About Benihana - San Diego
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. Benihana’s famous showman chefs are legendary in San Diego. The restaurant is located near hotel row off the 8 Freeway, exit Mission Center Drive. Visit our large sushi bar and lounge for Happy Hour each Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. with great specials starting at just $3.00. Benihana is near Mission Bay, SeaWorld, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
8 FWY and 163 FWY
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Benihana - San Diego Ratings and Reviews
We went to Benihana because my girlfrien ...
We went to Benihana because my girlfriend always wanted to go to one and see the food cooked in front of us. What we didn't expect was how entertaining it would be. The food was great and the staff were very informative about the menu and were very helpful in deciding on dishes.
It is a loud environment and I do not recommend bringing kids or younger family members. This is definitely an adult restaurant.
We arrived an hour early for the reserva ...
We arrived an hour early for the reservation and we were told they'd seat us early. We were actually seated 15 minutes after our original booking (and that was because I complained). The service was below average but the food was pretty good.
We will not go to benihana again because this is actually the third time this has happened. After seating us we waited nearly 30 minutes before we ate. Arrived and hour early and ate an hour late. Never again!
I love Benihana's & gather a group of fr ...
I love Benihana's & gather a group of friends every year to celebreate my birthday. I love the happy hour drinks, but wouldn't pop in just to hang out for drinks. I find the acoustics unnerving in the bar area. It is too loud for chatting with friends. And, although it is fun to sidle up to the bar before our dinner meal, it's too small for the entire group & so are the small 4-top tables. I'm not complaining, just giving you my input as requested.
We enjoyed the group of 6 sitting with u ...
We enjoyed the group of 6 sitting with us at a table for 8. Our chef was only 22 yrs old, but he had all tricks down - very entertaining and the food was very good. This could be fun for large parties of 8. Grab your friends and go!
Horrible service and customer service fr ...
Horrible service and customer service from the second you walk into the establishment. The bathrooms were very dirty and not stocked. The food is overpriced. I got real upset because there was a couple at our table who were sharing an entree so the chef would take from our portions and give them to the couple when we clearly each paid for our own entrees. I was very disapointed and will never be returning here. The service was terrible. The server brought out soy sauce 13 minutes after he brought us our sushi. He did not come to refill our drinks. He also messed up one of our entree orders where he wrote we ordered the julienne steak when we really ordered the Samurai treat. Never coming here. The chef was horrible and really disapointed how he kept taking our portions and giving them to the couple who split one meal and not each get there own just because it was one of there birthdays. Not fair! Our bill was 170$ and very disapointed because we left here hungry!
We always spend special occasions for ou ...
We always spend special occasions for our family at benihannas and always have had good experiences. This time however wasn't pleasant. Our chef Felipe spent 90% of the time speaking in Spanish to the other party at our table. And when we would try to get his attention were often unsussessful. This was Very disappointing since this was my parents 30th anniversary and we spent a lot of money here. The cooks need to have better manners. Ignoring and alienating half of your table isn't polite and that isn't how you keep customers.
This was my first visit to Bennihana and ...
This was my first visit to Bennihana and I have lived in San Diego for 50 years. I have herd nothing but good things about the restaurant and I am so glad that that I chose Bennihana for my daughters birthday. Everyone of my guests had a great time and enjoyed their food.
We go to Benihana's for special occasion ...
We go to Benihana's for special occasions - this time for a birthday. Sadly, people lingered at their tables for quite a while and we weren't seated until almost 30-minutes past our reservation time, and then waited a bit more before our server arrived. However, once seated, we had a great time and enjoyed the meal.
The food and show are really nice but th ...
The food and show are really nice but the prices are ridiculously high. I paid almost $300 for 5 adults and only two had one glass of wine. The others drank water. They fill you up on salad and about two cut up shrimp. But once a year it's fun.
Had an issue with Staff an a Dog. I ques ...
Had an issue with Staff an a Dog. I questioned the guest if the dog was registered, she got upset and demanded a different table. The dog did not even have a license let alone a Registration ID. The Hostess talked to her but let it slide. It was a small Yorkie type. Even Emotional support dogs require registration and ID. I watched as the dog was held on her lap, it wasn't on a leash, and it ate from the table. Ruined my entire night. What other animal has been on my table? You might ask why I am so upset. I am a recent transplant recipient the risked going out to Celebrate my 35th Anniversary, to be ignored.
Makes me wonder, if this goes on in the front of the house, what are conditions in the back?!
Was just really disappointed in the entire issue and how it was handled.
I love the fact that the food is cooked ...
I love the fact that the food is cooked at your table. The chef was very personable and entertaining. The food was incredibly delicious especially the teriyaki chicken, the sauce was the best I have ever had. The place is a bit expensive however I felt the food and wonderful service made it worth it.
Wish our waitress would of had a much be ...
Wish our waitress would of had a much better service ... This was my first time dinning here and to be honest I was disappointed.... We did get a discount on our check but it was my husband birthday and I wish it would of been a great experience..
We've been to Benihana quite a number of ...
We've been to Benihana quite a number of times, to the point that their food shows started getting stale and outdated. They must've recognized this, because this time we got a chef with mostly new show material and he was quite the pleasure! He did pander a bit by making the shrimp do the 'whip and nae nae' dance, and this could be offensive to some, but it was okay. Food, as always, was great and the service was good, too.
We went to celebrate my daughter's birth ...
We went to celebrate my daughter's birthday. None of us had been there before. The ambiance was fun and the presentation was entertaining and enjoyable. Next time we will try to fill a table but it was ok dining with strangers. The food was pretty good but I do think I will ask to see the full menu next time. The staff was very attentive and pleasant and the picture for my daughter's birthday was an added bonus. We plan to take my sister for her birthday later this year. Overall, very enjoyable.
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