Benihana - Carlsbad

4.3
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1738 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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. Located just off Interstate 5 at Poinsettia Lane and minutes from beautiful sun-drenched beaches, Benihana in Carlsbad offers four separate areas in which to enjoy a meal. Choose from the hibachi grill dining room, the comfortable cocktail lounge, the spacious sushi bar with a private alcove and seating for eight, or the outdoor patio for cocktails and appetizers.
What 1738 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We go to Benihana frequently and this time it was a disaster. From the watered down drink, to no appetizer for 30 + minutes and it was a simple roll, to the server making excuses after excuse to the chef rushing through, to the tab when we split on two cards and the server ran one card twice. Totally a disaster for my birthday dinner. Disappointed for sure.

BD
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our chef Christian was amazing and mDe the birthday party so memorable
Bill D

OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent, service was disappointing and took away from the overall experience.

D
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luis our Chef did a fantastic job! He exceeded all of our expectations.

RC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. Cook just over cook The veggies but it’s ok.

MK
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We go to Carlsbad Benihana twice a year March and October. This, for birthdays. We really got lucky this time with our chef , his name is Nick and boy can he cook with daring flare and awesome energy and enthusiasm The only disappointment is the decline in the quality of the steak. I ordered the filet mignon shrimp combo, and the filet mignon was not typical of Benihana, it was fatty, thin, tough. More like a sirloin. I noticed this happened at the Downey, CA Benihana , so I'm thinking they are going on the low end with cut and quality throughout the chain.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This is probably the worst experiences we had at a Benihana. We waited a long time for our cook to get to our table. The table next to ours sat down 15 minutes after us and ate well before us. We were told he was prepping his tray. When the cook finally got to our table someone turned the grill off so he had to wait for it to heat up. And he did a horrible job of prepping his cart because he was constantly needing to get sauce/supplies from kitchen or the table next to us. We feel the cook was overwhelmed meh didn’t interact much and over cooked much of the food. Also, we got a lot of stuff out of the normal order. I ate my food before he gave us our onions. To top it all off they didn’t give us our credit card back so we had to return the next day to pick that up.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing as always!

E
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our Tappenyaki dinner. The service was excellent!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was super slow and they assigned us a novice chef who just cooked (and got our order wrong) and did almost no show. We won’t be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good overall. Great staff and chief’s 10/10 recommend !!!

c
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waited over 30 minutes past our reservation time to be seated. This isn’t the first time, every time we come our table is never ready until at least 20 minutes later. Chef was not friendly at all. I’ve requested a specific chef for our last 3 visits and we never get him. We even saw him and he told him we’ve requested him and they still put him on another table. This place is our go to for birthdays and celebrations but it really needs to improve.

DH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

We usually love our trips to Benihana’s but this time they messed up our order and then over cooked our chicken and ahi. Also when we ordered a drink the bar was just about out of everything. We ordered 4 drinks before they actually were able to make one with what they had.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Benihana’s for my son’s birthday on 9/29 for nearly 30 years. It’s a tradition for us!

FB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The chef was fantastic. He was engaging with us. The problem was the restaurant leaking hood so we had to seat awkwardly on the table. Enjoy the show and I guess take an umbrella if you are under the vent hood.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Arrived early for the reservation. Service was slow. The Chef did his best but it was not as good as a few of the others. The waiter checked in one time during the whole meal and delivered the wrong drinks and rice to folks at the table. Over priced for the experience. Last time I ll visit.

s
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great - first time with chef Tam, and he was great! Only downside was the table was too crowded with nine people. A great night overall!

FV
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 3

Waitress took forever
Asked her for a glass for my beer ,I ended up having to walk over to the bar for one.

LC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I recently ate at the benihana in irvine and feel the food and entertainment were both FAR BETTER

DB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A great place to celebrate special events. My issue was having to wait an hour to be seated and we had made reservations. They could have done something chose not too.

RG
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Wedding anniversary

OT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Our chef Christian was great however with the 830pm reservation we did not get seated until 904pm and the chef to started cooking at 940pm which made for a late night

j
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a great time watching the chefs cook at the table

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

The good was salty as heck. I would never make a big deal about it because I know the chef has a hard job so we ate it. But it was way too salty for me. Especially for my food choice I'm kinda sad that it was salty. My lobster was like eating a stick or salter butter

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food as always! Nico was funny, entertaining and very friendly....not to mention a great chef!

CL
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Have visited Benihana many times, always a favorable experience, tonight it wasn't. Waitress was slow taking our orders, slow getting out the drinks, slow with dessert and slow with the check. Other tables around us were seated later but finished earlier. Chef did a great job, and was entertaining as always. There were three birthday's at our table and no pictures were taken like all the other years, yet I saw another table getting their courtesy photo taken. Will I be back? Probably. Chances our we'll have a different server.

L
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Took about 30+ mins to actually seat us even though we were on time for our reservation plus took maybe another 30 mins to actually get a chef to our table.

B
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food- the chef accommodated gluten free diet.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Six year olds birthday dinner

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I dont know what it is with this location...but they can never seem to get it together. This last experience at least had entertainment value. Apparently the table next to us a guy was jumped in the restroom and then when the cops finally showed up the lady with them went on some crazy tantrum and the table attempted to fight the other table while the cops were there. Good times

B
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Never had a worse dining experience or birthday because of this place

DM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The food i ordered did not have a lot of flavor. There was a table that made a scene , there were involved in a fight with someone outside and policed showed up. I wish they would have silenced that woman who was making a scene.

S
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is the first time to this Benihana. We went for my grandson’s birthday and he thoroughly enjoyed it. So much of the experience depends on your chef and the other people that our seated at the table. Our chef was funny and pretty accomplished even tho it was only his second day but the other people seated at our table were nice but very quiet so that was disappointing. The food was good but the only thing that was exceptional was the tenderloin.

C
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible. Venue needs updating. Waited 45 minutes for our table despite having a reservation. Over it.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, a little noisy. Our chef did a great job and everything was cooked perfect. Pricey but always a good experience.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The service was terribly slow all night. We waited forever for our chef and he seemed super surprised to be working at all. The wait staff was clearly not interested in being there. The food was fine but the restaurant itself is sorely in need of some attention. The bar was a mess - dirty dishes were everywhere behind the counter and all over the tables in the vicinity. The bathrooms needed to be cleaned all night. The hostess disappeared for long stretches and did not seem fazed by the waiting crowds. We were not seated until 25 min after our reservation and ended up being there for nearly three hours. It was ridiculous.

CL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable lunch meal and the service was exceptional

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always...

TP
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Chef, David, was very friendly and festive! Kept us laughing the entire time.

RC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Air conditioning and over head vent not functioning. Numerous server errors. Chef Trevor was great. Food quality has gone below standard for what Benihana use to be. Portion sizes across the food and beverage aspects have also gone down.

1
2
3
44

Tweets by Benihana - Carlsbad