Benihana - Newport Beach

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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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JT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Wow! What a terrible experience! We were harassed by the manager multiple times because our 15-month old son was having a great time and expressing his joy ( NOT crying, squeals of joy now and then). We thought an early dinner for my birthday with our child at a loud and entertaining restaurant would be the perfect night, but I’m disgusted at the service (or lack thereof) that we received.
This led to a late dinner for a young child and pregnant woman ( yes, we just found out we will be having another happy baby on the way :)) that literally cost $150+ for pickup because I was really looking forward to steak & shrimp - none of which I got at Benihana Newport Beach.
A word of advice, don’t offer children’s menus or high chairs and ask your chefs to “keep it down” if noise is an issue at your establishment. You’re welcome.

A
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation but multiple people went ahead of us, service was very slow, even to get the check.... not going back

RK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

They are know for teppan dining and chefs are entertaining, but the food is below mediocre. Unless you use the dipping sauces, the entrees are flavorless. Both their onion and their miso soups are the worst I've ever had. Their sushi is mediocre at best. At least their mai tais are decent. Unless your heart is set on teppan, go to Kabuki instead.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

F
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to celebrate special occasions at the Tepan Room and about 4-5 a week we have lunch at the sushi bar.

MB
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an annual Birthday celebration. It did not disappoint. Fabulous time. Excellent meal. One of my favorite places.

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

If you like to be entertained with comedy I highly recommend Chef Noodlez! He also cooked everything to perfection!
Our server Dylan also took good care of every party at the table! I’ll definitely return to Benihana if Newport!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was extremely salty

V
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We have dinner at this restaurant several times a year. This time we tried lunch to celebrate a friends graduation. It was just not a good day for Benihana. Our reservation was at 12:00p. We were seated promptly but it took over 30 minutes just to receive water and the other drinks ordered. It took an additional 15 minutes just to get the appetizers. They were not at all busy that day either. The chef and server were good but it seemed that the server was the only one working that day. Just substandard service for the Benihana we've come to know. 30 minutes before water arrived and 45 minutes before appetizers arrived. They also forgot to acknowledge the celebration we were there for. For $175 we were disappointed.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Usually this place is awesome. But today was not just terrible. It was exceptionally terrible.

Our chef just cooked food in front of us. He didn’t even try to pretend to do anything or even be at least entertaining. We looked around at the other tables with envy because they had chefs who were friendly and interactive. And our chef also over cooked all of our food. We had a variety of steaks from rare to medium, but somehow all of them including the rare came out medium well to well done. I’ve never had such terribly cooked steaks.

On top of that the service took forever to do anything. Even the simplest requests and kept messing up orders.

I just truly don’t understand how this restaurant became this way. It used to be our go to, but if today is how it is from now on, we won’t be returning.

FK
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server and host were wonderful. Our 5 year daughter was so surprised and happy with the Chef's entertainment. She actually ate everything on her plate.

Great job Chef Michael and staff.

K
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I took the time to print a coupon for my daughters birthday and we booked reservations on her birthday but when I got to restaurant they wouldn’t honor my coupon!! I didn’t have anything on my printout that said they only honor from Mon-thurs!! My daughters birthday was Sunday the 8th of September and that’s the day we celebrate!! Why have it if you can’t celebrate on the actual birthday? They were rude ! Management didn’t care !! So I won’t come back

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The chef was absolutely amazing! Very enjoyable visit.

DF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This experience was poor this time. Reservation at 630 and didn't get seated until 7pm. We were told they are running behind. No, you overbooked reservations and can't plan properly. Then they put 9 people at a table for 8. Yet the table next to us had only 5 people at it. Ours overcrowded. No waiter or drinks until 711pm. Didn't get our first serving until 724pm. Fried rice was bland, to no taste this time. Everyone got their water refilled but for me. Had to ask numerous people for my water. Mentioned to manager on the way out our horrible experience and he pulled out a FREE APPETIZER card. He was assuming we'll be back to use it. NOT. A free appetizer doesn't make up for the poor service Saturday night and for us to spend another $200 just to use the stupid card. Plenty of other restaurants in Newport Beach to go to that have great service and care about their customers.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kids birthday!!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

When you arrive, it's mostly quiet. When the chef and the grills start going, then it gets really loud. But you're distracted by the chefs cheesy jokes and you get food in small amounts throughout the entire experience, so it's fairly good! I usually get the combo which is steak, chicken, vegetable, fried rice. Decent valor for the selection. Always some food to take home! Great for families, fun for friends.

Maybe not the best way to get to know someone on a date.
Maybe not the most comfortable for seniors as the chairs are basic and they cannot hear past the ambience noise.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great time at Benihana like always. It was a very exciting and entertaining experience throughout the night. Our chef was very experienced and could tell he was enjoying himself as much as we were enjoying the experience. Overall amazing evening, and would highly recommend!

OT
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Screaming toddlers at my table, annd teppan chef got my order wrong

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

We had a great time as a family of 8. Service was great and our server was attentive and always available.

DJ
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our chef Jose was fantastic! Really engaging with our kids. We had a fantastic dinner and time because of him.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The front desk service is so pore. It makes a bad impression on your overall restaurant experience.

OT
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always good but this chef was great. Seafood cooked beyond perfection. Two Ocean Treasures (meals) to treasure.
Thank you

CH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for the kids. It held their attention for the entire meal and they loved it!

s
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Seems that the cook wasn’t really interactive like previous cooks I’ve had before. Mood was more inline to leave early and finish the table.

TD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We have been coming to Benihana for awhile and this was the worst service we have ever received. Server was slow, never refilled our waters. Chef was boring very serious. My daughter and husband had to wait so long for their steaks that their food was cold. Very disappointed ☹️

J
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We filled a table with family and friends. Our party included a 17 month old baby. Our chef was absolutely delightful. He was very entertaining and the food was cooked to perfection. We shall return. We visit Benihana 4-5 times a year.
We were seated at the first table on the left at 5:30 on
Aug 26.

M
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brandon (service) and Brayan (chef) absolutely made this night special for us and for our daughter’s birthday. Thank you so much for the witty banter, the customer service and the wonderfully good time!! We will definitely be requesting these two when we come back again.

GW
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Maria was really attentive to all our needs. Chef Rey also prepared food wonderfully. Food was serve in a good pace. My family had a great lunch. We look forward to go back for lunch very soon.

JA
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Second time here. Again service was great but the chef wasn't really into it. He did some things but wasn't as enthusiastic as I remember as a kid. Food was good.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve had the fortune to visit several Benihana’s throughout the U. S. including Alaska and the Newport Beach restaurant is one of the best! Exceptionally clean, great service and our food was prepared perfectly. Our cook interacted with the guest, had us all engaged in conversation and laughing. It was an enjoyable experience.

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was ok

WA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good for birthday dinners!! Good food and fun environment.

CK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Several of us at the table discussed the same problem... That we were taken off of your email list and therefore could not get our birthday certificates. And Benihana's was no help in resolving this issue. Food is great. Their soups could be more interesting.

CY
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I had reservations for lunch with my office staff at 12:15. We got seated on time, but we waited 45 minutes to begin eating our lunch! The waitress brought me the wrong drink, and another gentlemen at our table complained about his drink as well. Our orders were taken down incorrectly so there was a little confusion there. Not a big deal. Service was so slow. After our drinks came we didn't see our waitress for a while. Our lunch hour turned into 2 hours, which shouldn't have taken that long. I thought the service was terrible for such a popular place. It was our first time at this location, and most likely our last time.

p
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benihana’s is always exceptional. The food is superb and sitting at the teppan table you meet the nicest people. Food, fun and conversation - that’s Benihana’s.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It took awhile to be seated even though I had a reservation. The server was friendly and delivered good service.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was terrible. Server forgot several items and chef was clearly new or inexperienced. We’ve been many times to this same location and this was by far the worst.

TT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fresh and delicious. I like that they have kids menu as well. Love the service and the friendliness of servers. We had reservation but there were a bit of wait which I later realized that it was a busy night and they had to clean and set the table again. Its a fun place for date as well as family.

e
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot to celebrate an occasion. You sit around the grill so a party of 8 can talk as well as interact with your cook for the evening show.

GA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Noodles, our chef was very entertaining & Angel our server was terrific! Our group had a great time!

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