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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

MAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SIZZLE.
The more you give, the more you get.
For a limited time, RECEIVE A $10 PROMOTIONAL CARD WHEN YOU PURCHASE $50 IN GIFT CARDS. Offer available 11/14/17 – 12/31/17. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

MAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SIZZLE.
The more you give, the more you get.
For a limited time, RECEIVE A $10 PROMOTIONAL CARD WHEN YOU PURCHASE $50 IN GIFT CARDS. Offer available 11/14/17 – 12/31/17. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

MAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SIZZLE.
The more you give, the more you get.
For a limited time, RECEIVE A $10 PROMOTIONAL CARD WHEN YOU PURCHASE $50 IN GIFT CARDS. Offer available 11/14/17 – 12/31/17. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18.

Benihana - Carlsbad Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (29)
Special Occasion (28)
Fun (27)
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Good for Groups (26)
Kid-friendly (23)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Casual (12)
Worth the Drive (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Business Meals (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
People Watching (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Completely overpriced. Chef wanted in and out as quickly as possible. We were seated with a large family celebrating a birthday party but other tables only had a couple people at them. Waiter didnt refill drinks. Never going back

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·Dined 5 days ago

Food was great and they made kids feel comfortable and welcome. Plus everyone had a great time

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, great entertainment Overall a terrific experience

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

New chef/cook that couldn’t land many tricks and the server bringing drinks and utensils etc. was hardly ever around, or never brought what she said she would... was good tasting food itself, but at the price it was bad service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Great Beer
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·Dined 5 days ago

Are chef was absolutely fantastic!!! He really made lunch a pleasure!👍👍

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

It was absolutely horrible!! It was my birthday and I did not enjoy myself unfortunately.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Chef nice young guy...talked too fast. Loved his tricks though.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Our chef Nick was awesome! Very fun and entertaining. Talented dude and his food was absolutely delish!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our server and Chef were Top Notch. It was my Birthday and I wouldve went no where else with my Amazing Family and Friends...

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We go to Benihana very frequently. We were there on a Sunday for lunch and we were only the 3rd table in the whole restaurant. This time we sat at the table for 30 minutes before a server attended us. The bartender took our order when she delivered the sushi roll we had ordered at the bar. Like I said, we frequently go for lunch and dinner, and we have never waited this ling for service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This my first time eating here and I would definitely go back.. Everything was excellent.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The Chef was VERY boring and seemed uninterested.
We were the only two people at the table!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Christian our Chef was EXCELLENT!
His food had great taste and he was very friendly!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The servers were nice enough, but our chef was not super-talented and the “show” part of the dinner barely even happened. My daughter, whose birthday we were celebrating, even looked over and said, “that’s it?” It was very disappointing, and the food was mediocre at best. I used to love Benihana but after a couple of experiences like this, we might be done with it forever.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I have been to Benihana twice this month. The first was for a dinner on a Saturday night. It was quite "energetic." The chef/show was fun, but you could not have any conversation with the members of your party. This time we went for a late lunch and it was nearly empty. We hardly watched the chef and enjoyed a leisurely lunch. The lunch price & portion and were perfect. Good food, well prepared.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This is the second year in a row I have been greatly disappointed by this location. For starters, there are always dirty dishes everywhere in the restaurant the wait staff can put them. Pre-bussing either doesn't happen or when it does, dishes are not brought to the back of the house but left in any area the staff can find to put them in the dining room. Also the ventilation is quite poor making the environment very stuffy. The servers seem pretty incompetent as well, not even understanding how to speak to guest. Families are allowed to let their children run all over the place creating disruption to other guest, let's say when a child runs into a woman like me walking on a cane. This last visit I honestly felt like I was at a zoo. My soup was served almost totally cold, like it hadn't even been thought to be warmed in the least. We left since the year before we had equally bad an experience (and thought it was maybe a fluke) and went down the street to a place where our money was much better spent. Uninterested in ever returning to this location. I hope this is Carlsbad exclusive because I have always adored the Beverly Hills location.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Love coming for birthdays every year! Look forward to it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This time we got DAVID as our chef and he was honestly the best one we have ever had. We have been to this particular restaurant at least a dozen times and David made the evening for sure.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We had a wonderful experience tonight at Benihana. Our chef Nick did an amazing job. He was funny, talked to us and kept us entertained the entire time. Our server was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of tables so her service was a bit slow. But Nick made up for the lack of water and drinks. Great job Nick. Keep working hard and thanks for the fun time.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Always consistently good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Benihana is awesome. Been here to many times before, so I know how busy the joint gets. However, frustration with customers is unsatisfactory. Regardless of what we witnessed we all had a great time.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great food and service. A family favorite for special occasions.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our chef was very funny and showed very cool tricks. Our waitress however was not very attentive and we went without drinks (ice water) for 20-30 minutes.

My daughter had a great time for her birthday. Would definitely come back maybe when it is less busy.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My family and I ave been going to Benihana for more that 32 years. We have never been disapointed until this Sayturday night. Not sure if this was our waiters (Andrae) first night but the service was very poor. Had to ask for more drinks, table was not cleared when it should be, we had to ask for our picture to be taken and he was slow. Our chef was amazing ( Christian).
This will not stop us from going back but we are going to be watching.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Gesfer was our chef and he was awesome. Truly made it extra fun for our young girls!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

2nd Time to this place. Food was excellent and our chef was entertaining, but we had a 7:30 reservation and waited over an hour from when we sat down til the chef arrived to cook. He apologized profusely for the wait and promised to talk to the manager about compensation for the wait, but when the check came, there was no discount. Very expensive and not a good value for what you get, we will not be coming back EVER!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Amazing! Great food, fabulous chef!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

I was very disappointed with my Benihana-Carlsbad experience. I had been to Benihana's many times before and had a great experience with lots of food, and a fun time for groups. This time it was a terrible experience. So bad we almost got up and left.

We made reservations for myself, husband & son. It was my son's first time and we were so excited for him to see the show. Our reservations were at 6:30pm and we even got there early at 6:15. We weren't sat until 6:45, and we didn't get anything but water for a solid half hour. We were now 45 minutes past our reservation, and I had a son who was on a meal schedule & had bedtime. I got up to ask for a manger (something I've probably done once before in my life). After I had explained to him we had been waiting far too long, the manager just said sorry, that one of his cooks got sick & had to be sent home. Okay, I understand, but also not my problem. Figure it out, or at the very least comp some appetizers for the table as we all waited.

The cook finally came out at 7:30.. an HOUR past our reservation. The food was average and minimal.. didn't even feel like a full meal. He was in & out. I felt even more bad for the other two couples at our table, one celebrating their anniversary, the other celebrating his wife's birthday.

Long story short, I never write negative reviews, but I was shocked that management didn't even come out to apologize, comp part of our meals, or offer complimentary appetizers.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We had an amazing time! The food was great and the servers were very attentive.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We brought our family here after Legoland. It was a great way to end the day and the kids loved it! We definitely come here for the fun experience, much less so for the food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

My whole got sick when we got home I don’t know what was in the food but it’s wasnt good

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food is OK, sort of average. Not very tasty. The big draw is the show the chef puts on while cooking. Service better than average.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Didn’t care for the cook

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Coming in for Birthday celebration

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Nostalgic for date night. Knew what to expect. Chef Jorge delivered as expected. Too noisy to catch everything ,& didn't catch servers name. I think she asked if we wanted change, boosting tip from 22% to 25%+ Minor in overall, but left me with slight taint on otherwise nice meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The place was filthy when we walked in for our noon (opening time) reservation. The carpets were not vacuumed, and the table we sat at had a thick film of black grease on it. Our shoes were sticking to the floor. It was gross.

Service was outstanding, and the food quality was just ok.

Unfortunately, when the place isn’t clean, we tend to wonder what the kitchen in back where the prep is done looks like...

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Fun time on a Tuesday! Half full for an 7pm seating. With excellent service. Greeted at door with friendly host. Chef was really fun. Good times overall.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My date and I had a great, relaxing, and cool experience at Benihana’s. Our chef was really nice and made sure he got every order right. I dislike onions and he made sure a single one didn’t touch my chicken fried rice. He did break the ice by joking about my dislike for them and pretended to put some in my meal. Overall I had a rad experience and would definitely go to this establishment again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Unfortunately been to this restaurant several times always good but it caught up with them being too busy. Booked it with you for 7:30pm dinner. So hostess checked us in verbally forgot to do it on her computer. As we watched people walk by that we should have been with. I walked up front and said what happened. They stated we are sorry we didn’t check you in. My daughter was starving no offer for an appetizer or get you at an available table within a certain number of minutes. No timeline. Manager will be over to talk with you and another 15 minutes passes. He gave us $40 in coupons still no food offered . Another 10 minutes and we finally get seated. Another 35 minutes before our cook arrived. Everything was good from there. So we started eating at 9:00 with a reservation arriving at 7:20pm. Didn’t feel they were really concerned. Something for their corporate management. Thanks.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I hadn't been to Beni Hana for a number of years. My wife took me there for my birthday dinner. I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was viewing the antics and skills of our chef. The food was great and the entertainment by our chef made it a great experience,.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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