About Benihana - Salt Lake City

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 sits poised in downtown Salt Lake City directly across the street from the Salt Palace Convention Center. It’s tucked behind the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, within easy walking distance from the world-renowned Mormon Temple. Only a 15-minute drive from Salt Lake International Airport, Benihana is popular year-round with tourists, convention-goers, and skiers alike. Validated parking is available in the parking structure on West Temple at 200 South.

165 S West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:
Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm,
Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cross Street:
W.200 South

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(801) 322-2421

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/saltlakecity-ut-sl

Parking Details:
Parking tickets are validated by our host.

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

Benihana - Salt Lake City Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (39)
Special Occasion (39)
Fun (36)
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Good for a Date (26)
Good for Groups (26)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Casual (16)
Kid-friendly (14)
Worth the Drive (12)
Authentic (12)
People Watching (11)
Healthy (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Romantic (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 3 days ago

Hibachi steak was overdone and tough - otherwise everything and everyone was great!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was great and the chef was great and fun - Loved it

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Fun, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Love it as always!!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 5 days ago

Always great!!

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Lobsang and Mario we’re both great! They were very on top of making sure we had refills and providing a fun experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We enjoyed our evening at Benihana. The food was great!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great food, fun to watch it being prepared. Was quite noisy and parking was difficult for a Sunday due to the parking garage being closed - no mention of that on the website. Overall a good experience.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Read all the reviews and was a little sceptical about celebrating a birthday. We went on Saturday evening with a reservation at 5:30 pm. No wait at all. Service and food was very good. For 8 of us and 1 child. About $200 with tip. Will go again for my wife's birthday in March!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Love Benihana the food is so good and the staff is fun and fast they always deliver the best service. Fun place for birthdays and anniversary and just a place for good food!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good food and always a good time

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

It is communal dining; we sat with three other couples we didn't know. It may have been nice if the server helped to introduce everyone and get us comfortable with one another. As it was, we didn't really connect with them, so it was a bit of an awkward evening.

The server spoke broken English with a heavy Tibetan accent.

The chef was fun to watch.

Overall, it was OK, but I was not impressed.

My wife, on the other hand, loved it! Food tasted great. Great atmosphere.

Tags: Fun
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Normally we love Benihana but be careful going on a holiday- they have a limited holiday menu which I was never told about until I sat down. For the price we paid, service was not the best. The chef and waiter were both grouchy.
*update: I spoke to the manager about our incident and he was very helpful so we will be giving Benihana another try.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Absolutely love this place! From the staff to the food , everything is amazing

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was pretty bland. Chef was too fast and messy. For the price I would expect better. The service was fantastic from the server. Since Tepanyaki does the same style and way better at everything I'll stick to going there. Better priced too.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always enjoy dining here. The food is exceptional and the showmanship is very entertaining. Our server was very attentive as well. Bravo everyone 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. Chef wasn’t the best we’ve ever had. Did not work with me on the bday coupon since my bday is New Year’s Eve and we were only in the state for the weekend. Manager said he could give me 15% off my meal but then didn’t. Disappointing.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great service. The filet mignon is the best. And I love the green tea ice cream. Get it half with half vanilla.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Benihana has been delivering the same experience for the last 25 years that we've been going there for one of our kid's annual birthday dinner. The menu is essentially unchanged for the mains. They have tinkered with the other stuff - sushi, cocktails, etc, but really, if you had gone back in time 10,15, or even 20 years, nothing would seem any different. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as there are probably not many ways of cooking Teppanyaki style.

This seems a place you go to in a group. Not really for couples, although you can sit at tables in the sushi bar/lounge area and have a la carte items brought to you by a server. If you are a couple and want the Teppanyaki style, you will very likely be sitting elbow to elbow with another group. Again, not bad, but not the scene for an intimate dinner.

We like it, but once a year seems plenty.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Benihana never disappoints. Glad we were able to make reservations for our traditional japanese Christmas dinner. Our chef Tommy was amazing, we all loved his energy and food!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Loved the food, no conversation b/c of noise and crying child @ our table.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Terrible service, quality very poor. Wait time to be taken upstairs poor. Not the same service nor food as before. Not worth the money. Really would like a refund!!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were a bit disappointed in that 2 of our order were messed up with an addition 3 meal that was missing white rice until we had to remind the chef.

Tags: Fun
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Slightly dissappointing this time.. 1) The shrimp appitizer is smaller than has been in past. 2) the vegtables were cooked before the fried rice rather than with the meats so when meats came you either had eaten the veggies or they were cold.. Fried Rice great as always. Was suprised that the menu was alot smaller than had been in past, No rockie.. Understand that the cooks do not do the tricks they used to due to lawsuits..

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 25, 2017

very very bad, reserved 1 month ahaed, waited 40minutes for table.
when we left we smelled like coocked meat, wery bad conditioning, all our clother smelled bad, even our skin.
will not go there or recommend it.
nobody there was able to speak japanese.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

It’s our holiday tradition and will you make it the best every Christmas eve think you

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 20, 2017

My wife and I have been going to this Benihana's before the Symphony for over 25 years and have been generally pleased with the service and the food. The last 2 times that we have been there, however, we were very disappointed with both the service (terrible) and the food preparation. I'm not sure what has changes, but if we have another experience like the last 2, we will take Benihanas off of our list of restaurants that we frequent.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Ana our Chef was the best

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I will never go to Benihanna again. I say this with a heavy heart because growing up this was always the place I chose to get my birthday dinner. I have not been here in years, so I decided to go with a big group of friends for my 26th birthday. The service was TERRIBLE. I had a 13 person party, BUT I made a reservation almost a WEEK before, AND I CALLED AHEAD to make sure they could accommodate my large party. They told me no problem.

We get there, and they keep telling us "10 more minutes, we are just cleaning off the table", "So sorry, just waiting for it to be cleaned", "oh sorry, we are waiting for someone to leave". I WAITED WITH MY PARTY FOR OVER AN HOUR. Meanwhile, we see small and large parties (at least the size of mine if not bigger) get seated before us. I had to physically find the manager to be seated. Two people from my dinner party had to leave. It was a disgrace.

Probably the worst part? The previously complimentary fried rice now costs $3 EXTRA DOLLARS. This place is a RIP OFF. Used to be such a fun night out, now they serve okay food for a ridiculous amount of money.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Thank you to Benihana for helping us continue our birthday tradition for my son. Great service and accommodating to my mother who needed help. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Our only complaint is that we had a 6:30 reservation, arrived early, and weren’t seated until 7:15. Once we had a table everything was great.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Service and food was good , but their scheduling is terrible :/

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wonderful food, and great entertainment. Filet minion was AMAZING!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 15, 2017

It's always excellent food and a fun atmosphere. Our server was great and very accommodating. Our chef had a fun sense of humor and cooked the steak perfectly. He was a great showman, but was not over the top. We had, as usual, a very good experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fun
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Enjoyable performance to see your food prepared right before your eyes. This would be good for a group of people to attend. The meal is the important thing. No rushed dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

We enjoyed the atmosphere and dining experience. Delicious food prepared by fun chefs.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Bar Seating, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Healthy, Casual
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Despite making a reservation, we still waited a bit. They were packed, though, so I guess that happens. Our chef was okay, but nothing special. The food wasn't as good as I remembered it. Drink service was a bit slow for what we paid.

We'd still go again, and it was super busy and a Friday night.....it was just okay. The photo they took of my son for his birthday and the sundae at the end was a nice touch. The staff was very nice overall.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food is always exceptional at Benihana! I highly recommend them.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

THE FOOD WAS GREAT. THE CHEF ROGELIO IS AMAZING AND SO WAS OUR SERVER, VERY ATTENTIVE AND SUPER NICE.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Each time I go to Salt Lake's Benihana, I question why I did it again. I feel like Benihana SL is going down hill. Our server was obnoxious and didn't even know the Japanese names of common sushi. He didn't know that Bombay Saphire was Gin... Our chef had about as much charisma as a wet noodle and my daughter's shrimp dish had about 1/2 as much shrimp as usual. They forgot the corn on the kids' dishes also. The cocktail and wine prices were insanely priced and overall, things just don't seem as good as they used to be. It is always super sweaty and hot with NO ventilation. I think we are going to pick some other places for our special celebrations! We have always been champions of Benihana in the past, but I'm seriously disappointed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a great time. My 4 adult kids and I found our first experience on Dec. 2nd to being superb.

Tags: Fun
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