Benihana - San Diego

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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
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food is ok but the experience was just so-so... our food was somewhat overcooked and there seems to be a birthday at every table. Oddly they seem to run out of steam with the birthday wishes as the day progressed...

These types of places seem to have a lot of food in the floor and this place was the worst i have ever seen...

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate two Birthdays and it was a very pleasant experience! The service was great and very entertaining.

MB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my son's 19th birthday! Everything was great! We all were very pleased with our meal and the attention that was given to my son! Excellent! Can't wait to go again!!

KF
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Benihana used to be outstanding in both quality of service, food and ambience. On my most recent return the quality of service and consistency of food and quality was below the standard of what Benihana is capable of. When I tried to bring this to the manager on staff he never had an effort to come over and just had my server discount the check. That’s not what I wanted.

CL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure going their we really enjoy ourselves

AL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was slow but nice. Good thing we got drinks from the bar waiting on our 7:45 reservation.
I think it was 9:00 before we saw appetizers and more drinks. Asking for a manager , she took over and
she made it happen. My husband had a wonderful birthday thanks to her and our chef Isaiah ( I think ).

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and the chef was great

OT
Guanajuato
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Mal servicio. Lento.
Equivocada la orden.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday had a great time.

SP
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. David our cook was awesome! He has been the best one we’ve had yet!

O
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff ,excellent service ,food was excellent, And I know is a busy restaurant but I think that will be a good idea to clean up each table after service cuz as you walk in your stepping on left over food and shrimp tails , also please use clean rags when cleaning the table top cuz it feels sticky. Thanks

C
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!

u
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The side of the restaurant we were seated was too tight and loud. We were crammed in and couldn’t hear each other, the servers or the chef.

Food was scattered on the floor from the previous service and more accumulated from our meal that was never removed.

We were seated on the aisle, constantly asked to move to allow servers to come through with trays and carts. Overall uncomfortable and inconvenient.

The food was tasty, it always is...

I have dined here many times, but always seated on the other side. If I return; I will need to insist we are seated on the other side of the restaurant. It’s quieter, cleaner and the overall ambiance is much better.

OT
San Diego
77 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Realmente este negocio es inconsistente dependiendo quien sea tu mesero o el cocinero. El dia de la reservación nos tocó un pésimo cocinero, donde el arroz lo quemo, le agrego demasiado soya, sal y pimienta a los alimentos. Los camarones cocidos de más, realmente una burla para el comensal. Les sugiero que tengan mucha precaución de quien sea su cocinero y que les brinden un servicio que estás pagando por que nada es gratis.

Esta ubicación tiene muy pocos buenos cocineros, meseros que valgan la pena pero si quisiera recalcar que no es algo que regresaría en esta ubicación. Lo peor es Lidiar con el manager de la tienda, nada profesional, y como ha he conversado con esa persona en el pasado. Lamentablemente los jefes ni encuenta de tus acciones.

Realmente vayan a otra parte a comer por mejor servicio y calidad de su preparación.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience!! We were there for my girlfriends birthday party with family. Yuki our server was amazing and Issac our chef was fun and entertaining. The food and drinks were perfect!

K
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Moy was amazing. I've been to Benihana's since the late seventies and he showed us new bits while creating perfectly prepared food. Many thanks.

DP
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another wonderful time with our chef, David! This occasion was for my birthday but I did not want to be sung to. A one year old had her birthday at our table and she got the song, we sang too.

MD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Our chef prepared the food to our liking.

AH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, good food and fun cook. Waitress super sweet and very helpful

CE
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HECTOR WAS GREAT HE WAS SUPER FUNNY!
DAYS LATER AFTER THE DINNER I KEEP REMEMBERING THAT HECTOR WAS SUPER FUNNY AND HIS CHARACTER ALONE WAS THE SHOW!

RG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We waited for the chef for way too long. Longest I have ever waited for the chef to show up after being seated and finishing our soup and salad.

JA
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was Benihana's. They want you in and out. They are fast and have it timed. The routine is down pat
We go often. There are variations in the style of the table chef and their abilities which really is the
draw. We haven't had the most experienced chef the last two times. Limited in technique. It can be quite costly if you add on items. The noise level and constant singing and rush can be frustrating to say the least. Will we go back? Yes but if we wish to relax and talk....we won't go there.

D
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very on top of everything! Never let my glass get empty and our chef AMAZING super fun for my family would definitely go again!

D
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isaac was awesome... and Yuki too! We had a great time and a great table. Our server was prompt and friendly as always and our chef was fantastic... we highly recommend Isaac... he's super legit!

M
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server and chef were great!! The only thing we weren't happy with was our Family Picture. It was too dark. :( Other than that, the food was delicious! We drive 2 hours to go and eat at Benihana in San Diego. Can't wait to go again. Thank you!!

p.s. Our Chef was Pina and I don't know our Servers Name. But, he was very nice and on top of things. :)

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Although food was tasty, it had tooooo much butter. Service was good and chef was extremely fun. Overall good!

N
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 4ambience 4

We called Nofer and on 27/9 we arrived to eat at a restaurant after being told it was a good and safe place to eat in San Diego but unfortunately at the end of the meal we were surprised to find that we had broken into a car, broke all the windows and stole our precious property, including passports and a ring my partner was supposed to offer me marriage. A check in front of the restaurant says there are not even security cameras in the parking lot. My experience was very bad.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was cold when it got to us, the waiter wasn’t the best either.

TH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and cooks are always great. The food is a bit overpriced for what they are making and it is always so loud. Would be 5 stars if not for that.

W
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The girl at the reception desk when we arrived had a serious attitude problem and was barking orders at us. First time ever there and her attitude is what I’ll remember. Dinner was ok. Server refilled my Diet Pepsi with iced tea. Glad I had a Birthday coupon, otherwise the prices are high

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kyle was awesome

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The smoke from the grill was really in my face. Also not a big deal but the waiter messed up my order and I didn't get get the shrimp from my order. I didn't want to complain but we actually were billed the full order.

RC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I will say that this locale versus Carlsbad is hands down 100% better. It’s older and cramped but it was amazing

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a blast, the server was very polite and consistently checking up on us, the cook was very friendly and made sure our food was cooked just how we wanted it

JN
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service provided by waiter and cook, however food quality and portions does not match price

DM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Tyler was great and funny !!!!

RI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We go to Benihana’s regularly but this was by far the worst experience we have ever had. The chef was terrible he messed up multiple people’s orders by giving them the wrong item. He just seemed really off and distracted the whole time. He might have been having a bad day but some of the stuff he did was pretty bad. He dropped the raw chicken on top of the shrimp, he gave someone a couple shrimp tail with their shrimp, he was practically throwing food on our plates and some of it wasn’t even making it on to the plate. He overcooked nearly everything and aside from all that he definitely wasn’t even a little entertaining. Everyone at the table was just looking at each other like WTF. The chef wasn’t rude but he just looked completely checked out.
He might have been going through some personal stuff which sucks but the service was just not there at all. We went for our anniversary and left really disappointed.

B
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

from the start they put us on a table with 10 more people total of 12 so we moved to a regular table. we had the worst experience ever in a restaurant. the waitress was so rude!!! after the appetizers and one drink we walked away form the restaurant. we will not ever come back to this restaurant .

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great my friends first time
Amazed at presentation

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. We went for my daughter's birthday and she had a blast. Great food and a good time.

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