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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

Benihana - Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (60)
Special Occasion (50)
Good for Groups (49)
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Fun (46)
Good for a Date (39)
Kid-friendly (35)
Casual (26)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Great for Lunch (18)
People Watching (15)
Business Meals (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Authentic (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Healthy (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Romantic (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Great Beer (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Cozy (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (New England)·Dined a day ago

This restaurant was severely understaffed. We were a family if 4 with small hungry children. We had made a reservation in advance however they made us wait until someone else would complete a table of 8, while letting big parties go ahead of us. We waited 20 min. To be seated and 1 hour overall before our kid were able to get at least some simple steamed rice. Once the meal has started it was as expected. However, no apology or complimentary food from the management. Very disappointed....

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·Dined 2 days ago

I was seated 40 minutes after my reservation. It took way too long and we had poor service all night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was very good. Chef Edwin is always the best! However not happy with my drink.. had some great stuff in it 2X. Waitress never bothered to take our family pic since we were there celebrating a birthday

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·Dined 5 days ago

Diego was our chef and the food he prepared was the best we've had at Benihana's...and we've been visiting monthly for the past two years! Great meal. We love this restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was wonderful but it took a while in the beginning for the chef to get out.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service and good food, wait staff very courteous and friendly.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

greta food..love the garlic butter. happy hour nice too

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food,service and drinks were all amazing. This was my second visit, and I was very pleased. There was a kids party so it was kind of loud for a moment. However, overall my experience was pleasant. The Benihana’s Punch mixed drink was amazing.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always such a great dining experience the food and service is awesome.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Service was super slow check in 20 min before reservation wasnt seated till about 40 min later and a chef didnt come cook our food until 35 min after being seated.. very dissatisfied with service

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Long wait. Over an hour before being seated. But it was very busy so kinda expected.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our chef, Edwin, was amazing! Very fun and hilarious. Made it such a great unique experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

It's not a restaurant, it's an institution. That isn't a negative - that's part of the fun. The food is delicious, the service is excellent and you know exactly what it's going to be.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Horrible service and low quality food for the price paid. We were celebrating my daughter's birthday. We had a 6:30 reservation and were seated right away. However we didn't get our drinks till 7:00 pm and the chef didn't begin to cook till 7:45. It is traditional that when celebrating a birthday (especially for a litter girl turning 8) at Benihana, the restaurant would have at least 2 waiters sing the happy birthday song and take photo during the performance. We had one waiter singing and we asked him after the bill was paid if we could have a picture, to which he answered "do you want one?" I have been a customer of Benihana for 20 years and after this last experience, I can assure you that anyone I know will not return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The one big issue I had was that the reservation was for 5:30, didn't get seated until 6pm. The hostess was very gracious, but the delay killed us....

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Was disappointed that we had to wait over a half hour after arriving promptly for our reservation. The overall cleanliness of the place was also disappointing. Having eaten at other branches of the chain, this was not one I would hurry back to. The food was as it should be and the chef was entertaining, but overall the experience left something to be desired.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

It's never my intention to say bad things about a restaurant. I actually hope they get better. I picked this place mainly to entertain the kids in the group. The steak and shrimp are pretty good. The food quality was not the problem. The service was. I think this is a mismanaged place. We waited for about 15 minutes to get seated even though the restaurant was almost empty at 5pm. No explanation was given. After that was the long waiting. The waitress was either not capable or had something else on her mind. It took her 10 min to come to table to order drinks and another 10 min to serve the drinks. Then another 10 min to get the first salad (It's hibachi, you don't need to even prepared the salad. you just fill the bowl and come out, right?) The other party at our table called the manager to complain as I also got very impatient. The manager came to speed things up even though I didn't think he actually realized what the problem was. He might think he had a bunch of picky customers. He did give us a discount. But this was not the point at all. The chef rushed out to prepare the food. And maybe due to that, he was not ready. He didn't communicate to the guests like all the hibachi chefs do, other than a few "is it ok?" I haven't been to benihana for years. But another guest at our table said he is a regular and never had things like this. I did notice that the waitress next table was warm and quick. The chef there did everything to entertain. So I believe it's the restaurant's fault that not able to set a service standard for all employees. At the end, sure enough, the waitress gave the bills to wrong party and also put our drink on the other party's bill as well. Very disappointed.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

There was a party of people who were shaking there table and yelling the entire time I was there almost 2 hours and the server was with them so I guess interacting with customers on that table a plus but the other 30 has to suffer but food was better than I thought and my server was very nice no real complaints just small and not very me so I’ll stick to Torrance location next time but love the restaurant as a whole

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Chef made a mistake with our order. Actually, the chef gave some of our food to other people at our table.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

It's very difficult to have a birthday on a holiday. My birthday is on new years. The manager did not allow me to use my birthday coupon. The policy is the coupon can be used only a non holiday.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Dissappointing weak show, after having the other location manager speak to your manager and explain our situation still didn't make a difference.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I was a little disappointed in the service. My reservation was for 7 pm but wasn't seated until 30 minutes later. The chef at our table was a neophyte, lack experience, was shy, and had little skill to be a Benehana chef. The food was okay since it was prepared one item at a time. Needs to improve.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Normally my family enjoys Benihanas - Santa Monica. We've been coming to this location since they moved from Marina Del Rey. However, on New Year's Eve, it was not as enjoyable an experience as we are used to at this restaurant. First, they were running about an hour behind on their reservations because management had decided to accommodate one family that had made 5 separate reservations for 8 people for a very early dinner, thereby really making it one reservation for 40 people and this over-taxed the seating/staff at the restaurant for the rest of the evening...pushing all their other patrons' reservations back between 45 minutes to an hour for the rest of the evening. This is information that I received from the host after I had to make several inquiries (along with many other patrons) about when we would be seated for the evening. Second, this appeared to be the first day of work for our chef. Right out of the gate, the cooking fork went flying when he did the standard greeting of flipping utensils and he was unable to flip the shrimp into his chef's hat. He didn't even try anything fancy...just the basics and he was unable to execute even those items. He also was S-U-P-E-R S-L-O-W cooking all the food so you were not able to enjoy the entire meal together. You had to eat whatever you were able to find on your plate and finish it before getting anything else cooked...otherwise your entire meal would have been cold if you had tried to wait. I've been going to Benihanas for about 30 years and this is clearly the mark of either a brand new chef or one that is inept in his job. Nice enough guy but not the chef you want to have on New Year's Eve...especially on such a lively and busy night. I don't know why Benihanas would have someone clearly so new to the job to work a busy holiday dinner....it doesn't seem fair to either the patron or the chef. Overall, it wasn't our best experience on such an auspicious occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our chef Edwin was great...Me & My date enjoyed the show and our food..can’t wait to go back!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have, belive it or not, coming to Benihana for 40 years for my son's birthday. Now we come with his kids and others in our family. Slowly the service has gotten worse and it has become more of a tourist trap and a table-churning operation. Gone are the Benihana hats for the kids (and they miss them) and the family photos after the meal and the Japanese cooks (now more Hispanic). Reservations are never ready on time. It is a disappointment and all in our party of ten (especially the kids) agree.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Love the food.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was excellent. However, I and the others that accompanied me at the table,had to wait a whole hour before the chef came. To me that is unexceptable, especially with a reservation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This location is terribly busy with awful service and it seems to draw quite an interesting crowd. Fun experience but would go to a different location if I were to ever go back to a Benihana again

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food Great time 😁Chefs are amazing entertainers. Little trick turn your rice bowl over on top of your plate to keep it hot while the rest of the food cooks 😉

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a reservation at 6pm but didn’t they seats until 7pm, our waiter barely came around to refill drinks and check in to take away appetizer plates. It’s a great show but the price you pay isn’t worth it.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always fun and good food !

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

They can't keep a reservation. Seating was done in a haphazard manner. Argument erupted because they tried to split my boy from me and my wife. Very unprofessional.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very disappointed with the service during my most recent trip to Benihana Santa Monica. We were seated half an hour after our reservation time and then it took 20 more minutes for a server to come take our drink order. After she took our drink and food order, she never came back to check on us or refill drinks. The server then left dirty dishes from another table at our table for 10 minutes. When we asked to speak to the manager, he was rude and unhelpful. I will not return to this Benihana location.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The chef was absolutely great! Our food was fully seasoned and cooked to perfection. However, our server was extremely slow. We sat for 23 minutes until she brought water for the table. Also, all three parties were ready to leave but we had to ask for our bill. Our server disappeared! All said and done the manager provided due diligence and gave each party a percentage off of our bills.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

I love Benihana. It used to be for special occasions when I was living in LA in the 90s.
I was spending year end holidays and with my spouse. Wanted to check out Benihana and go down memory lane. The place has gotten more casual and long queues. The food and service as great as before. Warm and friendly and lots of fun. Thank you for a great night. Will definitely drop by again when we go to LA.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Poorly managed resturaunt. Hosteses ar not qualifiedZ. Seated us 45 minutes late. Service is awful. If the good wasn’t good I’d never go back. I miss the Beverly Hills Benihana.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

I could not believe how many people were there for Christmas. We all were thinking that we did not want to cook and also wanted to have fun with our families. Beni Hana's never disappoints. The servers did the best they could with so many people in the restaurant. This could be our family tradition from now on.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

My son and I decided to do something different this Christmas. We had an intimate, warm, and amazing time at Benihana Santa Monica. We really like this location. We were seated with a nice family who were welcoming and inactive. We all engaged in festive conversation and it didn’t feel like we we a separate party. Our chef was amazing and the food was delish as usual. I look forward to my next dining experience. Oh and parking was only $5.00 for theee hours.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Izzy was great and Jackie was accommodating.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very Nice Edith the kids

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