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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4.2

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4.0

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4.0

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (37)
Special Occasion (32)
Kid-friendly (27)
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Fun (25)
Good for Groups (23)
Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Casual (15)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Comfort Food (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Romantic (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Authentic (4)
People Watching (4)
Cozy (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Seasonal (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Scallops were gritty

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

The Hibachi chicken was overcooked and dry. Other items were OK. Our chef was entertaining

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I'm not sure if Benihana in general has gone downhill or maybe just this location. I have always enjoyed my experiences at this restaurant before but left this last time feeling underwhelmed. First, the service was great. No issues there. Our Chef was funny and friendly. He was great, although my steak was over cooked, but really it wasn't that big of a deal. Here are the things I had an issue with: 1. The smell. Maybe they were having problems in the kitchen or something but there was an overwhelming mildew-y smell coming from the doorway. 2. My drink. I ordered a specialty cocktail and it was soooo watered down I almost doubt there was alcohol in it at all. 3. I got splashed by sauce from the chef behind us. It was in my hair and all over my shirt. At first I thought a vent was leaking but then I smelled it and realized what had happened. Probably a byproduct of squeezing tables in close and people rushing around.

All in all, not enough to complain to anyone about but enough that I probably won't be back to this location.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our cook Nick was excellent! More of a show than dinner. My wife thoroughly eenjoyed her birthday

https://youtu.be/LeOD2Y7GK2I

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was a great fun night. The food was great. And our server was fantastic.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2018

It had been a few years, about 5 or 6 since we had dinner here. And once it came time for our reservation I remembered why. Our reservation was for 7:45 pm and we did not get seated down until 8:15 pm. It took another 15 min until somebody came and took a drink order. The restaurant was under staffed. The service after that was ok. The hibachi cook was entertaining and very good with the food. The food was good but not recommended to take your new date there. They use a lot of garlic butter so you will smell like coming out of there and the taste of garlic will be with you long after you brush and rinse and rinse and rinse. I would say if you are not hungry, in a hurry and with your family, it is a good show for preteens and above.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

It is not what it use to be! It is almost like a Hometown Buffet atmosphere. The food is soso and overpriced. The service was poor. I don't remember the lighting being so bright - like a hospital!
It use to be my favorite place to go with the kids.......

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

The waitress was fantastic, but the chef was slow slow and then slower, took forever to cook our food. Food wasn’t seasoned well, and he seemed confused about how to cook it.

Not really any show, the tricks he did try he messed up. Couldn’t even do Volcano. Would eat here again since I love Benihana, but only if I was quarantied a different chef.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food is fresh and perfectly prepared. The meat melts in your mouth, the seafood is sweet and succulent. The fried rice was great and so were the fresh veggies. Maybe make the shrimp portions a little bigger for kids meals? The chef is fun and friendly. But , it’s expensive and can be so noisy you can miss some of the jokes! Overall, our whole family had a great time and were satisfied.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Healthy
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

We went for my daughter’s 10th birthday and also had two loud young ones. The overall noise level made this ok. Otherwise I’m sure we would have disturbed a lot of people. They sang to my daughter and she received ice cream with a candle which was very nice. The food was great and we would definitely go again. My only complaint would be that the kids meals do not have free refills on drinks and the veggies that come with the meals are mainly onions. I liked the onions but it would have been nice to have a little more zucchini or a 3rd veggie for the price.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Fun
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

All around Excellence! !

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Best Benihana in Southern California!!

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was good, waitress was a little rude, didn't bring my drink out until food started and was rude when i inquired about it. Charged me for drinks i didn't order and had to go get it changed after i asked about it. Took our food order incorrectly and had to coordinate with chef to change things around and that delayed the food. Everything else was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We had a 6:00 reservation for six of us, including 4 adults and 2 small children. We were finally seated at 6:15. We ordered drinks that took forever to be delivered and it wasn't until 7:00 that we were finally asked for our food order. The chef didn't appear until 7:20. By then, the five year old and two year old were starving and antsy. The chef apologized saying he had to drive up to Carlsbad from San Diego. But, instead of cooking the kids dinners first, he took his time cooking everything. The 2 year old lost interest by then. The food was delicious but taking two hours to eat dinner is ridiculous. We ordered a second round of drinks about 7:15 and again it took forever to get them delivered. We love Benihana as it is a great place to take kids and family members to celebrate a birthday but this night, everything was terribly off and slow.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Benihana is what it is, and if you are going, you know why. Food is good, cooking show is the star. Kids love it for birthday celebrations (family as it's quite expensive to bring a whole gaggle of kids.) Our family loves this spot and we always enjoy our time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very disappointing chef he wasn’t skilled enough which is why you take kids here for special occasions and food was mediocre and overpriced especially undercooked shrimp and soup too watery

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Terrible night. Our server got our orders wrong. We had to wait over an hour for the chef to start cooking. The chef also had zero personality. He literally said nothing & didn’t do anything entertaining while cooking. The food was awful tonight as well. It was my son’s birthday & they didn’t sing or bring him ice cream like they usually do. I will never return. I’m done with this overpriced place.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Couldn't see because lights on our side of table were burned out. Other one was cracked. Didn't look so good...

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We waited 1 1/2 hours for our dinner just to be started after we sat. They said they were very short staffed. The Su chef has to come out and cook for us, because the Chef that they had for us was wiping his nose on his sleeve and coughing. The girl at there table didn't even eat her dinner she was so disgusted. We all were, the waitress was asked to split our bill then comes back with one bill. We asked before we were seated. She then was told we had two birthdays and she brings out one ice cream embarrassing the table. Total cluster of nothing but chaotic. Then yummy rice was less then ok. It was shameful.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Portions seemed smaller then my last two visits to Benihana. I left hungry!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a great time celebrating a birthday, we were seated with a wonderful family of six!! Great time great food and great company...Thank you all for making our evening so special!!

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

We were there at 4:00 pm which was a more quiet time. After about a twenty minute wait we were seated with others and began a conversation with the group. The server first arrived about ten minutes later and we ordered drinks. The sodas were flat, but the server replaced them. The chef was a joy to watch and customized our meal according to our requests. Overall it was a typical evening at Benihana's, enjoyable and tasty...

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great meal. Lots of fun

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Christmas Dinner

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Service was terrible. Our reservation was @ 5:45 we were seated at 6 and ate at 7:20. We just sat around waiting and waiting

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Chef David F. Is the best!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I booked this place for 8. We had a birthday party. I thought it went real well. The wait staff was great. Our chef lacked a little enthusiasm. We watched the other chef across from us and he was much better and did more tricks. He was also more interactive with the guests. We would have left a bigger tip if the chef was better.
Also, they do have vegan options!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was great the entertainment was great. The chef was good at putting on a show while cooking. Great time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Service was terrible even with a reservation we waited 30mins for a table

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We have dined numerous times and the service was disappointing. It was not up to the standard we have enjoyed in the past. Reservation was 5:30 and we finished at 7:30. It was a disappointing birthday celebration.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Our chef Trevor was awesome!!!! He was punny, engaging and made for an overall fantastic luncheon for everyone!!

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

The chef was great, but the other service was horrible. We couldn't order another beer or even get a water. We had to get up and ask another server. We didn't even get desert he just brought the check. The poor lady at the table was missing half her meal. Really disappointed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Had a fantastic time with our birthday boy and three of his friends. The chef (Noodles) was entirely entertaining. Two of the boys had never been to Benihana’s and by the time we left, it was repeatedly announced that Benihana’s is their new favorite restaurant! Way to score future customers!

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was great, And the Table side cook was very good, although, The ambience Was So, so and the Atmosphere was extremely loud.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food, great entertainment Overall a terrific experience

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

It has gone down hill a bit. But we Love Benihana!

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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