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About Benihana - Santa Monica

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.

1447 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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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:
Between Broadmay and 4th St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 260-1423

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/santamonica-ca-sm

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Specials

The More You Give, The More You Get

Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Details

For a limited time, when you purchase $50 in Benihana Gift Cards, you’ll receive a $10 Promotional Card. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Buy your Benihana Gift Cards at your favorite Benihana location or online at Benihana.com. Excludes Tax and Tip. Valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017. Promo Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18. Special valid Nov 14, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM.

Benihana - Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

3.8

ambience

3.8

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (47)
Fun (45)
Special Occasion (45)
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Good for Groups (37)
Kid-friendly (31)
Good for a Date (27)
Casual (26)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Great for Lunch (14)
Hot Spot (11)
Business Meals (11)
People Watching (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Healthy (8)
Romantic (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Authentic (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Cozy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

The prices keep going up, getting expensive, lunch as well.
3 times I had to ask for steam rice, and twice for extra dressing for salad

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Celebrated my love’s 33rd Birthday and we had a wonderful time. The food and drinks were so good we actually finished EVERYTHING! Our chef was incredible, accommodating and had a fantastic sense of humor. We loved every second of it. Perfect place to celebrate a birthday and enjoy both a show and a delicious feast! My only complaint is that I really wanted a professional Benihana picture to give him as part of his birthday gift but we were told the camera couldn’t be found, it was lost. So we didn’t get our framed Benihana photo, which I was really looking forward to. Other than that everything and everyone was fantastic!

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·Dined 7 days ago

GREAT ! Thank you!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

TERRIBLE. Wait was 30 minutes to be seated WITH A RESERVATION, another 30 minutes until we got our food. The food was terrible, noodles were sweet and gross not the traditional hibachi noodles. The setting felt like an arcade and the overall food was the worst Hibachi I have ever eaten. Extremely overpriced. NEVER GO HERE YOUR DREAMS WILL BE CRUSHED.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Overall experience was excellent, the chef asked were we celebrating a special occasion and not the waitress, she seemed in a rush never check back for anything and we had to ask for utensils to get out soup an salad

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was the first Benihana I went to that did not have yum yum sauce. It was disappointing. Although you have reservations you will be waiting at least an hour before you are sat.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was my birthday and 37th wedding anniversary. This was our 1st time going to benihana and there was issue of our seating. Somehow it was marked that we were seated but we in it ended up waiting for over an hour and a half to be seated . Maybe this was just not a good location very busy and inability to keep reservations straight. Maybe we would have wslked in we would have been seated sooner.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food and the chef were excellent...it just took too long to get started.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

food was delicious good service great entertainment definitely would come back and recommend coming here for dinner it's a little pricey but worth it

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

We had an amazing Birthday dinner

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Absolutely unbelievable service. Our waiter and chef seemed to be the hardest working ppl in the store but everyone was essentially taking a nap. We were seated an hour late for our reservation and then no one showed up at our table for another 30 min. Never going back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had reservations, still had to wait over an hour for a table. When they finally called my name, it was for someone else with the same last name. House never checked me in for my reservation. Bathrooms and floor were filthy. Stay away.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

we got to Benihana at 740 for a 745 reservation. We were told it should be about 20 minutes as they were still seating reservations from 630. We watched several people who had 7pm reservations leave, very upset as they had waited almost an hour. We waited 40 minutes and we were still no where close to being sat. They offered us to leave the waiting area and told us we could go buy appetizers and drinks at the bar. If an actually proper managed restaurant, they would be offering them to us for the inconvenience of their inability to properly manage their reservations. Needless to say at 825 we left and walked to another restaurant. As the people before us who left, and were asked by the hostess why they were leaving, we have been waiting an hour, and there are plenty of other places to eat for the people who actually live in Santa Monica, or who come out here often to eat. Ruined a birthday!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We made a reservation three days before, for 7pm. Took 50 minutes to get seated. Unacceptable. And hostesses totally unapologetic or understanding about how much of a problem that was. Don’t overbook!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

DO NOT go to Benihana Santa monica if you have any sort of choice. This place was smokey, ridiculously crowded, understaffed, and one of my worst dining experiences. We had a 7pm reservation, and the hostess told us to go to the bar because they were backed up, giving us a 20 min approximation. We went to the bar, only to wait up there for an hour without being called!!! And we were not the only ones! At least a dozen groups were waiting for their reservation times for up to 2 hours (one group was forgotten at the bar and was there for 2 hours). We ended up leaving, walking a couple blocks to a sushi place in which we could actually breath clean air. If you want kid-crazy, smokey, poor service, this is the restaurant for you.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a 6:15 reservation and didn’t get seated until after 7pm. There were people that were waiting 90 minutes as well. It’s a dump with poor service and no management.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I had a terrible experience with this restaurant. They messed up the reservation that I did through your app. My kids were very excited to eat here, but because of this mistake we couldn't dine here. They were really really sad. Terrible management.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our chef was terrific! Much more skilled and entertaining than on previous visits.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server Shea was nice and our chef was nice also.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Food good however we sat at the end where we were served less and received less of the food than the other parties at the table. Server should be made more award about even distribution.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always fun to take first timers. Only problem is that if you go right at lunch, it may be really busy so it might take a bit longer for your chef to cook your food. Very understandable but just wanted to give future guests a heads up. the staff is very friendly and servers are very prompt!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

First time at this location. My visits to other locations were average, but tonight I had the best experience. This location is a lot bigger than the Encino, which I prefer cause its more roomy. The staff are super friendly and our chef Sergio was the best.

Tips:
- great place to celebrate birthdays, bring a date, or bring your family (your kids will enjoy it the most!)
-Make reservations so that you don't have to wait.
- Ask for Sergio as your chef because he puts on a great show and grilled the food the best I've ever had it. He did alot of tricks and things I've never seen other chefs do. He did a Mickey mouse, Pacman, broken heart, laser show, and more! He even allowed me to participate in his show by throwing a lemon in the air and having me catch it with the cooking fork.
- Order something that is made on the grill in front of you, so you can watch the chef cook it

Food: I always get something cooked on the grill that's either a 5 or 6 course meal. I usually get the Splash & Meadow 6 course meal (hibachi steak and colassol shrimp), which is about $31.
- Onion soup: I always look forward this. It has mushrooms and scallions.
- Salad: the ginger dressing is so tasty!
- veggies: zucchini, mushrooms, and onions we're outstanding especially with the dipping sauces.
- steak & shrimp: cooked the best I had it. The flavors were just right. Sergio knew how to cook!!

Price: may seem pricey, but I think the prices are fair when it comes to the 5 or 6 course meals. The cost is about $20-50 depending on what you get (obviously lobster and filet mignon will cost you more). You get a lot of variety for what you're paying for because it comes with hot tea, onion soup, salad, veggies, shrimp, rice (upgrade to chicken fried rice for $4.10 more), and ice cream. And you're getting a fun show! I always end up with leftovers, which becomes lunch the next day.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Amazing service staff was really nice and attentive. First time in this location, very satisfied with everything. Food was delicious, great atmosphere, very clean and tranquil.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Service was terrible! We had a reservation and it took an hour and 15mins after we were seated before our chef started to cook our food. The food was very good. If you're starving, don't go to this location!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My boyfriend and I brought or friend from out of town and she loved it! The food is great!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great Job guys... and the place is going to be loud if... you’re having a good time

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Dirty grills. Long waits even with reservation but the restaurant wasn’t even half full. Sisters chair didn’t give her enough room to be comfortable.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Haven't been to Benihana in many years; glad to see it hasn't changed a bit. Food's still high quality for a reasonable price. Only disappointment - our chef had no showmanship, prepared the meal like he worked for any other restaurant, whereas the chef at the next table put on a great performance. Was disappointing because that's part of the reason one goes to Benihana. Glad we were sitting close enough so we didn't completely miss the show.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Benihana has been a tradition for birthdays in our family for awhile. For years we went to the Beverly Hills location. Santa Monica ambiance isn't as warm, feels more industrial. Food was good, although our shrimp was a little overcooked and grainy. Our hostess/waitress was very attentive and our chef put on a good show. We will be going back!!

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Enjoyed the evening with great company at our table. Our chef was amazing and we had very cool times. These guys work hard to entertain there guest - had no problem leaving 30% tip. Loved the environment. And we thought the birthday photo was an awesome touch to wrap the evening up!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, People Watching, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Birthday Party with teenagers. They were entertained and I think it's good to see your food prepared with real ingredients right before your eyes. Always a treat and always tasty!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Super fun birthday dinner! Great service and as always a great show by our chef.

Tags: Kid-friendly, People Watching, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We were 8 people, including 4 kids there for a birthday. The service staff were all pleasant and accommodating. One of the kids had some eating allergies. The server worked with her to get a meal she could enjoy.

The hibachi chef was also great. Funny, playful with the kids, and the food was perfect.

Lastly, we had brought a cake which the server helped us with. All in all, a wonderful experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I went to Benihana today and had the worst experience the service was horrible and disorganized. People without reservations were seated before people with reservations. I tried multiple times to speak with the employees and manager, but was met with no support or help. Honestly would have been better off leaving and eating else where. After telling the manager that I was going to leave due to the HORRIBLE experience and RIDICULOUS wait times she appeared to be annoyed and passive rather than apologetic and understanding. I am unbelievably shocked by the management and rudeness of the staff. Defiantly will think twice before coming back again based on the service.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food..

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The place was packed and I waited with my date for 30 minutes and they couldn't seat us. We left to go somewhere else. It would of been OK if they just would of told me that there was such a long wait, but they kept saying it would only be a few minutes more.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Reservations for 8:15 PM. Arrived at 8:05 PM. Seated at 8:50 PM. Server was not happy or entertaining. For a Benihana experience, I would expect interaction with the customers. None! No tricks. Nothing. Cooked food and left. This was a birthday celebration and unfortunately, the Benihana experience was not celebratory.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I've always liked this restaurant. This time it was so disappointing that we weren't informed of the parking problem: parking lot is under construction, no elevator service. My husband and I have knee issues and cannot use stairs. Had to use the ramps which was a LONG trek! We should have been warned.

Food was good as usual.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

We went to spend a wonderful birthday evening at Benihana and was left very disappointed by our whole experience! Our waitress knew nothing about their signature cocktails and she was no where to be found after we ordered our first round and our food. She got 2 out of the three drinks wrong and took about 15 minuets to fix the mistake. While we were waiting I went to the restroom and it was FILTHY!!! Water all over the floor, sinks covered in soap, trash can over flowing with paper towels and toilet paper all over the floor of the stalls. I went to inform the hostess that it looked like it needed some attention and she said "uhhh ok?..." along with the look of death... I honestly can't fathom why this girl has a job in the customer service industry? With this being a multi unit franchise, I know that there are systems in place like a restroom checklist. Shouldn't they be using it? Very rude and off putting along with knowing that their restrooms are unsanitary. When it came to paying the Bill they would not except the "birthday coupon" because the link wasnt on the physical sheet even though we showed them the email on our phone. Absolutely no sympathy after we had just spent over $200 at their establishment. My family and friends will never go back to this place! All we wanted was to enjoy my Mothers birthday, unfortunately it was incredibly disappointing.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

As soon as I got there I was "cut" in line by another customer, with no admonishment from staff to the offender; I was also seated next to very loud children throwing food....... I like Benihana, but not that much to endure the atmosphere and being cut in line for service. I also had a reservation, but that did not allow me to not exercise common courtesy

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