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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (61)
Special Occasion (61)
Good for Groups (59)
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Fun (56)
Kid-friendly (39)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Casual (32)
Good for a Date (31)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Worth the Drive (19)
Great for Lunch (19)
Business Meals (17)
Romantic (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Happy Hour (11)
People Watching (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Authentic (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Healthy (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Cozy (6)
Seasonal (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Organic (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Waterfront (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

The service was really slow, food just Ok VERY crowded and noisy

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·Dined 2 days ago

Our server was awesome. However the restaurant was running behind seating people, they seemed short-staffed, it took a long time for our chef to get to our table and he wasn't very engaging or into what he was doing. It was definitely not the Benihana experience I'm used to. Also the hosts were a bit flustered and a little unprofessional in their mannerisms. We went here for my husband's with our 2 year old. We didn't get a kids menu, no kid's chef's hat, no kid's cups left and no one offered to take our picture. Overall very disappointing except the food did taste good. Thankfully.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 3 days ago

We will never come here again.

Birthday dinner for my boyfriend, we had a reservation for 6 people, they took forever to seat us.
After that we waited an hour for a chef, he was a sweet one though - we liked the guy and it so wasn't his fault, they were short on chefs that night, but c'mon on a Saturday you're short chefs??! That's got to be the busiest night for them!

The smoke from the hibachi grill was blowing at my boyfriend the entire time, so hot and smelled of takeout.

My drink spilled, no one came to clean up the sticky mess on the table, we pulled napkins from the bar to clean it ourselves.
It was loud, shared a table with people we didn't know - I didn't expect that.
The food was okay, our waiter was stressed but very sweet.

They took the one and only group photo and it was a mess, people were cut off, the cash register was in the background, a waitress was walking in the photo, it was just such a mess.

Also, they NEVER pick up the phone, I called everyday several times a day for a week just to confirm our reservation (booked on OpenTable) and to make sure we could bring his cake, never once did anyone pick up the phone.

This place is so overrated and the food, nor drinks were worth the price I paid. If the service and ambiance were on point, it would have been fine, but even THAT was a terrible let down.

We're never coming here again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Really love this restaurant. Always a fun time and the food is good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food service seems to be getting worse everytime. I always visit because I feel like it’s worth it, not so much anymore.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

#Mike the chef was amazing! Very entertaining and nice I will definitely come again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a terrible experience at this Benihana. Dinner reservation was for 6:00pm. We weren't seated until 6:30. We were a party of 3 and I originally thought the other diners must not be at the restaurant yet. Turns out everyone was there, just the restaurant was running behind. Ok, no problem. We were seated and our drink orders were taken. Everyone received their drinks except for my children who ordered strawberry lemonade. Our dinner order was taken. Everyone received what they ordered except we were missing a chicken fried rice that had to be made at the sushi bar??? and brought luke warm to our table. Everyone's soups were cold and had to be returned to be heated up. The dinner order was wrong. They forgot 3 steamed white rice orders that were finally delivered at the end of the meal. And we usually get a Benihana photo but their camera wasn't working. Overall it was a ridiculously expensive meal for being less than mediocre.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Always have a great time eating here! Now we want to bring our little ones!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

waiting is a problem even with reservation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our server was great, but the cook didnt speak english very well. Forgot the steam rice and meal was just about done. Wasnt much of a show, didnt speak to guest.much. lucky we knew sime Spanish but our friends didnt...

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I have been to Benihana at least 50 times over the last 20+ years. I was very disappointed in our service and experience. Reservations were made for nine of us at 4:30pm, but didn’t get seated until 5:15pm. Our server was Pat, the chef was Lisandro and both provided a mediocre experience.

There were multiple instances in which Pat didn’t adequately prepare the chef during dinner. The food was cooked and served, but the dipping sauces had yet to be provided because there were no small bowls at the table. The food got cold before the dipping sauce was available. We were there to celebrate two birthdays, yet I had to ask for a birthday song and photo. However, no other employees gathered around to sing, it was only Pat. Then, the photo was very blurry, and no additional photo was taken. Instead of leaving the kids with a favorable memory of the night, the memory is more of disappointment.

Also, the chef was nice, but again mediocre. He did a couple of the basic tricks, but rather than seem excited about the demonstration he seemed ho-hum. No shrimp tail tossing, no egg rolling, no interaction with any of us at the table.

Other than not having the sauces available, the food was cooked well, and tasted really good. We pretty much ordered everything - lobster, steak, shrimp, scallops, chicken, fried rice...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Cook was great and food tasty but hostess was not available when needed and the service sub par

Much too noisy an environment and should have more sound absorbing materials for a more quiet dining experience

Restrooms are abysmal and atrocious as the towel and soap dispensers were falling off the wall and held together with duct tape. Restroom floors were dangerously wet and graffiti on bathroom walls is unacceptable. Music in restroom was abnormally loud and should not be noisy but quiet place to refresh oneself.

The Front foyer waiting area is too small and people crowd the entrance and do not know to move out of the way and I blame the hostess and managers for not watching the doorways for safety.

Kitchen prep on food carts shorted out table ingredients which added time to the dining experience of 30 minutes and the cart should have prepped properly for guest meal inventory for meals

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Made us wait 1 hour when we had a reservation... lol

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Hv been going to this place for last6 years. Same good grilled food quality. Sashimi was not fresh. Service was slow. Waited 25 min even with reservation, another 20 before chef came. So hot from heat from grill. Bath room was dirty. This place is going down hill. Won’t go back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We went there for our daughter's birthday with her friends. The waiter knew nothing. He didn't know the potion for kids menu, didn't know anything about the beer selections. Got wrong orders three times. He gave us a wrong beer, which he said it was tap but came with a bottle. We said we don't need it because it was not a tap, then he said OK now it is free, so we took it. Kids menu beef was hard. At the end, the bill was full of wrong orders which we kept asking to change, and of course the beer was charged. We talked to the manager and she again asked us what we orders one by one. When our waiter came back with the right bill, he was grumpy. He did not apologize and gave us a unpleasant service. Our reservation was 6:30. We arrived 6:30. We were seated ato 6:50 with one missing chair. We finally was able to leave 9:30... We are not going to go back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I booked thru opentable.
We arrived. We were sat only 5 minutes later tham our reservation. The food was great. Easy experience. Great website

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 8, 2018

9 people from age 30 to 97. All had a great time. Very entertaining-excellent food.
Highly recommend for all ages. Great family dining.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We used to like visiting previously, this visit was rushed, from the moment we came in to the moment we were done with the food. Quality was like eating in Applebees, but much more expensive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Fresh and as always very tasty food .
We Always meet really happy and friendly people at our table .
One of our favorites places to eat ❤️

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Organic, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Staff seemed confused with seating patrons. Chef was horrible. He didn't put on a show as other chefs do at this type of establishment. He seemed grumpy because he didn't converse with any of us at our table. We never received our desserts and the birthday boy left. We also had to wait a while before paying our bill even though no one was in line. They're lucky I had a coupon and that we paid.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Service was poor. They tried to seat 11 people at a table for 8. Our server left and never came back. Our chef was less than energetic.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

the server was great.. she seemed happy but very busy.. the cook however seemed
like he needed a hug.. seemed unpassionate for that day

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

It took awhile for the cook to start and then took a very longggg time for pay. Most of what we did is waiting

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Birthday celebration

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Benihana is always fun! First time back at the Cupertino location in a long time. The bar was not set up for optimum service as they had pushed many of the tables back to one side making it look sloppy and in disarray. Drinks and service was fine though.

It was our waiter's first night and for him it was trial by fire and he did fine. What was supposed to be training for him turned into the real deal.

Our table chef was Joaquin and he was awesome! Funny, engaging and cool. Definitely a great chef to have as your host.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were disappointed. This was our second time here and and was told they were running behind. Our reservation was at 5:30. We didn’t get out of the resturant until 8:30. Thank goodness I didn’t make the reservation later. Once we were seated it took awhile for someone to take our order. The kids were starving. For the amount of money we pay for dinner, there should be no excuse for this slow of customer service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food is good and fresh, and it was tasty. You get bigger bang for your buck if you go lunch time. I wouldn’t pay $30-40 though at dinner for the quality. Not all chefs are the same. If you get lucky, you get a fun and entertaining one otherwise they jump right into cooking without doing tricks. This would especially be a bummer if you have kids at the table :/
As for the surroundings, it seems a little less maintained even though updated. Can work more on the cleanliness. Just seeems gunky everywhere, would probably be more sanitary if they remove the carpet so the grease and smell do not get trapped in.

Still overall, not bad :)

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Benihana is our go-to for family birthday meals. We are rarely disappointed and sometimes very delighted like today. Our cook was really fun and so good at magic. My cynical 9-year old was awed and amazed. Thank you very much!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Spicy, Kid-friendly
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 (London)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Fun time for special occasions especially with children along.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

My family of four dined together on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. When we arrived, the restaurant was quite busy and a few parties were waiting to be seated. I checked my party in at the podium. Since we were 10 minutes early, I was told that we would be seated very close to our reservation time. I was pleased to hear that. A woman without a reservation approached the hostess and asked if her party of five could get a table that evening. She was told that everything was already booked up, but if her party chose to wait, they could probably get a table in about an hour and a half. The woman said that was fine, they would gladly wait.
When my reservation time arrived (6 PM), we were seated promptly in one of the back rooms. A party of two was seated with us, so that made for six people at our table (it seats eight).
Our server (Francisco) and chef (Joaquin) were efficient, professional, and quite entertaining. They handled all of our needs beautifully (note: we had a seafood allergy in my party).
My family ordered Hibachi Chateaubriand, Hibachi Steak, Samurai Treat, and Hibachi Supreme. Everything was tastefully prepared and devoured almost as if by osmosis. No one at our table licked their plate, but I could tell that they wanted to.
I should note that while Chef Joaquin was preparing our fried rice, he cracked an egg on the grill and then made it into a drawing of a chicken. He said, "Welcome to El Pollo Loco!" I thought that was a darling touch. As he continued preparing the fried rice, he made it into the shape of a heart. With his metal spatula beneath the concoction, the heart-shaped fried rice began beating. It was another darling touch. Later on when he was grilling the onions, he made a flaming volcano, but after he extinguished the flame, he began banging his metal spatula on the grill as he pushed the smoking onion rings around, all the while saying, "Choo! Choo!" as if they were a steaming locomotive. It was fun to watch. All in all, it was a great meal

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Good food, chef was interesting, presentation fun to watch.
Noise leve far too loud; no sound absorption materials at all in restaurant.
Good to have picture for special occassion but did not like others at table included.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The chef should ask if the customer would prefer low sodium. Service should be attended to re-filling of water, quick to bring the bill & its process. Are there other tables besides the cooking in-front of the customer ?

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Reservation for 6:00. Arrived at 5:58. Seated at 6:38. Enough said.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

First, we had been waiting for the table more than 15 min. Then, they put us in the empty room, around the corner, so we were staring at empty tables. Our cocktails came in outpouring from the glasses, forming puddles on the table. Cook was good, but a little bit shy. Fried rice was excellent. We ordered spicy hibachi chicken and it was done, but instead being tender it was very chewy. We have been returning to this restaurant for more than 10 years and our impression is that its quality is declining. It's overrated and expensive. I don't think we will ever return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Benihana’s is always a great place to eat, especially when you get your favorite Chef (Joaquin). Always a great time and great food. Our table mates were friendly and fun too!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

As always, we had an amazing time. The food was great. It was super fun for the kids

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We don’t even finish eating when server bring the check and 5 min later came and ask for the money or card. Then we still finished our drinks when he came back to ask if we can leave because there was people waiting for the table.
So DISAPPOINTED for the service.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The Chef was great , service excellent. We arrived at 3 pm.
Only suggestiin , the Habachi steak was tough. Would not recommend . The Seafood was great.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

They forgot to take our picture. I keep a photo album of Benihana pictures and was very disappointed when I got home and realized that we didn't have our picture taken.

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