Benihana - San Diego

4.5
3042 reviews
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$30 and under
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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’s famous showman chefs are legendary in San Diego. The restaurant is located near hotel row off the 8 Freeway, exit Mission Center Drive. Visit our large sushi bar and lounge for Happy Hour each Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. with great specials starting at just $3.00. Benihana is near Mission Bay, SeaWorld, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Normally a really good place to go. This time we had very slow service. An inexperienced chef and forgetful chef and a hostess we did not really see. It seems the majority of the staff was too busy with the large group next to us. On my order alone. I’d say out of the 5-6 little tweaks one none of them were correct. Asked for things that never showed up. Food was under seasoned. I will be back but after going 30 plus times this is by far the worst it has ever been.

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BH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Shogun had a better value for the same quality of food and closer to my hotel

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l
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service was great, waitress very pleasant and asked a few times if there was anything we needed. Chef was very entertaining and food wonderful!

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JW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although our appointment was for 715pm on Valentine's day, we were seated around 645pm and has a great time.

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KA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our chest was magnificent, he was extraordinari, entertaining!

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AT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, it is very tasty and Hector was our chef and he is super funny loved it here at Benihana.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time celebrating Valentines Day here. We had a great chef, food was perfect! And we had a fun table.

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SN
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome! Great food and service

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

We love Benihana and it has become our valentines tradition! We were so disappointed with our chef this time though! He just seemed to be going through the motions and not really interacting with the guests or enjoying his job.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Benihana’s so we go at least a few times a year. Never disappoints! Chef Moy was exceptional—one of the best chefs we’ve ever had at Benihana! The food definitely tasted even better than usual, which is hard to imagine! And of course it is always a good time!!

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K
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

My party was willing to give our server the benefit of the doubt from a previous experience but her attitude and lack of attentiveness to her table is ridiculous. I eat at Benihana (mission valley) at least 3-4 times a month, but I will drive to Carlsbad to get better service.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fun but very noisy. Difficult to have a conversation.

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early Valentine's day date. Everything was perfect.

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my parents for lunch it was the first time for them and they just love everything about it !! Thank you very much for the wonderful experience

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1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good show and great food . Had a birthday party and it was fun all around. Plan on staying at least 2 hours .

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D
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We Love Benihana and come here often but I feel the cook was a little impatient and not the happiest but yet did a good job cooking

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CG
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time celebrating my daughter's birthday! Kyle was a fun chef! We will definitely be back!

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NW
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the venue, especially for special occasions but it’s a little pricey. But overall I’ll be back 👍

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to celebrate my husbands birthday, first time for both of us we enjoyed the food and entertainment we will definitely go back

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and great food.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time! Chef was very entertaining. Our table was a little crowded we had 9 people and it was a little tight .. But overall the food was great, the atmosphere was great & we had an enjoyable time.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything went well, the food was good. but not much served

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CM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating birthday ~ hot sake, Mai Tai appetizers & fabulous food

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RR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and the chef was great. Our favorite place to go.

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l
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Server & food were great.
Prices high for what you get. Very very noisy, hard to hear

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B
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benihana's is excellent for groups and special occasions. The service is great. The food tasty and prepared to your specifications.

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OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tyler was the most entertaining chef we’ve had!

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TG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Good service, great food. Atmosphere was expected as usual. Parking always stressful.

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TM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our chef mainly spoke Spanish the 3 of us do not speak Spanish , he didn't do all the normal tricks due to too busy conversing with the 4 people at the other end of the table. The portion of chicken was much less then normal in the chicken fried rice. Menu prices have gone up in recent years yet the portions seem to have gotten smaller. After being a customer for 2 decades, it's time to say good-bye.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

todo muy Rico

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1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, fun and fabulous!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our chef was animated in his performance. It’s been a hit and miss at times we have visited.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our evening great service fun watching food preparation

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KM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lived my birthday lunch! So much fun, will definitely return!

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CM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grandma/Grandson Time

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K
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

This was a good place years ago. It has been going downhill for awhile now. It is just not worth it to go there anymore. They do not have enough servers and the service is now very poor. I would suggest going somewhere else.

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G
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bring a good attitude and you’ll have a great time. Food is good, chefs are silly fun.

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1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My wife and daughter did not like their steak. It has a lot of fat and grizzle. Everything else was very good.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Reservation was for 7:15, when we arrived it was extremely busy. The staff seemed stressed out and it took us a while to get seated. When we did get seated it was a longer wait for the chef to arrive. We were at a table behind a broken table in the back so it seemed very removed from the rest of the restaurant. Our waitress was very attentive and even gave everyone ice cream in the end for waiting. However we still had to wait for our check and eventually go up to the front to have someone take care of it for us. Overall we spent 3 hours there. The food was great but the wait time wasn't.

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