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Benihana - San Diego, CA, San Diego, CA

Benihana - San Diego, CA

4.1
4.1
6829 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Welcome to Benihana, 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 128 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 298-4666
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    Spice up your next gathering with Benihana catering! Our perfectly portioned hibachi entrees, sides, and sushi platters are guaranteed to wow your guests. Place your order at least 3 hours in advance and indulge in a full flavor experience. https://www.benihana.com/catering/
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for the perfect venue for your next event? Look no further! Come and enjoy a private room at Benihana. Book now and make lasting memories!
  • 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, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

What 6,829 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Japanese

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

6,829 Reviews
  1. SherronJ

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My date night with my fiance was ruined. Extremely slow service and the server who stood in for our server when she went on break was horrible!!!! She made some very unpleasant comments to my fiance. Along with the long wait of our reservation being at 7:45pm and still no chef available at 9:15pm. Is just beyond me I’ve been to Benihana plenty of times and never once has my experience been so horrible.

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  2. JessicaV

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a fun experience and super cool to celebrate a birthday 🎂

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I love Benihana and the cook was amazing. I did not like that the management did not come visit my table after the server completely spilled my whole lemonade on my lap and had said they wouldn’t charge for the drink and I see it on my receipt. My lap was soaked the whole visit and was completely uncomfortable the whole time. I would appreciate a full refund for my terrible experience.

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  4. MissBlossom

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kevin was our chef and he was awesome! Every single part of the experience was great. Thank you!

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  5. MEH100

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and a fun time had by all. Always entertaining.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service & outstanding food.? Chef Cal was outstanding,

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  7. MariahZ

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I have been to this Benihana 2 times in the past few months and both times I was seriously disappointed with the servers. Miles was our server last night and did not come to our table with a smile or any kind of welcoming attitude just very irritated and dismissive. He did his job with a very negative attitude. Any questions were met with a quick and dismissive response. My mom was asking which steak was more tender and he told her they were all tender but they get yummier as you go up in the kind of steak. So she went with the New York strip which she was disappointed with because it wasn’t tender and we would have ordered the fillet strait out the gate if we had been advised that way. As she complained about the steak he just dismissed her as if she should have known what she was getting. When the chef said to exchange her steak for a fillet he did reluctantly and then grabbed her plate from in front of my mom with our asking and removed the New York strip from her plate and put it in a to go box and handed it to me and put the plate back in front of my mom without another word. My mom felt extremely embarrassed and disrespected by this action. Chef Dane was very kind and went above and beyond to make us feel important and valued but miles really ruined our dining experience. That was the first restaurant my mom had been out to dinner at in 5 years and to have such a disappointing experience was extremely disheartening. I understand that your restraint is very busy and my small and insignificant comment may not have much influence but after have two experiences in a matter of months with your service staff I had to share. We will not be back again, I had been hopefully with my second visit that it would have been a better experience but I was so disappointed my mom was treated that way. I did not say anything the first time, everyone can have a bad day but after two visits it seems that there is a pattern here, and it needs to be brought to someone attention.

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  8. MarieH

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The waiter never asked if we wanted any more drinks, we didn’t get our salad & soup bowls removed till the chef was done cooking. The one little scoop of ice cream was disappointing. We upgraded our steak & it was chewy & fatty. We have been coming here for many years. To say the least we were not pleased.

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  9. RobertC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, nice staff and clean restaurant. Overall an awesome place to go

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  10. LeeV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fun time at Benihana. We've got a 10 year old birthday tradition there now. Glad they're helping keep it alive!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I had an 8pm reservation on a school night with my 2 teenage daughters. We were sat at 8.30pm, our chef came to the table at 9.40pm, finishing at 11pm. 3 hours was way to long to be sat in this fun but noisy restaurant.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This specific location had terrible management, our reservation was at 7 and we were not seated until 8 and then we sat waiting for service and a chef until 9pm and did not get to enjoy our food until 10pm. The service and accommodation was terrible, I have never had to wait 3 hours to eat my food.

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  13. Valentina

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I was very disappointed with my recent visit to Benihana yesterday. It was a celebration for my boyfriend’s birthday as well as mine (we are 2 days apart). We were not treated special in the slightest, and if anything, it was the opposite of special. Service was reall slow. We were there for 3 hours! The waiter refilled everyone’s waters except mine, and did not come to check on us the entire time while the chef was cooking…just to refill waters once and excluded me. Additionally, the chef was nice but unfair and probably distracted. There was a vegetarian and he was vegetarian so they spent majority of the time talking about that and to each other. I don’t have issues with vegetarians but there were people in their group/family who did not order anything from the chef, yet the chef constantly gave them food before my boyfriend and i even received anything! How’s that fair? My boyfriend and i each got 2 chicken fried rice and he gave one of them an extra while shortening our portions by a bunch! Things were cooked in a completely different and slow manner in a way where everything came separate and kept getting cold. The onions came so so late and same with the mushrooms, and i did not get to enjoy them with my filet mignon. Also, my chicken fried rice had like 4 pieces of chicken and NO VEGGIES! Additionally, the waiter took soooo long for bringing the bill as well as bringing the ice cream. Definitely not an efficient guy, especially when comparing him to the lady waitress for the table next to us! Very terrible experience.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lino was great, so was the wait staff. Everything was great food wise!

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  15. Mitch

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    With a reservation we still waited 30 minutes and then we waited another 45 for a chef to come cook our meal. Very poorly run

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  16. NestorD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great from beginning to end we had a reservation everyone was great starting from host to waiter and chef food was delicious drinks great

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  17. MichelleW

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The hostess and server provided excellent service. The chef on the other hand provided one of the most horrible experiences I have ever had at a restaurant. Normally Benihana’s is a great place to eat. This time was a nightmare. The chef had a poor attitude, didn’t prepare the food properly, made disrespectful comments to customers, and left an overall bad taste in our mouths. He made comments to different individuals at the table such as “oh I forgot to get diapers”, “how long have you guys been together”, “I want you to have a minimum of three babies”, and “everyone is on their phones no one talks anymore”. That is inappropriate. I ordered a five course meal w/no meat and extra vegetables. Somehow I ended up with 1/3 of my plate filled with shrimp. The manager took 50% off our bill.

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  18. Tamia

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a reservation and waited 2 hours for the chef to come out.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Benihana never fails to make some of the best food I have had, always ask for extra garlic butter! Our chef was very funny and made the night awesome. My gf and I each had cocktails that tasted great and complimented our food. Overall I enjoyed Benihana and will be back soon!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ray our Chef for the evening executed an outstanding job in the preparation of our dinner.

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  21. TessaB

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall experience was good but we had to wait over an hour for our chef to come, we our young children with us and that made it a more stressful experience. Our server was wonderful though.

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  22. SeniorBob

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great the service was great. My appetizer came in a bit late. Cal was the best. We been to Bennihanas many times and Cal is the best by far! We had a great time plus our tablemates were nice as well

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  23. JohnathanR

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Slow and substandard service. Extremely overpriced food for its poor quality. We waited 1.5 hours from our reservation time before our chef began to prepare the food. What I considered part of the ridiculously overpriced meal was considered an upgrade (fried rice).

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  24. DebbieH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Benihana provides a different experience. I like meeting other people who share the table with us. The chef is very professional and jokes with you while the chef is cooking everyone's food in front of you. The food is excellent and always cooked to our liking. Kids would enjoy the experience as well but it does get noisy in there so I would recommend earphones.

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  25. JAVI

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    It took us 3 hours from the time of our reservation until we left. Everything was very slow. We ven had problems with our gift cards and the manager Tally not being helpful and with no "customer service". She only made an effort at the end and made us feel like she was doing us a favor. Not even a "I am sorry for the problems" of our computer system or whatever was causing the situation for not reading our giftcards.

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  26. SaraC

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly, the night was really nice. We went for our Valentines Day date since we had a leftover gift card from Christmas. Was able to be seated quickly, ate pretty quickly and wasn't too loud. We had a good time. Since we had a gift card, we splurged a little more than we should have to use it up. However, we were told at the end of the meal when checks were being given that they are not taking gift cards. The waitress was very nice about it, but I was pretty bummed because I felt like this was something that needed to be dealt with before we decided what we ordered because we would have ordered totally differently.

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  27. JenniferB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I really love Benihana, but it was a rather disappointing experience. We had to wait 1.5 hours for a chef. Also the place looks a bit run down and outdated, not elegant and luxurious as it once was. Bathrooms are not very clean or well kept. The door was hard to open. There is no dress code enforced as I saw several people dressed like they just left the gym. The waitress, though super nice and attentive, did mix up our credit cards and that was a bit frustrating. The Benihana experience is very much stale, including the lack of Japanese chefs and a joke routine that is the same for all chefs for the last 20 years. The food is delicious and it is a concept worth reinventing and refreshing for the modern generations.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our cook confused the orders and served everyone the wrong order..... Very disappointing, unexpected on a place like BENIHANA

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu is quiet. Varied. Many choices. We were seated without a long wait. The receptionist was extremely pleasant and attentive. Our waiter was very professional and knowledgeable about the menu. Our Chef was also very professional, friendly, entertaining and strived to please to make our evening enjoyable. Overall a wonderful experience.

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  30. anniedutchgirl1950

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We eat at Benihanas when we have our birthday certificates. Last night Trevor was our chef and the food tasted better than usual. He was also more low key on the chef antics which we liked. Everything was delicious. The server was also attentive.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service was great. But don’t go on a holiday if you’re expecting an intimate romantic dinner. The restaurant was packed like sardines. We’ll have to try again in a weekday when it’s less crowded and obnoxious.

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  32. DianaP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my fiancé here for Valentines Day, he had never been before, and the experience was excellent! Even the long wait didn’t matter because we enjoyed sitting at the bar for a drink while our table got ready.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I know it’s valentine’s day and it gets busy, but we made a reservation showed up about 10 minutes before and got seated 30 mins after our reservation time and then sat down for a whole hour waiting for a chef and then the waitress said that our table, which was full, would be next. another 30 minutes later a table that was full and was sat after ours and now had only two people sitting there because everyone left got a chef first? so a whole hour of sitting no chef and another 30 mins goes by and it’s past close at this point we finally get a chef and you can’t hear him at all and he’s just rushing which is fine because at that point we were over it, but like it just sucked and we were tired at this point and wanted to leave. Idk how if we made a reservation at 10pm came early to check in and still had to sit down from 10:30-11:40pm and didn’t leave till 12:10pm ? crazy never doing that again.

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  34. Toffer

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Wait staff wasn’t very friendly seemed more concerned with closing than customers. Got there at 9:15 didn’t get a chef to start cooking until around 10:30, had to ask for first and only refill of the entire evening since our waitress just disappeared at the end my bill was wrong and we were never offered ice cream :( we didn’t end up leaving until close to midnight and the portion sizes seemed way smaller I’m not sure if since it took forever to get food I was much more hungrier but normally I always have a good amount of leftovers to take home but this time there was nothing to take back

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  35. ValentineSurprisesSd

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, Great night!!! Hostess seemed irritated but persevered nonetheless. Noise level from other patrons was well above normal. Everything after that was excellent.

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  36. MonicaU

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our chef was Ricky and he was wonderful and hilarious!

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  37. Angelk

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    It was overall an okay experience, our reservation was at 6:00 and we didn’t get sat until about 6:30. I was told that if we were 15 minutes late it would be cancelled, but they sat us 30 minutes after the time our reservation was even made so that was a bit annoying because what is the point of a reservation if that’s going to happen. I do understand it was Valentine’s Day though so I’m sure that had something to do with it. Over all the food was very good and pricing is decent for what you’re getting, for two of us we payed $100 including tip, and it’s a lot of food. The service was a bit unsatisfactory but again it was Valentine’s Day so.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The food is typically good but the service has continued to deteriorate over the past few years. Constant issues with billing (check your receipts!), getting refills and orders correctly, and overall pleasant demeanors of the wait staff. Such a shame.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great It was his first time and not our last

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  40. VADA

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A little too smokey and cold. Chef did not have correct order.

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You can order delivery directly from Benihana - San Diego, CA using the Order Online button. Benihana - San Diego, CA also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Benihana - San Diego, CA is rated 4.1 stars by 6829 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 128 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • 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, Private Room, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 298-4666
  • Catering
    Spice up your next gathering with Benihana catering! Our perfectly portioned hibachi entrees, sides, and sushi platters are guaranteed to wow your guests. Place your order at least 3 hours in advance and indulge in a full flavor experience. https://www.benihana.com/catering/
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for the perfect venue for your next event? Look no further! Come and enjoy a private room at Benihana. Book now and make lasting memories!
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