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Benihana - San Diego, CA
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Had a reservation for 8:30 didn't get seated until 9pm because it was busy. Once seated we couldn't find a waiter to serve us drinks and that took around 15 minutes. We started eating around 10pm when it should be closing time. We got out of there by 11pm almost. The wait time and all the delays is why I give this overall place a 3. The food was great though can't complain.
I’t was the perfect evening to celebrate fathers day
Our chef was Jake and he was so funny, kept us laughing the whole time so much so that my four year old daughter never even asked for her tablet once... and that’s saying something!
The service was fast, we had a reservation at 6:15pm but we were able to sit about 15 min early which was great. Make sure you have a reservation if you want to sit at the area they cook in front of you.
Great experience overall especially for the price too.
Father’s Day dinner
Best experience ever
Great service and great food
We went on Father’s Day with reservations and were seated on time. What was annoying was that they required masks to walk in and to your table to then be seated with strangers at your table in a room full of people where nobody was wearing masks. We had to wait outside in the heat since we arrived early. It is their choice to keep those rules and we would have left if it wasn’t Father’s Day. Not sure why they decided to not change to the new 6/15 rules. The food was good, the Chef was awesome , dessert took 35 minutes to arrive.
Very good food before covid, not now at least this time, food very salty, usually it was a plenty ice cream, big spoon now is a very small portion
We celebrated Father’s Day here and it was nice to be out again. The restaurant is still following COVID-19 guidelines and it was fine, better safe than sorry.
The food was excellent as usual and our chef took extra precautions before cooking our dinner. Overall, great experience.
Convenient & good service. Very friendly. Left satisfied
It was our first time there. We were told to download the menu and then both the servers left. (Training I believe) We had a hard time downloading it then finally got it and wasn't sure which menu to look at. The servers came back a few times and we asked a few ?'s still not sure. When we did decide they told us we can only order dinner from the holiday menu. Why not tell us that in the first place or ask if it was our first time so they knew to help us more. We were thankful they asked to take a picture of us all at yhe end but most people's eyes were closed. The food was good but a bit pricey for what we got. The cook was fun and very accommodating. It wasn't the best first impression because the menu was confusing and we felt pressured because the other guests that were seated with us had to wait longer for us to order because we didn't have the right menu up. I'm sure it was because they were training someone new. But I really think the servers should ask if it's your first time so they can help you with the menu. Or at least let you know there's only a certain menu on the weekends. Overall it was a nice experience. The server did looked annoyed that we were having trouble finding the menu.
Benihana made my birthday fun. Alfredo was a wonderful cook and kept us entertained.
Delicious habatchi food with a fun presentation from the chefs
Nice Benihana experience for my daughter’s birthday.
got seated quickly, soups and salads were served fast and then they apologized for a time delay with the cooks and served us delicious rolls and tempura on the house. Overall great experience
Daniel our chef was amazing!!!! I loved him so much and want to request him for every visit now. Our server (I forget her name) was also very kind and courteous and came over often to check on us. It was a nice dinner experience and the service was super fast! We were seated within five minutes and we’re able to order our drinks + food within a timely manner. Would recommend! One note is that, you will be sitting by strangers if your party does not fill the whole table. So, no social distancing. Other then that, everything else was great!
Benihana's is our go-to restaurant for special occasions, and this was our 59th wedding anniversary. Staffing seemed a bit light and service abnormally slow, but the food was great as usual and the chef and wait staff were pleasant.
The food over peppered. Had to ask for water and refills multiple times. The dining area seemed dirty. Not the best Benihana experience. Will not be back
We had 1pm reservations and checked in at 12:45pm. Were told to wait by the lounge area, where we stood till 1:15 when my husband decided to go ask what was happening and was told we’d have to wait an extra 30-45 minutes because they were overbooked.
My 4-year-old and my pregnant self were not going to be able to wait that long. Nor would I expect to, having made reservations. Luckily, things worked out and we didn’t end up waiting that long. But I did find it highly unprofessional to be expected to just stand there and wait. I’m not sure what is happening with their bookings since we frequent this location often and had never had an issue of this sort before but I hope they get their act together so we can again have faith that if we make a reservation, it will not simply be dismissed.
It is always fun to watch them prepare the food. The food is so good and it is a great value for your money.
We had a great time celebrating graduation with a large party. The staff was very accommodating and our chef (Jake) was great. He actually added some new flair to the presentation since the flaming volcano and choo-choo train really don't generate the same response after 20 years! haha
It was surprising to be seated with another party during covid. It was really uncomfortable to be elbow to elbow with someone we didn’t know while there was a pandemic.
Always a great experience. Alfredo was a very nice chef. But we had a 745 reservation which we arrived on time for- we weren’t seated until 810/815. Why have strict reservation times if we’re going to be stuck outside sitting on the curb for 30 minutes? Also we ordered the emperors feast which comes with chicken and we’re given shrimp instead… not what we wanted. Will come back for the fun laughs and show but hope they can improve there reservation system and hopefully get their service to be a bit faster/more accurate.
The server and cook was great and very entertaining. Made us laugh and feel welcome. The only bad thing was, they weren't open on time. And it took a few minutes for is to be let in and seated.
Place was pretty good. There was a little more modernizing that could be done, like bath room, and some of the tables/ but the food was really good and the server was nice.
My son 8th grade promotion
The food was very good. The chef was excellent and cooked all the food how we wanted it. The service was lacking compared to the last time I was there.
Don’t bother making a reservation, difficult to get one and when we got there they offered to seat us after waiting a 1/2 hr and told us we would then have to wait another 1.5 hours for a chef to be available to cook for us. Maybe they will have it together after COVID challenges past. For me I’ve been going to hibachi grills for 40 years but it is not worth the hassle to try this location again.
Benihana should review this locations reservation management to save there very long standing good reputation.
Shortage of staff. We had to wait over an hour. The restaurant has gone downhill. Outdated and dirty.
Upset that we couldn't add 1 more person (a teenager) to our table, when we had the reservations 2 weeks in advance, but son's graduation & he wanted one more friend. We could've split people to another side table b/c 2 we're empty the entire tome we were there. Also, disappointed that I didn't receive/redeem my B-day club discount this yr. Other than that the food was very good.
A great experience for me and my son. It was first time and he enjoyed himself.
The service was very slow. Everything just lacked in timing. Food isn’t as great as it used to be. No way for what you’re paying for!
I let the server know I wanted no onions and had a gluten allergy. The main reason why I chose Benihana. Given onions and food was made with gluten soy sauce. I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt but my stomach was upset the rest of the night
Great time. And chef Shay Marie was an awesome entertainer and cook
As always our food was delicious and service was great.
Great service, food and company at our table.
Service was great, my girlfriend loved it it was her first time, everything was phenomenal with reservation we didn’t have to wait at all I highly recommend
Best place ever ! Great food and drinks. Service was very good
Very friendly staff and great service!
My mushroom soup had a hair in it and my shrimp were not deveined. Repulsive. My husband asked for his steak medium-rare and was served very rare meat. His lobster tail had pieces of shell in the meat. Will make the trip up to Carlsbad if I ever want to give Benihana another chance. Will never visit this location again.
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Benihana - San Diego, CA is rated 4.5 stars by 4296 OpenTable diners.
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