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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

Benihana - Encino Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (42)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Fun (40)
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Special Occasion (38)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Kid-friendly (25)
Good for a Date (23)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Casual (19)
Great for Lunch (11)
Worth the Drive (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
People Watching (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Romantic (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Vegan (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our chef was fantastic! We had two little ones with us and he was very interactive with them.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

There’s not point of booking because they will still sit you 40 mins after your reservation time. Chief was awesome but wait time was ridiculous, I saw the reciptionist seating other people before my reservation. They really need to get organized

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great experience for all!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 8, 2018

As always great food and service. Our chef was exceptional.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Mario was our cook and he was amazing!! We laughed the entire time and the food was so good. Thx Mario!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The person taking the order did not speak very good English. Very hard to understand. Not friendly or pleasant. Sodas flat , they did not taste right even though she brought a few refills. Cook was very good n friendly with our table. He was funny got the table laughing n engaged in his tricks. Celebrated husband bday.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fun, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Love love this place. Every time we come we can't wait to get here and don't want to leave!

Tags: Great Beer, Live Sports, Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Coffee, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It was a special occasion for us given our family's differing schedules. We were seated with a couple celebrating a birthday and it just made for great conversation and an overall great experience. Aki was our chef; he's seasoned, professional and prepared us all delicious food!!

And the drinks were at their best as well — Benihana punch;)

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Walk -ins are not welcomed there, we waited for 2 plus hours to be seated , the hostess were horrible not professional very rude and condescending.
The cook and waiter were great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 1, 2018

That very good experience I remember this day 4 ever thanks

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Have eaten at this Benihana location before, but this time I thought it took a turn for the worst. Restaurant was busy, we were seated and were told we had to share menus. After we put our order in, we had to wait 5 mins to get our first item soup and a much longer wait for the salad. As we were waiting I started looking at the color they painted the room we were in, it was gold and brown and then I looked up at the big fan vent above the cooking area, it was painted but it looked like it was chipping/peeling, and it looked like rust was showing through. The cook that waited on our table had on a dingy yellowing chef uniform, and looking at the other chefs one had a beanie on instead of the traditional Benihana Chef Hat. I was highly disappointed with this Benihana, and will not go back there. I wrote to Benihana’s Corp office, and asked for a response back from them! Nobody has called, or emailed a response!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a wonderful time with our sons. This being their first time was a nice dining experience. They really enjoyed the preparation and taste of the food. Awesome!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Benihana is always a fun experience. Meals are filling and delicious. Highly recommended making a reservation as this restaurant always seems to be packed.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food as always. Love the benihana experience for birthday celebrations. Our annual family tradition.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Love the food! It was our first time coming in as a couple and we didn’t know that they seat you with random people if it’s two of us. Little disappointed in that since I was celebrating my anniversary. The waiter was very nice though.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

I love this place but The only thing is that at the end when we got the check we were FORCED to give 15% tip or more because our server was telling us that If we didn’t give the amount of tip he had to pay the cook out of his own pocket. I don’t think that was right we spend about 400 dollars at dinner that night and we still had to give 80 dollars more aside of that. The food and cook are good but that is just not right a tip is offered not damanded.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Can't say enough about some of the staff I have come to know since being in the west valley. I started using the Encino Benihana since 2000, and have always been at home in this location. Justin has always been great to my family every time we visit, even if he is not our server. Tony the cook does his best to make everybody laugh, our cook this time was a young kid, (forgot name ) but was great making my grandkids enjoy and laugh. On tour a lot, gone to other location,always looking forward getting back to Encino...Jason

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Hi! I visited Benihana to celebrate my birthday this month. I joined The Chef Table program that gives you a $30 gift certificate and called in to inquire about it. There was a lack of clarity on what was covered with the birthday certificate before dining. I ordered the Rocky’s Choice meal with a Lemonade which came out to $40 with the tip included. For the record, I didn’t use my certificate. The meal portions were very small (received 3 mini shrimp as the appetizer and my Japanese green tea lacked taste and quality). The level of service and the appearance should be evaluated as well (front desk communication, our chefs apron was dirty and our server’s flow of waiting our table was held up throughout the evening).

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Reservation was at 8:15 got food at 10pm or later when I was already sleepy I didnt even eat my food

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The food is consistently good here. The chefs at each table are no longer Japanese, so you don't necessarily feel the same authenticity as years ago, but the food is just as fresh and perfectly cooked.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My gf and I had fun! We ordered and enjoyed the good show. We’ve been going for years. It’s nice to know that all the flavors and sauces are the same!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was my husband's first time and he is not easy to please, but he had fun and I was enjoying that. Our cook was funny and did a wonderful job. I had previously been to other Benihanas but I liked Encino too, we went when they opened which is the thing to do on busy Ventura. Food was delicious. A little pricey, but it was worth it.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Didn’t get as much food as last time I went. Server didn’t entertain very much like last time. Overall, not as good of value for the money as last time.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

It was my yearly traditional birthday din din at benihanas and this year their chef Jose did not disappoint 😃 he was soo nice and funny and he even gave us all garlic butter cuz me and all my friends love it :) soo excited to ask for him next month for my besties birthday and my bfs birthday since every year we utilize their $30 coupon :)

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Always fun. Quality food cooked to order on a grill at table side by entertaining chefs.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We had a reservation for 515 but we’re not seated for an hour. We were originally going to be seated when we arrived but another party had 7 people when the hostess thought they only had 4. We were asked to wait so the other party could be accommodated. This is an ongoing problem with this place, you make a reservation and show up on time, but are left waiting for various reasons... usually about an hour. I thought by making my reservation early it would improve the wait time, but to no avail. This makes it difficult to eat here with a child since they lose their minds after about an hour. So if you go, go without kids, expect to wait, and have a drink in the bar. Our wait staff was great. Hostess could be more professional. Food was good as always.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Said we only had a reservation for four when it’s clear in a email 7. Very rude about it. Said it wasn’t fair to the other guest. Clearly it wasn’t my fault. But had a email to back it up.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Very disappointed that reservation was at 7:15pm and we did not get seated until 8:15pm. This is like death - waiting to eat with two children under 6! Once seated all was good but the wait was atrocious. I cannot believe management did not apologize or comp something for the inconvenience and wait.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We didnt eat there went somewhere else cause they were 1 hour behind on resys

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I waited 45 min for my table.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I had an 8 o’clock reservation for 6 people. We were on time and waited an hour to be seated. Why take reservations if you can’t manage time?

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent food and service!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Wife birthday.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

What can you say about this place that hasn't already been said. It's a fun place to come for a birthday or special occasion. The food is good and so is the entertainment.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent as always!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I get cravings for the hibachi shrimp and my husband loves getting the combo of Chateaubriand and lobster! Always satisfied! Servers and chef are very nice!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Wait for 30 minutes prior to getting the reservation seats. Wait for another 30 minutes prior to getting the first salad course. The entire dinner time is about 3 hours, because there is not enough chefs to cook for you.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The service was horrible, i made a reservation and didn't get a table until 40 mins after arrival. We were seated at the firat table from the entrance and it was small and cold. Overall hated my experience that night . for the money you spend i would of expected a more respectful and efficient service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Super long wait even with a reservation. It was for 730 we didn't see the chef until 9.

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