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Benihana - San Diego

4.6
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3996 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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Joseph
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate a Birthday or special day, food is sensational and also service. Chefs offer a nice show!
Be be patient with your reservation, sometimes takes 30 minutes or more to get to your table.

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ambara
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love it everytime we come. even great now with the pandemic

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DesireeD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night despite the social distancing. Masks were annoying to wear but it was understanding given the circumstances.

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Paul
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food made all three of us sick my dad didn't even make it out of the restaurant before shiting himself

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vipDana
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time celebrating a birthday. The staff was very friendly and Made us feel comfortable giving the new social distancing regulations.

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vipDanS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food was good but the place looks a bit worn.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, good food and good service.

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LindaC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef Edwin was very entertaining to watch and the food was amazing!

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ClaudiaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I took my kids and husband, it was their first time and it was very nice ambiance and fun for the kids, the chef was funny and waitress friendly. The food was delicious!

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RebekahW
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

When we arrived for our reservation we still had to wait on a table which is slightly odd but we wait another 20-30mins outside. The food was delicious and our servers were very tentative to us. I would have liked if the chef interacted with us a little more as that is why most people go to teppanyaki - everything was over very quickly (approx. 30 mins from getting soup to main course served and chef gone). But getting food quickly is never a bad thing. Overall it was a great dinner and will be back!

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vipJayH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was excellent! And service superb. Social distancing followed.

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TeresaM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable experience, especially while the world is going through a pandemic. The staff was very friendly and app