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Date
Mon, 1/22
Time
9:00 PM
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Benihana - San Diego

4.5
2234 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
LUNCH:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Phone number
(619) 298-4666
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Cross street: 8 FWY and 163 FWY
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What 2234 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.7
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

We love the lunch menu at Benihana's. Our cook, Angel, was excellent. Friendly, funny, nice and the food was excellent. I love the scallops for lunch!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely amazing as usual! Benihana never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0
Dined 4 days ago

I've always enjoyed going to Benihana, for the dining "experience." We don't come often. But when we do go, it is for a special occasion.

I'm sorry to report that I didn't love the food or the experience. As for the food, I really don't want to consume a mass amount of rice before my "protein" course (i.e., chicken, shrimp and/or beef), but that is what you get. The rice bowl comes after a small soup and salad, and it is very, very filling. Honestly, it was rice, egg, a lot of salt, and "garlic butter," so nothing nutritional in that course. Because it was filling, I barely touched my chicken. I ordered chicken and mushrooms and there were barely any mushrooms on my plate. Honestly, this is NOT a healthy dinner . ..
As for the experience, it was okay. Our chef made the same jokes as the chef at the table next to ours made . . . That is part of the fun of coming to this restaurant.

It is expensive. I was surprised by our bill. Also, the portions aren't huge for what you pay. Again, it's the table-side experience. This time, so-so.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

The group was fun and you always meet friendly people having fun,

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

A fun place to celebrate a birthday! Seems like most people there were celebrating birthdays. Benihana needs to change their name Birthdayhana! ;)

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 16, 2018

I’ve been here many times and I love the food. The wine list is good, too

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on January 16, 2018

Great food and service. Love all of it from the vegetables, the shrimp, the soup and the steak!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
4.0
Dined on January 15, 2018

I personally do not like having a reservation then once at the restaurant getting a beeper and told that there would be a wait. A 10-15 minute wait at lunchtime when there were open tables seems unnecessary.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on January 15, 2018

Fun time. Chef Michael was awesome

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Tweeters (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on January 15, 2018

It was so easy to get reservations through Open Table! We had a nice dinner with 6 other people at our table and the chef was using comedy to keep the mood upbeat. The food was delicious! I had the shrimp and my husband had a steak, which he said was one of the best he's had! The fried rice was delicious and I liked the onion volcano the chef made for fun. Everyone was in a good mood and enjoyed their special occasions. i'm bringing friends back for lunch soon!

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
LUNCH:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Cross street
8 FWY and 163 FWY
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(619) 298-4666
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine