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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food5service2ambience3

For starters the parking is HORRENDOUS. We circled around the parking lot for about 20 minutes until a spot opened up. Once we got inside, we waited about 45 minutes for a table that I had set reservations for and ended up getting out of there later than expected. This put a strain on my group because we had young children with us.

While waiting for my table, I ordered a martini at the bar area and received it inside a glass that had a crack running down the entire side. When I brought it up to the staff's attention they just remade my drink (unapologetically) and I feel like this should've at least been comped.

Our chef was very nice but we were underwhelmed by his abilities to entertain. He was pretty much just cooking the food in front of us and that was it. He didn't seem at all confident in what he was doing, nor did he perform any tricks.

I did let the restaurant know I was there for my birthday and never even received the Benihana birthday song, though I heard many tables around me getting one.

The entire experience was just not what I had hoped for and I am very disappointed, especially for the amount of money that we spent. I don't think I'll ever step foot inside of a Benihana restaurant again.

ER
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Chef was great! He was very entertaining. Absolutely loved it

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and the chef was amazing. The salmon was great.

DG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was good but my steak was over cooked. Looked like the chef was tryin to rush. Overall it was good.

AP
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good energy, great time. Food, as usual, was fantastic.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebration

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and fantastic service from our habachi chef Hector

Benihana - San Diego
Responded a day ago

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

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MR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Honestly, I haven't been to a Benihana for over 8 years and a lot has changed. Price to start with is ridiculously high considering the quality of the food. The Chef's used to be true Japanese and the performance were funny and entertaining, now they are so so and not worth it.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 2 days ago

Marina, on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to spend a birthday meal with family. The setting was family style and the food was yummy. The dipping sauces, both ginger and mustard, really bring an extra flavor to the meal. We were entertained by our chef, Nico, who kept us laughing with his cooking antics. I also recommend the tasty sangria with Prosecco- makes for a flavorful light drink.

I’d gladly go back..,

Benihana - San Diego
Responded a day ago

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

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LF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

La chef que nos sirvio, solo fue a eso a cocinar, no fue atenta ni agradable a la hora de hacer la presentacion de los platillos, como es una caracteristica de los chef, solo hizo el corazon y el tren con la cebolla, y eso porque yo hice la observacion. Se que habla español porque entendió todo lo que yo dije.
No hizo nuestra cena agradable como lo que se espera de Benihana,

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r
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very difficult to explain, but very easy to enjoy!

NC
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We brought our own cake and Connor lead us in Happy Birthday but unlike other birthday celebrations we have had there that was it ! No photo op or green tea ice cream was offered😔

Benihana - San Diego
Responded a day ago

Nancy, Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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s
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is perfect for a date or celebrating an occasion Never fails

Benihana - San Diego
Responded a day ago

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

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife’s birthday we all had a great time. Server was pretty attentive to our needs. The cook could have been more interactive, but I don’t know if he was just trying to let us have our time together.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded a day ago

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

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OT
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow did not know it could get any better and it did food was fantastic our chef was absolutely the best we were so entertained and enjoyed every moment of the evening Italio May you get chef of the year with Benihana

Benihana - San Diego
Responded a day ago

We appreciate you dining with Benihana, thank you for the kind words!

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MW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The tuna was very good and not over cooked. The other food was fine, decent but not exceptional.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded a day ago

Melissa, Thank you for leaving us positive feedback, come back soon!

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RF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hector the chef was wonderful. Food was great and made us all laugh.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 2 days ago

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and staff. The food was excellent.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 2 days ago

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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HM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, the food was tasty and fast service

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

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

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for leaving us positive feedback, come back soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great! Chef was funny, server was there when you needed assumptive about refills and service. Little loud but that’s why you expect in this place

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

Thank you for leaving us positive feedback, come back soon!

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K
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience in Benihana its a great show for the whole family! The waitress was great and the "chef" was spectacular. We enjoyed our time very much. A lot of food, takes a little time you have to bw ready for it.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

Ktana, 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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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pedro the chef was very very good!!!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

We appreciate you dining with Benihana, thank you for the kind words!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef was fun!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

Thank you for leaving us positive feedback, come back soon!

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TM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good and service was great. Very attentive waiters. Hibachi style food is good my husband and his friend both ordered filet mignon which I think is a great value dish. I had surf which is a mixed seafood. My only concern is the garlic butter quantity they put to make food taste good. I hope Benihana will use a more healthy alternative. Second the soy sauce used is too much. The zucchini was inedible because of the soy sauce. For veggies just a touch of salt is sufficient.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Beware: Chicken fried rice costs extra!!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 3, 2019

With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us.

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RE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and service! Love this place to spend time with my family

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

Rosario, 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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FC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cooner ( the cook) made the experience a great one.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

Florencia, We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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RC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food cooked over very high heat, causing shrimp to be very dry. My wife’s steak was over done and not medium rare mine was just a little over done with no red for medium rare. The chicken rice was so wet that I couldn’t eat with chop sticks which is a shame, since it was an extra charge. The veggies were burnt on one one side and of course served it burnt side down.
With just a little care over medium heat and a cover for the shrimp, it would have been done without being dry. The same goes for the meat being over cooked because of the heat being to hot. So much liquid was poured on the without letting the rice liquid evaporate.

J
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Thanksgiving but we were celebrating my daughter’s 18th Birthday! David the Chef was outstanding! Professional and personable with a great sense of humor! The meal was cooked and seasoned to perfectIon! Great job! We love eating here! The server was great as well, she was very attentive and we never needed to ask for anything she was great!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

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

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N
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This time around Benihana was tasty, however at the time of reservation of 3:15 PM, the table chef did not appear at the table for one hour. We were very hungry and we had to wait for them to fill the table. This was also a rainy day, so perhaps there was a delay at filling the table, but I don’t understand why the table chef took one hour to show up. Other than that an overall good experience.The table shelf was entertaining and very good at what he did, however he was also forgetful and had to rely on the seever to retrieve items he forgot to load on his cart.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

Kenai, we're sorry to hear this. Your feedback will be shared with our team for improvements. Arigato.

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C
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love celebrating our family birthday here. Its always fun and yummy!!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

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

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b
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday at Benihana’s. It was a great experience with Santiago as our chef. The good and drinks were excellen!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

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

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MF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time. Waitress was good but slow to bring us drinks.

Our chef was excellent. Our daughter has a wheat allergy and he did a great job making her food first for her. (They use to bring it from the kitchen leaving her feel left out)

The entertainment by the chef was as good as it gets. He was great, witty and made the show great.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

Mike, 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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D
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Benihana and this was no exception... really great food and Mars put on a great show... thanks!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

Dave, We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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CC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday with Benihana and had a great time!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on December 5, 2019

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

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GP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

My wife and I were seated with a group of 6 limited English speakers. I felt bad for our chef, Ray, because these people had all kinds of demands. One was a vegan who wanted tofu but he couldn't satisfy her with the sauce she needed because she didn't like the tofu. When he started with the rice, one didn't want salt, another didn't want salt and pepper, and one of them didn't want the eggs. He had to start completely over with the rice so my wife and I got a double helping of rice. He had to send a server or busboy to get something he needed to try and satisfy these people. He was so focused on trying to satisfy their needs, that there was really no performance while he was cooking. Our food turned out great but my wife and I think that he was so through dealing with these people that he couldn't wait to leave our table. We saw him at another table later and he was doing the egg roll and other things that we didn't see. We just saw the onion volcano fire. Drink service with our 1st server was also very slow. We had been seated for over 10 minutes and no one came to welcome us or take drink orders. I had to ask a server from another table if we even had a server. When she went on break, we had an awesome server, but Lorelei ended up coming back after her break.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on November 27, 2019

Gary, thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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BS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From entering Benihana, to leaving Benihana everything and everyone was just amazing.

MB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Our chef didn't do much to entertain us and sped thru everything very fast

ES
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service. Enjoyed the delicious Japanese food. Keep up the good work. We are going to keep coming back. One more thing I would like for Benihana to improve is to have more time room on their bonus gift card. I lost my $10 bonus gift card
after purchasing a $50 gift card. Thank you.

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