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/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
The dining experience was great however ...
The dining experience was great however we did not have the same experience at the bar. The bar tender was not at all welcoming and in the way a bit rude. I knew there were a couple that was there before us but we all stood there and he passed us several times attending to a couple next to us but not as much as recognizing us to even say hello or to give us indication he even saw us. But instead when I finally got his attention, "well that couple was there first". I knew he was helping those couple but he was inches from my face and did not bother to at least say I will be with you in a moment or something to acknowledge our presence. He did not make us feel welcome and it may have seemed we are a bother to him.
My reservation was for 7 but did not get ...
My reservation was for 7 but did not get seated until 730 and the bartender was not attentive. My Sangria was awful and I told them and I was not offered a new one. I ordered a California roll and it never came. It was my anniversary and we were seated with children. I probably will not go back for dinner just lunch.
I recommend this place for absolutely ev ...
I recommend this place for absolutely everything BUT the service. The food, the drinks my husband ordered, down to the lemonade I ordered, was all perfect. Except our service, our waitress (believe it said Samantha on receipt) was everything but personable, she took an order from my husband and overlooked anything I wanted. She was more focused on the family across from us, which it wasn't their first time, but it was ours but didn't even ask us. I was frustrated and just wanted her availability to answer a question I had. My husbands used plates were taken right off hand but I was inconvenienced with mine on the edge of the table meanwhile the chef was filling my new plate, also while I watched her walk past about 3 times empty handed without grabbing mine. We were impressed with everything but our waitress, and will return in hopes she is not our server.
We were celebrating a birthday and looki ...
We were celebrating a birthday and looking forward to the Benihana experience. it wasn't the special night we had hoped for. We waited for our table in the bar area and ordered appetizers. It took 25 minutes to finally get our apps. When we got to our dinner table, the server explained the menu, took our drink orders and then our food orders, delivered our soup and salad, then disappeared. No water refills, no checking in for the next hour. The chef was entertaining and personable. But when he cooked the spicy chicken for my husband and nephew, he neglected to tell them they could choose the degrees of spice. The server didn't ask either when she took the order. The food was inedible as the spice level was a 10. When the server DID return to ask if we wanted dessert, she said the chef was supposed to ask on a scale of 1-10, how spicy it should be. Also, be prepared to spend almost 2 1/2 hours at the table. Too long with young kids. We've been here before, but tonight's birthday celebration was a big disappointment. Will think twice about celebrating here again.
The food was very good, but this is not ...
The food was very good, but this is not a place to take small children. Even though we had a reservation we had to wait almost 30 minutes to be seated. Once we were seated we waited another 40 minutes for the chef to come to the table. The server was lovely and we had drinks and salad prior to the meal, but the wait was just too long. The whole dinner took over 3 hours.
Went here for my birthday. We arrived h ...
Went here for my birthday. We arrived half an hour early and waited at the bar. The bartender was friendly, and our service there was very good. The restaurant was busy and quite loud; lots of large parties. Our waitress was friendly and attentive and our chef was entertaining. You get a lot of food with dinner - so much that my husband and I had enough for another meal as take-home. Our steak was overcooked, (ordered medium and it was medium-well to well). Luckily we both ordered tenderloin so it was still tender.
Service was great but our chef really me ...
Service was great but our chef really messed up our fried rice and instead of fixing it correctly he tried to cover it up we did get all of our fried rice comped by the manager but it still was a bummer to not get our fried rice that's our favorite thing when we go to Benihana I've had much better cooks who do a much better job with the food than we had at this location
They seated are group when one of the me ...
They seated are group when one of the members was waiting for two people to show up since they don't cook the food until everyone is seated we had to wait 20 minutes for these people to show up. They shouldn't have seated the lady with our group since her party was not all there. The chef was adequate but his show was mediocre.
We had nine people at our table and it w ...
We had nine people at our table and it was way to crowded. I could not even get my plate in front of me to eat. Also had a rookie chef. Not very good compared to ones I have had in the past . Food was good. Service seemed very fast to eat and get out!!!! I want the dining experience!!!!
Food was brought out to everyone at diff ...
Food was brought out to everyone at different times instead of all at once. Our hibachi chef spilled half of one persons steak on the table, missing his plate, & picked it up & put it on his plate immediately for him to eat. My food was made using teriyaki sauce instead of the spicy chicken sauce, which I had ordered and he confirmed before making, making my food overly sweet to my liking. Very disappointed this visit, usually it is much better
Came here for my birthday dinner and it ...
Came here for my birthday dinner and it was a disappointment . The waitress brought the main dish out with no rice. We told her we needed our rice, but still didn't bring it out. We had to remind her many times of what we needed. At the end of dinner, no one came by to give us our birthday ice cream, picture, or birthday song. It was a bad dinner.
We went along to celebrate both a birthd ...
We went along to celebrate both a birthday and anniversary and as always, we were not disappointed with the service nor the entertainment of the chef in front of us. It was a first time for our children (5 and 2) who both took much delight in the experience and keep asking us when we are going back again.
We had 7:15 reservations, arrived at 7:0 ...
We had 7:15 reservations, arrived at 7:05...after waiting until 7:35 to be seated and watching people come in and be seated who didn't have reservations we were finally asked if we had been help and we said yes that we had reservations and we're waiting to be seated. We finally left at 7:45 and as we walked out they said they were just about to seat us. What a waste of time. AVOID this place!!
The blonde bartender working on Friday h ...
The blonde bartender working on Friday had a smug attitude. Not to mentioned the cocktail was garbage had too much juice no alcohol. Our dinner reservation was at 6:15pm our chef came out after an hour. The other party seated with left before the dinner was served.
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