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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

MAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SIZZLE.
The more you give, the more you get.
For a limited time, RECEIVE A $10 PROMOTIONAL CARD WHEN YOU PURCHASE $50 IN GIFT CARDS. Offer available 11/14/17 – 12/31/17. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

MAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SIZZLE.
The more you give, the more you get.
For a limited time, RECEIVE A $10 PROMOTIONAL CARD WHEN YOU PURCHASE $50 IN GIFT CARDS. Offer available 11/14/17 – 12/31/17. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

MAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SIZZLE.
The more you give, the more you get.
For a limited time, RECEIVE A $10 PROMOTIONAL CARD WHEN YOU PURCHASE $50 IN GIFT CARDS. Offer available 11/14/17 – 12/31/17. Promotional Cards valid 1/2/18 – 3/31/18.

Benihana - Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (51)
Special Occasion (51)
Fun (45)
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Kid-friendly (39)
Good for Groups (37)
Good for a Date (35)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Casual (20)
Great for Lunch (15)
People Watching (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Romantic (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Healthy (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Great Beer (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined a day ago

It took a while to get our drinks, the chef was extremely boring and not interactive, his energy was very low, the taste of the food was bland and over cooked!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Good food, however had to wait a long time for a cook. The table next to us had a cook much faster they were finished before our cook even started although we were seated almost the same time. It is hard to be hungry and watch the next table eat their whole meal before you get any food.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

Service was poor, waiter and waitress showed no interest on servicing us, they were unfriendly. They got our orders wrong, their level of service was very poor.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

Our waitress & cook were awesome

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Husband Birthday

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great but loud with birthday celebrations. If that is your jam this is the place to be! Service was great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Consistent food, consistent fun, love watching the kids eat everything that's put in front of them

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

They sat us down right away. Our cook and waiter were both really nice .

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I come to Benihana every year for my birthday. Their birthday club deal is the best...$30 for anything on the menu as long as you bring someone with you. That's easy to do. Great place for dinner and a little show, if you get an enthusiastic chef, which isn't always the case. But the food is always good. The service is great at the Santa Monica location. I'll see you all next year for my birthday!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food was delicious. Our cook however was clearly new. He burned himself multiple time, kept making mistakes and gave us our appetizers at the end!?! Overall experience was good however. But it could’ve been much better.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We really enjoyed our chef Victor! He was personable and skilled at his craft.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food is always great, but this time the server wasn't very attentive and after asking for napkins three times I finally had to grab another server to finally get napkins. Also, she brought the iced tea but the sweetener only came 30 minutes (!!) later after much pleading... The bill, oh the bill... Another epic wait. I saw her coming by other tables nearby, so she was around but simply not divine her time well enough. I gave an 18% tip simply because they split the tips with the grill guys. Normally I'd tip 20% or more, but this time I wanted to leave something like 10%, because I was aggravated the whole meal.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

took hour to get sat & didnt turn our grill on so chef had to come back in 15min

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Been a few times. I like the community feel as you sit with strangers. Fun for birthdays. Food is fine, not the best and not the worst. More for the fun and the chef cooking at your table.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Very slow service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

One of our best experiences here. My family goes several times a year for birthdays. The filet mignon was the best ever. We were seated on time, served very quickly. The beverages were always refilled promptly and every single bite was perfection.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

30 min late on our reservation, I received my appetizers with my main meal, had to ask several times for a single refill.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Dane’s Birthday

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Service so slow and very noisy cannot hear the person next to u talking. Not recommended for quiet and or romantic dinner...

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I used to absolutely love this place. Especially when it was in Beverly hills. The one in Santa Monica is very different. The sauces and dressing is all different and water down. Just don't know what happened to something that was so great

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Didn't like hire we got treated. It was my mom's B Day. Will not return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Service was excelent. Friendly staff. Great food selecton. This was my 5th visit and will go again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

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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vip
 (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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