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Sat, 4/21
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Benihana - Fort Lauderdale

3.8
1304 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
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. Benihana is located on the Intracoastal in Lauderdale by the Sea. Enjoy the view of yachts and boats passing by. Join us for Happy Hour in our bar and lounge Monday through Friday from 4–7 p.m.
Looking to host a get together for friends or colleagues? Our lounge is the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks and appetizers. Please call for more details for a private event in the lounge or our private room. We offer complimentary valet parking for dinner Monday – Friday and during lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(954) 776-0111
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Intracoastal Waterway
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

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What 1304 People Are Saying
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3.6
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3.6
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was delicious and well prepared. Someone in my party had food allergies and the cook took special precautions to avoid those foods. Enjoyable dinner with a show.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Trop froid. C’est ridicule.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

As always it is a great experience

We will. Return

I highly recommend the experience

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Everything was great! Ashley or April was awesome. Jeff, our cook was great as well. Great time!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Well we were celebrating bdays. We had a table near the water window and when I tell you it was hot-I mean we were all literally sweating. And that was BEFORE the chef came to even cook so imagine then. The chef Enrique was great. Super fun- great food.
The waiter- there’s no way it wasn’t his first HOUR working there. Do you have sparking water? I have to check. Doesn’t dessert come with that? I don’t know. What’d you have ? It depends. WhTs the WiFi PW? I don’t know. That’s just the tip
Of what we dealt with pertaining to this guy. I actually feel bad- his next table they sat was a bunch of bikers that were a little annoyed as well. Another table by us had 2 parties that obviously were not
Well suited to dine together. This resulted in a lot of ugly exchanges that we had to witness. So yeah. Happy Birthday to us - at least the 2 that were seated with us fell in and we all had a good time with each other. Not sure we will go again. Maybe. If they don’t mind shorts and tank tops because it’s Terri my hot
And they won’t drop the AC no matter how hard you try.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a good time, our chef KC did an excellent job. Overall 4 stars.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Dirty bathroom. Had to wait 45 mins for a chef to come to table. They have to have an armed security guard at the restaurant for protection. Never again. They closed the bar at 10:30 even though we got there at 9 and still didn’t have our food. We wanted another drink. How can you close the bar when customers are still in there and haven’t even eaten? The manager and server were extremely nice. This place has gone down. Use to be nice, now it’s a dump.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Food was great but the experience was very "forcing". We ordered a drink in the bar Before dinner, took a long time Before we got it. When we got it we had to rush to the table were we had Little time to go through the menu Before ordering. Cooking and food was great. Then we wanted to order som more food but the chef didn´t have the time to prepare it, he had to rush to Another table.
So the experience was that the main purpose is to push through as many customers as possible.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We made reservations here for our family to celebrate my husband's birthday after a recommendation from a friend. Upon arrival we were seated fairly quickly with another family of four with kids who were also celebrating a birthday which made things very comfortable. The server was friendly and took our orders. There is one vegan meal option on the menu, which I had researched beforehand, and shortly after I placed my order, the server returned to tell me they were out of tofu. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. He offered other vegetables but could see I was not pleased. Several minutes later he returned to inform they opened some shipments and they indeed had my tofu. The party was back on and all else was great. The chefs are so fantastic and entertaining. The kids were thoroughly entertained and we all had a great time! The chef took great care to ask how to prepare my food and prepared it all prior to cooking any of the meat or dairy products. All in all it was a great experience and we will definitely be back. For any restaurant however, if you only have one vegan protein item available, please make sure it is always available.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

First time there with reservations and we were seated immediately after being 15 minutes late. Friendly staff and pretty good customer service. Food was ok, seems like you pay more for the experience then the quality of the food.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

First time at Benihana’s, food was delicious! Service was not. It must have not been the servers day. Forced smile, took quite a bit of time to stop by again and refill drinks. We were a party of 2 sitting with a party of 6 and they said the same thing. Oh and can’t forget the hostess, they deemed it more important to talk with another person versus acknowledging clients in front of them. On the other hand our cook was amazing! Entertaining and fun! He went to get us our hot sauce because again our server was no where to be found.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Waitress ruined the evening for us. She was not attentive and even forgot to bring things we ordered.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We truly enjoyed the food, chef and atmosphere! We were celebrating our grandchild’s birthday, and they treated him very nice. Plus ice cream for all 7 of us and a candle and singing.. definitely will return in the near future!!

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The food was delicious as always, we went this past Monday as an early birthday dinner celebration. Even the hostess, server, and chef were great. Unfortunately, I will likely not return to this location due to the manager. One of the female managers was SCREAMING throughout the entire restaurant, to her staff, while she was on the phone, basically any opportunity she had. She had zero regards to the ambiance she was ruining and was so disrespectful to her staff that it really put a damper on what was otherwise a nice experience. I’m shocked that someone like that is working in this field when this woman has no reason to be working with or around other people.

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1.0Dined on March 26, 2018

It's possible that we had a rare experience, but I wanted to just share a few of the things that occurred during our dinner, both good and bad.

1. We were 15 minutes late for our reservation but were still seated within minutes of walking through the door.
2. The tables in this location are small and cramped together. I was elbowing the people in my party and bumping chairs with the party behind us all evening.
3. Since the restaurant is waterfront, we were delighted to get a table by the window, but the windows and blinds blocked a good portion of the view.
3. There was a living, squirming worm on the man's plate next to us. When the man brought it to our waiter's attention, he left it sitting on the table for a good 10-15 minutes—it sat there during our first two courses before being taken back to the kitchen.
4. Part of the reason I enjoy Benihana is for the chef's playful gimmicks, however, our chef was a very insincere, younger-looking, white man, and he made a few racial "jokes". The one that stood out the most was while he was pouring ginger sauce into bowls and said it was made out of ginger people, while a woman at our table with naturally red hair and fair skin stared at him—in shock or disgust, I'm not sure, but it wasn't well received.
5. We did receive good service for drinks etc., but the waiter played "favorites" with a girl in our party, giving her free food and compliments while offering nothing to the party next to us. While it was a nice touch, she felt uncomfortable because the party next to us wasn't receiving the same special treatment.
6. We received a discount on our check—one free beer for us, and one free beer for the party next to us. We aren't sure why.
7. The women's restroom appeared as though it hadn't been mopped in a week.

If you found any of the above alarming or uncomfortable, and plan to spend $100+ dollars on dinner, Fort Lauderdale is full of exquisite restaurants who offer much more value than this specific Benihana did.

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1.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Rude hostess.
After 30 minutes at table with no service and no waitress in sight I went to see the disinterested hostess and she explained they were short staffed and that this was an experience and to be patient.

We waited 10 more minutes and a waitress arrived! But no cook in sight...

We waited 15 more minutes and We left. We had two kids with us and couldn’t wait any longer to feed them.

Brutal experience. We Left after 55 min at table waiting on service and food. If hostess would have communicated there staff issue, we would have simply come back another night when they had full staff. Instead she tried to camouflage their situation which only led to frustration.

BurgerFi solves our food issue.

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Our experience was horrible. We had 7:15 reservation and didn’t get seated till around 8 then no one came to our table to take any orders till around 8:30-8:45. Restaurant was filthy loud unorganized. They didn’t even have clean silverware. They were handing out plastic because the silverware was all dirty!!!!! Gross awful and we will never go back. DO NOT RECOMMEND EVER!!!!!

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

5 of 6 people got sick within minutes of leaving the resturant.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Everything was superb this evening at Benihana.

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2.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We arrived for a 7:30 reservation and were not seated until 7:50. At 8:50 the chef had not come to our table yet and as of 9:20 the meat and fish had still not been put on the grill. It was an absurd wait and we did not leave til 10:30. Not what we had planned for our evening.

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

It was our wedding anniversary so we thought they would make us feel special, it wasn’t even mentioned (46 years). We were at a table of 21 years old on their phones the entire meal. The chef said he didn’t do ‘tricks’ like the others. My chicken was cooked next to prawn and I had to tell him I don’t like fish. We were charged additional charges that we weren’t told were additional. Last time we also were given tea in a pot, this time we were told we had to pay additional amount if we wanted it. Complained to the manager who just said sorry. No atmosphere, waiter just stood there when taking our order, he was much more interested in the young girls on our table. Will not be going back it recommend it, standard have definitely gone downhill.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We come every year for my son's birthday, he loves it

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Myself , kids and fiancé all got sick after eating dinner there.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Everything was pretty decent. The only issue we had was when we told the chef it was my birthday he answered with "its always everyone's birthday" and just didn't seem to enjoy his job that day. He definitely left the table kind of in a weird vibe.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

La nourritures en général un laissé allé en général

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Rude staff, umbearable smell and not very nice chef and no show.....

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We went here for my husband’s birthday. They asked several times if this was a special occasion and we said yes, but they didn’t acknowledge it. As our chef was doing his trick with the rice in the bowl, he spilled about 2/3 of mine and it landed on the table between myself and on the lap of the young man next to me. It sat there for at least 25 minutes while the show went on! When I was FINALLY able to summon a server, she called for someone else to clean it up. 10 minutes after that, a man came with a napkin to wipe up the mess and got even more on the young man’s lap next to me. No apologies and we had to look at the spill during the entire meal. I’m sorry I didn’t take a photo. By the way, my sweater is ruined!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Our chef was fabulous and the young ladies I was with, all under 14, three of them their first time there and they had a blast! We smiled, we laughed, we enjoyed, we ate! Lol. Food was phenomenal!!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This was a birthday dinner with close relatives. The chef, Tony, was very entertaining, while Sean the server was very attentive and friendly. Will do this again, just for the food and ambience.

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1.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I told them that we have a special occasion and made my reservation 8 days before.I arrived at time but had to wait about 20 min to be sitted.As we arrived at our table the lady told us that there would be other people sitting with us at our table and she called this community sitting.
I told her that this is not a good move and unacceptable but she said if I would like to sit only with my family i had to pay 30$ for each person.So i left the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The cook was very nice. I felt like the waitress could have been more attentive .

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

A bit over price in my mind for a 1:30 hour meal but in general happy with the experience and the food. Service was good but slow and the girl was overwhelm with all the tabkes she had to serve

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This was my first time here after hearing so many great thinga about this place! The food was great! The chef was fantastic! And our server Ruth was Awesome times 2!!! I would come back and bring guests anytime.

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1.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The waitress missed up my order then charged me more then what i actually got only camed to the table about two times then on top of it the chef was great but as he was fixing our food Hair was in the food that he had to make all the food over so we
Had to wait even long to eat(late picking up my kids from school) we got to the restaurant at 1:30 didn’t get out from into 3 something because he had to remake everything BUT THE CHEF WAS VERY NICE FUN AND HAD MY TWO LITTLE GIRLS LAUGHING WE REALLY LIKED HIM but what made me mad was no one was there to help him like the other tablets chef we had no spoons or anything to eat with it was just a very bad experience and we always come to Benihana i was even thinking about having a party dinner

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Tony was amazing. I would request him every time I even videotaped him. He is soooo cool.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Was not very clean. The bathroom was unattended to, no toilet paper. Too many children.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Waitress was not aware of kids menu inclusions and argued that she was right and didn't check until multiple attempts. Bad

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We went for my daughters birthday with her friends. Seven 13 year old girls. The chef was excellent and of course the food fabulous.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

They cram too many people around the tables so there is less elbow room than on an airplane. Our server didn't keep the drinks filled. Chef was great and the food was good.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Chef was great but the waitress forgot everything ... took forever to bring drinks plates check etc. was super loud and the fan above the table didn't work so the smoke blew in my 2 year olds face the entire time. We smelled like the food after so gross ... they also crammed 9 ppl at a 6 person table. Will go to Japan inn or Benihana out west instead. Never again!!

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