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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

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (43)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Good for Groups (30)
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Special Occasion (27)
Kid-friendly (26)
Great for Lunch (16)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Casual (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Healthy (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
People Watching (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (1)
Business Meals (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

My birthday

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 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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 (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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·Dined on January 14, 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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·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always fun. Only downside was waiting almost an hour to eat after sitting at the table. Not great with hungry kids.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Fun, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Disappointed with this visit. There was no performance at all-not even the salt shaker! forget the hat tricks, the egg tricks. Our chef didnt even drop a word except when we asked him to drink with us in hopes to get him in a better mood. You dont go to Benihana for food, you go for the show.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The restaurant was delicious however, they seemed a bit undialed when you first walk in. They could not find my reservation but after 20 minutes of waiting figured I must have been the Cathy they had on their reservation since no one else showed up. Then again there was an enormous lag time between the soup/salad and the chef coming over to cook the dinner. Once that part began it was fantastic. Great group dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I love Japanese food. I like to enjoy my dinner with my family in all different kind of service. Benihana is top of my lists.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

For three years in a row, we've gone to Beni Hana for my son's birthday. For the past two years we've experienced this phenomenon where we aren't seated until at least 30 mins after our reservation time. It's incredible -- our entire party is there, but we sit with young children for thirty minutes. This year's reservation was for 4pm -- definitely outside of peak hours. The staff were unapologetic, bordering on rude when they finally did call our name. Food and general experience were fine. However, when we finished the main meal, no one cleared our dishes before they brought out dessert, so dirty dishes were all over the table when we're trying to sing my son happy birthday. Needless to say, not planning on continuing the tradition.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

It was really good food with a great show hosted hy the chef i definitely recommended

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We really enjoyed the personality of our chef. He not only cooks well but his friendliness was memorable.
We keep coming back as our 7 year old son eats better at Benihana than anywhere else!
Thank you.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was awesome like always, one of my favorite places to dine

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We've been coming to Benihana's for years (over 30); In the early days, we always went to the Post St. site. More recently, we've gone to the Burlingame Benihana's because of proximity and to avoid the hassle of getting in and out of the City. It's always good, but sometimes better than others. This experience was one of the best ever. Our chef, Javier, was a master! The food was cooked to absolute perfection. Veggies were crisp-amazing! Our server was an absolute delight. Unfortunately, I did not get her name, but she was extremely gracious and attentive It was just a wonderful all around dining experience.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

6th annual Birthday Benihana!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My girlfriend and I has been a few time before, and it’s our favorite place to enjoy every now and then. We brought her parents this time, which is the first visit, and they loved it!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Liked the overall experience and the service was great, but they don’t have yum yum sauce, and that was kind of weird. I don’t have any complaints for the actual restaurant, but the people do make the experience. The people at our table were extremely picky, so it was hard to have fun and enjoy the meal being cooked, so we missed a lot. But definitely go-you can’t pick your table, but if you can, you’ll have a great time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Being loyal quests of Benihanas in Cupertino, when our european friends were visiting San Francisco and we wanted to give them a great time, we decided to try Benihanas in San Francisco. After being seated next to a family of 4 who were all dressed up in sweatpants and slippers, we waited over 45 minutes for our Chef to join us. We complained to the "Manager" who seemed to be aimlessly walking around. The manager sent someone over to our table, however by this time, we had already seen everyone else's show, which obviously had ruined the surprise for our guests. The Chef was not very experienced and messed up our order 3 times. The quality of food compared to Benihanas in Cupertino was not good and the portions were even smaller.

Having made a reservation, the time delay and quality of our experience was less than adequate and we were very disappointed to have had to pay an extra hour of parking, for little quality.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was horrible - so salty, undercooked, expensive, and it was so hot in front of the stove. The cook was aloof and not engaging (Abel), and I would never eat here again. Sorry to be so blunt.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Waiting is a bit long for a confirmed reservation.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Benihana hasn't changed in twenty years and it shows. The food is poor quality and the ambience worse. I have no idea why anyone would eat here. The shrimp were tasteless even after dousing them in their signature sauces. The salad that you get with a thirty dollar entrée looks like it came packed in a coach class airplane meal. The chefs that come to your table are entertaining in the way a clown or bad magician at a kid's birthday party are. Complete waste of money.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The major problem: the venue is NOT clean. The food was not bad but the overall cleaning was really bad.the floors were really dirty (trash everywhere) and waiters were serving the food with dirty trays. the concept is actually pretty good but they should defınıtely renovate the place and make it much cleaner!

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

The cook had no triks , no charm , looked very tired .

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Actually I went Christmas eve, but I met wonderful people at the table, since I was a party of one person. It was a great experience with ambiance and nice people.,

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I love this restaurant, and make the drive into the city several times a year just to go here. That being said I was wildly disappointed with our Christmas Dinner. Service was slow, we waited over an hour at our table with no cook, and no explanation and no food. I do understand that it was the holiday, and they were busy BUT don't take reservations for dinners you can't accommodate. I will never go back on a holiday.
Our bill was miscalculated three times- other diners at the table as well. They were out of ice cream that comes with the meal and no compensation was made. Drinks were not refilled.
I know all of these things are small, but when added together it ruined a meal and its a meal that costs 40 bucks a head. It's fair to expect decent service, holiday or not.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

5 pm reservation. Seated st 5:30. Chef showed up at 6:15. Tried not to honor my coupon. It was a good coupon

Tags: Fun, Casual
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

On Christmas Eve they were overwhelmed so reservations ran very late and getting served required pro active efforts with each coarse. But the entertainment value of the food prep was all you'd expect

Tags: People Watching, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Dautger bday

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a blast celebrating the wife’s Bday. Steak was good and the cooking show was even better! Server was great and personable. The chef dude was great and a comedian too. The grand kid was engaged with the show and he ate a ton too - a true testament. Super value for what one gets! Great for large groups!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I love Benihana. The food is fabulous, my favorite wine is on your wine list and the dinner and entertainment concept is enjoyable. However, for the first time ever I felt rushed by the serving staff to turn the table, and I've eaten at Benihana many times over the years. I had to ask for both dessert and tea. Put a bit of a damper on the enjoyment of the evening.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Love this place!!! We don't have a Benihana's in our hometown so whenever we travel we look for one in our destination place!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Having been to this location many times, this was the worst in every possible way. Terrible chef (I use that term lightly as he was a disaster) under or over cooked EVERYTHING, was not entertaining or engaging in any way. Had this been our first visit, it would have been our last.

Still not happy after speaking with the manager that gave us a small discount, that I didn’t have time to argue about as we waited at the grill for over 30 minutes for the cook to arrive after waiting 20+ minutes past our reserved time and we had tickets to see Jedi at the IMAX. This was a lunch, we usually go for dinner but it shouldn’t be so drastically different.

I would not recommend this location based on this experience. $160 lunch bill for 4 with no drinks, terrible service and literally inedible food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Total disaster. Dirty and unsanitary. They were clearly understaffed. Felt badly for the wait staff. This night was a mess and total miss.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We should have known better. Dirty floors. Dirty plates. Hands stuck to a dirty table. Slow to non-existent service. Walked out after waiting for 20+ min at the table to be asked for our food order. Avoid at all costs. You have been warned.

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