Benihana - San Diego

4.6
2542 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
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 2542 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I usually dine at the Anaheim location but the food here was 10x’s better! Service was also great! Chad was friendly and attentive to our needs! Will definitely dine here again!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Chef Ray was awesome for our Grandson’s birthday celebration. He was very entertaining & friendly.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The server and the chef were exceptional. They both went out of their way to make our visit pleasant and very fun.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Very good, entertaining chef. A little loud for a relatively small room. Attentive waitress. Seated on time.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Was able to reserve a last minute table using the open table app for Benihana where I took my daughter for dinner to celebrate her birthday 🎉🎉

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

I wasn’t impressed with the cook.
She asked me if I wanted a sauce on my tofu; then I asked her “what kind of sauce?” And she said “I don’t know” and when she finished cooking my plate to me she poured some sort of hot sauce with out asking if I would like that. I couldn’t eat, because I just don’t eat any spicy foods.
Even my appetizer was non spicy pokie.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Love coming to Bennihanna! Everyone is always so nice here and the cooks always put on an amazing show. Armando (the cook) was amazing as usual. He always makes the best food and always has a smile on his face. He makes the experience so much better.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Celebrating my boys 19 th Birthday to the right and left of me (Gyna(

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We love coming here for birthdays for us or for friends we always take a large group of 8 since each grill seats 8 and we have a really good time having a great dinner with friends

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

My reservation wasn't in the system. Thank goodness it was in my email. The host was rude as hell, as was the Manager/Asst. Manager. We were a party of 8. There was no need to be rude. The cook was great, other than that the whole Benihana experience was over-rated !!! This is the first time I have experienced this type of service at Benihana.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Awesome service from Chef Angel who was hilarious and worth every dollar. Will request him again! Front staff not too impressed with the eye rolling but the overall service was great.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day lunchtime

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Father’s dsy

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We had a really good time. Bathroom cleanliness needs to be improved upon. I was waiting to be seated and one of the guests mentioned to the hostess that the bathroom was a mess. I went in shortly after the hostess did and it looked like she just pressed the paper towels down. The trash needed to be emptied and was clearly full. Also, when I went to wash my hands the lady next to me mentioned her soap dispenser was empty. There were three receptionists/hostesses at the front desk and it would have only taken a minute or so to do things right. It’s not like they were short staffed. I do not really want to feel like I stopped at a gas station restroom when I go out to dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We had a good Father’s Day late lunch. Great atmosphere. Fun place to dine.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food was excellent. I had the filet and lobster. You could cut the filet with a fork. Meals are $30 to $40. Chef's are entertaining. Lots of fun. You share a table/grill with 6 other people.

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I normally am happy with this location. Unfortunately, this visit was not as good. We were seated with a nice family. The server gave us a holiday menu ( it was the Saturday before Father's Day) and we were told that was what we had to use. I wanted to order off the reguer menu. I decided to get up and go to the front desk. There were four employees there so I ask 1 if I could use the regular menu she look awkwardly at a man and asked him. The man finally said he guessed so. I took to menu and every sitting at our table ordered from them. The server said they are NOT allowed to offer the regular menu. I felt it was very poor customer service.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We had the pleasure of having Chad as a host and Crystal as a cook! The pair was PHENOMENAL! I hope to get one of them (or both) in the future! Made the experience EXCELLENT!

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We celebrated a birthday and had a nice time. They no longer take pictures which was disappointing but the food was good as usual.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great and cozy place, the cook was the highlight of the night great show very funny and food was seasoned perfect

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We brought our kids to celebrate finishing school and to kick off summer. They had a blast!! Hector was AMAZING. He went above and beyond to interact and entertain our kids. They've asked everyday since we went if we can go back. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

I spend my birthday here yearly, so clearly I love it. However, today the service lacking. Evander started out good, but towards the end, he did not give us our desserts, gave us a bad picture, and forgot to acknowledge my birthday. The thing is we were the only ones left at our table, and it was 9pm, so there wasn't a reason for him to forget. The manager did take care of everything though and was great!

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

I liked , but we waiting a lot for one table with my guess

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

We had a great time. My family always come here for a family gathering probably 5-6 times through-out the year. I love the service, entertainment, friendly people, good food and the Moscow Mules are to die for, along with the sushi, yummy, I just like this place. When we finish with dinner and we're not ready to go, we head over to the bar area. Thank you Benihana for a great evening. Look for us, we will be back!

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Excellent chef n server but noise was terrible. Even though we were there for a birthday.... To much singing. We literally were yelling to talk.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Our chef Ray was great, funny and cooked the perfect filet and chicken fried rice! Thanks!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Lunch at Benihana with kids is always a good time. Our cook was super funny, happy, energetic and overall very nice. Our server was nice and fast.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Reservations for 4:30. Wasn’t seated until 4:55 and then didn’t have any contact with a server to order food until almost 5:30. I understand this place gets busy and it seemed very understaffed. Beware! Don’t make plans after dinner if you don’t have 2 1/2 hours to spare beforehand.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

You go to Benihana for the experience of your food getting cooked at the table, but when your cook is nothing but boring and makes the food tasteless it doesn’t make me wanna go back

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

good time, good food, the chef was not as entertaining as the other chef at the next table, we were enjoying seeing him perform.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

was seated quickly, chef was really nice and it was an overall fun experience, the food was cooked excellent with special care to everyones order. good time 👍👍👍

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Early fathers day

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Loved our chef Kyle. Food was good and watching him cook was fun. Not so good if you need gluten free

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2.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Always have enjoyed many special occasions until this one at Benihana. We were celebrating my husbands 75 birthday and he ordered the Chateaubriand as is his favorite. Ordered it rare to med rare and it was overcooked to medium and the first bite was fat and gristle (the chef noticed him spitting it out into his napkin and never asked what was wrong). My order was the tuna steak which was also overcooked and then he poured the hot sauce over it which immediately cooked if even more to where it was just a gray blob. First time ever to be disappointed, sad for such a special date.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Awesome service and food.
We had a great time.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Other people that had a later appt where sat before us.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

All of our party had not arrived when our table was called. We told the person seating us that we would wait in the bar. When the last person arrived, we had to wait another 20 min before we were seated. We told the person seating people again, we would be in the bar waiting. When it was time to seat us, she said she had called us 5 times before one of us went to see what was taking so long. She said I’ve been calling you. She knew we were in the bar. It was a very loud atmosphere that day. A lot of graduations and very loud happy kids. We did not appreciate the seaters attitude I wish I had gotten her name. She was young and maybe 5 ft talk with long dark hair. She needs some customer service training. The rest of our experience was great. Our chef, Crystal was very good.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We went for my daughters 8th grade graduation-we were seated at the teppanyaki grill, party of 7 (fits 8). Everyone was awesome, food and chef were great!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Our family loves to go to Benihana! It is fun and delicious. We always took our kids there for a special occasion and now we take our Grandkids too!

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Food and experience was overall good. Always the hostess that are on this location have an attitude

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