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Benihana - Downey, CA, Downey, CA

Benihana - Downey, CA

3.2
3.2
4223 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Welcome to Benihana! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki.

Dine and relax in the 9,498-square-foot restaurant, located in the Promenade at Downey. This restaurant includes a sushi bar, cocktail lounge and expansive dining area. Guests looking for a unique and entertaining culinary experience can take a seat at one of the restaurant’s 19 teppanyaki tables, where chefs will show off their world-famous hibachi tricks. Looking to host an event or private party? Our private dining rooms are always a crowd-pleaser. Call for more details and price options. An 18% service charge is added to all guest checks for parties of eight or more. An 18% service charge is added to all guest checks for parties of eight or more. This service charge will be paid directly to the employees who provided service to you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 85 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (562) 372-9210

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Downey / Norwalk / Santa Fe Springs

  • Cross street

    Downey Promenade

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

What 4,223 people are saying

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3.2
3.2 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3Service
  • 3.3Ambience
  • 3.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Most Booked

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  1. C

    Chon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Keilonnie was amazing! He was very interactive and funny! Everytime I go back I will definitely ask for him!!
  2. D

    Dyminnd89

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I would not eat here again anytime soon. I had a reservation for 8:30pm and didn't get a chef until 11:00pm. After waiting so long I lost my appetite. They didn't have what we needed for our alcoholic beverages and we weren't compensated. Also the restrooms were nasty.
  3. NM

    NancyM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Waited 1.2 hr before anyone came to our table to get our drink orders. It took about an hour before we got our food. The service was horrible. The dipping sauces were runny—especially the ginger sauce. The vegetable portions we very small. I found a hair in my fried rice. The restaurant was very noisy. The cook was great and entertaining. Overall restaurant service was very poor. Would not recommend it.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was worth the wait! Sebastian our waiter was very professional and attentive. Much appreciated!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It took over and hour from the time we were seated to the time the chef got there to start cooking the food.. I noticed they added more tables but not more chefs. And when the chef got there he rushed to cook the food not his fault Im sure they are just being being overbooked. Overall I was disappointed
  6. MR

    MariaR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    Not the same experience as before, missing several performances, missing food items. Disappointing.
  7. t

    tamika

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited over 2 hrs to hv a cook and then the manager didn’t come over one time to address the problem our server told us it would be a additional 45 mins after we waited already 1hr plus reservations was at 9 didn’t eat u til 11 left around 1145 didn’t even eat my food took it all home I hate downey Benihana and never will go again I been 6 times and only once I didn’t have a problem every other time issues and last time it was my daughter bday same thing no chef we got a discount coupo to come back and my daughter bday coupon was extended for another month and given back to her to use poor service
  8. DL

    DonitaL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    My 13 year old had raw egg thrown on him by the chef we waited over an hour to eat reservations were for nine didn't eat until 1130 and the food was disgusting
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and fun dinner
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was good
  11. IM

    IreneM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food5service5ambience1
    The chef was amazing, the food ok for the price. The restaurant is dirty, greasy floors and dust bunny filled chandeliers. The place is unfortunately very dirty.
  12. B

    Brit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    There was a 2 hour wait with a reservation before we ate.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    This location just disappoints every time. Our reservation was 5:45pm and we checked in at 5:38pm but didn’t get seated until 6:10 then the chef didn’t come to the table till 7:20. That’s ridiculous. We had our baby with us and that why we did an early reservation but didn’t end up leaving till 8:20 from a 5:45 reservation. And the manager never seems to care. The waitress was amazing but wow this location just sucks. Last time it took an hour to get seated with a reservation.
  14. JL

    JaiL

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The server didn't check on us for drinks much. The cook forgot to give my husband mushrooms; I had to give him half of mine. I wasn't a happy camper about that.
  15. MC

    MyChe2022

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Took awhile to get our beverages and had to ask for napkins multiple times.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    I understand there is a lack of staff everywhere. It is not the waitress fault or the cooks fault for falling behind. It’s a management problem. There needs to be structure. And there seems to not be any at the Downey location. Management is seething up their staff & company as a whole for failure & it’s not okay. Benihana’s reputation is not meeting its expectations lately.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was my birthday. My family and I was seated at 8:00pm and never got served when 9:30 came we went to the manager because seen a cook go to another family table that came way after my family did. I don’t know if because we was black and the other family was white. Only thing the manager can say was what can I do and can you guys wait 45 min for another cook. My family and I walked out. I will never go back
  18. RK

    RobertK

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    It was my birthday 06/30, my reservation was at 6:30pm, the cook came out to cook at 10pm. It was the worst experience at Benihana’s I’ve ever been through. I had my 4 month old baby with me, the baby was very irritated with the hours and hours we were just sitting waiting on the cooks for service. I’ve been to Benihana’s 1,000 and 1,000 times, and I never ever had to deal with the worst customer service experience in my whole life on my birthday.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Reservation was at 8:30pm but we didn’t get sat until after 9pm. Chef didn’t come out until around 10:30pm and overcooked all the food. Also, the steaks were cooked/served to the wrong people. Last time I’m coming to this Benihana.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    I feel bad for my waiter having to deal with so many tables and the bartender that was new and by himself that’s not fair to them. I hope you guys get your staffing schedules together. The wait time to sit and eat and get the check , and get my drink ridiculous! Putting that pressure on our waiter having tables in far apart areas not fair to him . Establishment needs to do better as a whole ! I’ve had much better experiences here tonight y’all let us down .
  21. SM

    SharynM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Our reservations were at 5:45 on a Monday night. We were seated about 5 to 10 minutes after arrival and our drink orders were taken about five minutes after that. We did not receive our drinks until we had been seated for 20 minutes. We had to ask the manager where our drinks were. We complained that 40 minutes had gone by and we had yet to receive any refills on our drinks or even a salad. The manager confirmed and apologized that our chef/food would be right out. 25 minutes later our chef finally showed up. The food was mediocre at best. It is average and would be quite less than average if they didn’t lather everything with wonderful garlic butter. It is truly what makes the food tasty. Five out of eight of our plates were dirty and we had to exchange them. The promised mushrooms that came with our steaks were excluded. We just flat out didn’t get them no mention was made of them. We didn’t realize we were ripped off until it was too late. A party of 8, We ordered everything from chicken to steak to lobster tail, scallops, calamari, tuna appetizers etc. Our bill was over $400. We were comped a small discount after complaining, only to find out they had the balls to charge us a service fee of 65 bucks! Because we were a party of eight. Ridiculous. We had that expunged as well. So I’m happy that the manager LaShawn worked with us a little bit and felt apologetic that we had such a poor time. We would have walked out of there early on if it wasn’t for the fact we were celebrating my son’s 17th birthday. He had been looking forward to it all day and did not want to leave. We asked the chef why the wait was so long. He said that because they were slow earlier in the day, management let people go home. But how ridiculous is that when people are making reservations? We had a reservation at 5:45 for eight people and didn’t eat until well after 7 o’clock Benihana has seen better days. They’re heyday was about 20 years ago and it is time to hang it Up.
  22. DC

    DavidC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Unfortunately, the restaurant has gone downhill. We sat and waited for the chef for over an hour. The table next to us remained filled with dirty dishes the whole time. We were really looking forward to eating there for months. Even kids were disappointed.
  23. JC

    JamieCastaneda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was sooo good and our cook put on a real nice show for us. Will be coming back soon!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was very attentive and friendly. Our cook, Sara! She was amazing and funny. She made our food delicious. If we can ask for Sara every time, we would.
  25. m

    makaelah

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    4 o’clock reservation turned into 5:30/5:45 before a chef came to our table. Kids meals didn’t come with corn. I’ve been to Benihana many times different locations, this however was the worst experience ever! I will never go here again
  26. ST

    SuzieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time. Great waiter and fun, kind and very funny chef/cook 😊
  27. k

    kashaundab

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    They messed up mine and another customer order and they didn't have the air on and it's summertime.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    The chef seems as though he didn’t wanna be there. Maybe lack of experience idk
  29. BS

    BrandiS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Reservations were at 6:15, our cook arrived at 7:30. I have a gluten allergy. None of the staff were familiar with what did or didn’t contain gluten. After explaining my allergy to the chef she still cooked my steak on the grill where she cooked everything else which contained gluten. I barely ate my food because I was fearful of the cross contamination. Right after consuming the food, I did get sick. Allergies are a serious thing!! They need to invest time in educating their staff and if not then they shouldn’t advertise that they have a “gluten friendly” menu. The service was slow and our cook was not at all entertaining. It was definitely not worth the money or our time. I do not recommend this restaurant.
  30. k

    kevinr

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    after 3 hours waiting for the food was not served and we had to leave without eating.
  31. B

    Benji

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    This experience was like no other. I was unaware of the time delay when the restaurant was experiencing a temporary short cook staff. We were seated on time but after was told that a cook wouldn’t be available for at least an hour. This news was utterly devastating to hear. Especially having a long trip before arriving at the restaurant. Once seated and after ordering drinks before the information was broken that it would be at least an hour wait. The server stated we would get drinks and appetizers while we waited. However, it took over 45 minutes before drinks and appetizers were served. This is understandable but to sit in that type of environment made the experience not great. It quickly became loud, hard to keep from wanting to leave, and the smoke & fumes instantly began to start overwhelmingly taking over the experience. Conversations were slim because you could see the devastation on one’s face from hunger. Once a server came to take orders, I was instructed that a particular ingredient for my meal was not available anymore. I wasn’t given a list of alternatives but asked what I would like. Slightly confusing at that moment, so I just told them to provide me with “whatever” for the spices on the spicy hibachi shrimp dish. Once the cook did arrive, it was so late that I hardly wanted to eat. We also weren’t served a full-course meal however paid the total price for five or six-course meals. Like the mushrooms weren’t served or getting a dessert item for the six-course dinner. Overall it was tough to be happy with my experience. The unexpected time it took to be served. Not having certain ingredients or not serving items that were paid for was a bad experience. Also, I would like to say that the employees did their best and I could see that. Hope management could do better to acquaint servers & cooks in a more timely matter for everyone’s participation.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was burnt. Rookie cooks
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our chef was awesome
  34. MG

    MinaG

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    I got a 20% discount for the last experience I had. Still waited 4( min for our soup and salad. Chef was great his Jane is quail. Great chef
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Barely seated and was told to hurry and order . Didn’t even get the menu yet . Experience was unprofessional.
  36. HT

    HalleyT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Our reservations were for 9:15pm we arrived at 8:50pm & weren’t seated until 10:30pm ! we didn’t eat until 11:28pm horrible horrible horrible service. Only reason why we stayed was because my 8 year old insisted on celebrating her birthday there. Never again. I’m sorry but this particular Benihana was not the best.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only bad thing is the wait to be seated even with a reservation.
  38. LR

    LindaR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Very disappointed not like it was before the pandemic did not even offer us the ginger sauce and mustard sauce I had to ask for it I had to ask for a green tea did not have Any sugar There were two of us on the table that had white rice I had to ask for it. The rice came after everybody was half done eating I’ve always enjoyed Benihana’s but lately it’s changed and disorganized and I was very disappointed I won’t go back anytime soon
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Worst experience ever!!!!! SECURITY FLAGGED US DEMANDING A BALANCE IN OUR CHECK!!! When the server didn't know How to count cash money (Cook was great btw!) Our server Sadie she literally stand behind the grill/table just staring no introduction no mame no nothing she stand in silence waiting for us to tell her our order... got bit weird because she was just standing in silence just staring..... She took our drink order rolling her eyes... she was barely there. Bar drinks came 18 minutes after we ordered, that's fine. Then the cooking part was awesome our chef was fantastic!!!!! Server didn't came back for drinks refills/bar drinks even the chef have to flag her down to come over and get us sauces and drink refills.. as soon the chef was done we pretty much have the plate full with food and Sadie started asking for boxes to go... I told her WE ARE STILL WORKING ON THEM... we will let you know, five minutes after was BOXES TOGO? Again we still working on food we will let you know.... Few minutes after she brought out the check and asked us if we're paying cash or card.... We said both... anyway w send it up paying cash but I knew the 6 courses meal came with desert (I know is just ice cream) but we had to ask the server for it! Like it's call 6 courses meal for some reason right? Anyway we paid cash and left to the lobby.... AT THE LOBBY THE SECURY GUY CAME AFTER US SAYING "THE MANAGER NEED YOU" in front of everyone at the lobby, the manager approached us and said, YOU HAVE A BALANCE OF $54 dollars!! In front of everyone at the lobby! We knew exactly what we paid.... Next minute the "server" Sadie came and recount the money to confirm SHE DONT KNOW HOW TO COUT AND MAKE THE MATH the manager apologized but after he send the SECURITY TO CHASE US and say it loud in front of the. Guest waiting at the lobby he just said I'm sorry for the misunderstandings ...

    Benihana - Downey, CAResponded todayDear Guest on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    They sat us down at the table and served drinks yet the chef didn’t come to make the food until two hours later even with a reservation on a regular Monday night.

    Benihana - Downey, CAResponded todayDear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Benihana - Downey, CA is rated 3.2 stars by 4223 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 85 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
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Google Map for Benihana - Downey, CA

8801 Apollo Way Downey, CA 90242

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Downey Promenade

  • Neighborhood

    Downey / Norwalk / Santa Fe Springs

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

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