Benihana - Encino

4.3
1756 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • 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 1756 People Are Saying
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

It was great

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Justin is amazing!!!

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We had a reservation and still had to wait. I feel like the wait time after getting sitted is very long, maybe they can work on having less wait time. Once the chief is there it goes pretty fast and the food is Delicous. We went with our two kids and I felt bad they were very hungry and the wait time was just too much

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great food nice friendly service. Food was cooked to perfection nothing over cooked or under cooked the flavors were so delicious the onion soup was awesome and the salad was great overall a great place to dine.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

It was very disappointing to have gone into Benihana for lunch and be told they had to have dinner prices because it was Father’s Day, if you are going to do that ADVERTISE IT. Let people know what they are in for.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great service! Very friendly and went the extra mile to make sure you enjoyed the evening.

A nice way for a father and his tween daughter to cap off a fun filled day in the Valley.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We were celebrating Father’s Day and it was our first time taking my nephew. We all had a great time.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Always have a great time here! We were a rowdy group of four women and asked to be seated at a table without kids... we did have to wait but not for too long! The other people at the table were fun and put up with our shenanigans and we all had a great time and enjoyed our dinner!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great variety of choices. Fun to watch cooking at table (8 per table). Quality and taste were excellent with fair prices. Parking reasonable at $4.

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1.0Dined on June 15, 2018

I had to wrote fown my own order

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1.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The restaurant manager was rude to my wife. We made a 8:45 pm reservation and got a table at 10:00 pm. People that arrived after us and did not have reservation got a table before us. My wife asked the restaurant manager why the long wait and how come people that got there after us got a table first and the manager said I’m not answering your question.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great cuisine, friendly, prompt service, and great, renown culinary show only Benihana can provide!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Awesome date with the girlfriend

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Poor service! Rice was not ready and was served after everyone had already eaten the meal. Waited ten minutes to get a cake cut

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

It’s always a festive vibe.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

as usual the food was satisfactory and the service was good. We were some what disappointed with the chef as he did not put on the usual "show".

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Always a great time here!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my birthday there. The people at our table were very nice.

An overall good experience and great food.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Miguel was AWESOME! Best adult birthday ever that included the kids. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Overall good. Even though I had reservations, we waited for almost one hour for them to send us the chef. They need more staff.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I felt the space was a lot smaller than some Benihana’s I’ve been to. And unfortunately the cook I had didn’t prepare the food well. I was disappointed overall with my experience. I’ll stick to my original Benihana location.

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1.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Its like being at chucky cheese. Noisy, full of kids and just generally unpleasant.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

I have never had problem with Benihana, this Friday the food wasnt good at all as soon as I got him which I only lived 15min away, myself and my son the food was coming out in 2 ways !!

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1.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Worst experiance Ever!!! Made Reservations.. showed up an hour early and was not seated even 30 minutes after my scheduled time.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Our chef Arturo was the best! Great personality & very attentive. One of my best experiences at Benihana so far! Definitely requesting him again!

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

It was an awful experience. We were there 15 minutes early and checked in 4 different times. They finally took us to a table and it was too small for us. They moved us with attitude. The chef showed up at our table an hour after we sat down. The food was very good, but our chef was sweating profusely. It was not a good experience. I think we will try eating at Yamato instead.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food and Service Is always good. Hostess staff not so much. We had a party of 13 and could only make a reservation for eight people at a time. So we made two reservations for eight people asking to sit next to each other. There were many open tables next to one other but the staff refused to sit us next to each other. Our party ended up still three tables away from one other. This made the birthday girl and whole experience a bad one!

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1.0Dined on June 6, 2018

I have been going to your Encino location for over 25 years. Last year I had an issue and your office took care of it rightaway.

Last night I was there with my family for my daughters birthday, we were seated promptly per our open table reservations. Once seated we were waiting for over 40 minutes after the waitress that took the order for the chef to come to the table. Once the chef arrived and during his table cooking, he had to go back and forth to the kitchen to grab something as he had forgotten to fill his cart with all the necessary items. The sauces were given after the whole meal was served. The vegtables were given after the meal was served,not first. Served rice at the beginning, multiple errors making the fried rice with chicken, shrimp, spicy. Big mess everywhere with the rice which his mess ended up everywhere on my two daughters plates before even serving it in the bowls. The chef was sweating the whole time which his sweat was dripping all over the oven and table. He was not even trying to wiping or drying him self with his towel. Once our soups and salads were served, my soup spoon had a purple lipstick mark on it as it was not cleaned and washed well, brought it up to the waitresses attention and she replaced rightaway.

My receipt number is 10109. 9:52 pm Table 15/1. Server: Jariya. 5 guests.

Total experience last night was a disaster. Hope your office takes my complaint above with a serious matter and does something about this particular location. The management itself is out of control. The chefs there are mostly new out of chef school with no experience. All the good asian/japanesechefs have been replaced with non-experienced latin chefs, looks like they might have been working as the boss boys and dishwashers and worked their way up to be a chef there. Really sorry for writing this, but it's true.


Feel free to contact me with any questions and concerns.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We go there every occasion we have. Great food and great presentation of the food! It's just so much fun to dine there.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Enjoyed spending my birthday there. Our server and chef were very attentive and entertaining.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Great as always. Birthdays are fun at Benihana.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Juanito my chef, was amazing! I’ve been coming for years and he was highly skilled, hilarious and had a natural flare for entertainment and multi-tasking. He was my favorite ever so far!

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

shushi never arrives . seafood is cooked first hence over cooked

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We had a lovely Birthday celebration!!

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

My wife and I were here celebrating two birthdays with another couple.
Service was very good, chef did the normal "show-and-cook" for all at the shared table.
We enjoyed ourselves very much and the food was also very good.
We were surprised that some of the entrees now seem to be missing some items that were there when we had ordered it last night ... specifically, cooked vegetables.
Also, they do not take photos any more when it is your birthday, which also surprised me.
In spite of that, we did enjoy ourselves, but wondering if Benihana is slowly cutting back.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Kitchen was running out of dishes, rice bowls weren't coming, so rice got overcooked. Dipping dishes had the same result, and other waiters... were taking our dishes because they weren't getting cleaned quickly and resulted in our not having dipping sauce dishes for everyone. Soup tasted watered down and steak was overcooked... and our chef was practically sweating into our food being cooked...

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Long wait - food was great always entertaining

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Benihana is always a great place to dine and wine great food great drinks good people.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Really great dining experience and entertainment. Loved the chef and his teppanyaki tricks. Food was good, but maybe there was too much butter added for the fried rice. Really grateful for the printed pictures for the birthday occasion. It was nice that it was complimentary! Birthday icecream was just okay.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Excellent food but very very slow and long wait sitting at the table (45 min) before anyone came over to start cooking.

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