Benihana - Cupertino

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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. Sitting high atop a hill in Vallco Fashion Mall, Benihana is the original teppanyaki steakhouse and still Cupertino’s most popular choice for succulent steaks, juicy chicken and savory seafood prepared to order on the hibachi grill. Benihana is open daily for lunch and dinner, featuring Happy Hour each Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m.
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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Our server was aware and helpful. Our cook was not engaging and did not perform the usual tricks of cooking. Our food was quite tasteless as well. It seems like all of the old cooks are gone and only new, inexperienced ones are left. It’s sad to see a fun place going downhill.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beef was better than usual, very soft and tender. Service was decent. Only thing is chef seemed rushed/busy this time.

DJ
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

W had an interesting experience this year. The food was delicious as usual but the portions were much smaller than last year. We would rather pay more for the old portion size but we may be in the minority there! Our table for 8 had 9 people and we were scrunched for space and that has never happened before. We had a reservation for a month prior to our seating and would have preferred more room. There were empty tables around us so I don't know why this happened. We will probably be back next year for our daughter's birthday (as usual) as we have been taking her to Benihana since she was about 4, which is over 25 years.

SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great night at Benihana ♥️ Never been there until I meet “my now boyfriend “ two years ago,we went As friends then as a couple who absolutely love this place for a Friday night with Saki 🍺🥃

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for lunch at very reasonable prices. Love the combo fried rice made right in front of me.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Good was not the normal high quality of Benihana. Chef Janeth food prep was poor and I would not return to Benihana if this had been my only experience. Normally Benihana is worth the expense, but not this time. Food seasoning and cooking was poor.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Waiter was tentative and the chef was on point

LS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our CHEF was awesome and funny. My son had a fantastic birthday 🎂

u
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

鉄板の料理人さんはいいけどテーブル担当の女性の接客はイチイチイラッとします。

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R
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

It was a special night for my daughter it her 10ths birthday dinner the waiter asked if this was a special occasion,I told him that Is my daughter birthday he forgot to have employees come over our table and sign happy birthday for her. Bad service...

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was slow, we sat for 10mins before anyone came to take our order. Then we sat another 20mins waiting for our soup and salad to arrive. Chef seemed uninterested and didn’t really talk, the chicken fried rice was just cooked... no special designs with the egg like we are used to. Grill plate was too hot so most of my ocean treasure was burnt and over cooked. My son and husband had the steak and asked for medium/rare but it was medium/well done. My husband ordered steamed rice which he had to remind the waiter to bring, in the end it was brown because there didn’t have white rice ready for another 10 minutes.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

it's a great family restaurant and the chef cooking at the table is always fun!

EN
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed. We didn’t get the show. No shrimp tail flipping, or onion volcano, or zucchini train. The food was cooked very good.

SJ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food with entertainment - we always love our meals at Benihana!

JC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was top notch! very attentive, polite and accommodating. rarely have seen service this good!

PO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. My friends & I enjoyed the lunch.

IM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. I love it , we always do all of our families birthdays here !!

E
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent and service started great. But then it felt incredibly rushed. The chef had barely finished making our food when the waitress returned and asked us what kind of ice cream we wanted. Then came back immediately with our ice cream when we had barely started eating. We were nowhere near done when asking if we needed boxes. It was less than 30 minutes of being served that she was handing us our check. It’s a lot of food, let us eat. Our ice cream was melted by the time we were done.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday party

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

😍 best food ever

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One at the best steak house Japanese experience

m
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremly delicous food and great service. We have been coming here for years and have nevr had a bad experince

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Took too long for the salad to serve. Use to give free ice cream for everyone in the table now only for birthdays. Lots of smoke, it wasn’t like that back then

N
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Yesterday we celebrated our son's birthday at Benihana Cupertino.
We made a reservation at 7 pm and seated around 7:30 pm.
This time we were not very impressed with the female server. If I am not mistaken I heard the chef called her "Alessandra"

What we don't like about our server:
1. The soups and salads were served up in smaller portion. It seems like they have limited soups and salads. First worst experienced after we dined at Benihana for more than 10 times.

2. She rarely visits the table making sure our drinks were refilled. I was so thirsty and told the chef. Chef called her when she passed by. She was not paying attention at all.

3. She didn't even ask and serve us ice-cream. 'Though some of us dislike ice-cream at Benihana, doesn't mean you don't ask them. Only to the birthday guests? Really!? Inconsistent service and food
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My daughter's birthday is coming up. We will not celebrate her birthday at Benihana.

LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

50th Birthday

OT
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to many Benihana restaurants and this was a great one. Chef’s skills were sharp and good was great. I am definitely going back with bigger parties.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so much fun it was my birthday we had drinks flowing and we will definitely do it again!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We celebrated a couple of birthdays. We have been

GB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We looooove Benihana it needs some updating but other than that the food is always is of quality fresh and super tasty .

PJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We have been unhappy with this Benihana the last few times we were there. This time, however, we were pleasantly surprised! The food was cooked to order. Tasted great. Our chef, David, was engaging and friendly. The server did not show up at the table as soon as the chef left. He left us alone for a while to allow enough time to finish the meal. I hope that this will be the normal now.

O
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was good to excellent but the restaurant was extremely noisy, and not conducive to a quiet conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife birthday

RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would recommend because I have had great experiences here before, but Saturday was not one of them. The cook - Hilda was not very good. I would tell anyone who came here to avoid having her as your cook

I
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Maybe it was because they were running a promotion that they were seeming cheap and rushing everything? the fried rice bowls weren't even full. service was TERRIBLE! the waitress hardly ever came to the table. we ran out of water and after waiting through the entire cooking process for her to come back and not, we finally flagged down another waiter and asked him to hunt her down for us. Food didn't taste great. the fried rice in particular tasted off. Orders at our table were wrong (mine included). The chef ran out of ginger sauce, but instead of getting more, just gave everyone maybe 2 tablespoons in their dish. he didn't have the chicken we ordered on his cart, so he asked someone to get it, then rushed to cook it, completely ignoring seasoning. might as well have left it out. wasn't good. on top of it all, something made me super sick. rough night after eating here. such a shame... it's always been a family favorite. not sure what's gone wrong.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make your reservation ahead of time. 2 days or more

YY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was early Thursday evening dinner with the reservation we didn't have to wait long. Chef was entertained, food was fresh and delicious. We got free chicken fried rice as it's International Rice day! We will be back again when we have birthday event.

SY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cupertino location is my favorite. Table chefs are fun & light hearted. Food is tasty, especially the sauces. Be sure to sign up for free BDay meal via emails. Free meal when you’re going out anyway!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We celebrated a birthday as we have done many times at Benihana. Great chef he was very witty and good. He had a special touch to things. He wrote 23 on the heart rice for my daughter’s birthday.
The service was good and the waitress was very nice but at the end of the evening it took a long time and things drug on.
The check took a long time to receive.
So I enjoyed the meal and the people working were all great. It was just a long ending

NT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Calvin is one of the best Chefs we had at Benihanas’s. He is very friendly & on point with the food, everything was delicious.

MM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

While the experience is fun once, I’m not convinced it’s worth the price just for the show.

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