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

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (38)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Special Occasion (31)
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Fun (28)
Good for a Date (25)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Kid-friendly (20)
Casual (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Worth the Drive (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Romantic (11)
Business Meals (9)
Happy Hour (9)
People Watching (9)
Authentic (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Cozy (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Healthy (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Spicy (4)
Seasonal (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

I had reservations for 6 at 9:15 in which I was immediately seated. We waited 45 minutes for a chef to come to our table to cook our meal and the chef was not personable at all like my previous experiences. I have been an avid Benihana goer but my experience on Thursday 2/15 was lack luster and unacceptable. When the chef cooked our food after we waited 45 minutes for someone to come to the table the rice had hard grains in it which it was over cooked. In addition, due to the wait one the managers stated he would get us a percentage off due to the long wait and it not being the Benihana standard. The rice was taken off our bill due to the hard grains in it but we didn’t receive the percentage off our bill like we were told. We asked for the corporate number from Tommy and she began to be very condescending when discussing our poor experience.
Overall this experience was terrible on this particular day and I’m really debating if I should ever go again.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Staff and food was wonderful

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·Dined 4 days ago

2 issues during our dinner. We had ordered and extra order of chicken fried rice and only recieved 2. Took a while to get the 3rd order to us. Then my husband ordered the trio plate. He only got the shrimp and steak and they forgot to give him the chicken. Had to wait again for that to be brought and cooked. And it was all on the ticket. All we heard was im sorry from the cook.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

We visited on Valentine’s night. We were placed with three other couples at the table. We had a great time, the chef was fantastic and the other couples were all very friendly. We ended up taking pictures of the event.

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·Dined 4 days ago

The food and atmosphere was great but our server Henry seemed less than energetic and frustrated the whole time. Kind of ruined the experience when you are hoping for a great showman at a high end hibachi restaurant. Bummer

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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was awesome. Service was great and the atmosphere was very inviting.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely no wait with reservation. Seated promptly. Good service from start to finish.

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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

When we arrived we were seated right on time. After we ordered our drinks then out came our chef and after the food was cooked the lady setting next to me ask the waitress if a friend could join the table which over crowded our table. The table is not big enough for 9 people. The waitress should have not agreed. It will be awhile before we come back.

Betty R. Manbeck

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Horrible service. I had reservations for 9:30 but wasn’t seated until 10:30. The chef didn’t arrive to the table until 11:00. Orders wasn’t correct nor was anything else. I didn’t leave the restaurant until 12:00.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

The entire night was amazing. Chef was entertaining and waitress was very attentive.

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

I enjoy this restaurant for the ambiance. There is something very intimate about watching your food being prepared. Of course, there is always the very skilled cook with their entertaining preparations. There seemed to be quite a few birthdays this particular evening and I could have gone without the birthday song for myself (heard it about 6 times....which is 5 times too many). Maybe they could save the song for children 12 and under? Anyway, the food was delicious. I had the salmon cooked medium. The service was good and the pricing is fair. I will go back. Thanks for a memorable evening!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The food was good and so was the chef. The waitress wasn’t that great! This was my first time at this location and I’ll probably never visit that one again. The waitress just wasn’t very attentive and we waited forever for our check.

I’ll visit the one I’m use to going to, but never this location again. For $120, the service could have been better.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Wonderful meal. Very nice on. Monday night... not too crowded as weekend ... same great food & service. Luv the seafood - shrimp, scallops & lobster cooked perfectly... every time.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Using the Opentable app to make a reservation was great! We waited no time to be seated. Very friendly staff and the food is AWSOME!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Had a reservation for 9:15. Didn’t get seated until after 10pm. Hostess wasn’t nice and didn’t seem to care we made reservations for a reservation. I was LATE because we were sat so late and I missed by other birthday event. Will not be dining at this location again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Benihana Houston is always a excellence choice when it comes to great food and the atmosphere is always cool and the chef's entertainment is definitely a plus!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Spicy, Disabled Access, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 23, 2018

It was great . Good for kids and grownups.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Lots of fun and delicious food. Our cook at the hibachi table, Juan, made the food even more delicious than usual. We go regularly for various special occasions, and it is always good, but yesterday it was outstanding. The freshness and flavor were outstanding

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Bad service

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The chef was great!! The food was great!!! The atmosphere was great!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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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 (Houston)·Dined on January 10, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on January 10, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Daughter’s Sweet 16 Dinner

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 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 30, 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 30, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Houston)·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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 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 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 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 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Everything was great, except the bathrooms.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 25, 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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