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Benihana - Burlingame

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2134 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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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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(650) 342-5202
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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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

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What 2134 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined a day ago

We went in today just as we have many times be

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1.0Dined 2 days ago

Nothing short of a disaster. Checked in on time for our reservation. 30 minutes later, many groups had gone ahead for seating who arrived after us. I checked at the counter. They knew I was there but hadn't figured out how to seat us. A lot of random clicking on their computer later, we were seated. 10 minutes later a drink order was taken. We were told our chef would be a little while. 45 minutes after our reservation - for lunch - we were seeing no sign of actually being fed. Walked out. Each time I've been to this Benihana, there is always a wait beyond the booking time. This was just insane, and certainly my last visit here.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Had a 3 hour wait

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great service and great food.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Patrons Beware : Reservation made for 8:45 was not seated until close to 9:3o people walked in from the street and were seated before my friend and I .
First group of 6 Caucasian patrons followed by an Asian couple {odd} or was it ? We are to young African American women and business owners and to say the experience was rude would be an understatement I’ve been eating here since 2007 I felt disrespected and extremely disappointed 120$ later and leaving the establishment at 11:45pm I decided I will not be returning ever again .
They have lost a customer and I advise Knowbody supports this establishment , we were treated terribly . I have always been a fan of Benihana’s over the years and maybe if I was white I would have been treated better but since I cannot change the color of my skin that will be my last visit .

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

We walked in and saw a ton of frustrated customers waiting. I assumed it was because it was busy and they didn't have a reservation. I was wrong. We had a reservation and waited over 30 minutes for our table. We sat with another couple who had waited even longer than we had. It ruined the dining experience before we even got started. They overbook the restaurant and really can't make up for it from there. The food was good but we won't be back. It's the second time that we've had to wait longer than is acceptable with a reservation when we're trying to celebrate an occasion with our family. Not worth it.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Reservation for 5:30, seated at 6:20. Waited until 7:00 for a chef, who was super nice but served us the shrimp appetizer last, after the whole meal was over (?). Fried rice which was usually good was super bland. Skipped ice cream because it was already 8:10 and kid had to go to bed so had to ask for the check early. This place was a miss from start to finish for us this time. Something is going on with management. Valet parking only. Will not go back.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Made a reservation for 5:30, was not seated until after 6 with no apology or explanation. We were crammed into a table meant for 8 but with another chair added for 9. Had to ask for played and napkins and the chef needed to find extra bowls for everything since the tables are set up for 8. Our drink order was taken after about 10 minutes, but we didn't get anything to drink until after the soup and salad were served and finished. For an expensive, unique restaurant, the service was very disappointing. The food was very good.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

i made the reservation for my son's 17th birthday, they wished him the happy birthday but i was disapointed because when i have visited in the past with my sisters, they sang the bday song and have taken a photo for us this time it didn't happen.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Service was slow and unattentive. Server might have been new but it seemed like they were short handed with no help from management.

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2018

When you make a reservation, they took over 30 minute wait to walk us to our table. And we had a reservation. Also, other people that didn't have it, they sat before us!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Always crowded - need a reservation! Valet Parking only and this time, there was a long wait as the lot seemed fuller than usual (parking attendants were quick though). We were seated with 9-people at the table. They wanted to sit 3 more people which would make it 12! We had to push back as each table should only sit 10-people maximum otherwise it's too crowded and you can't move. This would have been an unpleasant experience. It's too bad that they were trying to cram the customers into the tables. It would have been too much for the Chef as well. Also, the waiter already couldn't handle the service. After bringing the drinks, soup, and salad, she disappeared. She came back to give the check and we had to ask for the ice-cream that came with the dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Great food, good prices

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

It would be nice if they changed their salad with a choice of a different dressing for once . It was nice that this was the food was not over cooked. I think that was because the chief did not try to cook all the dishes at the same time so some got their main dishes before others but I liked the food so much better

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Had a wonderful time I want to thank open table for guaranteeing me a reservation at Benihana’s!! This was our first time using OpenTable and our first time at Benihana’s excellent service

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We love Benihana's! We celebrate all our birthdays there. This time was my youngest daughter's 21st birthday! The food is great and has a great atmosphere for fun and catching up. Very entertaining, too!

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Beautiful view of the water & airport. Restaurant IS crowded as to be expected. Make a reservation & bring your patience. Food is consistent & in line with what I have had at other Benihana locations.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Love everything about this place the food fantastic the workers are very friendly clean great place for everything.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Adan was amazing cook we really enjoyed our dinner he is friendly and talkative I’m picky so he did everything that I asked for honestly I will ask for him again

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Happy mothers day

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The server we had was very serious and gave us a bad vibe. He was not welcoming and only check on us one time during our dinner. The chef did his best to entertain us and have no complaints but he did almost hit one of us by accident when one of his tricks failed.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

On the positive note, the food is consistent and fun to watch the preparation. Our chef was very good and our waitress was attentive. Back to the food, it tasted good -- not a culinary experience but still good for the space you are in. What I did not like was the wait time and valet. The receptionist had us wait over 30 minutes when we had a reservation. She was not apologetic and did not appear savvy enough to navigate the situation. A restaurant that values it's customers would have offered a free appetizer or drink at least to off-set the long wait to be seated and shown more empathy. Customer service does matter. As for the valet to leave, they were incredibly disorganized and forgot about our ticket. They were nice enough, but seemed confused and slow. These are simple things to improve with training and better hiring to provide a better overall experience.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Had my 40th there and it was great!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was good, not great. The place was really noisy when we first got there but by the time we finished it was okay. Couldn't hear/understand the waitress at all. They had a special Mother's day menu which was way too expensive. I really hate it when restaurants raise their prices to rip people off for holidays!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is the best Benihana’s in the Bay Area. Don’t go to the SF one. Service is terrible. I will always dine at the Burlingame location. Tried & true!!
Thank you to all who work there!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our reservation was at 2pm. We didn't get seated until 2:30pm. Our cook didn't come out until around 3pm,and we didnt leave the restaurant until 430. The overall portion took way too long, but the food was fresh and delicious.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Horrible restaurant that is expensive and overpriced. Not authentic Japanese teppan style restaurant. Once seated, the wait for the chef to begin preparing the food on the grill was an hour. Was told that plain white rice was included in the meal which had a salad, and ice cream for a dessert but did not receive any. Waiter tried to push for the fried rice to be ordered but said that white rice was included after being questioned about that.
All meals included some kind of shrimp even when not wanting it, beef and chicken. Inexpensive vegetables were thrown in with the entree and stir fried with meat.
Unimpressive seasoning on the meat entrees. HIghly recommend avoiding this “fake” teppan Japanese restaurant, not worth the over priced menu.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Love the quality of the food it's a great place to go out for dinner .

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We love n enjoy coming here with my friends n family!

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The bad part was that after making a reservation over a week out, we still waited 40 minutes to be seated. With 4 kids that were tired and hungry this is not ok.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Always a fun for a special dinner with family and/or friends. Front staff/hostess is the only unfriendly face, everyone else are all smiles.

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1.0Dined on May 9, 2018

2hrs and 40min! It took us 2hrs and 40min for mediocre food. Very disappointing.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Everything was excellent except. Only complaint would be that with a reservation we still had to wait 30/45 min to be seated.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Terrible experience!!!

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Birthday lunch!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The chef was fun. We had a great time at dinner. The food is good, but not great. I'd come back here again for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

always a great expirience!!

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1.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Reservation was for 7:30. We got there at 7:25. Did not get seated at our table until 8:15. We were not the only group who had to wait, other people going up the the checkin desk and complaining about the long wait.

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2.0Dined on May 2, 2018

I reserved for 7.30 and we were seated at the table at 8.30.Kids were frustrated and tired of waiting that long.What is the purpose of reservations?!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

None one goes here for dinner...everyone is celebrating an occasion. If you’re getting the steak max it out and get the Center cut, it’s worth every penny! Enjoy!

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