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Benihana - Houston - Downtown

3.8
734 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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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 in downtown Houston is near the heart of the theatre and museum district, allowing guests to enjoy dinner and a teppanyaki show before a theatrical production nearby. They are in a prime location in the center of the business district and walking distance from all major hotels. The restaurant boasts a large lounge, which is especially popular for business lunches in a limited amount of time. Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. Validated parking is available weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day on Saturday and Sunday.
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

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

HAPPY HOUR:
Monday - Friday: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Phone number
(713) 659-8231
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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
Between Clay & Polk
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Parking details
We validate parking Monday through Friday after 5:00 PM and all day on Saturday and Sunday.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 734 People Are Saying
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3.8  based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.8
service
3.8
ambience
3.6
value
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62% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RuthD 
1.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

I was very unhappy with the fact that I made a reservation for a certain time and never got sat down once the time came and to make matters worse another person had also been waiting well over 1 hr after reservation time for a table. We ended up leaving and eating elsewhere. I will not be going back to that location.

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vipGKee (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Consistent food and dining experience is as expected. Be prepared to wait to be seated well beyond your reservation time.

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MonicaG 
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Our cook was inexperienced the food lacked flavor and my salmon was undercooked.

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TaylorP 
1.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Our dinner reservations were for 6:15 and we didn’t get seated until almost 7:00, it took over 30 minutes for us to get our waters, my drink order was wrong and our waitress kept telling me it wasn’t wrong, she disappeared for long periods of time, my steak was tough when I ordered it to be cooked medium, our cook almost never showed up, and we didn’t leave the restaurant until after 9:15 and our table didn’t order an appetizer or even get dessert. I will never come to this location again. I apologized to my date the entire night. I was embarrassed of my choice for a date.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Birthday surprise for wife

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Good time will be goin back soon

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RomeoC 
1.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

I was extremely disappointed in you guys performance on Valentine's Day 2018. I had reservations for 7:30 and when I arrived I wasn't seated until 8:30. My fiance and I we're very disappointed in our experience at this location. The cook and the waitress both had Snappy attitudes with us and both blamed it on it being a long day. Smh
-romeo

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Kwiksta (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We went for Valentine’s Day and had a wonderful time. The staff was very accommodating and the service good despite it being an incredibly busy evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

I enjoyed the chef Charlie. He was great,funny and entertaining. He included everyone at the table.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Its was perfect, took my date and we both had a great night, the chef was amazing, setting a great mood for everyone, and making everyone laugh and smile, food was good too, would totally recommend it

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Good food pretty noise I was disappointed they didn’t have my yum yum sauce that I usually get now they only have brown mustard and ginger sauce

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KathyM (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

We celebrated our daughter's 15th birthday. Our waitress and chef were awesome. Couldn't beat the pricing either...5 course meal with alcoholic drinks for 7 people - Under $400.00 with 40% tip. I know a bit extra for tipping, but two servers = two tips. At least for me.

Would not have traded the night for anything. It was truly lovely, fun, entertaining, and just down right good. The chef prepared the proteins to perfection. Even my 11 yo son ate his steak and chicken. And he is the pizza king. I should purchase a Domino's franchise. I would probably save money.

My brother-in-law and sister joined us. They are vegetarians. They were able to create some wonderful dishes from the options offered.

I, of course, had a filet minion. Oh my gosh, melted in my mouth. It has been a long time since I had a good, much less great, steak in a restaurant. Husband & daughter had the seafood. They tell me the lobster, shrimp & scallops were wonderful. They really didn't share well. It's okay; I didn't either.

I highly recommend Benihana's for just something different. You get a dinner & a show without leaving your seat. Priceless!

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

The Chefs are great and always put on an astounding show.

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RobertW (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was great, only issue first group seated but we had to wait for 2 other group to seat and order, then was served last at the table.

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rlhcmg (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

We dine here several times a year and are never disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Amazing staff. Chef made us feel comfortable

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

It was my birthday on 1/25/18 as I listed in my reservation and I told the staff it was my birthday. Other people at other tables were acknowledged with birthday songs but I did not receive one. I've been using the birthday coupon for about three years and never have I had to print it out to presented to receive the $30 off the meal. They couldnot accommodate it from my phone or, have me return to the restaurant with it. I did not receive my 6 course Ice cream ad it says on the menu. I'm usually at this restaurant every year for my birthday and this year was a very disappointing time.

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vipPoor (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Amazing! Outstanding food and service! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Never got to try their food, had reservations got there 15 minutes early waited for 1hr, sitting in the bar drinking $12 well drinks, and still not seated. Not very organized up front.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

My 32nd birthday

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rach (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Our waitress Jennier from what we noticed only had two tables and was unable to keep up. We had to ask for drinks and I even had to ask for another gentleman that was seating at or table to get him his steamed rice.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Just think about it who wants to spend $160 to leave a restaurant and still have a hungry family. It's ridiculous. But, it's okay our teenagers work at Whataburger and that was great we all got great burgers

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
1.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Booked reservation for 8 didn't get seated until 9 and didn't eat until 10pm

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OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Fun and delicious! The food is cooked well, and the chef puts on a great show.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
1.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

The waitress ruined my birthday dinner. I go to Benihana every year for my birthday and this was the absolute worse service I have received. She disappeared for 20 minutes after taking drink orders and when she returned with our drinks she disappeared for another 20 minutes before coming back to take our meal orders. She kept all her attention on 2 gentleman who were also at the table and not once asked if anyone was celebrating anything as there was another group at the table that was also celebrating a birthday.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

The service was good and hibachi chef was good, but food lacked flavor. We were there due to business conference, so can’t say I’d recommend it to anyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Celebrating the birthdays of our granddaughters, 8 and 11. We all had fun and the food is dependable and delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Our chef was Elias and he was the best he was nice and entertaining..all the staff was friendly.. im engaged so me and my fiance so me and my fiance wanted to enjoy a nice place..and benihana was all that

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Food was good the guy put on the usual show which was good but the server was horrible.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Awesome NYE dinner experience. The serive was great and the cook was entertaining. I ordered the Filet Mig and Lobster Tail, the food was great and taste amazing.

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