Benihana - Santa Monica
Food was horrible
We eat at Benihana regularly ... We love the food, the portions, the chefs, etc....
The only problem is that for about the past couple of years, it is a LONG WAIT till a Chef comes to ones table -- at least on the weekends this is true.
Oh man, with this visit it was 45 minutes before the Chef came around.... wow!
Jasmine and Izzy were fantastic. The food was good. We had a fantastic time!
Been to Benihana many times. This time was just horrible. Terrible server and the chef didn’t do good job and was just simply weird. Came here for my birthday. Won’t be back
We had 2 birthdays to selebrate and where else to go for a superior experience, Thank you all for a moment to remember.
Reservation was for 8:45 but the chef didn’t show until almost 10. The grill was never turned on so that caused additional delay. Because of that delay several people at the table were agitated to the point where the chef cut out the majority of the flair and just cooked.
Didn’t leave the restaurant until 11:15. Food was good but service could’ve been better.
Made an 8:30 reservation for my birthday on a Tuesday... and they had us wait an hour and 20 minutes to be seated. Not dependable and their service was such a disappointment.
Our reservation time was 8:15, we arrived at 8, never to be seated by 8:45, we left having not eaten. The host was rude, seated people he knew before us. Shame on you for treating people like this! Never coming back!
WAITRESS WAS NICE BUT DID FORGET OUR DRINK ORDER TWICE.. JUST TO GET A MARGARITA TOOK ABOUT 20 MIN AND THAT IS BECAUSE I REMINDED HER THAT I WAS STILL WAITING FOR IT. TOO LONG TO WAIT FOR A DRINK WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO EAT AND ENJOY A DRINK AT THE SAME TIME. NOT THE BEST SERVICE THIS TIME AROUND.
We went for lunch. There were only 8 of us in the restaurant but Luis put a show on as if the place was packed.
Brooke our waitress was very attentive and super sweet. My father thought she was beautiful. He's 91 he can get away with saying that kind of thing!
Food as always was great. I ordered the scallops for lunch only $15. They are 25 a pound at Santa Monica Seafood. Great Value!
Always been my favorite close to my job I love the way the service treats u
My favorite place to eat! I’m always so excited to have left overs
We waited 45 minutes to be seated, then waited another hour to actually get a chef to come to our table. As soon as the chef was done cooking the waitress came by with the bill we didn’t even get a chance to enjoy our meal, she came back 3 times to ask for the signed copy. Terrible Birthday experience. Will not be going back.
Waited 30 minutes to get seated then an hour for the chef to start cooking once we were seated
Great place if you want to have a great time. Simple impeccable
It was great! My 11 year old grandson chose this for his birthday dinner & was thoroughly impressed.
Our server was slow and not really helpful BUT the cook was amazing!!! Funny and got everyone involved!
We were there for a family birthday, we made reservations and only waited 5 min to be seated, nice greeter person, our waitress Sheila was very courteous, and our chef Taurino was very entertaining and professional. We did not get the picture this time, and do not know if they do not offer it anymore?
I made reservations. I asked if we could have our own table. I request that when I made reservations. I asked again and was told we would have to wait for that but we waited 20 to 25 minutes before we got a cook anyway. Had to pay to park when we should not have been there past 90 minutes to feed 5 peoples. Didn't have time to do dessert. Never again.
The server made a couple of mistakes on our order, but was fine. The food, everything is seasoned the same and you get kind of bored. One of my scallops tasted funny so I had to spit it out and stopped eating it.
The whole family had a wonderful time!
Always takes FOREVER - do not come here if you’re in a rush. Even reservations typically sit 30 min late.
Excellent meal prepared in front of you by a chef who puts on a show.
Miguel was our chef and did a great job. He shared he's been there for about 3 months so he's still mastering the craft, but the food he prepared was as good as it gets. We visit Benihana's about once a month and this last visit's meals were the best we've had. Great job on the new hire!
Everything was perfect... the waitress was very attentive... the Chef put on a great show... and the food was DELICIOUS‼️
Good meal. Good service
We came in early ahead of our reservations and the staff accommodated us anyway. It was great, very happy with our experience there. Thank you
Birthday celebration. Kids has great time. Yummy food.
Had a reservation at 7pm. Didn’t sit until 7:40. Didn’t get food till 8:30. Plenty of tables not enough chefs
It was fun! My date and I were laughing and the cook was very entertaining!
Went out to eat with my family and was harassed by the cook all night. It was one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever had to endure. He was picking on me and “flirting” with me talking about “marrying me” which I made clear made me feel very uncomfortable. I tried to ignore him, he kept harassing me and engaging others at the table to do so. All I wanted to do was leave. Completely unprofessional.
Our waiter was new, forgot our appetizer and then didn’t take off the bill when the time came. Took forever to give us ice cream so it melted. Our checks ver longer after that. He never even brought us our sodas only water. The food was astounding but service was terrible.
Enjoyed a great birthday dinner.
So fun. Our chef was the best.
Too many children
Uno show cooking spettacolare. Molto divertente e ottimo cibo
Our server wasn’t attentive and extremely slow. Also, our chef did the absolute minimum. He wasn’t engaging, nor did he didn’t acknowledge the birthday of some of the other people at the table. He performed two standard chef tricks, the beating heart and the volcano, both with enthusiasm. Also, we came specifically for the fried rice and that wasn’t cooked long enough and as a result was dry and a little hard.
Loved our chef Edwin who is always a great chef and great entertainer as well.
our server was also really great and attentive but cannot recall his name.
this time the soup tasted a bit bland to us, we all thought so (7 in our party) but the food that Chef Edwin cooked and served was amazing!! We come for all our birthdays in the family so about 5 times per year and never regret it.