About Benihana - Houston - Downtown

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.

1318 Louisiana St
Houston, TX 77002
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

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

Cross Street:
Between Clay & Polk

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 659-8231

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/houston-tx-ho

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

Benihana - Houston - Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

3.7

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

69% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (19)
Good for Groups (17)
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Special Occasion (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Casual (7)
Hot Spot (7)
People Watching (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Cozy (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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Live Sports (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 10, 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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Houston)·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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·Dined on January 6, 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

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We always celebrate new years here. Always a great experience

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Meat was cooked perfectly.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a 7:30 reservation. Not seated until after 8. They seated 11 people on just our side of table so we were literally sitting on the same chairs. We did not even begin cooking until after we had sat at table with not even water for 30 more minutes. Bill was completely messed up with charges incorrect and the service and food was terrible. I have been to this location many times and I will never go again. It was my son’s birthday and it was a complete disappointment.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Terrible food and the worst chef ever. Have had much better meals at fast food places.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The service was really poor, drink refills were slow, orders were messed up, confusion between the cook and the waitress ended up making other food later and over cooked. Definitely not worth the price.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was not what I expected..I have been going for more than 20 yrs. and the feel the quality has gone down..

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

A great Christmas Day Meal option! Family loved it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

This restaurant has become my "go to" place to celebrate my birthday for the last 7 years. I even fly home to Houston from Seattle to celebrate here with my family during the holidays (Christmas birthday),

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Used to be a good place. Staff is rude and pushy. Too much money little amount of food

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Had a 5:45 reservation but was not seated until 6:10. Order not taken until 6:30. Made the early reservation because we had tickets to a play that started at 7:30. We were unable to finish our meal and had to leave before the main course was served. Did not have time to get parking validated so paid an extra 12 bucks for a meal we did not get to finish. No apology from anyone at the restaurant. The gutless bald guy working up front wouldn’t even look up at me when I stopped for moment on the way out to complain. Don’t waste your time or money on this place.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Have eaten here at this location several times before without issue but this visit was a TOTAL bust! Had reservations for a Christmas / Birthday gift for some friends and the night ended up being ruined by making us late to a 7.30 performance at the Hobby Center.
- Reservations for 5.30, 3wks out from date needed... seated us 20min late.
- Greeted by an extremely rude hostess. When we told her we were there for our reservations, she told us to stand in the bar area because all the others in the lobby would be seated before she got to us. When we asked what? Her response was " Did you hear what I said?"
- Were seated at an unset table.
- Moved to the next table over which was set
- Soup came out and was like warm. Then heard an explanation at the next table that they were out of soup in the kitchen and theirs would be coming out soon
- Chef came to cook the meal and arrived to a cooking surface that had never been turned on or heated up.
- Chef informed the wait staff, who informed the hostess. Hostess came and offered free California rolls to both parties at the table. Returned with 1 roll for the other family at the table and did not address us at all.
- Grill finally heated up 15-20min later and chef started with the fried rice. Did not prep enough fried rice for all orders at the table. Leaving me with no rice. They brought a bowl from the kitchen which looked like steamed white rice with stuff stirred into it. About that time the manager walked up and looked at the bowl and said he would bring me a fresh bowl from the kitchen. That bowl showed up about 15min later.
- Food was not up to par with prior visits. Chicken, steak and rice were dry. Onions not cooked.
Bottom line, we were there for almost 2 hrs, had bad service and only 5-10min to eat only a portion of our dinner, before being late to our show at Hobby.
Talked with the manager last night and general manager today.
Will be a really long time before we go back to the downtown location!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I was overcharged by the waiter, corrected the issue with the manager, only to see that later the larger amount ended up being ran through my card after all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was tasty, my family and I enjoyed it a lot. What was kinda of a downfall for us was that the place is crowded with tables so we had to keep moving and scooting our chairs around for people to get by. Other than that, the meal was pleasant.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was great. Took our grandkids.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent service and food. Always a good time.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Our reservation was fulfilled 31 minutes late, even though our whole party was present 15 minutes early. The manager was loudly arguing with a hostess when we arrived and continued as we waited to be seated. Apparently they were short a couple of chefs, which is understandable, but we were given completely unrelated reasons for the delay.

The chef, Edgar, was fantastic, very entertaining and the food he cooked was perfectly done and very good. The waitstaff were very good as well, checked in on us regularly, and made sure we were well taken care of. My daughter really enjoyed her birthday dinner and dessert, and we all enjoyed eating together and visiting with each other. Aside from the hiccups getting seated and the delays in getting the main course started, we had a great time and would certainly recommend and return again.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing experience as the chief made the special occasion much better as they are also very friendly they def recommend for a gathering for a special occasion

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a wonderful experience. Our server, Cheryl, and the chef (didn't get his name) were awesome. I had an enjoyable birthday lunch with family in a great environment with excellent food!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I guess they were trying to leave but it was not the normal experience at all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Reservations for 9pm for a group of 5 weren't sat until 9:50pm. If it were for the wait it would have been a much better experience, the chef at our grill was great!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Benihana never disappoints! The food was delicious and the experience was fun. Great night out!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had reserved for 10:15 pm
When got there they didn’t want to open the door cause it was closing time at 10:18 pm

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We had a reservation but it took about 20 minutes before we were seated. The hostess kept telling us that people were finished eating but were still talking at the table she wanted to seat us at. After about 20 minutes she sat us somewhere else. This was way to long to wait when there were other tables available. Charlie was out chef and he was great. Did new things - we really enjoyed that part.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The service was fine however the food was just "okay ". My party was disappointed with the overall experience and are not likely to go back which is a shame.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Not sure who our Chef was but he was GREAT! So funny and entertaining. It was my little sister's 18th bday and she really enjoyed it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Awesome chef and waitress. The chef put on the best show I have seen at any Hibachi.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our service could have bent a lot better. The hostess

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

We made reservations and were seated immediately. The service was excellent. Julie, or chef was wonderful. We had an overall great experience.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 20, 2017

It was great. Definitely recommend it for a special occasion!

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

A night to remember our chief was fun attentive and the crew got all our meals and drinks correct
It was my sons 30th birthday with great memories

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was my first experience at Benihana! I enjoyed it! I came here for my birthday and it was worth the experience! I would do it again! ❤️

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

They make you wait until the entire party arrives to seat you. That can be a good or bad thing.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

The service was terrible. Food was okay. We made reservation for 7:45 PM, but we did not get seated until an hour later. Will never go back to eat here

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

One of the worst dinning experience we have ever had. Won't be back. I sent this a note asking for someone to get back to me. Still haven't heard from anyone at Benihana's.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I had reservations for 2p on November 5th. I was seated promptly, but no one came to take my order, so I had to go back to the front and tell the hosted. We waited about 15 minutes before anyone came to take drink orders, took another 5 minutes to bring my drink. I'm disappointed at the service especially when I'm a frequent patron at benihana's

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