Benihana - San Diego

4.5
3214 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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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and good food

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

Excellent food and service. Have been to Benihana in San Diego over 25 times and will keep going and take family and friends as well.

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EL
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great the steak was cooked to perfection. The service was constant ! Will recommend to family and friends.

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

I cannot remember our chef’s name but the children really enjoyed him. He was full of laughter and personality and he was very kind to my daughter’s special requests due to her sensitivity with eggs and dairy. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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

Great time! Hector was very funny, friendly and entertaining!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a wonderful time, like always. The food was delicious, our Benihana chef, David was great. He did many new tricks that I haven't seen before and continued to make us laugh and enjoy our meal.

We will definitely return.

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

Food was great as always, our waitress was great and very attentive. The only thing I have to complain is out chef, another table requested him as he was barely starting to cook for us and he super hurried up he didn't even gave us a show also when he was putting the food in out plate he was kind of just throwing it at us. So a little disappointed at that

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Our chef Hector was Excellent. He had many tricks up his sleeve. A little girl at our table spent the entire amazed.
Unfortunately, our waitress was inattentive. However, the busboy, sorry, I did not catch his name was helpful and had to substitute for the waitress, but some requests could only be handled by the waitress herself.

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

Get rid of all the valet parking to alllow more self parking.

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A
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was bland. It needed more seasoning. The server needed more training. We had to ask 3 times for lemon with the water. He never brought my friends beer. He didn’t apologize for forgetting the lemons. The place was dirty. They sat us at a table with little kids who were throwing stuff. If I am paying that much for a meal I don’t want to sit with someone else’s children that can’t behave. The food was not worth the value. I’ve been to Benihana multiple times and it has always been better. The Carlsbad location is way better. There’s no ventilation in the SD restaurant. I was choking on the smoke. Will likely never go back.

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TO
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I attended again to redeem my birthday certificate and took a friend who never had been. We started happy hour at the bar while waiting our reservation at 745p and our bartender was very kind and professional and service with a smile or joke. Also our server at dinner Angel was excellent very good attitude also smiles. Our chef Tyler was absolutely phenomenal and seemed very well received by all of us at the grill. He listened and was entertaining and professional and a wonder cook. He showed he listens to each customer. Great job definitely will request him again. If I recall correctly days off were Wed/Thursdays. Highly recommend. Thanks again for an awesome experience what a way to end my birthday month!

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F
San Diego
149 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated her birthday at Benihana and we both had a great time.

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B
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our celebration meal at Benihana was great. Service was excellent. Staff was pleasant and attentive. The food was delicious.

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W
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and had a very good Chef. Definitely recommend it for kids and birthdays.

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KM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time! I go back for my birthday every year!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for birthdays. Enjoyed my time with my family during my birthday for the last two birthdays. The Chef who cooked in front of us is amazing! Love the fried rice!

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T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service

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LW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner with my stepdaughter for her 19th birthday.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and environment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and good vibes

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w
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our chef David was amazing, such fun and engaging. We really enjoyed our visit. Thank you,

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GJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite being Spring Break for many people, we were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation time. We were celebrating my son's 20th birthday and it was wonderful. Both the chef and our server were very friendly and being sung to in Japanese with birthday ice cream was so fun.

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RZ
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our cook Tyrone was absolutely amazing! By far the best time my wife and I had coming here! We left very full and very happy! Thank you Tyrone for such a great night and dinner!

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DH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I went on 4/11/19 and it was the WORST experience i have ever had there.

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AV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

exelente lugar
la comida muy buena
el chef con mucho entusiasmo
voveremos a ir
el precio muy bueno en lunch

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RG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always! Our chef was very funny-David. The food delicious.

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very entertaining and fun, service is very good, minor problem with billing they charge separately for fried rice, even though I didn't specifically order it, but didn't want to make a big deal about it

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LN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef made our experience enjoyable, with his great personality and conversation....
Definitely celebrate next birthday there.

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

Delicious food!! Great ambiance! Would stop by again and again!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our chef was so funny and entertaining. It was a little bit difficult to get our waiter’s attention when we needed something but overall we enjoyed the dinner.

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d
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The chef was horrible. I've been here about 50 times and Chef Armando made the food. That's it. No entertaining like they normally do. Very disappointing

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SP
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our visit, had food and show. Overall visit was fantastic!

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DF
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son & I celebrated my birthday, 3rd year in a row, at Benihana in San Diego! It was an Amazing, Exceptional Experience. From our pre-dinner Happy Hour, right down to the birthday dessert, we were very happy campers!!
Food was very fresh and delicious. Our servers were great, attending to every need. Our Chef was outstanding as well! 5* experience all-around.
Thank you, Benihana, for making my birthday special!

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Y
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cook was amazing!!! Our waitress was top notch

Very happy

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining here

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MK
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Chef Tyler was outstanding, funny and created a very fun atmosphere! We will go back!

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TW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were there for a birthday. The chief was burned out and bored to tears. the rest was good. Food was good, and grilling kept the youngest in our group entertained. I have to say though $10 for an ASAHI was truly a let down and bordered on gouging. Bring your wallet no matter what you drink or eat . Most are going through the motions and what was once fun is now a chore for EVERYONE. Not returning anytime soon. SAD.

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

The waiter angel gave us the best service we ever had...

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

Best hibachi chef ever. Everyone was so nice. Food was amazing!

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PS
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful way to experience a birthday!! A very FUN EXPERIENCE @ the Tappan table. Just love the cook & his excellent skills that were quite entertaining!! A+++ evening had by all guests👍🥰

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