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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

Benihana - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (43)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Good for Groups (31)
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Special Occasion (30)
Kid-friendly (26)
Good for a Date (17)
Casual (16)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Cozy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

Kinda crowded-awkward stuck w Random unfriendly guests at our table to celebrate my husband's bday. Server & chef were amazing !
Shrimp, scallop & steak awesome. Chicken ok. Drinks are pricey. Don't come staving. Be prepared for a longLONG dinner of waiting, but entertaining fun.

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·Dined a day ago

The cook didn’t do anything special and you could tell he was new. Very concentrated on his tricks which he couldn’t do right and didn’t interact with us.

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·Dined 3 days ago

It was a great first time experience for the both of us we loved it

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·Dined 3 days ago

While the steak with lobster tails and/or hibachi steak meal were served conveniently with a salad, onion soup, fried rice (addition), veggies and sherbert/ice cream; the portions were fairly small, and in my opinion the high prices of this restaurant should reflect the portion size served, but it doesn't. The hostess did not note my strawberry lemonade, she served water once and forgot our orders sherbet (we had to ask for these items, that we naturally wanted because we paid over $100). The customer service could have been better by reservation hostess also, because we in fact scheduled a reservation prior to our visit, but, had to wait anyway because it was not found in there system (scheduled through OpenTable online). Also, we decided on Benihana because we wanted the ultimate chef extrordinare catering tricks and feel but that was lacking also.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I had a very enjoyable time. Nina at the hostess stand was very accommodating with our tight schedule. We really appreciated it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic chef. Food was cooked perfectly and he was very entertaining g. Our server was also fantastic.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Just a bad experience overall. Usually we go to Benny in Concord. This time we went to SF.
Big mistake
Food average
Waitress terrible
Chef was the worst
You come to Benny for Chefs tricks
Did a couple in the beginning
But that was it.
Don't waste your $$$
We had Benny employees eat at our table and the waitress only paid attention to them. It was my Birthday to which made it even worse.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I like the restaurant but this time the food wasn't really good also we had to wait a long time for the chef to come

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Great location, friendly staff and of course excellent food. We made reservations for Valentine's day a few weeks in advance and everything was PERFECT.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We had a good time. It was my girlfriend’s first time at Benihana and Jesus the chef made a great meal and put on a great show.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This place has gone downhill. I took my daughter for her 16th birthday and it seemed to be the theme of the night. We had a 730 reservation and still had to wait 30 mins. The party before us said they had been waiting for 45 mins. For the price and how busy they are...it was not reflected in the service, cleanliness or food. Everything in the bathroom was broken or out of product. The restaurant was super dirty and the only person who seemed to like their job was the hostess. My only positive comment is it's fun! The cook puts on a show for you. THE FOOD...is not very good and all of us did not feel well after we left. Very heavy on the oil and butter.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

it was a family birthday and the waitresses did not sing the birthday girl was sad

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great experience everytime!
Great food, great entertainment, great for parties!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food and show were very good, everything you would expect from the brand. The troubling part of our dining experience was that we had a gentl

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Visiting family

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I waited 1 hour 15mins before the chef came out to prepare the food and live show. Also it was my birthday, when I tried to use the birthday coupon the waitress told me I would have to send it to the corporate office in order get the $30 off my meal. Which to me made no sense or to the other 4 people st the table who also were celebrating a birthday. I didn't even want the headache o. My birthday so I just didn't bother to ask anyone else about the coupon usage.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great for our 4 year old! He loved it, very entertaining. He liked the "tricks" as he says, throwing food around is always fun for a little kid. He must enjoy seeing grownups play with their food! Definitely worth a repeat for his birthday or other special occasion. As for the grownups, meh. Food was very salty, buttery, and expensive. Nothing healthy on the menu. Not a place I would normally eat at and certainly not competitive with other dining options nearby.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Our reservation was at 7:30- took 30 minutes to get drinks and to even start on our food. As always the food is excellent- gotten a bit pricy though

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Edwin is a legend. Start flipping 🍤 again. The guy who broke his neck definitely deserved it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went for our 13 year Anniversary, very fun, delicious food, very good service. Our server Steven was very sweet and helpful. He also took our picture and I thought that was super nice of him.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Birthday dinner for my kiddo. Chef Jose was awesome as always. Never a dull moment at Benihana SF!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Solid Benihana experience, I go every year!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Chef skills going down...tails on almost all my shrimp. Service much better this time and much appreciated.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The staff was friendly, our waiter was great, our chef was great, and it was all around a good experience. Food was cooked well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We were celebrating the marriage of between two of our newest friends and three elderly women at our table we’re celebrating the birthday of one of them. The chef was awesome, with some tricks we hadn’t seen before.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Awesome dinner...............................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I have been going to benihanas for my birthday since i was 6. I am 44. This was hands down the worst service I have ever had. The waitress got every order wrong, was never around and completely forgot the birthdays of the 3 of us at the table celebrating. She then mischarged us and took another 30 minutes to figure it out. We were seated late, had to wait for other late group and then blasted with freezing vents while we spent the meal trying to eat through uncleared bowls, plates and glasses while hoping we might ever see our server ever again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Went for lunch , we normally have gone for dinner. You can tell the difference between lunch and dinner as for dinner I feel like the chefs are more exciting our lunch chef was good just a dab boring. Food was still great had the Mt Fuji to share with my husband that was great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

fun place if not in a hurry, the cooks are the stars, great interactions with quest. try to order a combination meal. make an reservation. enjoy your evening. and arrive early, japan town has a lot to offer.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We sat at our table for an hour and never had anyone come to cook for us. We paid for our sake and went across the street to eat ramen.
The women’s restroom was worse than a bus station bathroom.
The restaurant was dirty and the floors were covered in food and crumbs. Clearly hadn’t been vacuumed in a while.
#bummertown

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Waited 40 mins with reservations, really rude staff, horrible management, food came out 1.5 hours late literally. Hands down the worse dinner experience in San Francisco.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

our cook was nice but food did not have very much flavor. Also, it took a long time for the cook to arrive and start cooking. The temperature in the restaurant was freezing one minute then very warm the next. Overall we did not enjoy our experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Food was in general tasty. but a bit salty especially the salad. The chef was fun to watch. We enjoyed it.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 16, 2018

My birthday

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We came to celebrate our 8 year olds birthday and he loves Benihana as we go quite often. Unfortunately, this time Edward our server was not entertaining as others usually are and we would like you to have the feedback because we always enjoy the experience.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great for date night took my lady and we had a great time

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 15, 2018

MY 5-year old granddaughter and she’s been to Benihana about 6 times already. She loved the “show” and that’s why we go frequently.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always fun st Benihana. The experience of the food cooked in front of you with a lively funny cook is great. The food is wonderful and tasty.

Tags: Hot Spot, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was top notch, as was the ambience. Although it was a bit pricey, Benihana’s lived up to it’s reputation and quality. The service was also first rate.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

It was Chef Jesus that really made the meal awesome and a lot of fun. He was very entertaining & the food was great.

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