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

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Details

For a limited time, when you purchase $50 in Benihana Gift Cards, you’ll receive a $10 Promotional Card. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Buy your Benihana Gift Cards at your favorite Benihana location or online at Benihana.com. Excludes Tax and Tip. Valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017. Promo Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM.

Benihana - Burlingame Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

3.8

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (73)
Good for Birthdays (68)
Good for Groups (60)
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Fun (59)
Waterfront (42)
Good for a Date (40)
Casual (38)
Kid-friendly (37)
Scenic View (33)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Happy Hour (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Worth the Drive (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
People Watching (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Business Meals (12)
Healthy (12)
Bar Seating (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Romantic (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Authentic (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Cozy (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Spicy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The person cooking for us was really serious didn't talk . We were looking for a nice fun experience .Sadly it wasn't that way .

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Healthy
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·Dined 4 days ago

Our cook at our table was entertaining , but did forget an extra fried rice for some one.
over all it was good did not know they did'nt take birthday pictures any more.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Always yummy hibachi steak .
My friend had the lunch duo with teriyaki steak and shrimp.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Came here for my Moms Bday. Great ambiance, very busy. Food was real good no complaints. Service was a little spotty. Had the filet mignon and lobster. Very tender I like.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

6:30 reservations, wasn’t seated until about 7:10 and chef didn’t come to our table until 8. Waiter could hardly be found. No picture was taken for my daughters birthday. Several other tables complained about service and wait time. 3 people at my table ordered scallops - weren’t notified until right before chef came that they were out of scallops. We love Benihana and spend about $500 every trip with family (usually special occasions) this visit was awful! Not happy at all!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

This place was excellent. I enjoyed my Birthday and my cranberry cocktail.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Reservations were for 5:30, and we were seated close to that time. My only complaint is that we didn’t get anyone to come to our table to start cooking until 6:30!! Specifically had the early reservation due to having a little one with us. Drink refills also weren’t asked for and when we were done with dinner it took about another 20-30 minutes for someone to get the ice cream order and bring the bill. Not sure if they were understaffed or if this is normal. At any rate the food was good!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The Server was very rude. When leaving he DEMANDED a 18 percent tip when we thought he deserved a 10 percent tip. I don't think Servers should DEMAND Tips either way. He was very rude!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The chef wasn't really social. He went in to cook and got out. He also forgot to put any seasoning on the chicken, chicken wasn't good had no flavor and for what we paid for these dishes it was a pricy flavorless dish. And our server didn't bother to check if we needed refills, napkins, etc. we couldn't take a picture because the restaurants camera was broken. The only thing that went well was the Valet.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food and chef was great however the waitresses did not refill drinks. Watched the whole show with no drink. Beers came late. Very unorganized. Benito is my favorite after going to this location a few times.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was our anniversary and we called for reservations and they said nothing is available. Used the app or reservation was for 815 and got seated at around 920. The food was great the server was great it was the girls in the front that i wasn’t very fond of

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Did a great job accompanying 10 people 5 of which were birthdays great job

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Waterfront, Casual
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The assistant manager Star was very kind, polite, and customer service orientated.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Was pretty decent for a hibachi chain.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

This was for an 11th Birthday. It was a great evening!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always a good time and yummy food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Ruben was the best...funny and entertaining. Great with the kids.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We been going to this location for 20yrs, never really had a bad experience. However, this time the food was average, over salted and the chef was sloppy. Food was all over the place.
Also, as soon as chef was done cooking, the server came right out with containers and did not give us a chance to eat our dinner. We were celebrating an anniversary and the party next to us a bachelorette party. Neither of us were offered for our picture to be taken. Felt extremely rushed out of there.
They seemed more concerned with table turn around than service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A young lady who sat us by the name of Malayah was extremely helpful not only did she seat us but when we needed something example another glass and forks when our server was not around she took it upon herself to help us. Which I know was not her job so I wanted to bring to your attention that she was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

The best Benihana in the Bay Area for sure. I have been to them all and this one continues to rank #1

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This place is my cheers lol

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Chef was great. Accommodated grand child who had asthma to a space with less smoke

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The cook makes the meal (or not). We had Michael who was fairly new as a cook and he was EXCELLENT. We mentioned we like the garlic butter and he offered it on pretty much everything we wanted it on. He was attentive, friendly and put on a good show (we come here so often and our son is older that we don't really mind if there isn't a show unless there are young kids at the table with us) but Michael really tried to put on a show. It was one of our better meals at this Benihana as we have had cooks in the past that do not know how to season the food and it has been tasteless and pretty much ruins the experience/evening.

When we go back we will definitely request to sit in Michael's section again! Great hiring choice!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Birthday for my son.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great environment , excellent food, our cooked was funny and very profesional.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Love this place great service and the food is so delicious

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Spicy, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had reservations but still waited 30 minutes to be seated. Service from staff was very disappointing. Seemed non interested especially during the singing of happy birthday and staff ladies in the front were rude. As far as the food, rice was hard and the seafood had a rubbery texture. Never experienced this type of service or problem with the food at other Benihana locations.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Love this place ! Had a great time for my birthday!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Had a great time with my boyfriend! The cook was awesome!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The service was horrible. We even saw another whole table of people walk out because their chef was taking so long. We go to Benihana at least once a year but now we will never go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good value and fun atmosphere. We enjoyed the photos taken by the restaurant in the past, I wish they would restore that feature. The

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I like this Benihana location, easy parking, and nice area.

Food was delicious, and fun for groups or date nights!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

I recommend to reserved the space so you don't need to wait for so long. We waited for 5 minutes. The service and food was really good including the $30 birthday coupons.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We always go to Benihana for birthdays, anniversaries and special gatherings. Always delicious, they never fail.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The waitress that we had was not attentive at all. Only came to our table 3xs in the beginning. And then we had to request for her to come to our table, 2xs. Never got asked to see how dinner was going or if we needed refills.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were there on Saturday at 1:30 pm and we didn’t get seated till 2:00pm we were 9 guests we were asked to order our food
Then we ordered our drinks which were given to us then we got our soups our bowls when were done with our soups no one came to pick up the soup bowls, we then proceeded to put them on the next table next to us the waitress never came back to ask us what we needed we went to the he bar to our own drinks. Is this how you service your customers and charge a gratuity for service we were not getting and was charged for it.
And it’s not the waitress fault it’s the managements fault. I’ve been going there for more than 20 years and it’s time for you guys to start thinking about the customer.
Thank you ,

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were directly under an air conditioner so it was freezing. With in 10 minutes of food prep the smoke was in our face and was in our face the whole dinner. The ventilation on table 18 didn't work. It made the dinner very uncomfortable. Towards the end it made it hard to breath and my husband and I's eye burned for a few hours after we left due to irritation from the smoke. The cook was aware and tried to fix the problems but nothing worked and he just kept cooking.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

We had reservation for 7pm and we started getting served at /around 8:10pm.

I thought we were waiting a little too long.
And we were really hungry.

But overall everything was really nice :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

From the Valet, The Chef and The Servers - they were so awesome and made my Son’s birthday celebration a happy one!

Thank you all!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Took us right on time. Staff very friendly and efficient. Chef was awesome..very kids friendly and entertaining. Great way to spend a birthday lunch or dinner.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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