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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Overall Rating

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4.0

service

3.4

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3.2

value

3.1

Noise

Moderate

64% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (44)
Fun (41)
Special Occasion (39)
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Good for a Date (30)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Casual (26)
Good for Groups (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Kid-friendly (15)
Authentic (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
People Watching (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Romantic (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Seasonal (5)
Cozy (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Business Meals (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined a day ago

Great food, great dinner! Thank you Chef Charlie...It was awesome!

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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was great, but the restaurant was dirty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The staff was great the food was on point really enjoyed the food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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·Dined 3 days ago

Benihana felt run down and out dated from the 1st step in the door. The carpet was sticky under my feet as I waited for my table. The bathroom didn't feel clean. There was plywood over a window beside our table and large hoses venting through it. Very unsightly!! The food was delicious. I got a large Red drink that was $35, you would think I should feel a buzz but not even close. $35!!
Kinda mixed on the security guard in the lobby. Glad he was there, but haven't been to any other restaurant that "needed" a guard.

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·Dined 3 days ago

The Chef was very good the food was delicious service was great .

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Great experience only complaint was having reservations and still having to wait about 20 minutes for our table. It would've been nice to have a complimentary drink or appetizer during our wait.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely amazing. can't wait to go back. Great show and our food was cooked perfectly.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was well-prepared and tasty. Our service was outstanding. Our waitress Shyla was very attentive and all the employees were welcoming and friendly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was delicious but chef was not a showman.

Our server, MJ, was excellent and entertained us while also providing great service!! Nice to have a friendly server who was happy to give us great service!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Even with a reservation, we waited 2 hours to be seated and served! I booked for a birthday party and asked for a song for my 9 year old son and never got it AND the shrimp was undercooked!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Took my boy and other family for his 16th birthday. Was a little concerned after reading some of the reviews but it was much better than expected. Still kind of pricy (your paying for the show) but certainly fun once in awhile on a special occasion. This was a Saturday night so it was pretty busy but the service and food was decent and didn't have to wait long for anything.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This place has declined significantly over the years. I try to go to Benihana in every city I visit and I have never seen one with an armed security guard. The food is marginal and the service is slow. I prefer the Columbus, OH location and it is worth the extra miles to get there. This one should close and start over.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Portion sizes are too small for the price.
Lunch is only available Mon-Fri, where as, it used to be available on Saturday's and Sunday's. Now they just offer dinner prices on the weekend.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Two people started to fight at a table next to us, they had to use the security they finally got them out,felt very unsafe don’t know if we will go back, that was something for us to really think about.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was okay - didn’t bring the correct amount of rice and had to wait on the rest of the meal while he made the additional servings. Nothing outstanding about the food this time, won’t drive over an hour to visit again any time soon. Our waitress was super friendly and helpful with menu questions.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We arrived at 615pm fir 620 reservation and checked in. Waited for our turn, even though many who arrived after us were seated. I inquired and was informed our reservation was deleted. So at approx 7pm we were finally seated. I expressed to BOTH managers tgis situation is unacceptable and something should be done (discount etc.) Both blamed each other and the system. Did nothing but make excuses!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Horrible experience ever i come every month poor customer service i will not attempt to return until they get better employees

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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Made a reservation for 630 didn't get drinks or food till 7:40pm then people in front of us got there cook before us and we waited another 30mins for the cook close to 8pm ... cook did a good job but the services where bad very bad !!

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Our cook was great, he entertained us. And he was very experienced in what he was doing. He made us laughh, he engaged with us. I normally eat at Kabuto's this was a 1st for me here. But It was such a pleasant visit, I will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Everything was marvelous. Everyone was friendly, music was not too loud.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Benihana used to be one of my favorite restaurants. Unfortunately, it has gone downhill. The restaurant was not particularly clean (the bathrooms were very dirty), and they were doing some repair work that was not well cleaned up (and situated in the main dining room). Our server was working hard, but took 30 minutes to get us drinks. We were seated 20 minutes after our reservation, even though all eight people were present on time, and it was 1.5 hours before the chef even arrived! We enjoyed our food, but will not be back anytime soon due to the poor timing, service, and atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Service was extremely slow, with a long wait between soup&salad and main course. Server made several erros with order.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 5, 2018

They were short staffed, only 4 cooks for the whole restaurant. We were sitting next to a construction site and it felt like the circulation system was not working. Not the best experience I’ve had here.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Some time in the recent past (according to our chef) a new GM took over and now restricts the chefs from using garlic butter. That was the “secret sauce” that made it all taste so good. The service and facilities have been going downhill for a while but we continued to go because the food was good. In their attempt to increase the bottom line they’ve run it into the ground.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The cook was unfriendly got my order wrong and total time from start of reservation till we left was 2 hours. Wouldn’t go back!!

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our server and chef were great!! We had so much fun! I have been coming here for 13 years and it is always a great time. Never a disappointment.

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We always have a great time. Everyone is fantastic

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The service was much better than our last visit, Jorge the chef was a showman and it makes a big difference. The only thing that would have been better is that they made the rice last. Both us and the other party thought it used to be earlier before the meat/seafood and we much preferred it.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on January 30, 2018

Overall a great experience. The servers were all new so there were some complications with the bill all worked out fine. Food was great. Good atmosphere

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 29, 2018

Server was extremely slow, had birthday coupon they wouldn’t honor even with id. Table got sat after us had chef first, server was confused on people’s order.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 29, 2018

This was the 2nd time I came for my birthday. Our server Tammy was a sweetheart to us and Chef Jorge was very nice and creative. My daughter and her boyfriend also enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Food was really good. Our tableside chef was entertaining. Getting and paying the check was slow, but our servers were polite and friendly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The chef was very inexperienced and new. I wouldn't recommend new chefs to do dinner time. Was looking for a more advanced experience for the cost. Although he was very nice !

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This was THE WORST time I have ever experienced at Benihana. I will NOT be back. It took the chef a whole entire hour to come out to our table. The table behind us came in about 15 min after us and were pretty much almost done eating before we even heard a sizzle on the grill. To top it off The host and/or waitress didn't even turn the grill on. The food was mediocre definitely not worth the price. This is nothing like what it used to be.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The food and the service was great; only if we had better guest at our table that aren't so picky...

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Spicy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 23, 2018

It was good.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Restaurant was filthy. Waitress did not know the menu or drink menus. She was very slow. Asked her for napkins four different times. She couldn’t remember anything. Three out of seven orders were wrong. I was only supposed to have one meal on my check and she had three Bill came to $180. It took them 30 minutes to figure out my check. Used to love this place. Now it’s just a filthy mess.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Old, slow service, what happened to the Benihana we all knew and loved?

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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..

Very dissatisfied customer

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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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