About Benihana - Carlsbad
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: 11:00 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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Benihana - Carlsbad Ratings and Reviews
Minimum 1 hour wait even with reservation
Reservation is useless, had to wait 1 hour to sit, then 1 hour to see the chef.. minimum 3hours for dinner
I had a reservation for 7:45pm. I didn't ...
I had a reservation for 7:45pm. I didn't get seated till after 8pm. On top of that I didn't leave the restaurant till after 10pm. It literally took all night! I recommend reserving a dining time why earlier than you'd like to eat because you probably be waiting and eating an hour or two later than planned. I wouldn't recommend Benihana for everyday dining because the wait time , but the food is to die for, so for special occasion worth it.
Reservation @7pm wasn't seated til 7:45pm by the time we ate it was 8:30pm everyone over hungry and chief was just going through the motion. Food good but way to long of wait. Book early or eat something before.
Always a great experience. One of my fa ...
Always a great experience. One of my favorite Benihanas. Great atmosphere.
We've been many times, but probably won' ...
We've been many times, but probably won't be back to this location again. Our server was not good. She rarely checked on the table and just wasn't personable. The chef didn't do any kind of special show or tricks other than the volcano. It was just disappointing overall. Honestly, I don't know why we keep coming back when each time the quality of the experience continues to decline.
Had to wait for the chef for more than 4 ...
Had to wait for the chef for more than 45 minutes-- this was on a Tuesday; Waitress tried to explain and be accommodating in explanation for long wait
The Carlsbad location never disappoints. ...
The Carlsbad location never disappoints. It's a large restaurant and we always request Val as our server. We have a large family and require two tables and management is always accommodating. It never disappoints.
It was a great experience we love the f ...
It was a great experience we love the food and the cook. His name is Oliver. He was the best The guys at the reception not so great
The young lady that was serving us and o ...
The young lady that was serving us and our chef (believe his name was Sal) were both amazing and they should both be acknowledged! It wa my husbands birthday and we brought our 16month old daughter. The waitress took really good care of us. She noticed the baby being fussy and offered and brought rice for her almost immediately so I could feed my baby. The chef cooked the best food I've had at Benihana. We left extremely satisfied with the restaurants service and food.
Great for a birthday party or event.
Great for a birthday party or event.
Mother's Day dining
Had an excellent time as usual. We have been here many times over the past few years and will continue to do so. Bartender that night was especially good. Thanks!
Mothers Day lunch
Very happy to have had Chef Israel make ourmealonceagain, he'sexcellent!
I made a reservation for 4:45 for a party of 4 and arrived at 4:40 to check in. The hostess checked us in and asked that we have a seat. At 5:10 I asked the hostess why bother making a reservation if I was going to wait 30 minutes for a table. At that time, she sat us at a table. When we were seated, and might I add only 2 tables in the restaurant were occupied, I asked if we could remain alone. She responded yes. No sooner were our drinks brought to us, she was seating 2 others with us. Again I asked her why bother asking if we could be alone if she was only going to bring 2 other guests to our table within minutes. On your reservation site you asked if we had any special diet restrictions. I indicated that one guest in our party could not have garlic. The chef never acknowledged the request. It had to be called to his attention. Again, why bother noting an allergy ahead of time if no mention was made by the staff. Thought you'd like to know.
This was my girlfriend's first time and ...
This was my girlfriend's first time and she loved it. I brought her date night, since the kids were with their grandma. Thank you
Always come for birthdays
One of the best for birthdays. This time an exception with service. Never refilled any drinks and did not take our photo at the end. Something my children look forward too each year. Chef and food were delightful and amazing as usual.
We always love to come to Benihana! The food is always delicious and the show is excellent. Our chef was extra entertaining and the kids had a wonderful time. I had the Lychee martini and it was delicious. It was my birthday and they always make it super festive. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because of how long it took. We arrived at 7:00 and our reservation was at 7:15 on a Thursday evening. We were not sat until almost 7:45. There was not a chef ready for us and we had to wait for a bit after we were finished with our soup and salad. The server was super polite and apologized but we were hungry with kids on a school night. We did not leave until 9:40 which was really too late. I love Benihana and I am sure we will be back. I just hope that next time we will not be left waiting for an extra 45 minutes to an hour total.
I have never had a bad meal.
Great place to go for good food. Plus you get a lot for the price.
Excellent customer service.
Server made recommendations that turned out to be an awesome choice. Staff was friendly, quick service and always with a smile. Great atmosphere.
Hi, my family and I celebrated our sons ...
Hi, my family and I celebrated our sons birthday as we always do. Since our visit was right after school all four of our kids were starving and were looking forward to some yummy Benihana grub. The momentum took a bit longer than usual as the restaurant was down some staff however our Chef Ray saved the day, as soon as he came to the table he took care of business quickly and professionally, food was cooked perfectly tasty and everyone was happy. Ray was very personable as well and even though he was a new Chef to the Carlsbad location, he adapted well and did a great job! The 2 managers on staff I believe it was Scott and ??? also did a great job supporting everyone behind the scenes. Great team and already looking forward to our next trip back.
Food was excellent this visit, thank you
Food was excellent this visit, thank you
Always a good time at Benihana
One of my favorite places to go for a good meal and a good time. The service was greate, the food was AMAZING as always, and the chef (Sal) was hilarious and entertaining.
All the food was excellent and delicious. Best fried rice I ever tasted.
As always never disappoints.
Food is always hot and fresh. Chef Tam was friendly and fun. As usual great dining experience.
Great place to have fun and a nice dinne ...
Great place to have fun and a nice dinner with friends and family!!
Good food bad waiter
Everythin was good except the waiter cooks where fun outgoing and perfect for the family. My waiter forgot about us and I had to ask multiple times from different waiters and higher staff to get us refreshments trays to go and tab.
Garlic butter is key
Normally love eating here but chef didn't use garlic butter on our steak. Simple but noticeable difference
Everything great except the hostesses
The Chef was entertaining, funny, fast, and you get a lot of food for your money. The food improves with the sauces. The hostesses however were unsmiling, unfriendly, & cold. Too bad, it put a sour taste in our mouth at the beginning and end of our visit.
Outstanding fun while you eat
Such a great place to enjoy food while you watch your chef make your delicious food in an extremely unique way. I loved it
Great celebration lunch
We had a wonderful lunch with our family, many of whom had not been there before, celebrating our daughter's First Communion. The chef was lots of fun in his showmanship with our food. The onions on fire were a hit.
Fun for a special occasion
I hadn't been to Benihana in 35+ years. The food was delicious! Unfortunately, it's very loud inside, and difficult to converse. Also very difficult to communicate with the chef & server, who both had soft voices and heavy accents. The food was great, but the "show" was somewhat lackluster (maybe because we went on a Monday night?). I also feel it's overpriced for what is offered. $10 for a glass of mid-range Chardonnay? Yikes!
What a great show what great food what a great experience
Pricey but fun
I took my family and some friends here to celebrate a birthday. We did have to wait about 15 minutes past our reservation time. Our chef was a lot of fun. I asked him if the food had MSG, he seemed a little puzzled but said he didn't think it did. About an hour after dinner I got the MSG headache symptoms, so I think they do use MSG. Our meal was pricey, over $200 for 7 people, no drinks.
Fun Show and Delicious Food!!
Had a fun Birthday dinner with a good friend. Our chef was very nice and did a fantastic job of preparing the food in a fun way. We were thoroughly entertained. Both meals were delicious, I had the Spicy Tofu and my friend had the Colossal Shrimp. Yummy!
Cook was not prepared onion soup was col ...
Cook was not prepared onion soup was cold and the cook barely used garlic butter food dry
Great food, great place!
Our first visit to Benihana's was excellent. I was able to use the website to schedule a reservation for the same day. We were seated within minutes of arriving and dining shortly after. David was our chef and he was enthusiastic and charismatic.
This benihana was okay. The was unexpected. Its located next to a hotel. The food was tasty but small in portion for the price.
Always a gem!
I frequent Benihana, all dofferent locations... Carlsbad is by far my favorite location! The festive, exciting experience is great for both adults and kids!
Had reservations and we still waited for ...
Had reservations and we still waited for 40 minutes. TERRIBLE!!!
Benihanas is always a good place to come with friends. We came here for my buddy's birthday. Our chef was a funny guy with a lot of jokes. Benihana's always seems to have funny chefs. The cocktails were good and the food was pretty dang good. The bill was much higher than expected, however, still pretty reasonable.
I will always support this establishment. Although I cannot say what exactly happened, Mtt and his team are number 1! Could not ask for a better experience. Wonderful. New Steak, ribeye, for two is awesome!!a
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