About Benihana - Carlsbad

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.

755 Raintree Drive
Suite 100
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Cross Street:
Poinsettia

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 929-8311

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/carlsbad-ca-ca

Parking Details:
Free parking for Benihana guests

Private Party Facilities:
Ask about Private Event Dining.

Book your next event in our private dining room. Perfect for private parties, corporate meetings, birthday celebrations. Subject to availability; please call for details.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Benihana - Carlsbad Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

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4.0

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4.0

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3.7

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (40)
Special Occasion (30)
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Kid-friendly (26)
Good for a Date (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Casual (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Romantic (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
People Watching (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Our chef wasn’t exactly entertaining, but food was delicious.

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·Dined 3 days ago

food is amazing like always! Pricy but worth the experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Manager was very accommodating for my birthday

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·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was perfect! Me and my wife enjoyed our valentines date

Tags: Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy
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·Dined 4 days ago

Good food, better service than before, or cook this time around is so much better.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Engagement celebration!! Great food great atmosphere!!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Me and my husband always come here to celebrate our birthday or anniversary and it never disappoints. The food is amazing and the chiefs are incredible.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

Waitress was one of the worst I’ve ever seen. She made our evening very uncomfortable and everyone was unprepared. The hostess was even rude and didn’t acknowledge us. I prefer the other locations. This was very disappointing.

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·Dined 5 days ago

I wish the check-in staff gave more communication on when and how me and my date would be seated. We made reservations at 7pm but did not get seated until 7:30pm.

I did not know that because my reservation was a party of two, we had to wait until a other couples arrived to fill a whole table/station. Definitely would have liked to be informed about that.

Our server and and chef were exceptional.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 7 days ago

Very disappointing! I guess Benihana‘s standards have dropped very very low. Been to better knock offs for less than half the price.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Terrible slow service. This location has the worst service and this will be my last time going here. I had a reservation at 8:15 and was seated at 9:35. Can you imagine? The San Diego location is better and I should have known better as this one has been bad before.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 11, 2018

With reservations waited to long and way to many children. Very noisy and very long wait for cook.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Service is horrible.
Almost 1 hr before a chef came to the table to start dinner
And this was with a 4:45 reservation not in the middle of the night when busy
Was 30 min late for reception due to this.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very loud
Long wait for food but food was very good

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We check in with hostess 10 min before our reservation and unfortunately they sit us 40 minutes after our reservation time because they didn’t register our check in , so we where not on the list waiting for a table until we asked why it took so long for a table when there was people getting there and being seated

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

We had a very fun chef & the server was very observant & saw that we had been waiting for awhile so she took care of us very efficiently - a delicious dinner & fun time with friends - a memorable birthday celebration that will now be an annual tradition...

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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Loved it however host said Over the phone certificate doesn't work

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We have been to this Benihana several times before and, as usual, we had a great time, but this time the shrimp tasted a little “fishy”. I’ve ordered shrimp in the past and have never experienced this before.

Also, when the chef cleaned the grill, there was a strong “chemical” smell that I had never experienced either. It made me cough a bit and made my eyes water. Not sure if it was just an “off” night or if there have been some changes since our last visit.

Still had a fun time celebrating my niece’s birthday! Service was great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Our chef seemed a little inexperienced and burned the fried rice on my son's special order version. Service wasn't fast at refilling drinks and clearing plates. A little disappointed this time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a great time at Beni Hanas for my birthday celebration.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The quality of the food is very poor and overpriced. Basically we went there for the entertainment at the hibachi table.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Didn't take too long to get seated as Tuesday night wasn't that crowded. It took 45 mins after our reservation time to get a chef to cook the food at our table. The chef 'Trevor' was very good and funny. Food was cooked properly and he was accommodating to the special requests from guests at our table. We hoped to get started earlier than we did as an early dinner ended after 9:00pm. I would not recommend this location if you were hoping to get out under 2 hours.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Sal is the best chef we’ve ever had. He has Ana amazing rapport with the kids.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great service and great food. Great for dining with friends and family.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Our cook Tam was great! I loved his energy he was talking to all of us. I really enjoyed the food he made and told us about benihana's history!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Fun
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We arrived for our 5:45 reservation on Saturday night. When we checked in we were told it would be a short wait. I asked what that meant and was told 25 minutes! It ended up being 45 minutes!
There were 7 open tables in the restaurant. I asked the chef what was going on and he said that they were short on cooks and that he had been working 60+ hour weeks.
The food was okay, and we ended up being there for over 3 hours including wait time. I think we'll be going to the other restaurant in Mission Valley from now on.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I had reservation and showed up before our time. Our table wasn't ready until 45 minutes later. This is not the 1st time this has happened to us. They need to hire more chefs since there were plenty of tables available to sit us.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our chef, Angel, was entertaining and food was delicious.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very fun entertaining experience good food chef was A lot of Fun

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our chef was super slow with the food. We ordered steak hibachi and got the steak an hour and a half after sitting. Very slow service. Not recommended for an anniversary or special occasion.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My family has a great experience! would recommend. Noisy, at times difficult to hear our servier and chief.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We don’t go out to dinner very often but we wanted to treat ourself, my daughter chose Benihana
I really felt cheated our server was very new his hands were shaking and we didn’t really get the show we had hoped for.
He was very sweet but not at all ready to put on a show.
I felt we could have used that $160 elsewhere .

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Lunch meat portion is small, not for big eater. Rice is a bit too hard, can be more tender. Wish it also include salad for teppan lunch.

I am a small eater, only concern about rice tenderness.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Waited over 1hr and lobby was super cold. Attendant knew they were backed up bit took reservation anyway and I watched them take reservations knowing they had people waiting at the bar waiting for tables

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We had great service from Sam. Haven’t always had great service but Sam was on it! Also love to get Taitosha as chef. We’ve had him several times. He is not as energetic as some of the other chefs but a much more authentic experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The staff was all lovely and accommodated for my daughters broken leg. However, the chef took forever to come to our table. Over 2 hours to have dinner- we left before dessert was served.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Our chef Christian was hands down the best Benihana Chef we ever had from several different locations. We actually decided that Carlsbad was the best Benihana we have ever been too.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Unfortunately we had a terrible experience. The chef was amazing! Food was awesome. We waiting 45 minutes to get a table and we had a 6:00 reservation. Then when we were seated, we waited another 30 minutes just to get drinks. People who sat down at a table next to us 45 minutes later, finished their meal at the same time. My husband ordered a second beer and it took 30 minutes to get it. The ventilation wasn’t very good in this place either. My daughter has a shrimp allergy. She seemed to be affected just from the air circulation. Unfortunately, we will not be dining here again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a fun experience dining at Benihana. The service was great, absolutely made our experience. We loved our server, and our chef was lively, charismatic and engaging and made the whole experience memorable. Unfortunately we made the reservation with the note that it was for a date night and we were seated group style with a family with 3 small, unruly children (screaming, kicking under the table, the whole bit). It was our first time so we didn't know that who you are seated with would impact your experience so greatly.
The food was noticeably cheap, low quality, not what we expected from a restaurant with Benihana's reputation.
Overall we enjoyed our time but we will not be returning.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The chef Nike was super talented and sweet. The food was yummy and the conversation was super nice.

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