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

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 - Cupertino Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.1

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4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (73)
Good for Groups (64)
Fun (62)
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Special Occasion (55)
Good for a Date (40)
Kid-friendly (40)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Casual (31)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Authentic (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Worth the Drive (14)
Healthy (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
People Watching (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Romantic (10)
Disabled Access (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Seasonal (5)
Spicy (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Late-night Find (3)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
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Vegan (2)
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Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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·Dined 20 hours ago

Everything was great. The service from staff is what honestly made the experience perfect. Top notch staff.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Most things were great, though the fillets ordered medium rare came out well done.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Nothing g to say

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·Dined 4 days ago

This place lacks professionalism. We made reservation for party of 4 plus baby at 2:30 pm. We arrived on time. Place was empty, took them 10 mins to seat us. The staff at the front were standing around carrying on non-business conversation amongst colleagues. We heard everything they were saying.
Finally, when the host brought us to our table she mention that we would have the table to ourselves, then she said, “You are going to hate me but I’m seating you with another party of three would be joining us.
The chef wasn’t at all enthusiastic at all. Food was bland and rushed through.
Overall, We we’re celebrating my daughter 22 Birthday her first time visiting. Not happy with food or service. Won’t be coming back.

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great As always! It’s fun to watch the chef cook the food in front of you. The food is outstanding. Didn’t feel rushed either.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Our chef did well performance wise but he didn’t season the food very well. I understand you don’t want to oversalt but the flavor suffered. Also, I asked for my steak to be medium and he cooked it well. I was trying to tell him that but he didn’t understand what I was trying to say. It was a decent experience but it was not what I’ve become accustomed to at this location.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and excellent service . Our server Ran was very attentive and our cook was very entertaining

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The server got everything about our order wrong, we sat without drinks for most of the night ... when addressing us pointed at us with a pen ... I had to go to the bar to get my fiancé (who’s birthday we were celebrating!!) a drink. We had to ask the busboy for help because he never came around. After telling him who’s birthday it was he gave me the candle 😐 he tipped himself 20%... after the service he gave he did NOT deserve it. The chef was great, funny and accommodating.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

My S/O made a reservation for us and upon arrival, we only waited about 10 minutes. Our waiter came by to take our order and drinks. He was very blunt and unfriendly. I hate to say it but he didn't speak English very well and it made it difficult for us to understand him. He muttered, "is another celebrating an occasion today?" My S/O replies, "yes it's her birthday" and he just took off lol.

Our teppanyaki chef comes shortly after, repeats our orders (which I'm glad he did because I was worried our waiter misunderstood me)

As we watched our show and ate what was ready, I became thirsty and looked around to see if our waiter was nearby. He was nowhere to be found. I let it slide the first time as I was having a great time eating and watching but after some time, I notice the other people next to me where getting up and asking for refills by the bar! The lady didn't get her sugar with her ice tea and the other party in front of us were complaining about that waiter. At some point, it got so bad that they even talked to the manager.

After all said and done with our waiter being MIA, he finally shows up with my birthday ice cream! My melted birthday ice cream that is. My poor ice cream was probably sitting in the back melting. Sigh. Another waitress and a hostess sang happy birthday though, definitely a cute touch.

The other table next to us was celebrating something and had their picture taken. I even waited to have mine taken but again, our waiter was no where to be found. I even had to ask the manager for my picture to be taken which was really sad - quite embarrassing actually. Even then, the manager never came back and I had to explain myself to our waiter who finally shows up. He takes our picture and heads to the back only to be gone for the next 20 minutes.

In the end, my S/O and I walked out with no picture and was frustrated. I felt really bad because I know my S/O did his part and planned everything accordingly but the staff at Benihana ruined it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went here with friends for a birthday. Made the reservations and they were great at accommodating changes. Got seated, and enjoyed a great meal with built-in entertainment.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing experience!!! Delicious food served with fun.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food, the only bad thing is that if you are hungry not the place to go, it takes easily over an hour to get your food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I will always have a soft spot for Benihanas. I love the food n the whole experience. Victor was our chef n we’ve had him several times n he never disappoints! Never overcooks my fish, which has happened. And to anyone reading this, do not go to House of Genji, there is NO comparison. We went for a special occasion n I won’t go back even if invited again. Stick with the best n that’s Benihana!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Good service. Maybe in future try to slow down a little? Waitress trying to speak too fast with accent and with noise level made it hard to understand right away what she was saying. Overall she was great! Thank you for a great birthday dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Wait time is too long to get seated. Maybe should hire more chefs so the wait time will be shorter.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I have celebrated birthdays at Benehanas in Cupertino for the past 20 years. I have noticed a decline in the quality of the food, particularly the steak (I order filet mignon). Also, our salad had hardly any dressing on it (the dressing is delicious, I often pay for a quart to take home).
In addition, we were sitting right under an air conditioning vent apparently, and were very cold. At first, when we sat down we all thought the window behind us was open, but it appeared to be cold air blowing down.
I am planning to research similar restaurants in the area, and break my tradition of visiting Benehanas for birthdays.
Our chef and service were courteous and pleasant, I am not including them in this review (as a problem)

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food is good and very consistent each time I eat there (once a year). Good for special occasions, like a birthday. It tends to get a little noisy and very smoky, depending on how many grills are going at one time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Family Birthday. There was 8 of us and we all enjoyed the service and the food.
The 10 year old and the 7 year old were entertained! Kept them quiet and focused.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The service was lousy. It took 40 minutes to get our soup after we were sitted. The server forgot to write down that all of us at the table requested fried rice so the rice had small portions of chicken and eggs. We had been going to Benihana for 30 years and this past 10/25/17 was the worst. We are not planning to go back for a long time.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Starting to look a little run down, old carpet,etc.

Time for an update!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Never disappoints..........very satisfied and service was exceptional.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My kids like Benihana for birthdays but we haven't been to this location in a while. Service was so bad it was almost comical. They are terribly understaffed and seem to have hired people who have never done food service before.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always enjoy going here. They have great food and a fun "show" while they cook it. Overall fun and great food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I was really not impressed with this restaurant. I had heard good things but never gone there before. It was sort if empty when we entered because there is a bar area that looks more like a food court. We waited for our reservation and couldn't help noticing the dingy carpet with trash on it. While this may be a nice place for a family dinner I was expecting better service food and ambience. It was a let down.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

My sons birthday. He could pick anything he wanted and he chose Benihana’s. He loved the food and always enjoys the time we spend as a family having a good meal and being Together.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food and service really good but Most of All the chef was AWESOME. Funny nice entertainment and food quality really good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We love Benihana’s. It is our go to restaurant to celebrate birthdays and special occasions

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I was slightly disappointed when the chef did not perform the usual routine with the shrimp appetizers and the fried rice. Other than that, the meal was very good, the service was excellent and my dinner companions had a good time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I don't come here that often usually for birthdays or other celebrations but every time Im here I love the food and the chefs are great. This is a fun place but I do prefer to have enough people in our party so we can have our own table.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We have been taking our 27 year old daughter to celebrate her birthday at Benihana since she was about 5 or 6. This restaurant never disappoints. The food is delicious and plentiful and you always get a great floor show. Watching the chef's cook is so much fun. Meeting strangers at your table for eight is usually an extra added gift. This year our party of four celebrated with another party of four. The child in that party turned eight and loves the place as much as our daughter does. It's also an annual for his family. It's good to keep the traditions going.

GREAT JOB, Benihana!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Fun, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Benihana Cupertino is still there! So glad it didn't go away with all the changes in Cupertino.

Celebrated at birthday with gal pals and had a great time. Our chef (wish I could remember his name), kept us engaged with fun conversation and "food acts" I had not seen before. How does he make the raw eggs multiple? Mystery. Ha!

Was a fun evening had by all.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was good but the 'show' wasn't as good as usual.... we sat with another family - they ordered 2 chicken fried rice upgrades and we ordered 2 as well. Chef ended up with extra fried rice as they usually do but then instead of divvying it out to us 4 that ordered - she gave an extra bowl to the kid who didn't even order!! And he didn't even eat it and wasted it!!! She also made mistakes and dropped food on table and proceeded to just put it back on grill and then serve. A little disconcerting.... understand that doing the show requires practice and the more you do, the better you get but it shouldn't be at the expense of the price we pay to eat there. Also, our salads were served as we were being served teppan food - salads were tardy like the server forgot.

Sigh -not the best experience this time but my kid likes this place which is why we keep coming back...

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Service was bad

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Our server was good, but our cook was not good. He literally just cooked and no entertainment, let alone a personality. My kids were looking forward to the volcano trick and he did not do it.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

was disappointed. the cook was not very good. he had no personality. he cooked, never said a word. after he was done he walked away. never did the volcano, did nothing. ruined our evening. we complained and the manager said he would talk to him and that was it. and he walked away. he didn't even say he was sorry. won't go back. We went there before and had a fun time with a cook who joked and did tricks, but this guy did nothing at all. just cooked and left. even the other people at our table complained too. and they had 2 little boys who seemed disappointed too. not fun at all. we were looking forward to this night, spent a lot of money but it wasn't good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I come here for every birthday in my family and usually enjoy it. This time however we didn’t
The food was rushed through, I didn’t even see the rooster, the volcano was tiny, the sauces not as tasty as usual rather watered down.
It felt like they wanted to have 2
Or more parties at that table and that’s only possible if the other parties don’t stay there long.
They even forgot the picture
I was quite disappointed
No picture for my daughters 9th birthday

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

I had a very bad experience with this Benihana. We went to this restaurant on last Monday eve for my sisters birthday. We reserved open table but they didn’t send us any bday certificate. We got a mail from the customer care saying that it is send instead of resending the same certificate of giving us a prompt response. The manager in this restaurant also didn’t give us 30$ discount instead they told they will give us a free appetizer even though we were not interested in the appetizer. So I want to say that the customer care is very bad and also the service

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Awesome dinner with friendly energetic staff!!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Benihana is always fun for the grandkids. the food is good and consistent and preparation entertaining. great for birthdays with 3 little boys!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The bill was $200 but I was not happy with the food and service. The fried rice was bland and the service was lazy. We were disappointed. We could have dined elsewhere for $200 for four people.

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