Benihana - Newport Beach

4.4
2146 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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Seattle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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WB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely coming back! I wanted to take my Man out to dinner for his birthday and this was perfect the wait even with reserving was only 5 minutes the food the energy the vibe was all perfect thanks y’all! ♥️

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DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had 8:15 reservations. Left at 8:55 after still not being seated. What’s the point if a reservation?

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Perfect for kids and family friends to celebrate our sons birthday!

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

Great place for family and friends to meet for dinner.

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MS
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

I eat at this location approx 5 times a year. Last visit the food was too salty and the chef cooked with too much butter.
I called the next day and spoke to the manager. She was very kind and told me she would send me something in the mail. My reasoning for calling her was so she can correct this chef from over seasoning. We did not finish our meals because of the salt content.
We will be back.

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KL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dining and entertainment at the same time. Be prepare to spend one and a half hour for teppan. Join their eclub to make good use of the $30 coupon. They will also give you a small ice cream sundae for your birthday.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good dining experience!

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vibrant and lively dinner. Plenty to see and watch. The food is incredible...from watching it made I. Front of me to filling up a Togo box with all the leftovers. I love it and this is my new favorite place

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KG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our chef, Torre, was awesome!! He had us laughing the whole time.

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JA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Server was awesome. The chef was ok. Don't get me wrong he cooked the food great but was not as enthusiastic as the other chefs giving a show.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent and the service was fantastic. A little loud, but that’s fine for this type of restaurant. All in all, surprising experience.

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AS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great food! Great entertainment! Great food again!

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MK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We take our 3 kids here at least once per month. One of our favorite restaurant experiences, very consistent always great food and service. Very busy, always plan ahead. Last minute does not work here. We like to go early.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day and we wanted something a little different. Food was good and we had a good time

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TS
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your restaurant has all the requirements to be great vibe.. entertainment hot food.. what else is there

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AM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation at 7:30 for a birthday celebration and still had to wait 45 minutes to sit down. It was unfortunate

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P
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was so bad, the server ignored all time, never been attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome time!

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JB
Orange County
70 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Roberto (chef) and Alex (server) did a great job. Luck of the draw our table was in a bit noise area. We enjoyed the meal despite the side conversation level.

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The gentlemen that was cooking our food needs more training. It wasn’t well seasoned. That’s the only area he lacked on. The steak was not seasoned well, the shrimp were cut up which we didn’t ask for them that way and unseasoned. the rice had no flavor. We weren’t impressed at all. We came all the way from Fresno and decided to stop by due to the amazing reviews so we tried you but weren't impressed at all with the outcome. And the long waiting because he was very messy and all over the place.

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

They were very unorganized when we arrived. Then we had multiple servers serving us instead of just one and the cook. Then by the time the chef was done on the hibachi they were asking if we wanted to box our food and dropping the check. We felt very rushed and literally had three minutes to eat our food. Very unprofessional.

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ME
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Had a reservation for 7:30pm and wasn't seated until 8:15pm. The hostess and host were rude and disrespectful, if it were me I would have apologized and let the party know that they were running behind schedule but we never heard anything from them.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The restaurant was dirty. The menus were dirty with food and debris on them. The tables were sticky and not clean. The food was good.

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VW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Gaston was awesome! My well done steak was NOT beef jerky! It was soft and juicy with the garlic butter he placed on top! We’ll always request him in the future! Thank you chef Gaston!

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D
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

For the second time we have had to wait 30 minutes for our table even with a reservation. We will not go back.

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AC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

This will be my last time at Benihana. We were there for my son's 13th birthday. We made a reservation and waited 45 minutes. We had to wait in the lobby which was super crowded and right by the restrooms. The location is old and looks dingy inside and out. You come home spelling like fried food and onions. The food is OK, but soooo greasy. We had to remind our server of several things he forgot and tell at least 3 different people it was my son's birthday. All in all, I won't be back!

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

Great food! Quality is always consistent. Awesome service, everyone is always so nice and happy! One of my favorite places!

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K
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were just here a month ago on a weekday and the food seemed to be better on the weekend. Rey was a super chef and everything was tasty. We liked that he used butter to cook the vegetables.

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RP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience for a group of 4 kids and 2 adults. It was one of the kid's birthday. The service was absolutely outstanding. The chef and the servers were wonderful with the kids (and adults). All of us had a really great time.

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

Overall all went well except the desserts took a while to be served and had to remind a couple of servers about it. Thank you.

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G
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Fun for any occasion. Free Birthday certificate is always a plus.

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LB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great night. Sometimes the table mates can leave you feeling some kind of way. But not tonight. We shared the table with a beautiful family. We shared live and family stories.
And the food was good.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We were seated half an hour after our reservation. Chef was boring and barely spoke and wasn’t as entertaining as some of the other chefs. Waiter was very nice but new and forgot it was my son’s birthday and ended up singing last minute. Had to ask him twice for the complimentary mug. Instead of giving him a sundae, he gave him ice cream with whip cream on the side with a candle stuck in it.

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l
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

The maitre d’/ manager came to our table as we were having a drink and appetizer and told us we needed to order immediately! He said he needed to turn the table and we needed to hurry up. We had been seated for five minutes. It was priceless. What a mood downer as we were there to celebrate my son’s 50 th birthday with an unlimited gold card!!

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CC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to more than one Benihana and, I have to say, this was THE best overall. Our server James and our Chef Torre were a fantastic team. Warning, Torre has a bit of a dry sense of humor, but he cooked everything perfectly. James was totally on top of our drink refills and whatever else we needed. They were both very likeable and amazingly efficient. We are serious vegetable lovers and haven't been to a Benihana's in awhile. I have to say, my husband and I were a little disappointed with the small servings of veggies. We actually had to order more to satisfy our palettes. One little complaint, we want all the Chefs to know that a clean apron is definitely necessary for each new table. Did not like looking at the dirty apron.

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K
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as fun and yummy as ever!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good, service is good, albeit our chef was a little curt. He seemed to be going through the motions.

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FA
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch date with my husband, the chef Jose C was amazing great customer service.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for awesome food and entertainment.

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