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About Benihana - Newport Beach

Welcome to Benihana and a dining experience unlike any other! 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. Happy Hour is available Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. with great cocktails and sushi, plus hot and cold appetizers starting at just $3.00.

4250 Birch Street
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
McArthur Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 955-0822

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/newportbeach-ca-nbe

Parking Details:
We also offer complimentary Valet parking.

Private Party Facilities:
Call today to reserve our private dining room.

Private Party Contact:
Ask for Manager: (949) 955-0822

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Benihana - Newport Beach Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (76)
Special Occasion (66)
Fun (62)
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Good for Groups (56)
Kid-friendly (50)
Good for a Date (44)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Casual (37)
Great for Lunch (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Authentic (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Business Meals (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Healthy (12)
Romantic (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Hot Spot (9)
People Watching (8)
Seasonal (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Spicy (5)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vegan (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Cozy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Very friendly environment. The staff was cheerful and made great recommendations. The chef was funny and interactive with everyone at the table.

Tags: Healthy, Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

We always come here for my sons birthday. Great food and show. Very loud as the chefs are always performing but worth it. Their sushi is always fresh and delish.

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·Dined 4 days ago

It took over 30m to be seated, even though we had a reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

We love Benihanas.I made reservations, for 8pm, a few days before and unfortunately when we arrived (early) they were already running behind at 740pm. They told me it would be 30 mins. 30 mins came and went and we waiting almost 1 hour! I had to ask if they would give the kids some soft drinks to keep them occupied from how hungry they were. Once we were finally seated, our server Josue was amazing - funny and an excellent chef. Food was great. Disappointed the reservations and wait time was so bad.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 4 days ago

I had been to. Benihana in Las Vegas and was very excited to take my family. I wish I could say we had a wonderful experience, but that was not the case. We had reservations and still had to wait 40 minutes to be seated. Once we got to our table we waited about 15 min to get our drinks. It was another 15 minutes before we our cook came to the grill/table. He was less than entertaining. The cooks on each side of us were fabulous so we were a little jealous. To wrap up, I went to the restroom only to find that there was not toilet paper in the bathrooms.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Best place to celebrate a birthday with your family of 8. Or friends day pick 8. Take up a full table and enjoy good drink and food. I love that it was Not too much; I always hated the waste. Parking is a issue so allow 10 min to your arrival time.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food & service. And the restaurant was clean.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The Chef did a great job, he prepared everyone’s food perfectly, and managed to keep the food coming with multiple different orders.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Unfortunately when we showed up for our reservation they were unprepared and not ready. We had to wait thirty minutes before being seated and not one person apologized for the tardiness.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

We were there 5 minutes early for our reservation, and we were told that we have to wait an additional 30 minutes on top of that because they were behind, but the food was delicious, the valet parking was complimentary. Very nice overall!

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

though we had to wait for 40 minutes and we had reservations, we had a great time and they comped an appetizer, since we had to wait. the server has funny, entertaining and we will continue to eat there often!

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·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines

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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

My party of three originally had a reservation at 8:30pm on Feb 14th 2018. Everyone in my party was present at 8:25pm. We were told there would be a 10-15 minute wait to be seated. Our party as well as the party of five that was seated with us were very understanding and polite with this process, as it is one of the busiest days of the year. Our waitress, Jade, was rude when greeting us. She even went to the extent of rolling her eyes when I asked about the tiki mugs for my brother. Our drinks were rarely refilled and it took 10-15 minutes to receive our refills when we asked her about them. I saw her about 4 times throughout the entire night which gave the entire table the idea that she was avoiding us. We then waited 90 minutes for our chef to come over to us. While we waited, three full tables were seated after us and left before us. Upon the chef’s arrival he then left for 10 minutes to “get his spatula”. A utensil that is crucial to this part of the night, it is beyond me that it can be forgotten so easily (especially since we had been waiting so long). Other than this, our chef Rey was amazing. Manager was rude when he came over to “apologize” to my party as well as the party of 5. Both him and Jade would snap rude comments at us about our complaints. We were left eating while every other table was empty. After a short apology the manager suggested that we receive 30% off of our bill. After all of this we were never asked our dessert order and the waitress practically threw our bills on the table (while giving the wrong checks to the wrong people). We ended up leaving Benihana at 11pm!

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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

We have been going to benihana for over 20 years. We were extremely disappointed with the overall service. The restaurant was not full (yet) at the time we were there. It took 1.5 hours before we received any food items because someone ‘forgot’ to turn on the telpan table. The server tried to be as kind as possible but the service from the management regarding the mistake was non existent. The goal meal time was 3 hours and it was a normal teppan meal., nothing additional or special. We used to love Benihana but the more recent lack of customer service has been extremely dissapointing and I don’t think we would recommend this restaurant anymore.

Tags: Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

Ok so basically, me and my girlfriend of 4 years decided to go to Benihana because I’ve heard nothing but good things from Benihana. But we received the complete opposite!! We literally waited 1 hour and 35 mins for our fried rice. Which we got after our entree. Our filet mignion was warm almost cold. Wasn’t so good because it took so long to get to us. By the time we got our fried rice we weren’t hungry anymore so we decided to not eat the rice. Seriously the worst experience I have had at any restaurant in my entire life.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 12, 2018

great experience repeat customer over several years both local and different locations in different states

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Happy Hour, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Thank you foor an Excellent dining experience it is always a pleasure

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Cozy, Comfort Food, Spicy, Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Unfortunately this survey does not allow me to explain the real situation we encountered Sunday night. We live in SC so when we come to the west coast to see our kids and grandkids we have a tradition of going to Benihana Newport Beach. It’s always great from the bartenders to the chefs to the servers. We always have a great time except for Sunday night. Drinks were good. Here is downside, chef had weird attitude and burned our entire meal within 15 minutes of starting the meal. Fastest cook time I have ever seen there. Never got our rice. Upside, manager after seeing and hearing my comments adjusted the meal price to more than adequately make us feel welcome to come back again which we will do next time we are in town. Just as an FYI I have been dining at Benihana since the mid 1970’s.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Celebrated my birthday with my family. Server and chef were excellent! We go to this location at least every other month and server and chef are normally pretty good. This time they were exceptional.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Worst dining experience ever with bad cooking all around.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

First time at the Newport Beach location and it was fantastic! Great service and chef experience.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Not a great experince. We went for a joint Birthday celebration. Rushed thru the meal. Waiters came around quickly and started asking everyone if they wanted their food boxed up when not everyone was done earting. Asked to leave immediately following dinner so someone else could have the table. Show was very weak and fast. Food was mediocore. Daughter's chicken was undercooked. Also, quality of the food has gone downhill.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Benihana is a great place to go for a special
occasion. When you go, expect to stay for a couple of hours since there are so many steps to the cooking process. The chefs are very entertaining and make the dining experience pleasurable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Love the atmosphere, the service has been great and I love the food! Tried something different this time and was not disappointed. thanks Benihana for a good time once again!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great! Service was great. We got seated within 10 min of getting to the restaurant.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We have been satisfied, regular customers for many years, however have been disappointed the last two times we've dined here. The food was not as well prepared, both by the chef as well as what came out of the kitchen. One chef mentioned that he had moved from the Anaheim location to the Newport location & that he gets paid my how many tables he turns in an evening...perhaps this explains why he short cut on our meal & why the fried rice was under cooked. Additionally, our waiter had a great personality, but was not properly trained in the menu and forgot to bring some requested items.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Best place to take a bunch of kids to celebrate Birthdays

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Our chef was good but he had been there a long time and didn't really connect with people at the table. The food was so good as usual.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Good food and entertainment

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 5, 2018

This time our visit wasn't as great as our other visits! First of all, we had to asked for silverware, usually they bring them to us right away!
Secondly, we asked if they can pack our ginger and mustard sauce with our left overs the waiter said he would give us new ones but he didn't nor did he packed the ones we had leftover!

Thirdly, we make our visits to Benihana's a very special event for very special occasions and we like to keep the memories by the picture they take of us at the end of our meal,
This time they didn't take our picture, nor they offer to do so! We kept waiting for the waiter to come take the picture but he was taking too long and we had to leave without our special memory of this special celebration!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Our server was very nice. But our chef that cooked at the table was very rude.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I've been coming here for 35 years and celebrated many birthdays.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

i received "maybe" a tablespoon sized portion of mushroom/onion and literally 4 bites of zucchini. i ordered a 40$ plate and barely got any food at all. i was livid. to top that off, ALL of my seafood was incredibly DRY. Also, i never once was asked if i wanted a refill on my hot tea or my friend's iced tea which were both empty before the chef arrived.

i feel like the food was mediocre and the service was less than desirable. not at all worth the 100$ it took for two of us to eat there.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The restaurant was way over booked! We waited 40 minutes for a table, waited 30 minutes for a drink and order and more time
waiting for a cook. Rush, rush, rush & turn the table. Not a great experience!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It was perfect..great food

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great place to bring kids to for a birthday dinner

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 1, 2018

It was great!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We went for a Birthday and the food was very good! We will be back for my wife’s birthday. I would recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Need better camera for photo and better complimentary dessert for bdays

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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