About Benihana - Bethesda
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 Bethesda is located on Wisconsin Avenue in beautiful downtown Bethesda, just a short drive from Washington D.C. Book your next event for up to 32 guests in our private dining room; perfect for private parties, corporate meetings, and large birthday celebrations. Ask about our Private Event Dining options. Subject to availability. Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday 4–7 p.m. Enjoy signature cocktails, specialty sushi rolls and a variety of appetizers starting at just $3.00.
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Ask about Private Event Dining Book your next event for up to 32 guests in our private dining room. Perfect for private parties, corporate meetings and large birthday celebrations. Subject to availability.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
Benihana - Bethesda Ratings and Reviews
It was my first time here and it was ama ...
It was my first time here and it was amazing.
I really enjoyed the service.
At first I didn't particularly like the fact that we had to sit with other people but it ended up being a great idea.
I would definitely be back again soon.
The Benihana birthday special is a great ...
The Benihana birthday special is a great perk to make me drive all the way from Virginia ;) Vilma provided great service with a smile and our food was delicious! We look forward to our next visit to Bethesda's Benihana!
Great as usual!!! The sushi is so fresh ...
Great as usual!!! The sushi is so fresh !!! I love the four course style of dining and the hibachi style chefs make dinner very entertaining. Look out for onion choo choo trains and many hat tricks! The rocky choice with chicken and steak was sooooo good!!! They're fried rice is packed with flavorful veggies and chicken. Lots of space but separate dining of you need privacy. Overall a great experience for any occasion.
Food was very good, service was incredib ...
Food was very good, service was incredibly uneven. The reception could be described as incompetent at best -- I made a group reservation for 6:45pm, we arrived on time, and checked in. Then we had to wait around 30 minutes to be seated. During that time, we saw multiple "walk-in" parties get seated before us, which was very frustrating since we had made a reservation!
Even though we checked in, the hostesses didn't seem to register that our group was there waiting, and they were not very responsive or helpful when we followed up a couple of times to ask when we might be seated.
Once we were seated around 7:15pm, however, the rest of the experience was great. Our waiter and chef were both excellent, as was the food.
Overall, a fun time with family and frie ...
Overall, a fun time with family and friends. However, very pricey and am unsure if it's worth the cost. Service was okay but we had to ask multiple times for our appetizers and drinks even though they didn't seem busy.
This was the first time I had been to Be ...
This was the first time I had been to Benihana as an adult and it was a great experience! The chef was great, the food was delicious and so were the cocktails. The service was quite slow for drinks and sides but I think we just had an inexperienced server who was "in the weeds" so not holding it against them! Highly recommend for a fun, interactive dining experience.
Although I made reservations and arrived ...
Although I made reservations and arrived 15 minutes early, it took them 45 minutes to seat my party of 5. During this time, there were walk-ins with the same amount of people in my group that got seated first and got a table all to themselves. I thought to myself "Why did I even bother using OpenTable to make a reservation?"
I finally get my table and we are seated with another party of four. I had my toddler who needed a high chair which made the space unbearable for everyone. I moved my daughter's high chair to the middle of the aisle to make sure everyone had space to eat. The drinks were watered down. The bartender disappeared and the servers couldnt find him (that's what they told us) so it took 30 minutes to get new drinks. We ordered a second round that never came but was included on the check. The person that prepared the chef's cart forgot to pack the items he needed to make the appetizers so we had to wait 20 minutes for that.
It took over an hour from the time we were seated to begin making the meal. That was about 45 minutes prior to closing. We didnt leave until well after closing. They gave us (both parties at the table) a measly 25% off our check after all this, and they were reluctant to do that. The manager actually told us (in a condescending tone)when we got our discount that we still need to tip because its not included on the check! Really??!!! I was insulted because I had already given the chef and our server a cash tip for their efforts to try to appease a VERY DISGRUNTLED table due to things that were out of their control.
This place used to have great service and management. I will NEVER eat here again!
We were celebrating my belated birthday ...
We were celebrating my belated birthday with friends from London and service from ordering til paying was poor. Woman that took our order walked away before final two finished placing it without any apology for leaving. New lady came and delivered one of three appetizers because the other two were not communicated to her. Was able to get them shortly afterwards, but proved beginning lady wasn't a communicator go even her own staff. I didn't get the steamed rice I ordered (never served rice after asking bc chef couldn't understand). I ordered spicy hibachi checked with no scallions so the chef assumed I was allergic to scallions and didn't serve me rice at all. After waiting patiently thinking the steamed rice was on its way and chef began cleaning grill I just ended up sharing with friend there. waitress did not check on meal or drinks afterwards either so hardly anything to drink til very end of night as we were wrapping up to leave. Poor service from the beginning to end so rather disappointed as they have this restaurant overseas too and they (London friends) said quality of food good, but big difference in service.
Food quality was horrible for a Benihana ...
Food quality was horrible for a Benihana's. I have ate at several other locations and never experienced the service I did here. Our food was salty and the staff stood at our table and watched us as though we were going to run out on the bill.
I went to a Benihana years ago in anothe ...
I went to a Benihana years ago in another city and it was great. This is not. For one, when I go to a Japanese restaurant, I expect to see Japanese chefs.
The food was bland and not worth the money.
I will never go back.
Our server was not the best. He was obvi ...
Our server was not the best. He was obviously young and new. He didn't know what beer was on draft and we had to actually ask him to go find out - because he didn't seem to care.
He clearly took down some orders wrong, because the hibachi chef had to make some corrections/adjustments to the notes. Then at the end of dinner, the server came over and offered ice cream to me for my birthday - but actually almost everyone at the table had ordered a meal that came with ice cream.
Then afterward, he basically asked for a review and it felt very much like he was trying to rationalize/instruct us to tip.
Love the live cooking. Unfortunately, w ...
Love the live cooking. Unfortunately, we had reservation for 6pm, but didn't sit until 6:30. And we had a rookie cook - literally his first time so he many "bobbles" and miscues with the food (dropped chicken, dropped an egg, dropped the knives while some twirling them. And wasn't very lively or entertaining. For a pretty $$$$ meal, you should get a more seasoned cook. Also we had to ask multiple times for things like water refills.
The food was bland. The chef made a lot ...
The food was bland. The chef made a lot of noise with seasonings but the shakers must be empty. Also, the chef was not as energetic as others. he knew the script but the energy level was not there. I was disappointed. Have had better food and entertainment during past visits.
We love having the "cook in front of you ...
We love having the "cook in front of you" chef experience. It helps us know how long the food will take, to be able to watch the preparation, and to feel that we have a personal chef for the evening ;-) They take just as much care with their veggies as they do their meats and they provide a tasty salad to start.
The service was very slow. Despite our ...
The service was very slow. Despite our reservation, we had to wait past our allotted time. Once seated, the time to order and receive first parts of dinner were way too long. The food was good, but pretty pricey. Certainly not a "goto" place, but ok for once in a while.
My family and I decided to try Benihana ...
My family and I decided to try Benihana instead of our usual habichi restaurant. We were first struck by the fact that none of the staff was Japanese; in fact, our chef was actually Hispanic. Not that this would affect his ability to cook... it was just odd. Our chef was only slightly engaging and was not overly entertaining. The food was a bit disappointing, as it was bland and tasteless. We are glad we tried Benihana, but will stick to our old favorite standby the next time we want to eat at a Japanese Steakhouse.
We were seated by ourselves and nobody c ...
We were seated by ourselves and nobody came to help us or ask if we wanted anything for 20 minutes. When we stopped a waitress and asked her for water, she ignored us and kept serving her own tables. Finally we had to ask a bus boy for water and he in turn found us a waitress to help us.
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