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About Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
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.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine
Benihana - Fort Lauderdale Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I went for his birthday celebration which was the bumb. He really enjoyed his birthday and we felt right at home because of Benihana ambiance.
In addition, the couple from Chicago that sat with us were good company and extremely friendly to us.
Also, we were told that our Chef, Fernando was new. But when he got to work with our meal it seemed as though he had worked their for many years. He was sensational, humble and extremely instrumental in ensuring that we were satisfied how our meals were being prepared.
In other words, he clocked in and never clocked out until the work was done. Also, he was professional.
Benihana has always been my favorite restaurant for birthday celebrations, but this east Fort Lauderdale location has really declined in terms of service and cleanliness. We had a 6:15 pm reservation on a Sunday, seated at 6:32, asked a waitress walking by at 6:45 if someone was going to take our drink order; she read the ticket and said she was our waitress and would return in 2 minutes; she officially returned at 7:10 to offer forks for the three different groups of eight people at our table. Meanwhile, at 6:51 my friend and another person from another group both went to complain at the front desk and manager; free appetizers were offered. A secondary waitress came to take drink and meal orders at 6:55 and drinks arrives just after 7:00. Then the soup and salad thereafter. Chef rushed to our table at 7:30 with only the rice to get started after a third person from the table went to complain again. Finished at 8:18 pm and officially saw our actual waitress for only the second time to receive the bill. The manager did stop by the table and gave 10% off our bill since we didn't request the free appetizer earlier. We also noticed very dirty floors throughout the restaurant, as well as bits of food remaining on adjacent table and chairs after being wiped off with clean place settings on top. Just not the experience that it once was; won't be returning for quite some time if at all.
The food was good , but i can tell that i have been to other benihanas and the chef were more nicer and more open to play and have fun. Our chef was ok but he difinitly wasnt the best. And also i was there for a birthday and i was expecting for them to sing happy birthday to my partner but i guess for that you have to purchase an icecream. Overall i was a good visit but not my favorite so far.
Very disappointing experience. Went for my son’s 6th birthday and couldn’t enjoy the meal at all. We were seated at a table with two ac’s blowing on us so hard my children were shivering. To top it off, the vent over the cook top was broken so the ac was blowing the smoke into the chef’s face, therefore he did a very minimal show. He also wanted to get out of there as soon as possible! When I went to speak to the hostess/manager she ended up walking away from me. Won’t go back again!
Total lack of ambience...cold and sterile environment, tables are so small and expect 8!!! yes 8 people to sit around table that maybe 6 SMALL people could fit around and the table next to you has chairs hitting yours! Shocked...I love Benihana and love the one in Stewart and Cincinnati, but wow...not good. The salad and soup was the same as any other B...very good. The sauces were weird and tasted totally different...and the sauces are a big plus for us! Esp the mustard sauce... The YUM YOUM sauce....no thanks... Not impressed for a 70.00 plus lunch with NO alcohol even!
MY EXPERIENCE WAS TERRIBLE I arrived early went to the bar to order some drinks. I asked the bartender for the blue ocean drink for $28 the bartender advised they don't have the ingredients for the blue ocean so I had to order the red flower which was $37.00. I was very appalled that a big restaurant like benihanas Then the seated us in the back on a wall where we had no room to move. The WAITER then ASKED IF ANYONE WAS CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY I told her it was my boyfriends birthday which I advised when making a reservation. They did sing at someone else table but did not bother to sing at ours. In this case why ask if you was not going to sing happy birthday :(
We went to celebrate my Aunts' 60th Birthday and were so disappointed. Our chef Chan was rude and non entertaining. While we could hear the chef at the table across from ours making jokes and doing trick our chef refused to entertain us. The problem started after we placed our orders and was later told by our waitress that the kitchen was out of scallops and we needed to change our order or have more shrimp. Three of us elected to change our order and this must have become very confusing to the chef. Despite our waitress writing down our order he asked all seven of us sitting at the table to repeat our orders three different times. On the third time my mom asked the chef was he new. This must have offended him because his demeanor changed he said, "I will go and get you a different chef that's not new since you think I'm new." We apologized to Chan and advised him that the question wasn't meant to be offensive but it was already to late. His attitude was rude for the rest of dinner. I begged him to do some tricks to entertain us and he refused. He said, "You are hungry so I must cook your food no time to entertain." At this point I asked my brother to get his phone and start recording our disappointing chef because nobody will believe this disappointing experience. Apart of our order was the fried rice and he didn't take the time to brown the rice he was in such a rush. We asked for Yum Yum sauce he said it was all gone come back tomorrow. No Yum Yum sauce, No scallops, No Entertainment, No good service!
Our waitress Gina did witness his bad attitude. We asked to speak with the manager Jazmin Reyes. She apologized and gave us a $50 dollar off gift card for five people to use the Next time they decide to travel from West Palm Beach to Ft. Lauderdale to be disappointed. Wow, Benihana's I expect you to do better!
The tableside food prep they're known for was first class and enjoyable, but the server (drinks, order taker) was terrible. It was a Monday, and the place was crowded, which may have surprised them in their staff planning for the night leaving her overworked, but even after I mentioned the things she'd forgotten it didn't get much better. The food is high quality and good, but it had been a while since I'd been and I might not have realized how simple the recipes are. It's really just grilled chicken, steak, and shrimp, and while eating it immediately after it's prepared was good, the flavors weren't anything outstanding, just fresh. But the chicken fried rice was fantastic! Better value than I expected.
We made reservations for no reason at all… When we arived we had to waite for those who did not make a reservation before they would seat us at a table. Even after we were seated we had to waite and see if anyone eles was coming, to complete the already tight seating arrangement. For years we have made Benihana’s a special place to go on our Anniversary, Birthdays, and to entertain family members when they came to town: however, over the past few years it appeared the restaurant was slowly failing. We first noticed when there were no more Japanese chefs. from there on we notice that cleanliness was dissipating. Our last visit was disgusting. When we aproached our table, I had to asked to have our section of the table cleaned before we could set down. the carpet, tables, and chairs, were tacky from grease, everthing you touched was sticky and dirty. I went to the restroom and you would think you steped into an outhouse. It made me want to hold my breath until I could go out and injoy my expensive dinner.
Our server was good and our chef could cook, however, you would be hard-pressed to believe you were in a Japanese restaurant.
I will try another Benihana in the local area, but if they too have stooped to an unclean and none Japanese environment I won't be returning, and you can rest assured, that I will be telling evrery person I know of my experience. Very disappointing
I ordered steamed rice with my meal and was given fried rice as the waitress did not write down the order. When the checks came, it included other customers meals and I told her ordered steamed rice not fried rice and she told me, we gave it to you so need to pay for it. How rude..
Took my 7yr old son for his first time , he loved it love it love it. Was very impressed by the chef and the volcano , he loved the food the ambience, he was All smile , he said he will definitely come back again & again. Still talking about it to his friends from school. Thanks 👍👍. Job well done
This place has horrible seating arrangements. Very tightly spaced seating. I understand that a friday night can be unbelievably busy but we waited 30 mins for a table although we had a reservation. There was no wait area available so we had to sit outside on the curb while waiting for our table. The floors are terribly slippery. Dressed in heels I almost fell 3 times just attempting to go to the bathroom. There were not enough cooks tableside and after waiting for 30 mins passed our reservation time we waited another HOUR for a cook to arrive. Our reservation was for 915 pm. We did not get a cook until 1045. Then only to find out the menu options are quite different from the other Benihana just 20 mins west and they were out of yakisoba. It was a poor experience for me since i've come to associate superiority with this brand.
Food and service was less than expected. My order wasn't filled completely. The chef was nice, however he seemed overwhelmed and gave part of my meal to the lady sitting next to me. The floor was disgusting, the bathroom was even worse. This was to be a special night with my husband and stepson to celebrate his birthday. This was disappointing to say the least. We won't go back.
I made my reservations for 8pm. I got there early to enjoy Happy Hour, since my table wasn’t going to be ready until 8. I was called 5mins after I begun Happy hour. After being seated so soon, it threw the vibe off for me for the night. (Celebrating my birthday)
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