Benihana - Santa Monica, CA

4.5
2698 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2698 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BreanneW
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Probably won’t be back we like Torrance Benihana better. Chef seemed like he was in a rush. Server was great but was a little bit slow. They also didn’t take our picture for a birthday.

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Review
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

My experience was not the best, I paid over $50 for unseasoned and dry food. I was very disappointed and wish I could get my money back.

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LRay
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quail was an AMAZING chef! I will be back when we can

HL
HaileyL
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Chris was amazing! He kept our glasses full and was frequently checking in at our table to see if anyone needed anything. Our chef was good too!

RS
RodneyS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The tuna on crispy rice was extremely light on the tuna and some pieces of yellowtail seemed old...

The hibachi was great as usual...

Our server disappeared for awhile, thank goodness we had someone else come in and get us refills and clean out plates out..

SM
SeanM
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful first night back out after being so careful for COVID. The staff was wonderful, everything was well timed, and we got to meet the head chef who had been there for 30 years! Thanks for a great night.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My brothers 13 birthday was a hit coming to this place we were able to celebrate and our hibachi chef was so fun!

JM
JoanM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a time thanks the food, and people are great.

MD
MaribelD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for any occasion. The food and drinks are always delish!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Victor is the sweetest!!! He is kind and his food was delicious!

JH
JoseH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was a first timer thers took my team but I really enjoyed it 🙏🙏😌

DP
DorothyP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday the best experience ever and I come very often Chef Quail was the best new jokes very entertaining full of laughter fun just a plus

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CoryV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place, the food and the service. Everything was great!

JA
JAMILLAHD
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food, fabulous and experienced chef, great atmosphere

HT
HaraT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Over the years, The quality of Benihana has gone down. I’m sure it’s to keep up with the demand but I remember a time when the food was worth the price. Now, I’m always tempted to visit a smaller, off brand, hibachi restaurant for better food, better value and better selection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite as well as the service and fine dining ambiance

KM
KarmellaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Server seemed new , I paid for extra side items for me my daughter it was shared with the table terrible

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Cecil
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found out we got the Chef who has been there over 20+ years. The food reflected that as it was delicious. The waiter was pretty awesome too. Great Mother' s Day outting.

DA
DarA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day lunch 🤎

JC
JackieC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

excelente service of my waiter, the chef Miguel the only uncomfortable situation is when We walked in we were 5 minutes past our reservations and the host had a horrible attitude look at his watch and walked way and hardly refereeing to us told us, you got to wait to be seat it, very rude attitude. and never came back the receptionist ended up taking us to our table.

JO
JORGEM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The entire team was superb. The server was efficient the host was very accommodating and the chef was good as well. We celebrated my MIL’s Birthday and Mother’s Day delighted with the service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and chef was awesome!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands-down Chief Quail is the Man… he genuinely makes you feel welcomed hilarious guy great cook I can’t wait to go back my girlfriend loved him…. is that a good thing or a bad thing LOL

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing manager!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional. Our server and chef were the best!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience

DR
DeeRam
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We made a reservation for 6:30 and did not get seated until almost 8:00pm
It appeared they made us wait for two people in a different party so they could fill a table and then seat us.
The food was only average- the rice was old and hard.

The wait staff was average not all the attentive but not horrible either.

I will probably not go back.

Especially when you make a reservation, show up on time and then they make you wait- outside in the cool ocean wind.

They need to improve on customer service BIG TIME!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservations was made for 10 pm. I called to make sure the restaurant would still be open, they told me no so i began to go somewhere else. I got a phone call from the restaurant 5 minutes later; asking if I would be able to make my reservation. So I showed up for my reservation just to be told the restaurant was closed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING ! Our Chef Victor was beyond great ! Be sure to request him.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was a great joke teller


Signed birthday group

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Edward(or Rese) & Brian 10/10! Very nice and friendly

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AzinS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Open table over booked the restaurant so we ended up waiting 30 minutes to get seated and then another 30 minutes before our chef showed up to cook for us. With less capacity Open Table should not overbook so that people don't end up waiting so long.

HK
vipHolleeKW
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience1

This place is in serious need of servers and an upgrade of the interior. The only pleasant thing was our chef, who was a lot of fun. None of the hosts or servers look like give a damn. We couldn’t believe that we were paying the big $$ to be in a dumpy place like this one. (I’ve been to many nicer Benihana’s.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was Anniversary, our chef Quail was great!

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Lillulu83
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening for the family. Excellent service and food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It took a minute to be seated as well as for our cook to come to the table but overall everything was great.

MD
MarkD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was really good. I had a very good experience. It’s just different when it’s not loud. I’m just getting used to it

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone professional and personable.

AK
AnitaK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Got sick after having eating at the Santa Monica location 4/23/21
Also after being seated at our requested table management ask us twice to move to accommodate another guest who was already seated.
We found that disturbing and uncomfortable. Spoiled our birthday dinner celebration

CL
CevellL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef was amazing...

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Benihana - Santa Monica, CA is rated 4.5 stars by 2698 OpenTable diners.

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