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: 4:00 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

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Details

For a limited time, when you purchase $50 in Benihana Gift Cards, you’ll receive a $10 Promotional Card. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Buy your Benihana Gift Cards at your favorite Benihana location or online at Benihana.com. Excludes Tax and Tip. Valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017. Promo Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM.

Benihana - Houston - Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.8

ambience

3.6

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (21)
Fun (15)
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Good for Groups (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Kid-friendly (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
People Watching (8)
Casual (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Romantic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Authentic (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Cozy (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Spicy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Vegan (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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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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·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was a great experience, but our cook did not do as much as other places, and he Forgot the sauce until people were almost done eating.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, People Watching
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

That was my first time and I had my bday party there,it was everything.I had never been to a restaurant and everyone there was so nice and they made sure that any questions that I had to ask they,we're ready to answer,now all I can think about is when are we going back to Bennihanas again, everyone loved it though and I promise we will be back soon

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Sports, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Spicy, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Healthy, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Disabled Access, Organic, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great meal, reservation on time. Good time had by all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have been to Benihana restaurants in the Bay Area, LA and Irvine, Monterey and beyond. However, the one in Houston was by far the most disturbing and disappointing dining experience in a very long time. We were celebrating a friend who had been visiting Houston for medical treatment, and because of past experiences I thought this would be a safe bet. It wasn’t!

The problem: the appetizers arrived after the main course was served; the food was over-cooked; the sushi/sashimi combo looked like hacked up fish... not even sliced properly; the snow-crab literally was served as the bills were being presented; the cook was the least experienced of the bunch, but all of them were not skilled at Teppanyaki cooking... they were boring at best; we were handed our bill without even being asked if we wanted dessert; the bathrooms were disgusting, and there was toilet paper all over the floor which was tracked throughout the restaurant; nobody once bothered to ask how our meal was until after I payed the bill. In summary, this meal not only left one of the people in our party feeling sick all night, but it was a reason for me to never visit ANY Benihana ever again.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

It’s a very friendly family environment with great food and beverages.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Late-night Find
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I would have to rate this restaurant a low 3. I had reservations for 8:00 PM with the total guest of nine. Two groups met up for my daughter‘s birthday celebration. The first group was early and was not allowed to be seated, we where about 6 minutes late due to unforeseen traffic issue not even near downtown. When my husband dropped us at the door we were still not allowed to be seated because he was not there, he had to go park. When we all were there they indicated they did not have a table available. Hostess (who seemed sick or mad she was at work) asked us to be seated in the bar and get out of the front entry. when I went back to check why we were not seated since we had reservations the manager said “oh aren’t you the one that was late?” I just looked like I can’t believe you even said that. At 8:26 we were finally seated and then the manager became nice. Had a great Chef name Julie! Waiter lady seemed very tired or didn’t want to be there. Overall it was way too loud we couldn’t even talk and hear each other let alone the chef. I would probably never go back maybe try different location. I did see someone take a picture of my birthday girl but we never got the photo they just tried to
get us out of the restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had fun !! It was fun to be downtown with an astros win !

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our Chef, Cody, was ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. TERRIBLE. He said it was his first day. HE WAS AWFUL and should not have a second day. 5:15 reservation and we did not leave until 6:50. That's only because I asked for the check before the food was done because we had Rockets tickets. I cannot stress how very bad our experience here was. When you make your reservation, it's worth doing what you can to ensure you have a seasoned, experienced Chef at your table.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great Place for Happy Special Occasions, we have been doing this for the past 16 years and have gone to both Benihanas for this occasion, Great food, entertaining and great value.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our waitress would disappear for 20-30 minutes at a time, leaving our beverages empty. Our chef had to leave the grill to get bowls due to our waitress being so slow. The party a table over had a speaker that they brought with them. They turned this up to the max and were vaping in the restuarant. The management only asked them to stop vaping and said nothing about the music. Overall not a great experience.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

So hot need to fan myself, slow service , soup was awful

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Everything was great. Went with my cousin and aunt for my cousins birthday but I guess cause I was the odd one out they assume I wasn't paying and didn't give me as much attention as everyone else. Everyone got refills and I had to wait till my glass was empty and I was already eating the ice. Didn't get the cheery service till after they saw me grab the bill to pay

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good food and the cook was great the front people not too nice and some were rude. Now Benihana does not pay all your parking

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Excellent service and great staff!! Great selection in food and options!

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fun, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

It was unbearably hot! I understand you have to sit by the grill but the air needs to be adjusted somehow. Very unhappy that we had to have two extra folks join our table. We already had a party of seven adults, celebrating 2 birthdays and an anniversary with drinks in hand on the table. They chose to to set a father and young child at the table with us making 9. The table right beside us, seated about the same time, only had 6. They could have easily sat them there. I understand their method of seating 8 to a table to get the most out of their chefs show, but 9 at those tables is way to small!! Very frustrating and took away from our celebration. Next time, I will make reservations for 8 and pay for the extra spot! Our chef and waitress were wonderful and did everything they could to accommodate.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The Restaurant was smokey and loud and for the first time, ever, service was terrible

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

It did get hot in there quick I guess being slow close to them cooking by you. But overall we had an amazing night and would go again!!

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Waited over 2hrs just to get something to drink with a reservation.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We waited an hour to be seated even though we made a reservation. The restaurant is really hot inside, but the food is good.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Arrived on reservation time for a birthday dinner with my family only to find we were unable to be seated at our table for another 30 min. Normally this would not have put me out too badly. However the place was so packed with people the only waiting option we had was to stand on the street corner. It was clear that the staff was not managing their diner traffic in any way as the restaurant has that "hot & sweaty" feel due to too overcrowding. Unfortunately, we ended up leaving to try and find a place that could accommodate a family party of five at 8:00 pm on a Saturday night. Pretty much ruined the night.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Good food as usual, service would've been a lot better but our waitress had too many tables. It was really noisy and very hot in there.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I usually go on my birthday every year to Westhiemer location but decided to try downtown for 1st time. Made reservations, had to still sit for an hour. Once seated chef never came out for a while, waiter said they didn't peel enough shrimp and they were having to do so. Got dinner that ice cream and tea comes with it. Waiter comes at end said no ice cream because freezers are broken and didn't offer hot tea??? Will never go back to thus location again. .For these issues we should have at least got a discount. Worst experience at Benihana I ever had.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Service was a little slow and our soup was not hot initially. But the waitress corrected that. The food was good, and Overall I would give it a 4 out of 5.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had an excellent birthday celebration. Our chef was wonderful and the food was delicious. The only thing that was somewhat uncomfortable was how warm the restaurant was. Maybe the ac should have been turned down more. Overall though - a great experience

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Because of other negative reviews, we almost canceled our reservation for 8. I am happy we decided on keeping it. After the flooding, options were limited. We were seated immediately on arrival. Our server was patient with our talkative group. The cook put on an entertaining show and the food was on par. After dinner the birthday person was given dessert and the severs sang happy birthday in English and Japanese. Afterwards the server took a group picture and gave us 2 copies. Resteraunt was not overly hot and noise was expected for a busy Saturday night.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Been several times, usually enjoy the food but space is always a premium. The hibachi tables are very cramped and they pack you in.

Today, I ordered the Hibachi Scallops and Rainbow Roll. The sushi was great, but my scallops were very overcooked and rubbery.

This restaurant has great service, but is in desperate need of a deep cleaning and update.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great experience for our first time. Food was great and the adult drinks were awesome. Very kid friendly. Our cook Elias was amazing and took good care of my family. We loved our time at Benihana - Downtown Houston.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Great for Brunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 7, 2017

This is a special occasion type spot, if you like hibachi, because it's entertaining to watch the chef cook in front of you. Considering the amount of butter and other seasonings they put in, you would think the food would be flavorful, but I think it's bland without the dipping sauces. The chicken, I believe is white meat, is a bit on the dry side, but the filet mignon is tender (I'm not a fan of their terriyaki chicken, but to each its own). It's also pricey, but you do get a generous amount of food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Had one new waiter trying to serve all the tables while all the managers were m.i.a as she got behind!

Tags: Seasonal
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 (London)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The decor is really very tired. Food and service was good

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

I love Benihana - but the hostess who works the front of the room at the downtown location is a deal-breaker for me. She is loud, rude and completely unhelpful. We had two reservations (a party of 5 and a party of 6 - booked through Open Table) When we arrived at the restaurant, she told us she could only seat us as a party of 8 and a party of 3. And instead of trying to work with us on it, or explaining the configuration, she pretty much said we had to take it or leave it. Since we had a large party and it was already noon, we took it, but I wasn't happy. I then found out that the 8/3 seating was ok. Our parties were adjacent. If the woman at the front had explained it that way, instead of being obstinate and rude, i wouldn't have been so angry at the start of the meal.
Once you get past her, Benihana is a good experience and our servers were top notch. But since that hostess is the first person customers interact with, I can see her turning away a lot of business. She is terrible.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

We have taken my daughter, now family of six, to Beni-Hana for my daughters birthday celebration for the last 36 years. I truly believe this was one of, if not the best, dinners we have enjoyed at Beni-Hana. The young man who prepared the meal was fabulous and our server took of all of our needs, even before we knew we wanted them. Awesome evening!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

The restaurant was really hot. Very uncomfortable. Food was not served correctly. Everyone ate at separate times. Shrimp and salmon were soooo over cooked. They were both left on grill for over 15 minutes. Never got hot tea. We remembered after the fact. MEAL WAS VERY OVERPRICED. AND THE RESTAURANT NEEDS A FACELIFT. WE WERE THERE EARLY (5) AND THE FLOORS LOOKED LIKE SOMEONE EMPTIED TRASH ON THEM. NASTY.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Our reservation was at 8:30 didn't eat until about 10:15.. our waitress was horrible she kept forgetting everything she made ordering very difficult by asking unnecessary questions confusing the whole table.. our shrimp was overcooked. I think the chef was tired. His performance was very lame. Out of all benihana experiences this was the worse. The last time I came to this location the chef was drunk or buzzed cuz the whole table smelled him but we had a good time cuz he was a goofy drunk.. but overall my family and I may have to switch locations for the benihana outing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

This is our second time at Benihana. We have two young kids and they loved it, the teppanyaki chefs went to extra effort to engage the kids and joke around with them. It's my 4yo daughter's favourite restaurant now. The food itself is delicious - excellent cuts of beef, well cooked and tender, and the seafood (scallops and lobster) also fabulous.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups
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