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Benihana - Houston - Downtown

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752 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Perfect For:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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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
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Phone number
(713) 659-8231
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Clay & Polk
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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

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For a limited time, when you purchase $50 in
Benihana Gift Cards, you’ll receive a $10 Benihana Promotional Card. Offer available 4/10/18 - 5/13/18 Promotional Cards valid 5/14/18 - 6/17/18.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 752 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.8
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3.7
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56% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

What’s the point in a reservation when I have to wait an hour to be seated like everyone else

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

My initial waiter was rude but after reporting it, his demeanor changed. The manager and other waitresses and waiters were awesome!

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Brought appetizers 30 minutes after we got food. Asked for lemons and sugar at least 7 times... never got either. Never got 2 side salads had to ask to have them taken off our bill. Had to sit and stare at meals for 10 minutes before even getting chopsticks or silverware. An hour long dinner took almost 3 hours.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We always enjoy meeting and getting to know others at the table. This is the best part of dining at Benihana. The food service is consistent and the wait staff will usually find a way to make the entire table laugh at least once. We were celebrating my husband's birthday .

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

My visit was excellent, except the wait time for the table to fill.

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1.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Food was burnt. All of the tricks the cook tried failed. The waitress didn’t put in half of the order for one person in our party. The filet that was ordered was extremely undercooked. When the cook tried to fix it, he kept cutting it up into smaller pieces, effectively puréeing the steak.

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2018

This place is filthy! The food was ok. It took FOREVER to get our food

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was very, very loud. Also, disappointing that they had as many of us around one table as they did. We had one child in our group, & another lady had two children. I think the staff figured they could get away with shoving an extra chair. Too cramped. Food was delicious. Chef thoroughly entertaining. Waitress was forgetful, though.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I visit Benihana often and really enjoy coming with my children. I haven’t been to this location in a while normally visit the location in Sugarland. Our reservation time was perfect we came in and were able to be seated immediately. Our waiter was extremely rude we sat at the table with another family and he treated that family like royalty and barley said anything to me and my children. Our chef Betty amazing funny fun I tip her separately for our dinner because I enjoyed her. As soon as our chef walked away the waiter, he came up with boxes shoving them to us instead of asking were we done with our food which my family was still eating. I get the urgency of wanting to seat other people but I didn’t get to enjoy my meal because I felt compelled to get up and go. I wouldn’t recommend this location to anyone. I love Benihana so I’ll be going back to the sugarland location

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I have been coming to this place, since I was kid. One of my favorite restaurants in Houston.

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1.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We ended up leaving. Reservation was 40 minutes past and overbooked our table. We had no room to sit. Will not be going back.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Chef Doan was the best one we have had in years. Lots of fun and so many laffs.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Delicious food, great service, and a great environment.

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2.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The customer service was terrible and the food was very overrated, we ended up leaving and just eating pizza.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent food as usual. A bit of a wait (20 minutes) for our table even with reservations. Then, after being seated another 15 minutes later before chef arrived.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent experience. Joe, the manager, is an awesome person that makes us feel very welcome each time we visit Benihana.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I am a regular customer & I think this was by far the worst experience. There was apparently a new manager who was very annoying and interfering with Edgar, our favorite cook. The waitress is usually very good, but this day she was stretched thin. I think I will take a break from this location.

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I was very unhappy with the fact that I made a reservation for a certain time and never got sat down once the time came and to make matters worse another person had also been waiting well over 1 hr after reservation time for a table. We ended up leaving and eating elsewhere. I will not be going back to that location.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Consistent food and dining experience is as expected. Be prepared to wait to be seated well beyond your reservation time.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Our cook was inexperienced the food lacked flavor and my salmon was undercooked.

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1.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Our dinner reservations were for 6:15 and we didn’t get seated until almost 7:00, it took over 30 minutes for us to get our waters, my drink order was wrong and our waitress kept telling me it wasn’t wrong, she disappeared for long periods of time, my steak was tough when I ordered it to be cooked medium, our cook almost never showed up, and we didn’t leave the restaurant until after 9:15 and our table didn’t order an appetizer or even get dessert. I will never come to this location again. I apologized to my date the entire night. I was embarrassed of my choice for a date.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Birthday surprise for wife

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Good time will be goin back soon

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2018

I was extremely disappointed in you guys performance on Valentine's Day 2018. I had reservations for 7:30 and when I arrived I wasn't seated until 8:30. My fiance and I we're very disappointed in our experience at this location. The cook and the waitress both had Snappy attitudes with us and both blamed it on it being a long day. Smh
-romeo

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We went for Valentine’s Day and had a wonderful time. The staff was very accommodating and the service good despite it being an incredibly busy evening.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

I enjoyed the chef Charlie. He was great,funny and entertaining. He included everyone at the table.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Its was perfect, took my date and we both had a great night, the chef was amazing, setting a great mood for everyone, and making everyone laugh and smile, food was good too, would totally recommend it

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Good food pretty noise I was disappointed they didn’t have my yum yum sauce that I usually get now they only have brown mustard and ginger sauce

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

We celebrated our daughter's 15th birthday. Our waitress and chef were awesome. Couldn't beat the pricing either...5 course meal with alcoholic drinks for 7 people - Under $400.00 with 40% tip. I know a bit extra for tipping, but two servers = two tips. At least for me.

Would not have traded the night for anything. It was truly lovely, fun, entertaining, and just down right good. The chef prepared the proteins to perfection. Even my 11 yo son ate his steak and chicken. And he is the pizza king. I should purchase a Domino's franchise. I would probably save money.

My brother-in-law and sister joined us. They are vegetarians. They were able to create some wonderful dishes from the options offered.

I, of course, had a filet minion. Oh my gosh, melted in my mouth. It has been a long time since I had a good, much less great, steak in a restaurant. Husband & daughter had the seafood. They tell me the lobster, shrimp & scallops were wonderful. They really didn't share well. It's okay; I didn't either.

I highly recommend Benihana's for just something different. You get a dinner & a show without leaving your seat. Priceless!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

The Chefs are great and always put on an astounding show.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was great, only issue first group seated but we had to wait for 2 other group to seat and order, then was served last at the table.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2018

We dine here several times a year and are never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Amazing staff. Chef made us feel comfortable

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2.0Dined on January 25, 2018

It was my birthday on 1/25/18 as I listed in my reservation and I told the staff it was my birthday. Other people at other tables were acknowledged with birthday songs but I did not receive one. I've been using the birthday coupon for about three years and never have I had to print it out to presented to receive the $30 off the meal. They couldnot accommodate it from my phone or, have me return to the restaurant with it. I did not receive my 6 course Ice cream ad it says on the menu. I'm usually at this restaurant every year for my birthday and this year was a very disappointing time.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Amazing! Outstanding food and service! Thank you!

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1.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Never got to try their food, had reservations got there 15 minutes early waited for 1hr, sitting in the bar drinking $12 well drinks, and still not seated. Not very organized up front.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

My 32nd birthday

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Our waitress Jennier from what we noticed only had two tables and was unable to keep up. We had to ask for drinks and I even had to ask for another gentleman that was seating at or table to get him his steamed rice.

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2.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Just think about it who wants to spend $160 to leave a restaurant and still have a hungry family. It's ridiculous. But, it's okay our teenagers work at Whataburger and that was great we all got great burgers

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1.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Booked reservation for 8 didn't get seated until 9 and didn't eat until 10pm

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