About Benihana - Carlsbad
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. Located just off Interstate 5 at Poinsettia Lane and minutes from beautiful sun-drenched beaches, Benihana in Carlsbad offers four separate areas in which to enjoy a meal. Choose from the hibachi grill dining room, the comfortable cocktail lounge, the spacious sushi bar with a private alcove and seating for eight, or the outdoor patio for cocktails and appetizers.
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Free parking for Benihana guests
Private Party Facilities:
Ask about Private Event Dining.
Book your next event in our private dining room. Perfect for private parties, corporate meetings, birthday celebrations. Subject to availability; please call for details.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Benihana - Carlsbad Ratings and Reviews
First time here. Staff very good, BUT NO ...
First time here. Staff very good, BUT NOISE LEVEL is just below threshold of pain. With over a dozen mega cooking vents, wood floors, and metal cooking utensils rattling, everyone had to shout to be heard 3 ft. away (which of course made the room even noisier).
We had a discount coupon to use, or we would have left immediately. Will never go back. If you go, take earplugs.
Had a reservation at 8:15, chef didn't c ...
Had a reservation at 8:15, chef didn't come to the table until 9:30. Everyone at the table was equally as mad as we were. We finished completely At 10:20. There's no reason it should've taken 2 hours. Resulting in it taking forever me missed our movie which was at 10:40, thinking we would have plenty of time to see it with an 8:15 reservation. We will not be coming back.
My wife and I had a horrible experience ...
My wife and I had a horrible experience at this place and I definitely do NOT recommend anyone eat here. The customer service was severely lacking. It took the server over a half hour to get our drinks to us and even then she forget my drink all together. I had to wait until she came back to take our food order before I could even remind her that she forgot my drink. Then our table waited over an hour before the cook came out to our table. The table next to us who was seated after ours got their drinks, the cook and their food cooked and served before I our cook even arrived and even then he was very slow cooking. We were there for a birthday dinner and my wife told the waitress multiple times about it and even though we heard and saw the staff sing happy birthday at other tables, they never came to ours to sing. When one person at our table complained to the manager and I joined in, the manager only discounted his purchase, not ours. This was a one time chance for this birthday celebration and it was totally ruined!!! We live in Columbus, Ohio and we were out in Carlsbad, CA on a birthday vacation. This ended our special vacation on a very sour and dissappointing note.
We went for our daughter's birthday. I ...
We went for our daughter's birthday. It is like our traditional to go Benihana for two of our daughters birthdays every year for the past 12 years. This was for our older daughters birthday and female server/waitress was so nice and we didn't have to once ask for refills or anything. She was all on point and also friendly. Our teppanyaki chef, Christian was also on point though he said he is still a new there, he did very good job cooking as well as entertaining. My husband and I know when food is well cooked or not since we have been going there for years. I am also originally from Japan so I am a little picky when it comes to Japanese food. Christian did such a good job and he needs to be acknowledged for that. We also likes Carlsbad Benihana as it is so clean and nice unlike The one in San Diego where we used to go. They need to do something about their inside as well as small place with too many people sit so tight. Who want to sit next to each other so tight? Feel claustrophobia there and they need to clean better.
please praise Christian for doing such a great job!
Benihana is a fun time! We went for my b ...
Benihana is a fun time! We went for my birthday recently with a group of people and had our own table. Our chef was entertaining and the food was pretty good. It's definitely an expensive date night so be prepared! We'll be back next year!
We had a reservation but waited for 30 m ...
We had a reservation but waited for 30 min. To be seated. Two small children including ours and the rest of the table waited for dinner to begin for 40 mins. 3 1/2 hour dinner. The food was delicious but the chairs were rickety and the floor was very dirty, everything was sticky and generally unclean. I won't be back
We celebrated my wife's 71st BDAY. It ha ...
We celebrated my wife's 71st BDAY. It had been quite a while since our last visit as we live in an area where many of them closed. We were not disappointed.
Great service, great chef. Great food. And to top it since little photo to take home.
Now- about the photo- they need a little better camera.
The resolution is pretty poor. The download was only 55K. Other than that - the thought is sweet.
I'll definitely bust the one in Beverly Zholks when we're back home.
Billy and Shirley Burnett
Benihana is a great place to celebrate a ...
Benihana is a great place to celebrate a special day. We love coming out for the fun dinner 'show', and the good food. Unfortunately we sat next to a young family that spilled water on me (accidents happen), and the smoke and fumes all travelled directly to my husband's face for the entirety of the meal. We checked with the server to make sure the exhaust fan was on, and they said it was. He had to get up at one point because it was too much.
We had a ball. This is obviously not th ...
We had a ball. This is obviously not the place for conversation and "the Show" is why we go. Our chef had every trick in the book and the servers provided a rousing rendition of Happy B'day. The food was outstanding and I was amazed at the flavors imbued with minimal ingredients. Definitely a treat for those special occasions.
Four of us came here for my 40th birthda ...
Four of us came here for my 40th birthday -- two adults and two kids (9 and 6). We have been to this location before. Our chef, David, was great -- kept the kids entertained and was very friendly. The food was really just "average" - the veggies and fried rice needed extra seasoning, and the steak was a bit tough (we ordered "medium"). The shrimp was delicious.
I was very let down. This was a party fo ...
I was very let down. This was a party for my daughter!! They didn't notice even tho I left a message it was her bday! The cook burn my daughters finger! They messed up our order a number of times!!! So very disappointed!!!
Good food but the time to be seated left ...
Good food but the time to be seated left a lot to be desired. Although I had reservations at 6:30 (and arrived at 6:25 PM), after a delay I was finally seated around 6:55 PM. Not a horrible time delay but for a fairly pricey restaurant I was expecting slightly more in terms of promptness.
The chef we had for dinner had zero pers ...
The chef we had for dinner had zero personality and ruined the whole point of going to Benihana's. this is the second time in a row we had this chef and even asked to make sure we don't get him for this visit. Of course we did and just like the last time, the experience was horrible. It was a waste of $130 and not happy since we are frequent visitors of Benihana's.
Went for a date with my boyfriend to cel ...
Went for a date with my boyfriend to celebrate my promotion at work, we had a good time and our chef Sean was great. Usually the chefs are interactive, but Sean went above and beyond with keeping everyone at the table in the conversation. Our waitress was great as well, sadly, I forgot her name. We had a great time and will definitely be back.
This was our choice destination for cele ...
This was our choice destination for celebrating our 12th anniversary and it delivered. Best teppanyaki chef we have had anywhere be far. Food was yummy. Happy to get a reservation same day thanks to Opentable app!
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