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, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Benihana - San Diego Ratings and Reviews
I had that waiter before and she has a v ...
I had that waiter before and she has a very unique way that seems to get bother when request extra items, for instance, the sweet spicy sauce and extra rice. She gets irritated by it. This is not the 1st time she waits on us and I just do not feel confortable knowing that she gets bother by what we like when is something additional.
Fausto, the Chef is great, we had him before and I am so glad we got him again.
We have been going to Benihana's for 30 ...
We have been going to Benihana's for 30 years. This was the worst experience we've had. Unfortunately, our chef did not seem to know what he was doing - he served the whole table's shrimp appetizer at the END of the meal... He overcooked our chicken. He cooked the onions and left them on the grill, while he cleaned right next to them. We think he gave my friend the appetizer quality shrimp for her dinner and served the dinner quality shrimp she ordered to the whole table at the end. Luckily, our server was aware of the disaster and notified the Manager who took great care of us. They helped save the night.
front staff was kind and attentive , how ...
front staff was kind and attentive , however server was rude, ordered our drinks and did not receive them until dinner was already made which is about 30 min later. chef did not wow us with the show, seemed like he was not really trying or into it. was very messy when cooking splattered sauce on one of our family members , i know throwing and cooking is a part of the show which is typically fun and creates a fun vibe however his just seemed lazy and somewhat rude. not part of a show. server did not bring chef what he needed after him asking 3 times she kept forgetting which seemed she did also with our drinks since they took so long to arrived. this is my first time being on the right side of the rooms with tables and this side seemed to fit way too many people in one room because the noise level was insane. had to raise my voice just so who was next to me could hear. could not even speak to the rest of the table. i love benihanas however this experience especially being my birthday dinner i was very displeased with.
We have been coming here for many many y ...
We have been coming here for many many years and were very disappointed on this trip . The prices were raised extremely high compared to the last visit on top of not getting the same amount of food that we were served before. Some of the items that we were served before were no longer served, the menu was changed and the quality was much different! When we were sat I made sure to inform the server that we were celebrating my daughters 17 birthday. Another patron at our table was also celebrating their birthday and they were recognized but my daughter was not! We were a family of 3 and spent over $120 on our meal and were extremely disappointed. We wil not be returning anytime soon!
Our cook was xlnt and the food was very ...
Our cook was xlnt and the food was very good. The woman that took our orders was a challenge, her English was very difficult to understand and she had a problem understanding us. Towards the end of the meal the waitress was in a hurry to clear the meals, one couple had to have their dinner boxed because they weren't done eating when the table was being cleared.
I guess I didn't know we had a time limit.
This was my first time visiting and I wa ...
This was my first time visiting and I was pleased with every aspect of night. The waitress did a great job explaining the menu for starters. I opted for the trio while my fiancee went with the chicken and scallops. We both selected fried rice which apparently is a $4 up charge whether you add meat or not.
Rather than try the alcoholic beverages we went with their vast lemonade menu. The passion fruit lemonade was amazing.
Remember the food comes out courses and make the fried rice first. If you want some rice with the rest of your meal you'll have to ration it depending on meat options you select.
Overall great experience that we'll back for.
Such a great time as always, however our ...
Such a great time as always, however our chef this time was not as entertaining as usual, and the server brought us the wrong appetizer and also forgot to ever bring 2 of our guests rice. Usually have better service, but love the food as always.
For my first time at Benihana, I loved i ...
For my first time at Benihana, I loved it completely. The food was delicious and the server was enthusiastic and humorous. I like the idea of sitting with different people and seeing them have the same reactions and seeing them having a good time like I was. I can't wait to come back and enjoy more food and good times here.
It was my birthday (which was noted on t ...
It was my birthday (which was noted on the reservation) & I had been to Benihana's several times and Loved the atmosphere & the entertainment of the chefs and it was because of my prior experiences that I chose to come here for my birthday this yr., BIG mistake. There was NO acknowledgement of my birthday, my meal was served one item (veggies etc) at a time and I was finished with my meal before anyone else got theirs. When we asked for a figurine glass with a drink in it they told us I could Not get a drink/soda in it and charged us for the empty glass. I would say they have definitely gone Way downhill. And after this visit I probably will not come back! Maybe I should have listened to my friends and gone to Shoguns-I heard they are much better in all aspects. Benihana’s is Very Pricey & DISAPPOINTING!!
Went here for a birthday celebration. W ...
Went here for a birthday celebration. We ordered the sashimi/sushi combo and the steak & shrimp entree to share. The sashimi/sushi was fabulous, some fish was obvious of what it was and some wasn't. The steak & shrimp entree was over seasoned, they could have backed off on the salt. Made you eat more rice and then you run out. :( Otherwise the ambiance and service was excellent. Cost was a bit high. I would recommend this place for any occasion.
I have been here many times but last nig ...
I have been here many times but last night was the best!! The waiter DERRICK was so great!! He was the best waiter I have ever had very attentive and exceptional customer service!! So friendly and had a great smile! MANNY our cook/chief was Awesome as well best experience we have had here! I will be calling the manager/Corp to let them know as well! They deserve recognition!
I will never ever go back to Benihana. V ...
I will never ever go back to Benihana. Very unimpressive food. Maybe way back they were innovative and new but now their food is boring and over priced. It is super loud and we were seated by 2 screaming babies! Horrible for a date or special occasion. Watched the "show" and we had one of the better guys but still ho hum. Two hours to even get food 45 min for show to prepare it. Rice served way before meal cold and sticky. Go someplace else. They do NOT seat on time. Many places are so much better! Nothing worth what we endured here!
Great place. My wife and I are visiting ...
Great place. My wife and I are visiting San Diego and thought we would try Benihana's as it was very close to our lodging. It's a great place, the food was delicious, the chef/server was the very best and the others at our table were fun.
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