Benihana - Santa Monica

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$30 and under
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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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L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meal. Good service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

CM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I would have been more pleased if Benihana would have honored the "Chef's Table" $30 gift discount I received from them for my birthday. According to the T however, after meeting all the requirements, the server, Carol informed me that I HAD to order a second entree towards which the $30 would be applied. I was disappointed, because I wanted Sushi, not an entree, but was forced to order a second entree.

Other than that everything was ok. The food is always good at Benihana, and I always expect it to be over priced, so no surprise there.

MT
Los Angeles
116 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chefs are skillful and engaging. Food is dependably fresh and tasty. Love the standard multi-course meal. Great to have soup and salad and dessert.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

They took 40 minutes to sit us and start serving our drinks. The chef was excellent and so was the food but for it being an empty house I expected better arrival, seating and serving service.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

I can with a group of 4 for my birthday celebration. We were not satisfied with the service we received or how the food was prepared. Waiter forgot about our table with clearing the plates or even coming by to check on us. I ordered a Benihana’s lemonade (passion fruit) which the waiter never brought but charged us for. The food lacked flavor (bland), cook was very reluctant to use garlic butter to add flavor. Over all one of the worst experiences I’ve had at Benihana’s. Total birthday disappointment.

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

I AM UPSET BECAUSE I DID GET MY BIRTHDAY CERTIFICATE. I HAVE
SENT 3 E-MAILS AND NOTHING!! LORETHA LOGAN 07/13/47 ALSO JAREE LOGAN SAME THING 08/09. MAY STOP EATING AT BENIHANA

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Son’s 16th Birthday. Been to Benihana many many times. This time, service was weak. Table chef was uninspiring. Restaurant needs a serious update.

EL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was able to check into my reservation early and was seated down very fast.

RO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our Chef, Isamu, was very entertaining. Our server, Sheila, was very attentive to our large group. Our food good.

I
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a go to spot for special occasions, fun times and memorable experiences.
It’s unique dining because the chef cooks on a tepenyaki grill live right in front of you and puts on a cooking interactive show. Fun for the whole family and it makes it really entertaining.
The food is tasty, and it’s just a fun ambiance.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Reservation was made for 5. Didn’t get seated until 5:45. Waitress was inattentive, refills were slow and received wrong cocktail

SU
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The chef looked not happy to be there only did volcano trick also didn’t follow on ckn fried rice no veggies & on top of that put the beef teriyaki over my daughters corn tasted nasty. When she told the server to make another on the back she came back with 1/4th of what she had. Manager was very nice. Thank you

TM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Long line for waiting, but it’s a very popular spot. Even so, the wait wasn’t too long. Food and food preparation was excellent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Didn’t honor our reservation. Told us there was a 30 minute wait so we left without eating there

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

Made
Reservations yet we still waited about an hour to get seated which was ridiculous. What’s the point of making reservations.

MW
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I would recommend but warn them about the extreme noise level. Otherwise, great fun, food is excellent, very fresh, cooked just right. Way too noisy! We know some people like that but we were barely able to talk to the person next to each of us. Maybe have to choose a different time/day of the week?

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was very bad waitress took order left came back to drop my bill and I ask for drink she look bother I will not come to this location again I seen 3 managers they did not bother to come and see what’s going on at table .

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was on a date. Lots of little kids in restaurant. We were seated with teenagers. Kinda spoiled the ambiance.

JT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad service. Again. We were never seated. No apologies .

B
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Plenty of food for the money. Always get the chicken fried rice! Great times!
Be sure and sign up for your free 30.00 birthday gift certificate.

A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

When we go there asked the hosts a question and they didn’t know the answer. So they gave us a half answer and left us to figure it out on our own. We proceeded to the bar area and waiter took our order wrong. Asked for fried rice no veggies and well it had veggies. He said it would be 20 mins before a chef was available. So we just asked for a re fire but the rice was too buttery. We couldn’t eat it; ended up getting a stomach ache. I really enjoy eating here but this time it was not good. Kinda upsetting.

MM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately, I don't remember our chef's name- but he was awesome!! Food was great and he was very entertaining. The hostess was also very accommodating. Easy and affordable City parking lot is across the street. Only complaint was that our table was just around the corner from the men's restroom and I did sense a bit of an unpleasant odor initially- so avoid that location..... Otherwise, a very nice experience!

C
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary mid-week, so much fun! The staff and chef were outstanding and attentive to all special requests from others at at our table, including additions, substitutions and vegetarian cooking. They still make a mean mai tai, sweet splurge. All of the standards were still delicious, including soup, salad, sauces and hibachi rice. Filet was cooked perfectly medium rare, the scallops and lobster were delicious as well. Complimentary ice cream for our anniversary. We will have to return sooner next time!

F
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Despite waiting almost 40 minutes to be seated it was a good experience.

ZQ
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

The rice had no flavor and they barely give you any and it had too much onion. People looked like they were judging everyone. The sauces weren’t given til the end and weren’t very good.

J
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was great. chefs are very nice and entertaining.

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