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

3.9

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (82)
Special Occasion (74)
Fun (69)
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Good for Groups (66)
Kid-friendly (52)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Casual (48)
Good for a Date (44)
Waterfront (38)
Scenic View (34)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Great for Lunch (30)
Worth the Drive (22)
Comfort Food (22)
Authentic (18)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Business Meals (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
People Watching (12)
Disabled Access (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Healthy (11)
Romantic (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (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 3 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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·Dined 4 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 4 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 4 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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·Dined 4 days ago

Muy bonito todo

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 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.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 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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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Always great I go at least once a month

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 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 11, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 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!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·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.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on February 10, 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 10, 2018

Had reservations at 7, got seated 45 minutes after.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 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 10, 2018

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

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·Dined on February 9, 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 8, 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 8, 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 7, 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 7, 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!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 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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·Dined on February 2, 2018

always an excellent place to go, I love the cooks & the friendly staff. I go here often as there is always a Birthday Celebration to attend including my own.

Tags: Late-night Find, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Had to wait an hour for the chef the waiters were rude and only gave us 20 percent off

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

We love Benito! Not our first time with him as a server. I hope y'all are paying him well!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

It was wonderful. My boyfriend and I went for his 21st birthday. And we both had a wonderful time. He had so much fun and everything was awesome. We will forsure be here again.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Lots of salt used. Could easily dial it back.
Otherwise it tasted great.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Benihana has been a birthday tradition in my family for years, even generations. The last two visits, however, did leave us wanting. My husband and I went for lunch in the small dining room recently, waited in the bar for quite some time, only to be told that the dining room chef was not going to take any more orders. After being there around 45 minutes, we pretty much were being asked to leave. We couldn't even get appetizers!
We went back for dinner a few months later, at my son's request, to celebrate his birthday. We had a 7:30 reservation but were not seated at a table until after 8:00. The chef did not show up until 8:40. He had to leave the grill twice during cooking the meal to get supplies. His "showmanship" was lacking but the food was good. But the draw is the whole table experience (we were seated in a closed off space so didn't even get the benefit of the open room and waterfront) which was only fair. Definitely not what it used to be.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I am a long time benihana customer. The last few times I was there the atmosphere was lackluster and the staff lethargic. Fast foward 2018! Had one of the best experiences ever! My daughters 9th birthday. The staff was friendly and very accommodating . The chef put on a great show at our table! New look furniture and atmosphere! Keep up the great work guys!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was ok this time, not as good as usual. Service was horrible. Not like Benihana, maybe it was just an off night

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was delicious, the chef was entertaining, the waitress was on point. Overall a great experience as expected

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We went for lunch on 1/28/18 at 2 pm. We were seated at the table at 2:30 pm. The waiter took our order for drinks and appetizers. He brought our drinks and then about 15 minutes later brought our soup and took our entrée order. After the soup he served the salad (appx 1/2 hr after being seated) I asked him when our appetizers were going to be served. He told us they weren't serving appetizers. While waiting for our table in the bar area at 2 we noticed a large party being served sushi and entrees in the sushi side of the restaurant. Why the waiter took our appetizer order, and then never told us they weren't coming is still a mystery to me. We asked to see the manager and she just said they weren't serving appetizers because of the large party. Very disappointing! After asking to talk to the manager our server never came back. Finally at 3:30 when we still did not have a chef at the table yet we decided to leave and go elsewhere. We have been going to this location for over 30 years and unfortunately the service has declined. We enjoy the food and the ambiance....this is such a shame.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Cooking plate was dirty, drinks were not good, run out of glasses for mai tai, drinks were bland without garnishes. Not what I expected from Benihana. Japan town was a lot better. Please pay attention to this details or this place is going to close in the near future. Nooooo !!!!!!!!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Registration was at 9:45.
At 11:06 our waitress came to our table to take our orders. Unacceptable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I really love Benhiana and me and my husband always come here. But this day was so different. So over cowarded and the service wasn't great. We waited at our table 45 mins before our cook even came out. Everyone at our table soup was not warm at all. Had to send it back. I hope next time we visit It will be much better.
New Year's Eve we came service was wonderful Christmas Eve service was wonderful. I would have thought these times would be to much but it was great. They handle it good.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Good. We loved our chef Benito he always makes our dinner so fun. He’s very funny

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