Benihana - Houston

4.4
1168 reviews
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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 Westheimer is a very popular family destination, located near the Westchase District and the Galleria Mall. Birthday celebrations are a must at Benihana where you will enjoy a complimentary sundae, Japanese song, and special photo to commemorate the occasion. Check out Happy Hour each Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. with great deals on cocktails and sushi, plus hot and cold appetizers starting at just $3.00.
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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food!!! The chef was outstanding, with wonderful skill in addition to being a great cook!

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AB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent as always. I will return again.

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C
San Antonio
91 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good (filet mignon). The exception was the bland fried rice. Our chef was excellent and we had a great experience. People at the front were not very welcoming, but the owner (manager) made us feel like royalty. One problem-did not know green tea came with dinner, but usually served at the end of the meal. We will be back soon.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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g
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad service. It was my first and last time. .............

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love to go. We always meet nice people, wonderful service and delicious food for a very reasonable price. We go at least twice a year.

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MD
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was quite dirty. We were seated at the table which had food particles still on the grill and table remaining from lunch - it was now dinner time. The floor was dirty. As we looked around, it was evident the place was not clean. Mentioned to the manager and he said thank you - we were busy today. Too busy to clean the place? I never heard of a restaurant not cleaning. After telling the manager, no action was taken to remedy and clean. The staff was very active singing happy birthday to the customers but I guess cleaning is not part of their program.

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SG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I scheduled a birthday here and they were very nice and supportive while having fun with us. I'm glad I came here and will be back again.

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P
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always have a great time at Benihana! We usually eat at the bar area but since we were there for a birthday dinner it was still a great dining experience. I do have to admit the waitress may have been a bit overwhelmed since I didn't get my appetizer until we were done with our meals but overall we still had a nice time.

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PR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time

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SF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Benihana never disappoints. Always good food and a good time.

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r
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As ever, well presented and tasty food. Doesn't aim for exceptional but fills it's niche very well. A good reliable option done well.

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G
New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Family Celebration

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef ITO was great and really worked hard to accommodate my mother's shellfish allergies and making sure not to use the same utensils he used for the shrimp. Wonderful job!

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WM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents and I really enjoyed it, I miss the fire show at the beginning of the cooking

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WJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Freezing cold where I was sitting.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our server told us there was no draft beer and in fact there was. We asked for brown rice and was told you didn’t have any but it was on the menu. Our chef did not do ANY of the traditional teppan show with the knives/volcano etc. It was very disappointing considering it was a double birthday for my son and myself. We are big Benihana fans but we won’t be coming to this location again.

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress and cook, Jimmy, was awesome! Thank you for the service it was great. We will be back soon!!!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service every time. We come here for every special occasion. Never disappoints.

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JT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Got there early before too crowded and noisy, therefore it was better than normal until the end of the meal when the crowds showed.

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HT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed my visit to Benihana to celebrate my birthday. The chef was excellent and the restaurant wasn't crowded. It was very enjoyable.

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AP
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiters are extremely attentive and polite. Food is delicious.

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J
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

i hadn't been in years but my daughter wanted to go there for her birthday (42). Five of us were in the party and we were able to have our own table, which made it nice. Food was good, chef was entertaining, they brought a special dessert for her, and it was fun. The only real downside to me was the noise level. I'm at an age where ambient noise makes it hard to hear conversation, and the noise added to the configuration of the table made it difficult to converse with everyone. That said, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will certainly be back again soon. The staff, from greeters at the front door, to servers, to cooks, were all outstanding, and that goes a long way toward making a dining experience a positive one.

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MU
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was really helpful, polite, friendly we like it a lot. It was our first time there and we had an amazing dinner. Tony the chef did a great job.

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DE
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely experience for birthday but I would love to have a section for families with kids. It was a lot of kids running around and babies crying. When you are on a date, you prefer not to hear the crying and kids not being in their seats. Overall, it was great.

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SF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

food is always good, cooked there in front of you Hibachi style. staff is friendly and restaurant is clean.

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V
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect!!! Food is always fresh and delicious. I love the entertaining chefs.

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CD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

There is a lot of hype surrounding Benihana. It's just not what I expected at all. The service wasn't bad. Our chef prepared everything step by step. I ordered chicken and steak. I got my steak about 30 minutes after I was done eating my chicken, which was getting cold while waiting. We got our grilled onions at the very end when we were asked if we wanted desert. The chef forgot about them. This a very overly hyped restaurant.

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I
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good and the service OK. Yet the place was crowded and the traffic of people was not properly managed especially by the entrance. To have a better experience consider going after pick hours or avoid going on the weekend. Also, staff should consider explaining to new customers how the communal tables work, we had to do that with the family that was going to share the table with us because they thought the whole table was for them, yet the father of the family did not appreciate it and gave us an attitude when we tried to explain how it works. So to avoid any problems for customers, I think the host/hostess should ask customers first if they are new to the restaurant and if that is the case take the time to explain them how it works.

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Waited for over an hour. Even if i had a reservation. Call on the phone and i was on hold over 20 minutes.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was sub par, and we didn’t get a few of the items that were supposed to be included in our meal. The food was great, otherwise.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. They offer their signature Yum Yum sauce. Very attentive service!

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F
Houston
121 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch!!! Lots of tasty foods at an affordable price. Something for everyone in our group. We had salads, soup....spicy chicken....steak & shrimp.....salmon boat ..... & lots of great fried rice. Cooked to perfection while you enjoy the show. Tony our cook was great & funny!! Thanks .. you steal the show

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JL
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such delicious good and great service.

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LS
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation. I don’t know how long we waited to be seated, but a couple who came in way after us were seated at the next table. They did not have a reservation. Their chef began cooking at least ten minutes before ours did.

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h
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun experience, food was fantastic. Service great.one of our fzvirite spots to go

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Waited 40 minutes for chef. Restaurant is dated. Food and service was great

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a great time, however the wait was long. With a reservation we still waited 2 hours before our food was served. With 3 small kids that was tricky!

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OT
Atlanta
56 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food

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