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About Benihana - Cupertino

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.

2074 Vallco Parkway
Cupertino, CA 95014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Wolfe Road & Vallco Parkway / Stevens Creek Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(408) 253-1221

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/cupertino-ca-cu

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Benihana - Cupertino Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (64)
Fun (63)
Good for Groups (63)
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Special Occasion (60)
Kid-friendly (39)
Good for a Date (31)
Casual (29)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Great for Lunch (18)
Business Meals (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Romantic (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Authentic (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Cozy (8)
Healthy (8)
People Watching (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Nice evening ; food very good; server was almost impossible to understand but he tried; 5 o'clock dinner reservation and they were out of 2 items and lastly the hostess must have been in a bad mood!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Overall it was a good experience, the only downfall was the hostess. We had to wait about 25min after our reservation time to be seated and the hostess was just plain rude and condescending.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Awesome experience

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We weren't sitted until about 40 mins after reservation time. Our table was the only ppl waiting. Then when we were sitted it took quite a while to take order and have the chef start.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Horrible service which was surprising since the owners were there. We first sat at the bar and a nice man helped us with drink options, after he gave us the drinks he disappeared without telling us a different bartender would help us in which we had to go out of our way to get service from him as well. That’s not the end...we had paid for our drinks at the bar and asked the hostess to seat us. We waited for about 15 minutes with servers walking past us and even making eye contact (The owners included). Again I had to ask for service. It was pretty disappointing considering how often I have been to this location.

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

There is always some variation in the food probably because the cooks change and the number of people they are serving often changes-especially during lunch. The meal this time was cooked quickly, for just two of us at their 8 person tables. This meal was served nice and hot, tasty, and well prepared. Lunch is a very inexpensive way to enjoy a full meal at Benihanas!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Made a reservation for 6pm. Our whole party was there well before that time. We waited 30 minutes and were told they were understaffed. My father is a diabetic, my child is 3 years old so waiting for such a long time when you have an reservation was absured. Eapecialy when your food still has to be cooked. We were seated and ordered promptly. Our cook didnt arrive until 7pm at our table to start cooking. No manager ever came to apologize or check on our experience. We didnt leave the restaurant until almost after 8pm. If it was not my birthday i would have probably complained but trying not to ruin the evening. I have been coming on my birthday since I was 16 but considering next year starting a new tradition.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

If you haven't been to a place where the food is cooked in front of you with many tricks (if you'd like to get the spoilers, search for videos). While the outside has seen better days (it's next to a closed shopping mall), the employees make up for it and offer a nice show to watch with friends or well behaved kids (4+)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great time as always! Wonderful staff and table chef!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Had 7:30 reservations but waited 20 minutes to get seated. Service was very slow.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I thought for a birthday for a 3yr old, that this place was fun. The multiple birthday songs at other tables made our baby very happy. The food was healthy and she enjoyed everything she ate. The chef was very entertaining as well. The only issue I had was the chef table set up. If it wasn't one chefs table or the other, I had to sit next to the tray of uncooked food. Didn't seem sanitary. The way we were sitting we couldn't take pictures in away that showed that we were at Benihana's. I thought the decor was pretty plain. Our waitress was nice but forgot to bring my husbands streamed rice. I give this place 4.5 out of 5 because at the end the food was very enjoyable. But for a birthday celebration "nobody put baby in a corner"

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Fun
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Birthday and anniversary. The chef wasn’t interested in performing tricks or speaking to his audience so it made our annual Benihana dinner bleh.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Always a fun time for our daughter’s birthday with delicious food!

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Very smoky environment, and the service is too slow.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

The wait, with reservations, was too long.
The restaurant needs a facelift for sure. Doesn’t feel clean.
Food is great!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Family visiting

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good for birthday dinner!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love Benihana’s food. However we were sat in a back area that was extremely hot due to the hoods over the cooking area not working which is what we were told. Our poor cook was even sweating due to having no ventilation at all. Will just remember to never get sat in the back again because we were told those hoods have never worked.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Family from Canada was visiting so we got together with friends. We had a later reservation and didn't have to wait to be seated. It seemed like there weren't a lot of servers working however, and while we didn't wait too long for drinks, we did wait awhile for the first "soup" course. We waited quite awhile after that and then our chef arrived before our salads did. He had to remind the servers we still didn't have them. Our chef "Mike" was really good. He got us all into the "spirit of Benihana" and actually had a few table tricks we had never seen before and made it really fun. Food wise it seemed a little chaotic and our side mushrooms/onions/zucchini were a little over grilled. A couple of the filets were overdone, including my own, and as a result a little tougher than I like. Service wasn't as on point as usual probably because they seemed short staffed. But overall everyone really enjoyed the food and the experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Hostess needs to be a little more friendlier.. she had a attitude! I think she was new.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food is always consistently awesome. I come here a few times a year and this location never disappoints!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The food was ok not that great with the price that we paid . The cheft was in a rush when he cooked. We had reservation at 6:30pm but we still had to wait for our table and when the server told us that our table was ready, we came inside and then she said oh sorry please go back out and wait for 5 more minutes and that was weird. The service wasn’t good we asked for a spoon for our daughter and the server didn’t want to come to our table and forgot about it

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

We mentioned several times we had a birthday but never got singing. Also, 4 people in our group ordered the meal that comes with ice cream, but they never mentioned that when tLing our dessert orders until one of us remembered. Overall- I would say this was a mediocre visit, which is a shame as it’s my sons favorite place to have his bday.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

What I appreciate the most was the service was amazing!

Was seated immediately after making reservations 3 days prior to the actual day.

It was my parents first experience and in celebration of my mother's 49th birthday, great entertain and great food. Loved everything about the experience.

I would recommend this place! 5/5

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Live Music, Cozy, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great place for celebrations. Friendly atmosphere. Lots of fun.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fun, Healthy, Authentic, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I like the food and service but they put a lot of unnecessary butter on everything. Could be healthier without all that butter. I also wish there was an alternative to so many mushrooms and onions on everything. Service was good. Place is casual, jeans and t shirts. Interior is run down, but I think this is because the owner of the mall is trying to get approval to tear down the building and develop the property into something different. Overall I would go again.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Date with my fav people... my husband and daughter

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was very good as always. But pretty pricey. I guess your paying for the entertainment too. The chef was entertaining and the waiter we had was right on top of things in the begining but started to lag as dinner went on. We had to wait for soups, salads and forever to get the ice cream and check. We even went to the bar ourselves to get last drinks because they were taking so long. Over all the evening was nice and our 1yr old grandson enjoyed the entertainment and the food.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The waitress has a very plain face. The cook at our table did not put up much of show. When he finally made the volcano, it was lousy. The food quality was average. We came here because we used to like the Benihana in SF but that is far. Last time we went to SF, we were refused without reservation at Benihana SF. This time, we made reservation but found out the place was not full at all. Why didn't they serve people without reservation? There are many other places better than Benihana.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was amazing. Our server was really nice and attentive. The chef was friendly and enjoyable to watch. Food was perfect and made in a timely manner.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

I think the tables could of been a little bit more cleaner and the vents above need to be cleaned something dripped on the cooking surface before they cooked our meal. My tea cup had lipstick on it when it was brought out and I had to ask the server for the steam rice that came with our meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food and service was great however the bathrooms had no seat covers, toilet paper or paper towels!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is where my daughter really wanted to go for her birthday and it is great for special occasions. However, with a reservation you should not have to wait 45 minutes to be seated. That was so disappointing and we had 3 starving kids on our hands. No apologies offered, discount, bring us some appetizers or something. I'm really disappointed in how we were treated. Once we were seated, the waitress and cook were great and the food was delicious. Still, I'll think twice about coming back because of the ridiculous wait. What's the point of having a reservation if you still have to wait that long?

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a reservation at 4:30p. We didn’t get seated until almost an hour after our reservation time and other groups who came in after we did were getting seated before us. We have been going to Benihana’s for almost 40 years and unfortunately we have noticed a big decline in service and quality over the last 5 years. Not sure if we will go back at this point.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great Chef—excellent teppanaki.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

I've been going here several times a year for the last 30 years and love the food. The cook tonight did an outstanding job and cooked everything perfectly. The family and I were celebrating my wife and sons' birthdays. We had a great time

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I have always loved going to Benihana, but I will never go again after this dinner. They forgot to put the grill on, so it took 30 more minutes of waiting for them to even start cooking. The waitress forgot our drink orders multiple times. After an hour of waiting for the food when it was finally ready a six year old had a screaming tantrum at the table next to ours for 20 minutes and the mom just ignored him. My miso soup was cold. Lastly the waitress took another 20 minutes after I gave her my credit card to bring the bill back. Complete disaster!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I like the food. Service is so-so depends on the waiter/waitress you get. Some are nice, some are not. Lunch is worthy the price. Dinner is a bit pricy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very pleasant lunch and fair pricing. Would recommend for a fun time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Fun, Kid-friendly
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