Benihana - Newport Beach
Great times as always!
NOODLES IS THE BEST!
First time for My girlfriend at Benihana restaurant. She really enjoyed all.
The BEST Benihana experience we’ve ever had!
We dined on June 13th and our reservation was for 7:30. My husband and I both agree that it was the best food and experience we’ve had at Benihana’s in a long time. Lately the service and chefs have been subpar but last night turned it all around. Thanks to our Chef Noodle and our table server Jordan. Noodle cooked the food with love and perfection and not the same old boring cookie cutter show. Jordan was on top of drinks and any request our table had. Thank you for a great birthday dinner.
Awesome service and great chef.
I've been to Benihana in the past about 8 years ago. I found the location looking the same but the service was lacking. The new plates had food on them, a service dish had a smashed bug, which they quickly removed. The chief seemed tired and unimpressive even though we had children at the table. The food was okay, seemed the same but the sushi was amazing, a huge plus.
My suggestion to them is clean better, sweat the details. Even the bathroom had sticky doors and not a clean feel about them. Sorry, wished I could review better. This was the Newport location.
Always a great meal and wonderful place to celebrate!
The chef named Thai was amazing! He made our meal more pleasurable and a very thoughtful/sweet man. However, the food service manager was not very pleasant. I had asked him about the Benihana gift cards that I was using to pay. I told him that I had placed them in order to make it easier for the waitress to ring our bill up. He looked at me incredulously and seemed offended! Also, he answered my question so that all the other people around could hear. Very unprofessional!!!!! I go to Benihana a lot!!!! I live in Arizona and was on vacation in California. I decided to visit this location since it was closer to our hotel in Huntington Beach. I will never return here again! The other location in Santa Monica is much friendlier and hospitable! I will travel there even though it is further away just to be treated with respect.
Also, before I even had to sign off on the bill – the wait staff was in a rush to clear our table and stood with their hands on their hips!!!! How tacky!!!! Never in all my years of visiting Benihana has that ever happened. And this was on a Tuesday night! Not the usual busy crowd on the weekends either!!!!
Chef was very good ... server Briana was amazing. Good table mates and a nice pace for the meal
We were very happy with our dinner and will definitely recommend it to our family and friends.
Great food and entertaining chef
I usually go to Wabisabi and had friends tell me that Benihana's food was a lot better but I personally disagree. No one beats Wabi's yum yum sauce. But other than that the chef was funny, the restaurant was nice and big and the food was pretty fast.
Thanks again NB location ! We can always count on gracious service & delicious food !
Our family loves this location and we are so grateful for such a wonderful place to celebrate special occasions with loved ones ! ❤️
Food was very very dry :(
Always a great place to eat. I go there on all the birthday in my family.
Made a reservation for 7:30pm. Didn’t get seated until 8pm. Finished about 9:30. Restaurant was very crowded and behind in seating people. Very irritating they can’t keep close to reservation time table which made for a late night. Food was excellent and Chef Mike was great.
Waited 40 mins to get seated after our reservation time then another 40mins to get a cook
Graduation celebration but no special recognition. No big deal. Filet a little over cooked but other than that, an excellent dinner. Waited a while to be seated because they were very crowded but that was to be expected.
Amazing thank you so much for a great time, will be back soon
Ordered Emporrer’s Feast . No mushrooms. No hot Tea.
Food wasn't that good.
Thought some kids items would be included in overall meal. Menu was confusing.
Always great...Lindsey our waitress was excellent. Rey our chef put on a good show!!
We had a very enjoyable time at Benihana's for my son's graduation. The food was great, the chef was entertaining and appreciated the nice photo taken of us to commemorate the day. We will definitely be back!
Chef was entertaining and nice. Thanks Ray! However, food was way over seasoned and did not sit well. We had a 7:30 reservation but were not seated until 8:15 and did not receive table service until after 8:30 pm. Do not come here if you want a quick meal.
It is a communal table if your party is less than 8 people. We sat next to a lovely family celebrating their anniversary who were also frustrated with the sub par and slow service.
The steak itself was decent (though overpriced), the other vegetables (mushrooms and onions) mediocre, but the zucchini was unpalatable. Our party, as we were celebrating a birthday, got green tea ice cream for dessert (a favorite flavor) which was disgusting and not edible.
The one great tasting part of the meal was the drinks—Benihana mango lemonade and the hibiscus iced tea were fantastic.
Great night celebrating birthdays
We waited 45 minutes after our reservation time, which was pretty disappointing.
I love the complimentary valet parking, they have a small lot and that solves the parking problem nicely. Otherwise the service and food are excellent add always.
Always good service and great food here! It was my dad's first time coming and he loved it.
My scallops were so fishy that I could not even eat them. Such an expensive meal, and they seriously were disgusting. They were sitting on my plate when I had finished eating all the vegetables, yet my server did not even ask about why they were uneaten. since we were celebrating a birthday, I did not want to say anything. She also forgot to bring water to one in our party. The chef was really nice, smiling and joking, but everything was oversalted--even for there. I think Benihana has lost its charm.
Had a 645pm, reservations I didn't get seated till 7:15pm only, after we asked about our seating arrangements, over a great time.
Great as usual
Server was amazing!
It had been about 20 years since we were last at Benihana. Our server was friendly and very helpful. Our chef was also very animated and friendly and put on a great show at the grill. Our party truly enjoyed the our experience at the restaurant and are planning on returning to the restaurant for our next birthday celebration.
Excellent service and delicious food.
Rudely vacuuming and cleaning the whole house and next to table as we tried to eat. Other people complained, we did not.
Awesome experience, food and service was great, our cook did an amazing job, the food very tasty... Enjoyed it!!!
This visit was very disappointing. There was no one at the hostess station when we arrived. Another party of three was also waiting. One of their members went to find someone. By the time the official host arrived at his station there were 20 people waiting to be seated. Even though we were the second party to arrive our party of three the last to be seated. Our party was put at a teppan table and expected to wait until more guests arrived. Once another party was seated our server, Brandon, arrived and was very attentive and personable. Our chef, Rey, was excellent although more subdued than most of the other performers. The food was fresh and cooked well. I hope this was just an off day for staff.
This is my favourite go to comfort food. I just love their chicken fried rice. I always order extra for leftovers! Chef are always good and patient with all different restrictions and request. Love Benihana!
Over booked waited 45 min for a table, with a reservation manager said would compensate but never did. Can’t believe that with a reservation wait was so long for 3 people, and when a manager says they will compensate but never do does not reflect well with the customers.