Benihana - Houston - Downtown

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1068 Reviews
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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. 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.
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4.3
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4.3
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3.9
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3.9
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AC
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Muy buena ubicación del restaurante, la atención fue muy buena y la comida excelente como en todos los Benihana que hemos ido, Orlando, Miami y Houston. Una ventaja sobre los otros es la puntualidad en la reservación.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and service at this location as always.

JF
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This facility is in poor condition. Very tired overall look and the walls are dirty and the client spaces are all very degraded and not in keeping with $40 per person. Food was not as good as in the past and we are very disappointed overall in the cleanliness of the facility. Benihana should invest in a rehab of this facility as it is an embarrassment to the name.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Waiter wasn't resturant savvy. Cook was extremely quite and not very impressive.

TF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean . Great staff ! Food was good ! Great location !

JH
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner at Benihana in downtown Houston. It was my son's 20th birthday. Our waitstaff was excellent, even helping serve the cake I brought in. It was a fun experience and the food was delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun time and delicious food! Thank you!

R
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience every time we go here!

JG
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation, and we were seated immediately. Food was delicious and the service was excellent.

OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary!

HB
Houston
67 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Passion fruit tea was delicious!

MG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The servers were completely rude and unattentive . From the time my friend and I wanted in the door the light skin girl at the counter was very rude . Nasty attitude . The server at the table gave me a glass that had old food smudged on it . And it took her 30 minutes to return with my new drink .

CG
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Tommy the manager does not deserve to be one. The chef Jacob we have had him three times we ask for salt, peper, or garlic butter on certain parts of our food his response is that is not how BENIHANA does it. Each time same response.

CG
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Food was just okay. The strip steak had no flavor. We had a new cook and he left out some veggies in his fried rice. Only good thing was the fried rice was free because it was national fried rice day.
Downtown location is old, and our table's location was next to the kitchen so ambiance wasn't good.

B
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The cooks cart was not very well stocked, so no garlic butter on the entrees that advertise it. The restaurant was very hot, even with the addition of two portable AC units in the dining area.

b
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

This was a very disappointing experience, the steak was terrible. It had no seasoning and I think the meat may have even been past it’s best used by date. I have really been disappointed by Benihana the last few times I’ve been there. The food is way overpriced for the quality of food.

r
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Attended for birthday celebration of 2 co-workers. Quality of food was the same, however a few other items were below standards. We were seated in back of restaurant that was not even crowded, the room smelled of mildew, and had stand-up units for air conditioning. Apparently, the AC was not working. Additionally, upon singing of birthday song, our guest requested the complimentary birthday picture and she was informed the camera did not work - team member was very disappointed at this point due to the build-up of items stated above.

KG
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Hostess ignored my statement about having a reservation. I thought I had made a reservation for hibachi service. She told us we would have wait at least 15 minutes. Being a work day, we didn't have that luxury to wait, so we ended up eating in the "lounge" instead. Service felt rushed. Food was subpar for the price. Ordered lunch duet with shrimp and scallops. Shrimp was small and rubbery. I could have gotten better food in the tunnel.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my boyfriend’s first time at Benihana and he enjoyed every moment of the dinner! His birthday was a success because of the great vibe and ambiance.

CG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The manager Tommy literally called us our for our notes in regards to the AC. Tommy asked another manager out loud where do we sit the AC people at. After requesting the AC to be working properly. The Downtown Benihana's has fans & AC units with ducks coming down the ceiling to provide some sort of cooling. Tommy definitely needs an updated management training course of some sort. The waiter & chef are excellent.

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

I was very disappointed as I'd never been before and expected better. The service was fine, the food was fine but there is something wrong with the A/C and the ventilation. There were billows of greasy smoke blowing over us from the table grill next to us. It was awful. I was afraid I was going to have an asthma attack and we reeked of grilling fish and meat when we left. Our hair and clothes were foul. People at our table were coughing and their eyes burning. It was awful and that cannot be normal. They had some big floor unit (either A/C or dehumidifier) that was making it worse by blowing it directly towards us. We will never go back.

K
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I decided to give Benihana a second chance after my initial experience was not very good. The food was consistent, but unfortunately not very good. The sauce is worse than most other Hibachi grills I've been to and the meat was not seasoned well at all. The hibachi chef ended up slinging an onion from the grill and burned my fiance's arm. Asked staff for some ice after telling them that it burned her arm and got no ice or apology.

M
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food with prices to match, but still affordable. The staff does a great job and is very consistent as I’ve been here a couple of times. Perfect for dates or group parties; everyone will have a great time.

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating our nieces graduation

SK
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Food great .. facility dirty

e
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lugar muy recomendable

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TL
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience2

Grandma birthday

RC
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience1

The food was very good. The service was also good. The issue was that I was taking my wife out for a nice night on the town. My past experiences at Benihanas have been great and were generally business casual or maybe jeans and nice shirts. The sign on the front door stated proper attire required, but it was not enforced. T-shirts, shorts, mini skirts, etc were common dress. I was not expecting suit and tie, but this was way off. In addition, the ventilation in the building was not adequate. There were portable AC units around the restaurant, which made the noise level way higher. But, the food was great and the service was friendly and prompt.

J
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food was unseasoned. Didn’t even have teriyaki on anything. Way too much money for horrible food and horrible service

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Waitress was very nice.

S
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my friend’s birthday

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My cook, my waitress, my experience for my birthday was perfect. The food was flavorful and my service was great. I am happy I chose Benihana to celebrate

JE
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience4

Food not seasoned well. Not worth the money. Kobe steakhouse is way better.

GG
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This place is awesome!!! The chef Ivan was really good at his job he made my family and feel very welcomed.. would of been perfect but our waitress got our order wrong and left the grill off.. a lil overpriced, but overall great restaurant!!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Our chef Doan was phenomenal! All of our food was cooked to perfection.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good service.

DC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was yummy as always and the service was great. It's always a treat to eat at Benihana when we are going to be downtown

SG
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is so good for the price we'd paid. Outstanding and definitely would reccomend this restaurant to anyone.

TW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to eat and enjoy, food and drinks are awesome

c
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Terrible waiter, no idea what he was doing. Should study up a bit on Japanese cuisine and saki...

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