Benihana - Carlsbad

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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.

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visitor
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good work with social distancing. A bit more subdued atmosphere than normal

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JesusV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

we were seated 45 min late even with reservation and weren't offered an app or anything, but whatever. just wish there was more empathy

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MelissaA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Precautions taken during Covid mad it comfortable and enjoyable! We love Benihana in Carlsbad!

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JoanneP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time trying to break free from Cocid-19. Service, food , value was excellent as always.

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vipJblacklock
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The waiter and the chef were awesome! They were both very friendly and took excellent care of us. We were disappointed in the limited sushi menu. We ordered the rainbow roll and it was missing the sauce and other things it used to have and it did not taste good.

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Cat3fan
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive and kind. Our chef was very knowledgeable, and personable and put on quite a show. We recommend eating here if you’d like a higher end wonderful meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After having been quarantined for a few months, it was really wonderful to have such a pleasant experience on the first visit out. We appreciated the service and enjoyed ourselves immensely.

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DarcieB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was nice to have just one family/party at a table. Our service was a slow all around for how much everything costs, but food was delicious.

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NataliaF
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

made a reservation for 6 o’clock and came in and did not get sat. we waited till about 7 or so & they still didn’t know when we’d be sat so we decided to leave and try to come back another day, we came back in three days later or so and made another reservation for 4:30 this time and again did not seat until 5:45pm. what is the point of making a reservation? on top
of that our server gave me the wrong drink, charged us $6 for “teriyaki sauce” and there was zero alcohol in my benihana punch? i’m extremely disappointed considering this is a popular food place.

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KellyK
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Benihana’s was better than ever. The service was wonderful and the food was delicious

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KimberlyN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is open and the people there where great. They are doing reduced capacity and you have to have a mask if you are not seated at a table. If you don’t have one, they will ask you to come back when you do. We felt very safe and watched them really wipe down all the surfaces and chairs after the table next to us left. For us, parties of 4 or more got their own table and 2’s and 3’s were on each end, so easily 6’ between them. All restaurant employees wore masks. Luis was wonderful as our chef. All the normal Benihana stuff that you love.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was awesome ! Very friendly and attentive staff .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef, Luis, was absolutely amazing & our food was DELICIOUS!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful time, they did forget it was my kid’s 9th birthday dinner after I did tell them at the time of reservation and when I entered the restaurant. The chef Michael was fun and amazing and put on a great show. The waitress was just as good.

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vipBWC2014
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Samantha (bar), Garret (server), and John (table chef) made the night fantastic! Well done Benihaha Carlsbad!

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vipLocalSD
Salt Lake City
18 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

ABSOLUTELY AWFUL. Waited 30 mins to sit, with a reservation. The restaurant wasn’t even half full. Then waited 45 MINUTES for the chef to come to our table!!!!! It was ridiculous. The entire table almost got up & left. THEN, AFTER THE MANAGER HAD APOLOGIZED 5 times, NOT ONE THING was taken off the bill. I will NEVER go back.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 20, 2020

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 March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Long wait even with reservations.

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EricN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Jorge was our chef and was excellent. we have had him before and he comes up with different jokes and tricks to keep the show fresh. It is always a good time at this Benihana.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Shrimp and lobster tails were over cooked, vegetable were burned

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 12, 2020

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Pésimo servicio

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jenniferW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Benihana is not what it used to be....not as much fun...and the food took forever....and it was overpriced. Will probably not go back- maybe just for happy hour- but not to spend almost $200 for average food and lack luster "show" for 3 people.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 12, 2020

Jennifer, 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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JeffN
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and atmosphere. Quiet and clean. Food arrived on time. Chef was fun and qualified. Johnny was great.

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KatieP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Had a reservation for 6:00. Did not get seated until 7:00. Server was pleasant and did a good job. Chef was average. Unfortunately the chef forgot my Fathers Seafood Diablo...He went back to the kitchen and them came back out and cooked it 10 minutes later. We all had to sit and wait for my Father to eat. It was too bad we didn't get to enjoy the meal together.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 9, 2020

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 March 1, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

We had a 5:15 reservation and did not get sat until 6pm.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 9, 2020

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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AileenC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef Arnel was awesome! We also fortunately sat with with awesome people too.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 13, 2020

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

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vipquinnw
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

And yet another horrible experience here. I thought that after Christmas I would give this place a 3rd chance. I had a 6:30 reservation. Got seated at 7:00. On a regular Saturday night. A 30 minute wait for my reservation. 15 mins into sitting my bar drunks still were brought to my table once they were my cosmopolitan was awful so I went to the bar and got one myself. By 9:00 yes 9:00 I finally was eating my dinner!!! I had to go to the bar 2 more times to get my own drink. This place needs help! The service is beyond horrible. My waitress was a you know me what. The manager tried to make excuses. Don’t waste your time going here.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 3, 2020

Quinn, 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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GregoryA
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Chef who attended us was very personable and funny. However, server lacked personality and when he took a break, didn’t inform us with his stand in. Left us wondering if he was gone or not. Drinks and plates were left for a while on the table until he returned.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you Gregory, for your feedback! Come back soon!

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our chef was amazing! Server did ok job. We had a lot of plates in front of us at one point took a while before she came by to clear the table, and we never received something we ordered, ended up being ok because it was plenty of food, but it was still on our check and had to have it removed.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you so much Jessica, for your feedback, we hope to see you back again soon!

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JenB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Good- our chef was very hard to understand and went so quickly that was not as fun as the times we have been in past. He did some of basic ones like the heart rice and volcano and train but it was not as good as some other chefs. I also thought it took long time to get refills and waitress seldom checked up on us. My steak was fatty and I usually order same one very time, this one wasn’t as good.

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vipSherreeJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED Trevor! Best server we’ve ever had there!

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 13, 2020

Awesome Sherree! We wish you a Happy Belated from the Benihana team! Come back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy! I would definitely say, “go here”!!

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for leaving us positive feedback, come back soon!

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KDOGRIDGE
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Good to meet other people . Food is ok but we had fun. Good place to go every once in awhile.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience2

The chef was absolutely amazing and had lots of skills we had never seen at a benihana before. Our table guests were not so enjoyable on our honeymoon and the service was so slow. Our reservation was at 8:00 and our order was not taken until 8:45

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on February 26, 2020

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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Kimmie
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is delicious. Service pretty good. Fun place to go.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 9, 2020

Wonderful Kimmie! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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BethL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Went for my husband's 50th birthday. We go often for birthdays to Benihana. It was very disappointing. The chef didn't speak to us, he seemed like he didn't know how to cook the food. He had zero knife tricks. The food wasn't cooked as usual. Very odd experience. I believe it was the chef for sure. We have never had a problem in the past. They never came to sing Happy Birthday and take the picture. So we just gave up and left. We had a reservation for 6:30 and didn't sit down until 7:30 or served the first portion until 8:00.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on February 26, 2020

Beth, 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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LizF
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We waited over 40 minutes for our reservation, then things were very slow once we got to the table. At the end of the night, we spent more than 3 hours at the restaurant. Kids were tired, and theIt chicken was so over cooked they didn’t eat it. Not the best Benihana experience. The chef was personable though.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on February 26, 2020

Liz, 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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AshleyS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure when we go! Super friendly service. Great chefs!! And lastly, the food is amazing.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 9, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall it was a very good dinner. Thank you!

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 9, 2020

Excellent! Thank you for your feedback! Come back soon!

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monkey
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We had a 5pm reservation and waited in a crowded lobby for 35” before were even seated. We then sat at the table an additional hour and 5” before the chef even arrived at the table at 6:40pm!!!
The outside front of the restaurant was filthy, trash and rags and unmentionables.
The restroom had overflowing trash on the floor and two had no tp.
We were asked twice if it were a special occasion and replied a birthday. No occasion was acknowledged.
Worse visit ever, certainly will not recommend nor return.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on February 26, 2020

Monkey, 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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Fauscama
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Benihana in Carlsbad for LUNCH is a great deal.
Lunch duet = value.
Very good food, very good service.
The only reason I did not rate this a five-star experience is because they were short on cooks on the day visited, tables had to wait for a cook for 25-35-45 min.
Our waitress was outstanding and courteous.

Benihana - Carlsbad
Responded on March 3, 2020

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

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Benihana - Carlsbad does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Benihana - Carlsbad also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 929-8311.

Benihana - Carlsbad is rated 4.2 stars by 1922 OpenTable diners.

Benihana - Carlsbad does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.benihana.com/gift-cards/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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