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Benihana - San Diego

4.6
2477 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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$10 Benihana Promotional Card. Offer available 5/15/18 - 6/17/18. Promotional Cards valid 6/18/18 - 7/23/18.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 2477 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Our server was always ready to refill our drinks and clear away the empty bowls and plates. The chef, Felipe, was polite as well as entertaining.
One negative comment was about not asking first if we want the grill onions before placing it on our plates.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Once we were seated everything was great, but what's the point of a reservation if we still need to stand around for 20 mins to be seated? The waiting area was packed with people, all with reservations, no place to sit.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved my birthday celebration. Ray was great!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great experience Michael was a great cook. Mrs. Bridgette was a great waitress.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Benihana always delivers. Sushi and seafood options are my favorites. Cooked to perfection. Ray was super.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great Chef 👨‍🍳. Funny, friendly and engaging.
Food prepared as requested and delicious.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Had a wonderful Birthday experience! It was fun! Much better than the service at the Carlsbad location.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service Angel our chief was amazing

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Very entertaining, excellent food and service. However, by the time you are done, your clothes will be ready to be washed...!!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

My grandson was delighted with the chef’s show. Food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We had a great time for Mother's Day. The chef was amazing and so was the food!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

I love to take my daughter once a year on Mother’s day. I find it to be too expensive for more frequent visits. The food is always delicious and we enjoy the experience, the service tends to be hit or miss.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's Day of course was very busy. We arrived on time for our reservation. The thin, short, brunette hostess was immediately short, rude, and had no eye contact with the mom we were celebrating when we checked in....couldnt have made a worse first impression...from there it was fantastic. ..waitress and chef were awesome. Food was, as always, delicious...

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I enjoyed the staff and the food, it was unfortunate we had to sit with people that were a bit loud and unbearable. Will try again for Happy Hour but holidays I’ll pass.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was a great time I did notice they changed their prices for Mothers day a little higher for lunch other than that everything was wonder !!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Crystal was the best Chef!!! Food was great!!! Highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My experience was good, I accidentally scheduled our mother's day lunch earlier than what I wanted and didn't know until I got there but they still got to sneak us in. I was very thankful for that. I also know it was very busy but I didn't get what I wanted, I asked the server to ask for extra shrimp instead of scallops. When they cooked my food, they gave me scallops. I didn't want to complain and hold off on everyone's food since we're on a table with a couple. Then, the waitress told us that the ocean treasure meal cones with ice cream and we noticed when we got home that she charged us for that too. She forgot my steamed rice, my son didn't get his water until later. It was an ok experience but it didn't really go smooth like how I wanted it to be especially on mother's day with my mom.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Hands down best Benihana experience we’ve ever had and we’ve been to many all over. Our Hibachi cook was HILARIOUS and engaged with the kids the entire time. I haven’t seen my boys laugh like that in dinner in a while. We will be back for sure.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers Day

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our server chad had too many tables and was unavailable and overwhelmed. He was very kind and clearly wanted to be more attentive but due to the demands placed upon him by Benihana, he couldn’t deliver.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great food, good for all ages, tasty lunch & dinner menus. Fun, friendly & fast. Great customer service
Our favorite place to dine. We come once or twice a week

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Very good food and entertainment. Our chef Michael was wonderful

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Our chef Tyler was the best we have ever had at a Japanese restaurant in which they cook in front of you. He not only had all the tricks he also had some great jokes and incorporated some magic as well!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Friends gathering

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

I'd like Benihana for every occasion, I'd glad to go for Anniversary, Birthday, Mother's Day, San Valentines because I'd liked to much The food, entres.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We reserved a Table at 3:45, we got at Benihana’s around 3:20 we were very hungry and asked if we could be sitted in a table before our scheduled time. We were by ourselves no soul around us except for the receptionist, they were waiting for some other reservations we were told, at the end we were sitted at 4:20. That’s my only complain. Other than that we had a great time and food was amazing!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Excellent service at the bar and super fast. However expected a little more food for about $20. The filet was good except for the fatty pieces.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

My wife and I celebrated her birthday and had a great tim.
We really enjoyed the food.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great service. Our chef was experienced, funny and really made our night enjoyable. The staff was very friendly.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Very good. Service was great!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Awesome service, food and food preparation performance!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Noisy, smoky and food was ok. Chefs were vary accommodating and funny. Service was slow.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We had a 5:30 p.m. reservation. We were greeted immediately and seated almost immediately. From the hostess to the server to the chef(Crystal) what a fabulous experience. This was our first and not last experience.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great service always a pleasure being a customer l; My favorite chef is Italo he knows us, and isnt afraid to open up with us!

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Needs TLC. Tables not bussed - first thing you see as you walk through lounge into dining area. Bathrooms not clean. Oversized mirror in bathroom needs replacing - and I wasn’t scrutinizing - these things just jumped out. Menus not clean. Chef was great - fun, lively. Our kids enjoyed it, but overall we won’t go back.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great Chef!
Great food!
Quick service back to work on time!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great time for my wife's birthday. Chef Victor was hilarious and made the night so much fun!

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Overall, we enjoyed our meal. Our only complaint had to do with the chef assigned to our station (Hector). The food was fine, but his shtick of mixing Spanish and Japanese was somewhat off-putting. Nothing overtly offensive, just not what we expected. While other chefs around the restaurant received loud applause at the end of the meal prep, Hector only got a tepid reaction from our table, which was a mix of 3 different groups.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

This is one of our favorite Benihana locations. Everyone is courteous and professional, the food is good, and they don’t have a bunch of crazy rules about the chefs cooking with garlic butter. If the customer wants it, YOU DO IT. End of story.

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2.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Staff made us feel as we were being rushed in and rushed out. Within 10 minutes of the food being finished and served the waiter was handing out the checks and asking if he could box up our meals.

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