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
The service was awful. There seemed to b ...
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 was ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Really rushed. Salads and apps came AFTE ...
Really rushed. Salads and apps came AFTER the meal was served. It took 25 minutes to get water!
We go a few times a year and this was the only bad experience we have had - but I don't think we will be going back any time soon.
We had a great time and the meal was won ...
We had a great time and the meal was wonderful.
There was a problem with our 8:30. reservation though - we were not seated until 9:20. That was a very long time to wait. Next time we will go elsewhere if we need to have a reserved time.
Table next to us was playing an extremel ...
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 birt ...
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!
The manager @ Benihana's ruined my birth ...
The manager @ Benihana's ruined my birthday! I scheduled a 3 person dinner for 8:15pm 12/29/16. I walked in at 8:05 with two people in my party, the third person was on his way. The manager informed me that if he sat the two people, the third would not be allowed to sit down. I informed him that he was 15 minutes away. He said we could wait for him. I went to the bathroom and returned to the front desk. There was another party that came in of seven people, they also had one person that was not with them and wanted to seat 8 people total. I let the lady know what the manager had just told me, and even though all of there people were not with them, they were allowed to be seated under an eight person party. Then the manager after stating I could wait for my friend, stated I need to be seated right then, that he could not be seated when he got there and if I was not seated now then I'd just have to wait until later. My reservation was at 8:15, this transpired in no more than 5-10 minutes. I was so upset I left the restaurant at 8:20. The manager could have accommodated my 3 person party. I will NEVER go back to this Benihana's.
The food was good, but the service was s ...
The food was good, but the service was so slow we had a 6:45 reservation we were seated by 7:30 then we didn't get anything other than the soups after 8:30. Very disappointing, the food and the chefs were great but other than that the service was awful
The food at Benihana is always good. We ...
The food at Benihana is always good. We had filet mignon, tuna and salmon and everyone was pleased. The acoustics at the restaurant are such that it is hard to carry on a conversation with anyone not sitting right next to you. They really could use more chefs - we had to wait a while and the people at the table next to us were waiting the whole time we had dinner. Still, we will go back for the reliable food.
The cook repeatedly dropped the knife. ...
The cook repeatedly dropped the knife. Actually flipped the fork and itfell onto my husband's hand. He kept forgetting things, so had to make multiple trips to the kitchen. Did not entertain the crowd, no tossing the shrimp or other fun little tricks. We love Japanese steakhouses, but this was the first time visiting Benihana in over 20 years, I was very disappointed, my family of 8 wanted to celebrate my son's 18th birthday. I won't be returning.
The food was not as good as it usually i ...
The food was not as good as it usually is. I had the chicken and steak and the chicken was not good. The chef seemed to forget it was on the grill. it was a bit misshaped so part orlf the chicken was not in contact with the grill for a significant period of the cooking time. as a result it seemed very well done on one section and undercooked on the other.
There also seemed to be some disorganization as the cook ran out of bowls for the rice and forgot another diner's steak.
They have always been excellent in the past so this may just have been an off night.
Also, we wanted to buy some gift cards as there was a bonus offer but they could not get the gift card system to work.
We made this reservation for my wife and ...
We made this reservation for my wife and daughter's birthday. I made sure to express that in the comment section of the reservation and when we arrived at the restaurant. The dinner was going as expected, until the chef began to cook the food. The chef literally peppered my wife's steak. So much so, that the pepper overwhelmed the flavor of the steak. We asked to speak to a manager who stated that he would have another prepared immediately and sent right over. This is crucial because by now everyone else was eating dinner. 30 minutes later, my wife got up to ask the manager about the steak, that hadn't been delivered yet, because we were having our food boxes to go by then. The manager went to another table and said I have t right here! My wife then explained that we were done eating, and he could just take the steak off of her meal. She was very disappointed, as this was her choice of restaurant for her birthday, and I was upset because she was upset. The manager did bring her a meal to go, but by then the damage was done. I'm not sure if we will frequent this restaurant again. Very disappointed.
Ian our waiter was fantastic. Our chef w ...
Ian our waiter was fantastic. Our chef was also lively and paid attention to our specific dietary details. The service at the front desk/host however were not as welcoming as I would expect. Arrived at 8:30 with 5 out of my party of 6 and were told needed to wait for the entire party to arrive. 5 mins later the last person of the party of 6 showed up and we waited another 30 mins before we finally sat down. Had to keep checking with them to see if our table was ready. The service at the front desk almost ruined what finally turned out to be a great night out
HORRIBLE service. The table next to us ...
HORRIBLE service. The table next to us was seated well after us, ordered after us, and got their drinks and first course before us. And we had kids!! Hibachi chef was very lame. THEY DIDN'T BUS THE TABLE AT ALL DURING OUR MEAL! I had to stop someone to ask them to take the many dirty dishes away before they brought dessert. The server looked at me like it never even occurred to him that we might not want three courses of dishes there when we ate dessert. Never going back.
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