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Date
Sun, 4/22
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10:00 PM
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Benihana - Encino

4.3
1662 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Perfect For:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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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

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Phone number
(818) 788-7121
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Libbit Avenue
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Parking details
Valet parking rates vary by day and time.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access
What 1662 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.1
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great Chef (Fernando)! Ambiance lacking - lighting too high and restaurant crowded. Noise level elevated.

Enjoyed it however - will go again sometime.

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The service is too long. Our reservation was for 7:30pm. They seat you at 7:30pm, take your drink orders, and have you wait until the chef is ready to cone to your table. In our case, the chef did not come to our table until 9pm. Everyone at our table was already in a grumpy mood by then, and really just wanted to have their food to go at that point. With the prices Benihana has, and the mandatory valet you have to pay for just for using their lot, (even when you are parking your own car), you would think they would schedule enough chef’s for the tables. It was like standing in line at a ride at Disneyland.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We were celebrating our anniversary. I made an appointment for 1 pm. The hostess at the front desk appeared to not be very friendly, however we were seated promptly. The service was pretty good. We enjoyed our meals and the exotic mojito was absolutely delicious!!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We waited an hour after being seated before a chef came to the table but the food is always worth the wait.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The Hostess was not nice and had a major attitude. Other then that, a great night!

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Service was HORRIBLE. Food was the usual, nothing new. Chef had no personality at all, just going through the routine. Again, service was beyond bad. At one point he came over with the tray of forks and asked me to hand them out to everybody since it was much easier for him to do that than have to actually walk around the table and serve each customer. He also forgot the salad portion of the meal so the chef who came out to cook had to go back into the kitchen and remind our server of the salads. Also, no Birthday pictures were taken by our server. Been coming to Benihana for well over 40 years and this location (Encino) continually seems to decline more every time we come.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I've been coming here since I was a kid (over 20 years) and I still love this place.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner. Our family has been visiting Benihana's Encino location for over 30 years, so we are a little tired of the "show" put on by the cooks. If you have not visited a teppan restaurant like Benihana's, or have not visited frequently, you will love the "show." We have not visited for awhile, and we believe that many of the recipes have changed to include garlic butter on EVERYTHING. If you don't care for a strong garlic flavor, be sure to ask the chef to use plain butter for your food. If you like strong garlic flavoring on all of your food, you will love it!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We visited to Celebrate my brothers 60th birthday. We also had my sister from Washington state with us. She had not been before. We had a great time with Fernando & the food is great.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great fun ambiance, fun place to go with friends for a special occasion, we had a great time for a family birthday lunch

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Birthday celebration for my hubby. Mario was the chef and it was the best food we’ve had in all the times we’ve been to the Encino location. He did such an excellent job cooking our food!! Our waitress was pretty awesome too. Thanks for a great lunch!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Benihana never disappoints. I had a great time being there with my Honey. It was his first time there. He enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Also really enjoyed watching the chef do their thing.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We waited almost an hour to even get the Chef to our table. I had some special guests and I was very embarassed with Benihana's service. It's unacceptable to make customers wait that long.
They need to improve their service.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Very good food! Our chef, Mario, was the best I have had!!! We go every year for our sons birthday as a tradition. This year he turned 32!
I did not like the lighting in the Encino location but I would go back for Mario! What a pro!

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Worst service

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Always a good time and this was no exception

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great food, fun and entertainment. I always enjoy it.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The food was great. The service was very good too. The chef did a great job of engaging us and doing all sorts of tricks. We enjoyed the show he put on. The chef was exceptional at handling all of the special requests and making sure everything was done correctly. We enjoyed the experience greatly. I thought pricewise somethings are overpriced like almost $3 for upcharge on brown rice.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food is outstanding and fun place to go for dinner. We always look forward to dinner at Benihanas and especially enjoy the Ocean Treasure. Not so happy having to pay for valet parkings as it should be included in the price of the dinner.

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1.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I had a serious problem in that restaurant. The waiter was horrible. The manager authorized me to send a cupom that I have to use a 30% discount and when I checked the waiter said that the manager that has authorized the discount has been gone and because of that I couldn’t use the cupom. I was charged wrongly and I felt being robbed. The only thing good was the Chief Carlos.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great evening. Got seated early - it was packed and squeezed in at an already full table but the people there were all in a group and we had a great time buying cold sake around the table. Food was excellent as usual. Noisy there but the noise was all happy people so can't complain. Excellent all around.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Front desk needs help with customer service.
Restaurant needs a nice clean up or makeover. Quite dirty but the food is why we go back...

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Dirty. Disgusting food and ambience

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

It was for a birthday.. I asked for a small salad with no dressing and never got it🤷‍♂️..Also, A photo was taken but we were never told where to go and pick it up??
Another thing aswell.. We asked for separate checks and was charged for food I didn’t order.. Not sure about going back??
Other times I have gone have been perfect!

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Not so good this time. We were asked to change seats to accommodate another party. That was fine. The manager said he would give us an appetizer. When we got the bill he only comped for part of the appetizer. Disappointing!

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2.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Did not get sat for 1 hour after my open table reservation.

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1.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Terrible food and service. Waited 1 hour after salad before food was cooked

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Chef Sergio was great! We love this place and how they always accommodate our gluten free requirements for our daughter.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Benihana’s is one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions, like birthdays, and we always have a great time and always enjoy the food.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great experience, will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was fun !!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great for dinner dates. Came for my boyfriends birthday and he truly enjoyed for a first timer. The food was delicious, ambiance perfect, waitress very attentive, and we were set with some great people. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

This is a great place for treating yourself or someone special. Always great food and a good time. Definitely try the chicken fried rice with brown rice. I even order some to go.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Always have a great time there, have never been disappointed with the food / cook or service 😊

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The food and service was good. I have dined at many locations over the years and find this one too crowded and noisy. I understand in LA real estate is at a premium but even the chefs were crowded. This is not an inexpensive meal so I’ll not return to this location.

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Very loud atmosphere. Not a good place for a fancy, relaxing dinner.

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2.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Bday dinner

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Special time with the family. Reservation was for 7pm but didn’t get seated till 7:25. Open table was easy to use so wasn’t upset. People walking in were told it would be a 2 hour wait, so very glad I used open table. The food was delicious and staff was very attentive. Had a great birthday for my wife and the kids loved the entertainment! Thanks Benihana for making her birthday memorable!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Now they have all new server their service is very good than the last time i visit. The girl serve us was very good and respectful i will come back again because of her.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Had the best experience yet very talented chefs ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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