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Party Size
For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
9:30 PM
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Benihana - San Diego

4.6
2292 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Top Tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
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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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8 FWY and 163 FWY
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2292 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Santiago was a great chef. Nicole did a great job as our server.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

Waited a 1/2 hour from reservation time. Chef was okay. Kids enjoy the cooking but it was just okay this time.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Waitress was rude, chef was wild, sloppy and unprofessional.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Will was the best server we’ve ever had at any Benihanas. I’ll definitely be writing corporate so that he’s acknowledged for his amazing customer care.

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HeeyeonK (San Diego)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Overall, not a great experience because the people we were seated at the hibachi table with were in a “rush” so they asked the chef to cook the food fast. We did not get to have our full hibachi experience, which was highly upsetting because it was our first time there and we had to live vicariously through watching the “show” at other tables next to us.

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LauraR (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Everything was wonderful and the waiters were very nice as well as fhe chef. He was so funny, polite and energetic. Thank you for a wonderful time to our chef Felipe!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Overall the visit was pleasant. The only drawback was the initial seating and waiting for a waiter to take a drink order. The chef was great!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Awesome as usual

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Always our go to place for special occasions and any time we want a great meal!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Our waitress Apple was quite rude but our chef was amazing. Very energetic, funny and engaging. He definitely made our dinner a great time!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We celebrated my sisters 40th birthday at Benihana and we had a great time! It was so entertaining to watch the chef make the food and add some comedy to it. The food was delicious too! I definitely plan on going back again.

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Justeene (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Food is great, them preparing it before your eyes is entertaining and interesting, never disappointed with how my food is prepared. Good drinks. Pretty loud because of the big groups and how the food is made in front of you but if you don’t need to discuss business or have a heart to heart this is the place to go

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KenD (Seattle)
1.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Not entirely the fault of the restaurant, but my wife and I were seated at a table with the most obnoxious family (thing Trump family) who were clearly unhappy that we shared space with them. Snotty, over-privileged people who were very demanding of staff and the entire establishment (dad was very vocal that he wanted everyone to sing "happy birthday" to him). Had the staff paid attention to this group before seating us (seriously, their attire and hair products likely cost more than our monthly salaries - my wife is a doctor, I am an educator), we could have enjoyed the evening.

Louis was great and entertaining as he prepared our food! If we were to return we would bring our friends to avoid a similar experience.

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Lubya86 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

It was a great experience ! Took my husband for his birthday and he loved everything! Chef santiago was very energetic and made our dinner extra special ! Love it its a fun place and the food was amazing 🤪

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Cook could have been a little more energetic but the food was amazing

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Wait area was too small for number of customers and wait time was a bit longer than desired but acceptable.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Today is our 39th anniversary. It is the 1st time no one asked us why we were in.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

It was a nice evening

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viptechshark (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Benihana is always consistent. The food is good and it's a fun atmosphere. I suggest a reservation to avoid a wait but with one there is basically no wait. Not the fanciest place but always clean and clearly a focus on food safety. For a fun meal, this is a good place to go.

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