About Benihana - Houston

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.

9707 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77042
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
S Gesseenger

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 789-4962

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/houston-tx-hh

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

Benihana - Houston Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (36)
Good for Groups (36)
Fun (30)
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Special Occasion (29)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for a Date (22)
Casual (19)
Kid-friendly (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Great for Lunch (13)
Business Meals (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Romantic (10)
People Watching (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Authentic (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Cozy (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Healthy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 2 days ago

I had a reservation and I still had to wait 20 minutes on a Monday night

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined 3 days ago

LOVE this place, the food was amazing and the cocktails were great.

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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·Dined 6 days ago

The chef wasn’t entertaining in the slightest. The fried rice didn’t have great flavor and the dressing on the salad wasn’t my favorite compared to other hibatchi restaurants. My husband and I both ordered a six course meal, ending with ice cream or sorbet. They brought my birthday ice cream out but didn’t for my husband. I was expecting a lot better experience from Benihana.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

I had a great time at benihana's I will def be back!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Spicy
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

The meal was great. The waiters were very attentive but they cheated us out of 2 of our courses hoping we didn’t read the menu. The meals come with hot green tea and the specialities section comes with ice cream in addition to the soup salad rice and entree. We did not receive either. Very disappointing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Overall really good, only that the room was to cold!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Daughter’s Sweet 16 Dinner

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

My wife and I have been going to this restaurant for about 25 years and it is always a great experience...food, service, environment and the stable management at the Westheimer Drive location.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, People Watching, Comfort Food
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Annual new years w/ fam

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The service was poor. The food was good however the steak was very unseasoned and not completely cooked.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Was disappointed on how the hostess would not leave room for one of my guest to join the table. Then she kept stating that all of my party had to be in the building but she seated another party that did not have everyone there. Also didnt like that they had a Holiday menu with a limited selection and that was not posted on the website because i checked before i made the reservation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Loved the experience! It was fun! And tasty. Great service.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, People Watching, Comfort Food
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Was very hot at my
Table, the vent was
Broken.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Baby enjoyed!! Will return. It was ok. Liked!!!!!!!!!

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Liked!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

So exciting, I love going there. You'll get your money's worth

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had reservations at 6:30 party of 10 and we waited an additional 30 minutes to be seated. We were told to wait in the bar and they would call us. There was an empty table that needed to be cleaned it had food and napkins on it. The wait staff just kept walking by it as we stood next to it waiting for someone to clean it off so we could sit down. After 15 minutes I finally asked the waiter to clean it off. She took a rag and swept the loose food from the table onto the floor??? We won’t be going back. The restaurant was dirty. This was our 3rd year in a row going to Benihana’s for our kids birthday.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I love the hibachi experience and Benihana is my favorite place to go for it. It's great for date night, girls night or family night. I love the food and the birthday reward program is awesome.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We were served by an obviously new cook. We have been before many times, and always loved it, but not this time. He cooked all out of order, and did only a few of the things that most cooks do that are fun and skillful.
The rice did not have anywhere near enough Soy Sauce, and we had to ask for more, and the whole table had us pass it around. Then we realized that he never gave us our two sauces for our main foods. He had served the main foods but said we had to speak to the waitress about the dishes for the sauces. Well, we could not find her. Finally, after a long time, I got up and found someone to bring the dishes for him to put the sauces on.
It was my wife's birthday, and they knew that, and they came and sang, took a picture, and then never gave it to us, or told us how to get it. The waitress came to me, and asked if I wanted ice cream and I said yes, thinking she was bringing something for my wife, and she neither asked my wife about ice cream or served her anything! We finally gave a low tip and left, really mad.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Everything was great, except the bathrooms.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

What a fun way to spend our Christmas meal! Had a blast. The food was really good too. Our drinks were always full, great service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great experience!!! A combination of food and entertainment, lots of choices, and the restaurant will customize an item to accommodate your preferences.

I would recommend taking a group there, a team builder or a large family gathering, and that way you can have an entire table. However, it’s always fun meeting new people too, so either way a fun time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This place was horrible. Hadn’t been in years and never going back. It was a waste of time and money! I wouldn’t recommend.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We had a great time on Christmas day. The staff was happy and ready to server. They did an awesome job. I will be going back next Christmas day and a few more times during the yeat.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was delicious...however our steaks were over cooked. Not that we complained, they were still good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

This was a pleasant dining experience. There was a bit of confusion, at first, due to my dietary restrictions---but it was great, overall.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The service and food preparation was excellent although it was a little too loud for our comfort The loudness took away from the ambiance.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

After many years of working retail at the holidays when I didn't have the energy to cook a big family meal at Christmas, Benihana has become our "traditional" Christmas dinner. This year was no exception. The host seated us promptly, the service was impeccable, and the food was delicious. We always enjoy the antics of the chef (who appeared to be unflappable when one of our fellow diners decided to micromanage his order) and the choreography that lets all the staff move around in close quarters.
I really appreciate that Benihana is open on Christmas for those of us who do not want to (or cannot) have a big meal at home.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Every seat was filled with many waiting but with Opentable, we didn’t have to wait. Service was fast, friendly and accurate even with the big crowd. It was a great choice for a nice Christmas Eve dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Had a little date night with boo and did and early Christmas gift exchange and we had a good time.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Muy buena comida y servicio

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wanted to do something and go somewhere different for a change. My Grandson's birthday was attended by 18family and friends! What a treat! The food was great and the chef was entertaining. The wait wasn't long and the meal prices were very much affordable and tasty! Would recommend this for children as well and adults! Lol!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Cook was very old. We had to repeat our order 4 different times to him and the waitress. He still messed up our order. We ask for fried rice but was given chicken fried rice. He saw thw mistake and still didnt fix it. Was not energetic at all. We all were super bored at the table. Chef was constantly apologizing for his mistake.
Did not enjoy at all.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

I love the vibe I receive from this place, it offers a great atmosphere regardless of a date night or a casual outting with co-workers.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

This an older Benihana Restaurant. It has a unique Japanese appearance on the outside. The food and show is the usual Benihana quality. There are fewer Japanese cooks these days so you need to get used to the idea that your chef will not oriental. If you are eating while families with small children eating that it may be quite noisy

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

This was a total train wreck. Our order was incorrect. They charge you to stir fry the rice?! Other hibachi/tepenyaki restaurants I've been to make this place look like a joke. Don't bother or waste your money. The food we did get was below average.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food was bland. I had lipstick on my soup spoon from the previous guest. A/c dropped water on my head. Chef was nice and entertaining. Waitress was not good. Smelled horrible after leaving clothes and hair absorbed everything. Will not be going again.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I love Benihana just not this location. First of all, we had reservations at 8:30pm and weren't seated until well after 9pm. The food lacked flavor and the chef's presentation was sub par. The food was not seasoned well, despite asking the chef to add extra seasoning. The chef spent way too much time trying to do tricks that he was not good at, meanwhile overcooking the rice and steak. Our waiter must have been new, it took so long to serve our drinks and he didn't come back to replenish them until after the meal was done. At other locations, the specialty meals come with a choice of ice cream or serbert, but this location didn't provide it at all. The staff wasted ginger sauce on my friends legs and clothing and the manager didn't seem to care at all after I complained of the horrible service. This terrible dinner lasted nearly 3hrs. I know this service is not indicative of Benihana because I eat at the Sugar Land location all the time and have never had a horrible experience. I will come back, but not to this location.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Added tip was way too much! And the food was not as great.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Pretty good

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Benihana never dissapoints! We celebrated our daughters 17th birthday this evening and as always the food, service and atmosphere was outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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