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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.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Between Broadmay and 4th St
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Benihana - Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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