Benihana - San Diego

4.5
3128 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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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We waited nearly an hour for a table despite having a reservation

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

Great dinning experience with the family . Enjoyed the show the chef did for us at the table.

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AL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

They took care of other tables faster than us . Even that we where punctual and in first place. But overall good. Food excellent like always

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Spiders were crawling on us while we ate

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K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only thing I was disappointed in was that we didn’t get the warm wash cloths you used to hand out. Our chef was super friendly and not overall aggressive like some of the chefs , and the server was very seeet.

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

Everything was fantastic, the only downside was the waitress. She was very blunt and seemed like she had a better place to be than work. The chef was phenomenal.

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

First time back in almost 12 years and it was worth it. I very much enjoyed the food and show.

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

The chef 👨‍🍳 was amazing and the food was awesome. The server was very attentive.

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NV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Our chef messed up two of five of my guest orders and we waited at the table for 20 minutes before they got any food going or out

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GT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with friends to celebrate my husbands birthday and everything was awesome! Service, food, chef, ambiance was the best as always!

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

Pedro are chef was great I will definitely request him next time!!!

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B
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, The chef (Hector) was excellent ❤️❗

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally worth it (if you are cool with noisy environments)

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again great experience. Had a great time and will be back again soon.

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EK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I was not able to use my $30 credit for my birthday dilute of having the print out

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VR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best cook ever! He was fast, pleasant, efficient and courteous. Great time.

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b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I will continue to recommend Benihana because it’s a fun experience. However, this visit was awful from the chef to the server and overall experience. My party felt rushed out and felt forced to finish their meal at home because the server kept asking to box their food. The chef didn’t seem to care for our table and rushed to go to another table that we assumed were friends of his since he greeted them with a warm welcome while he was cooking our meal. We left so disappointed. Our previous visit was top notch and this one left a very bad taste in our mouth.

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S
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in San Diego, I am amazed every single time. Will return.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Everything was great except the waiter. He was pretty bad, very slow, never offered anything

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SE
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like dining at Benihana and especially enjoyed our cook this time. Tyler was great. The waiter, not sure of his name, did get a little confused about what dinners came with desserts and we didn’t get ice cream for two people but we are ok and enjoyed the meal all the same.

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

The food at this location is so much better than any other I’ve been to.

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LE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun family time and great food, great and funny chef !!!!!

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

Ray made are day he was awesome very funny loved it

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall, Chef David was so funny and the way he performed was top notch. Amazing food + tons of laughs. Will come back.

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RE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

I've been a patron for well over 30 years. We have celebrated many family occasions here. I took a couple of years off, because the food seemed not to be the same anymore. I was happy that the food was just like I remember in Benihanas glory days. The restaurant looks old, wobbly chairs and the walls dirty and scratched up. Hosts, servers and chefs were all very nice, but their uniforms looked sloppy and noticed also the manager looked sloppy. Even if the prices went up and quality of food reflects it, I would like to see the old dinnerware, decor come back. I miss that, doesn't feel as special as before. People used to dress up for Benihana and it was a very special treat to visit. Feels like a Chilis now 🙁

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I took some friends out who had never been to Benihana’s and our chef was awesome! Entertaining, caring and skillful, Kyle made our visit a memorable one! Such great care and delicious food! Definitely recommend!

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, enjoyed our chef. Lots of food selection. Make sure you make advanced reservation, long wait if you don't.

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

Great food and amazing chef service with cool restaurant atmosphere.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Rude chef was making rude remakrd and insulting the table. Left to talk to friend while cooking our food. Undercooked chicken and seafood

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ML
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We know what Benihana is and don’t expect four star food and service. Have been to Benihana with the kids on several occasions. This experience was sub-par. Server was not very attentive. Our chef, Hector, was not as entertaining as most—-and, sadly, when he discovered that our kids spoke Spanish, he launched into full on conversations in Spanish——completely excluding the other party at our table who spoke no Spanish. It was very awkward. We kept replying to him in English, but I think he thought he was being nice to us. Our group was all native English speakers, but bilingual, binational. So the kids were speaking Spanish.

Food was ok.

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LO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best time was had by all 20 of us! Server was a hoot! Everyone, from the hostess on up, made it all happen, quickly, easily and totally enjoyable! We will all be back!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food ever and even qith a funny chef. Very fun. Good for family

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DU
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was noisy. But food was great and it’s always a great experience.

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m
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great. love the server/chef. i forgot server name but she was incredible. Ray was chef and had quick answers and engaged . coming back. this is not just a dinner. it is an event.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our chef was kind of lack luster. He seemed preoccupied and was not really that enthusiastic on our visit! Our food was delicious! I stopped at bar prior to being seated and the service was excellent! The staff was helpful , energetic and friendly!

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D
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an awesome experience. Our chief was Ricardo. He was the best. Great sense of humor and great skills cooking. A++. Will be back soon

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CH
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere is a little noisy but overall everything is amazing, the food, service, everything.

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

5 of us on the table. Lady host seems like
She’s having a bad day. Both of us men used the restroom and as soon as I came out she was staring at me like “ hurry up and let’s go kind of Attitude”.
Not smiling and was actually rude and pushy. Talk about a first impression. Server was
Okay. Didn’t get red table napkins but our entire group relies on one white disposable napkin. Hot tea wasn’t even offered nor given. We (3) were there for my post birthday dinner using our $30 voucher at 3pm.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

The hostess was terrible

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef was very friendly. Wait staff a little slow but friendly as well.

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