Benihana - Newport Beach

4.4
1894 reviews
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Welcome to Benihana and a dining experience unlike any other! If you are a Chef's Tale member celebrating a birthday, please remember that you MUST print your birthday certificate prior to celebrating at Benihana. 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.
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Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We were served 35 minutes after our reservation time. Few chefs on duty at 9:30 when we reserved to go. But the food is still good.

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NZ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience for the fun environment and food. Great show!

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J
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great but I wish they hadn’t taken the filet alone off the menu. I liked the old menu better but I guess they just want more money.

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

This is my second time coming here I love it! Not to crowded and the service is good! I would go back anytime!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went this past Sunday and it was the best experience we’ve had there. We had the chef Josue and he cooked our food perfectly!! He didn’t add to much sodium to each item like how it always is there.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Walked out. Over booked waited 30 minutes past our reservation be seated.

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RA
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed in the fried rice, one of my favorite menu items. This has always been a signature dish for Benihana. It lacked enough spices and butter and was pretty bland. I hope this was just due to the cook, and not a reflection in policy to cut costs.

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

Server James and Cook Torrey were amazing! Food was delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

There for a birthday, our chef was mediocre, didn’t do well with entertaining the table...portions were off and he had to keep leaving the grill to fetch things. Thankfully the food itself is delicious!

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DG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been there countless times over the years and this was probably the best combination of food and service I’ve had.

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RK
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I was there last Saturday (Jan 5) to celebrate my birthday with my 10 years old son. There was 3 groups at my Teppanyaki table. 1 couple celebrated their anniversary, 1 family celebrated their wife/mom birthday and me celebrating my b'day. The server full aware of this. At the end of our dinner the staff came and sing birthday song to the family and to the anniversary couple and NOT for me! The waiter gave both of the special ice-cream with candle on it. When I asked the waiter where is my bday ice-cream he seems like dont have any clue. He is the same waiter that took our order, drink order and the one that asked all of us what special occasion that we celebrating that night. My son asked me why dont I get the ice-cream and why dont I get the birthday song? I just told my son this is what discrimination is about.

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MF
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a 7:00 p.m. reservation, but didn't get seated till 7:35 p.m. Very, very, very, very crowded, but we had a reservation. The reservations were that day on a Saturday for 4, 4:45, 6:45 and then 7:00...well...I changed it till 7:00 to give our group some time to make sure we were all there and to give Benihana's some time to clean the table from 6:45 till 7:00. I had to keep reminding the front desk that we wanted to be seated, because people were coming in and asking for tables. They front desk employees seemed very frazzled. Then, the front desk said that they would seat us, when they could. Well...why make a reservation on-line then was my question. My clothes have to go to the cleaners, because either the fan wasn't turned on or the vents are not taking in the fumes from the food. The food and Andy(our cook) were superb!!!!If we wouldn't have had two gift cards (which we have been trying to use for years-you have to have a reservation even though they don't seat you on time), the cost would have been very high for the 7 of us. We didn't even have drinks. The bill was over $200, and we didn't even have alcoholic drinks. Fried rice is extra and drinks(soda)are over $3.00. We did tip Andy our chef. He had a wonderful personality. ...very funny!!! Our waitress was excellent as well. We probably wouldn't make a habit of dining at Benihana, because of the cost factor.

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HS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place! Our kids favorite!

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AS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

When I check in 4 mins before my reservation time they told me they were running 10-15 minutes behind from our reservation time. They were actually running 40 minutes behind, so annoying that they have my number and didn’t bother calling to let us know.

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NP
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it. Great service and experience. The waiters and chef were amazing.

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CM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the staff was very friendly and the chef at our table was great. He put on a nice show and did a great job. The food he used was extremely fresh and when cooked was delicious. We will always return.

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GH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I'm sorry, this experience was poor. Our reservation was at 7 PM on a Wednesday (1/2/2018). We didn't get sat until 7:35 PM. I was ok with this. However then we were told they were behind and didn't see a chef until 8:45 PM! I didn't leave until 10 PM. This is unacceptable. Id rather you cancel the reservation instead of doing this to me. Thought I would share this so you can work on this in the future. I come to Benihana's a lot but may reconsider next time.

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LM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful entertaining delicious food wonderful service

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t
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Services was great, Bartender got the drink right. Nice portions and entertaining.

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T
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Location was not clean. Floors were a mess all over the restaurant. Receptionist was not friendly.

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go to Benihana’s we love is and we have an amazing server name James. He is the best server there.

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JT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Server was terrible
We ordered a 195$ bottle of Dom
Server forgot it he came to the table asked if we were good while he went on break we replied where’s our bottle of Champagne??
He was like “OH YEA “
He came back sat 2 glasses on the table and put the bottle next to them unopened he started to walk away we asked him if we could get a ice bucket he said fine got it put it next to us and left
So we opened the champagne ourselves and poured it as well there was no check back on us about the bottle as well
So don’t order a 195$ bottle at this place
Also at the same table a couple celebrating their 5 year anniversary didn’t receive anything a dessert or the song that was promised at the beginning of our dinner
Our whole night wasn’t bad the chef was fun and engaging and the food was delicious
We would go again but would not sit in that servers section again or order any big bottles of champagne

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

1st time we had a good experience, this time not so good. Food was terrible, not the fried rice, that was the only thing I would recommend. Service was bad.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brandon and Rey were great! Fun way to spend NYE with family

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GK
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Over-crowded and excessively noisy. Chef was excellent, although we felt the preparation was a bit rushed. Waitress was harried, and therefore inattentive. Example, we waited a long time for our drinks, and a result, it arrived with our first course (soup @ salad), rather than prior to, which would’ve made more sense. Also, what happened to the hot tea that’s supposed to be served; either immediately before, or after, the dessert?

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GW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We made reservations however we still waited 30 additional minutes. Even when we were seated we waited an additional 30 minites before we started eating. Not a great idea for a date night. It wa really noisy as well.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant experience
Thanks

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HS
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday ;)

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L
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Benihana is pretty consistent in the product they offer. They provide a nice place for a fun family dinner. The quality of the food is average at best for the price. The service was good and the chef did a nice job keeping everyone entertained. You pay for the sow not the food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time!

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c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and waiter was great all though chief was just ok

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a better experience at Benihana than at Mastros.

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

The service is very slow. Chefs don't pay attention to orders and keep getting everything wrong. This has happened the last three times I've gone

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was great he was patient and understanding. Our chef was amazing. My son definitely enjoyed his first time.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good food and experience

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TA
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Family loves the placr

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Primera vez de visitar este Restaurant y quedamos encantados de la comida y servicio, un ambiente encantador así que disfrutamos nuestra noche de Navidad!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is great and the cooking in front of you experience is both fun and mouth watering!

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and loved it! Derrick was funny and entertaining and the food excellent

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Had the Las Vegas roll which was delicious and the steak had great flavor with the garlic butter. If you don’t get that on your steak you made a mistake.

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