Benihana - Torrance

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$30 and under
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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. Benihana Torrance is an icon in the South Bay. It first opened its doors in 1981 and has continued to provide the community with great food, beverage, show, and service ever since. The restaurant is nestled in Village Del Amo at the crossroads of Torrance and Hawthorne Blvd. It has 20 teppanyaki tables and a recently-renovated sushi bar and lounge to enjoy the best sushi in the town. An 18% service charge is added to all guest checks for parties of eight or more.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Didn’t feel like the tables were 6ft apart....

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BrianS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Because of COVID-19 we had to do takeout. The food was cooked perfectly. The only thing missing was the onion ring volcano.

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Shellyf
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Amazing Service! We will be going back real soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Open table should give a warning with the 6 people max

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ZacharyH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience for me and my family the waiter was excellent

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VictoriaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the set-up is a little different, the food is better than ever. They have even made the portions larger to make up for the fact that they don't cook right in front of you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very well executed COVID-19 requirements.

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JonelleJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I think the food was good and our server was very nice - I didn't like the wait time - we waited almost 30 minutes after our reservation time.

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Shanadee
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Considering the new social distancing policy, the prices should be lowered. Its not the same experience.

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Yang
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter's first time there and she loved it!

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Familyman
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Due to covid-19. The Chef cannot cook at the table. It takes away some of the fun going to Benihana. But everything turned out Great. Thank You

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were AWESOME😊 With the new dining policy, there were able to adjust and accomodate us. KUDOS BENIHANA TORRANCE😊 til next

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NicoF
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Greeter (Sophia) & the manager on duty (Mario) on duty were very rude. We had reservations for 10pm & had to wait almost 30 minutes before we were actually seated, and didn’t think to offer any explanation at first. Sophia called the manager over “could you please help these people” (in this climate with black people) because she did not want to deal with the questions as to why our reservation wasn’t honored at the specific time it was supposed to be. Mario was clearly irritated & saying “let me explain something to you” very disrespectful with hand gestures, then went on to explain about social distancing and things might take longer than usual. We get it, but there was no warning beforehand whatsoever when we first arrived, so we had no clue what was going on, & a person at our open table was seated before us at an empty table that had a reservation at 10:30. I want to say that the waiter and cook were great, it was just the issue with Sophia and the acting manager Mario.

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MariaF
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience2

The chef did not put any enthusiasm when he cooked. The chicken was chewy and possibly raw. My boyfriend and I let home sick.

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SoledadM
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our Lunch and very good service. Will come back for sure.

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CharlesG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Food was cooked far away from us. Waitress was never around. Old fat guy with white hair came over to our table to stack the empty plates before we left. Very rude. He made lots of noise. He didn't ask us how are meal was. A very poor experience overall. We were never offered desert. I won't be coming back.

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ShelbyM
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Reservation broke my party into 2 for Social Distancing purposes. So 4 and 4

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GloriaB
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceeds our expectations. Great food and great service. Practiced distancing, our food cooked in the next table. All employees wore masks. It’s our fav restaurant to show off to friends from other places who haven’t experienced the style of food preparation. We’ll go back again and again!

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KristieP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Wait time was about 45mins after my reservation:(.

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Jessica
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Food was wonderful as always staff was great! But the whole entertainment the reason why we go to Benihannas was not there our tried his best. But since they are now cooking at the next table over where you can't see it wasn't as good for what we pay for.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Was not told that the chef would not be cooking at our table until we checked in. No notice on Benihana website or on Open Table. After salad, food was served all at once. It used to be served as it was cooked so everything was hot. Our shrimp appetizer and vegetables were all Room temp. Very disappointing.

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allcityangel
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Showed up at 12:40 for our 12:45 reservation. No one was at the front desk. Did not get sat till 1:20pm. NOT ACCEPTABLE to wait OVER 30 minutes for a reservation!!! Server was amazing and so was the hibachi cook. Restaurant seemed grossly overstaffed for CoVid times as there were 5 employees standing around the micros/computer area. I prefer the Downey location over Torrance.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Went for the birthday. Advised if the birthday and the staff didn’t do anything even after being reminded. They are currently NOT cooking in front of you which defeats the purpose of going and the cost. I will not be going back to a place we used to frequent several times a month. Just not worth the price of admission any more.

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vipLazy
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s day celebration

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Dimples
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed myself. To be honest I was nervous about going since we have to wear masks everywhere. I love that the chef gave us personal space and the fact we had a table to ourselves.

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KimberleyJ
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All things considered with this pandemic upon us I must say Benihana pulled off a nice dinner. Even though we couldn’t be entertained with the chef in front of us the food was still as delicious as ever.

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JimW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They are doing their best within the new rules. So with what they are working with it was very good

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thomasa
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

30 minutes past our reservations finally seated but not in front of your chef. stupid and worthless experience.

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Paul
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner although the whole Covid experience where they cook at the adjoining table was a little weird. But as always, service was impeccable!

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GaryW
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent safety adaptations. The "show" of meal preparation isn't the same, but the food and service remain excellent.

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EmilioV
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have not dined here in a while and all I can say is that the food and service are great.

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bunjets
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Considering the caution necessary due to COVID 19, the restaurant staff made the very best of the situation. The meal was just as good as always. Several features of the show were not available, and the cook was at the neighboring table. But, all necessary in the times we are now in. Nice to see the restaurant reopen!

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PAMELAS
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

With what is going on in the world right now, I understand it's wasn't as good as normal. I did like that less people were there. I didn't like that the food was cooked at another table & when we received it, it wasn't very hot. Also we were ask to all sit side by side & we aren't a family, we are coworkers & weren't given an option to sit apart.

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Fred
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything great but miss the cook making the food at the table.

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Marti
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

I've always loved going to Benihana's, not only for the food, but the show. This visit was very disappointing, mostly due to the "new normal" changes. The food was cooked on a table across from ours, which made it impossible to watch the chef do his magic and because of that, he did very little of the showmanship that Benihana's is known for. Also, instead of serving us the food as it was cooked, it was presented all at once on one plate - some of it being less than piping hot or fresh tasting. I won't be back until these policies change back.

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vipdebbiev
Los Angeles
4 reviews