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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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was great-service could be improved. Managers seemed very scattered and stressed. This is not the first time I have seen leadership seem confused at this restaurant. We were not seated until 35 minutes after our reservation. No offer for a comp drink or anything while waiting was offered.

SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a marvelous time! My husband was very surprised by his Valentine's dinner. The staff was great, professional and friendly!

EL
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The overhead fan wasn’t working so we got totally smoked out.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Chef didn’t really perform or interact well with guests, he just went through the motions. No cloth napkins on table, had to ask and they gave paper napkins. Nothing special for Valentine’s Day

SP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful valentines luncheon! Our server and cook were the best!!! We’re coming back for our next occasion.

IF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good food and fun atmosphere, we went for a birthday. Our chef was not as good as usual. He kept making awkward, almost rude, jokes and he didn't make enough fried rice. So he had to make a second batch of fried rice.. Then he "joked" about how he would charge us double.. ha ha.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The server, made several mistakes on our orders. He also had a not so kind attitude. We’ve celebrated many birthdays there but last night was not as fun...

KT
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun environment and excellent food.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed it. Staff was friendly and food was fresh and delicious

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The show and food always good but 5he price is

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

Love Benihana. All time favorite. Great service wonderful food

SB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place to each for lunch! Fresh food at a reasonable price.

GC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great dinner, great entertainment and fantastic service. Wonderful for celebrating an event.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Waiters may be a little overwhelmed. Have come twice and both times had to remind waiter to bring out White Rice.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

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

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I felt like our server was very nice but seemed non-existent once the chef started making food.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Matthew for your feedback! We hope you come back soon!

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W
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We usually go to another teppanyaki place. Wanted to try this one. They really did a great job of service and entertainment. Enjoyed our evening tremendously. Thank you

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

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

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the servers, chef and food were GREAT!!!!!!

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

Great to hear! We appreciate you dining with Benihana, thank you for the kind words!

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b
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food1service5ambience4

Gaston the chef made our food with too much pepper. no flavor other than that. The chef over seasoned with the pepper . Our waiter Nestor Sanchez was great and attended us perfectly.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

Awesome Barbara! We appreciate your feedback and hope you come back soon!

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PO
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good meal, also you know you get a little show while your food in being prepared... We go often got Birthdays in our family and always have a good time!

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

Great Patrick! Our goal is to create great guest memories. We are pleased to hear we were able to do so for you and your family.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The dinner experience was great as usual. The chef was also great. My friends and I go every year for my birthday. There’s also other times during the year we go.

The one thing that was not good was the “take-home” food. I don’t mind paying for good food, Benihana is not cheap. But, what I don’t like is taking home expensive food that the restaurant does not take the same care in making as they do the food being consumed at the restaurant. I purchased extra Hibachi Chicken Fried Rice and it was terrible. No vegetables, very little chicken, sticky rice, over the top sticky, and very little to no flavoring. If it wasn’t for this I would give all top ratings.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

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

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MA
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noodles is one of the best chefs I had there in a long time. Highly recommend him and will ask for him in the future. Food was cooked to perfection and the seasoning was 👌

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

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

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DS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We felt rushed. We've been to Benihanas many times. The chef this time, while having repetitive tricks, made old jokes new again. We were still eating when the server asked us if we needed boxes. My glass was empty and he didn't offer to refill it, instead, concentrated on boxing food and rushing everyone out.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Dwayne for your feedback! . We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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CS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

I would only recommend this Benihana if the cook is “Noodles” this guy was great!

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

Awesome! We appreciate your feedback and we will be sure to pass along your comments to our team.

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J
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benihana is our favorite! Always has been, always will be. Superb food, friendly, efficient employees.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

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

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s
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a little problem with my order, but at the end I ended up with a little extra chicken. Chef Michael was great.

JB
Orange County
85 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. We were fortunate to have Elizabeth as our server and Luis as our chef. Outstanding time with great meal and service. Thank you all.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

Awesome Bob! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfect the chef was very skilled in what he did. We enjoyed our evening very much.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded 3 days ago

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

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, friendly staff and a decent ambiance. Benihana doing what Benihana does

MK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Terrible....very bad dining experience....what a rip off

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on January 31, 2020

Mark, 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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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Took a long time for chef to come

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The woman who was seating us was rude and was not very friendly and when she was taking our photo she just walked up with out notice holding camera at us not knowing what she was doing cause we were talking and I look at her and ask “are you taking our picture” her response was very bland like she did not want to there at work. Employees who do this, customers are aware of there tone and body language.

The food was good but I’ve had better rice with you guys. This was the first time not much flavor . I even pointed it out to my husband and he agreed. I come here every year and this was a ok experience.

EG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, as always!

h
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with the wife. Awesome experience

RL
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Good overall experience. We eat here regularly, portions seem to be getting smaller.

Benihana - Newport Beach
Responded on January 28, 2020

R, Thank you for leaving us an in depth review of your experience on today’s visit. Your comments and suggestions will be shared with our team to improve the guest experience.

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CM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are of extremely high quality. Everything is very fresh and clean. The service is exceptional. I have been there many times and have always loved it.

JB
Orange County
85 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was superb today our Chef Aurelio is a master of the cuisine. Service also was great. Great table mates rounded out the lunch.

P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benihana- Newport Beach is absolutely the best Benihana by far. I’ll take a drive from the South Bay to there. I’ve meet and have experienced great people along with the best customer service:) Never a dull moment. My #1 choice

DS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Benihana's a favorite place to go. The food is excellent. Having been there multiple times, the show the chef puts on begins to be boring. They need to change it up. The volcano, heart, choo choo are great for kids, but need variety.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday + work anniversary celebration

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