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Benihana - San Diego, CA

4.5
4392 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4392 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Had a wonderful time, food was delicious

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KrystalL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We always enjoy our Benihana experience, but the service was really slow this time. Despite having a reservation, we were seated 35 minutes after our reservation time and it would take over 20 minutes just to get a drink or sauce. The food and the chef were great as usual, but it wasn't as great of a time as usual. Overall, I'd still recommend it to anyone though!

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Carol
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We waited for more than an hour for our first course.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat down for lunch with the family at the grill. Food was good, cook provided the usual jokes, but the service from our waiter Laura was unbelievably awesome. Hats off to her. She was quick with the refills and provided a great dining experience. Thank you!

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LatoyaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time there and it was EVERYTHING! I loved it and I can't wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I was a little disappointed to learn after waiting 15 minutes past my appointment time that they were rubbing 30 minutes to an hour behind. After waiting 45 minutes an hour checking back in, we were told they were running 1-1 1/2 hours behind. We were finally seated and were the last party in the room. The chef performance and food was delicious as usual. I know restaurants are understaffed right now, but to have a 7:30 reservation and not begin eating until 9:30 was ridiculous. Better communication when confirming or upon check-in would have been appreciated. If we hadn’t already waited 45 minutes, we would have left to go somewhere else.

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Penni
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a great meal, staff was responsive to customer's requests and our chef cooked an extremely tasty dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience4

We went for a date dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Poland
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We had to wait almost an hour before our chef ever came to the table. The food was great and the ambience was great I guess it’s just the

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MaryG
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The sever was incredible. Prices are okay, I thought I would get more for my buck but I guess that’s what it is these days.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Absolutely horrible experience. Took almost 3 hours. We sat down at 9:15 and the chef didn’t come to the table until 10:30 almost. The server was complaining about the chefs. The food was good as always. There was also an odd smell in there. Probably won’t eat at this particular location again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience2

It was our first time there but it wasn’t that great. The food was great I just don’t know why people made so hype when it’s not.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and our chef was awesome! The food he prepared was delicious!

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KristenD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was great but the service was terrible. We booked two separate tables for my daughter’s birthday (her and her friends at one table and us at another one across the room.) Her group was seated first but their chef arrived 45 minutes later than ours, after we had completed our meal. Their server bright the wrong items, forgot some, and was generally missing in action. Our server wasn’t much better. We had a 5:45 reservation and didn’t leave until 3 hours later. They discounted the bill but for a special occasion that doesn’t really fix the situation. What happened Benihana??!? You took what is usually special meal, and turned it into a disappointment.

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AngelR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation for lunch and based on website wanted the lunch menu. When seated 20 minutes after reservation we find out they do not serve lunch on the weekends any more and only a menu that was extremely high in price. We were not going to pay $50 per person meat and then extra for sides. Very disappointed as I used to enjoy going to Benihana

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BettyB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ray was our chef, and we (my sons and I) have had the pleasure of seeing his "show" before. He is one of the best chefs I have encountered at Benihana. He made it fun, and our whole experience was delightful. Thank you, Ray.

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LizR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for an awesome experience! I will return with my family.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for my husband‘s birthday it was very pleasant

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KarissaB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely loved the experience. Our chef was very entertaining and joked along with us. One of our best experiences and can’t wait to come back.

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RosaliaG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful birthday celebration and grandson was in awe with chefs skills.

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SickBoi1690
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Staff service was great. They did the best they could under the situation of being understaffed with their hibachi chefs. We were there 2 hours! But we made the best of it by ordering apps & drinks and chatting. Our server was great & checked on us constantly. Food ended up being great too! Prices are outrageous, but overall a fun experience.

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Tere
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter and chef were awesome. Both was very friendly and professional. Our waiter was exceptionally good. Had a smile on the whole time, fast at bringing out what we asked for and was continuously checking on our needs. He made us feel relaxed and comfortable.

Thank you for a great experience.

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KaylaH
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious. Especially their chicken fried rice. The staff there are fantastic. I brought my family there to celebrate my birthday and it was one to remember. We plan on going back again. We really enjoyed ourselves.

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FoodJunkie
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Host was a complete jerk. You could tell he didn't want to work that day. I think he was the manager and the hostess called in late so he was mad and took it out on the customers.

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BenignoE
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was different and good experience. The food is good and the servers are friendly.

MR
MichelleR
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alfredo our chef and waitress were very courteous and Alfredo was entertaining.

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COLLEENH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We usually dine here once a year for my birthday and it is always such fun ! Thank you :-D

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SusanS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef was hilarious, engaged in conversation that was fun and made us enjoy our meal. Our server was super sweet and very attentive. We truly enjoyed our experience there and would definitely return for another company lunch or even with our own families.

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ShaunaS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to a couple of restaurants that are understaffed due to the pandemic but Benihana was great. We didn't wait, our waiter Kordel was attentive and kind. Our chef was fun and enthusiastic and the food, as usual, was amazing!

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JoshuaH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great time at Benihana with my wife for our joint birthday celebration.

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CarolienR
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were a bit disappointed when our chef spent all the time talking in Spanish to our table neighbours - so we couldn’t join in in the conversation.

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SteveR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and presentation were excellent. A good time was had by all members of my family.

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RyanGosling69
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The chef kept messing up all the tricks, if it was on purpose BRILLIANT but otherwise needs practice. TOO MUCH BUTTER, not trying to die anytime soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was average. Overcooked steak.

CA
ChefAntonioA
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Birthday/Special occasion place. Dinner and a show.

MM
MichelleM
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our chef Jake was amazing, professional, and very entertaining. everything about this place was excellent.. Our party was actually seated with in 10 minutes of out reservation time. 10/10 for sure!!

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melissa
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

In the 80s this was the place to go. This week I took my son and his friends for a birthday celebration and found Benihanas has not been updated since I last went 20 years ago. The seating area was very dirty with old food in all the cracks and crevices. The food taste was great but I couldn't get past the lack of cleanliness. The service was slow with things forgotten, but the waiter was new and very friendly, hopefully he gets a little better with time.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Felt rushed , waitress was mean and threw boxes at us . Food was bland and some items were not cooked properly . Won’t be back

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gabrielap
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its always an amazing time coming to benihanas with the family! Always excellent chef and service

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My Filet Mignon was very fatty and almost half of it was too stringy to chew.
There were 2 Filets served at my table and the other one was PERFECT, but I didn't get that one, not even on my birthday. :(

It was disppointing based more on my past visits, and this did not live up to the standard I have become accustomed to. The chef was perfect and provided a great show, although the large family I was seated with did not even acknowledge him, or me. Not the social event I am used to, with (presumably) non-English speaking NON-social family talking only in Chinese amongst themselves. I was truly alone.

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Benihana - San Diego, CA is rated 4.5 stars by 4392 OpenTable diners.

Benihana - San Diego, CA does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.benihana.com/gift-cards/.

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