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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I will never return to this LOCATION

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and great food

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Corry
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! Meal costs are roughly $30 per-person during dinner time.

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JAMO
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in town and cognizant of social distancing. Excellent!

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DeandreaD
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great service was great chef was awesome and very entertaining

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DexterH
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son took me to Benihana for Father's Day. We ordered the 6 course meal, with entree of filet mignon, chicken breast, and colossal shrimp. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The table server and chef were very friendly, professional, and provided an excellent dining experience throughout.

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minion
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

my family and i went there after the aquarium, and i warned them multiple times that she was allergic to seafood and somehow she still ended up having an allergic reaction while we were there. her chest tightened up, her airway was closing and she was feeling sick. we had to rush to leave to get her to medicine.

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Rick
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We always like to eat there, when we're in Houston

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GreysiC
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service, overall great experience for the family

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience1

No way. Never again. So much for a nice nite out. 3 of us. $317.58 after tip. No dress code. Shorts and flip flops was the typical attire. This place was one step above Panda Express. Go to Morton’s or Ruth Chris’. Same amount of money but much better experience. Never again. Never never never.

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KayciP
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was AMAZING! I took my girlfriend here for her birthday & it was just what we were looking for. I reserved it for 12pm and it wasn’t busy, everyone was so helpful & sweet. I loved it. Sweet energy etc.

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MarkW
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

It is in need of updating! The food was middle of the road. The staff was adequate

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AngelicaG
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the first public dine in my husband and I did after quarantine and it did not disappoint! We did a reservation for a Friday evening but arrived an hour early (6:45) and were seated immediately with another couple on opposite ends (6 feet apart).
I highly recommend the reservation if you’re going because it was packed (entryway) as we were leaving.
I only wish our cook had some sort of container where we could’ve tipped him aside from our waitresses for his entertainment and cooking performance.
Coconut mojitos were superb and 2 for $10.70, so drink in even numbers if you’d like to take advantage of that special!

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JorgeM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked reservations said it was open online and bam show up park and closed did not update website ruined my wife’s birthday dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food good and everything was great

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ElisaBetheE
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was really good but the service was just ok. Our server didn’t smile and didn’t refill drinks. I notated on the reservation a birthday and told the server and the hibachi chef and no one acknowledged it at all. The manager greeted every table except ours. But like I said, good food.

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Steak101
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great atmosphere. If you are looking for a good time and a night out, this is the place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Went to celebrate a 19th birthday. I commend Benihana for opening and getting back to business, but it was mediocre at best. Food was decent, but experience with the chef was not good. It appeared like he didn’t want to be there, and was very disinterested in putting on any show. He had made a bit too much fried rice, and rather than giving each guest a little extra, he threw it away! Same for a chicken dish that was entered into the system incorrectly. Rather than salvage edible food, he just threw it away. I couldn’t believe the waste- we didn’t need it but at least save it for the staff or someone hungry.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Span was our chef and was OUTSTANDING! He made the appropriate conversation with us and made us feel at ease throughout the entire dinner. Server was very helpful and saved us several dollars by recommending the best meal options.
Servers are placed in a tough spot, on large party had their children running around the restaurant and belittled the staff when they asked the parents to have their children not run in the restaurant. It made for a miserable experience for most of the patrons. However, the staff was helpful as much as they could be give the circumstances.

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Cheryll
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

I had a reservation got seated all most 15 mins after it and I arrived 20 mins prior to it. Took 32 mins for cook to come to table very slow service

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AlexisG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!! I am was out chief and everything was wonderful

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RavnB
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service great food and make us fell welcomed and comforable

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful!! We had a great chef with a personality! We really had a amazing time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime you go it is a new experience. Alisha is one of the best cooks I have ever had. I look forward to going back with with fiancé.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for a date night. We always enjoy the food and atmosphere.

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RaulY
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Edgar was very entertaining and food was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were friendly and accommodating. It was less lively than I anticipated, considering we were there on a Saturday night. We had a great time though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice and the kids enjoyed it

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GGCampbell
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience , waitress was the best we where attending a concert & had to eat fast she put in the orders & had our food with us in no time 5 star she was the best

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service & location.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were amazing!

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vipKristinT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time. Sharon and DoAn were awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing I had a great time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Want go again

Benihana - Houston - Downtown
Responded on March 4, 2020

We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elias was great

Benihana - Houston - Downtown
Responded on March 17, 2020

Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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LisaD
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivan was a great Chef!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wives 43rd Birthday weekend

Benihana - Houston - Downtown
Responded on March 5, 2020

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the special occasion!

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WillieD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding customer service and the food was great!!

Benihana - Houston - Downtown
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thank you Willie, for sharing your feedback! Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food. Great service.

Benihana - Houston - Downtown
Responded on March 5, 2020

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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MichaelH
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience</