About Benihana - Newport Beach

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 Newport Beach is located near John Wayne Airport, in the heart of Orange County’s thriving business center and near South Coast Plaza, the area’s premier shopping destination. The restaurant is only a 10-minute drive from the beautiful Newport Bay and Balboa Island, the site of the iconic Fun Zone amusement park. Happy Hour is available Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. with great cocktails and sushi, plus hot and cold appetizers starting at just $3.00.

4250 Birch Street
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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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:
McArthur Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(949) 955-0822

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/newportbeach-ca-nbe

Parking Details:
We also offer complimentary Valet parking.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, 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.

Private Dining

Call today to reserve our private dining room.

Benihana - Newport Beach Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (87)
Good for Groups (77)
Special Occasion (77)
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Fun (62)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Good for a Date (46)
Kid-friendly (46)
Great for Lunch (37)
Casual (31)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Worth the Drive (25)
Authentic (16)
Business Meals (15)
Healthy (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Romantic (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
People Watching (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Cozy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Great Beer (6)
Spicy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

Came with my Family, we had a lot of great things to celebrate. The food was excellent. Emperors Feast. Next time I'll get more shrimp on the side and some Vegetable Tempura... Love it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined 3 days ago

Have been here in years. Our Chief was fun and the food was good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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·Dined 5 days ago

Rushed experience. The Chef was amazing! But our server was terrible! Didn’t even offer us a fork! Forced us to use chopsticks just because we were Asian?!? On top of that one of our brown rice bowls had hair in it! No bag offered to go, no sauces to go. Just a horrible experience. Not going to go here anymore. During the middle of our meal he brought boxes before we even had 5 bites in...Wanted to kick us out every chance he got. Ice cream was pretty bad as well. Why offer a time available at 9:45 if you are going to treat your customers like this? Cut off at 6 or 7 if you are going to rush us like this. We had to constantly ask for items the server forgot...

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 14, 2017

benihana is always delicious and fun. the chefs put on an entertaining and impressive show as they dice and cook. it's our birthday go-to.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

We enjoyed the food, dining experience. Great place for a celebration!

Tags: Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was a bit off today. Overdone a bit and too much pepper and not enough of other seasonings (soy, garlic butter). Not awful but not the best we have had on numerous visits. Maybe next time.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Good Experience. Place could use some newer remodeling.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We went for my husband's birthday with our kids and parents. Our server (Alex) and chef (Chris) were excellent. Very personable and lively. Made out experience very fun! Kids loved it and we enjoyed watching them experience Benihana for the first time. Food was excellent as well. I had Benihana Delight which is filet mignon and jumbo prawns and the filet was cooked perfectly. So flavorful. They were also very celebratory and gracious of my husband's special occasion. We had a great evening.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Been to many Benihana’s around North America. New York, Las Vegas...upbeat ambience, friendly, talkative diners, a true communal experience. It’s odd...this is our “home” Benihana and people just aren’t friendly! No one talks with their table mates. Maybe it’s because no one is a tourist, like at the two locations above, or in San Diego, Orlando.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We chose to dine here because our grandchildren were visiting from Portland Oregon and truly enjoy the food and experience every time. It was convenient to the John Wayne Airport and they were flying out after dinner. After three days at Disneyland, it turned out to be a fun send off experience!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Reservations were at 7:45. Got seated at 8:45pm Chefs subpar and nothing about it was worth the price. Disappointed.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great dinner options for a night out or for special occasions too...

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I had a $30 off ($30 off when you buy 1 regular meal) certificate for my Birthday.
I took my friend and used $30 certificate and split the overage. We each had "Treasure of the Sea" from Teppan Menu. It was excellent. We come here for our birthdays every year.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Reservations were made for 8pm. I didn't get seated until 8:30 because new hostess forgot to check me in. I spoke to manager and she gave us 2 free appetizers.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

The ambiance was nice, I went to celebrate my birthday. The down side was that the server was not very attentive. We ordered a kids meal and they did not get the rice, when I asked about it the cook said it is only available if you request it. When on the menu it said the kids meal came with rice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I always enjoy an evening at Benihana's even though it isn't the highest quality food in the world. Prices are fairly stiff for what you get. The ordinary steak dinner isn't super tender but isn't tough either. Most of the teppan we got this time was overdone - the chef just didn't do things very quickly and the food spent extra time on the grill. items on the online menu were conspicuously missing from the one we ordered from (e.g., Garden Vegetables). The wording on the birthday discount certificate was so complex (purchase one teppan get $30 additional items) that when I asked the server which items qualified as the first teppan item) he looked at me blankly and reinterpreted the deal to mean "order two teppan items get $30 off". So we both had teppan instead of one teppan and sushi as originally planned.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Double Birthday celebration was perfect!!! Both Birthday boys (83 & 18) and our party had a wonderful experience. Great food, great chef, great time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We shared a table with another group, the cooked started serving their group first. By the time he came around our group we were limited to the amount of veggies . When we asked why we were served so little compared to the other group he stated it was only a certain amount per person. Ok? we all should be served the same amount right? He pretty much ignored us. We spoke to the manager and all they can do was give ya a free appetizer coupon for next Time. I won’t be coming here next time!

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Celebrated a couple of birthdays so we used the Chef's Table coupon. Great value and recommend everyone sign up. The chef wasn't as entertaining as others...seemed new? Also goofed a little on our order even though he followed procedure and verified everyone's order before starting. He was nice though. Server was great. We were seated quickly and got our drinks, appetizers and dessert in a timely fashion.

Tags: People Watching, Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Our chef was amazing and funny! Always kept us laughing! Our sever was great too although since it go busy we did get salads until late and our refills for drinks were along wait as well.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I'm been going here for over 20 years, my cook who was Derick was so noxious, loud, the saying insulting things but the other two couples at the table we're going along with him, everything out of his mouth was hey bro hey bro I think it's going to be the last time I will ever go if this is what it's come down to their servers aren't Benihana servers anymore. They're just training anybody that comes off the streets and to me it's losing its whole value because of it!
My 26 year old son was appalled about what was coming out of his mouth in front of me. We go there for a special night like a date night between the two of us we spent about $130 to have set such offensive Behavior.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Benihana always delivers for a fun, celebratory meal. The food is consistently good and there is plenty of choice on the menu. The restaurant is kid-friendly too. We had a baby and three year old in our party. There is a great kids menu and it is entertaining for them. We might just have to make this an annual birthday spot!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was terrific as usual but for the 1st time we had a terrible experience with the employee that seated our party of 4. We've NEVER been told where to sit at the table but on this visit, an over zealous employee told us which seats to take. When we approached the table, a couple was already seated on one end. Since there were 4 in our group, we began sitting on the opposite end so the 4 of us could see each other and interact. This is how our group always sits and no one has ever told us how or where to sit! He told us we must sit in the middle BECAUSE we were a party of 4. We said no, we were specifically sitting on the end because we were a party of 4. This idiot argued with us. We asked why he insisted we sit this way, he said because that's how it is!? Because we kept insisting there was no good, logical reason why we should sit in the middle, disallowing us to talk to each other (because we would be in a row vs at the corner) we sat where we wanted but he was angry, unprofessional and ridiculous and snapped "do what you want" as he walked away.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We are so appreciative of the birthday coupon you give. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The chicken fried rice over price if our meals came with stream rice but over price for a separate chicken bowl of fried rice if we choose chicken rice. It's not enough chicken inside and too much soy sauce. Over all the food okay and over price.

The chef of our table was super boring and the air fan were not strong and were too much smell smoke cause our table there 4 customers started coughing. That's why we drank too much water.

The plates were white and it was not traditional Japanese style. Before it was brown and nice pattern.

There were no green tea servicing after dinner.

It was birthday celebration and no picture taken memory.

There were couple customers over weight and we feel cramping in the seating area. Not comfortable.

Happy hours should extended til 7:30 p.m. instead 7:00 p.m.

Few of my coworkers said it costs too much and over priced. They were not impress plus no photo taking for birthday celebration.

The $30.00 coupon not cover a free birthday meal.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Chef Andres was the best, food was amazing, place was clean and good noise level. waitress was ok, I don’t know why but lately I have notice that most waitresses are just there to provide an ok service but not great customer service anymore, maybe we as clients got them use to receive a 15-25%tip no matter the service and attitude they give.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

I have been to this and other Benihana's in the past. The food is always excellent. On this particular visit I was not totally pleased in that It seemed we were rushed through with our first courses. I also thought our waitress was supposed to take a picture of our party and none was offered. The restaurant was not completely full and the Manager at the front said, "We have many open tables available at this time." I had inquired about it when one of my guests was 15 minutes late for our 6:30 seating. Also I was disappointed when we ordered drinks in the bar during "Happy Hour" and were charged full price for our drinks! I'm sure this particular visit will not preclude us from coming again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We have been to this location many times. This was the first time we went when the plates that were waiting for us were sticky and stained. Then our waiter was so rude. Everything we asked for he said no we can’t do that. Then the chef came with total attitude. My parents were here from out of town. We took them for their anniversary and we were embarrassed by how rude all our servers were. If you spend $300 on dinner you hope people will at least be nice

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Andrew was out table chef and he did a great job all around!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Looked forward to fun with the chef and he was very low on entertainment. Did not smile. Went mechanically through his routine. Very disappointing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Waiters rush us out of the restaurant.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

WE CAME 15 MN EARLIER BUT WERE SERVED IMMEDIATELY : 5 STARS! :)
CHEF WAS FUN, FRIENDLY AND DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB, :)
FOODS WAS GOOD LIKE EVERY TIME :)
GOOD QUIET AMBIANCE FOR ONCE : LUCKY US :)
BEFORE LEAVING WE ASKED FOR A REFILL OF TEA, WAITRESS SAID "OF COURSE" BUT
DID NOT RETURN....... :( FORGOT US? THAT WAS NOT A BIG PROBLEM BUT IT SHOULD
NOT HAPPEN IN A RESTAURANT WITH 22% TIP PRINT OUT! :(
WE STILL WILL RETURN IN THE FUTURE.....

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Tasting Menu
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Service was entertaining, amusing, and efficient. Food was perfect.

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Older fellow working front reception area wasn't too courteous.. They have two podiums and I stood at one in front of female hostess holding my 9 month old, he wanted me to walk around a few people to go to him when I was already in front of the hostess. We had a reservation for 4 people. I did not count the baby because he's fussy and we usually hold him. He went on to educate me that my boy is a person and should be counted. Then had us sit down and seated a number of others that came in after. If it wasn't my wifes birthday and her desire to remain, I would not have eaten at this restaurant. Life is hard enough, especially with three kids to have to deal with snootiness especially from someone that is the first line of customer service at a restaurant. Could he be right? Sure, I bet he hates having to deal with kids and that babies should be counted, even though they put us in a corner and gave us a high chair not taking up any teppan real estate. But, bummer experience from an otherwise enjoyable venue.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Chef was awesome, great food

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

30 minutes past our reservation time is far too long a wait in order to be seated. Had we been more than 15 minutes late our reservation would have been cancelled and given to waiting guests with no reservation. The restaurant needs to learn to manage scheduling better. The restroom (women) was very, very clean - that was about the highlight of the evening. We didn't get a picture at the end of the night like we do in Ontario and Honolulu. We had a rather perfunctory chef (who may have been just trying to hurry up and get the food going because we were all starved and tired of waiting. The servers were frazzled and kept reaching in front of me to clear things (I know its there job) but it was just too much of a wait, a chef that wasn't that friendly, frazzled servers and great food.... Every time I come to the NB Benihana I have a less than great experience. If not for my son living in Irvine I doubt I would ever come back to this location. The manager was super nice and kept apologizing. I felt bad for him. He offered a complimentary card for a free appetizer or desert and he brought edamame to the table for free. Something is wrong at this location as they are TRYING but its falling significantly short.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Loved our chef Bruce! Thanks for a great night!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good food and service. My family and I looked it. Had a great time Sunday afternoon

Tags: Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Was a nice experiance for this first timers in the group.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Perfect, as always. Needless to say that the food is excellent, and the chef's show is entertaining. But the staff is also first rate, helping us accommodate a large birthday present (guitar) and a late guest of honor. Thank you for relieving the stress of a quirky, happy day!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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