Benihana - Encino, CA

4.5
3079 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
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. Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Benihana Encino has been the site of numerous television and film productions including The Office, 40-Year-old Virgin and much more. It’s a local favorite of celebrities; one never knows whom they might encounter seated at the teppanyaki grill. The dramatic interior of the restaurant is an authentic Japanese farmhouse, dismantled and shipped from Japan, and reconstructed on-site.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience1

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MelMade
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service loved the experience and was thankful for the accommodations from the staff on such a busy day

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Vet1738
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent , chief Reggie was great 👍🏽

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience as usual. The waitress, Grill chef and overall service was great. Good place to celebrate your birthday.

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vipGloriaS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very busy for a Tuesday, we were lucky the chef cooked quick but our waiter had 4 tables and towards end extended our time there by 40 min since she was so busy.

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StevenS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was fantastic and the service was great. The chef did an excellent job, especially with the young child and made a memorable evening. It was over a year since we were last there and it was like yesterday returning.

Thank you.

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BeckyV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Benihana!! Brought my friend for her birthday and you guys did not disappoint! It was her very first time and she loved it!! The food is amazing, the service is great, and the overall experience is something g to look forward to! Thank you guys for always being the best!

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MichelleG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time here last night for dinner. We made reservations and everything ran smoothly. Food was great and overall service was fantastic. One of our fav spots to eat and definitely will be back!

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PaulaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our chef John was amazing and our server was a truly wonderful person.

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Beaverteeth
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, but the covid restrictions put a damper on the overall experience of eating there, will go back after all is over.

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AnnM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We were celebrating my sons Birthday. We had 1:00 reservation, had to wait 20minutes to be seated then had to wail until a little after 2:00 to have our order taken. The food is always good, but the waiting and not being taken care of in a timely manner on a Birthday occasion was very disappointing .

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Food is to die for. Service is awful specially front desk.

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VidaC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter and our chef were the best very attentive on top of everything funny great customer service from both of them energetic and seem very happy to be there which is a good quality I would be more than happy to go back again especially if I’ll get the same great customer service and experience

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PaulR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my family had a WONDERFUL time last night at Benihana to celebrate my birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very helpful and courteous. The food was fantastic. The atmosphere was nice can’t wait to go again.

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Johnny
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After not being at too many restaurants in a while it was nice to be treated well here.

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TonyC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best restaurant outings we have had since the pandemic started, so glad we chose to celebrate our Anniversary here!! They do an amazing job of providing a safe/clean and enjoyable experience. Our Server was so attentive & the Chef was wonderful! Delicious food with lots leftover. Very pleased!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Rowy
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had a birthday celebration for my 15 year old. My daughter and her friends had an amazing time. Always entertaining at Benihana

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James
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Had a 4:15 reservation and was seated at 4:50. While waiting, another party came in and host appolgized to them for a 5 minute wait, and offered them water - this is 30 minutes into our own wait with no offers.

The drinks were watered down, and the chef was rather dull - going through the motions. One of those motions was flinging food he was cooking hard enough to hit me in the face several times to where I moved to avoid further bombardment.

I got to enjoy all of this for the price of $227

I grew up going to Bennihanna, but my son won't be saying the same.

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HectorH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Been going to Benihana’s for over 30 years, the only thing that changed its the faces of the wonderful people that work there.

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MariaR
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arturo is a great chef. His cooking is always amazing. Love this place!!!

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Lissagk
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

this was our first time eating "indoors" and although I was quite nervous at first, the food made me realize how much I've missed the whole dining-in experience. We had a blast. The Teppanyaki table was as good as ever watching the chef cook, the food was absolutely delicious and the experience was Great. Really enjoyed the restaurant and evening.
I wish they didn't use all of the tables, because i felt a little too close, but still enjoyed it anyway.

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VeronicaJ
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always nice to meet new people. And food always on point. Love Benihana’s.

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andrewr
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Waited way past our reservations time and still waited another half hour just for a cook to make it to a table. A 4:30 reservations didn’t get seated till 5:20 and no chef till close to 6. Was not happy at all had a table full of hungry kids and adults.

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Herbaldiva
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I had a wonderful dining experience. We had great people sitting with us as we Celebrated not only my Birthday and one of my table mates as well. I've had several Birthday dinners this week & Benihana's was the BEST bc the food is Exceptional.

It's FANTASTIC that Benihana sends out a $30 Birthday Certificate to use for a FABULOUS dinner with our entertaining CHEF who had great skills and kept us entertained.
Also the BEST drinks. Seriously the coconut mojito is the BEST drink I've ever had, it's a combo of a pina colada and a mojito both my favorites. When I mentioned that to our Superior server how much I loved the drink and would love the recipe she said, "Oh I'll print out the recipe for you!" Which she did as she handed me the recipe a short time later. We ALWAYS look forward to coming back bc it's consistently A GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a wait time after checking in to be seated, but the staff was very kind and helpful in answering our questions and meeting our needs. Our chef was not only a fantastic, but he also interacted with my sons, answering their questions and making this a very special day with that human connection. Everyone was wearing masks, from staff to guests and waiters kept the expectations of safety and hygiene with great care and ease.

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JesusR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great night

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service !!!!

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vipGabs
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great company

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vondai
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I LOVE Benihana for special occasions and be prepared to wait for a table even with reservations. Service is usually slow up until they actually start serving you...and of course, the price is high but I still rate it a 5 overall and always enjoy my time and the food!!!

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ral8
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The chef was very good and entertaining

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Debbie
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner. Everything was delicious !

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KevinA
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tasting food. Very attentive service. They really went out of their way to celebrate my birthday. Will be back again soon.

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came here for a celebration. Food is always delicious, we all enjoyed it!

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HaleyK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

I made reservations and when I got there I still had to wait. No one addressed us for a long time after being sat down, waiter took forever. There was a hair in my food. And overall, no one spoke to us letting us know a chef was coming. So we sat there for over an hour prior to the chef showing up to our table. When attempting to talk to a manager about it, he told us to hold on and continued on with what he was doing instead of showing care towards our concerns. He did end up taking a percentage off of our check, however the entire experience was extremely below subpar, especially for a Benihana.

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CynthiaD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday with the kids. We chose this over our local Musashi because they have a nice kids menu. We were seated on time. The staff was really friendly. Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Service was poor and we get unwelcome

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vipTerry
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great COVID protocols, made everyone comfortable.

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GabeRue
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our reservation was at 8:30. We weren't seated until 9 and then had to wait 15minutes for anyone to get our orders.

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You can order delivery directly from Benihana - Encino, CA using the Order Online button. Benihana - Encino, CA also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Benihana - Encino, CA also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 788-7121.

Benihana - Encino, CA is rated 4.5 stars by 3079 OpenTable diners.

Benihana - Encino, CA does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.benihana.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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