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About Benihana - Columbus

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 in the Lifestyle Center of Polaris Fashion Place, Benihana Columbus is the perfect place for a pre or post shopping meal. Enjoy the ancient art of teppanyaki performed by your personal chef at one of our 18 teppanyaki tables. Looking for a more private experience? We have four semi-private tables to accommodate you and your party. Happy Hour is offered in our bar and lounge area, Monday through Thursday from 5-7 p.m. and Friday from 4–7 p.m.

8781 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240
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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 - 4:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Polaris Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(614) 436-3705

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/columbus

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Details

For a limited time, when you purchase $50 in Benihana Gift Cards, you’ll receive a $10 Promotional Card. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Buy your Benihana Gift Cards at your favorite Benihana location or online at Benihana.com. Excludes Tax and Tip. Valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017. Promo Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM.

Benihana - Columbus Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.1

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4.1

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3.8

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Great for Lunch (6)
Authentic (5)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Business Meals (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Cozy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
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Pre/post Theatre (2)
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Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The only critic I would say is we were celebrating my daughter's 8th birthday. We had two kids with birthday's in our party of 8 and they didn't sing happy birthday even though we told them we had 2 birthdays and as we were leaving they sang to a kid at the table next to us which made our kiddos sad but other than that it was a great experience.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 11, 2017

First off the food was amazing. The experience was not amazing. This is my second time eating at this restaurant, the first time i ate at this location was a few weeks ago and their was a huge fight inside the restaurant that even involved a serving being punched, this visit we made reservations. We tried to give the restaurant another chance after the fight a few weeks ago that ruined our dinner. This time we were sat down at our table with a very nice family but the family ended up getting up and leaving after 45 mins of not even getting a glass of water. Not one waitress came to our table even after we asked one waitress she never came back. The 5 person family actually started calling other restaurants and left after 45 mins of not even being acknowledged at our table. We were seated at 4:40pm and didn’t receive a waitress or water until the manager had to come out and help us around 5:30. This is 2 times in a row that i feel this $80-$100 tab was not worth it. The manager came out and waited on our table for the rest of the night and our cook was amazing but the fact that cook even came out and i mentioned we had been waiting for like almost 2 hrs now just getting a cook and he said “O this is the table that has been waiting” there was obviously a mix up that just had no waitress for our table but you would think the waitresses would talk to each other and find a resolution in faster time then a hr. It would have taken 2 mins for a waitress to stop and get us drinks atleast.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Average service at best

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Me and my daughter got sick when we got home after eating at Benihana, I beleive the food was undercooked and the chef took long to even cook our meal.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The service for express lunch took 40 minutes!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Although the food is always great, sometimes the seating arrangements are not the best for a festive mood. I would greatly prefer if private tables were available.

Tags: Casual
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 4, 2017

30 minutes before they even started preparing our meal and whole table was already seated. Way too slow.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Chef was great, food good. Service staff was poor, nobody refilled drinks till end of meal, couldn’t get water. Wanted a second cocktail, never got that. Table wasn’t clean when we were seated. Expected better service. Again, chef was the only thing that save the night out.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great steak and scallops.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was very tasty. Portions were much smaller than past visits. Staff was very friendly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Sam, our chef, was awesome. Entertaining, had a few new tricks and the food was perfect!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was delicious as usual. Lunch prices are half the dinner menu price and the food and experience is just as good. It was our daughters birthday and my had to travel for work so lunch was our only option. It was a nice surprise when the bill came. Our family loves Benihana!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I love Benihana and the chef Aziz is the best and we always request him! my steak was too done but everything else was great! We come all the time so I look forward to seeing Aziz soon!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Our chef, Kevin, was one of the best we have ever had. We are regulars here and I have never written a review but he was so great that I had to share. My husband and my friends joined me in celebrating my 21 birthday . We were at the restaurant late and were the only 4 people at the table and Kevin was so funny and willing to talk. Our food has never been better and I will be requesting him from now on.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was the worst "fine dining* restaurant I've been too thus far. We were on time for our 8:45 reservation but didn't get seated until almost 9:15. Our server never even had our drinks to us & we had been there for an hour. I noted in my reservation it was my boyfriends Birthday, no one at the restaurant made mention of it. The service & food where nowhere close to the cost they charged. I will never be back, recommend this place to anyone.

Tags: Disabled Access
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Just getting seated seemed to be an issue. Two hosts that were either too busy or inexperienced to give us the time of day. Restaurant was basically empty. Server was rarely seen and food was mediocre. Cost was not! Not worth the expense!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was yet another great trip to Benihana. Tasty food, great service, and some nice conversation with both the cook and those sitting at the table with us.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Although the chef burned the oil to start the meal, and that flavored the veggies some, she did a great job searing the veggies; shrimp excellent (not overcooked); scallops a tiny bit overcooked but still delicious. Great job with the seasoning of all. First time I've done lunch there in ages. Great amount of food for the price, versus what dinner runs. If you want to add a salad to the lunch menu, re-iterate to the server that you are ADDING it, not asking to substitute it for the soup. Waiter quickly made it right for us, bringing the soup as a later course.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We had a great time, for my birthday. It was my husband and two daughters.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We had a delicious meal for a birthday celebration. Our server was fantastic and the chef was entertaining.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was incredible management and wait staff was phenomenal. Will definitely be back, we will be regulars.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our chef was the best! Very entertaining and food was excellent! Server was also very good and attentive.. overall great service!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was awful. So bland and the chef took forever to cook the food.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 27, 2017

It was my second time here at Benihana and the food gets better each time. The food and service was good. It was also unexpected to get a free ice cream for my birthday month.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was tasty! The service was subpar. It is usually not that way but it was on this visit. Very slow.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Meal great but when did they stop doing corn for the kids - major bummer.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Each time I visit Benihana, I spend $200-$400.. so I would expect decent service. Last night was the last straw and I wont be returning. I had a reservation with a birthday celebration noted. The service was slow, we waited a full hour after placing an order before any chef came out, we waited 25 minutes to just get waters. Waiter was curt... and even over charged us - we ordered a steak & chicken dinner to go and instead of placing the order as Rockys combo, he charged us individually for 2 separate dinners. To fix would have meant waiting even longer and he didn't even apologize. Last and insult to injury... they forgot my sons birthday (and DOLR reason I was there on a Thursday night) which I placed in my reservation and confirmed upon arrival AND with my waiter. My experience SUCKED. Next time... Genji or Japanese Steak House will get my money. I suggest everyone else do the same on my Facebook page. 🙅

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 19, 2017

I have been here for a team lunch, and this was my second time for my birthday dinner (using the $30 coupon). At first, we were worried we would have to leave because we had to wait for a table even though we had a reservation. The hostess asked us to wait because she had to seat a large group. We felt ignored for several minutes when she was done, but then someone else who was dressed as a server seated us. I felt maybe the hostess was overwhelmed. We loved that we had a whole table (hibachi) to ourselves. Our server Marcus was wonderful. Our chef, who was a young female named Brooklyn, was also wonderful. She was friendly and we had a good conversation with her. We had a great meal and a great night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The chef makes the experience. It is a good place to take a group of eight. Conversations were energized.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Our server was very attentive. Chef prepared our meal timely, really appreciated.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Vivian is one if not the best server at Benihana. She's ton caliber when it comes to excellent customer service and satisfaction. Very attentive, professional and quite courteous. Assistant Manager, Ji, is so very friendly and remembers me and my guest at every visit. She rocks!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Bennihana has alway been a good experience and I've always enjoyed the food. The service is great, the chef is entertaining and overall just a fun place to eat when you feel like treating yourself.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food, great service, cook was friendly and personable. Highly recommended.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Our chef was terrific. We have had him before. 5 stars for him!!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Live Music, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Over priced food quality fair. Feel rushed. Service is fair. Probably will not return.

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·Dined on September 5, 2017

It was a great place.. we went on a Monday and it wasn't busy at all. The experience was very fun, and enjoyable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

There were four of us celebrating a birthday for one. The food was very delicious and the chef was very entertaining.
The birthday coupon made the whole experience reasonable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was good. The service was very bad. The restaurant was very dirty.

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

This was my first time at Benihanas. I really did enjoy my server as well as my chef. I was calorie counting so this was very hard on me smelling the great food and seeing all the amazing food being created that I wanted to eat...LOL. The server suggested the veggies which was appreciated and enjoyed. My girls loved the food and said this was the best tasting Japanese spot. My suggestion is more veggie options on the menu!!! Overall the food was till amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Enjoyable, Fun, Exciting. Had fun watching the antics of the chef. Able to interact with the other 3? In our party.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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