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Benihana - San Francisco, CA

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2198 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
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. Located in Japan Town in the heart of San Francisco, Benihana’s iconic blue tile roof and Japanese castle-like architecture are beloved by locals and tourists alike. Gaze through the large glass windows while shopping at Peace Plaza mall to watch teppanyaki chefs in action at the grill or come in to enjoy the recently-renovated cocktail lounge and sushi bar.

A 6% surcharge will be added to your bill for San Francisco employer mandates.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2198 people are saying
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3.8
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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AnthonyL
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

About a 10 minute wait after our reservation time. A group of 5 had a reservation time 30 minutes after mine but got seated with us

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vipHappydiner
Houston
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had a new to the floor chef. Poor guy. He was trying so hard but he needs a lot more practice and skills.

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NancyH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fun place to go. Had best chef i think. A little pricy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Went for a late lunch and had a great meal. Service took a long time and so did the food but it was a good experience, overall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great server and Chef. Great time!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a real nice time

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TeeD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Our waitress was pitiful. Had to ask to have dirty dishes removed. Teppan Chef was cooking but had nowhere to put our food because we still had dirty dishes from soup and salad. After we ate waited 30 minutes. No waitress. Had to go to front to request ice cream and dishes removed. Turns out our waitress was on break. Nobody assigned to cover. Chef was not Japanese. Not even Asian. No knife skills. Waste of time and money! Place was filthy. Dirty napkins and food undef our table. Worst Benihana I have been to.

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EvanC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Went for a birthday celebration with a 8:15pm reservation on a Thursday. Ordered our food and didn't have a chef until 10:15pm. We had to go and ask for a status the restaurant didn't bother to let us know what was going on. A little frustrating. Food is still really good - but disappointed with the service.

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Kiki415
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I have always love coming here love their fried rice! But i was so disappointed on what i saw while we waited for our chef, the wait time has become ridiculous, very slow service but worst their cleanliness, we saw that the table next to us they barely clean it leaving grains of rice on the table “lots all over” and still so they placed the clean plates over them and when some went into the clean plates the person just swipe them away with his hands like nothing and dropped them into the top stove where they cook when we told the manager helping they just laughed and ignored it. It’s horrible especially when there so many things going on with viruses and people not doing properly cleaning, that’s definitely cross contamination if someone gets sick here I wouldn’t be surprised i just hope this gets better because I really love this place.

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LorenaC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The worse service aver. It took the waitress 45 mins to bring our drinks and another 30 mins for the cook to come out. An appetizer we ordered never arrived. Don’t waste your money and time.

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AnaO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a good experience, the kids liked it. They just forgot one of our appetizers and brought it at the end.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Ok but not like how I remembered it to be

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved it. Get the chicken fried rice. Skip the lobster. Get the land n sea (filet and scallops) asked the chef for extra garlic butter on the steak and scallops. Delish.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My wife and I were sat a table that was next to a very loud and rude table. Wasn't a fan

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place.

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Studiofoil
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I’d come back!
Our chef was fun and so were the guests at our table !

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RacyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable putting - whole family enjoyed having Chef Javier cook and perform for us.

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Edie
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It’s the Chucky Cheese for adults everyone had a birthday the night I went. It was mine as well. Every table had a birthday person. It was fun. If your not aware I was not maybe menu is on the napkins.

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RanniH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a Vegetarian. I wish we had more vegetable options.

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CourtneyK
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Disappointing service. My daughter went last night to celebrate her 16th birthday with three friends. They did not receive the sauces with their hibachi entrees and needed to ask half way through for the server to bring. Then, my daughter never got her vegetables that were part of her meal (shrimp hibachi). Finally, they did not sing happy birthday at the end although this was specifically requested.

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Chae
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Benihana - San Francisco, CA was nice. It is a very small and popular restaurant so call ahead.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been here for 2 years, still great entertainment and food.

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MonicaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Thank you...had fond memories of going here years ago, and it was fun to revisit.

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CAROLYNS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fabulous service, good food. A lot of fun--all staff is very nice and fun.

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Mina
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

This year was my 10th year celebrating my birthday with friends at benihana, it has become a tradition for me. Last year was the first time I couldn't celebrate because of the pandemic so I was excited to get everyone back together and back to tradition. The food is always great but our server was awful! As I always do, I provide my chefs table certificate and ID and the celebration begins. At the end of our meal the server completely forgets to add my certificate to the bill, I didn't get my birthday song, my ice cream with a candle, or my birthday picture. I questioned him about it and he just said "oh I'm sorry" umm what? That is so not okay. I didn't feel like complaining to the manager because we were just ready to go. But I did not have a great time for my birthday tradition. I'm so disappointed.

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KyleS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We got just in time for our reservation, but we were seated 15 minutes after. Service was slow. Everything served tasted almost the same; the price does not match food quality.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family members get-together (including toddler and a teenager). First time in Benihana. Everything from booking till receipt went smoothly. No waiting despite restaurant’s full occupancy. Delicious food, exceptional chef Billy’s vibe and performance left us in awe! Made us laugh many times))) The receipt turned out a bit less than I expected (was preparing myself for expensive restaurant according to many reviews). My family enjoyed the evening to the fullest. Definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My party had a great time celebrating Father’s Day weekend. The ambiance was great, our chef was awesome and the food was amazing! Even with the limited menu we were able to enjoy all of our favs and also try some new items.

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savveyshopper
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Bathroom was very dirty no toilet paper and dirt on floor. It was like a gas station bathroom. This is during covid and you should give out alcohol wipes when we sit down like they do in airline. The little older female Philipino server who has work there forever is outstanding she make us want to go there over and over. She loves her job and you can tell. Greeter need to be more welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made my date feel super special

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NotImpresse
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very overpriced , food is blan for the price and service wasn’t great. The servers and cooks were nice, but messed a lot of things up.

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AvaB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was really nice. cooks now cook at ur table and you may be seated with other people if your party is small! overall really good food i love the onion soup and fried rice so much.

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NoahT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lots of fun, good service, very good food. An excellent dining experience.

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vipelizabethc
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was disorganized, and after the initial order you could never find anybody.
The check in was also disorganized, with the 2 different host people telling us totally different information.

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DGsf
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

There is no communication from the staff that you'll be getting a chef 2 hours after your reservation time.

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erikay
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The service was great. Getting the menu to load on your phone was a bit difficult but I used the menu pictures on Yelp to order.

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JOSEPHINEL
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food quality is fair as the price marked. The Teppanyaki Chef is very professional.
The customer service at check in counter was the worst. We arrived 15 min before our reservation. The lady who handling the reservataion area, not friendly at all. No smile, even the dining area are pretty empty, she didn't tell you why you still have to wait to be served. We got our seat 15 mins past the reservation time. The dining area is freezing. Although we got seated, but its take more than 30 mins we got our hot soup served.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was great! Very busy which we expected. Long gaps in between which we saw our server. Everything was great however the thing I don’t appreciate was that she told us we can have another drink and milkshake, disappeared 10 minutes, we reminded her, she came back 15 minutes later saying it was too late and we never asked her. She also didn’t know what rare+ was which surprised me a little, no biggie, just something to enlighten servers on in the future. Other than that she was accommodating. I had a great time! Thank you Benihana’s for an awesome birthday!

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YaDva
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food , ambiance was very good. The drinks were a little watered down and we had problem with the menu since they don’t have a written down menu and only I phones can capture the QR. The person that took the order was not very clear. The chef was very entertaining.

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You can order delivery directly from Benihana - San Francisco, CA using the Order Online button. Benihana - San Francisco, CA also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Benihana - San Francisco, CA also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 563-4844.

Benihana - San Francisco, CA is rated 4 stars by 2198 OpenTable diners.

Benihana - San Francisco, CA does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.benihana.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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