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Benihana - San Diego, CA, San Diego, CA

Benihana - San Diego, CA

3.7
3.7
5406 Reviews
$30 and under
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. Benihana is near Mission Bay, SeaWorld, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.

On-site valet parking is avaliable for $8.00 per vehicle.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 144 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 298-4666

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Valley

  • Cross street

    8 FWY and 163 FWY

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

What 5,406 people are saying

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3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    We waited approximately an hour from the time we were seated at the table for our chef to arrive. Our orders were taken, I received the incorrect appetizer, and we were given our salad and soup…then we waited by the heated hibachi. Once our chef arrived, our food was over cooked and under seasoned. When our ice cream arrived, it was close to a child sized scoop. The chef at the table next to ours was yelling at the top of his lungs…this location just keeps deteriorating.
  2. MS

    MarkS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server and chef was outstanding. The chef jokes were total improve and great.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Tyler, our waiter, and Kevin, our chef, we’re both excellent! Tyler was very attentive to our needs. Kevin was extremely personable, and was a joy to talk to. His show was also exemplary. However, after being seated and taking our order we were informed by Tyler that it would be an hour before our chef would be at our table. The manager should have come by personally and informed us of the delay, as well as providing a reason for the delay.
  4. DB

    DanielleB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our chef was awesome and kept us smiling and laughing. Food was delicious! Wish it was known each meal didn’t come with rice and it was additional bc we had a ton left over.
  5. AR

    AnthonyR

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I wouldn’t go here the service was horrible hour and half for server to come to our table got our order wrong and horrible at every thing
  6. SD

    SDmom

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    It must have been an off day at Benihanas. Our reservation was at 2:45, got seated at 3:00, drinks at 3:30, the table next to us had a screaming baby, the waiter was a bit slow and could have brought our salad and soup sooner, we were entertained by the chef on the other table, but we were starving and hoping for food to fall on the floor. our chef didn’t come till after 4:00pm. The chef was nice, and the food was good. He did seem a bit off kilter. He did forget the spicy sauce for my rice. I asked him for more ginger sauce and he forgot. We didn’t leave till after 5pm. It was the longest Benihana dinner ever! But my family was happy and the food was good. So, since the price was $250, I guess it was worth it for 3 hours long! Ha! Oh and we did have two empty seats, I think that is why the long delay, waiting for someone else to come?
  7. JW

    JamesW

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As we’ve come to expect, an overall very good experience. The food was very good, though prices have gone up to the point where it feels a little overpriced. Ray, our chef, was excellent and entertaining.
  8. T

    Teresa

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Reservation was at 8pm and cook started making food at 9:20pm, no notification from restaurant of being short staffed they just kept on saying the cook will be here soon, no apologies or advanced notice in case one decides to leave and not wait that long, cook gave my party of two the wrong portion of meat and the other party forgot to serve one out of the three proteins from the plate selected. Once we were done eating the cook cake back and prepared another portion of my party’s meat saying they gave us the wrong portion again no apologies or anything like that
  9. SS

    SteveS

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    It was my anniversary and I’ve never had such a bad experience at benihanas. Reservations at 4:30 and the chef didn’t show up till 5:50. The chef didn’t do anything entertaining and just talked to one person at the table. Also , We were shorted rice and shrimp. Which they ended up getting more. The chef cooked one thing at a time which by the time I got my steak, It was an hour later. I barely touched my food because I wanted to eat everything together. On another note , he over cooked my steak and my wife’s salmon. So 2 and a half hours later we ask for the check. Literally waited another 30 min for them to come bring us boxes and the check. 3 hours later … we finally leave with a full take out box and disappointed in our dinner.
  10. J

    Jess

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Its an experience like no other. Service is good. Food is great. Chef was very entertaining. I would highly recommend this place to friends & family.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fan favorite. Our extended family makes this a night out when we come for our beach week!
  12. E

    Edgar

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Made a reservation at 830pm didn't eat till 10 30 pm What's the point of making a reservation if we are not gonna be attending until 2 hours later. And why did the chef take from our chicken fried rice and put it in a container and took it with him ? Server never came back to offer water or anything either . There was no apology over the 2 hour wait . I come here often and even the food did not feel portioned properly
  13. DS

    DebbieS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthdays. Jesse was the best! Haven’t had much of a fun experience there lately until this visit. Jesse made it so fun!
  14. CP

    ChastityP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Rating wasn’t great due to the fact that we had to sit for an hour before our chef came out. Took forever to get out appetizers as well.
  15. M

    Momocita

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love going to Benihana on my birthday. Good food and exceptional service.
  16. m

    maggiek

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nicole was awesome!!!!
  17. DH

    DianaH

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Chef was so good, cooked everything perfectly and put on a great show!
  18. DS

    DarrenS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    It took 20 minutes to be seated. Then another hour for a chef to come to our table. This was with a reservation that we were on time for! The restaurant is LOUD. The tables are close together. So good luck having your own conversation. You can’t even hear the person next to you. Also. Be prepared to be at the restaurant for a long time. It’s an experience. Not a quick bite. We also hated the clanging of the flare cooking. Don’t expect it to be like eating in Japan. The chefs don’t clang like this. They are all about respect for their tools. We lived in Japan for a long time and was expecting it to be somewhat similar. This was definitely an American take.
  19. JM

    JohnM

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    I've been a regular here for years and this was the worst experience yet. First I ordered a Mai Tai as soon as I was seated. 20 minutes later it finally showed up, well after our soups did. The dark rum float on the top was clearly not there so i asked to see a manager. Another 20 minutes later he showed up, brought me another drink and explained they were out of dark rum. Then our orders got messed up with my wife getting lobster instead of shrimp. Fortunately we were able to keep the lobster. The chef was moving at the speed of sound until in the middle of the fried rice preparation, he discovered that there was no rice on his tray and had to leave and run to the kitchen to get some. It was just chaotic start to finish. Oh, and my wife and I have a great collection of pictures from our Benihana outings and I guess they don't do that anymore either. It just seems like they want to get you in and out as fast as possible, even though it was nearly an hour before our chef showed up.
  20. MD

    MichelleD

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I made reservations with my family to celebrate my daughters 18th Birthday it took 30 minutes after arrival to be seated our server took 20 minutes to come and take drink orders. Our chef came out Afterwards just to let us know they were short on staff. From beginning to end we were there for over 3 hours. Its safe to say it was an unpleasant visit.
  21. B

    Bere

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    The chef was amazing. He made sure we had a great experience and show. He really took the time to entertain the table and cooked the food with pride. Unfortunately the server was not good at all. She had a bad attitude, we had to ask her constantly to clear our empty glasses and beer bottles. We asked her for sriracha sauce and she replied we don't have any and literally walked away. When we asked the chef he said it has been discontinued however we are now making our own would you like to try it? That it the servers job as well to accommodate our requests if possible. She seemed to be annoyed when she was asked to do anything extra. She would either turn her head or walk away mid sentence. I had to track her down to pay our bill.. i have noticed that the service at Benihana is declining and each time I visit i am leaving less and less happy and that is very unfortunate since i have been eating there for over 25 years.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, fun atmosphere and delicious food.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server and chef were amazing! And as always the food was excellent.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience2
    Upon arrival for our scheduled reservation we were told that we would be receiving a chef for an hour and a half after we were seated. Food wise everything was great as usual, however by the time our chef came around. We weren’t even hungry anymore. Unfortunate..
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Worst chef ever! Already sent this to the restaurant. Very condescending and went against our wishes
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Sadly, this location is very slow. Server disappeared for an hour. The dinner took 2 hours and 45 minutes, most of which was waiting for the server and the chef. Hopefully they can improve their communication and staffing issues.
  27. MT

    MarleneT

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    The service and food was outstanding, but the ambiance was less than desirable. The restaurant itself was very worn down and not very clean. for the money spent I expected more comfortability and cleanliness and space to eat with comfort. 8 people to one table was a bit much! I barely had room for my plate to sit on the table without touching the person next to me. I did enjoy the food and the show without a doubt.
  28. CM

    CristinaM

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Disappointed. Kids were not asked if they wanted ice cream, I had to ask for it and 2 birthdays at our table with no singing or acknowledgement. Very sad. This place used to be real fun
  29. DP

    DP28

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    The service was extremely slow. We waited over an hour for our chef to arrive. I recommend the Carlsbad location instead of this one.
  30. U

    Ulyssa

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For my first time here, it was definitely a great experience! I took my parents here to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday. Will definitely be coming back!
  31. j

    juang

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our server was the best the guy with curly hair he was realy nice
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I went for my sisters birthday and we had a reservation at 8 but didn’t get seated till 8:20. This was my only complaint because the food was really good and overall the experience was great.
  33. KC

    KimC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    This was our second visit in as many months. During this visit four individuals were overcome with smoke due to the faulty fan above our table. We mentioned this to Yuki, our server, however, she indicated there was nothing that could be done to help at that time. This needs to be addressed promptly. One of our party was a 92 year old asthmatic and I got very worried as she had an extended smoking fit. The chef moved his cooking to the other end of the table which then caused the other patrons to start coughing. Avoidable....don't use that table until the fan is fixed!
  34. M

    Mar13

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    The chef server was not much of the show was very blam
  35. e

    esthera

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    Food was delicious BUT chef/cook was VERY, VERY LATE (45 min) and he gave the impression as a very UNHAPPY person. Never smiled.
  36. CD

    ChristineD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place needs to be shut down. Way over priced and just really run down at all levels. First no one answers the telephone. No soap in the restrooms - main chef was far from impressive. Service was super poor with no one following up on drinks. We ended up spending over $200 for food that was no better than fast food. Super super disappointed. Will never ever return and would never recommend. Great location - needs a more worthy tenant. I feel bad for tourists that might think this is a taste of our beautiful city - far from it!! Would rate with zero stars across the board if I could.
  37. JB

    JulieB

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything just took a very long time. We were there from 4:45 to 7:15pm with a toddler. It took 15 minutes to be seated with a reservation. It took over an hour to have the chef start dinner. Overall just very very long. Everything else was great.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    We should have been called to let us know that even though we had a reservation that the chef would not be out till almost 1 1/2-2 hours later. Very inconvenient
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Restaurant felt like it was run by teenagers. Accidentally spilled something on grill and two waitresses rolled their eyes and started to talk about us in front of us. This would have been avoided had the waitress actually removed the pile of dirty plates away from the table. Asked waitress for a new plate and instead she dumped the contents of the plate onto her tray and handed back the same dirty plate. When asked for a new one walked away frustrated. Show is fun but waiters need training in basic etiquette
  40. YJ

    YJTHOU

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible service, we waited 45 mins to get the hibachi table then once we got the table the server said it was going to take another 2 hours to get a cook, crazy ridiculous!!! The location is dated and has a terrible smell when you enter... Dont go!!! save your $$$

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Benihana - San Diego, CA is rated 3.7 stars by 5406 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 144 times today

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Google Map for Benihana - San Diego, CA

477 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108

Additional information

  • Cross street

    8 FWY and 163 FWY

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Valley

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

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