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

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (45)
Special Occasion (41)
Fun (34)
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Good for a Date (33)
Good for Groups (30)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Kid-friendly (21)
Casual (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Business Meals (11)
Romantic (11)
Authentic (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
People Watching (9)
Cozy (8)
Healthy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

It was great, the hostess was very attentive, not overly hovering kept our drinks full and always around when needed. Great time!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

They were very helpful for us having such a big group of over 20!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Standard issue turn and burn orchestration of food service. Server was personable// charming , one table mate outgoing and sociable, the other four mainly catatonic and out of their element (outside the house)..
The Chateaubriand was the hit as well as a good well-chilled pour of NZ Sav Blanc.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 12, 2018

My wife and I go here around valentine's day each year. It may not be a typical romantic restaurant but it is our tradition.

We both love the food and the variety or combinations or options. This last time she had the filet mignon and shrimp and absolutely loved it. The meat was very tender and cooked perfectly and the shrimp was huge.

Sometimes it can be a little hard to hear the server but it is overall a really fun, energetic, dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We love Benihana’s! Love the atmosphere, and the chicken fried rice. Definitely on the pricier side but worth it perfect for special occasions date nights.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We chose this restaurant because it was my grandson's 17th birthday and that's where he wanted to go. We had a great time, the food was delicious, the service was great, the chef was entertaining and it wasn't a million dollars. We will be going again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very good food, friendly service. A little noisy but it’s a small space with many people. I wonder if the sushi downstairs area could be converted into more seating? I don’t see too many people there, it’s on the first floor and with the higher ceilings i think the noise level would be less. Just a thought

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Healthy, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This is always a great place to go for a special occasion! The food is amazing too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

It seems like ownership is treating Benihana as a cash-cow. What used to be a unique dining concept (with "all you can eat" cocktail shrimp at the salad bar) is now a run-of-the-mill hibachi-style restaurant. Interior needs updating.... the grills need a good cleaning. Not impressed.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Eating at Benihana's in Salt Lake City, UT is an anticipated trip for any occasion! We travel from Logan, UT an hour and a half and it is always well worth the drive! We appreciated the consistent quality service and food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 3, 2018

When to Benihana for for dinner before a school dance. I was an awesome experience. Loved watching our food being cooked right in front of me and being served immediately. Overall, had a great time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The overall experience went well. However, the chef was not very good. He cooked the food well, and to our specifications but for the price of everything, I'd expect the chef to be a little bit more "on his game". Seemed like he could care less about working that day.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Totally Awesome! Food, service, entertainment and prices! Loved it! Totally enjoyed our experience!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Enjoyable evening. Chef made it fun.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food and atmosphere, wish there was a Benihana closer to me

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Good place for group dinner. If you are a wine drinker, choices are limited, though. But then, you don't go to Benihana enjoy wine anyway.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 24, 2018

I tried to contact you 4 different times but no response I never got my 30 :00 $ birthday discount
I think you have a problem with this matter when it’s offered you should satisfy your customers

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Pre concert meal in downtown Salt Lake, outstanding! Service was great, splash and meadow hit the spot. Warm sake followed by a Sapporo a quick desert and off to a concert. Our new friends at the table made the meal great… Be sure to introduce yourself the minute you sit down so you have a good dinner conversation it Adds to the experience.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 22, 2018

It was my birthday went with friends to celebrate cook started to make my food other customers came to the same table he pushed my food to the side started their food finisher it served the then walked away to go get sauce he came back stirred up food at this point it was burnt crisp on the bottom this was a very disappointing meal and visit for the price I would expect better service

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 22, 2018

As always the food was great and our chef was a lot of fun. Our only issue this visit was our server was not very good, he dissapeared from the moment our chef came out until it was time for our check and we ran out of drinks. We had asked for separate checks for our party which he forgot about and when he brought back our tables payment booklets he gave them to the wrong guests.

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Had a group of ten had two sitting at separate table Then was told we would have separate servers and separate checks. We complained so they added the two seats to our table but was crowded. The drink service was bad and had to always ask for additional refills or drinks. Table was crowded didn’t remove empty plates had to ask.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Fun place to bring the kids for birthdays. But be prepared for it to be loud and busy. Not a quiet spot for date night! So much of your experience is dependent on who shares your communal table.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My husband and I, and two other couples decided to try this before the Jazz game. We each ordered a sushi roll Per couple, and each couple shared the dinner special that came with the lobster and fillet. That was plenty of food for all of us. It has a fun atmosphere and great service!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The hostess made my experience pretty bad. I had made a reservation for 24 initially at 8:30 for my best friends birthday. The day of I got a phone call from a guy who was wanting to confirm my reservation and he asked if i'd like to move my reservation to 9 and I said that'd be great! He said he moved it and that everything was confirmed. It was 8:45 and my friends and I were headed to the restaurant and I got another call from a female hostess and she advised me that we were late and we can't do this again in the future. I told her we weren't late because my reservation was at 9. She said it shows 8:30 and I told her that I spoke with someone today and they advised that they changed it and we were good to go. Her exact words were" Well I don't know who you talked to but it says 8:30 here so next time make sure to give 15 minute notice if you're going to be late" I thought it was rude and unprofessional. Once we got there she was quite rude as well when it came to our party getting seated. All in all the food was great and the service upstairs was outstanding, but the hostess was terrible. Especially since she's the first person that people interact with when entering the restaurant she should be more cautious when interacting with customers.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Business Meals, Fun
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great food as always. Just tried the spicy chicken fried rice and it is the best. That's my go-to food item from now on.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

Love it as always!!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always great!!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 10, 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 9, 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 7, 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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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 6, 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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 (Salt Lake City)·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 5, 2018

Good food and always a good time

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 2, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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