Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX

4.4
1326 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1326 people are saying
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RetaM
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Reservations were for 9:45, the cook didn’t arrive to our table till after 11pm

Services was horrible

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VernaB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We believe our server was new so we didn’t experience the excitement as the table next to us but we didn’t hold it against the establishment. Will definitely return. Thank you.

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EishaH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had medium well steak and it was well done and very tuff. The rice didn’t have enough soy sauce but hey we all have $50 bucks to waste

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Dricka
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The wait for the cook is to long. The food portion is not the correct size for a dinner portion cost. Especially for 30 dollars.

JB
JuanitaB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a family dinner. Everyone is very attentive and friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivan was great and we had a good time. Food was amazing and we can’t wait to come again.

AW
AngelaW
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great time. Will definitely visit again when in the mood for hibachi !

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

They receive us 20 minutes wait after due reservation. Already in the table another 20 mintutos for the waitres tonshow up

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WesleyS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the Louisiana Street location at least once a month. It is always a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here for our 10yr anniversary. Food was amazing. The chef was hilarious. I enjoyed every minute of it.

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LaToyaL
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome and the customer service was Great and Perfect Betty was the best.

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EddyV
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

It was a birthday reservation, but we had to share a table so we where all squished together with no room to eat in one corner of the table.

There was a lot of downtime doing nothing, we got our drinks and had to wait 13 minutes before they brought out soup and took order and another 15 before chef came out.

I reminded the cook and the waiter that this was a birthday yet after the meal we sat around for 15! Minutes before the waiter asked if there was something else. Had to remind staff yet again that it was a birthday.... Last time I came for a birthday party they took a picture of our group and gave us a print out, this time 2 waiters sang the song and immediately left our table. We just left after paying

The chef failed at the egg trick when he started cooking and afterwards was not motivated to do anything else but cook. I could see other tables having fun and their cooks interacting with the guest but ours just cooked the food despite again, knowing that it was my mom's birthday.

Paid almost 200$ and my mom left wanting to go to pei wei instead....

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! The cook and my boyfriend were joking and making the table laugh for the duration of the “show”!

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Rick
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ivan the cook was great, he did a good job on the food. Good taste!

CM
CMcCans
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Amazing time. Gave our company and amazing experience. Thank you taking care of such a large group!

KC
KeithC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This location is one of our favorite places for "date night" dinner. The food is always very good, but our chef on this visit was simply outstanding. Everything was very flavorful, temperatures were perfect.

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YvonneS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time their and the experience was amazing! We felt well taken care of as much as the food service !

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience3

We were seated at 8:45pm and the cook arrived to the table at 9:50pm. During our wait, the waitress explained our ticket got lost and she was uncertain of what happened. At 9:36pm, I asked the female manager when will the food arrive and her response was, they have to cook it. Duh....that’s the point of sitting around the hot stove with fork and chop sticks in hand!!!

While waiting, we also inquired about ordering a dish to-go and was asked to place the order at the bar closer to the end of our meal. As instructed, we attempted to order a to-go entree to be told, sorry it’s too late. Now mind you, three tables were sat after they declined to take the to-go order.

This was our first and last experience at this location....lesson learned.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef was amazing and the waiter was awesome, I loved it all.

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Leydiar
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, don is our favorite chef there he is great.

JD
JulianaD
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and we had lots of fun. We will definitely be going back!

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ScottG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

My daughters 13th birthday. The host acknowledged her birthday when we checked in and it was all downhill from there. We have dinner at various hibachi restaurants several times a year and I was honestly looking forward to this place because of their brand recognition. I just assumed that they would be better than others. This was without a doubt the worst hibachi restaurant we have ever been to. We waited an hour for the chef and when he arrived he couldn’t understand the order (he was Hispanic and spoke little English). One of the managers came over and helped him get it together. He overcooked the food and didn’t do any of the fun stuff you typically get with hibachi. He served the wrong food to our party and was hard to communicate with. He never acknowledged my daughter’s birthday but the one thing they got right was the bill. I paid top dollar for the food and enjoyed the service of a drive-thru restaurant. I never leave bad reviews but I think it’s important for others to know that this is as bad as it gets for hibachi.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time at this location. It was a wonderful experience. Prompt service. Attentive. Delicious!

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Maat
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We waited at our table for an hour before we were served. Our server was rude. I witnessed him roll his eyes at some of our table’s requests while walking away to fulfill them. We were there celebrating a friends birthday and Benihana issued a dining certificate via email. When it was time to use the certificate, the server rolled his eyes and told me I needed to email it to Benihana. When I asked for the email address, he just walked off. He was clearly annoyed for some reason and he didn’t hide it. His communication was poor and he didn’t offer to refill our drinks (besides water). So once we did ask for another drink, he came back and informed us that the bar was closed. Anywhere else I’ve been, the servers ALWAYS inform their customers of last call. I don’t know if I would bring my family and friends back to this location, if the service will be as subpar as it was that night.

HOWEVER, OUR CHEF IVAN WAS AMAZING!

LD
vipLisaD
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service were great!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have taken my daughter to "her choice" restaurant for the past 35 years - ALWAYS Benihana. Started at 6 years old because she didn't handle waiting for food very well (like most kids). I thought a personal chef cooking at the table might entertain her, so I picked Benihana in order to entertain our child on her 6th birthday. That 6 year old is now 41 and still requests Benihana as her birthday dinner - for the 35th year in a row.

Benihana looks today much the same as it did in 1986. Typical teakwood walls, very smelly carpet, same flat iron grills, same 8 chairs around each table, and likely the exact same management staff. Menu remains essentially the same - I ordered yesterday the EXACT same thing I did for the past 35 years. This year the steak and shrimp were overcooked, but my wife and I came away smelling like Benihana once again for days.

Just wish they would spend some of the thousands of dollars I have spent here over the years to update the decor, air filters, and menu - maybe let the kids run the place.

VG
VirginiaG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

This place is dirty, dark and smokey. The exhaust fans don’t suck out the smoke from grills. My family of four were rubbing our eyes and coughing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Our waitress and the food were great as usual. It was my first time at the HTX Benihana, but I’ve eaten at various other locations. Downsides: the entire restaurant was super smokey, like there was no ventilation. Even my purse smells like kitchen grease a day later. Also, for a 10:15 reservation, they were out of some of the dipping sauces. I know it’s the end of the night, but it sounded like it was common for the sauces to run out at the end of the night. If you’re partial to certain accompaniments, I’d keep that in mind when considering the time of your reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Benuhana's was a good experience.

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Vann
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef made the evening. Doan was entertaining, engaging and hilarious!!! Sue was a great server, kept our drinks full all night

VM
VictoriaM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Terrible service. Spent the whole meal looking for our server

VG
VGEats
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

This is my second time visiting this location and I do not think I will be back or maybe I need to try a different day or time day. The server was slow, but it was a busy night. The hostess was far from friendly and informative. The bartender seemed like it is a job and not happy to be there, but maybe he was just busy too. I expected friendlty staff and people happy to be at work, but that is not the vibe I got at all. The chef was great and the waiter/server was swamped. The waiter/server wasn't bad, he just needed help maybe.

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ALIK
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This is a tired, old chain that felt more like an Applebee's or a Ruby Tuesday's than a Benihanas, since Benihana's used to mean an upscale dining experience. Not any longer, at least at this location. Food was only average, and definitely over-priced. We were disappointed. I would not recommend this place to friends.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kids loved our cook! Everything came out great

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Chiquita
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I didn't get my avocado sauce for my meal and the rice didn't taste great.

LD
vipLisaD
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome!!

DP
DanceParty
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Food was great, but service was not good and hibachi entertainment was weak. The ones that ordered steamed rice had to ask twice to get it brought out at the end of the cooking. Everyone had ate half their meal.
Also too smokey inside, needs better ventilation.

JM
vipJessicaM
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

I masked people coughing whole lot eating made for an uncomfortable experience. Waiter seemed strictly concerned with a tip and once he got it he couldn’t even politely say goodbye. Not a grateful response to an 18% top, in my opinion.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Really disappointed in the quality and amount of the meat they serve. For the price, it wasn't worth it.

LP
LizP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Had a reservation for 8:45 and waited an hour to be seated. Once seated we had to wait an additional 45 minutes before our chief came and cooked our meal. Upon walking into the establishment it was extremely hot and smokey inside. Customers were literally taking turns going outside to get "fresh air". It was an extremely uncomfortable dining experience.

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Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX is rated 4.4 stars by 1326 OpenTable diners.

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