About Benihana - Bethesda
Bethesda, MD 20814
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
We arrived on time for our reservation and waited nearly 45 minutes before being seated. The two managers seemed to be constantly confused and either unable or unwilling to help the patrons. Others were also standing, waiting, and being ignored.
As we left I looked at the floor around and table and it was filled with old foods scraps.
This place needs new management! In that past have enjoyed Benihana and were looking forward to having a great night out with the family. We will not be returning and will not be recommending this place or friends.
We heard a lot of good tings about this place so we decided to try it.
Atmosphere is unusual and kind of cool, they cook right in front of you, cook was trying to do some cool tricks, it was interesting.
However, we ordered expensive meal $40 per person, ordered filet mignon as part of the dish, ask multiple times RARE for two orders and medium rare for another. The guy said yes OK every time, but he removed medium rare steak from grill first (and I guess that was done right), then he removed "RARE" steak from the grill, but it was medium at best.
Total bill was more than 50 per person and there was not a lot of food or drinks, there many more places I would go before I choose this place again, and I guess people know that too, on the weekend there were only two or three parties.
Talking about how busy they are reminded me one more thing. We reserve table using open table website about an hour in advance, when we came there were two parties in the whole restaurant, but they told us to wait for 10 -15 min until our reservation time, why? In the 90% empty place, and when we left it was still empty...
I think it has to do with how many people they can put at the one table, and how they want to keep table as full as possible. But that makes you seat with the group of other people at your table. We asked for particular seats at this table and we were told no you have to take the four we gave you. Even though these seats were empty (2 out of three) we were still not allowed to seat in them. We end up with one extra person placed at our table, and they did not asked for permission to seat him.
You know when i come to the restaurant and spend this much money I want to seat with my family and not share the table, I want to have private conversation, and I want to have front row seat watching cook, but i get two of them on the side and cannot change them even if the other two are empty, really?.
That was our first and the last time at this place!
I was disappointed with the portions as well as the taste. I expected more from Benihana due to the hype around the name. I frequent Kobes Japanese Steakhouse because of the taste, portion size, and the ambiance. Benihana had great service, but I won't be a return customer.
We always love to go to Benihana. It has become a tradition for the birthdays in my family. This past Saturday we went for my birthday and our chef was terrible. He must have been new, but he could not do any of the special things that usual Benihana chefs usually do. He was not skilled with his knife and could only cut in large pieces, and very slowly. He could not catch items in his hat or his pocket. It was sad to watch him try. He couldn't even catch the shakers and fork that he flipped into the air. Worst of all, it seems he could not read the printout of the table's order, and he was just handing out food to whoever seemed interested. the other family at our table didn't remember their order, and as a result my kids got very little of the steak they ordered. We could not explain this to the chef because he was overwhelmed, slow, and after a while we just wanted to get out.
The food was bland. The waiter was slow and didn't ask if it was our first time, which it was. The chef wasn't that good and messed up on his 'tricks'. The food was very bland and had no flavor. I left still hungry and had to pay a ridiculous amount of money for food that was not enjoyed.
It was my first visit to any Benihana and it was amazing. The server was funny and polite. She changed my order with no problem and I got just what I asked for. The chef was a riot and had everyone laughing as we watched him cook our food. The ambiance was perfect and the layout is beautiful. I'm definitely going back and will take friends!
While we had a reservation (and this was for a 12 year olds birthday party, we waited for 30 minutes to be seated. It was incredibly loud including two parties seated next to us with young children and little adult supervision (not the restaurant's fault). Overall, the food was mediocre and the pricetag far too high, especially since we ordered kids' portions.
The servers are always nice. Its like a dining-show. The food is delicious! Very tasty and fresh. It's cooked right in front of you so you can see what is going into your meal. It is a fun, enjoyable and creative way to dine. They are always adding new techniques to make it more interesting. I have been coming to Benihana to eat for several years, it is always excellent. There has never been a time where I am not satisfied. I always try to eat everything on my plate, even if I am stuffed... it's that good.
We were seated at our table and waited for five minutes. A Birthday party was then seated with us and at the table next to ours. The other table was served first. We waited for twenty minutes and no one ever took our order, not even for a drink. So we left.
Was seated in a timely manner but once everyone ordered drinks, things went downhill. Apparently, the two alcoholic drinks that the table ordered, they didn't have. I told the waiter what I would like to eat three times and I still didn't get what I wanted. I ordered the Hibachi Shrimp - SPICY. The cook placed the shrimp on my plate and the waiter handed me the cold sauce. At the end of the meal, the waiter got two of the orders mixed up and had to recharge the credit cards. I've been to Benihana before and I never had an issue. Will not be returning.
The service was awful. There seemed to be lots of servers and bussers running around with no set roles or responsibilities. Appeared more wait staff would be very helpful for handling the drinks - the bar seemed to be constantly backed up - and to get the soup and salads out in a timely manner.
Food was good. I think the portion size - especially on the fried rice which you now have to PAY FOR - is small. Our chef didn't ask us how we wanted our steak and it was over-cooked. I don't like the "mustard sauce," and definitely prefer the tastier "yum-yum sauce."
Having eaten at a number of Benihana restaurants (MD, VA, Cleveland, Las Vegas), I feel like the overall quality of service and food has significantly declined. Disappointing.
The food was tasty, however the cook wasnt great at his tricks and there were pieces of food all over the place which took away from the amount we got to actually eat. He keot dropping stuff and wad ovrrall sloppy. I also dont agree with the fast turn around time because you cant really sit and enjoy your food. Once the cook is done hr starts cleaning and it leaves you with 10 mins to eat before they off you a take out container.
I would like to see a better well dress front door counter person, because the young lady on January 10 about 1:30 pm was not dress professional to greet people in that type of restaurant. She had on a Nike black sweatshirt at the front desk, this is not appropriate attire to wear.
The table was in direct shot of the door. It was FREEZING. Everyone at the table was wearing full coats and hats. Food was cold despite coming straight off the table top grill. I get there was nothing they could do about it (other than not seat us at that table when there were MANY others available) BUT, we had a baby with us. They knew it was a cold table and didn't say anything. We would have GLADLY waited for a different table. My poor child's hands were ICE! It was awful. And this is a LONG dinner to be SO COLD and drafty. In addition, the filet I ordered was not filet, but regular steak, same as my husband ordered. Server was clueless when we ordered the tuna appetizer. Needed to see it on the menu. All fine IF they would have seated us at a table away from the door draft OR warned us about the draft KNOWING we had a baby with us. Won't be back - at least, in Winter. Poor customer service. Period.
Table next to us was playing an extremely loud drinking party game. It was so loud that all of the other tables in the room looked visible uncomfortable and no one said anything. The place was disgusting!! Plates, party favors, empty glasses, etc. were all over the area where we were seated. The floor was gross! I could go on, but I won't. We had reservations and were seated one hour after the reservations and didn't receive our food until one hour after that.
Just awful. We've been celebrating birthdays at Benihana for 13 years and this was the worst experience we've ever had. Gomez, our hibachi chef, ignored our requests and served us food with allergens. Our salads were caked in dirt and Brian, the manager, just didn't seem to care about anything. Don't go!
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