Benihana - Newport Beach

4.4
2201 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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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great times as always!

NOODLES IS THE BEST!

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MG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for My girlfriend at Benihana restaurant. She really enjoyed all.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST Benihana experience we’ve ever had!

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

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.

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

Awesome service and great chef.
Great experience
Thank you

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FS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

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TL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and wonderful place to celebrate!

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

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!!!!

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JB
Orange County
71 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chef was very good ... server Briana was amazing. Good table mates and a nice pace for the meal

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NG
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very happy with our dinner and will definitely recommend it to our family and friends.

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Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and entertaining chef

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LA
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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ZD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 ! ❤️

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was very very dry :(

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b
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to eat. I go there on all the birthday in my family.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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GA
Cancun
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Waited 40 mins to get seated after our reservation time then another 40mins to get a cook

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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DE
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing thank you so much for a great time, will be back soon

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Ordered Emporrer’s Feast . No mushrooms. No hot Tea.

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j
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Overpriced!!
Food wasn't that good.
Thought some kids items would be included in overall meal. Menu was confusing.

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K
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great...Lindsey our waitress was excellent. Rey our chef put on a good show!!

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DV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

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.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night celebrating birthdays

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We waited 45 minutes after our reservation time, which was pretty disappointing.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good service and great food here! It was my dad's first time coming and he loved it.

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h
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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MP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a 645pm, reservations I didn't get seated till 7:15pm only, after we asked about our seating arrangements, over a great time.

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RR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was amazing!

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JT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

Rudely vacuuming and cleaning the whole house and next to table as we tried to eat. Other people complained, we did not.

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m
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome experience, food and service was great, our cook did an amazing job, the food very tasty... Enjoyed it!!!

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m
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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EA
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

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.

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