Benihana - Newport Beach

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Japanese
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Welcome to Benihana and a dining experience unlike any other! If you are a Chefs 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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GW
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Generally seafood should be served before the chef starts on the steak. Noodle left the seafood on the grill while he cooks the steak...hence he over cooked the seafood.

Most customers probably won't notice but I am long time Benihana patron and understand how the food supposed to be serve. Perhaps my expectations were too high.

The waitress was great. It was a good dinner overall.

DK
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great way to celebrate birthdays....

OC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noodles is always so entertaining! We ask for him each time we go.

TF
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Been going here for 3 generations now! LOVE Benihana for birthdays and boisterous celebrations, it's like a "5 year-old party" for grownups. Loud and barely in control. Old-school kitsch that never disappoints.

That said, the food has never wavered in quality or quantity. We love the Samurai Treat ( Filet and Large shrimp) and the seared Ahi dinners. Our 8-9 year old kiddos love the edamame, soup, chicken, noodles and fried rice "custom cooked" with or without veggies and finish off with rainbow sherbet. Yum.

Always wonderful, though usually a bit rushed, service so they can turn the tables, but you need to expect that here - it's a popular place!

Our server Rosa (?) and Chef Oscar/Racso were just delightful and didn't miss a beat in service or trying to top 9-year old boys with knock-knock jokes.

Thank you!!

w
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good as always. Service was prompt and good. The chef cooked our meals as requested, put on the usual grill-side show and was very personable. Looking forward to our next visit.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love Benihana. Waitress was incredible. My only gripe is that they changed the Crispy Spicy tuna. It was our favorite thing to order and they make the same way as Ra Sushi does now and it’s just terrible compared to the old recipe.

KR
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Thank you very much and God-bless you all. Have sensational Saturday.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 20, 2020

Karen, On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We will be sure to share it with our team.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef was very original and entertaining. Restaurant seemed louder than I remember. Food was excellent.

C
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, fun place for a family to celebrate a birthday! We love benihana!

RO
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a great job with our large group and everyone had a wonderful time.

LA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Benihana's 5 to 6 times a year. Sometime it's better than others.. We had Gus for our cook, he was the best we've ever had

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was knowledgeable and kind. Our chef was entertaining and cooked up a great meal. My two grandkids had a great time.
Will go again.

J
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner location. Great service. Food tasted great.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 19, 2020

Fantastic John! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James was great

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 19, 2020

Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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B
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose C was our chef and he was awesome! Our waiter wasn’t the best but we go all the time and this is the first time we haven’t been impressed by the service.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 19, 2020

On behalf of the Benihana team, we are happy to have provided you with a 5-star experience!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a blast celebrating my son’s birthday. Chef William was wonderful. The wait staff was outstanding. They accommodated our large party of 11 people quickly. Not a missing beat of the service. Chef William did special tricks for my 9 year old son while cooking. Super cool.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the special occasion!

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JB
Orange County
85 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Chef Arnulfo and Server Brandon did a great job ... food was excellent and service too. Our table mates were also happy and everyone had fun.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thank you Bob for sharing your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Once we were seated, we waited an hour before food was started and served.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 9, 2020

With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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Y
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Our Mexican waitress in her 20's would disappear for 15 minutes. Had to ask for water twice. Had to ask for a fork and wait for her to come back after another 15 minutes. Took the bill up to the front after another 10 minutes and told them our waitress was bad. They did nothing. Our chef overcooked the meat. Medium Rare came as medium..Will not go back there again...not impressed.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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MP
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food was adequate, but lacked much flavor. The group we were sitting with was was quite large (2 grills were involved) and the noise was a little much.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 13, 2020

Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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g
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their teppan grill chefs -- they are so entertaining and the food is hot and delicious. Especially enjoy their salad dressing and dipping sauces. Good service, also, in refilling hot tea and bringing to-go boxes for the leftovers.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 13, 2020

On behalf of the Benihana team, we are happy to have provided you with a 5-star experience!

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Unfortunately the wait is very long even if you have a reservation. So expect to spend about two hours minimum for dinner. Food is always good. Fun for birthdays.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 3, 2020

Michelle, With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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A
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Need more servers in the bar area. Also, need a better way to advise customers waiting to be seated, in the bar area, that their table is ready, other than someone standing at the entrance and shouting out the party's name.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for your feedback! Come back soon!

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RB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration. They know how to make it special; entree coupon, special dessert & a song.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 13, 2020

Excellent Regina! We wish you a Happy Belated from the Benihana team! Come back soon!

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food not good.Needs to improve I have 35 years going to Benihana several locations worse food in all time

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 3, 2020

Luis, If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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BN
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Bad chefs
American chef don’t know how to cook Japanese food

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 3, 2020

Brian, With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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CA
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Chef named "Noodles" he was a crack up and also a great juggler and Chef. Always a delicious meal.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 13, 2020

Fantastic Calista! Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice birthday dinner

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the special occasion!

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L
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was good. Food was marginal.
Not as good as it use to be.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on March 3, 2020

Lolo, we apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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