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About Benihana - San Francisco

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.

1737 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 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:
Laguna /Webster

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(415) 563-4844

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/sanfrancisco-ca-sf

Parking Details:
Street Parking

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

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Details

For a limited time, when you purchase $50 in Benihana Gift Cards, you’ll receive a $10 Promotional Card. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Buy your Benihana Gift Cards at your favorite Benihana location or online at Benihana.com. Excludes Tax and Tip. Valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017. Promo Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM.

Benihana - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (37)
Fun (36)
Good for Groups (28)
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Special Occasion (26)
Kid-friendly (23)
Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Casual (12)
Hot Spot (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Healthy (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
People Watching (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Cozy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Authentic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Vegan (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

It was great! We always celebrate our family birthdays at this restaurant.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food wasn’t the best but the service is great. Good if you go with many people . Overall its a great place

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Overall experience was average for a birthday lunch. We had a better experience in the past.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We had a very inattentive waitress. She did not bring us the hot green tea and the dipping sauces that were promised in the menu. We didn’t realize this until halfway through the meal. No wonder the vegetables and the Benihana shrimp appetizer tasted bland. Our waitress was no where to be found. I had to get out of my seat to track down another waitress to ask for the dipping sauces. Very frustrating.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Edwin, our Chef was very entertaining and cooked our food to perfection.Thank you.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We made reservations at 6PM and were sat with other people who had reservations at 630PM. We did not receive our food until 7PM. We were with a child, which did not make it a great experience. The host/hostess we very unorganized and not pleasant. I would not recommend this restaurant!!

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

We stopped in as the restaurant was near our hotel. The start was delayed due to another guests family members who arrived late. The food was good and the chef was engaging. Being Halloween night and the world series on, the atmosphere was fun and friendly.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

It was possibly more fun for the grownups than the kids!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

It was freezing! 3 seperate parties at our table asked for the air to be turned down. Dont think it ever was.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was not a very good experience. Everything seemed very rushed. We had one kid with us we needed gluten-free food. First they were bringing all kinds of food items that were not gluten-free. I have to monitor it. Overall a mediocre experience.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Me and my family visit Benihanas every year for one of our Birthdays & usually it's amazing & keeps us coming back, this time we were disappointed, the food was not as good, there was eggshell in my rice, the cook only did one trick as well as he kept dropping utensils, I didn't want to complain when we were there because other people at the table & I didn't want to embarrass anyone. Overall this go around was awful & we travel 3 hrs to attend this Benihanas.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Lovely place to be! Came for my husbands birthday and we enjoyed every minute of it! Only downside is you smell like the food when you walk out!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Good Ambiance, excellent customer service. Food too salty for me. Good thing we have the $30.00 credit. But overall experience it was good. staffs are friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Came for my 36th birthday for the first time. It will not be the last

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Terrible .... everything stunk! Lousy food dirty bathroom def had bad SF atmosphere and we got charged an extra $20 for employees health benefits gimme a break!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Lunch is a good value with fried rice included! I was there on Sunday for lunch with my family and booked their first seating at noon. I recommend the place but just don’t book for noon reservation if you are in a hurry or want to eat right away. it seems the staff / chefs all have a slow/late start. You tend to wait much longer.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The staff were very unorganized and rude. They were very disrespectful and full of attitude. We were visiting SF and had taken an Uber, we were not familiar with the city so we stayed out of hunger. Even though we had a reservation, we were acknowledged and seated 30 minutes later. It was extremely noisey ( definetly a kid friendly place) and dirty, there was food and trash all over the floor in the dining room. Everything was chaotic. Our chef was friendly, the food completely flavorless. I don't mind paying for pricey food if it is worth it. I was served a $5 drive through meal for $88! For 2 people...not including drinks. We didn't even get a show out of it. My friend and I were placed at a table with another family for an 8 year olds birthday party. Not the most exciting place for our fun night out in San Francisco. Definetly will not recommend in the future.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great place for any kind of celebration.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Bad hostess experience. We were on time for our reservation, but for some reason the next 3 people who walked in were seated ahead of us. We waited 20 minutes just for our drink orders to be taken. Our chef made the experience worth it, but we came for a 9 year old birthday party. They brought his ice cream out with an unlit candle while he was in the bathroom and didn't even sing to him (a big part of the Benihana bday experience) and we had no Polaroid to capture his utter disappointment. Next time, we'll find somewhere else to celebrate!

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

This place used to be great and after moving to Santa Rosa I haven’t been able to eat here that much. After dealing with the wildfires & working 13 hours shifts, I thought I’d give my family a break from the chaos for some good food and unfortunately this place has gone down hill, customer service was terrible. It was terrible at the bar and the table. I asked to speak to a manager and no manager ever came to talk to me. This experience was definitely not worth $130.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Had a blast for my boyfriends birthday. We are going again for the next bday celebration!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great fun, as teppanyaki always is. The location has plenty of parking so there is no worry about parking in the city. The lunch menu is not too expensive. The atmosphere is fun, as the teppanyaki chef tries to entertain you. Nothing different from any other Benihana worldwide. The chicken rice is great (USD 1 extra), I would recommend that.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great place for food and drinks and special occasions. It was just a slow start for the chef to show up and get the show going.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Lots of fun but way too noisy! Food was good but service was slow & we had to wait for about 15-20 minutes before anyway even took our drink order.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We love benihana. They called to confirm reservations which we scheduled for 930pm they were able to move us up to 7pm which was fabulous. Everyone was friendly. Great experience. We actually came a few weeks ago with family from out of town and Nina was so awesome. You didn’t have any tables when I looked online but when we came in Nina squeezed us in. It really was so nice of her so generous. She went above and beyond to accommodate us and I greatly appreciated that. She’s usually working when we go in there and she’s always got a smile on her face. Nina thank you for being you -you really made me and my families night so soecial. Appreciate it.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Didn’t get my nieces rice that cake with her meal so I had to give her mine. Chef was pretty quiet and server was rude and had a nasty attitude. Rice had no flavor. Just not a good experience like we usually have when we go to the Cupertino location.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

This place was horrible. The waitor was extremely rude. She sighed and rolled her eyes at everything we asked or told her. She only came to our table if we waved down someone to get her. AND to top it off, the manager was horrible too. The food was bad as well. And they are very cheap.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had the Hibachi special. Steak was cooked well. I asked for medium. It was tender and tasty. If you're looking for an entertaining dining experience that has good food, this is a good place to go. Especially if you have guests. Not a date place or a place to have a good conversation as the noise levels were high. Service was great. Friendly employees.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Benihana is a very popular place for birthdays, especially because you can get $30 off your dinner if you've signed up for their Chef's Table mailing list. I've been here several times and the food is always solid. The lunch specials are especially well worth the value.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Birthday was fantastic, fun atmosphere & fantasy food

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Didn’t catch the manager name. But thank you for helping me with my daughter so we could enjoy our food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

It's great for birthdays

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is a nice restaurant with an entertaining chef, delicious food and all for a reasonable cost.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Vegan, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

It was ok with the chef also was going to leave tips on the table but then the waitress came and asked for tip in front of other diners! you know how embarrasing that was!! Never again going there! That's the baddest experience I ever had at a restaurant!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

When I checked in with a hostess, he deleted my reservation by mistake and told me that he reinstated it but obviously he did not...since I received an email from OpenTable for missing the reservation.
The waitress was argumentative when asking about the menu. She also got me a wrong drink and never apologized.
I'm not impressed with their service at Benihana japan town. Not going back again

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great with kids! 5, 10 and 13 Loved the food and being cooked in front of them. Really loud but very entertaining.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Filthy... food quality less than good. Way way overpriced. Left hungry. Filthy disgusting bathrooms. Overall very diaaspointed. Won't be back

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Too noisy

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The kids had huge smiles, so that made the dinner worth it. We could barely hear ourselves think, let alone hear the waiter when he actually showed up. We didn't want to take pictures because there were dishes piled on our table. The saving grace was the food was delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Reasonably good value for the money. The cooking "show" is well-managed, and the food is good. However, there is so much noise that I would not go there again. I think younger people might be less bothered by that factor than I am, with my "senior" ears.

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