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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

MAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SIZZLE.
The more you give, the more you get.
For a limited time, RECEIVE A $10 PROMOTIONAL CARD WHEN YOU PURCHASE $50 IN GIFT CARDS. Offer available 11/14/17 – 12/31/17. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

MAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SIZZLE.
The more you give, the more you get.
For a limited time, RECEIVE A $10 PROMOTIONAL CARD WHEN YOU PURCHASE $50 IN GIFT CARDS. Offer available 11/14/17 – 12/31/17. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

MAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SIZZLE.
The more you give, the more you get.
For a limited time, RECEIVE A $10 PROMOTIONAL CARD WHEN YOU PURCHASE $50 IN GIFT CARDS. Offer available 11/14/17 – 12/31/17. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18.

Benihana - Cupertino Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (61)
Good for Birthdays (60)
Special Occasion (57)
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Fun (54)
Kid-friendly (35)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Good for a Date (32)
Casual (25)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Great for Lunch (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Authentic (15)
Healthy (11)
Romantic (11)
Business Meals (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Cozy (7)
Disabled Access (7)
People Watching (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Seasonal (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

I've been coming to this restaurant to celebrate my birthday for the past 30+ years. While some things have changed over time, the service and food remains excellent! I highly recommend it for celebrating special events, especially for slightly larger groups.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Great food like always, been going there for past 20 years and going back for 20 more!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We arrived early for a 7:00 reservation and were told they were just waiting for tables to clear. We were seated at 7:30. We waited until almost 8:00 for someone to take our order. The entry was overcrowded with folks waiting for tables, including a group of 20 kids. The place is really due for a good cleaning. We used to go here all the time and I'm thinking this was the last time!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wait staff was really slow and behind. Needed lots of reminders from appetizer orders delay to drinks water refill to incorrect check

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Longer waiting time even with the reservation. Too many people stood at the lobby. Chef was in a hurry mode to take care of many customers so the food quality, especially un-cooked fried rice. Waitress was not a professional. Very poor birthday picture quality. Overall, I was so not happy with the overall quality today.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Had a reservation at 7, got seated at 7:45, didnt start eating until 8:30. The cook was great but the waiting just was really bad. I always love the food. It was maybe my 4th time there and I have never experienced that much waiting.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food is too greasy here this time. It really depends on the chef that you get.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food was yummy and it was fun to eat there as well!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Birthday dinner for our daughter and 7 friends. Fun, lively, interactive dinner. Everyone loved it!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Overall exceptional service from the Benihana team!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The chicken on the Benihana Delight meal I ordered tasted terrible. I was surprised because I’ve dined at Benihana’s in the past and have enjoyed their food. The chicken was not under cooked but the issue was that the texture was rubber-like and tasted like it had been expired. After a few bites, I decided to play it safe and not eat any of the chicken.

I decided not to complain because it was my daughter’s 7th birthday and did not want to ruin her moment. I was extremely disappointed with the quality of food and it will be awhile before I book another reservation.

I’d rather dine elsewhere where the quality is better.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Everything was good, food was delish.... However, service was slow to seat us, reservation at 6:30 didn’t get seated till 7. Waiter was rushing us a bit... overall is was okay.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Wonderful meal and experience as always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Been going to the Cupertino Ca locatiion for over 30 years!!!! Will go another 30!!!!! Just Love if!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

It was very disappointing. It wasn’t our first time and kids always enjoyed the fun. This time the chef (female) could barely speak English and was not entertaining and getting guests involved. Kids were bored and disappointed. Totally ruined our early Christmas lunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The service was a bit slow. Not every servers.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our reservations were at 7:30. We arrived at 7:15 and didn't get seated until 8:15 and the chef didn't show up until 9pm. Chef was entertaining when he finally showed up after asking twice where he was. Service was poorer than poor. I will never eat here again or use open table again. It was my daughters 17th birthday and memorable for the wrong reasons.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

It was a great time,my kids love this place,great food,great cooks lots of fun!!!

Tags: Healthy, Great Beer, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Nothing g to say

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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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