About Benihana - Burlingame
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!
An 18% service charge is added to all guest checks for parties of eight or more.
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - 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
Our chefs will dazzle you with their culinary cooking magic that will amaze your eye as well as your appetite.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Benihana - Burlingame Ratings and Reviews
Had a wonderful meal and met nice table ...
Had a wonderful meal and met nice table mates from out of town. It was my birthday, there was 4 total in our party. Got to use my $30 gift certificate and loved my free dessert and group photo as a souvenir of the event. Food was great and our chef most friendly. Good service, good food, we will return! Only complaint-acoustics not great and very noisy :-(
Fantastic service and great food as alwa ...
Fantastic service and great food as always. The perfect place for celebration
our reservation was at 7 & they did not ...
our reservation was at 7 & they did not seat us at till 7:30.. Their excuse is short of Chef.. They know they're always busy..
GReat service, food, entertaining and pe ...
GReat service, food, entertaining and personable food preparation
Great service from both the server and t ...
Great service from both the server and tableside chef who put on a great show. That said, the food was just OK with the shrimp being overcooked and the noise level so loud It was difficult to carry on a conversation with the person next to you let alone with the rest of the group spread out around the cooking table (we were a group of 7). The remaining items were pretty good, but not memorable enough to endure that noise again.
Food is consistently good every time! We ...
Food is consistently good every time! We like to celebrate family birthdays here!
We have been here many times and this wa ...
We have been here many times and this was the worst ever. I think it was because it was a late reservation. Next time if they don't have anything earlier I will just go somewhere else. We had to track down the server for our drinks, salads and soups after waiting at the table for over 30 mins. The chef had already started cooking the main meal by time we got it. Every time we needed a refill or anything we had to hunt down the server ourselves. The chef was on his last table and clearly ready to go home.
Teppanyaki style restaurants have been a ...
Teppanyaki style restaurants have been a hit with my daughter since she was very young so we thought it would be fun to treat her to this to congratulate her on her new job. We haven't been for awhile but it is always a pretty fun experience. You can get into it (clap, laugh, ooh and ahh) or just sit quietly, either way. Prices are a little strong, but it was fun.
Experience, food, service, and cook was ...
Experience, food, service, and cook was great. Love their happy hour prices on sushi.
We set in bar for 30 minutes never were ...
We set in bar for 30 minutes never were even asked if we wanted a drink (and we were at table next to bar). Got seated and took more than 30 minutes for cook to get to our table. We likely never go on "special "day again they do not allow for the extra people. Otherwise I like the place just do not go there on a holiday
Our chef was a tall hispanic gentleman w ...
Our chef was a tall hispanic gentleman who was fabulous! Wish I got his name. My youngest daughter said it was the best restaurant ever. Waitress disappeared and it took 10 mins before someone paid attention to our request for more drinks. Food was better than expected and cooked perfectly. Worth the price.
The food was good as usual, but the serv ...
The food was good as usual, but the service wasn't very good, and the cook didn't have much excitement. It was a bit smoky also.
I have been dining at this location over ...
I have been dining at this location over 25 years. Each visit brings back happy memories & the opportunity to create new ones.
I was disappointed as the restaurant was ...
I was disappointed as the restaurant was VERY crowded and there was literally 3 chefs on hand taking care of over 25 tables. We waited an hour (had a reservation) to be seated, and another hour before our chef made it to the table. Also, had made the reservation for my sons graduation, and our chef admitted it was his third day on the job. He was very kind and competant, but nowhere near the level of showmanship we were expecting from Benihana. Will choose another location for special occasions in the future, especially at this price.
Our chef Moises was great. Our waiter was great getting us seated, drinks and soup and salad. Then after we couldn't find him. Feel like the waiting has gotten worse. We go for birthdays in my family and when we first started 9 years ago we would be in and out. Now there seems it's at least a 30-45 minute downtime between my empty salad bowl and empty cooking service. It's great food. But it's getting a little long and ridiculous. And also I have found that when we had earlier reservations we would be seated at least 30 minutes late which is why I thought a later reservation would be better. Like I said it starts off great and then just comes to a halt. But Moises was fabulous. We had him once before. If you can guarantee him every time I'd be willing to come back! My daughter said it was her best birthday dinner ever (because of him).
The food came out terrible. The server was too.
The cook was new and I didn't have a problem with that until I took the first bite of food. My friends and I go to Benihana at least 3-4 times a month and this time, my bright idea was to try out the Burlingame location. The rice wasn't steamed enough and the cook burning the rice didn't help it either. I was CRUNCHING on fried rice! He also missed ingredients while cooking our meals. I love food and the cooks are always my best friends for the hour I visit but I couldn't deal with the poorly made food and I never complain. I couldn't bare it at all. My lobster had pieces of shell on it still. Complete disappointment. The server seemed overworked and stressed. Maybe they're under staffed though. Wasn't attentive enough. I shouldn't have to flag down a server.
Clint, our chef, was very good. Service ...
Clint, our chef, was very good. Service staff was okay .... Food was well prepared.
Late, as usual
We made reservations for 2:00 and were not seated until after 2:30. No explanations or apology. In fact, they seemed irate the second time we asked how much longer it would be. Our server was friendly and attentive in the beginning but all but disappeared at the end until he brought the check. A busboy poured water into a glass that had Sprite, but after 15 minutes of trying to flag someone down, we gave up. No hot tea was offered at the end, which most of us look forward to. Our cook was great, and it's really the food that keeps us coming back despite the long waits after reservation times (almost every time in over 20 visits) and poor service. Our kids love Benihana, so I think we'll try to stick to the San Francisco and Cupertino locations.
Took a bit to get us seated. Very busy n ...
Took a bit to get us seated. Very busy night. Drinks were a little slow but they gave us a free round for the wait and we were totally understanding due to the volume of people that night.
We were seated about 40 minutes after ou ...
We were seated about 40 minutes after our reservation time. Our chef and server were good. It was entertaining. The food was okay. My main complaint was having to wait for our table for so long even though we showed up 15 minutes before our reservation time.
We celebrate. a. special.occasion. at.benihana.at.least.once.a.year.for.the. food.and. live.entertainment. enjoyed.our.chef.but.the waiter.did.not.acknowledge.my.birthday.or did. A.birthday.song.or special.dessert.it was.a. disappointment
Definitely not going back.
This place certainly has gone down hill! Many of beers offered weren't available; no Midori; the exhaust fan wasn't drawing and cooking smoke was blowing on our group; unable to understand the cook and servers; the only seasoning were spoonfuls of garlic butter, blah!...definitely not going back.
Had a great time, well taking care of by our chef.
My daughter and husband had food allergies, the chef listen to our needs and made sure we had a great time. Thank you great chef. You really care about our needs, and we sat with other strangers to eat. My daughter had a great time for her graduation dinner. We will be back soon. Thank you great chef.
Food was plan .
The food was playing the view was disgusting it was the view of waste and the food was so plain and the chef was boring need more live entertainment better scenery lower prices for the food because the kids didn't get a lot of food for the price that we paid for
Best Resturant by SFO
Great service, Chefs are very entertaining,,Great Food and Great Ambience
Made a 6:45pm reservation and did not ge ...
Made a 6:45pm reservation and did not get seated until 7pm. Waiter repeatedly made mistakes with our order (to be fair they allowed us to keep the incorrect items and bring us he correct ones). The chef did not arrive at our table until 7:45pm, long after we finished our salad and soup. The chef was inexperienced and failed at most tricks and took much liger to prepare the meals than our experiences in the past. Two tables to our left sat 30 minutes after us and their meals were completed before ours. I was with my 3 children (all under 10) and we did not finish until after 9pm.
I really enjoyed myself for my Birthday. ...
I really enjoyed myself for my Birthday. Our chef was fun and entertaining . The food was very good better than expected. We are going back to try the lunch menu.
What a wonderful evening! We were celebr ...
What a wonderful evening! We were celebrating 2 birthdays and had an absolute blast! The food was phenomenal as always, the chef (Benito) was hilarious and extremely talented and the restaurant staff was exceptional! It's always a little loud in Benihana, but it's always a blast!
I mean really, its benihana. Was a relax ...
I mean really, its benihana. Was a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of people celebrating.
Our server Melinda is never genuinely nice when I have her. We have been coming here once a week for about years already and we have had her several times and she is always with a sour face and always speaks to us in a condescending way. She hovers over the table whenever we request this chef that we love - he is our favorite one and always hovering which is very uncomfortable and annoying. Doesn't management want customers to keep coming back? Well situations like this makes me not want to go back but we only go back because of our favorite chef. If he's gone were gone and we'll go to the downtown Benihana instead.
Even though we had reservations, we stil ...
Even though we had reservations, we still had to wait almost 30 additional minutes to get seated. They seemed understaffed on chefs this night. Despite this, the chef we ended up getting was entertaining and put a good amount of garlic butter on everything. I wish they gave more food for the price we paid.
Great chefs, terrible waiter and front desk
We had an appointment and was not placed at our table with another 30 minutes. The two kids with the reserved list in front just goofed around with each other the whole time. Once we were finally seated, the waiter took forever to give us menus, out desserts at the end, and took forever to give us our check. The chef was great, but the rest of the restaurant was not.
Delicious . What really made my experien ...
Delicious . What really made my experience was the ladies I was seated next to. They were so pleasant!
The chef was attempting to do a trick at ...
The chef was attempting to do a trick at the start of my meal and his flipping utensil flew out of his hand and hit me in the stomach. Nobody was sympathetic and acted as if I was the one in the wrong. Restaurant is NOT kid friendly. Beware. A chef could hit your child, so lucky it was me and not my children. I was so embarrassed because nobody ever apologized. AND they continued to let that chef cook. He should be fired.
Everyone Should Exprience BRIAN THE BENIHANA CHEF
I have eaten here many times some times its been fine, sometimes it has been not so fine....but. IF you see that you have Brian (AKA YouDaMan) you can breathe a sigh of relief and know that a fun time is about to be had by all. Seriously, you can tell that Brian actually cares about his job and how the food tastes...I could tell you of a time when we were causing a stir all over the restaurant by chanting "GARLIC BUTTER!!!". Funny thing? No one at our table was drinking, Brian just is that good. So now you know and you should also go experience Brian.
They had only 3 chefs working at lunchti ...
They had only 3 chefs working at lunchtime, and all of the were busy when we came in for our 12pm res. We ended up waiting 40 minutes before we were served. As for the actual experience, well it's a typical Benihana. Enjoy your teriyaki chicken and watch a guy do some spatula acrobatics. Anyway, It's obvious this location is either understaffed or a good bunch of people didn't show up for work. Not my idea to come here but even so I don't appreciate having to wait almost an hour for some fried rice and minced beef.
Worst experience every! Burnt everything ...
Worst experience every! Burnt everything, less than bad service, harassing tones from the manager when we did not even request to see a manager. DO NOT GO THERE!
The service was terrible. Empty glasses, ...
The service was terrible. Empty glasses, no sauce refill and no picture.
Love this place ! The staff is courteous ...
Love this place ! The staff is courteous and friendly n give great customer service . We love everything on the menu ! I definitely recommend this place !
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