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Date
Wed, 5/23
Time
10:00 PM
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Benihana - Carlsbad

4.2
1178 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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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

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Phone number
(760) 929-8311
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Poinsettia
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Parking details
Free parking for Benihana guests
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

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 1178 People Are Saying
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3.9
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Had a group of 6 for a Birthday party. Everything about the experience was enjoyable; the food, the preparation by our chef, and the drink service were all excellent. It is always a fun experience there as well!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had the best server, Samantha, who was on point throughout our visit and quite charming. Our chef, Nick, was awesome. He was very personable and made our experience enjoyable. It was such a refreshing change from the awkwardness that comes from "jokes" that are not always funny. Thanks Nico and Samantha!!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Always good!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Vacaciones!

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Lo recibido fue justo lo que buscaba, un lugar donde los niños estuvieran disfrutando el lugar ya que el cocinar en las parrillas es un show.
El sabor de los alimentos no es tan bueno.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great Mother’s Day dinner!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We came to Benihana's for Mother's Day and had a great time. Our Server and Chef were great.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Took my young kids (5 and 9) and a few friends - I had not been in a while. Reservations at 4pm - but between late seating and ?, cooking did not start until 5pm, and then eating took until 6 pm. That initial wait seems a result of just poor planning - kids were very bored. Our chef did not speak english, so no jokes - a bit of a letdown.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The chef showed up late to our table. The meat and fish was served way after the vegetables and rice. They should time it better. We got full on onions and rice. My wife ordered the fish and hers was last. For the money we spent we expected better service.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The occasion was to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday it was our first time attending Benihana restaurant. It Won't be our last time. Thanks for the memories!!!

Alexander

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Family party and Chef David made it memorable! Kids loved his show and watching yet fabulous food transform!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

great food,great service, reservation is a must! it is always busy, even if yu make reservations you will have to wait at least 15-20 more minutes,but the food and show is totally worth it!

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We come to Benihana every year to celebrate birthdays. This year we all believe we had a new inexperienced chef. When making the fried rice I believe he burnt the eggs. When the rice was done and he was putting it in the bowls it did not even look appetizing. I took one bite and gave it to my husband. Rice bowls were not full. Salads were extremely small. Smaller portions than in the past. Food was not prepared in a timely fashion. Some of up were done eating before others meat was on the grill. Those of us who ordered a meal with two types of meat ate one before the other piece of meat was on the grill. This was by far the worst meal we have ever had at Benihana. My husband said he believes that was his last visit.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Celebrated my twin girls birthday. The food was so delicious! We had two people in our group that were on salt free diets and the cook was so accommodating. We had so much fun and the waiter and cook were delightful. Everyone was so nice. It was my first time eating at that location and I was pretty impressed. Would go back there in a heart beat!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Had fun time

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable!!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We had to wait much to long for a chef, and the waitress was not very attentive our first hour. She did much better later. The Manager did adjust our bill because of the longer than normal wait we endured, which was very accommodating I thought.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Great service and Trevor our chef was great! Always a fun experience

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

It's really become a Birthday for your kids place, or take the kids when you are on vacation.

Our chef was crowded with another chef right behind him, and it was very uncomfortable for them. They kept crashing and dropping things.

The crowd has changed dramatically also. It's extremely child oriented and full of flip flop wearing vacationers. Drinks were meh, my cold sake was warm, my husband's lobster was the size of langostino.

All and all, we are going to focus on something a little more upscale.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We have attended multiple benihana locations. This was our 3rd time visiting this location. Server/service was very slow. The cook was not very social. There was a language barrier with cook. The food was not to what benihana standards should be. The shrimp appetizer was not de-veined correctly and had to be replaced with new shrimp. The cook ran out of cooking seasonings and this made food taste under par. Overall it was a bad experience. Like I mentioned above, we love benihana for the experience and food. This time unfortunately, it was just an off day all around for benihana.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great service, and wonderful food. My son loves it there. our chef David was excellent and besides being a great cook, he made a fun evening for us with lots of laughter.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Took the grandkids and they loved watching the chef prepare the food. He was funny and entertaining. Food was fresh and prepared to each of our likings.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Everything was really great except for the food, the chef just didn't really listen as to how we wanted our food and was cooked very poorly, I would return as long as i Made sure that i didn't have the same chef.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Israel did a good job of showmanship on the grill. Rachel did a fantastic job as a waitress, while she was training a new employee as a waiter. The food was great as well!

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Chicken over cooked and NY steak too thin. Otherwise food prepared perfectly by Tam.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

We go here quite often but this time was on our actual anniversary and we brought our whole family. They never once asked if it was a special occasion, weird.
We asked for a specific bottle of Pinot Grigio that we enjoy and they brought the other one instead. Of course it was about double the price. Hardly saw our server and the chef wasn’t as entertaining as usual.
Portions of ice cream were unusually tiny. Wouldn’t even call them a scoop unless the scoop is a tablespoon. Literally just a couple bites.
We asked for our picture to be taken and they did take pics but never came back with them or any info on how to find them if they have switched to online/web based.
Overall just an off night for Benihana carlsbad. I sure hope it’s never this bad again or we will start going to shogun. It’s less expensive and the portions are much larger.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We were there to celebrate our anniversary. Dinner was excellent and service was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Fantastic! As always! The food, the service, the celebration!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We recently attended for my dads birthday. We made reservations for 6:30 but were seated closer to 7:00. We waited almost another 30 minutes just to get drinks and appetizers ordered. Our server was very busy and seemed over whelmed and a little slow. He was nice but seemed rushed the entire time. The cook was fun and friendly and put on a great show. He was really good with our kids and had their attention the whole time. The food was amazing like always and definitely worth it.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We must have had a new cook, he was very nervous and quite. Food was great.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great fun!! Great food.
We enjoyed Nick our Chef. He was awesome.
There was a lot of traffic, we were a little late to the restaurant, but they kindly honored our reservation and we had a beautiful dinner

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Really fun and delicious experience.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Everything was perfect except the music was so loud I could not hear most of what the chef was saying and I was sitting at the end very close to him. I think they should turn the music down. This was early before alot of people were there. Food was cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great chef, attentive waiter

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It was one of my worst reservations til this day. I had a reservation at 7:30pm for 2 and we didn’t get to sit down until 8:30pm and didn’t start eating until 9pm. I asked to talk to the Manager and they said they had two tables that were down but I was never notified they would just tell me that there were a lot of customers and that everyone was behind. I have never waited over an hour for a reservation before. Bad service at the Carlsbad location this last weekend

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was great! I ordered an Old Fashion which was the worst ! Please change your recipe! The noise level was off the charts which I guess I should have expected but didn’t. Very hard to have any conversation at all.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Always a great place for a birthday dinner with a show, right at the table.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Anniversary dinner didn’t go so well. We were squished at the end of the table when I asked for 3 seats. Already spoke to the GM about my experience and hoping to give them another shot. Because I was super stoked about sharing our anniversary with them and I felt more so let down.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Awesome as always ! Great food ! Kids like the cooking show !

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Good chef and good food.
Terrible service from the bartender and the server at the table. Very unfriendly and rushed.
Smaller portions than ever before for the same $.

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