About Benihana - San Diego

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.

477 Camino del Rio S
San Diego, CA 92108
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

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

Cross Street:
8 FWY and 163 FWY

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 298-4666

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/sandiego-ca-sd

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Benihana - San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (104)
Special Occasion (101)
Fun (100)
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Good for Groups (90)
Good for a Date (78)
Good for Anniversaries (69)
Kid-friendly (57)
Casual (48)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Great for Lunch (45)
Worth the Drive (38)
Authentic (27)
Tasting Menu (18)
Romantic (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Business Meals (16)
Healthy (16)
People Watching (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Late-night Find (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Cozy (11)
Seasonal (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Spicy (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Vegan (5)
Great Beer (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Scenic View (2)
Live Sports (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Fun time. Chef Michael was awesome

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

Everything was nice but it took a long time for the chef to finally appear to cook for us!

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was my boyfriend first time to Benihana and he loved it.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

The cook overbooked the scallops, took off a portion of a steak he claimed was fat but it was the tenderloin of the steak.

The waitress was rude, was not attentive, and we had to ask other waiters to take away dirty dishes, refill our drinks, etc. it was a birthday celebration so I would have expected more in the way of service. We did not have certificates. We paid for our meals in full. When I complained to (whom I thought was the manager) he passed off my complaint to someone else who simply told me he would have the waitress who I complained about yo be more attentive. I then explained we did NOT want her to service is. It's all ready been a poor experience.

I have brought my family to Benihana's for years. I grew up having dinner at Benihana's once a month for special occasions. It's disappointing that after all of this time my family and I would experience this. Fortunately Edna who finished serving us made the remaining of our time more pleasant.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Love Benihana, my kids have been coming since they were 1 one yr old

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Sons
Birthday

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The place is great, the food was fantastic and our chef Edwin was AMAZING...
Great experience...

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always have a Great time here for any occasion and the Chicken fried rice is a Must. Keep adding the Garlic butter never get rid of that or I will never come back. 😉 I have so many pictures of us there it's crazy. But will always come back just make sure u reserve table or u will be waiting in lobby.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The show was very enjoyable but the food was extremely bland and over valued. I think you need to add more flavor to your entrees and more taste to your soup and salad. It was not a true five course meal. It was broth in a bowl, lettuce in a bowl, rice in a bowl, chopped shrimp and a slice of zucchini .

Tags: People Watching, Fun
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

My family and I celebrated my daughter, Reyna's 15th birthday. I made a reservation and I only had to wait 15 minutes, the young man that brought us our drinks and attended our table was friendly, profession and on top of our drinks. (I wished I remembered his name.) All their staff were friendly and professional. The best part of our dinner birthday celebration was our chef and the food. Chef Moy was funny, entertaining and an excellent Chef, our food was amazing. My fried rice, chicken and noodles were delicious. My daughter and family had a great time. I highly recommend Benihana for birthdays, special occasions, dates, meetings, friends, kids parties or just for the food.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fun, Good for Groups, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food and great service. We love to spend our birthdays on Benihana with our family.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food as usual/good. The conversation with the chef and the party entertaining. Good bar keep.
Good times.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was amazing, staff was awesome and friendly. The atmosphere was upbeat and the chiefs are very comedic. Will return again. Ohhhhhh and the pricing was less than expected.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We were celebrating my daughters birthday at dinner time on New Years evening. The restaurant was louder than I’ve ever heard a Benihana be and the service was friendly but a bit slow. The food was enjoyable and the chef put on a great show.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

New Years!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were a party of 8 adults the 2 adults that ordered the total vegetarian tofu meals ended up sick and in the bathroom the rest of the night. It kinda ruined the New Years Day 2 family experience that we all so looked foward too for weeks.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We don’t go often, but always great food and a fun time. Thank you!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great experience

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Super fun evening with the family. Reservations a huge plus! Food super yummy!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

they didn't sing happy birthday which they did to every other table. the chef was not really into it, he looked tired and not happy to be their

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Celebrated my birthday

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

It was great, but I wish I could buy some "Benihana - hot sauce". A curry dish would be great, with a choice of how spicy.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Ask for Ricky! He’s really good

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food was good but a bit overpriced. Not the best Japanese food I have had but not the worst either. It was more abut the experience.....

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, People Watching
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

We eat here often however on Christmas Day we waited almost 30 minutes past our reservation time. When my party of 3 was seated we sat at a table with 6 other people which was very uncomfortable to drink and enjoy our meal. From my understanding there should be a maximum of 8 people per table unless the table is your party only. The family sitting next to us had 2 children who they fed outside food in Tupperware bowls. I’ve had better experience in the past.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We went on Christmas. Lobby was jammed . We had reservations and they seated us about 15 minutes after reservation time . Food and tableside cooking was same as prior visits. It was very noisy and every 5 minutes they were singing happy birthday to someone which was annoying

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Fun, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Staff was amazing, especially for Christmas day, they handled grinches very! Just got sat with screaming child :( , but I know it's a family restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Always a fun place with good food. Italo was hilarious and a great cook, too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went for Christmas. Great food. Good service-everyone had a good time

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

I don’t think I would go back again but it was cool. I would probably consider regular dinner but the Experience just isn’t for me. They bring you the food in courses so by the time they actually prepare your course you are pretty much full.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Happy birthday to my son, Francisco Ibarra!! We love you❤️😘😍

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We made reservation so the wait was not too long. The food was good and our chef was a quite person but cooks good food. My only issue is that we had to pay extra for the chicken rice which we thought were part of the meal package. It was a surprise but we did not complain. Overall a good place to eat hibachi.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

More than just dining; It's an entertaining experience.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our chef Italo did not even put on a show for us. He literally Came asked what everyone was celebrating and made the rice look like a sunset on the beach did a volcano with onion and that was it. No conversation or show after that. Everyone at our table started watching other people’s table because ours wasn’t doing much. Server and food was great besides the chef.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Upon arrival our table was not ready and it took 30 minutes to get seated. The manager came out after I complained and was very rude, told us that we could make other arrangements and go somewhere else.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Smokey our clothes smelled of smoke (butter) the next day.

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