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About Benihana - Encino

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.

16226 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Cross Street:
Libbit Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(818) 788-7121

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/encino-ca-en

Parking Details:
Valet parking rates vary by day and time.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

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 - Encino Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (53)
Special Occasion (52)
Good for Groups (41)
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Fun (39)
Good for a Date (37)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Kid-friendly (31)
Casual (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Great for Lunch (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Hot Spot (10)
Authentic (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
People Watching (7)
Romantic (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Spicy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Healthy (3)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Always awesome. I come here annually for my birthday and sometimes just for fun. The food is always delicious, the staff is outstanding and its always a great time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

We were seated early, even though we had a 7:30 reservation, which was great. Service was amazing, as usual. The teppan show was spectaular, again as usual. Thanks!

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place for family birthday partying we go every b day ! Kids love it we love it , gotta have that fried rice ! Great service food is always hot and fresh !

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Service was very good and always fun. Food was good as it always is.

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

Would love to use birthday certificates on the weekend as well, not just for the week. It’s hard to get people together during the week.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Steak was way too dry

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We come strictly for the delicious food. We have to put up with the noisy atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We came here for my daughters birthday. For the most part everything went well except I really don't understand the reason behind making a reservation. Every time I have made a reservation at other restaurants as soon as you walk in the table is ready. In this case we waited almost an hour for a reserved table, and it seemed parties who did not have reservations were taken in first. That really annoyed us. Then the food, our chef was great but he cut the chicken and meat so tiny that by the time we ate it it was so hard. I visited you location in Vegas and the meat melt in your mouth not in your restaurant. the meat was tough. we had almost a 300 bill for 4 people so it was a bit of disappointment.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Brianna never disappoints. It is always a pleasure to eat there.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had a decent time, with the exception of waiting a very long time to be sat even though we had reservations. And the host and hostess were exceptionally rude. We most likely will not return

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

The chef was very unenthusiastic, took longer than usual, made an issue over a minor misunderstanding, and the people we were sat with were just pure negative energy. Definitely ruined what should have been a highlight for my birthday. First time at this location and never coming back. Santa Monica ONLY! And they put way too much wasabi or horseradish in the light sauce they give you for chicken or shrimp. Ruined my plate of food!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Always love the food at Benihana, although this time I think the starter veggies weren't cooked all the way, namely the onions. Overall though it was very good. Def will be back:)

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great expired Arturo was so funny he Was a delight very funny.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was great but it was overpriced. Service was just god awful. The waitress didn’t bring soy sauce WITH the sushi, so my sushi was sitting out on the table for a good 10 minutes before she finally found some soy sauce. Overcharged my drink by $4 (who know what else/how often they overcharge and take advantage of customers who don’t pay attention to their bill) and didn’t seem apologetic about it. Final bill came and change was $8.35. Only brought $8 back, granted it’s only $0.35 but still, you can’t just decide on a whim how much change to give back to a customer.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Is over price for what they do, I do a better show when I cook at a Koren BBq my self, if it was more affordable, we would visit more in the future, not just for especial ocassions. The fried rice was amazing, and that is the only thing that was memorable. Is time for a change.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Cook took forever to come out but the food was great

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great birthday celebration for my son! The service is excellent, food great and always entertaining.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Wait staff very accommodating. Food was great, slightly overpriced.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I don't have much to say. It was such an awkward and strange experience for my first time at a Benihana in general. I don't know what to say because the food was AMAZING but the service was extremely horrible. The old lady was so strange and she didn't understand our order. Never coming here again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Waiter was on every request... and chef was clean and professional! Love the food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I have been this and other Benihana eateries over many years. Many places try to copy them but this is by far the best. You won’t find this to be some cheap place to eat but at the same time, it isn’t out of line.

The entertainment value of watching your meal being cooked and interacting (if you do choose) with others at your table is truly unique. I will dine here again and again.

Oh......and the food tastes great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The restaurant is getting old, needs to be refreshed. The service was a bit lacking in some ways, good in others. You're paying for the chef show. LOL
The rice serving is too small. They may need to add green beans or other veggies into the selection and a spicy version with shallots would be better.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The service was well this time around but the food and chef were great! The manager was very understanding and agreed to speak to the server! We’re definitely going back!

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food took long. Rice and veggie were cold by the time the main dish came out. My wife's food was ready 10 min later we could not eat together. Friendly staff, good mix drinks.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food and service were very good. A fun place to celebrate birthdays.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great food, very fun experience, wish they would sit similarly style groups together. For example, couples with couples, and people with kids together. Also would be nice if you could select your table. We got a very small table in a very small room which took away From the experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had visited benihannas recently for my birthday with my family (7 people ) I had requested a specific chef that I did not receive. Both my wife an I ordered the chateau Briand with lobster combo and our steaks were not seasoned at all. My wife had sent her food back and they took it off the bill but we were not offered any other compensation due to the fact that my birthday was spoiled because I was the only one able to eat. Our waitress was slow and rarely checked in on our tables. Additionally the chef had already introduced himself and started doing tricks when the manager came to the table and said they don’t want you they want chef Mario. It made the entire meal awkward because it put us on the spot so we allowed the chef to stay because we felt bad. Additionally, I don’t receive my chefs table birthday coupon anymore and haven’t been receiving them for 2 years now. The quality of service was much better when Stew was around. I may be considering going to Musashi or Yomatos just down the road from now based on the service I received. Chef Mario has always been our Chef and we only go to him or Enrique whose no longer there because they know how we like our food. We visit this restaurant about 1-2 times a month for birthdays anniversaries and just regular dinner dates and dining.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had the best experience ever our chef was amazing from all the times we’ve been to benihana this time was the best I think the chef name was Sergio next time I will ask for him my family loved everything the food and the show. I will recommend this place to family and friends

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The wait was exaggerated. I was already at my table. It’s took almost 30-45 mins to get a salad,soup and drinks. My appetizer came around same time cook did. Don’t do after 830pm.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We had Chef Gustavo. He was absolutely amaizing. His food was done with excellent timing and was amazingly delightful.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Came out for a friends birthday celebration and everything was amazing!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Justim and Jeff were awesome, best experience at benihana ever

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Not really the restaurants fault but we were seated alone at first and then they sat a woman with a toddler. The toddler screamed for the ENTIRE MEAL! It was absolutely miserable! This is not a cheap restaurant and we do not get to go often. The restaurant said nothing to the mother who didn't care about anyone else and they did nothing for those of us who's dining experience was ruined.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very good experience

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Aweful service! our waitress would ignore when we called her for drink refills. To top it off this restaurant was not fit to take on a busy restaurant night! We waited for an hour for the chef to come to our table!! When we asked to speak to manager he said he could do nothing! Sorry but for the price of this restaurant I'd expect decent service! Won't be coming to this place again!! Save yourselves the time!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We were with a group, and we had two birthdays, so we had a whole table. Our waiter was in training, but he was fearless, had a sense of humor, but always remained professional. His best quality was that he listened. His trainer stood back and gave him a chance, but paid attention to everything. We are pretty easy going people, but we didn't need to be, because he did a terrific job. We had an older chef named Tony, and the meat was perfectly cooked. My husband likes things very well done, he asked to have his fish cooked some more, and it was done with a smile. I was one of the birthday people, and I had one of the best in a while. Your people were great, and shared our laughter a couple of times. We felt welcome and were well taken care of. Thank you so much.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Always a fun family experience at this Benihana and the food is delicious!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Everything was good although I believe the cost of their meals is very expensive

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

After reading negative reviews I was hesitant to spend a birthday celebration here. We were very happy with the service and the food. The atmosphere for noise is not good is our only complaint. At some points you could not hear what the person seated next to you was saying. It is a busy place so be prepared for that.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was so oily and too much butter was used.
The restaurant smelled so bad.
The service was slow and inattentive.
Used to love Benihana. Severely disappointed today.

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