About Benihana - San Diego

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.

477 Camino del Rio S
San Diego, CA 92108
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

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

Cross Street:
8 FWY and 163 FWY

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 298-4666

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/sandiego-ca-sd

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Benihana - San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (110)
Fun (106)
Good for Groups (101)
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Special Occasion (100)
Good for a Date (82)
Good for Anniversaries (82)
Kid-friendly (61)
Creative Cuisine (51)
Great for Lunch (48)
Casual (46)
Worth the Drive (40)
Authentic (27)
Happy Hour (21)
Tasting Menu (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Late-night Find (19)
Romantic (19)
Business Meals (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Hot Spot (15)
People Watching (15)
Seasonal (15)
Healthy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Cozy (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Spicy (10)
Disabled Access (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Great Beer (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Vegan (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Scenic View (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tapas (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 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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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 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.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 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!

Tags: Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 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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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Day

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Awesome as usual

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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·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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 (San Diego)·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 🤪

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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 (San Diego)·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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 (San Diego)·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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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2018

It was a nice evening

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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Daughter date with mom and we had a blast!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

It was a great experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great atmosphere!!!!! I completely love it here

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Max was our chef, he was fun, food was great!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Benihana is a good restaurant, great for dates and special occasions. Went there for a birthday dinner, The chef was funny and entertaining but you can tell that it was scripted. The food was good, with lots of options. The cocktails and tropical drinks are the biggest downside to this restaurant, which are expensive and watered down. Stick to beer or sake! Overall I enjoyed my time here.
Happy hour and lunch is great here too.

Tags: Disabled Access, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent place to celebrate a birthday with family and friends. The Chefs recommendation was spot on, very friendly and relax atmosphere. Great service and excellent food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Everything was Great!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 6, 2018

It was delicious and my baby was very happy with the appetizers and food.. it's her favorite place to eat and beginning to be mine too.. a the lunch menu is very affordable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Always a fun experience. The waitress was awesome. The chef was good and enthusiastic, but seemed a little harried once he started cooking. He forgot the shrimp appetizer until someone asked (had already cooked some of the dinners) and didn’t serve the mushrooms until the end. The shrimp parts of the entrees ended up over cooked.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Somewhat disappointed this time which was unusual. Starchy rice, steak was slightly overcooked. Did not complain as we usually have a good experience and will try it again.
Just a reminder that restaurants can't take anything for granted.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was amazing. Everyone was nice. Especially Michael. Michael was a great chef and knew how to keep us entertained

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We were greeted promptly and seated quickly. We were served drinks within a few minutes of seating. We ordered appetizers which were prompt and delicious. Then our chef Michael put on the great show we have come to expect from Beni Hana’s.

The food was very good, filling and well seasoned. We had a very positive experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

It was Great , the food was delicious and Hector the chef is an excellent cook, couldn’t ask for more.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great, customer service was amazing. Very attentive

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Once we were seated we waited 45 minutes for our chef. The waitress completely disappeared, we ordered steamed rice for our daughter, never got it, the chef forgot my steak, extremely smoky while the chef was cooking didn't turn on the fan.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

First time and it was fun

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Fun why to enjoy a meal for a group of friend on a special occasion. The atmosphere was excellent and the cook was fun

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 1, 2018

This place never fails between the food being yummy and chefs, great times!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Edna was a very friendly, energetic and attentive server!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Always great food and fun entertainment. Food is cooked to order, and the cooks are very entertaining.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I was there on my birthday on Wed 01/31/2018 with my 3 boys. The chief was new. He said this was his 4th night as a chief. He dropped the knifes many times. The food wasn't good and not flavored good. Our experience wasn't that great!! It was my birthday and didn't want to complain. This was the second time I'm having a bad experience. Last time the chief was late by 45 minutes.

Melody

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

We were celebrating my daughters birthday and we loved it!!

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