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

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Details

For a limited time, when you purchase $50 in Benihana Gift Cards, you’ll receive a $10 Promotional Card. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Buy your Benihana Gift Cards at your favorite Benihana location or online at Benihana.com. Excludes Tax and Tip. Valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017. Promo Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM.

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 (108)
Special Occasion (107)
Fun (103)
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Good for Groups (86)
Good for a Date (76)
Good for Anniversaries (73)
Kid-friendly (68)
Casual (61)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Great for Lunch (47)
Worth the Drive (35)
Authentic (29)
Romantic (24)
Healthy (24)
Comfort Food (21)
Business Meals (20)
Happy Hour (20)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Tasting Menu (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
People Watching (16)
Hot Spot (14)
Spicy (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Cozy (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Tapas (6)
Great Beer (5)
Vegan (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Scenic View (4)
Seasonal (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Organic (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

My daughters birthday it was our first time at Benihana. Enjoyed it

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a wonderful time and the food and service were exceptional.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined 5 days ago

Always great food and enjoy watching the Chef! Took my 10 year old nephew for the first time and it was fun watching him too!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

Our chef was the best we have had.
He was entertaining. Great cook. Made the dinner the best. It was my grand daughters birthday.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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·Dined 5 days ago

food was good but service was awful.
Chef completely forgot to provide appetizers for everyone at the table. The appetizer is part of the meal and price so we paid for something we didn't get.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great food. I asked for no mushrooms but still got them with my meal. Other than that it was great.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was great. Highly recommend, you will enjoy it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 14, 2017

It is always a pleasure to have your dinner made before your eyes. The chef was amazing talented.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Our family loves Benihana!
However, this experience was sub-par. Food wasn't prepared with the usual touch. Server was too slow in bringing out the drinks and extras..

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Painful non-vallet parking, too bad Carlsbad is better.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our reservation was at 7pm, but weren't seated until 7:35pm then didn't get served anything until about 8:10pm. Horrible wait and didn't get out of there till close to 10pm, but the food was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Moms birthday

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Tyler, the gentleman that prepared our food was great! He engaged the entire table from start to finish and made sure that everyone got exactly what they asked for. This was my first Benihana experience and Tyler made it very memorable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was the 1st time I had ever been. I took my daughter for her 21st birthday. Our cook was Italo, and he was very funny and the food was very good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner at Benihana's. We were there celebrating a birthday. Tyler was our chef and he was fantastic. We have been to Benihana's quite a few times and so far he was the best. He made the evening really fun. The food and adult beverages were great. I had the surfside it was yummy. The service was very good. I highly recommend it. It's very entertaining and the food is delish!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The steak, shrimp and mushrooms on the main course was not good at all. No flavor ! But the appetizers were great! He did not put anything on the steak and i ordered the same thing i always order when i go to this restaurant . And they always put their ‘butter’ on the steak and mushrooms which i love and that’s the main reason why i get I️t. I was very disappointed. I did not even bother taking home the left overs. The fried rice was not good at all, i did not even touch that & i also left that on the table. I usually look forward to my left overs the day after, it’s a shame because we spend $120 there for food we did not enjoy.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Everyone in our group of three not only enjoyed the energetic atmosphere , we also enjoyed the delicious food that was prepared to perfection. Overall the dining experience was great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always a favorite !!! Terrific show! Delicious!!! Fun Fun Fun!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

The chef Ricky was very entertaining and the food was great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service meaning waiting for dinner to begin was over 55 minutes don't know if they had a chef shortage.. tried to call yesterday was on hold mid day for 20 minutes. Plus had to ask for a picture

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food was excellent and service was great and at a cost that did not break the bank. We went a little earlier in the day and were a bit surprised with the number of children but perhaps a later reservation would have found fewer. It was quite noisy but that was part of the fun.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great service from the host Will, and the chef Edwin! Made our celebration memorable!. He kept our party very entertain with his happy positive attitude, jokes and the cooking skills were on point!!. Thank you Edwin 😊 we can't wait to come back!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a fantastic evening celebrating my son graduating from Marine bootcamp. We had exceptional food and it was fun and entertaining as well. The chef was personable the wait staff were very good.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This is a regular request from our son on his birthday. Always a fun time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excellent food, good show from the chef, price fair.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

We really enjoyed the food the service as you walk in the door to table service and the cook he was kind and funny would do this all over again

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Awesome show and dinner!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

It is an excellent restaurant for large groups. We had 8 people in our party and that was exactly the right amount for an entire table. The food was outstanding and the show that the chef put on was entertaining. Overall a very good place to eat, even with the somewhat expensive price tag (I spent about $80 paying for two people).

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

every single bite of our meal was delicious and it's fun to watch them cook it in front of you

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

great food, fun environment, good drinks. Price is a little high but worth it

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Staff is alway professional. Cooks are always entertaining, and always meet new friends at our tables. Love it

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Casual, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Th food was wonderful and the celebration was great!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We come here every so often and ALWAYS for my sons birthday (he has autism and asks each year to celebrate at Benihana's). It was a nice fun time as usual, we sat with a couple other people that were kind. The food was good and we had plenty to fill us up. The chef and waiter were good. I have a few issues.
1. My son has been in the birthday club since he was 10, he gets the children's birthday club option -He turned 18 this year! He is not allowed to get a kids meal. I was recently told it's because he shares an email with me. Well, he does not have an email address because he doesn't read. I could create one for this, but it took five years to get that information and he did not get to use anything for the past few years.
2. When we arrived I had my husband wait in the car with my son because lobby crowds and waiting are difficult for him and it can be disruptive to other guests. We think it is common courtesy to let him move around outside since most people are here for a special meal. I went inside gave my name for the reservation and said "we are all here, the others are waiting outside". The host told me he would take us to the table as soon as everyone was in front of him. I said great. went outside got our party of 5 in the lobby and I couldn't believe it -that same host handed me one of those beeper things. I reminded him that he said he would seat us when we were all there. He didn't care. So there you go, my son going up to strangers, touching things, and ... Whatever. Not a great start.
3. This is not a big deal one but. . . The other tables had a group come to their table and sing happy birthday. My son (who is developmentally about 6/7) loves this sort of thing. He didn't get much more than a happy birthday from our guys. I guess I assumed since 4 or 5 other tables got such a special greeting he would as well. As I said not a biggy -but it was to him.
I never leave reviews but . . .

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Was my first time here and we had a blast food was fabulous my daughters had a blast watching there food being cooked it was my birthday dinner

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server/waitir was awesome! Wished I remembered his name. He’s Hispanic with hair length to his chin. He was very attentive to our needs and cleared the table quickly. My only complaint is we spent $19.80 for noodles. We only seemed to have gotten a single serving of it. My toddler was walking around so I didn’t catch that. By the time I came to the table I figured my husband ate it all. Come to find out he noticed it after the fact. We’ve been there before and the noodles were in a tray. This was in a bowl. Anyway that was our fault for not noticing it right away. Service and chef were great. But portions were very small. I ordered land and sea and only had 5 scallops and a couple pieces of steak. Don’t recall it being like that before. Next time I’ll probably order something off the grill.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Service was awesome ! Food was very taseful. The customer service was really good.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Birthday and anniversary celebration with family. Our server was great. He was funny and attentive. The cooking show was nice before t could've used more entertaining or showmanship. The zucchinis looked so fresh. Mushrooms and onions were plentiful. My lobster and steak was delicious! Chicken teriyaki was dry. We liked the ice cream at end of dinner to celebrate our special days.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 18, 2017

As always they are consistent in a good way . Service is super and food is great ....Great ambiance
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Chef Victor was awesome and made our dinner very fun for my birthday. I always go to Benihana for my birthday month since I was 18 years old.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

I was very upset that as soon as we were seated we were told our cook had just went on break. 45 minutes later still no sign of the cook we are all just sitting at the table looking at each other. We finally saw our cook at the 1 hour mark. We were celebrating my son's birthday and this experience was not very customer friendly. I find it hypocritical that they told me if I was late to my 5:45 reservation they wouldn't be able to take us but we made it there on time with a few minutes to spare, we only waited around 5 minutes to be seated but then it was okay for them to make us just wait and wait. Wish they were more considerate of their customers time. We had to cancel our plans that were scheduled for after dinner due to the time.

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