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For 2
Date
Tue, 2/20
Time
10:30 PM
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Benihana - Burlingame

4.2
1977 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Top Tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
  • Fun
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.
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 - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(650) 342-5202
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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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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
What 1977 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined a day ago

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 2 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 2 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 2 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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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined 2 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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CAB07 
2.0  Dined 3 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 4 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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OpenTable Diner 
1.0  Dined 4 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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ShadellyR 
3.0  Dined 4 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 .

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

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ClaudiaC (San Francisco)
5.0  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???

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JennyE (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 6 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.

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VanessaM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 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.

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Marissssaaaaa (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 6 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Muy bonito todo

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Randy (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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

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