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Benihana - San Diego

4.5
2419 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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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

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Benihana Gift Cards, you’ll receive a $10 Benihana Promotional Card. Offer available 4/10/18 - 5/13/18 Promotional Cards valid 5/14/18 - 6/17/18.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 2419 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
4.4
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 15 hours ago

Loved the ambiance and the food. I ordered an entreé called The Excellence, consisting of steak and shrimp. Very tasty!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Our cook and server are very nice amd friendly. They gave us a quick service and always ask if we need anything at the moment.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everyone was so friendly celebrating my husbands birthday. We really loved our beverages at the bar Nd bartender along with our waiter who’s sense of humor was very quick. We hadn’t been in years but plan to bring our Bruce’s dnd nephew next time,

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Chef acted as if he was hitting me with the Teko then said, "3D"

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always a fun and friendly place as our meal is “showcased” right in front of us.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We always enjoy the show & food at Benihana! The food was delicious and Fausto was great!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I been going to Benihana for a long time it has changed however, My family and I received great service every time. Thank you

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We had to wait for the chef for over an hour. Saw a table who was sit it way after us have their chef in no time. Except for that everything was good.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This is probably the 20th time I have been to Benihana. As usual, the food was excellent and the chef was entertaining. But this visit was the most disappointing we have had. My party had a 7:00 reservation. We were not even seated until after 7:30 pm and did not start to get food until nearly 8:00. That is far too long to wait and unfortunately very poor service from a restaurant that is a favorite of my family. Not sure if the long delay was caused by understaffing or overbooking but the planning needs to be better.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Birthday celebration with friends. The staff was great the cocktails were good. Try the Benihana Long Island it was excellent. Louis our chef was really interactive and had no problems taking special request from the table. Thank you Louis for doing your part and making it a great night.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food and great service.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The experience at Benihana was amazing!!!! The fact that you get great food and you also get entertainment/laughter to go along with it is priceless. (Edwin was awesome!)

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

What a fun, and delicious, evening! Both of the men who helped out table were friendly, funny, and talented. The food was delicious and the portions were generous (leftovers were soooo good, too)!!

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I love benihana and my family and I have been regular customers since I was a kid, but I have never been so unimpressed with benihana until after my recent visit. Not only did we wait for over 40 minutes to be seated for our reservation, the staff, and facilities at this location we're nothing short of appalling. The bathroom was filthy with trash all over, dirty sinks and toilets, and when I mentioned it to a member of staff she acted like she couldn't care less ( her unkept and unprofessional appearance seemed to also reflect this attitude). Staff was largly unhelpful when our party made mention that we had a reservation but still had not been seated. Food was just ok this time not as fresh or flavorful as I am used to from benihana 😥 we had a birthday which we mentioned in our reservation, and to the staff upon arrival and after being seated but not given the usual celebratory presentation. overall it was a very disappointing evening and did not reflect the $200 check.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I have been going to Benihana’s for many years and have noticed the quality of food is dropping. The chicken has tasted awful the last three times we have been here. I am disappointed

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our chef tyler made our experience probably the best. He was very genuine, very funny, he was just different from other chef.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

This location also has excellent food. Stopped in for a business dinner; had shrimp and filet, and fried rice. Very tasty. Would recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Food, chef, and ambiance was great!
Waitress was below standard. Very slow and forgetful.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Chairs very uncomfortable. Not much room for disabled persons to maneauver around table. Food high in sakt & way too much butter & soy sauce. We had to ask for pic to be taken righ when we emwere leaving. Drink with plumeria flower way too strong.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent service, food was delicious. Thats why we like to gather because of rhe food. That fried rice and cocktails drink, omg.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I wasn't expecting to sit with other groups. For those who don't know, if your party isn't large enough to take up a whole table, they seat you with other small parties. We get seated with two other parties of 3.

The food is great, but pricey. Probably because there's a little cooking show. Overall, great food, and we sat with fun people.

I'd go again, but only with a larger group.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Had a great time. Our reservation worked out perfect, walked right in.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The chef Crystal was magnificent. She really engaged with the customers at the table. I was sort of disappointed that more waiters/waitress weren't available for the birthday song. Our waitress sung by herself, very disappointing. Otherwise, everything was great.

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food tasted bland. Hibachi cook seemed tired. Not as entertaining as other tables around us. Waitress forgot orders and made errors.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Always so pleased with Benihana's for birthday celebration! My sister and celebrate our birthdays here, at the Chef's Table. Friendly staff. Our wait-person, Sergio was wonderful. Very attentive. Friendly, professional and polite. Ray - our Chef! Absolutely amazing! So much fun to watch him - he made us laugh so many times. The food was delicious and plenty of it. I couldn't believe how quickly he prepared our dinner. He seemed to enjoy what he was doing, and it didn't feel like a routine he had to go through. Ray and Sergio made our evening a lot of fun. We always have a wonderful evening at Benihana's!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We always have a good experience at Benihana’s. The food is expensive, but well worth it for our enjoyment factor. We come yearly for birthdays!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Spent Easter there and it was so much fun and good food!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great sever and fantastic Chefs! This place never fails to satisfy us!! So much kid friendliness our chef went beyond to make our daughter laugh!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We opted to have Easter dinner out this year and we wanted a family friendly place that the kids would love too. Benihana hit the spot. The kids loved the chef and everyone liked their meal. It's not easy to eat out with a family of five, especially on a holiday, and make everyone happy. The only thing we didn't love was having strangers sitting at our table with us.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Son’s 7th Birthday

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

It was a great experience for myself and my daughter's

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Overpriced. Paid more for a kids meal with a drink than an adult meal. Not worth coming here again. Will find other options. Very. Very noisy.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Ricky was an amazing chef. Funny, energetic, and attentive.

Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

I've been to many benihana restaurants and i have to say this one was the best by far. From the way you're treated from the moment you walk in to the end of the meal. I highly recommend this location.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Comida deliciosa.
Buen servicio.
Ambiente ameno.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Absolutely perfect! Great chef and even better food!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Came here for my birthday! Extremely pleased! Can’t wait to come back

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our server Angel and our cook Angel were both very helpful, courteous just friendly! Absolutely made our dinner enjoyable and my daughter enjoyed her 21st birthday celebration!
The front desk check in staff was not as friendly but thank goodness for the server & cook they made the visit enjoyable!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

As always “perfect”!

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had a reservation for 2 at 12:15pm. We were sat at 12:40. Drink order taken - and drinks arrived at 1:00pm. At 1:20 soup was served.....at 1:45, still no chef at our table. I complained to a manager who said the chef would be right over. at 2pm, still nothing, I asked for my bill. They comped our lemonade and soup. We left. Very disappointed as we go to Benihana around once a month (my son loves it). I am not sure if this was a bad day or short staff but an awful experience.

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