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Benihana - San Francisco, CA

4.1
2252 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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2252 people are saying
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NoahS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Antonio was our man! Good times were had all around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Manager was rude

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NicoleB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesar our chef was amazing and the food was great. Server was very nice and was doing a great job training. Always have a nice time here

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday

It was a fun evening

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KASSanFran
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Slightly pricey - the food was delicious and good customer service.
My only pet-peeve is lack of spacing between the chairs, I don't like sitting
elbow to elbow. But otherwise I can't wait to go again. Hope the San Francisco
location doesn't bale out, that would only leave Burlingame.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the happiest place on earth. Forget Disney land - save your money and hit hibachi

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on September 15, 2021

Dear Guest We appreciate you dining with Benihana, thank you for the kind words!

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EddieB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Great chef. Waitress unfortunately didn't check up on us too often. Great ambiance.

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on September 16, 2021

Dear EddieB Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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Sharon
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

We took my sister-in-law out for her b’day to the SF location. It was SO loud we could barely talk. They took 40 min or so to seat us (past our reservation time). Drinks are quite expensive. The food is great as always - and predictable (except for how long they cook the meats).

We had a great time, and it was just as we expected, except for the noise!!! So as long as you know what to expect you’ll probably enjoy this location.

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on September 15, 2021

Dear Sharon Thank you for your feedback! Come back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy, fun !

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Benihana’s & it was a truly unforgettable experience! Definitely recommend for celebrations, the bigger the group the better!

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KellyL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every staff member was wonderful. The food was delicious as always. Weird that it wasn’t fully packed and buzzing with ppl

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Bratleyj
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience4

I should have gone somewhere else after the first 5 minutes defined the terrible dining experience we had here. We had a 6 P.M. reservation, showed up 25 minutes early. Grown son waiting at the bar, my wife and i showed up and headed in to meet up with him. A rather large and intimidating man dressed in full tactical gear and with side arm found me in the bar and asked that I accompany him to the reception area, challenged me for a reservation and once I gave my name he order me to retrieve my party to see that all had vaccine proof. I was shocked and felt threatened by his presence and treatment of diners like criminals but complied, as did my son. The wife attempted to find her QR code from the CDC to show to the man but struggled to find quickly and was looking more and more frustrated as she hadn't prepared to be challenged this way. I went back to see what was happening, (all the while we had now been at the bar for 10 minutes without an hello or drink order even though there were 4 people total in the bar besides us.), she tells me that she found the QR code but when he scanned it to see the data, it was cutoff at the bottom and he could not see all data (the pertinent data was visible, the second shot date was cutoff). At this point I had enough and told him there are plenty restaurants that would welcome our business in SF and he wouldn't accept the document from the CDC we would gladly find another establishment that would, he acquiesced and "allowed" her entrance. Back to the bar for 10 more minutes waiting to be acknowledged or asked if we wanted a drink, never did get a hello or a drink offered. Sat down for dinner and fully 20 minutes go by before wait person says hello and takes drink order, just wouldn't waste the time on this place at this time, obviously under staffed, poorly trained, and even if meaning well, implementing horribly. Food was good as always as was the amazing chef Cesar. I am not a complainer but this was horrible.

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on September 10, 2021

Dear Bratleyj on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

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Raygel
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Made reservations at 2pm. Did not get seated until 2:45pm.

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Pizano
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, chef was good and great at making us laugh. Great time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

obviously short staffed and should not act like they aren’t. i felt bad for the wait staff running around, but also dislike when other staff standing around not helping out.

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on September 9, 2021

Dear Guest on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

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CristinaV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Todo estuvo súper bien, la comida súper deliciosa, pero lo único que no me gusto fue que el mesero nunca llego a cantarle el happy birthday a mi amiga, y le dijimos que estábamos celebrando un cumpleaños, esperamos esperamos y nunca llegó

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Bkmanabe
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went on a Sunday for lunch we were the only ones there, so had the grill to ourselves. The waitress was awesome and the chef was great. Food was perfectly cooked, the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is that the hood over the grill was really dirty and I couldn’t keep my eyes off it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Wonderful food chef and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s great time and so much fun.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious, service was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation and showed up 10 minutes early. The table wasn’t ready yet but no problem because we were early. We wait at the bar and eventually they come gets and take us to the table. We sat at the table for an exceptionally long time watching the table next to us eat their entire meal. We still didn’t even have menus yet. After about an hour someone comes over and asks us if we would like a drink and that it would be an additional hour before we would even be served. They blamed it in only having 2 servers. If the restaurant knew that they only had 2 servers then why are they even accepting reservations and if they are why don’t they tell us when we arrive that we won’t be served until two hours after our reservation? Because we wasted an hour waiting there all decent restaurants had closed because nothing stay open past 10 in San Francisco. We wasted 30 minutes diving each way, paid for parking, and didn’t even get a meal for all our wasted time. There is no point booking in Open Table because clearly reservations have zero relation to real life and you can’t expect the reservation to actually have a reservation for you.

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on September 1, 2021

Dear Guest on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

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Francesl
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Waiter was not attentive at all, and made a few errors on orders.
Seems like this location has had a lot of staff changes after the pandemic, none of the servers and or staff have been replaced with younger non experience employees.
Manager also was not engaged with the customers.

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on September 1, 2021

Dear Francesl We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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Blue
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Besides our chef Billy, being an AMAZING showman and cook (ridiculously delicious!) the ambiance, connectivity and overall sense of togetherness that Benihana's fosters across all races, creeds and colors is what brings the truest value of this place! The SF location in particular really seems to bring that out most consistently, at least for those of us in the bay area. I think the power of truly sharing that most basic of all human activities, a meal, is rarely highlighted as beautifully as it can be, and Benihana's unique setting is really one of a very few places that actually brings the slightest glimpse of a "World Peace" vibe to these especially troubling times.

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DouglasL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Hi my reservation was at 6:30 pm and they called us at 7:00 pm, then it took about 30:00 minutes for somebody to come and offer something to drink.

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on August 30, 2021

Dear DouglasL On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on September 1, 2021

Dear Guest Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Poor service and lackluster food. Very expensive for a pretty rough experience. Benihana is hit or miss, the staff here needs some work. Chef was pretty rude and unenthusiastic, also just appeared a bit dirty which didn’t give a ton of confidence for the food :/

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on August 30, 2021

Dear Guest Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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richardm
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Entry was comfortable. Our id and vax card was checked. Bar time was pleasant. Waiter and cook were nice, helpful and friendly. Cake was brought in for birthday and kept in kitchen. We were provided plates and knife to serve. Overall we enjoyed the experience.

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RussellK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely pricey but always fun. Great service, entertaining chef, and tasty food.

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on August 26, 2021

Dear RussellK We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience1

Son graduation USF

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

They took forever to seat us, we had been there an hour and still had not even ordered, with two small kids this is nothing acceptable. Always love the food but the service was bad before Covid so don’t think that’s the issue

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on August 26, 2021

Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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Vale
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very nice environment. Friendly. Could have been a bit more diligent in picking up unused plates before singing happy birthday for my daughter. Other than that it was great!!!!! Thanks

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AlexisP
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, chef was great. The food was also amazing, lots of different options to go with. Had a reservation for 6PM got our table at 6:15 which wasn’t too bad of a wait.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place!

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vipJulissaC
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was no too good , the wait for the food was too long even with a reservation 2 hours after

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on August 23, 2021

Dear JulissaC Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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JamieF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was terrible. Waited over an hour before our chef came out. 10/10 would not recommend this to anyone.

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vippatrick
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For early diners, expect birthday parties/dinners with young children. Somewhat noisy and chaotic. No problem for my wife and myself. Engaging children with the Chef's performance is part of the enjoyable overall experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter and the cook were super amazing

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Isan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since we lost the Benihana in Sacramento, we come to SF to eat here. This is our family's special occasion restaurant. It entertains, fills you up and we always leave satisfied.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great time!

Benihana - San Francisco, CA
Responded on August 19, 2021

Dear Guest, on behalf of the Benihana team we look forward to serving you again!

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Wilbur
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

it. was. good. good. fun. time. yummy ummy. this is 50 characters.

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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 4.1 stars by 2252 OpenTable diners.

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

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