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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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (72)
Special Occasion (65)
Good for Groups (60)
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Fun (60)
Kid-friendly (50)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Good for a Date (41)
Casual (30)
Great for Lunch (28)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Worth the Drive (17)
Authentic (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Romantic (13)
Business Meals (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Healthy (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
People Watching (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Great Beer (5)
Seasonal (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Spicy (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Cozy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

the fact that I rsvped from a day before for 7:30pm, and arriving there at 7:25 where they finally call our name at 8:00pm is just ridiculous! I asked few times that we' had a reservation and how come we're still in line to get seated? But their response was that we are very busy tonight! That is just weak and unprofessional. Thats all I can say: dont rely on your reservations.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

I enjoyed my birthday meal with a friend. Justin our chef was nice. Be very careful outside at night, it is pitch black with barely any lights on the walkway. I tripped and fell in parking area where the handicap parking is. The only lighting they seem to have it on their blue roof. IF YOU GO AT NIGHT WATCH YOUR STEP!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Service horrible. Chef seemed inexperienced. They server gave our dish to another party.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

It's a great place to celebrate a special occasion. We've been celebrating my birthday there for four consecutive years. They have a promotion that people can use whereby Benihana awards you with a $30 gift certificate on your birthday. You have a couple of weeks to use it and it is a great way to enjoy a date night and celebrate a special occasion while saving some money. Not to mention, the food and service is very good too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

Prices have gone up...portions have gotten smaller...and our chef, David, didn’t speak, smile or make eye contact the whole time. It must have been a real bummer for the young girl who was part of another group at our table

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

Our chef was extremely slow and delivered food out of order-we got the appetizer practically at the end of the meal.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

Great dining experience. Our server and chef went out of their way to provide excellent customer service.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

We took our granddaughter there for her 12th Birthday. She loved sitting at the Teppan bar and watching them prepare her the food and performing their cooking antics.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

We made reservations for 8pm because our 5 year old had never been here and was excited. We drove 35 minutes to get there and arrived right at 8. The host told us it would be 25 minutes because they were backed up land I said that was fine. 40 minutes later we were still waiting and was not given and update by anybody. I went back up to the host and asked for an update and be said there were still 4 parties ahead of us. By now we were starving and our daughter was tired so we left disappointed. The host tried to give me a coupon for a free appetizer but I said don't bother because we won't be back. What's the point if having a reservation if they won't honor it. The whole place was unorganized and dirty! The bathrooms were disgusting. We will never ever go back and you shouldn't either. The worst part was our daughter was let down.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The only thing that wasn’t nice what that I made a reservation at 8:45pm but we only sat down at 9:20pm....
If there is a reservation there is a reason but either then that everything else was perfect!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We were seated 45 minute after our 8pm reservation. After being seated, our server was quick and efficient with drink orders and soup and salad... then another long 25 minutes before chef took our cooking requests. Recommending to either accept the longer than acceptable wait with reservations, or go get take out. The management should have better control over the flow of diners and plan for full staff during busy dinner hours.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We waited too long. It was overbooked by Benihana. Ton of customers complaint.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Wonderful time and amazing food celebrating my sons birthday!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We went on a very busy night and the restaurant was a madhouse. We go to benihana for the experience, food is second to that. Our cook wa being hurried by the management so he threw all the food on the cooktop at the same time....no fancy knife work with the shrimp, no fun throwing shrimp tails, etc....just cooked it all and threw it on plates...they were out of bowls for rice so they threw it on a plate and served everything on top of it, the cook never got a slip from the waiter and 2 of our 5 didnt even get the correct meal. We had food allergies that were not tended too....it was an all around bad night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Love this place. Always so much fun and every chef does something different

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Had to wait 45 minutes to get seated and we had a reservation. I find that very unprofessional. Aurelio the cook was great and the food was delicious but I’ll probably visit the Anaheim location next time instead of this one.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Food was blah. I ordered Deluxe Treat: Filet with lobster tail. I’ve never seen anyone mince a filet before. Meat that tender doesn’t need to be cut like I was a little kid. Volcano onion was just 2 rings on top of each other. Something about this guy was off.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Had a great time with our server and Andrew our chef. His food was amazing and so was his personality. He was very accommodating as we had 2 small children at our table. Will be back to request Andrew.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner very much! Tasty with excellent service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Casual, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Benihana's has great food great atmosphere and great service if you get a server by the name of James you're going to be blown away this guy works his tail off and he's amazing and provide great service

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I brought my daughter and some friends to celebrate her birthday. The staff were all very professional and worked well as a team. We all had a very nice time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

My family and I had a great time, once we were finally seated. This has been a problem on every single occasion that we have dined at Benihana. We have obtained a reservation and are never seated at the time of our reservation, but consistently a half hour, at least, past the reservation time. This is aggravating and annoying. It really is a problem your management staff should address. It makes the restaurant seem shoddily run and chaotic.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great food and the service was fantastic, that I go there a lot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Casual, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Hunter was a great waiter

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We went for a birthday celebration. Our chef wasn’t the most professional or polished person. His demeanor was a little of the “wish I wasn’t here” type. He didn’t really engage us and when my husband asked questions - he responded with very sarcastic, short answers. It didn’t help with our experience.

The food was decent. The fried rice was amazing.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Been a Benihana customer for over 30 years, my first experience in the Las Vegas location. Our favorite dining spot overall. My entire family loves it and considers it their favorite spot as well. Sights, smells, tastes are overwhelming. Fantastic.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We waited just under an hour for the chef to come out AFTER we were seated at our table. They offered us a free appetizer but didn’t say why... we assumed it was due to the wait. The rice that comes with out entrees wasn’t brought out, and only came out after I asked for it, and after the meal was almost done. A couple specifics we asked for were delivered incorrectly, too. We had to remind the server that it was the birthday of the other party that was seated at our table. A pretty disappointing visit overall.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for new years eve and had the worst experience. There was like 3 chefs. And the waiter was nowhere to be found. Took 45 minutes after sitting to get salad and soup then another 15 min to see chef. In that 1 hour we saw the waiter 1 time. The cook came and took forever to cook q thing at a time . He literally cut my steak like 10 times in tiny little piece to make sure it was cooked. I asked for medium rare filet and got burnt well done steak. Just a bad experience. We are now going to the Anaheim location from now on. They are more organized Arigato..

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Waited for 3 hours

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were greeted by the least energetic person. The bathrooms were filthy and two stalls didn’t have toilet seat covers. We waited 40 minutes to be seated even after having reservations. Our cook was good but didn’t have any personality.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Benihana is one of my favorite places to eat. It's not about the show, for me there is just something special about eating food that is freshly prepared in front of my face that tastes so good! Our family goes to Benihana about once a month. We have been to all of them in the local area and the Newport Beach location is best. It is cleaner, has a better ambiance, nicer bar area, the table density is a little less crowded- everything is just a little more upscale then it is at the others.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We dine here every other month, our kids love the show and the food. This time the chef was a big let down, unmotivated and forced smiles, nothing beyond the absolute minimum in terms of showmanship. Hopefully we’ll have a better chef next time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was a very fun way of celebrating our anniversary. Our chef was really good and very entertaining.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Roberto, our chef, did a fabulous job. Our table of eight included a family of six all First time diners. We enjoyed it so much, watching both Roberto do his thing while the newbie family just clapped while soaking in the show and a great meal.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Overcrowded and loud. The customer service was horrible. Came here on vacation and was disappointed. There is also no parking.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Manager and front desk did not seem happy or happy to take questions. Horrible front desk and manager skills

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Everything was perfect!! It was my birthday celebration and it could not have been any better! The food was outstanding and our chef was great! So much fun and we loved every minute. Didn't want the evening to end! Thank you!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Terrible experience top to bottom. Customer service was horrendous. The manager had a chance to save our business, but chose not to. We won’t ever be going back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Service was great and so was our chef. The filet was awesome. Our shrimp and scallops had a few bad pieces mixed in which made me not want to eat it at all. I brought my shrimp and scallops home for my dog and ate the filet.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

They should train chefs better before cooking in front of guests

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