Benihana - Houston

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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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TG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 3

Ask for a coke.was going to take a drink. The cup was dirty. It was not washed.it had food on the rim.of the cup...omg

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

It was a great first experience for my girlfriend. She enjoyed herself and the food and atmosphere was excellent.

RU
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy Benihanas. Great show and wonderful food.

MV
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time at Benihana, so I wanted to see what it's. I booked a table for myself, my sister, my cousin, and his fiancee to celebrate with a double birthday dinner for my cousin and me. Once everyone arrived, the hostess brought us to our seats. We ordered a hibachi-style five-course meal, plus a bit of alcohol for my sister and me.

We got to watch our chef prepare our meals over the grill, and he entertained us throughout the performance. Everyone else had the steak while my sister ordered yakisoba and I got the spicy tofu steak. Our entrees were delicious! We all had to order takeout boxes because it's just a lot of food.

Afterward, the staff showed up with ice cream for my cousin and me to wish us a happy birthday, as well as singing the Japanese version of "If You're Happy and You Know It." The ice cream was vanilla with a chocolate drizzle, and it had just the right amount of sweetness.

All in all, we enjoyed the experience throughout the evening. The interesting thing was there were at least four other birthdays besides ours during our time there. I would recommend the place for birthdays or get-togethers with friends!

HN
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moms birthday

TB
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chef we had was funny and very quick with his service. The waiter was a sweetheart never had to ask for refills he was on it.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. We ordered the surf side. Our chef was polite but could tell he was a little inexperienced. It was incredibly busy for a Monday night but we were well attended. However our waitress did not offer to refill our drinks. We also ordered a sushi sampler which was a little bland. I’ve come to this location though for almost 30 years and have always found it a pleasant experience.

LB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & waitress was nice!! Really nice atmosphere!

XX
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect for families with kids between 5 and 12.
Menu was not explained to us. So always unsure what each of us were entitled

M
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

OVERPRICED AND NOT THAT GOOD...TOO BAD BC KIDS LOVE GOING THERE!

LJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

I don't know why I even go to this place anymore, it is so overpriced for what it is!!! On top of that the Westheimer location is sooooooooo dirty!!! The carpet needed replacing 5 years ago and the time before this the roof was leaking! Anyway old news I won't go back especially for the money that gets spent I'll actually get a Filet and Lobster where it is not butchered in front of me!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great family place.

DT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been here in almost 20 years, but the food is still great and the skills of the chefs is amazing! Definitely worth the price!

LV
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a nice place to eat had a lot of fun, service was great

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Wife’s birthday but no acknowledgment or celebration...very disappointing

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Really run down, and under-staffed.

M
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good place , great food, awesome place for a date night

SG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wait, the service, and the food were great! Guests should dress cool because the grills are hot and the tables are close together.

J
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent as always!

LW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food didn't have a lot of flavor. We had the filet and the cut of meat was okay, but it had little flavor. The rest of the meal was okay, but for $90 for two people, you want more than "okay" (that was with no alcohol). The"show" part of the meal was hokay. The "chef" read more bored than anything. If we go back, it will be a couple of years from now to see if they've improved.

HN
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lunch staff

J
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I have been coming to this location for at least 15 years as my kids loved the show...we went as a nostalgic effort for the oldest sons birthday and although the food was still very good, the prices have gone up and the place has not been freshened up in a while. We were still eating dinner and the wait staff and manager brought the birthday ice cream scoop and started to sing and we had to stop them and asked them to come back after we were through eating. My assumption in that it was Friday night and they were pushing hard for fast table turns but this was ridiculous...

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

Benihana is a wonderful experience that should be shared with friends and family. The excellent entertainment with the master like chefs, will appeal to all ages. Benihana is clean and has very fast service, for a packed Japanese grill. This Benihana is a wonderful place to go to for events!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

A bit noisy

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E
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've loved going to this Benihanas for nearly 30 years! They make it a wonderful experience for birthdays and other special events or even just for a nice dinner. The staff and management is wonderful.

k
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Waiter dropped plates of salad, and glass got caught inside of my sandal and cut the bottom of my foot. Needed to get a tetanus shot . And not to mention the chicken fried rice witch the chicken was way under done. Will not be going back our cook cooked all the food way too fast. They were understaffed.

FM
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the service as well as the food! Best bet is to make a reservation as the wait was almost an hour for those that had no reservations.

LP
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

First off they weren’t really attentive to us second I didn’t get the food that I wanted I had to tell the cook twice that I didn’t want vegetables on my food they didn’t want to serve my other friend that came to celebrate my birthday and they did not want to receive my voucher because it wasn’t printed and they said they took a picture of my girlfriend and I but when I went to get the picture they said they didn’t have it so now o was left with no memory of my birthday dinner!!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for my 6 year olds birthday and everyone enjoyed the cooking show and great expedience.

GM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I didn't get my birthday coupon.. I felt paying 70$ wasn't up to d level

OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Staff (hostess & servers) could have been friendly, the chef was great!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

The restaurant is filthy, the roof was dripping large water drops right by our table, the wallpaper was falling off the walls, some had been stapled back, none of the bar tables had been bussed, the bathroom was gross and messy. I tried not think of what the kitchen looked like if the entire restaurant was so messy, disgusting and quite frankly falling apart.

DD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

With the noise, it was sometimes hard to hear our cook.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had just placed my husband’s ashes in the Columbarium and this was always a special occasion place for us, so I took the family along with the Pastor and his wife here to dine. It was a sad occasion, but being at our special place with everyone together made it better. I think it would have made him happy.

AF
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrate my birthday every year at Benihana's. I look forward to it and so do my friends

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The cook did not look like he wanted to be at work. Not friendly not energetic. It was my friends first time there. Not a great first impression. Manager Michael was great! Bryan the server was GREAT! Henry the cook just needs to remember it is an experience for us.

N
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Reservations don’t mean anything it seems to them. Seems like this place has new management. They said they were running 10-15 mins late. They had 9 open tables. Imagine that. They seated us 40 mins later than my time slot. No sorry, here’s a drink or a free app. On the flip side the food was good and the have fixed the AC.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

MM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have been here many times and enjoyed it, but this time was the worst. I rate it one star only because the hostess, waitress and chef were very pleasant and hospitable. The service and food were very poor. We had a reservation but still had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated, and spent over $100 for such a bad dining experience.

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