About Benihana - Houston - Downtown
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
Between Clay & Polk
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
We validate parking Monday through Friday after 5:00 PM and all day on Saturday and Sunday.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
Benihana - Houston - Downtown Ratings and Reviews
It was horrrribe, we waiting 1 hour for ...
It was horrrribe, we waiting 1 hour for a chef then they were rushing us out the door!!
Great restaurant. Great food especially ...
Great restaurant. Great food especially fried rice. Service good. Having a reservation really helps a lot cause we skip the line when we arrived there. Overall great experience!!
Making online reservations
I make reservations on line and it really help a lot , I never knew about making reservations online , great food, and our cook was really good and fun.. I wish I could remember his name , so my next visit on the 21st I can ask for his table..
Had a great evening with 2 friends who had never visited this Benihana. Chef Louis was a friendly and entertaining chef!
Benihana is always an excellent choice for a birthday or other special occasion.
Great for kids!
Great for kids!
Great service but under par food.
Stick to the Westheimer location to have a perfect Benihana experience.
Everything was great except the hostess ...
Everything was great except the hostess was really rude to us when we arrived.
If you go ask for the host lian and the ...
If you go ask for the host lian and the chef Louie those two together are outstanding.
Service was really slow. It was Mother's ...
Service was really slow. It was Mother's Day so that may have been the reason.
The staff is great, friendly and ready t ...
The staff is great, friendly and ready to service
When we arrived, they said they were for ...
When we arrived, they said they were forced to be on open table and to call them instead when making a reservation. Very poor service and desperately needs an update.
Always fun time and good food.
Always fun time and good food.
Maybe for a party...
You're definitely paying for the show,the food is nothing special. We had the shrimp hibachi grill and it was just ok. The hostesses were very nice and the waitress was great also. This is probably a great place for a party or a happy hour but i probably wouldn't go back too often.
Just not the same as it was in the 80's. ...
Just not the same as it was in the 80's. Food ok more about the kids having fun. Could use a good scrubbing to get the grease feel off the tables.
Always a good time and great for special occasions.
Greatest place to eat if you want entert ...
Greatest place to eat if you want entertainment and delicious food. The chefs are outstanding but I don't think they get tips enough. I always give them extra money after they serve me my food. They deserve it!
We were seated on time, the entertainment was fun and the food was excellent. Everyone in our party of four had an enjoyable experience.
I've heard so much about Benihana's and ...
I've heard so much about Benihana's and how well was the experience. So I very excited to go for my birthday. Pros, were that with a reservation there was no wait and the staff was very friendly. Cons, limited amount of choices for vegetarians. Took so long for them to cook the food, almost 2hrs till we ate. All there food pretty much taste the same since they use all the same ingredients. I also has two other guest who were going to acompany me and they wouldn't let us sit down till they showed up. And if we sat down before they did they wouldn't get to sit with us.
Former great place has fallen hard
This place used to be great but as other hibachi places have popped up, the one that started it it has not changed. The only thing worth going to this place for is the chicken fried rice. The steak is cut too small and the food you order medium rare, is well done by time you get to the last bite. The food is virtually flavorless and there are much better options at this point. Service was slow and and just not what it used to be.
It was the perfect spot for our 13 year ...
It was the perfect spot for our 13 year anniversary. We love this place and location. Israel the chef was funny and amazing.
I had my son's 20th Birthday dinner here on March 6th, Im glad I made reservations because if not we would of waited a long time. The hostess was great with putting my son's cake in refrigerator. The waitress was awesome, her name was Jennie, she recommended several drinks and sushi rolls. It was a little warm in the building but I think its because of the hibachi grills. The waitress brought out my son's cake with ice cream and a candle she provided. I also like the group picture she took and gave to us.
We had a great time at Benihana Downtown! The chef had some new "tricks" that we hadn't seen before, so it wasn't your usual predictable "show". We really enjoyed watching him prepare our meal and were not disappointed in the entertainment. The food was amazing, I shared the chateaubriand with a friend and it was one of the best steaks I have ever put in my mouth. It was so tender you could cut it with a fork, and perfectly cooked. You will never leave here hungry as you get multiple courses and all of it is amazing! And for all the food you get, the price is really a bargain.
It appears they have new management and all new employees. I miss all the employees who had been there for years. It was still excellent as always just not as authentic.
Chefs were behind had reserved table still waited 45 minutes and not seated . With chefs not being available I left worst experience I have ever had my wife and children were hungry.
Horrible service and food. They over coo ...
Horrible service and food. They over cooked everyone's food twice and didn't care. Manager asked us to leave and waited till we left the building. Horrible service all the way from host to the manager. Everyone on the table was upset and left without paying.
Server was a bad hostess and even gave a disclaimer after dinner which was very inappropriate. Cook was did not provide the experience they are known for. When asked to to the Volcano he said that he wouldn't which is a familiar trick at the restaurant.
We eat at Benihana 2-3 times a year. We ...
We eat at Benihana 2-3 times a year. We especially enjoy the ginger salad dressing. The only negative I have about this visit is that they did not have a record of our reservation. When I showed the host my confirming email, he said they have problems with "Open Table" from time to time. Because it was only my wife and I, the wait for a table was just a few minutes . If we had a large group it may have been a problem.
I came with 6 people on 02/14/2016
Very nice place. Overall great place but rice was a bit too salty and servers were slow with drinks and appetizers. Barely finishing we had servers pick our plates up without asking...
The restaurant was nice, the service was good, the food was good, and the staff was friendly. My only complaint is that me and my guest did not get everything that was supposed to have come with our meal. (Ex. Noodles and the ice cream/sherbert).
Not as expected.
Just not what I was expecting for Valentine's Day. Felt as though the service was about quantity not quality. Will not be returning for sure.
I think you need to require people to dress accordingly, meaning change your dress code. There were several people in there with sleeveless shirts, caps, shorts. They looked like a bunch of slobs.
Open Table App Does Not Work Here
Set reservations and then when I arrived I was notified that my reservation made on open table was not valid. Host was rude and pretty much blamed me for not calling to confirm reservation. I was out on the list and waited thirty minutes to get a table. Food was nothing special.
We recently visited on 2/13 our first time at this location we usually dine at the westheimer location. Fast and efficient service such a great time Paul was excellent . Great entertainment and food you will not be disappointed.
Great for a Birthday
Had dinner with my family. Very entertaining dinner with good food and a show of teppanyaki cooking. Staff was friendly and service was quick.
Celebrated husbands birthday with dinner at Bennihana's. Waitstaff, chef's, food and atmosphere were great! Planning on returning very soon for lunch.
First time at Benihanas downtown
Food was great, service was good and ambiance was good as well. Now I know that it's best to take a big group instead of just table for two. First time there and we opted to sit in the table section as it was a bit crowded in hibachi table. But needless to say will be back but with a big group so we can enjoy the entertainment & dinning!
Good food but waiting time is horrible
The food is exeptionally good but i do have to say that the wait time for the chef to come out and make the food is horrible the time you have to wait is immense!! But the service is excellent
Had Joseph cook for us this time and his ...
Had Joseph cook for us this time and his seasoning was subpar as well as his cooking temperatures! I have come to this location for the last 3 years at least 3-4 times a year! Overall, had one great dining experience!
The food is really good but the service ...
The food is really good but the service is lacking
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