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

Benihana - Burlingame Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (86)
Special Occasion (78)
Fun (73)
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Good for Groups (71)
Kid-friendly (55)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
Casual (50)
Good for a Date (46)
Waterfront (40)
Scenic View (35)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Great for Lunch (32)
Comfort Food (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Authentic (18)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Romantic (13)
Business Meals (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
People Watching (12)
Disabled Access (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Healthy (11)
Cozy (10)
Great for Brunch (6)
Great Beer (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Spicy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Seasonal (3)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The chef was horrible. He talked so fast we couldn’t even understand him. For $300 I expected more....

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·Dined 3 days ago

Was here for my 22nd birthday with a good friend and my parents, was very excited to experience Benihana for the first time ever and I wasn't disappointed. Would definitely come back again preferably soon.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

It was a very unpleasant experience. We had a 4:30 reservations and didn’t get seated until 5:15. The chef didn’t come out until 6:30 we weren’t out of there until 7:30. It was ridiculous. Quality of food is definitely run down. Service was terrible. I talked to the manager about our chef not coming out yet and we’re tired of waiting she didn’t bother making any gestures to keep the customer happy. Even though this was one of my favorite places to eat; I will never go there again after this experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We waited over an hour at the table for the chef to come to make our food. The smoke from the grill blew in our faces and eyes the whole time.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

It was a birthday celebration and they put us in a room with absolutely NO AMBIANCE AND NO LIGHT OR VIEW. I came there for a view or at least light and bright. I guess I liked the chef and not the valet parking. Self parking would have been faster.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Benihana's is one of mine and my husband's favorite restaurant until the other night. Our reservations were at 7pm. We didn't get seated until around 8:15pm, we waited until almost 9pm to have the chef come out and start cooking. My husband's steak and another customer's order was way undercooked, they had to wait again to have it cooked to their liking. Two other customers left because they couldn't wait any longer. I don't know if the chef was in a bad mood that day, but his performance was not up to standard, I mean $42 a plate for this kind of service is a little steep. We were disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Had reservations at 7. I checked in and they said 15 min. 7:30 and still no table. I went up front and they said I didn’t have a reservation, even though I had their pager. I finally got a table at 7:40. The waiter finally came at 8:00 and took orders. The chef never showed up, so we left at 8:40 without eating. I went to the floor manager and explained the situation. She rolled her eyes and said ‘sorry’ and walked away without resolving the problem. I’ve been a patron of Benihana’s for 30 yrs. I will Never go back!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

It was a really good experience, first time there and it was excellent food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Was great. Food was fantastic as always. Will be coming back for years to come! A+

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Had reservations at 7:00 PM. We waited around 45 minutes to be seated and then another 45 minutes until our hibachi chef showed up at the table. Noticed on the bill that we were charged for extra sides that we did not order. Food was good.

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·Dined 5 days ago

They were so far behind that we spend more than 3 hours there. Our waiter kept saying the chef is coming and after the 3rd time he disappeared and did not see him for more than 30 minutes. When the chef finally came, he cooked so fast that I don’t think he cooked my food all the way through because I got sick the next day and had to go to the ER. The table next to us arrived about 2 hours after us and pretty much finished about the same time. Our waiter had no sense of time that I had to bring my daughter to the bathroom only to find that they already brought my ice cream with a candle (it was my birthday). He told my husband that he’ll be back to help us take a picture and of course totally forgot. We usually go to the Benihana in Japantown but decided to go to the Burlingame one because it was closer to our house. I can say I will never go to that Benihana again. I really didn’t think our waiter deserved the 18% gratuity but it was automatically added to our bill because we had a party of 8. Too bad we couldn’t give separate gratuity to the chef as I am aware they share it.

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·Dined 5 days ago

They were understaffed and we waited 1.5 hours before the food was prepared .The table next to us got appetizers for their wait . We only received them after we complained and they came after our meal ! Defeats the purpose of appetizers. We were already full , would have been nice to have them during our 1.5 hour wait .

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Long wait for table and chef. Took over an hour before chef was at table to cook.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Food is excellent, (a little pricey) would highly recommend for the show. Its a bit noisey
for my liking and have been there on several occasions. Definitely make a reservation in advance. Even after making reservation, there was about 1/2 hour wait???

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Bad experience due to misunderstanding from costumer to waitress and / or cheff , he starter completely ignoring the costumer and the costumer was also upset , there was such the discomfort instead, it was my boyfriends first time and we both were very unsatisfy with the service and treatment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

I went for Valentine’s Day even though it was really packed chef and server had the best customer service, everything was great until someone from our table dicided to dine and dash, felt bad for the server since she was nothing but on her feet to please everyone.

Tags: People Watching, Great Beer, Romantic, Fun, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Ordered the Benihana trip and got the wrong Meat !!! I got the thin sliced meat instead if my filet migon didnt say anything becuase i felt bad that the chef already had cleaned the grill but to top it off we had a reservation for 9 ! And poor service no refills theyre were suppose to be atleast 2 servers for a big part and we had half of a server he didnt come back untill our food was almost gone pooor service ! But the food was great untill my meat got mistaken for a thin sliced piece of meat and i payed 41$ for it. Poor service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Muy bonito todo

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

I had a lunch reservation to celebrate Valentine's with my wife and yesterday was the first time I have gotten up after being seated and walked out of a restaurant. I don't mind special menus or getting slightly gouged occasionally, but Benihana's took this to a new level. They had a holiday menu with the most expensive seven course dinner items from the regular dinner menu consisting of maybe seven choices. Since this was a lunch date, we did not want a full blown seven course meal and opted to go somewhere else. I still enjoy Benihana's, but will never do another holiday if this is going to be the norm.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

We enjoyed our meal and chef but we did not, the whole table did not receive the additional to go food we ordered. Other than that..we come a few times a year..the place could use a remodel of the bathrooms and ceiling tiles.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

❤️❤️❤️ our chef
❤️❤️❤️ the food
❤️❤️❤️ our waitress

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Location of our table was horrible. Very smoky and cold. Our server was horrible. My order was wrong, my 7 year old daughters had to wait extra long for their steamed rice, our server did not check on us one time to refill our drinks or see if everything was okay. We had to get our own to go boxes and bags. No plates were picked up before we received our dessert. Very disappointed with our service there on Sunday. My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and we didn’t even get a picture taken. The table next to us was offered a picture and it seemed their experience was way more attentive and special. I will not be going here again with service like that. FYI I made reservations well in advance and indicated it was our anniversary. Very disappointing.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The waiter was great but the cook didn't even interact with anyone at the table. We are used to having fun and interacting with the cook. My daughter was waiting for him to ask her to trow the shrimp but he never did. She was very disappointed. 😌 The waiter tough was amazing, she really kept on top of what we needed.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always great I go at least once a month

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

It was very busy, causing a 30 minute wait. Once seated the meal was great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The amount of people and the noise level was a bit overwhelming. We were there for a 10th bday party though and it was fine for our party. We probably won't be back for a long while, and maybe next time we will aim for a week night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I usually love going to Benihana's. This time I came to celebrate Valentine's Day a little earlier than I usually do because it's on a weekday and I work this year. The service was horrible I only saw my waitress one time and that's when she took my drink and food order. The next time I saw her was when she asked if I needed a to go box for my food. I ordered alcohol with my boyfriend and we wanted another drink the whole time but were unable to find her. I would have spent more money if she would have just asked me if I wanted another mojito but she didn't and her tip reflected her effort.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Cindy our server was awesome! Excellent costumer service! Thank you Cindy!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I love Benihana's, however I think we got jipped with our lunch on Saturday. We all ordered fome the dinner menu and none of us got salads. Everyone commented on the lack of salads because that is one of the things that we look forward to. Has the menu changed, because i was there about a month ago and got a salad with my dinner order. Maybe i should get some sort of refund or maybe a comp meal ? Well see if i return again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was not as tasty as last year's birthday celebration. I think it was more of a less experienced cook. Need serious improvement at cooking.

Waitress was great and attentive.

The table/seat was sitting at was very poorly located. I have to get up for two cooks just to get their food trucks in and out. I was afraid the waiters might spills food/drinks over me as they keep brushing against my seat serving the table inside.

Very disappointed experience this time.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Had reservations at 7, got seated 45 minutes after.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I decided to take my grand daughter to the restaurant as our family has enjoyed the Benihana's for many years. It has been at least 5 years since I was there. While the service was good, the food was not. The show was not like it once was and I felt we were being hurried through our meal to turnover the table.

I will not be returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We enjoyed celebrating our daughter's 13th birthday here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My boyfriend took me there for my birthday 🎂! It was awesome 👏 the chef 👨‍🍳 did a performance using knifes and other performance. I would definite go back there

Tags: Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Cozy, Casual, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Was an hour late seating us, we were starving by the time we sat down. Dinner was not ready till after 11:30

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Food is always good here, love the chicken fried rice with garlic butter.
Brian was the chef and did his job very well
Thank you Benihana for $30 gift certificate for your Birthday

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Went for a birthday. Chef was experienced and cooked my food to my liking. The atmosphere is very loud and the seating is crowded but overall a good experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Benihana has always been my favorite when it comes to Japanese teppanyaki. We've been fans of Benihana for over 25 years now and we still love to go and dine there. Thank you for the most delicious food!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Our waitress was VERY rude to us. Our cook and food was awesome but the waitress made our dinner experience unwelcoming

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The hostess didn't seem to smile much, but the overall experience was great. Started off with drinks at the bar. The bartender was helpful and attentive. The food was delicious. I will definitely come back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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