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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.
Encino, CA 91436
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking rates vary by day and time.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access
Benihana - Encino Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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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