About Benihana - Houston
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:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 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
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
Benihana - Houston Ratings and Reviews
Energetic chief for the show portion of ...
Energetic chief for the show portion of dinner and a show. Usually entertaining, depends on the chief. Food is good, not great. Definitely paying for the atmosphere with the hibachi grill.
We always celebrate our grandchildren's ...
We always celebrate our grandchildren's birthdays and special holidays at Benihana. Because of that, we have been there probably about 200 times. This time was our very favorite ever! Our chef, John, really was outstanding! He was an entertainer, as well an excellent chef. He engaged the grandkids, told fun stories, sang "Happy Birthday" to our granddaughter, and was just amazing!!!! The food and wait staff was just as outstanding as always!
A Birthday tradition that the kids enjoy ...
A Birthday tradition that the kids enjoy. Place is beginning to show wear and the cooking routines are the same and less energetic. Very kind and attentive to my birthday girl though.
Always delicious & friendly
Always delicious & friendly
great food., quick reservations, people ...
great food., quick reservations, people nice, luv it
I love coming here as always for my bir ...
I love coming here as always for my birthday celebration every year
Had a great time amazing cook,and Wiig c ...
Had a great time amazing cook,and Wiig continue to come back
We had such a wonderful time with the fa ...
We had such a wonderful time with the family and 2 birthdays.
Fantastic lunch!!! Great food & service ...
Fantastic lunch!!! Great food & service. Perfect portions at lunch - full not stuffed. The " boat" is an excellent assortment of tasty foods!!
Felt like I didn't get my monies worth! ...
Felt like I didn't get my monies worth! For what I paid the service or food wasn't great! the staff is rushing and rude! Also charging for fried rice is rediculous, its also half the show! I won't again waste my time driving to or eating here. Atami where I live is beyond extraordinary!
Awesome experience as always! The food w ...
Awesome experience as always! The food was excellent and completely entertaining.
This restaurant has been here for such a ...
This restaurant has been here for such a long time that you can smell the musty odor in the air as soon as you enter the door. Food is mediocre, the service and chef range from 1-10 depends on how you have that day, so it's inconsistent. Overall, one visit every few years to see how restaurant aged through might be fun.
Failed to honor the reservation .
Failed to honor the reservation .
Our waitress was amazing we didn't have ...
Our waitress was amazing we didn't have to ask for anything . She was on top of everything . Our cook was Juan was very good, funny cook. He entertained us with his skills and food was delicious.
Food and service were great. What ruine ...
Food and service were great. What ruined the evening was lack of air conditioning. When it is 95 degrees outside, you do not want 85 inside. Our whole party of 8 were sweating like pigs. Not what we wanted for a birthday party. Very unpleasureable.
Went here for early dinner before the crowd hit. Jorge was our chef and offered different tricks than the typical "choo-choo train" onion or "pounding heart" rice. Lots of kid interaction and great service offered by hostess. Great experience!
My family has been going here for over 20 years,
we love Benihanas, we take almost all of our out of town guests there. It is great food and great fun.
don't bother with reservations
We made reservations for 5:30pm. We didn't get seated until 6pm and after much discussion with the front staff. They seemed upset that we were upset. But what is the point in making a reservation if you have to wait anyway?
We made reservations at 7:30 but the full party wasn't there until 7:38 soo we ended up waiting to be seated till 8:45, we were able to order at 9 and the chef came around 9:15 we noticed a lot of ppl were waiting as well who had also made reservations which I found pointless really because normally when you make reservations you are able to be seated and the rest of the party is guided by the host to your table but not at Benihana's they go by first come first serve bases so it was really pointless to even make reservations in the first place. I didn't appreciate the hosts attitude when I asked why was it taking forever to be seated I mean isn't a table suppose to be reserved for the party if you make reservations? Plus we waited literally for over an hour to be seated, on a Thursday! I was upset and asking what was the point of even making reservations and she said well the whole party wasn't here till 7:38 like really 8 mins,like really?? Everyone was there at 7:30 except 2 people who couldn't find parking FYI thus making them 8 mins late but still I mean c'mon really? I dk I don't like to be that guy and rant but the demeanor the lady had was just deplorable like honestly lady put yourself in our shoes we had two kids and a prego who were very tired and hungry, and hadn't ate since 5 so they wouldn't spoil there dinner but nooo anywhoo hope this gives you an idea on how to plan ahead. I liked jimmy our chef he was very humble and funny our waitress was nice as well just seemed in a rush to take our orders which I get, because you know there was so many people waiting to be seated so they kinda wanted you to hurry up and order I mean if your going to have people waiting for over an hour at least give us the menu and some coloring books to keep us occupied in the mean time and so we know what to order when we sit down that way her job is made easier you know. Overall I wouldn't really wanna go again unless I went on a day that is considered slow for them.
I used to love coming here. The last thr ...
I used to love coming here. The last three times I have visited, there was no green tea ice cream. When I informed the server that I am allergic to onions, I was served a dry salad. When I atempted to explain that on previous visits, I was served some type of salad dressing, she insisted that the restaurant had nothing to dress my salad and that I would have to have it dry. The occasion was my birthday and the server said that she was not informed, thus I did not receive the souvenir photo with my friend. The hostess was aware that I wanted a photo, because, I joked about the photos taken at that location are always dark. The hostess replied that they had purchased a new camera and that the lighting had improved. I had fond memories of Benihana because it was the one place that my parents always liked to visit on their wedding anniversary and also Dad's birthday which were a day apart. The service has declined.
Great meal!!! Love the lobster , scallop ...
Great meal!!! Love the lobster , scallops & shrimp! Oh can't go w/o fried rice too. Nice show as they cook your food.
First time going absolutely loved it
I like the different choices that were given off the menu I substituted my soup for a Miso soup. The drinks were well made and the seating was very nice. I really enjoyed the presentation and chef.
Rude manager, VERY Ignorant waitress.
The chef was very nice and extremely funny; My grad's selection to celebrate his big day...Unfortunately, the chef alone could not make up the difference of our waitress who was horrible. She refused to bring water for all of the guests, snapped several times, made ugly gestures. She was only nice once she received the written in amount of $67, for a party of 9... $500 tab to be treated so badly... Go to Cafe Mezza or Houston's, you won't be dissatisfied there.
Had a perfect Birthday lunch. Great food ...
Had a perfect Birthday lunch. Great food and great service.
It's our family favorite . Every city we ...
It's our family favorite . Every city we travel to, we seek and dine at Benihana. Every birthday, my kids only want to dine at Benihana.
Saturdays are very busy! They were behin ...
Saturdays are very busy! They were behind in seating people with reservations, so we had to wait about 15 minutes. Also, it's a very vibrant atmosphere which is good, but it's very loud in the dining area. Our server didn't pay much attention to us. She may have had too many tables but we often had to get her attention for refills etc. The best part of the experience was the good food, and our cook's presentation. Overall it was a good experience, my husband and I went to celebrate our birthdays, and we would go back again but probably not on a Saturday night.
Service was fair at best on this occasio ...
Service was fair at best on this occasion. Fried rice was overcooked and waited too long for appetizer.
I waited absolutely too long for the ch ...
I waited absolutely too long for the chef to start preparing our meal. An hour to be exact, this should not be the case when you make reservations
It was our first time to Benihana's and ...
It was our first time to Benihana's and we were not disappointed. It was a very festive atmosphere so the noise level was high. The dress is very casual. Our table chef was Joaquin and he was great! The food was much better than I expected for a chain.
Birthday for 11yr old granddaughter. She had a wonderful time. Our chef was intertaining. Staff great. Food very good. Staff sang happy birthday to granddaughter. We will return.
Great food- Not for mother's day
We arrived early anticipating a lot of people since it was Mother's Day. We were seated 15 minutes after our reservation. The manager offered me a complementary sushi, but I have a shellfish allergy. He didn't offer to compensate in any other way. I would have accepted an apology, but I got an "oh." Our chef, Jackson, started off strong, but didn't give us much of a show. He did the heart pump and the onion train. That was about it. It was disappointing. I have eaten at several benihana's - the food was Benihana quality but everything else was sub par. At $25 a person; I expect better. I expected a show. Our waitress was excellent despite how packed it was. In the future, I wouldn't dine at this location. If I did, I definitely would not go on a holiday.
What a great time great staff with even better food .Will come back again
We had reservations for 6:30 and arrived ...
We had reservations for 6:30 and arrived at 6:20. We were told that we would be called at the time of our reservation. Once 6:30 had come and gone, I went up and asked when we were going to be seated. I was told that we had to wait until some large parties had cleared out, and that we would have to wait for another 15-20 minutes. We were finally seated, but still did not have a glass of water by 7:00. We were seated at a table with 5 kids from a larger party with the adults at the next table. We left and went somewhere else for dinner. What is the point to making reservations (through OpenTable) if you aren't even waited on for 30 minutes past the reservation time?
Benihana's is always fun
Had a great time. Went to the Houston-Westheimer location and it was packed. The result was they were a little slow and a bit loud but once we got used to it it wasn't terrible.
Delicious meal. Chefs do a great job a ...
Delicious meal. Chefs do a great job at the table. Lobster is worth it!!!
Fun place and great food
Great food and atmosphere. It's fun to watch the food being cooked and the master chef is very entertaining.
whats the point to reserve if you still have to wait a good 15 min to be seated just like everyone else who hasent reserved .👎
Lunch is fantastic!!!! All the great sh ...
Lunch is fantastic!!!! All the great show & food as dinner. But a perfect portion & price!!!
Always consistent restaurant
Good food, prompt, entertaining. Friendly service.
The staff acted too busy to help us and the smoke from the food gave my date a asthma attack!
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