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Benihana - San Diego, CA

4.6
4209 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 4209 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.4
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipClaraB
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JaeAye
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
2 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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Pfizzle
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

chef and server were very friendly and helpful. can’t wait to come again

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Lisa
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Quality of picture was poor! I like to collect these every time I come here. Other than that we had a wonderful time and food was great. The chef was amazing! Service was excellent.

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CAPTMOMAGCHIEF
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our Grandson favorite restaurant, so of course we are going to celebrate his special day there. Staff are always warm, helpful and welcoming, the chef entertaining all make our outing special.. The quality of the food and drinks never let us down. Thank you for you made our Grandson 16th Birthday Awesome!

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vipMirandaN
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chefs are soooo talented!!

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MirorB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the most impressive experience I've had at a restaurant in years. Kaemon, our chef, created wonderful food and put a slight spin on the food I've been eating for nearly a decade. I believe our waitress was Edna, and their synergy was what one would call; "Exquisite". You're so engrossed with the chef's cooking that your waitress already has your next set of drinks ready! I understand experiences vary between people, but the one my party and I went through had me talking for days about it. I already booked another dinner date! Hope to see those wonderful people again soon!

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BB1984
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was good. Our chef was very friendly and personable—but he was very heavy handed with the pepper. All of our food was very overpowered with pepper!! Even the next day, we’re headed up our leftovers and we were still panting and the food was really overpowered from all the pepper!! Unfortunate when you drop $175 on one meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service here

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Vics
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for great service. It was out first night out after a year of take-out. Celebrating my daughter's birthday was a success!

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MayraL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great we got a table for are self’s really nice

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RiahannonV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and the chef was awesome. Reservations were easy to make plenty of time slots.

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NancyR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to Benihana’s often and really love their food and customer service. The chefs are funny and amazing at the same time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter’s birthday, we’ve been coming here for years. Always delicious and always a good time. They are doing a great job with all that’s going on. We’ll be coming back soon.

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HeidiH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef was Ricky and he was am AMAZING chef and enjoyed his cooking skills and was a hoot!!! Would give that guy a raise!

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OanhT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun entertainment place for dinner with family and friends

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KarenC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the food. While the chefs are really great, perhaps the host can ask the table if they want the show or just straight out cook the meals. Been coming here often that the show gets old .

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

18th birthday

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome ! So much fun to get out and eat inside! Sad that the restaurant is only at like 10 percent capacity. But lovely staff :-)

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I really enjoyed our experience at Benihana. Sat by the grill side for a birthday celebration and the staff were very friendly and intuitive to our needs. The food was absolutely phenomenal and you’re really paying for the Benihana experience. Highly recommended!

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ElaineL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great the food and service

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Benihana - San Diego, CA is rated 4.6 stars by 4209 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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