About Benihana - Bethesda
Welcome to Benihana and a dining experience unlike any other! If you’ve never been to Benihana before, let us tell you what you can expect: Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups of eight to ten, 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.
Or you can visit our sushi lounge where a talented sushi chef will prepare the freshest sashimi, maki and signature sushi rolls with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine. Smaller tables and more intimate seating is available in the lounge or bar on a first-come, first-served basis, whether you’re looking to enjoy one of our delicious Benihana Teppanyaki entrées or our amazing selection of sushi!
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 Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
Benihana - Bethesda Ratings and Reviews
The cook was hilarious
The cook was hilarious
Consistently good! A go to for birthday ...
Consistently good! A go to for birthday celebrations.
Terrible service, no courtesy by the wai ...
Terrible service, no courtesy by the waiter. Couldn't eat because the waiter didn't ordered our food to the kitchen. After 1 hour asked me if we want something to eat forgetting that i've already ordered. If you wanna eat sushi in in a calm place, I don't recommend you go there.
Our waiter Julian was the worst ever! H ...
Our waiter Julian was the worst ever! He took a very long time to bring our food, we were sitting in the lounge area and no one else was there. He never brought the crayons for my kids he said he was going to bring. When I asked about them he says , oh we don't have any more. He never bothered to come tell us that. I had to go find him to inquire about our food and the crayons. He was standing talking to the hostess. We ordered our food at approximately 4:20, we didn't get our food until after 5:00!!!! The food was very good, but the service was the worst!!!!
Took my daughter her for her 20th birthday
I love the energy feel of this place . I definitely would return to try more Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly
Very Overrated Restaurant
This was a special occasion, being a small birthday luncheon. The reservation was placed for 3:30p and we did not start to revieve the main course until roughly around 5:00p. The way each part of the main course was served was spaced out about 15 minutes, so by the time the last part was served, everything else would be cold. Because of this, it was neccesary to order more food than I expected to make up for the cold food I had been waiting to eat. I had heard all positive things about this restaurant but unfortunately this experience did not support what I was hearing. Also, shortly after the bill had been paid and we began to wrap up, the manager came to the table and told our party that we would need to leave, because our seats were needed at the time. This experience at this particular Benihana was not satisfactory. Would not recommend to ANYONE.
We didn't like the fact that we had to share a table with strangers!!!! We had a party of 5 and they had a party of three. We would have enjoyed the experience more if we didn't have strangers sitting with us!!!!
Great value for family dining. We had 8 people--perfect size for the teppanyaki tables. Chef was entertaining, food was good as always and service was solid. Some needless delay getting to our table on the part of the hostesses was the only blemish on an otherwise great outing.
Chef was lacking in his cooking skills, rice was overcooked, noise was deafening during the week -- lots of kids' sports teams and teenager gatherings and had to ask for things several times, e.g., fork, more water, etc. I recalled the Benihana experience in Los Angeles, California over 15 years ago -- elegant and dignified. This experience was totally opposite!
Our waiter was really nice.
Our waiter was really nice.
Not a good experience
Service was terrible, food was unseasoned and had no taste. Will never go back. Came for my birthday celebration with my family. Also out waiter told us they have no tofu at all so the vegetarians had to get a bland noodle dish and the waiter forgot to add the extra veggies. Worthless meal.
Waitress and Chef were great!
Thanks - made our birthdays special. Waitress and Chef were great!
Fun Yet Weird
Food was good but I've had better in terms of hibachi. The people were nice though and it was a fun dinner. We felt very special at our table.
Great food cooked right before your eyes by a very skilled and entertaining chef.
Benihana ok, but gone is its glory days
I took my BF there for his birthday; he loves the theatrics of the chef, food freshness and watching its preparation. The chef wasn't very entertaining, the food was ok, but not as goods as it had been on previous visits...iiwas mediocre for sure. Price was ok, we had a coupon. would come back but not as a place for celebrating, just for the food. Also, too many kids running around; noise was a bit distracting...
Great evening and great food. Energy lev ...
Great evening and great food. Energy level was high and had a great chef, Mauro.
Food all tasted the same. Nothing specia ...
Food all tasted the same. Nothing special
They do not carry yum yum sauce...not go ...
They do not carry yum yum sauce...not good
Always a good time & good food at Beniha ...
Always a good time & good food at Benihana
The food and service is always delicious ...
The food and service is always delicious. My top chef is Cesar but if he isn't available, ask for Sergio.
Great service but no yum yum sauce anymo ...
Great service but no yum yum sauce anymore
It was ok
I wavered on putting "no" that I would not recommend that a friend go to Benihana in Bethesda because the hostesses were not very good and the atmosphere has changed immensely since I was last there in 2014. It's more of a club in the bar area. I had reservations and we were sat nearly 30 minutes after our reservations. I was a bit perturbed by that. The food was the typical Benihana fare so I was pleased however there were some slight bumps in our overall service.
Frozen, watery sashimi
It was entertaining to go to Benihana for the hibachi experience but the food quality I received for my sashimi entree was poor. The octopus cuts looked and tasted frozen, and left thawed water on my plate, which was unappetizing. I called the waitress, who only visited the table sparingly, to return the plate after one sad bite. They stilled charged me for the soup and salad I ate (small portions for $7). I could only shake my head...
Like beni alot
Benihana always delivers for our kids. Very entertaining and the chefs are fun
Great hibachi chef who interacted with the table and kept us entertained. Unfortunately, to no fault of the restaurant, the atmosphere is that of eating on an elementary school playground with the child to adult ratio always seeming to be about 5 to 1.
The quality, food portions, and service ...
The quality, food portions, and service from Benihana has fallen to horrible levels. I will not be returning to them again. Unless you want super small cubes of overpriced meat, don't go there.
Great food and service
Great food and service
The Terryiaki Steak was excellent. Our ...
The Terryiaki Steak was excellent. Our server and chef was excellent. This was my first time there and I was pleasantly surprised. Will definitely be going back.
Way too cold they need to crank up the h ...
Way too cold they need to crank up the heat
Good Experience, Especially For Kids
My son has discovered Japanese food so I thought he would enjoy the show and the food at Benihana. He invited a friend and the two ten year olds were not disappointed! They enjoyed the chef's skills and especially liked the onion volcano and the flipping of the shrimp tails into the hat. I was disappointed that the first two beers I had ordered from there menu were out of stock but that was really the only glitch in what was a very nice. The food was good and the atmosphere fun so I would highly recommend it for a special occasion such as a birthday or just a different type of evening out, especially for kids.
In and out - felt like a burden
I have been going to Benihanas across the world for special occasions and this was by far the worst experience I have had. It felt like we were a burden to them rather than a customer. We were asked to sit earlier than our reservation although we requested time to sit and have a drink at the bar. We were asked for our order less than 30 seconds after sitting at the table. We got our soup and salads before we received our drink order. The portion sizes were much smaller than any other visit i have had at other Benihanas ( I have never left another location hungry). They server brought to go boxes before the meal was done being served. The check was brought before we finished eating or received our desert. The table was fully cleared and being wiped down before we had finished our drinks. To be in and out the door in less than 90 minutes is ridiculous, especially when we were celebrating my wives 30th birthday. Very disappointing experience and we will not be returning or recommending to anyone.
Great Birthday Place!!!
I go to Benihana every year on my birthday, and they never disappoint. This year I went with three work friends, and we all had a great time! The food was outstanding, as always, and I so appreciate their very generous birthday voucher ($30). I recommend a Benihana birthday to all my friends and really enjoy going back every year. Sergio was our chef, and he was wonderful!
Was great had a wonderful night with my ...
Was great had a wonderful night with my family
Need to experience
I have been going to Benihana for years. I love that they have not changed the flavors I love. However, I really can only go on special occasions because of the price. We have a family of five and with the $30 birthday certificate, no alcohol, we still spent about $100. We did notice new dishware which ended up with smaller portions of rice, soup, and salad, as well. You can do the math. Love the "show" and the food though!
The food was tasty and the service was e ...
The food was tasty and the service was excellent
Food was great and the chef was very per ...
Food was great and the chef was very personable because we seated alone. By far the best experience I've had here all the times we have visited Benihana.
Japanese food made with prodigious GARLIC BUTTER?!
Does that sound correct to you? I hadn't been to a Benihana since I was a child, so this might as well have been a first visit. The hot food, prepared by Hispanic cooks (not Japanese "chefs" -make of that what you will-) cannot possibly be authentic. They put garlic butter on everything. The rice, the meat, the seafood, the veggies. I sure wouldn't call the flavors subtle. The seafood was low-moderate quality and at least in the case of our party of 10, they overcooked all of it. Scallops included...boohoo. They served us some fillet of fish that looked like a compressed block of perhaps pollock?, not sure what it was. A fresh fillet of fish it was not. I can assure you of that. If you're a foodie, don't waste your time here. Its all a big gimmick based on a chef cooking in front of you on griddle. A Hispanic cook that in our case spoke unintelligible English. Luckily most of us at the table spoke Spanish. Hilarious. And if Trump scares them all back across the border who is going to cook at Benihana?!??!? This is not Japanese food. Period.
This location isn't that great
When we first arrived, there was nobody manning the front desk. We were early so we went to the bar. The bartender refused to serve my sister because she had an out of town license. He wouldn't even look at it to see she was 21, so we all decided we wouldn't patronize the bar. Once we were seated, the waitress was hard to understand and was slow with our drinks. The food was decent, but they no longer serve the yummy yummy sauce. The atmosphere was dated; I've an aversion to buildings without windows. The staff needs to learn better English and the hospitality overall needs major improvement.
Lots of fun for the kids. The staff was ...
Lots of fun for the kids. The staff was very attentive and friendly
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