Benihana - Houston - Downtown

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$30 and under
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Japanese
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. Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 2-6 p.m. Validated parking is available weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

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LauraP
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The food out fantastic. Our waiter wasn't all that great and with everyone in the party ordering hibachi entrees we were rushed out at the end. No one was given the choice for the green tea or ice cream/sherbet that should have come at the end of our meal. It was my first time to dine here and one of the party member's birthday. No one besides the chef mentioned his birthday even when I pointed it out. That paired with not all courses being delivered for the price we paid, I will not be going back. I'm actually really disappointed as this was a special occasion for us.

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lucilas
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

i had a reservation for 145 i didnt get seated till after 215 . after i was seated we didnt have a waitress there was some mix up , so a young lady came and took our drink orders its took 30 min to get those drinks . manager came to us and explain the situation a new waitress came and took our orders a hr later by then a cake we brought in was completely melted. not to mention we had to keep getting up to ask for refills and additional silverware. i will never go back for a weekend

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING was GREAT!! EDGAR was the BEST!! We will DEFINITELY be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Smokey inside, hibachi smoke made it hard to breathe I think they may need new vents

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AdamG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience3

It was a terrible experience this year for my wife's birthday. The assistant manager was rude to my wife, they couldn't accommodate our party after we had made reservations a week in advance. I was just ready to go as soon as I got there. You could tell the place was under new management. I won't be going back anytime soon. We were very let down.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was cool i had a good time

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MichaelW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef was great and server was very attentive. I loved this service

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DejaM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I think that the alcoholic beverages were a bit overpriced, but the fried rice was amazing. We had an amazing first visit overall!

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HollyT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef Tony was fantastic and really made sure our kids had an awesome experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It’s was good but we had a party of 8 and they made us wait until everyone At the party was there and made us wait by the sushi bar it was very unconventional & we stood around for at least 30 mins. I made the reservation thinking we would be sat down with the intention that our party would join us. We arrived early for the reservation with that mind set we were pretty upset that we stood there waiting while other parties got sat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe was great the food was awesome I really enjoyed my self. Nice place to eat

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JuanaG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience. Thank you really enjoyed my birthday dinner.

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JamesS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was all right it was right on I could have not had a better time it was great

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SafyreSpitfire
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job with social distancing while still maintaining the fun that we know of going to Benihana!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was great

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was fun

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Honeyjams
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

great food, service was good, drinks where good, just an older location so its not as nice as westheimer or woodlands

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vipCorryT
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed everything. The service and meal was great. Been coming for years

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DwightR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant of all restaurants. I love it

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Pablo
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I now remember why I haven't been here for 4 years. My granddaughter remembered being there for her fifth birthday and wanted to go again for her ninth. I reluctantly agreed and regretted it from the moment the dreadful Maki was served, you would buy better in a supermarket. This is a poor imitation of a Japanese restaurant. Perhaps it is intended for occasional tourist traffic but it is pretty awful. Meat is overcooked and overpriced. $60 a head including children with perhaps 4 or 5 alcoholic beverages (beer mainly). Definitely a place to miss.

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Disenfranchised
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Benihana's is one of my all time favorite restaurants. My recent visit was enjoyable but I did not like how they treated and seated customers whom were black. I was honoring my son for his birthday and had a white family that came before us and a group of Hispanic ladies that proceeded us. However, they sat us at our own table and waited for another black couple to enter before sitting them with us. My son and I noticed this was a common practice as there were only blacks sitting with blacks, and whites sitting with whites through ought the facility - the epitome of segregation.

I spoke to a manager about this practice after we dined. He stated that patrons were seated according to how they arrived; however, this was not our observation at all. Further, we noticed the chefs at the white tables were energetic and perform many tricks and gadgetry; however, the tables were the chefs were at the black tables offered very few.

Although the food was outstanding, I will not revisit Benihana's - at least not the one downtown.

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HollyA
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience1

It was okay... Just okay. The food was not as great as alot of cheaper hibachi restaurants that I usually dine at. The chef was pretty messy preparing the food. The restroom was not clean. The majority of people eating in the restaurant were very ghetto. it was an overpriced ghetto restaurant.

Benihana - Houston - Downtown
Responded on August 12, 2020

Holly, thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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EsperanzaR
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend out for his birthday and this was the perfect place to do so. The food was amazing and delicious everyone was very nice not crowded

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AngelinaM
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, very nice staff, Deffinately would go back

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KimM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had birthday dinner there and it was excellent! Love the atmosphere and the food is great!! I will be back again. Is one of my favorite places. The chicken fried rice is the best of anywhere I have ever been.

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TannikaL
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

And it was our birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

No social distancing you get sit at a table with other ppl you do not know !!!

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Vaughn76
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my husband's birthday and it was an amazing experience

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Larry
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great experience, great food. Chef was excellent.

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NitcherS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my birthday. It was the best. Edgar, our chef was fantastic. He was very attentive. Especially when my grandson wanted to learn. He was his first time. He was so amazed by him. Thank you all for a great birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wife & I had our anniversary dinner. It was great.

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RachelB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waiter had order wrong, cook was confused, everything was just unorganized

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MarieS
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Underwhelming food, chef and service. I would not go back. Many other places that I could spend $250 and be more satisfied.

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MonicaS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

None at all good and service was great keep up the good work

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RhondaP
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great experience at Benihana! Very convenient curb-side pickup during Covid! Donning inside, they have taken precautions to give a comfortable dining experience.

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StephanieW
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef was great and did a great job interacting with my four year old! Food was delicious

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vipCorryT
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Food was Great! Fast service. Wasn’t over crowed. Free parking Sat and Sun.

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DeseriC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always great service and food. The staff are always helpful as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience

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KristenC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benihana is my favorite restaurant this was first time at this location however. Didn’t disappoint the server was super attentive and very nice. The food was just as good as always!

FAQs

Benihana - Houston - Downtown does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Benihana - Houston - Downtown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 659-8231.

Benihana - Houston - Downtown is rated 4.3 stars by 1206 OpenTable diners.

Benihana - Houston - Downtown does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.benihana.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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