Benihana - Santa Anita

4.3
1492 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. Benihana in Arcadia sits grandly poised at the south entrance to Westfield Santa Anita Mall. It’s within walking distance to Santa Anita Racetrack, home of Seabiscuit and the famous Santa Anita Derby, as well as the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. No day of shopping would be complete without stepping into Benihana for lunch, dinner or cocktails and appetizers in the spacious restaurant and lounge.

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Enjoyedourselfs
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent, I do recommend getting heaters now that winter is coming.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

They need outdoor heaters

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I love Benihana! The food is always great! & I was looking forward to our reservation after months of quarantine. Our waitress was really nice and attentive and the food was delicious except for the chicken fried rice was a little different than usual. Not sure what they changed. Also our reservation was at 8:30 and they start closing down at 9pm so we felt a little rushed. After our waitress took our payment we seen her leaving to her car. We finished our drinks and left and noticed the restaurant doors were locked and dark inside. Next time well book an earlier reservation but they really shouldn’t offer such a late reservation if they’re not going to at least wait until their last customers leave.

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vipEricL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Normally pretty good. But the service was poor that night. Salad, soup, and entrée all came out at the same time.

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SamanthaZelaya
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The shrimp on our plate was brought to us cold, the waiter took the food and brought it back warmed up but the sushi that she brought afterwards was literally frozen in the middle, it was like if they had it in the back of the fridge.

They mest up when processing the payment for my husband and i they charged us 30$+ extra and corrected it but ended up not splitting the amount correctly again so they took our payments and charged us AGAIN.

The waiter was nice but honestly there were too many errors.

For the price of $156 for two people it was not worth it. Just the hype, not going back. it was so disappointing because it was mine and my husbands birthday dinner that we drove +30 minutes for

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bday dinner

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Beck
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I didn’t find it fair that we still had the pay the same price as when the chef is cooking at the table. All the food came from the kitchen. It wasn’t fun to pay show prices without no show.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Not much of a patio. They could do a lot to make it better and welcoming than just having table and chairs.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great.

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DoyleR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our meal was delicious and our chef Braxton was awesome. He had the best show we've seen in a long time.

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MichelleS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and they really take great precautions to keep everyone safe.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday experience was great! Staff was friendly, the quality of the good was good

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Trendy
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Alfonso provided us excellent service. Also Chef Braxton gave us a great show and was extremely professional. The location is so convenient and clean.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, it was my boyfriend’s first time. Got there a little earlier but they attended us pretty quick. Safe environment

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vipSusanO
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

it was nice, food was good and it seemed safe

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JoeA
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our Teppan dinner plus and the staff made us feel safe taking all the necessary precautions all wearing face masks, face shields, and using gloves.

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viplarryl
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

RSVP at 5:30, not seated until 6:10.

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vipSusie
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time back to in-house dining since the pandemic. Benihana did everything first rate from the moment we arrived. They took all the necessary precautions to ensure our safety. We sat at our own table ( we had a party of 3), and our chef, Braxton, prepared our meal at a separate table across from us. It was my son’s 16th birthday and Benihana made it very special for him. The food, service and ambience was first rate and extremely sanitary. We will be going back!!

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LuizaA
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s weird how the chef cooks on the table next to your not in front of you. Kinda ruins the whole experience.

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jetskica
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Honestly, they changed the experience because of COVID. Which I totally understand; however, you got no show. The chef was basically just cooking with his back turned. We’ve been to other locations and they are not doing this.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Rushed service!!!! Had a reservation and I wasn’t even done with my dinner when waiter asked what type of dessert id like. Then as I was still eating my dinner brought out my dessert and the bill.

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JenniferO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent social distancing being practiced, they made it work while making us feel safe to be dining out for Fathers Day! Great service and delicious food as always

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CandiceS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setup was excellent in order to still have the Benihana experience, but maintain safe distance. The food and service was excellent! Very happy we went!

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MarkE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our chef was amazing

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Growly
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was definitely a unique experience, with only four people at the table and the chef preparing the food on the other table. However, the food still tasted amazing, and the service was great.

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LilianR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious our cook Erik was excellent and really friendly. He made the experience enjoyable even with all the corona virus restrictions. They made us feel safe and welcomed.

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JoseS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though the service was a little different due to the virus the workers were very friendly and served great food

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Estephaniq
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Really bad service as soon as you walk in the door the waitress give you really bad attitude I love going there but after that I don’t Think I will be going back

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was quite nice. And quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks and host were all great. Very pleasant experience.

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vipEdwardB
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried coming back to in-house dining and this place was spectacular as always. We only had 5 people at the table and the chef prepared the food on the adjacent cooktop. Still same great experience but a little different. I've always thought this place was tastier dining in and not take out - so the wait was worth it.

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NancyF
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious and it’s a fun experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great for celebrating birthdays

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Squeek
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Service was terrible. Very few people in restaurant, plenty of wait staff. Reservations were for 5:15, we had to wait until 5:30. We were only two at table. I ordered ice tea, served with no ice. Grandson ordered Root Beer, served in bottle with no glass. I asked for white rice didn’t get it until chef was finished with meal and I had to ask for it. Chef apologized for lackluster service. Very poor start in reopening.

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NormaQ
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our chef Erik very much. The food was amazing and the best part is we didn’t wait that long to be seated.

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Yumama13
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I think tht the music was too loud and the price jumped so much compared to encino benihana

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vipbwchilds
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I am usually a fan of this place but my families experience a couple nights ago fell way short of expectations. I blame a lot of this on COVID-19 since we are all trying to figure out the new normal. Good service though is not one of this things that should change. My server messed up our order and therefore we where short food. In addition it seems like their prices have went up 10-20%. This new reality will have me thinking is eating out really worth it. Probably my last time going there for awhile.

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cynthiar
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

1st meal out after being in quarantine. Even with reservations had to wait 20-25 minutes. Good service.

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HeatherD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. All the new safety precautions are great. Will definitely be going back.

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SeanF
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing - the food l, the service, etc

FAQs

Benihana - Santa Anita does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Benihana - Santa Anita also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 340-2276.

Benihana - Santa Anita is rated 4.3 stars by 1492 OpenTable diners.

Benihana - Santa Anita 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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