Benihana - Santa Monica

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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 downtown Santa Monica just one block off Third Street Promenade, Benihana is conveniently located near parking, movies, and the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Venture upstairs to the sushi bar and lounge where you can gaze down upon the showman theatrics of teppanyaki chefs while enjoying cocktails and appetizers as a prelude to your hibachi meal. Santa Monica is an international destination, famous for golden beaches and upscale shopping. Benihana is the perfect way to end your perfect Santa Monica day.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was horrible

PM
Los Angeles
190 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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!

Only problem!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Jasmine and Izzy were fantastic. The food was good. We had a fantastic time!

OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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

TJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 2 birthdays to selebrate and where else to go for a superior experience, Thank you all for a moment to remember.

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

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.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

SR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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!

E
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

B
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

WR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always been my favorite close to my job I love the way the service treats u

v
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to eat! I’m always so excited to have left overs

EM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very slow
Waited 30 minutes to get seated then an hour for the chef to start cooking once we were seated

PP
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place if you want to have a great time. Simple impeccable

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great! My 11 year old grandson chose this for his birthday dinner & was thoroughly impressed.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was slow and not really helpful BUT the cook was amazing!!! Funny and got everyone involved!

AK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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?

JL
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

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.

EN
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole family had a wonderful time!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Slow service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Always takes FOREVER - do not come here if you’re in a rush. Even reservations typically sit 30 min late.

VB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal prepared in front of you by a chef who puts on a show.

SA
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect... the waitress was very attentive... the Chef put on a great show... and the food was DELICIOUS‼️

MO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meal. Good service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

m
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration. Kids has great time. Yummy food.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Had a reservation at 7pm. Didn’t sit until 7:40. Didn’t get food till 8:30. Plenty of tables not enough chefs

C
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fun! My date and I were laughing and the cook was very entertaining!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

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.

JP
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a great birthday dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fun. Our chef was the best.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Too many children

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uno show cooking spettacolare. Molto divertente e ottimo cibo

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

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.

J
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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