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Fri, 5/25
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Benihana - Short Hills

3.8
718 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Groups
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 near the Mall at Short Hills, Downtown Millburn and the historic Paper Mill Playhouse, Benihana is the perfect place to rest after a day of shopping or for a pre-show dinner and drinks. Ask about our private dining options. Book your next event for up to 60 guests in our private dining space. Perfect for private parties, corporate meetings, and large birthday celebrations. Please call for more information.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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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 - 9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(973) 467-9550
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Welcome to Benihana 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-wate
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Private party contact
Will Clark: (855) 745-4865
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

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What 718 People Are Saying
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1.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Would never return here. The food was terrible, the service even worse and the place was really dirty. To top it all off after awful food and poor service and watching the chef clean the stove while we ate (he was literally there the whole time we tried to eat cleaning the stove), one of the servers started scraping leftovers onto one plate right at our table. We were beyond disgusted. I actually got up and left and waited in the car. I don't even do that at home, let alone when you're in a paid restaurant!!! It's also quite pricey for the amount of food you get. Do not go here if you have allergies. We told them multiple times that we had a sesame allergy and they still brought sesame sauce and gave it. Would not eat here again if it was free!! One of the worst meals we have ever had.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Wait time was more than 2 hours even we arrived 30 min before our reservation time

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Waited one hour to be seated and my appointment was for 7:30

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

On Mothers Day we had a reservation at 6:45 pm for 4 people. When we arrived at 6:55, my 16 and 14 year old got out of the car to go inside and check in and I tried to find a parking because it was very busy. When I went inside the restaurant, it was extremely crowded and my kids were still in line to let them know that we were there. When I got to the restaurant hostess, she told us that we were 1 minute late and she couldn’t give us a table. When I tried to explain, that while I was parking, my kids were already inside the restaurant, trying to be polite and standing in line, to get to her desk. She was extremely rude and kept saying that we were 1 minute late ( they give you 15 minutes past your reservation time to keep your booking). We got to her desk at 7:01 pm. Just 1 minute past that time. We had no choice but to leave the restaurant on Mother’s Day, very upset and disappointed.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Wasn’t able to dine, had a reservation and waited 50 minutes, before hearing it was going to be another 20-25, and decided to leave. The parking lot was a nightmare.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's Day Lunch was very full. Reservations were a must to get a table! Little delay in getting seated because of the amount of people and need to organize chefs with the teppanyaki tables. Food and show was amazing, quick, and great tasting. I'll probably return for normal meals b/c it was way too crowded and loud.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our chef Zach was not entertaining at all.

He was however VERY nice.

But he lacked energy and was too slow cooking our food. By the time we got to our steak.....we ate all of the food cooked before that because we ALL (the entire table) was so hungry!

The food itself was not tasteful....

My rice was crunchy and over cooked and my lobster tail was too.

Zach was not sanitary at all, his work station was not cleaned enough after each cooked food.

He even forgot to remove the Kerosene used to light the onion behind on the grill when he left.
He also forgot to cook and order of chicken for one of the customers.

It's like his mind was some place else other then Benihana.

We looked to the other tables chef for our entertainment and clapped!

I hope thing get better for Zach because he was nice.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

No point having a reservation you will wait 30-45 min after your reservation.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This restaurant SHOULD NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HONOR THEM!!!! We made a reservation for 8:45pm. When we arrived 5 minutes before our reservation there was a line of at least 30 people waiting to be seated. They tell us they are running 30-40 minutes behind. A woman standing near me says she hasn’t been seated for a 7:30 reservation (its 9pm at this point).

Opentable should really remove them - at least on weekends - because they overbook. We waited for almost 1.5hrs for our table. The front of house staff was polite but COMPLETELY INEPT AT THEIR JOBS. They told us “5-10minutes longer” every 30 minutes. It was maddening and we only stayed because at that point nothing else would be open.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Though I been here on several occasions the food is delicious, thne wait can bed very long and cause the guests to be restless. Making reservations doesn't help the situation cause they still make you wait over an hour.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Had appointment at 8:15pm and sitted at 10:10pm and finish dinner at 12:10am.
Really poor customer traffic management and customer service.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I would NOT recommend this place to anyone! They DO NOT CARE if you HAVE a reservation. They have a superior attitude and make NO apologies for not honoring your scheduled time.

I never write reviews because I couldn’t be bothered, but my family and I took my 79 year old mother on the eve of Mother’s Day. The place was PACKED.
We arrived 45 minutes early as we had driven in from NYC, to pick up my mother (and made sure not to be late). It was freezing in the waiting area- very drafty due to the entrance door constantly being open etc..and not closing properly.

Since it was SO packed, and we were really early, I wanted to make sure they would be able to honor our reservation before commiting to waiting 45 minutes.

The hostess said, she would try to seat us early but she couldn’t guarantee .. I told her, we don’t need to be seated early, but asked if they would be ABLE to seat us at our reserved time, because my mother is older and has difficulty walking etc.. and if they couldn’t accommodate our reservation we would simply leave.
She said YES, DEFINITELY, we will be able to seat you at 7:30. So we waited the 45 minutes.. we’ll, guess what 7:30 came. I asked the hostess if we could be seated. “No, I’m sorry m’am, but we are very busy and there are a lot of people ahead of you. She could not tell me when she’d be able to seat us..
NEVER again will I go to beninhana. They simply don’t care. And, I’m sure they won’t care that we aren’t returning 😊

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

They did not honor our reservation. Arrived before our reserved time and they told us the wait would be over 25 minutes after when our reservation was for. Hostess offered no apology

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Painful

We had a 7:00 reservation and weren't seated until 7:50. The cook didn't come to the table
until 8:35 by that time our grandkids were very uptight. The food was good and the manager did give us something off the check but it didn't make up for the inconvenience. I would not recommend going.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Had a 6:45 reservation and wasn’t seated until 7:30. Very frustrating.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The filet mignon did not have much taste. The kids enjoyed the show.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I had a amazing experience at benihana as a first timer i was very confused on how everything worked but all of the employees made it a very good first time

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We always go on for our birthdays. My 2 children love it there. We have 10 years of photos that Benihana took on their birthday. That didn’t happen this time - no photo - no image in the silly Benihana paper frame. I was disappointed

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1.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Made reservations with open table for 9:15 we (Wife and I) arrived at 9pm to locked doors!.. A female cook that works in the front of the restaurant rudely told us “they were closed” I asked for a manager and showed him the reservation for 9:15 he replied “If you would have gotten here at 9:00 that was the last seating “ I said well it’s 9:06 (I arrived at 9:00 it took me about 6mins to get through the red tape)and my “reservation” was for 9:15..End result no Benihana..Def gonna shop around for A new favorite hibachi restaurant

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

HAD TO WAIT ALMOST 1 HOUR TO BE SEATED EVEN WITH A RESERVATION. THEN ANOTHER 30 min BEFORE CHEF CAME.

THIS WAS OUR SECOND ATTEMPT TO EAT HERE. LAST TIME WITHOUT A RESERVATION THE WAIT WAS SO LONG WE GAVE UP.

TRY ANOTHER PLACE ITS NOT WORTH USING 3 HOURS FOR THIS.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

They make you sit with people you don’t know. Witch is very annoying because most of the time they will get messed up with the food and get fed up with the cheff. And they might start talcking to you or be very maleducate. So Benihana you should step up you’re game and not have people dit with other people they don’t now. Because no body wants a buissness dinner or birthday dinner with somebody you don’t know. Because they will start singing to you and will think that sconce they are at you’re table they can have a picece of cake. So don’t make people sit at tables with other people.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Avoid this place that has lost all its glory with inexperienced people cooking for you.

I have come to Benihana in previous occasions and I can see the service, quality and tradition is decaying to terrible levels.
They assigned us an awful inexperienced cook (certainly not a chef) with no knowledge or tepanyaki skill.
Food was all burnt, too high temp on the grill. Rice was burnt, then the bad cooking continued for more burned flavor on the chicken, shrimp and meat. The vegetables where practically mashed due the overcooking and sticking to the grill.
Will not recommend to anyone.

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2.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We used to enjoy this restaurant but our last visit was poor from start to finish. The hostess was not helpful, the waiter had long and dirty finger nails and the chef didn't seem to care that the egg shells were every where in the fried rice. Also, the filet mignon portions were smaller then usual. There was no manager walking around and nobody to talk to about current situation. Unfortunately we will need to find another hibatchi restaurant in our area.

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2.0Dined on May 2, 2018

This was the worst experience I have ever had at a restaurant. It took over 2 hours from start to finish to have a hibachi dinner! 1.5 hours were just waiting for everything; server, drinks, chef, food. It seems it was the trend that night because numerous people complained and were waiting a minimum of 45 mins.

The manager didn’t give a damn, no apologies, no table visits, no sense of urgency or care. This was suppose to be my bday dinner, I never even got my bday song or photo that comes with being a chef table member. Never ever go to this place unless you have nothing but time on your hands and not the least bit hungry.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Brought my family from India to watch the show and to see how they make great tasting food....great experience but could have been much better but seems like they cut out a lot of things! Family had an awesome time but I remember the chefs doing more interactive things with kids!

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We were kept waiting for one hour past our reservation time. Then we waited for an undue amount of time for a chef. The waitress was rushed and rude. The soup was dishwater and the food mediocre. I have eaten at Benihana many times and this was disappointing. They clearly booked far too many reservations and could not handle the volume.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Waited 45 min for a table with reservations. Then they squeezed us with another family of 8. So 10 people for a table meant for 8 people

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The reservation process was as expected - we were seated for hibachi in a reasonable amount of time. Our chef was lackluster, to put it mildly. He barely said 2 words the entire time, seemed to be half asleep, just going through the motions. Not once did he try to interact with the people at our table. People go to hibachi for the show. This show was disappointing.

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Reservation not honored. Long wait to be seated. Then heard someone complain that they had been seated and hadn’t had a server come to them in an hour. Disaster! Left and had to find another place to eat, which is next to impossible on a Saturday night with kids. Do not go here. Ever.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Went to Benihana for my birthday. Started off with a delicious cocktail - Haiku Colada. My husband had Rocky’s Choice (hibachi steak and chicken breast)
and I had the Deluxe Treat (filet mignon and lobster tail). Both dinners came with Benihana onion soup, salad, hibachi shrimp appetizer and hibachi veggies.
Everything was delicious! Since it was my birthday, they sang happy birthday in Japanese and brought me ice cream for desert. It was a fun evening!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Birthday Celebration. Amazing as always!

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1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Restaurant was way overcommitted with reservations. They seated us a full 40 minutes after our reservation time. Others with our same reservation time were even later.

Front desk was a mess. They literally had 3 different handwritten stacks of paper they were using to manage reservations and checkin.

Once seated, it was the typical Benihana experience. Which includes, at this location, being totally impossible to get drink refills (or more water) after your initial order. I finally got water as they served dessert.

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1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The place was dirty. The bathroom was unkept. The area leading into the bathroom needed to be vacuumed. The food was not good. Chicken was dry. Yakisoba noodles no taste. I wouldnot come back. The service was good however.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

My kids love it. I don’t. The only thing I love is the mustard sauce. I never find any entree whose main ingredient I find has high quality.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Kid birthdays

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had made a reservation for my twins birthday. The wait was 45 minutes w a reservation which is unacceptable.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We waited 45 minutes to be seated, even though we had a reservation. Chef took way too long to come.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Nice place, good hibachi food, sushi was not that good . Long wait even with reservation , the place was packed very popular bday destination ...

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

High quality ingredients and a happy place to be. Our 9 year old son said "This is the most fun night!"

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