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Benihana - San Diego, CA

4.6
4146 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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 4146 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.3
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We forgot to get our Benihana picture!!! And the server did not ask. I am thinking you are no longer doing photos??

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jacquelinek
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benihana never disappoints! As always the food was amazing as was the service. We are chefs table members and were able to use a birthday coupon for my husbands birthday and Benihana generously extended the expiration date. The fried rice is the best and is always amazing. The chefs are always entertaining and the wait staff was also amazing. Even dining in Covid times was an amazing experience. In fact we enjoyed it more as we were a party of 3 and had the table to ourselves where they normally seat 8. Everyone wore gloves and masks to keep their guests protected. Could not have been a better experience. Thank you to all the staff that are working in these times!

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Lauram
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent. My husband and I had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service and food was excellent.

DH
DianaH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive and the chef did a great job. Thank you Benihana for making out dinner enjoyable!

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AudreyM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was extremely polite and attentive. We had our own table due to current indoor dining restrictions and it was pretty nice.

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KiearaC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always, our chef was fun to watch and the service was great!

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JennyV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great show and wonderful service! Benihana has always been a fun place to celebrate any occasion

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We celebrate our son’ birthday on Saturday. The chef was so nice and try to make a lot of different icons to please us! Will come back again!

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LilianaP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Always have the best experience when going to Benihana. If you come here to San Diego, ask for chef Conner. He is awesome and very friendly. All the staff was nice and pleasant from walking in the door and checking in to the end. Definitely going back now that it’s open again.

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CarolineN
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

All was really great except for the fact that the restaurant was under going renovations and they were hammering, drilling and sawing on the other side of a wall that had an open doorway blocked by an oriental room divider. Our table was directly next to the wall. It was loud. I wouldn't expect to pay $300 for a meal for 5 and have to listen to all the banging and construction next to us. Such a bummer. We had a 1:45pm Saturday reservation.
Food and service was 5 stars. Call ahead and make sure the construction won't be happening at your dinner.

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JackieT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef, Edwin, was OUTSTANDING! He was friendly, funny, personable and all food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good loved it

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It was my our first time in this restaurant and it was not what I was expecting, customer service is poor , she did really help us on the menu

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GaryB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good!
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

They charged us an extra $15.?? Had to get that removed or dude’s wasn’t getting a tip. We had reservations at 1:15, got in at 1:25, not too bad. However, the chef guy did not come to the teppan table until 2:10. Not fun entertaining kids in a restaurant while we sat and waited.

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JamesR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

With social distancing we were out of there in an hour, usually we're looking at a 2 hour dinner. We were the only people at the table. Still got a good show, yes the same show you normally get there. We got plenty of extra fried rice.

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davids
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kyle was our Chef and he was great! Not only was he entertaining, but our food tasted great as well. I will be requesting Kyle to be our chef in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social distancing was perfect everyone at table has been vaccinated

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Sabi
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Benihana has definitely considered COVID safety for indoor dining.

SL
SashaL13
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The entire restaurant was so dirty. The quality of food was also poor.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and environment was amazing! The Chef was very personable and for a first time visitor, I wouldn’t hesitate to go back. Benihana’s made our Anniversary dinner a big hit!

Thank you

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LuzS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Cook seemed new and inexperienced. Our fried rice was burned.

CJ
CJones
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Our server came frequently. Cook was funny and unique and seasoned our food well. Social distancing was perfect and I like that they keep their capacity low near the hibachi for Safety. Great location

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AMANDAV
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Always a great experience. The service is amazing. The hosts are welcoming and the waiters are friendly. The food, delicious! Our family enjoys celebrating their birthdays at Benihana.

AR
AshRyandD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We missed Benihana! So happy indoor dining is back open. My family and I had a great time at dinner. Happy adults and happier kids!

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KarenW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We made our reservations at Open Table, checked in 15 minutes early and sat in the bar for dinner. There were no napkins or utensils even after we were served the hordervous. The food was wonderful, it was quieter in the bar area. We thanked them and left. We received 3 phone calls from Benihana's saying we were late for our reservations. Then Open Table proceeded to write us that we should've called if we were a no show. What a bunch of crap, first night out to eat inside and we get harrassed...

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JessicaM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and the best food at great prices!

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go every year for birthdays.... never a disappointment! Service was great! Cordell provided phenomenal service!

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AnaH
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and I loved it!!! No waiting to be seated, everyone was spaced good. Our server was very attentive and our cook was awesome. Cracked jokes and made us feel welcomed. Definitely going back again.

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HowardS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual a great dining experience. It was sooooooooooo good to be able to finally eat at our favorite restaurant after being shut out more than a year for the corona virus. For me it was an especially wonderful dinner as I had been hospitalized for eight weeks with the virus.

We're going back next week, as I've got to make up for lost time.

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Sansu
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food, and their trick. I like the way they assist customer service is good everything is great❤️I had a wonderful dining experience here it’s because of my birthday memorable one❤️

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PeteJ
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mine and my wife's experience was and is always great. On this trip the chef made a new picture with the rice which was pretty cool. We eat here about 1 every 2 months so it was nice to see something different. Also we learned about the spicy chicken fried rice. It was delicious. Very good date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Our server was outstanding, and did all the amazing tricks and demos that you are known for. Our grandchildren loved every minute -- so did we.

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Happy
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From our server to the Chef, everything was amazing! Our son enjoyed himself very much, as we were celebrating him. And Benihana happens to be his favorite place to go to. The only complaint is that we did make a reservation during lunch hours, and we did not get seated until the lunch menu was no longer available.

HM
HeatherM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second Chef Frausto’s food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great experience!

JA
JessicaA
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun service and entertaining dinner! Always way too much food, go light on ordering! The hibachi shrimp is my favorite!

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NatashaD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the food as always but service was slow this time, don’t know if it was because of the reopening or because they have to be more careful related to covid19 but in the end everything was delicious

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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 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 298-4666.

Benihana - San Diego, CA is rated 4.6 stars by 4146 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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