Benihana - Salt Lake City, UT

4.5
1631 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
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

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Distancing maintained in common areas
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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Sloman77
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Benihana’s is always a fun and exciting event! Tried the yakisoba this time was impressed!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Took us an hour last our reservation to get seated and going

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RachellM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really yummy the chef was very nice.The waitress got everything we asked for not to busy we sat with nice people as well

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Jared
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

This was an unusual experience. We generally love going to Benihana, but this time was not very good. It seems like the chef was kind of confused on many things. He started diving is the wrong food and we had to stop him. I am not sure anything was cooked properly. We got fried rice that was crunchy. He was pretty boring. Not sure if it was his first time, but he seemed really nervous about everything. If this was our first time at Benihana, I am not sure we would go back. Again, this was unusual.

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MelissaP
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Lots of up charges that were not shared until the bill came. Very disappointing. Food also lacked flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soo good. Chef Austin was awesome, even though I highly underestimated him at first.

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HeidiF
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great chef and server. One guy sharing the table should have had his Sake cut off sooner. He was a total jerk to everyone, especially the chef. He threatened to never return. Hopefully he keeps his word. People need to remember that every restaurant is understaffed right now. There will be a wait, especially on a Friday night. The food was excellent as always.

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BrookeM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was super delish! The kids loved the experience.

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DennisB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was really good as was the service and the atmosphere. The only drawback was the added cost to our bill for appetizers that we did not order which the server claimed were part of our order. Thus there was an extra $10 added to the bill which was not right and the server would not do anything about it. Other than that it was a good experience. The added charges make me think twice about coming back again or recommending it to others.

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PearleenR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family & I had a wonderful dining experience and service was wonderful.

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WestDine
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and experience

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Travelbutterfly
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I’ve been to many cities, many restaurants, and many Benihana’s. Never have I had a restaurant (nice, not cheap) allow a homeless man to enter and sit at a communal table with my family. The host and nobody else in the restaurant made him leave. The homeless man was dirty, smelled, had black feet, a skateboard with him, and was muttering to himself and high. He tried hitting on me and my family freaked out. To then sit him with us at a table that I had a reservation and you tell everyone you’re fully booked who calls or walks in but you clearly have room for him? I’m not spending 200$+ on a meal to sit with him and be harassed the whole night. It was not enjoyable. It’s also covid and may I assume he was not vaccinated. I loved other locations I've visited all over the USA and took a chance to bring my family in another city and communal dining. We were ok with it unless you put someone like that with us. When we walked out, the hostess Emily said “have a nice day”. When we said we would call corporate, they said okay. I guess my money doesn’t work there but the homeless guys money does. I bet he went to the bathroom and skipped out on the check or wanted someone to buy food for him. I would NEVER recommend this location. Go elsewhere in Salt Lake City, and visit a Benihana in any state other than here.

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MamaM
Boise
27 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday/Concert weekend with family; no better place to celebrate! Excellent service from Josh our server, a comical and entertaining meal by our chef Rogelio, and the surprise of a fella who is a doppelgänger for Woody Harrelson made for an unforgettable experience!!! We always enjoy visiting Benihana but this visit holds the top spot for priceless!

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Totan
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.
I’ll be back soon.
Thank you.

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Barbaram
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Took two hours. Only one chef trying to do many tables. Soup was made with beef bouillon Really bad. Server made up for long wait. Gave us free appetizers refilled glasses instantly. Good excellent. Made up for hour wait.

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KylieR
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I’ve been going to Benihana for my birthday since I was a little girl. It’s become one of my favorite traditions. I grew up in Florida so I’m not quite used to going to the Salt Lake location, but the food tastes just as wonderful as I remember it as a kid! I highly recommend going if you’re celebrating any special occasion or going on a date with your significant other. The chefs are awesome at what they do and put some flair into their cooking with lots of tricks. The menu is a bit pricey, but I promise that it’s well worth it! I’ve been going there for over 20 years now and I have yet to be disappointed.

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GabeG
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and chef were excellent especially on a holiday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Benihana never disappoints, except when it comes to the check. We love the food and the chefs and we enjoy meeting the other guests at our table. However, there always seems to be an extra charge or a higher price on one or more items on the bill. This time we were all charged for fried rice, which is supposedly included with the meal. Last time it was a bottle of wine that we didn’t order and before that we were charged for surf and turf when we only had chicken. What gives? I’d gladly pay more for our meals if that’s what the restaurant needs to be successful, but it is bothersome that their checks can’t be trusted.

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CindyO
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time my sister in law had dinner here. Absolutely loved it will be coming back very soon!

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AdamF
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very fun night out with our family for their first experience at Benihana, great food as always, server was great, kids had a great time with us. Thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

When I make a reservation for 5 PM hours in advance, I expect to be seated near that time. Instead, we were seated almost an hour later.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food wasn’t tasty

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AndrewR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good and our chef was great. The server on the other hand, absolutely terrible. The restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived. Waited about 15 minutes to be seated; we later learned it was because they were waiting to fill the table, which is understandable. The server rushed to take our orders, but messed up on half of them. This created a bit of a chaotic situation with the chef, as he didn't have what was needed. He ended up preparing 2 additional meals that weren't ordered, because of the mistake made by the server. He then was unable to get any help from her, despite numerous efforts to get her attention and ask her to clarify what she entered. This unintentionally affected everyone's order because of the delays with trying to figure out what was/wasn't ordered. The chef really tried his best to offer the best experience possible. I can't say I've had such poor service here before.

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babycake12
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I look forward to going to Benihana every year for my birthday. We love it.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We had to wait for the food like 2 hours. Our reservations were at 9:15 pm and we got the food around 10:45 pm this’s so unforgivable and it’s shouldn’t ever happen. If they were run out of the employees they shouldn’t take reservations and let customers waiting for 2 hours. Thank you

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Dreamcatchercafe
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was enjoyable enough but we have definately had better experiences.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I made a reservation for my son's 12th birthday, we were a little late due to the prior activity running longer than expected ( we made jewelry at the Gem Studio). We were seated when we showed up, the server took over 5 minutes to greet us, all is good I understand. The chef Jose was awesome and was the only one who acknowledged my son's birthday, I included the fact that it was his birthday in the reservation. Throughout our dinner there were other birthdays, and were not only acknowledged by their server but received ice cream and a song, their whole table received ice cream or sherbert. We received neither. My son didn't even receive a birthday song, nothing. Instead of complaining and making a scene we paid, even left a hefty tip because we know the chef shares the tips with the server. It wasn't the exceptional experience we expected.

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vipRobinJ
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Kensang, the chef, was excellent! Very entertaining. The server was not as attentive as usual, but was average.
Food is always good but service is hit and miss.
Also, nothing special for birthdays like it used to be.

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TinaA
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Made reservations, waited for 20 min to order. Stated both birthday and anniversary . Poor overall service.

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Traveler992
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food and service was great. However wd were waiting at our table for the chef to arrive, for an hour. Not ideal when we already had a late (9pm) reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our cook was so fun! Really made this a great experience

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Roostable
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great , the chef was awesome and the wiater was hilarious!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! We have a birthday party for my 8 years daughter.

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vipnbj3
Salt Lake City
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not up to expectations. We had a new, inexperienced "chef". He tried very hard and did an okay job, but the food and the experience was not up to the norm. We know that there is a shortage of help, but the chefs should have more hand-holding and experience before they are turned loose to do the job solo. The experience drug on for 2-1/2 hours -- same as last week, but with a very good chef then. Generally, everyone uses too much salt, too.

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SilviaC
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was our first time there waitress was unable to explain clearly the menu and how everything works.

I got up and went to the person at the front and she was GREAT

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808geekfam
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are not strangers to Teppanyaki dining. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Isaac was an amazing table Chef. Very engaging and entertaining. Our server Jenn was very attentive and efficient and friendly. The food was good. The only thing is we had made a reservation for a certain time and was not sat until 30 minutes later, after a walk-in was sat. Other than that, it was a great experience overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good. Teppanaki done well.

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DylanK
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was awesome, great atmosphere, seemed a little run down might be due for a update or just a deep clean.

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to place for birthdays and our anniversary. We absolutely love the food, the service and atmosphere

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ClaireH
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere! Very fun evening

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Benihana - Salt Lake City, UT is rated 4.5 stars by 1631 OpenTable diners.

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