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Benihana - Burlingame, CA

4.4
3624 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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. This service charge will be paid directly to the employees who provided service to you.

Offers

  • Buy $50 in Gift Cards, get a $10 Promotional Card

    Dec 2 - Dec 31, 2021

    Sun - Thu 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Fri - Sat 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Now through December 31st, purchase $50 in Gift Cards, receive a $10 Promotional Card. Purchase $200 in Gift Cards, receive $60 in Promotional Cards! Ask your server for details.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3624 people are saying
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J1202
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Even with a reservation, There is still a bit of a wait (anywhere between 15 mins +). The host that was taking our drinks did a pretty poor job- had to wait for our drinks to be filled then she went straight to giving boxes and getting dessert order when we weren’t even done with dinner yet and was quick to get the check out of the way. Our chef was excellent, the quality of the food was good. Overall 3/5 stars.

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PamelaG
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The show the chef puts on at the table is always fun to watch, and it is especially fun when someone at the table hasn't seen it before.

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KarlaH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I told them it was my daughters 13th birthday . They didn’t even sing or give her her ice cream

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded 2 days ago

Dear KarlaH On behalf of our team here at Benihana we would like to sincerely apologize for the negative experience you encountered, especially while celebrating a special occasion. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so we can properly address your concerns.

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vipmeee
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

noise level: energetic is checked but what is really meant is noisy - very noisy! and it didn't help that one of the guests kept using his cell phone with the sound up loud. so irritating.
hostess desk - not terribly friendly
seemed overpriced
shrimp was over cooked
brought the rice too soon so it got cold, wait until our main entree is being cooked

normally we have a much better experience; this was an off night

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded 5 days ago

Dear meee On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was fantastic!!

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Skantori
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a great time celebrating a birthday here. The waiter was attentive, the food was delicious and perfectly prepared by our entertaining chef. We didn't love the people we were seated with (who were complaining constantly and continuously making special requests and changing them and sending things back or whatever), but sitting with strangers is part of the adventure. (I am picky about my food and picky about things being right, but this was over the top - Goldilocks kind of complaining...) I will go back.

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AngelC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and entertainment is awesome it is just a bit pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. When the restaurant gets full the service might be a little slow but once our server finished her first table we got her full attention. The chef was great, very lively and most importantly the food was great!

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded 5 days ago

Dear Guest thank you so much for your feedback, we hope to see you back again soon!

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billv
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, fun place and service was great. Always a fun time at benihana!

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded 2 days ago

Dear billv On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to thank you for your continuous loyalty!

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Oaklandish70
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Benihana's Burlingame is loosing its flare. It needs a thorough cleaning, including the carpets and the lounge is dull and uninviting. I was very disappointed. It's not the same beautiful, fun, inviting, bayside restaurant it used to be.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 29, 2021

Dear Oaklandish70 Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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LianneM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Benihana is always a great time! Excellent place to celebrate a special occasion with a group of friends. Great views at this restaurant.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded 6 days ago

Dear LianneM On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to thank you for your continuous loyalty!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my dad bday dinner we enjoyed

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Guest Thank you for celebrating your special occasion with the Benihana team!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Just a fun experience for the whole family.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Guest Our goal is to create great guest memories. We are pleased to hear we were able to do so for you and your family. 

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ChrisR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than a small snafu on the bill where there were sushi rolls on there that we didn’t order, the server took them off but the food is always good

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded 6 days ago

Dear ChrisR On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to thank you for your continuous loyalty!

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RondaE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a terrific evening - the food was delicious as usual and the service was great!

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on December 1, 2021

Dear RondaE We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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AnnetteM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience the food is always to my liking I like the fact I didn’t have to wait long to be seated and got our food in a timely fashion

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 30, 2021

Dear AnnetteM thank you so much for your feedback, we hope to see you back again soon!

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MadhuC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really liked the food and it's very good environment. Chefs are really interactive.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 29, 2021

Dear MadhuC Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful bday dinner as always

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 22, 2021

Dear Guest Thank you for celebrating your special occasion with the Benihana team!

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ChrisW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soyoung was our chef and she did an excellent job. She was surrounded by some customers who had some pretty difficult requests and she handled very professional and with a big smile. She has a great personality and we are looking forward to our next visit. thank you for such a great time.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 23, 2021

Dear ChrisW We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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Lish
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Upon arrival, we notified our server when she asked if anybody was celebrating a special occasion, that we were in fact celebrating a birthday. She acknowledged and said happy birthday. We made reservations at Benihana’s for the excellent food, the teppanyaki experience and a birthday shoutout. We had seen multiple other parties receive a happy birthday celebration song and a dessert, so we were excited and anticipating ours to come but sadly, it never came. The server Betty, I believe her name was, only came to the table once during the presentation to pick up soup and salad dishes but didn’t ask if we wanted refills on our drinks. The last time we saw Betty was to collect payment and we were still anticipating a happy birthday song and dessert. We paid the bill and left a generous tip so it was highly disappointing to us when we were thinking it was going to happen. Having a server with such lack of care is a huge disappointment after seeing other parties enjoy their birthday celebrations with your other friendly staff. We also put in our online reservation note that we were celebrating a birthday.
When we were leaving I asked the front desk staff if that was customary for someone to be sung happy birthday if you notify the server. They said yes and you should have received a dessert but it was not done. He apologized greatly for the lack of care from our server, and not experiencing the Benihana tradition and wished us a happy birthday. It was a let down to us but other than that, our food was excellent by the chef and his presentation was great!
We would recommend Benihana Burlington location to friends, but with a different server.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 17, 2021

Dear Lish on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The server was rude he undercooked everything there was no seasoning!!! But this was our first experience like this usually it is up to par!

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 16, 2021

Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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SoniaK
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Teresa was not a great server. In rush , doesn’t hear what was said. Her service is not good and not worth the $45 Tip(?we hop that she gave the chef most of it) She was waiting to see how much she will be getting as a tip instead of focusing on we need for the table. She didn’t ask once if we need more drinks , which we wanted and decided not to spend money on.
Saul, the chef was attentive and nice person, ambience made for the rest.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 16, 2021

Dear SoniaK On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Totally were understaffed and we waited for an hour to have our soup. Shrimp tasted bland but luckily sauce made up for it. Appreciate our waitress for multitasking. She seemed incredibly busy.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 16, 2021

Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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DebbieD
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was fantastic (as usual), and the cook but on a wonderful show. The service was attentive without being intrusive. A truly enjoyable experience.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 12, 2021

Dear DebbieD On behalf of the Benihana team we look forward to serving you again!

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marilouf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent…I will definitely return to this location and recommend it.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 11, 2021

Dear marilouf Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience.

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IngridG
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! Love the entertainment! Thank You!

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premA
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Hibachi chef and our server (Irma) mad the difference between good and excellent.

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DebbieB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite places!!!!
I give it 100% in every category

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 10, 2021

Dear DebbieB On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to thank you for your continuous loyalty!

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MonicaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional! I would highly recommend this location.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 10, 2021

Dear MonicaP We appreciate you dining with Benihana, thank you for the kind words!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun tepanyaki and nice birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benihana has been my favorite restaurant to dine since I was a child...especially for birthdays! I enjoyed my dining experience.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on November 10, 2021

Dear Guest Thank you for celebrating your special occasion with the Benihana team!

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JoR1
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good, had the filet mignon, it was tender n seasoned well. The rest was basically just stir fried. Service was great. Very loud inside but tolerable. Overall a good experience

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viplyns
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Benihana

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Melly
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Always a long wait. Food is subpar. Had a free meal coupon.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on October 29, 2021

Dear Melly On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

German was an amazing cook.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on October 28, 2021

Dear Guest thank you so much for your feedback, we hope to see you back again soon!

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CharB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We celebrated 2 birthdays. They were supper nice but it was a long wait to get our drinks and food order. Once they started cooking the chef was supper nice and fun. But we ordered a 2nd round of drinks and we didn’t get it right away. We had to asked again. Finally we got the 2nd round of drinks. I love this place but service is way different from before. I hope service gets better. Or order drinks and appetizers at the bar.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on October 28, 2021

Dear CharB Thank you for celebrating your special occasion with the Benihana team!

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LerisaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We celebrated my daughter's birthday here. Everything was great!! We had a new server, but he was still good. Someone's meal was added to the tab, but when I called back the next day and they investigated, they refunded back my money with no problem. Service going the extra mile and fast too!! Thank you for everything!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Servers was gone the whole time without even filling up our water

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on October 27, 2021

Dear Guest We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No appetizers, the waiter was ok. The cook was rude and messy. Not sure how that place passed their health inspection

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on October 25, 2021

Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fuuuun! Chef Benito was the best!

Benihana - Burlingame, CA
Responded on October 27, 2021

Dear Guest Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience.

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You can order delivery directly from Benihana - Burlingame, CA using the Order Online button. Benihana - Burlingame, CA also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Benihana - Burlingame, CA also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 342-5202.

Benihana - Burlingame, CA is rated 4.4 stars by 3624 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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