Benihana - San Diego

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3933 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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. 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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Marthita
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food overall a great experience!!

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ElizabethS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took my son for his 18th birthday. Our server, Nobu and chef, Santiago, were great. Excellent service.

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KimB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great lunch , it was nice to get out again

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Glad to see restaurants reopening! Benihana has always been a favorite in our house!

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SuzanneM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to sit down again for dinner. We had our own station to watch the food prep and eat our meal. I was so happy to spend my first evening out with Benihana's. All CDC guidelines were in place. 5 stars from me

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thomasp
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef sanitized his tools in front of us and we had our own table, hands down awesome

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Mimi
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great like always I like the new social distance guidelines my son and I enjoyed the new dine-in rules we enjoyed an entire table to ourselves we had extra room and the extra sanitizing precautions were nice.

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MelissaS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome to be able to dine in after everything being closed. The service was awesome!

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NancyR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and our cook David was great. Our food was cooked to perfection.

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Coco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benihani is one of our favorities and did not disappoint this time either. they handled the social distancing well, food was awesome, good service. Super fun.

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Binks
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and didn’t wait long food was delicious

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MiguelS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at Benis

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The food was brought out to us warm. Other than that everything was fine.

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VanessaF
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. We celebrated the opening on restaurants here by going here and it was the best!

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Dutch
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First day back open for sit down dining was excellent and they went above and beyond what they needed to do!

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Brandi
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

For us being only 1 of 2 tables other then the lounge area we waited 50 mins at our table with just soup and drinks before we got our chef. Seemed like much longer then any normal experience prior. There was atleast 3 chefs though cause the table before us and after all had a different chef. Best part was the chefs jokes and skills. He definitely knew how to put on a show and interact with just 2 ppl

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken and Shrimp Family meal very tasty also ordered some specialty sushi rolls! Excellent curbside service!

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vipDave91942
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great birthday dinner at Benihana! Thank you for always providing a great meal and a lot of fun!

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GeeGlez
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Loveeeeeed our Chef “Marcello”
Highly Recommend him ❤️

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GustavoM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent place to eat for birthdays and anniversaries

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tayejackson
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef Tyler was great!!! very energetic & personable..he put on a great show!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Connor was great! Very engaging and fun!

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Jmyke
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Entertaining. Flavorful food, not there. Not what I expected the way it smelled from outdoors.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Server was very inattentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Great birthday dinner!

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KarinR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Might as well have been my first time there. The jokes felt a little canned and old but it's still fun and tasty and I enjoyed the community table feel.

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Good4Specials
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little slow getting started but the food is always good and we liked our cook.
We forgot to take our picture for our memories file😞

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MITZIM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing anniversary me and my husband had chef Tyler was amazing and the people we where sitting where also amazing. Hope to come back soon !!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great chef, great food and great company at the table

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on March 19, 2020

We appreciate you dining with Benihana, thank you for the kind words!

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Happy
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef, Derrick was absolutely fantastic! He mentioned that he is still new to the job but if he didn’t mention it, we would have never known! He even catered to the children at the table. Next time we come, we will definitely request Derrick!

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StefaniS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Whoever our Chef was did an amazing job at keeping the atmosphere comfortable even with an annoying customer in our group. Thank you!

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SherrellT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places. It is perfect for all ages and events. Hector is a great chef! He was professional, kind, and attentive to everyone's needs.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on March 19, 2020

Awesome Sherrell! On behalf of the Benihana team, we are happy to have provided you with a 5-star experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fausto our chef was awesome and made feel very confortable and made us laugh a lot he truly made this an experience to remember

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on March 19, 2020

Your feedback is appreciated. We are pleased to hear we were able to create a great memory for you!

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SeniorBob
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Hello. My appointment was for 3:15 pm and we ended up eating at 4:30 pm . People who came in at 4pm got their chef at 4:30 at the same time we did. The waiter was the best and our Chef was great. I believe this is a mistake on the manager. We were offered no apology nothing for our long wait. If I didn’t have guests with me ... my family and I would of walked out. I hope this was not discrimination I hope there was a reasonable explanation.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on March 10, 2020

Bob, thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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Samc
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress, chef & food was amazing as always! Love beni’s ❤️❤️❤️

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on March 19, 2020

Excellent Sam! On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to thank you for your continuous loyalty!

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JamesW
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Connor, our chef, was great. Another enjoyable evening out at Benihana!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on March 19, 2020

Wonderful James! Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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EricaO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was extremely entertaining!!!!! The food was delicious!!!

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thank you Erica for leaving us positive feedback, come back soon!

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Mohowi1757
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant for celebrations. Also love how each Chef creates their own unique teppan experience.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on March 19, 2020

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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Genevieve
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

This is our usual go to place for birthdays in my family but this last visit wasn’t as great as they normally are. I had a reservation for 8pm on a Wednesday, got there and we were handed a buzzer, we didn’t get seated until 8:40pm, and finally got our entree at 9:45pm. Usually go there anticipating the visit being about an hour and a half total but 2 hours after our reservation to get our food was disappointing.

Benihana - San Diego
Responded on March 10, 2020

Genevieve, on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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Benihana - San Diego does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Benihana - San Diego also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 298-4666.

Benihana - San Diego is rated 4.6 stars by 3933 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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