About Benihana - Torrance

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 Plaza 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.

21327 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 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 Torrance Blvd & Carson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(310) 316-7777

Website:
http://www.benihana.com/locations/torrance-ca-to

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Benihana - Torrance Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (142)
Special Occasion (127)
Good for Groups (105)
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Fun (98)
Kid-friendly (84)
Good for a Date (82)
Good for Anniversaries (77)
Casual (69)
Great for Lunch (61)
Creative Cuisine (44)
Happy Hour (35)
Bar Seating (34)
Worth the Drive (33)
Comfort Food (32)
Sunday Lunch (31)
Healthy (26)
Business Meals (24)
Authentic (24)
People Watching (21)
Romantic (21)
Tasting Menu (20)
Great for Brunch (20)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Cozy (14)
Hot Spot (12)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Spicy (7)
Great Beer (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Seasonal (6)
Vegan (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Waterfront (3)
Live Music (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Always entertaining and delicious. They never disappoint.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Our waitress wasn’t friendly. She would disappear. We had to ask questions to other waiters that would walk by. She wasn’t of great assistance to our chef either. He had to walk away to get bowls and as a result the rice burned. Our chef was funny and kids friendly!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

I love benihana, but this visit was just okay. It felt rushed, the chef was quiet and didn't do much for the kids. Seasoning was lacking. Very expensive for just blah food. Most likely will not go back for a while.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was great! We visit atleas 2-3 times per month

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

Ambiance was great, people having a good time. Food was exceptional as well as our chef. We were seated with a reservation very quickly, even though we were about 30 minutes early. The food is expensive, but you get quality food and also a "chef show" with your meal. The waitress was very kind and on top of things for the whole table of 8. Great place for family fun or just a date night. Had a great time.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

Overall dinner was really good
One of my favor spot for my bday celebration specially this particular location ,I love the entired atmosphere the chef was great and the waitress love her attitude
I would definitely recommend this place to friends and relatives .

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

Arrived for early dinner which eliminated a long wait. Koltan was the BEST chef ever. So entertaining and accommodating as we had a shellfish allergy in our party. I would request Koltan each and every time if I could.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined 6 days ago

I always love the food and the atmosphere, however on this particular occasion, the service was a bit lax. I had to ask twice for my plain rice, which finally came after most of the food was cooked. Also, they never did come with my original drink request. It was pretty unusual as I have always before been very pleased with the service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

Cook should clean the metal plate before cooking. You guys use butter too much to make people fat. That is why they want to go there once in a while.

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Had lunch and our chef was Pedjay who was extremely entertaining and friendly, and he cooked everything perfectly. This was the first time we had him as our chef and we hope to get him again.

Our server must have been new because he was extremely slow to bring things to the table - hot tea, water, napkins and when he did bring the tea it was cold. It took four times of asking for more tea and napkins. He had to be asked three times to bring the steamed rice which came with the child's menu and at the end of the meal he said we would have to be charged for the child's green tea ice cream because it was lunch. Another server told him the ice cream comes with the child's meal - and that of course took another 5 minutes before he brought it. He definitely needs more training.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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·Dined 7 days ago

Food was amazing. Restaurant could have been cleaner . Floor needed to be vacuumed and table wasn’t clean. Food from previous guest was still present.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Chef forgot to give us the 2 sauces, until he was reminded at the very end. Also, individuals that ordered just white rice didn’t get them until after all the food was cooked. Given that I ordered the seafood trio all my food was cooked early and I then had to wait until the chef finished cooking and I reminded the chef that we didn’t get our sauces as well as our rice. That being the case all my food as well as my wife’s was cold at that point, and we had to ask the chef to put all of our food back on the grill to heat it up. Therefore the food was not as good because of the reheating. Just to note this was on my birthday that I visited.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Celebrated a birthday! Great experience. Delicious food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vegan, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Casual
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Wonderful!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Our waitress was friendly and prompt with our drinks and taking our orders. Our chef was fun and friendly.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Our chef was wonderful! He was funny and entertaining. The service was very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was good. We had to ask for new plates because they were dirty and the grill looked dirty as well. The lack of cleanliness was disappointing.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

My daughter went there for her birthday and she liked so much that she make the reservation for my wedding aniversity

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was great, service lacked unfortunately. Would give another try, but prefer Santa Monica location.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We were able to make easy reservations. We were seated within 20 minutes (we were early) once seated we shared our table with some super friendly people! Truly enjoyed our chef & great food!! Can’t wait to visit again!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our chef Cesar was above average. Food was well seasoned and perfectly cooked.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Not the 1st time service was bad. We had the table behind us that sat after us eating before us. Not except at all

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The Torrance Benihana is notorious for slow seating and slow service. We arrived at 6pm for a 615pm reservation. As we sat, a woman marched out complaining that she had been waiting for over 30 minutes and had not received even a glass of water. Gulp...we were in for a long one.

Much to our surprise they seated us at her now empty seats and our service could not have been more on point. The other guests had their drinks arrive as we sat down. Our order was taken and the soup arrived.

The management needs to figure out ways to trim line the system. You know how much time it takes to cooks the meals and Work back from there.

As for the food, our chef did a great job of catering to each person’s dietary likes and needs.


We love the land and sea with the fried chicken rice.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The chef sucked he didn't do any tricks or even talk to us. He literally only told us what we order and did not interact with us. It was so boring that the whole table was watching the other chefs never again will I visit this place

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Always a great place to grab some food. Even better being able to watch them cook it in front of you. Know what your eating! And who’s cooking it. :)
Staff is always friendly. We have become regulars.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

I have been dining with this location for several years I have never experienced this type of service before. My reservations was at 11:00 I was seated at 11:30 my order was taken at 12:30 yes an hour I could not believe I was seated an whole hour before my order was taken an to top it off the Waiter was very unpleasant bad attitude screwed up everyone order at the table. Everyone was confused 🤷🏻‍♀️ As to what the hell was going on 🤔service was terrible. However the manager came to apologize about the bad service and accommodated us with 1/2 off the bill😩but what I can say i will continue to go there I’m guessing the waiter was having a bad day.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Benihana Is almost always a great experience. I had people with me that has never been. Her only complaint is that for the price, it isn't enough food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Went in tonight for my daughter's birthday. Waiting for friends, we sat in the bar for a few minutes. Good cocktails, and delicious appetizers. When our friends showed up we were seated right away. Dinner was amazing, and our chef, Nelson, was very entertaining and really made my birthday girl the star of the show. Kudos for the top shelf service all around. We'll definitely be coming back frequently.
Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

My family has been coming to the Torrance Benihanas for over 16 years. The reason we keep coming back is the teppan cooking and service. Our last visit everything was excellent except for the waitresses. They were borderline rude. I wasn’t the only one who noticed this. Everyone in my family and friends that were there also felt the same way. I hope Torrance Benihanas manager reads this review and the next time we visit Benihanas we get the service we come to expect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We eat here fairly often, including a couple weeks before the day I am reviewing. While always pretty good, our chef Carlos this last time was excellent!!!! He had the spices just perfect! I think it was the best meal Ibever had at a Benihana’s. Carlos should be commended for his excellent chef skills!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always a pleasure eating at Benihana. The location is very close by and the staff is always friendly. Definitely will be back again soon.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Torrance Benihana food is great but the show is subpar and boring in comparison to every location I have visited (Encino, Santa Monica, & San Diego). They mixed up my reservation time causing my group to wait 45mins to be seated. Food is great, the serivce and show not so much. I’d highly recommend visiting the Santa Monica or Encinitas location for the fun, friendly, and more create Chefs.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Not so great....you can read details in my yelp review just submitted yesterday
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Very poor management, reflected in service.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Even with our reservation we waited 30 minutes to be seated, and then we waited another 45 minutes after being seated to order. The food was wonderful and the experience was worth the wait. My kids (3 yrs and 4 yrs) love it all!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

It’s always so good at Benihana’s! My fiancée & I love the Torrance location, the vibes are great! We had a nice waitress & a fun cook named Beto, he made the whole experience pleasant! Also fast which was good since we were starving by the time we got there. Thank you!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

GREAT restrant!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

There is a charge for extra garlic butter but it can't be used to cook your food? Why would I order it ? I'm unhappy with the way Beto handled the situation. I have been a long time customer and have doubts about returning.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Make sure you have a reservation when dining here. Otherwise you could wait for 3 hours to get a table. Besides that, the food is fresh and they were very accommodating to us being vegetarian.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our cook was amazing. Best quality we have has there in close to a year. It had really gone down hill and wasn't very good. Happy to say this experience was much better than our Nov. trip.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a great chef & the food was wonderful which fortunately made up for the lack of attention from our server & initial experience when arriving. We had 6:30pm reservation with all of our party on time & present but still had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. The front desk looked like it could use more help. Server did not appear at our table for another 5-7 minutes and then went on ‘break’ shortly after taking our order. The stand in server never checked in and we had to flag her down for additional drink orders and to fill water glasses. Yes, Saturday nights are popular and as such management should make sure they are properly staffed as the cost for dinner here is not exactly cheap!

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