birthday celebration but not something I would frequently visit.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Daughters 18th birthday

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I had a reservation for thanksgiving and when I drove all the way from Emeryville to Burlingame expecting good food and service. To my suprise when we arrived the restaurant was closed. No one in the parking lot and the restaurant was empty and pitch black. I don't understand how I was able to make a reservation and the restaurant was closed. Not fair at all so with that being said I will never go there again. False advertisements, horrible experience

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We go to Benihanas for birthdays and other special occasions because of the fun atmosphere. We can invite the whole family because all ages are welcome. The cooks are very entertaining which makes the meal time fun and enjoyable. The waiters/waitresses are always very professional and accommodating.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

It was my birthday celebration with my husband, brother, sister-in-law and 2 nieces and we had an excellent experience! I have to say that I have been going to Benihana's every year for my birthday for many years now and I never get tired of the food and overall experience. Filet Mignon was absolutely delicious and everything else from the soup, salad, fried rice to vegetables and shrimp was amazing and very tasty. The drinks from the bar were as always very good and the staff was fun and very polite. The chef had a great sense of humor and the birthday song was the perfect ending to a wonderful evening. I am pretty sure I will be back for my birthday next year. (And I am sure a few times in between)

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The person cooking for us was really serious didn't talk . We were looking for a nice fun experience .Sadly it wasn't that way .

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I like Benihana because of the party and celebratory atmosphere, however the food is way to salty and our cook was not the best, and the drinks were not good. I had to send my Mai Tai back , it was way too sweet. Not planning on going back anytime soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was delicious as always. The chef did a great job. The only issue was that I asked for my salad to go, and they put dressing on it (not on the side), so it was soggy by the time I got it home.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our cook at our table was entertaining , but did forget an extra fried rice for some one.
over all it was good did not know they did'nt take birthday pictures any more.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Fun time with my girlfriend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Always yummy hibachi steak .
My friend had the lunch duo with teriyaki steak and shrimp.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Came here for my Moms Bday. Great ambiance, very busy. Food was real good no complaints. Service was a little spotty. Had the filet mignon and lobster. Very tender I like.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

6:30 reservations, wasn’t seated until about 7:10 and chef didn’t come to our table until 8. Waiter could hardly be found. No picture was taken for my daughters birthday. Several other tables complained about service and wait time. 3 people at my table ordered scallops - weren’t notified until right before chef came that they were out of scallops. We love Benihana and spend about $500 every trip with family (usually special occasions) this visit was awful! Not happy at all!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

This place was excellent. I enjoyed my Birthday and my cranberry cocktail.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Reservations were for 5:30, and we were seated close to that time. My only complaint is that we didn’t get anyone to come to our table to start cooking until 6:30!! Specifically had the early reservation due to having a little one with us. Drink refills also weren’t asked for and when we were done with dinner it took about another 20-30 minutes for someone to get the ice cream order and bring the bill. Not sure if they were understaffed or if this is normal. At any rate the food was good!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The Server was very rude. When leaving he DEMANDED a 18 percent tip when we thought he deserved a 10 percent tip. I don't think Servers should DEMAND Tips either way. He was very rude!

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