About Benihana - Cincinnati

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. Benihana Cincinnati is located on Tri-County Parkway between Princeton Pike and Northland Blvd. Relax and enjoy one of our specialty sushi rolls or signature cocktails in our spacious lounge. Looking to host a private event? We can accommodate up to 20 guests in Rocky’s Room, our private dining room. An 18% service charge is added to all guest checks for parties of eight or more.

50 Tri County Pkwy
Cincinnati, OH 45246
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Springfield Pike

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(513) 772-4800

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/cincinnati-oh-ci

Private Party Facilities:
Ask about Private Event Dining. Book your next event for 12 to 16 guests. Perfect for private parties, corporate meetings and large birthday celebrations. Subject to availability. Call for more information.

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

Benihana - Cincinnati Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

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3.4

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3.3

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3.2

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Moderate

66% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (42)
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Good for Anniversaries (30)
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Creative Cuisine (17)
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Comfort Food (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Authentic (10)
People Watching (8)
Romantic (8)
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Healthy (6)
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Cozy (5)
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·Dined 2 days ago

I had a horrible experience.. After I placed my order I went to the website to see if they had a lunch special. The website stated all locations have different special and to call that location. I called the location and ask the representative about the specials. She put me on hold and came back to the phone and stated the lunch times were 12pm to 215pm. When arriving to location I told the host my name and reservation time she said have a seat. While we were seated the hosted returned an stated they no longer have lunch specials on Saturday. Puzzled to how she knew it was me that called. I told her I was told by associate that by phone that is was a lunch special before I can.. She told me she must've forgotten and she was sorry. I ask to speak with the manager. I explained The story again and she said sorry we no longer have lunch special.The manager was rude and dismissive. I also explained I traveled far..No empathy at all.She told me there's nothing she can do.. I was livid.I left very unhappy and I won't be back... Neither will my family and friends..

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Terrible food with long wait. Had reservation and waited over an hour for cook and then food was over cooked and bland. They don't use garlic butter unless you pay extra for it.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Our cook, Orlando, was not good. Different cooks have varying abilities and the food was not good, plus was distracted by his many missing teeth.

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·Dined 4 days ago

I spent over three hours there on a Thursday. It took an hour and a half for our chef to come to our table. Only after an hour and 20 minutes did the manager come over and explain that they were down a chef. No other table experienced the delay we did. The table next to us had their chef within 20 minutes of sitting down. No offer was made to compensate us for our long wait. Even after waiting that long to start, we had to wait for 20 minutes to get our check. We go to Benihana a couple times a year and it is one of my favorite restaurants but I'm not sure I will go back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

This used to be a much better dining experience a few years ago. The restaurant was cold and drafty and our cook wasn't very good. He cooked the food in the wrong order, the appetizers and vegetables first then the seafood then steaks and he made the fried rice last. We prefer the rice be cooked and then the main dish. The servers were very good and friendly.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

I don't understand why we were the very first table for the day and still waited an hour once we got to the table for a chef to come out and start! We also had to wait 15 minutes to even be seated at our table. The restaurant opens at 11:30am which is when we got there our reservation was for 11:45 and was seated at 12 and then waited an hour!!!!!!! You can never come here to eat if you have any other plans!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 15, 2018

My family has frequent Benihana for probably 15 years now as it was my favorite restaurant. I have noticed over the past year the chef's have stop using garlic butter in the food- which was the purpose we chose to come to the restaurant. Also I just went to dinner for my birthday last month - no song was sung, and no pictures were taken, I was disappointed. Please consider bringing back the garlic butter while cooking. I heard this complaint from others at the table.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Was very disappointed to get there and to find out they no longer serve lunch on the weekends. $100 lunch for a party of 3 is little on the pricey side. Only stayed because we were celebrating a birthday. The heat wasn't working and it was really cold. The food and service was great.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We absolutely love this restaurant. Never have been disappointed. Always look forward to dinner there.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

We have been going to benihana for years. It was absolutely awful. The service was terrible, the cooking has been down hill so much. It was awful. So disappointed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Josh was our chef, he was very entertaining, he cut everything into smaller pieces which I loved. I am glad that we had him, it made our anniversary great. Our waitress was Rachel, she was very good. She kept our drinks filled and was around whenever we needed anything. Overall everything was great. The food, service and friendly staff were all great. We will be going back. Please give everyone a big thank you for making our anniversary great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Overall I rate it a 3. Love the food! I would recommend to a friend.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We came as a group of four. We loved our food everything was great. The only thing was something was missing from the famous yum yum sauce. It was not as dark as it usually is something slightly sweet was missing. MJ was a great server and Josh was a great chef thanks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service was really, really slow. Chef was not interactive with table patrons.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 7, 2018

They charged for white rice, although it comes with meals, and they charged $1.50 for extra pats of garlic butter (they say 1 is complementary) so they are skimping and nickle & diming on everything, despite being super expensive. AND their HVAc system was broken for the third time we’ve been there this year.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a new cook and he was very unfriendly. We would ask him for soy sauce or garlic butter he would ignore us. The food was good but the cook was horrible no personality at all. No customer service skills. I was very unhappy with the cooks overall attitude

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Orlando (cook) and Christine (our server) were great! Best service in a long time. I love the food and the family goes here all the time. The service has been so bad the last few year I didn't care to go anymore, but this time was Great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I had a 915 reservation. Got seated well but Sat for over an hour they forgot salad, no water, chef kept leaving forgot ingredients just a bad experience for my 30th birthday.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Drag, run down, no working central air. Just a general crap restaurant.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was great. Chef Rudolfo was awesome, we always request him. Part of our table had an issue with the bill, waitress added her own tip to the credit card after cash tip was left... Also heard waitress complaining about tips from other tables as she was walking outside to smoke a cigarette... Also the interior was a mess. They had large humidifiers in every room and one was was boarded up with plywood. Not exactly the atmosphere you want when your spending hundreds of dollars for your family to eat.. and the restroom, always disgusting.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Very ghetto, I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone unless I was playing a prank on them. It was around the first of the month maybe that was the reason for the excessive odor of cocoa butter and the apparent "cornroll and weave type" atmosphere. The chef was ok, but the fact that he was Hispanic and was speaking in Spanish to another Hispanic couple the whole time he was cooking was kind of odd.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

It was extremely cold in there. The heat may have been broken. There were only 2 chefs working so it made for a longer wait time. They no longer use garlic butter on everything, only on your rice and the veggies were mostly onions and a much smaller portion.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food was excellent. We had a long wait for a chef, not sure why because it wasn't that crowded.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Took us 2 1/2 hours from reservation time to leaving. 30 min to be seated with a reservation is too long

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was good just wasn’t happy about the holiday menu that was kinda a bummer

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

They seated us by a huge heating duct where they were doing construction.
They lost my friends Credit Card.
I really like the food but this place has really gone downhill since I was there last.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I was a regular at Benihana for 20+ years, I had stopped going there after all the problems at this restaurant. It had been close to a year since I had been there to eat, I was pleasantly surprised with the improvement the new management has made. The food and service was very good, compliments to the new management.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

To be honest this was the worst experience I've had at Benihana's I love to go there it's my favorite restaurant that's why we went for a special Christmas for me the food was good the service was terrible the chef was not very good our reservation was 6:30 and we didn't eat until 8:30 we got our soup and salad and drinks pretty quick but you only had the server was spread between four tables and it just we didn't get offered any ice cream or tea at the end of the chef did not bring enough food for everyone at the table I didn't get any shrimp or zucchini since I was on the end. It was just not a good experience when we brought it up to the manager he took $10 off the bill not that I was looking for a handout but I think you could have done a little bit more.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 29, 2017

They were having heating issues and had portable units all around. Where we were seated was so hot I had to get up and go outside to cool down. The waiting area was freezing. Temp was so irregular throughout the restaurant. I overheard another customer stating they were told it just went out but we attended a Christmas party here two weeks before and all the temporary heating units were all over the restaurant then.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Took way to long to get service once we sat down at our table waited quite a while for a cook.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We have gone to Benihana for years and feel you don't get this taste anywhere so we keep going. After driving around all over last Christmas, this year I opted to reserve with Benihana. Lately the wait at Benihana has been awful. We really thought we would have an hour's wait Christmas night also but were pleasantly surprised this wasn't so. Our table was packed with 8 diners, but we were given plenty of food... very important if you put 8 at a table not to short the food. The chef, Angel, seemed young and timid, possibly not understanding our language, but he was able to make a great tasting meal.. not overdone at all. Quite possibly we will return next Christmas.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Made a reservation for Christmas dinner, the food and service were very good....the chef, Charlie was very entertaining and attentive. I will be recommending to all of my friends that travel through the Cincinnati area. I will definitely be returning ...

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, People Watching, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a very new, very bad chef. It was Christmas Eve and our traditional dinner was really disappointing. The manager had our meals recooked for us which was nice.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 2017

New chef - not a good show and did not fully cook a few things. Some were sick later but we didn't know that while in the restaurant. The other party addressed with the manager and they did remake a few things but did nothing for us. Did eventually talk to our table and seemed to not care that the show was why we came as much as the food. Very disappointed that they forget that the show is part of the experience and the comment "you ate the food so I can't give you any discount" when we hadn't even asked was just poor service. I think maybe a new manager too. Just not what I would expect for a special occasion and very bad response to the situation too.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

This is the 2nd time we have had a terrible experience. I can only assume that this was the waitress and chefs first attempt. The waitress (Tori?)took an extremely long time to bring our drinks (other tables received their drinks even though our order was taken long before them). She spent the first 1/2 hour being very attentive to our water glasses and then disappeared for most of the rest of our meal. We were stacking up dirty dishes because she couldn't be found to remove them.
Our Chef (Demetrius) did not seem to know what he was doing. He couldn't cut thru the vegetables or steak without have to use the knife as a saw (sharpen it!). He smashed the fried rice into the bowls creating a rice paste and then couldn't figure out why he had so much rice left over. Luckily, we just asked him to put it on the plate to eliminate the paste.
When cooking the main entrée, it almost seems as if the food was being prepared 1 client at a time. He was literally rubbing the fat on the each steak across the griddle to prevent it from sticking. The shrimp had the tails cut off, but on the adjacent shell (we had to remove them ourselves).
The orders were not confirmed (we had to tell him) and then they were not cooked as we asked. My daughters order was not even on the tray. When everyone else had been served, we had to ask aobut her order and Demetrius has to call in a replacement order (he didn't recognize that he hadn't cooked her main course.
We were there from 6:30p to after 8:30p, mostly waiting for our food to be served. Other tables had started after we did and we almost finished by the time we got all of our food.

Very disappointed in our experience. Unfortunately, this was the second time in a row that the service has been poor.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

This was one of my best visits relative to the food and the showmanship of our cook. Excellent.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Reservations at 12:15. Our server didn’t start until 2:05. Hair was on the raw chicken...service was horrible...we didn’t even get to eat because our rice was cook and food still wasn’t prepared properly.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Not Good at all...service, chef. It was my birthday and I didn't enjoy at all.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

This was a birthday dinner for my son and my husband and by far the absolute worst experience I have ever had in a restaurant. We got seated close to the time of our reservation. There were multiple large units with clear tubes/hoses going up into the ceiling - I suppose for ventilation? Very unattractive. Our server was nice - but not very attentive at all. We eventually got drinks. We made our orders and sat and chatted. Soup did not come out for quite a while - and we started noticing that tables around us (that were seated before us) were just sitting there and staring off into space (no chef was coming to their tables). The tables with chefs were not very lively (we have been here before and also enjoy the Iron Chef so are familiar with the Hibachi experience). Our salads come out about 20 minutes after our soup. When we had sat there for 2 hours (with just soup and salad) I went and looked for our server (I think she was hiding from us) - another server asked to help me and I stated that I thought we might leave - he offered to get our server and the manager. Our server came out from the back and offered us an appetizer or sushi because of the long wait. We ordered and sat and waited again. After another 1/2 hour - we got up to leave. 1 order of sushi came out at that time - by another server who told us the other 5 orders would be started in the kitchen soon. At this time the manager came out to tell us there had been call offs and they were short staffed (this was the first time I had seen the manager - she was not out in the dining area the entire time we were there). We had one person in our party that had to work at 11pm so we could not wait any more. She did give us business cards with "Free Meal for One" scribbled on them - I doubt we will ever bother going back to this restaurant - we will stick with the Iron Chef. We ended up eating at Steak-n-Shake for the 2 birthday boys - we had a delightful server - and tipped her $100.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Made reservations for my 1st anniversary for 7:15, on a quiet Sunday. We weren't seated until 7:50... and the staff was noticeably annoyed when I tried to complain about the wait. Our waitress took our orders around 8. We received drinks and soup around 8:05 and we didn't even see a server for nearly 30 minutes. Our waitress came out and told us that since we've "only" been waiting around a half hour that we would be behind 3 more tables. We never saw her again.. once it hit 9:05 me and my wife walked out and left! Not once did anyone check in on us or show concern. The restaurant also smelt STRONGLY like cheap car air freshener more so than.. you know.. a hibachi restaurant. I'll never return and will tell my friends and family to avoid! If I could give it zero stars I would! Also the have a random security guard at the entrance with a firearm.. made things even more uncomfortable.

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