About Benihana - The Woodlands

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. Benihana of The Woodlands is located at the corner of Lake Woodlands and Six Pines Drive. It is near the Cynthia Mitchell Pavilion entertainment complex and The Woodlands Mall. Benihana offers Happy Hour each Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. Stop in before or after shopping or a concert to enjoy great cocktails and sushi, plus hot and cold appetizers starting at just $3.00.

1720 Lake Woodlands Dr
Spring, TX 77380
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Cross Street:
Six Pines Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(281) 292-0061

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/woodlands-tx-wo

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Benihana - The Woodlands Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

3.8

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

66% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (20)
Special Occasion (19)
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Kid-friendly (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Casual (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Authentic (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
People Watching (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Business Meals (6)
Healthy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Romantic (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Spicy (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Waterfront (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Cozy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Vegan (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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·Dined 10 hours ago

It was fun to hang out with my boyfriend BUT there wasn’t that much of a show put into work. Yes its mostly for kids but my boyfriend it was his first time and he wanted to see a show go on like how i been telling him with all these tricks
Mature people should be entertained too!!!

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 (Houston)·Dined a day ago

Our reservation was 7:00 pm for 8. At 8:30 we had no chef yet. We eventually spoke to manager only to find out they were understaffed. At 8:45 the chef appeared. Terrible service - we’ll find another place in the future.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Valentine day and first time there! Great experience

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·Dined 4 days ago

My favorite place to dine and relax. Each visit is unique in itself. Will always drive the extra mile for a Bennihana's. Great Japanese cuisine!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was nice But my rice was salty and that messed up the whole dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Experience was awesome. I enjoyed bringing new friends.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Hostess was very rude. Our chef was very nice though. We got good company but was completely disappointed when they told us there's no private seating yet when the couple behind us requested it they gave them a private table & Chef.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Had a great time with family. The food was excellent.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Me and my wife are regulars and we enjoy ourselves and leave full and tipsy every time! Love Benihana!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Pretty good. Kinda pricey for what you get, but you are paying for entertainment.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful experience! Celebrated my 13 year old son’s birthday and everything was perfect! Awesome service, quality of food and ambience! I highly recommend this restaurant!!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I usually never leave reviews, but my family and i had such a bad experience here. I have been to Benihana before in different locations and always had great experiences, so i figured that taking my wife out for her birthday would be nice. The chefs were very anti social, creating an environment that is awkward as well as our chef was very rude to my mother in law. For the amount of money we spent this is ridiculous. The food was very bland as well as poorly cooked. Meat was uneven, and i actually didn’t eat my plate. The staff even brought my wife a small bowl of whip cream with a candle in it for her birthday celebration. It’s better than nothing but a spoonful of whip cream, really? After spending over 150 dollars that’s it.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

We went for my sons birthday and they didn’t sing happy birthday after being told twice. They ran out of candles and the waitress had to be asked each time we needed a water refill. They also have small portions to my husband Diablo. We will not be returning.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a wonderful time. The chef was entertaining and cooked a delicious meal in front of us! The other people we were seated with were so nice to meet and dine with. The meals all come with soup, salad, appetizer and entree! I loved the flavor of the soup and my tuna was seared perfectly! Many couples and families were dining on the same evening as us. If you are looking for a quiet, romanic evening, then this is not the restaurant but if you are interested in meeting people, being entertained and having some great food then you should definitely dine here!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Came to Benihana for lunch for my daughter’s 13th birthday. Our waiter was attentive and our chef was amazing and funny. She loved it! Thanks for helping her day great!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Organic, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, People Watching, Fun, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Spicy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The Manager TIP was an amazing person. Very welcoming and professional. She was tired but she took care of my entire family. We love TIP!! Thanks for your amazing service. We will be back

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

WONT BE BACK... we've been here a few time over the past months and we kept making excuses for why it was a bad experience... too busy, too hot, too cold, vent hoods dripping on us. At the end of the day, the service is average and the ambience is overrated. We had a reservation at 6:00, didn't get seated until 6:45. Our chef wasn't very pleasant and complained about how busy it was. It took forever to get the actual meal served, we ended up being there for over 3 hours. Needless to say, after many attempts to like this place, we wont be back.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

It was great, Alway enjoy dining here would recommend to anyone. Celebrate my Birthday here every year and dine here all time. Sometimes you are just seated with the wrong group of people not outgoing and don't talk much so it can kinda hinder dinner but the chef and the taste of food makes up for it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Good Japanese hibachi cooking and food quality. Saturday evening was very busy. Although we had a reservation, had to wait 30 minutes for a table and another 30 minutes at the table for drink order and to order from menu. Food prepared well but my order was missing chicken and had to resolve after all meals were served

Tags: Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

They didn't have enough staff to accommodate and the meal was over priced. My appetizers came out before I got water or drinks, but it took an hour to get appetizers go figure. I could have gone to Capital Grille for the price and got better service!

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

45 Mins after our reservation time we had still not been seated and were told another 20/30 Mins from them. The manager did not even apologize or act concerned. Very displeased.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful service for our gluten and dairy free family members. The “medium rare” tuna steak was ice cold in the middle, but still delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We were looking forward to a great experience of “eyes on” cooking but were greatly disappointed by the staff they have cooking before you!! Our chef lacked motivation as he acted like he could care less if he was there....the food is way overpriced for the taste....it was pretty much tasteless...the onion soup was the favorite for us....it was the only thing worthwhile eating!! We will not be eating there again!!

Tags: People Watching
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My last 2 times at Benihana's Woodlands has not been a good experience. The first time the cook was a trainee and she was so nervous that she was sweating profusely probably from the heat of the stove and the pressure. This last time the cook overcooked everything. The zuchini was burnt and mushy. The shrimp was rubbery from being on the grill too long, The rice was crispy and the chicken was burned around the edges. The steak was the only thing thing that survived being that a lil burnt is okay. The whole grill was charred and that's how he kept cooking. There was food eveywhere especially the rice. There was no consistency with the flow of the meal because everything was late getting on the plate.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was my first time visiting the restaurant I was so excited upon arrival. When I was first walked into the establishment my very first impression was that the staff isn’t so friendly. My reservation was at 845, we arrived at 830ish. The guy said rudely I’ll call you when it’s closer to your reservation time. There was no please be seated or anything. So it’s our turn, our waiter Kevin was very dry and acted as if he did not want to be at work. He didn’t offer to go over the menu nor did he ask was this our first time. So we were confused and he was bombarded with questions, that could have been avoided. After waiting an hour after getting to our section, we received our drinks. Other parties that arrived after us, were enjoying their drinks and appetizers. I brought it to the managers attentions( the same rude guy that checked us in) he said that he’ll check to see what’s the delay. There was no follow up. We asked him again, again no follow up. After an hour and a half, we received our appetizers. Our cook finally came, his cart wasn’t fully prepared, he was borrowing things from Another cook, he had to send someone to the back for more food. Our order was all over the place. He was messy, flinging rice. To top it off his beard hair was in one of the guest food. I got another manager, she said that she will take care of it. So our waiter came back after our cook left and said your food was taken care of, have a nice day. We didn’t get the parts of our meal(green tea, ice cream) nor did he offer; he just rudely dismissed us. We even had to ask for to-go boxes. The whole section received free meals for the horrible service. But I did not enjoy my first experience, and it made the establishment look very bad.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Didn't have my reservation on file had to wait longer.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We love Benihana's but this particular visit the service was terrible. Our whole table sat with empty drinks. Steam rice for one was forgotten. No one offered us more drinks and when we had to go track down someone they came and hurriedly addressed refills and then left again. Food was good but I don't think we were given the correct portions. We won't be going back any time soon. No apologies were offered from the waiter, management or the chef.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Javiar, our chef, was excellent! Kevin, our waiter, was very attentive.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Roy did a splendid job for all at the table. The support staff were on the spot with replenishing drinks and making sure all was good.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner as our tradition we do Japanese food, the chef did not even talk to us. Literally no show what so ever!!! She just cooked the food is weird stages and as the final dish she served grilled onions. That right, everything was cooked but she left the onions for last. $200 and I will NEVER be back.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Grill was not clean when chef started cooking. Chef was very sloppy with food flying on to the table area. The "show"was nonexistent. The food quality was mediocre at best. The chef was talking so much he was not focused on preparing the food properly. For $100 for two people, Christmas Day, I expected a lot more than we received.
We usually go to Kobe for this type of meal and have never been disappointed there.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Always good food and great prices! First time for lunch, and it was just as filling and enjoyable as dinner!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our chef was very dry and he did not season the food at all.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Spicy
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We took our grandson and the rest of our family to Benihana for a pre-Christmas dinner. Lots of fun watching our chef prepare our meal! Everybody had a wonderful time. The food is good, but not great. Even so, it was a wonderful evening. The service was excellent.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very dirty place now, really gone down hill. Service was bad and food was bad. We usually go 1-2 times a month but it’s getting so bad we will not be going back till it’s cleaned up.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This trip was for my birthday with my wife and was great. The people we were sat with complained a lot and partly for good cause as the waiter was not very attentive and some of their food was over cooked. We still had a great time and our food was wonderful. My wife especially liked the noodles and seafood dish she had I had some as we shared everything and enjoyed it all. I had the large filet and lobster tail. Like I said it was wonderful and cooked correct not overcooked just like it should be. Great birthday. Thanks you see you soon. We love to get our picture each year to compare over the years.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Waiter was bad drinks not refilled or asked if we want another. Said we were celebrating two birthdays was not acknowledged.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I am really not impressed with our visit to Benihana's. There were 9 of us (2 being children) and we were waited on by the Manager not a server and he was obviously busy and didn't do continuous checks on the table and looked like the last thing he wanted to do was wait on our party. It felt rushed. We waited for a long time for drinks...to the point I didn't want a second one by the time he came back to take my order...$12 loss for Benihana. The steamed rice that 2 people at our table ordered came AFTER we received the last of the food and because we asked about it. In regards to the chef, she was fine/okay..that's it. She didn't interact with the table at all. Didn't speak to us or make it fun or ask why we were visiting...didn't engage with the children. I have been there before and typically the chefs are much more engaging and entertaining and make it a fun experience. The chef really killed the experience on top of everything else. I even made a reservation well in advance and confirmed day of. It was my husband's birthday and I expected better. We won't be back, especially since there is so many other restaurants in The Woodlands.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

My 25thoughts anniversary was ruined. I will not go back.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The cook was amazing as always, I try to get her because she knows what she is doing and the food is always perfect, the waiter was great to say there was a large group, the only mess up was adding an item to another person ticket that she easily fixed, the only problem I had was that I had reservations for 8pm but was not seated until about 8:50pm. Other than that everything was perfect.

Thank you, my son had a great time for his 17th birthday......

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