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Benihana - San Diego, CA

4.6
4229 Reviews
$30 and under
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. 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 4229 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todo estuvo muy rico mi familia y yo quedamos muy felices esperamos regresar pronto ya que todo nos encanto

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fun experience

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858N
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food2service5ambience4

My food was way under seasoned, I asked for extra seasoning and garlic butter but he stated some crap about covid. The entire table asked for extra garlic butter and he refused. Sad to spend so much money and received underwhelming food.

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Joe760
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!! My kids loved it! Lori & Angel were amazing!! Thank you for the great experience!!

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KiavanniS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very easy going people. They enjoy having fun and very skilled at what they do.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday great service great chef

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MariafernandaM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love it food is good the time was a little bit more than what expected but it was a good price is a little bit high but overall was good

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

They must have new management because the food, service, and reservation process was AWFUL!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I usually give Benihana a 5 star rating but the wait time was not acceptable this time. Reservation time was 745pm. We did not get a chef until 845pm. The chef, Alfredo, was great. He was very enthusiastic and entertaining. The food was delicious. Drinks were refilled without hesitation. We definitely will still return, however I hope we don't have to wait over an hour to get a chef to our table just to start preparing the meal.

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RachelE
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Miguel was a wonderful teppan chef, personable, and made our meal very enjoyable. Vita was a great server and was so quick with everything we needed. We haven't been to Benihana's in a few years, so it was wonderful visit again.

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PaulM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place.we come for all the holidays great food & great staff

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CaitlynnH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!! Great Mother’s Day!!!!!

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SaraK
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I wish Benihana would enforce their dress code policy they clearly have posted at the hostess desk.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef Shay Marie was amazing and very accommodating! Food was delicious!

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irmas
NW Territories
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had a great time! Chef Ray was awesome!! Made our experience so fun. Had my kids, husband and I laughing. Food was cooked to perfection!! Our server was kind and attentive to everything we needed. Thank you! Till next time

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daniichaii
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Reservation was at 415 but didn’t get to the table until 430 because it wasn't ready.

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OpenTable Diner
Baja California
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it , Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we are observing social distancing we still had a great experience at Benihana. We had Conor as our
Server. He was awesome! All staff we encountered were polite and accommodating. As always, we’ll be back!

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AmandaB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I took my kids to Benihana for the Teppanyaki experience. We're didn't get the egg tricks or the shrimp tail flipping. The portions have gotten smaller, but the prices have started the same. Overall I was let down.

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vipClaraB
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was beautiful to get out and see the social distancing within the restaurant.

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JaeAye
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Joseph. Always amazing food, entertaining show, and overall an amazing time!

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LaurenK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Only seated every other table and spaced.out separate parties. The chef was awesome and the foods, as always, was great!

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PatriciaF
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Alfredo as our chef....I think he is the best we have ever had!!!! And that’s saying a lot, we have been going to Benihana all over the US for decades !!!!! He was absolutely perfect!!!!!

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TheRestauraneur
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Long wait. Overcooked food. Generally unsafe to sit in a room with strangers for 2 hours during a pandemic.

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EliC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was fun and entertaining. Had a group next to us that was obnoxiously loud though they had no foods, just drinking.

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rlacha
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so thankful for the service Jose our server and Felipe our ichiban cook provided, it was our daughter’s first time there and it was special

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KellyB
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sure hope you can open more tables soon!

The food and service was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Great food, great cook but very slow service. Reservations were at 215 got seated 25 mins later and didnt start cooking till 315ish

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was nice. Been coming here for Ali most 38 years.

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LizR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our chef was Connor. He’s made the night. It was my bday and his personality took the cake. This man needs Raise!

Best,
Liz

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TreonnieS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alfredo was a great hostess and the food came out amazing! For a rookie he did a great job and kept us entertained!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun. Exciting. Great chef and waitress. Always a good time.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our son and girlfriend here for dinner for his birthday. We had a great hostess and chef. We couldn’t have asked for more.

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madie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED OUR CHEF he was AMAZING food was AMAZING Conner was overall the best chef and made the experience amazing

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Mayra
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service!! Food prep was entertaining.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are working through the pandemic in a professional and delicious manner. Tip these folks generously. ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebrated my birthday here with my twin and family. We had a great time. It was our first time but we will definitely come back. Felipe was our chef and he was AWESOME!

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AlejandraG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food an service were very good although I believe it is too expensive for the amount of food served.
But for once in a while it is a nice place for a different dinner experience.

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NormaO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Not a great experience. Personality and engagement with chef are part of the reason to go there. Very pricey and didn’t enjoy the visit. Won’t be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress. Great chef. Overall great experience.

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Benihana - San Diego, CA is rated 4.6 stars by 4229 OpenTable diners.

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

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