Benihana - San Diego

4.6
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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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OT
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Benihanas is a nice restaurant tucked away in a little corner in Mission Valley. There was ample free parking on the Saturday afternoon when we visited.
The staff greeted us nicely when we arrived. We had made a reservation but could not be seated until our entire party was present.
Once our party arrived we were seated at a table with a large hibachi grill in the middle. Drink and food orders were taken and we were served our appetizers while we waited for the chef. We waited and waited and waited while all the other hibachi tables we sizzling and watched as other patrons foods were prepared. Then we waited more. Finally we were notified that our chef would be ready in 2 to 3 more minutes. We were a little disappointed at how long we had to wait especially since the restaurant wasn't that busy.
Our chef finally arrived and he was worth the wait. We've eaten at this location before and had a grumpy chef that seemed to not want to be there. This time our chef was Tyler and he was fantastic! He had a great personality, was very funny, and put on a very entertaining show for our table. He cooked and served our food to our liking, was very courteous, and generous. Thank you Chef Tyler for making our meal and our visit so enjoyable!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my husband’s birthday. It’s great for special occasions, the service was great and our Chef Felipe was very entertaining in addition to making our experience a memorable one.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Had made reservations and still waiting nearly an hour. Waitress forgot my sides. Chef was terrific though. Food was good.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The Chef was okay, but felt the surrounding tables were getting a little more out of their tables. Food was good but the chef forgot to do a plain rice for my date. She was okay with it, but would have been nice to have got what she ordered since steamed rice is easier than fried after all. But all in all the dining experience is decent.

KP
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy eating at Benihana! The food is excellent and the chefs always put on a great show. It’s a little pricey but worth it for a splurge once in a while! I come once a year on my birthday with a coupon!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a little show. Socializing with the entire table made it all the more enjoyable🤙🏽

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a family dinner.

CB
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrate Veterans Day

R
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy coming here. I have been to your competition restaurants and they can't compare to you.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out Chef Mars was amazing!! He kept us entertained and the food was spectacular!! I would definitely be returning to this location. Thank you so much !!!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our anniversary lunch! Prompt service and courteous staff. 10/10!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the people working there ! Very nice and helpful ! Really great food ! Great place

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for your feedback, we hope to see you back again soon!

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ME
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time with the chef and other guests.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

Michael, thank you so much for your feedback, we hope to see you back again soon!

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D
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our chef Isaac was outstanding. Probably the best chef we’ve had in all the years we’ve been coming. Not only full of personality but also very swift in the use of his utensils...more so than others.
Will request his table in the future

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

Denny, Your feedback is appreciated. We are pleased to hear we were able to create a great memory for you!

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HS
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always celebrate every special occasion at Benihana San Diego, that's how much we enjoy it. We were there for my 80th birthday and will be back later in November for both our son's and my wife's birthdays. We greatly appreciate the Benihana Chef's Table birthday gift coupons, but would go even if they weren't so kind.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

Howard, Thank you for celebrating your special occasion with the Benihana team!

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B
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good drinks friendly service and I have to type 50 characters so here they are

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

We are happy you enjoyed the Benihana experience! Come back soon!

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MJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience1

This was once one of my favorite dining experiences, and possibly in other places it still may be.

First the smell when you walked by restroom was horrible, bathroom is dirty and what ever cleaning solution used does don’t mix with the kitchens smell. It actually made me sick.

Then when you walk Throughout it’s a very dirty restaurant and the hibachi tables are so close it’s looks like a sweat shop instead of a fine dining experience.

Honestly the quality of foods has also decreased.

The only reason I’m giving any stars is because our chef and waitress worked very hard to overcome all of the other issues. They were excellent.

We came to celebrate my daughters birthday, and instead of a group we had 2 people one who badly sang ... give a shout out.

Overall I was very disappointed for a mean we spend a good deal of money on.

CJ
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the most awesome chef, Tyrone. He made the experience so enjoyable.
We love Benihana's and this was by far one of the best chef's I've seen.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

Colleen, We are happy you enjoyed the Benihana experience! Come back soon!

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SB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing first-time with Miguel he was hilarious put on a great show and his food was 10 out of 10 highly recommend Angel the server what's great

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

Simon, thank you so much for your feedback, we hope to see you back again soon!

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HB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the show never get old. We have been going every year for the last 15 years on our son's birthday and I expect we'll keep going for the foreseeable future!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience.

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RO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IT was my godson birthday and it was his first time coming here. He had a wonderful time.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

Rogelioc, Our goal is to create great guest memories. We are pleased to hear we were able to do so for you and your family.

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MG
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I have been on this location several times..... For some reason the waiting for the Chef was longer! *The Chef was performance was great! ......and then it seems it was a rush for us to leave the place.....I was eating my food....usually once the Chef is done with his cooking show....like 5 minutes later the server was asking if we needed boxes to go....I was still trying to enjoy my food.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

2 baby Birthday’s

CQ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Server Nicole took care of us with an awesome attitude!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

Checo, thank you so much for your feedback, we hope to see you back again soon!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent as well as the menu and drink selection. Always a good time atBenihana!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience.

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A
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service from the bartender and the chefs at the grills. Food was delicious. Only downside is too many children.

BG
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfec!!as always I’ve been to Benihana since they open my kids are addicted to the restaurant they love it and now my grandchildrens are going for it!!
So anyway we love it
The only thing I forgot my leftovers the whole steak I couldn’t eat but I forgot in the table ande when I came back no more gone!very disappointed!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was efficient and friendly. Chef was very personable and engaging. Food was terrific. I will definitely be back.

KF
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Server was lack luster, expressionless. food tasty.

NA
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun Birthday

LN
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great for special occasions. I enjoyed it as usual

CI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our overall experience was awesome, we did have to wait a little longer than I would have like for our cook to come to the table, however he was great and filled our night with laughter. I would definitely love to have Conner again.

OT
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience. Typical of a Benihana, would go again

CH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food, beautiful ambiance, would come again and would recommend to others :)

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

F
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I always love celebrating at Benihanas! We had a bit of a snafoo this time around. We ordered a double serving of chicken fried rice for our meal and upon plating the food, there was not enough. The cook went to get more supplies in order to make the extra order however, never put chicken in it. I did pay for chicken fried rice though. That was very disappointing. I feel like the flavors were not on point as they usually are when I visit. I do expect to get what I pay for however.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience5

This is second time i’ve dined at this location. Both times I ordered the Benihana trio. I order my steak medium and both times the chef has forgotten and over cooked my steak. Not only was my steak over cooked, the chef also put my food on someone else’s plate by mistake. He offered to get another filet mignon and prepare it for me. The second steak was still over cooked. To avoid my other food getting cold I just took the steak tried to enjoy it. I’m not sure that I will dine again.

EH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tried to use my Birthday Certificate... Unfortunately I printed out the version with NO BAR CODE. aaaaaa!!!
RATZZZZZZ

RT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had forgotten how much fun it is to eat at Benihana! The chefs really put on a show for us. Since we were just a party of 2 we were seated with another party of 2 and a party of 3. We enjoyed conversing with our other table mates which made the evening all that much more festive! What a great way to celebrate my birthday!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an enjoyable mean with family. The food was really good. My kids enjoyed the entertainment the cook performed for us.

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