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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.
Bethesda, MD 20814
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's been years since I've been to a Japanese steak house and decades since I've been to a Benihana. This was much as I remembered it - good service, good chef, fun "show." What I loved was their ability and willingness to accommodate two food allergies within our party - one to shellfish and one to gluten. They cooked the items for these guests before contaminants touched the hibachi. What I missed is how I remember the food tasting and the portions. While it was good and I enjoyed my meal, I have this memory of Benihana, specifically, having food I would crave and be unable to find or replicate any other way. Perhaps I've become a snobbish foodie. Perhaps I've acquired the requisite skills to cook delicious food at home. Perhaps it was always more about the special events which brought me to Benihana that made the food seem so spectacular. Either way, the nostalgia has worn a bit and while still good it's just not what I remembered.
I have been to benihana my whole life-one of my all time favorites. This visit was disappointing. My white rice never arrived and the chef didn't cut our food small enough so we had to cut it ourselves which is difficult considering they don't give you a knife. Also it was my daughters birthday and normally they take a family picture, but not this time
Lights were not properly positioned at the grill across from us and our table was blinded. We were sitting with a family with young children and although I have my own and don't mind, had I been anyone else there would have been complaints as the kid was almost laying on me and I'm just surprised that the restaurant, knowing it's community seating, doesn't ask the parents to flank their children so as to avoid children potentially ruining others' dining experience.
Otherwise, the food is delicious and the service is outstanding. I accidentally sloshed one of my sauces (into my food, so I hadn't lost it), and the chef immediately asked if I wanted it refilled, while he was cooking the food! You usually don't get that kind of attentive service at typical dining establishments.
It's the kind of place you go to for the table-side entertainment, not so much for amazing food, it's not. This is the first time I have been in years and went with a group for a birthday celebration. It seems the table-side entertainers/chefs vary quite a bit in their skill level and I noticed those at other tables doing things our chef did not attempt. Our chef was a bit on the boring side, though he clearly was trying. Maybe he's new.
I LOVEEEEEEEEEEE Benihanas but this time the experience wasn't like it normally was. The chef was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo slow, boring and overcook most of our food. The portions were alot less than what we normally get. On top of that, there was barely any entertainment during the cooking process which is definately not the norm. I tried to help the chef out and even let him know that he needed to pep his step and add a little more flavor and at least act like his job but he did not budge. If this was the apollo, the chef would've been bood off the stage and I am not joking. The food was bland, the rice was semi hard and had no taste and it literally took an hour to cook for 3 people. It was so slow I thought it was part of the act but then realized this was really happening and it was getting worst by the minute. Luckily, the place wasn't packed because I know other people would've felt the same and it would've felt worst. I laughed because it was unbelievable that a chef was trained and put on the floor with this kind of result. I go to habachi biweekly and this by far was the worst and with Benihanas having a good name it sure made the company look bad which I hope it isn't a regular thing. I have came to this location a year ago and years before that and I always had an amazing experience but this time was the complete opposite. What made it more disappointing was the fact that we spent close to $200 and left unhappy and hungry because food wasn't to its expectation at all. I hope this place gets it together because it cost too much to leave unhappy.
Definitely not a 'class act.' There are three people behind the desk where they check you in and not one of them made any attempt to be welcoming. They leave you standing awkwardly on line, waiting for a table well past the reservation time, whereas they should at least suggest having a drink in their bar. The woman who seated us called our name into the bar and, when we identified ourselves still standing in line, she rolled her eyes (!) and very ungraciously led us to our table without a word or even a smile. The waitstaff did not get our order right and some of our meal was served to another diner at the table, who immediately started eating it. Awkward. Once a waitress was within calling distance, about a 15 minute wait, she apologized and went to rectify their mistake but the meal was almost over before mine was complete. They did not refill our water until they brought us the check. The food was well-prepared by the chef but the portions have noticeably decreased. The griddle was grungy around the edges and the noise level was chaotic. It seems to be a free-for-all with regard to children's activities, so definitely a better place to visit when you have unruly kids in tow. Otherwise, I do not recommend going here.
Was very disappointed, drove quite a distance and was always very impressive . It was not really crowded for fathers day . However wait staff was slow, unresponsive, fortgetful . Food was extremely salty. To the steak being inedible . Very small portions of food . And the chef was not entertaining at all. Just a very dull dinner ☹️
This was the worst hibachi experience ever.
My boyfriend and I love hibachi restaurants we go at least once a month.
We've been wanting to try Benihana for years now but it is not as close as the other hibachi restaurants are to our home. We live in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
So Since my boyfriend gotten a promotion at work I thought it was a great idea to celebrate and surprise him with Benihana.
When we got there around 8:50 I told the host I had reservations for 2 for 9pm.
We didn't get seated until 9:20pm.
No one came to take our drink orders until about 9:40 once the table was full.
The water came out first the drinks took 10-15 minutes to arrive. I only ordered a Pepsi.
The entire table had to constantly ask for refills. Upon ordering our meals my boyfriend asked for extra rice. He never received the rice and when we asked the waiter he stated that the kitchen has closed for the night. The food was okay the portions was really small compared to other hibachi spots like (sakura, sumo, and fuji mountatin) The best thing at this restaurant was the ice cream served at the end ( we had to ask for that as well when the waiter was passing out the check) the waiter was not the best. Benihana did not live up to its name for me I don't think I will ever return.
Despite having 5:30 reservations, we had to sit around for 30 minutes at our table before our server would take our order. There were only 3 people in our party so they wanted to wait to see if another party or two would walk into the restaurant to fill our table. While I can appreciate their desire to consolidate seatings at the hibachi stations, reservations should be honored. Our dinner should not have been delayed for the potential of walk-in diners especially since the restaurant never gave us forewarning that waiting as long as we did to even place our order was a possibility.
We were given our salads and, prior to being able to get the chopsticks out of the wrapper, we received our soups. A little too fast and felt hurried with the second course.
For dessert we were offered a variety of ice creams. We ordered the green tea ice cream (which is one of the attractions to this restaurant). After going to the kitchen, the server returned saying that they didn't have any.
The people working there were very nice and friendly, but timing of courses and knowledge of inventory were lacking.
Was our daughter's birthday - weeknight - birthday never recognized (despite writing it into Open Table) until the bitter end when we asked about it - pathetically a person who was clearing tables sang with us... asked what kind of ice cream - got her psyched for a special flavor - waited 10 min and only had vanilla. Slowest service at the end... and we were CRAMMED at our table with one person too many at the other group. I didnt raise a fuss b/c I didnt want to tarnish her birthday memory but I don't think we'll be back again anytime soon...
Went this past week for my wife's birthday (with our birthday coupon, which, if you don't know about: you sign up for their emails/membership whatever online and then on your birthday month-ish you get a $30 off coupon). We were promptly seated and then waited for more people to join our table before the show began. We ordered the frozen smoothies and the passion fruit strawberry one was especially great. The food and show are wonderful. The chicken fried rice and dipping sauces are delicious. The personality and skill of our chef Martinez were both clearly evident. The onion choo choo train especially is great with accompanying flickering lights and everything. Because it was my wife's birthday as well as someone in the other party at our table, they had the birthday boy/girl get up and dance while the servers sang to them. If you're up for a meal out with something a little extra, Benihana is the place to go for sure!
I spent 327.60 including tip and couldnt even get them to sing happy birthday to my wife. The bartender was not interactive or approachable just a waste of my time and money. I will never recommend this location nor will i be spending my money there EVER again. I should have went to ruth chris.
We have been going to Benihana in Bethesda for the last several years, and unfortunately
what used to always be delicious food and great entertainment by the table side Chef has
gone slowly down hill in quality on many levels. Not only did our chef look as though he had a "few drinks" before he started cooking; but his white jacket was incredibly stained with food from either an earlier cooking experience or when he had his drinks he also spilled his lunch all over himself. The restaurant itself looked dirty and old and our waiter appeared as though he had too many people to wait on, he was extremely forgetful (we had to remind him several times for things) and just displayed the overall "I don't want to work here" look. Lots of kids....with shoes off (not sure why)..and just ....not a great experience. My hope is that they get their act together. In the "old days" it was really tasty and a fun place to go with friends and family.
The atmosphere is lively and it is an exciting experience for kids. That said, the bathrooms and restaurant need a deep cleaning. The pre-dinner soup was very greasy (instead of light) and the chef, while very pleasant, needed a bit more training. Overall, the experience was ok. I would return because my child was excited to see the food cooking in front of us.
It was Mother's Day so service wasn't great. Our sever seemed to be overwhelmed and forgot about my table. We waited a long time for our checks and had to ask another server to give us boxes. By the time he came back we didn't even want our desserts that came with our meals. Overall I've have better hibachi experiences at other establishments.
I was completely disappointed by my visit. I have been a frequent diner at this establishment for years. So, I thought that celebrating my completion of graduate school should only be done here. Boy was I incorrect . Not only were we seated 40 minutes after our scheduled reservation time we were unable to sit together because as we were told another party would not leave. Additionally, our cook kept forgetting everyone's order although he had a ticket right in front of him. He then became confrontational when we expressed the errors he was making. My food was subpar and I didn't fully enjoy myself. Unfortunately, I do not see myself ever visiting again.
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