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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.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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,.
We were visiting from San Francisco. (Family of 7)
When we got there we were seated within 10 minutes of our arrival. We had reservations. Waiter took our drink order with 5 minutes of sitting down at our table and was super nice. Chef came out fast too which was great because we were hungry. Our chef was awesome, super entertaining and the food tasted great. Our waiter came around quite often to check if we needed refills or anything. I definitely recommend this location to other people.
This was our first time at this Benihanas in carlsbad and unfortunately it was a bad experience we made reservations at 9:00pm arrived at 8:30am and was offered to be seated earlier but was not sat down until 9:05pm...we then ordered our drinks and it took them 15min to bring our beverages and we placed our food order and waited another 45min for our chef to start making our food FORTUNATELY the chef was VERY nice his name was Tam and after complaining to the manager we got one of our dishes written off our bill.
Booked a reservation for my boyfriends birthday, then we waited 30 minutes before we left for another restaurant, with people coming in after us who got seated first. The manager was condescending and very unprofessional. He felt it necessary to explain to us how a reservation worked... would never go back and would never recommend to anyone.
The restaurant is good, but one of the employees ruined what could have been a great time celebrating a special occasion. This employee was using a toothpick in public and trying hard to get food pieces out of his mouth. He kept the toothpick in his mouth as he was bussing tables! I mentioned it to our waitress and all she did was giggle. I kept my eye on him (how could I not), and he was at one point leaning against a wall looking at his cell phone in one hand and picking his nose with the other. He was touching his hair, hand back in his mouth touching his toothpick. Here I was with my group trying to enjoy our show while watching a completely different and disgusting show a few feet away. He then started putting new dishes and silverware out. I excused myself from our table and went to find a manager.
The manager apologized and told me this employee had been spoken to about the toothpick. I guess he goes around with his toothpick in his mouth on a regular basis. This employee needs to attend some food handling courses.
I don't know if I will be back. A manager should be much more cognizant of what is happening in his restaurant. The employees were working around with this other employee with a toothpick in his mouth like it was no big deal. I wonder if it was ok with the manager too? It looked very low class in what I considered to be in a nice restaurant. If I'm going to spend $200 on dinner, I expect more from the restaurant and it's employee.
Our reservation was for 6:30 and we were seated promptly. However, our chef didn't come to our table until 7:27pm. Almost an hour after we were seated! Both our party and the party seated with us had small children. So the wait was not ideal. Our chef showed up, after I asked to speak with the manager. The manager was never sent to our table, but at least the chef finally came. I at least expected the manager to come an apologize our acknowledge the delay.. This was on a Tuesday pm, and it wasn't necessarily a super-busy evening.
I love this place, but lately with the long hour waits even with a reservation sucks and the lack of staff sucks. Waitress need to stop rushing customers. I'm paying couple hundred dollars I go, I want to relax. Chefs are always the best, well the old school ones only.
Service was horrible . We got seated at 5:45 and they didn’t even take our order until 7! We had 6 kids w us which made it even worse . They also stuffed us at a table that was way to small. Overall we were beyond disappointed. The silver lining was our server. She did the best should could with what was handed to her. But we won’t be going back anytime soon. Such a shame because our family does generally like this place
Everything was very nice and only 2 small issues: our table reservation was for 6:45 but the actually grill-master didn't start cooking until about 7:35. I am not sure if this is normal, but I noticed others at our table a bit inpatient too. We had long since finished appetizers, dinner salads, and had a slight uncomfortable wait time. Jumbo shrimp just slightly overcooked and a little rubbery. Other than those two items which I must emphasize are fairly minor, the wait staff, hosting staff, chef were excellent. Food quality was quite good and flavorful. The ambiance and show is what one goes for and it does not disappoint. Excellent for any special occasion. I do recommend.
I have been to this Benihana’s in the past, but this visit wasn’t as good as past visits. I enjoyed my dinner but the scallops and veggies didn’t taste as good as in the past. Also the hibachi chef we had didn’t put much effort into engaging and entertaining the table as other chefs. I was also disappointed that we forgot our photo on the table. I called them right after we got home and realized we didn’t have it and was told that it had been thrown away. They don’t even save the passwords so that you can retrieve the digital photo. My suggestion is to save the photo or at least the password for the website to retrieve the digital photo for at least 24 hours in case the customer forgets or loses the photo. They could even charge $5.00 or $10:00; I would have paid for a replacement copy. Overall I had a good experience but it wasn’t as good as past visits. I hope my next visit turns out better.
We arrived early for our reservation and they offered to seat us early. We were seated with drinks at 8:10pm, had our soup and salad delivered almost at the same time and we didn't see the waiter again until about 8:35 (we had to ask a different waitress for water). He apologized that the chef will hadn't arrived, said he would get him now, and offered to get the manager. The chef came out 15 minutes later to start cooking but we were too hungry that we decided to leave. Ruined our night and birthday dinner.
We have eaten at Benihana's many times over the years. Our servicer was a little hard to find but the gentlemen cooking our food was entertaining as heck! He was funny and engaging with our entire table! Our table had a lamp out so reading the menu was a little tough on our side of the table. The restaurant gets a little smoky as it gets later. My 5 year old had swollen red eyes by the time we left at eight o'clock. We enough coming here! The food is consistently good. Fried rice is AMAZING!
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