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 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.
I felt rushed while eating dinner. The w ...
I felt rushed while eating dinner. The waiter returned several times to collect money for the bill.
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.
I like it. Nothing unexpected or unpleas ...
I like it. Nothing unexpected or unpleasant.
We we the first people seated at our tab ...
We we the first people seated at our table. The cook did not even arrive until much later, after the table was full and then he ended up preparing our food and serving us last.
Great fun for 3 generations of our famil ...
Great fun for 3 generations of our family down to a two year old
The chef was outstanding. Great personal ...
The chef was outstanding. Great personality and skill!
This is one of the worst Benihana locati ...
This is one of the worst Benihana locations. Very unauthentic experience. Try have really gone downhill
Had a blast... I enjoy the food every time I have been there. Yummy food!
Food was good. When I've gone in the pa ...
Food was good. When I've gone in the past I remember it tasting better. Service was ok. The guy preparing our meal was entertaining.
Service was a little slow. Despite reser ...
Service was a little slow. Despite reservation it took 30 minutes for us to be seated.
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!
Very fun environment !
Very fun environment !
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.
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