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 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!
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.
Everything on the food was fine. It is a ...
Everything on the food was fine. It is always good. The chef was also quite entertaining.
The only down part was the service. It was good, but it sure was slow. I suspect that the restaurant was understaffed. Our server was attentive, but she wasn't around too much.
GREAT FOOD AND GREAT TIME. LOVED OUR CH ...
GREAT FOOD AND GREAT TIME. LOVED OUR CHEF TYLER, HE WAS NICE, ENERGETIC AND FOOD WAS EXCELLENT.
DID NOT LIKE THE FACT THAT WE WAITED FOR A WHILE TO GET SEATED EVEN THOUGH WE HAD RESERVATIONS. WE WERE EARLY FOR OUR RESERVATIONS AND WERE ASKED TO WAIT, ANOTHER COUPLE CAME IN 15 MINUTES AFTER THEIR RESERVATION AND THEY WERE SEATED IMMEDIATELY. i REALLY DIDN'T CARE FOR THE HOSTESS AND HOW WE WERE TREATED. WE WERE SITTING FOR OVER 30 MINUTES EVEN THOUGH WE WERE EARLY. EVERYONE WAS SEATED BEFORE US. i DID NOT APPRECIATE THAT AT ALL.
Great place to go for an entertaining me ...
Great place to go for an entertaining meal. It's a little over priced but food was made to our taste. The service is quite slow to get started. Had a reservation, arrived on time but waited 10-15 min to be seated, once seated waited an additional 30min for chef. Another 30 min for food. Needless to say starving by the time we got our food. Faster service closer to reservation time would be a huge upgrade for meeting expectations.
Even though we had a reservation, we st ...
Even though we had a reservation, we still had to wait at least 15 minutes for a table. Our service was decent, and the "cooking show" was ok. The food was lacking in flavor, though, and was disappointing. When we got our bill, I was surprised to find we had been basically tricked into ordering and paying extra for chicken fried rice (we were only asked if that's what we wanted, no other option was presented).
Overall it ended up being a good night. ...
Overall it ended up being a good night. We went to celebrate my birthday and it started off a tad rough as we waited a bit of time even though we had a reservation. We waited for almost 30 minutes and it was only because of my husband kept on them to get us a table. They also were apologetic and offered us a free item for our troubles. The food was excellent. The chef was just okay - meaning his personality. He wasn't as energetic as I've had in the past. Again, it ended up pretty well, but we almost left.
Excellent food, atmosphere and customer ...
Excellent food, atmosphere and customer service. Chef went out of his way to please everyone. We had a great time celebrating my birthday. Everyone was friendly. The lunch prices were affordable. Great entertainment watching the chef prepare the meal before you.
Awful service Horrible horrible horrible ...
Awful service Horrible horrible horrible. Food have me diarrhea all night long. Waiter never put order in. Cool took over an hour to start the dinner show. Telling everyone I know not to come here. Food poisoning every time!!!
As always, this was a great dining exper ...
As always, this was a great dining experience. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. The chef was great - even making suggestions for items that were being cooked - extra spices, etc. Love, love, love Benihana's!
Reservations was scheduled for 5:30. We ...
Reservations was scheduled for 5:30. We were not seated until 5:50 where we were not greeted by a chef for almost 45 minutes. Luckily, Crystal was entertaining and very efficient which made for an overall good experience just wish there was less waiting.
Was my wife´s birthday and we didn´t rec ...
Was my wife´s birthday and we didn´t receive any special attention for that.
And we showed a discount cupom but the waitress didn´t accept and didn´t worry about that.
Finally, our bill was wrong with a drink from another family seated in our table.
This place has really gone downhill. The ...
This place has really gone downhill. The chef was flinging food all over the place. While cooking the fried rice, pieces of rice were flying all over the table and one piece landed on my shirt. The fried rice had no flavor. The chicken was chewy and the beef was salty. I used to think the price was worth it but now it's just over priced bland food with too much salt and a sloppy performance.
This place knocked it out of the park!! ...
This place knocked it out of the park!! The service was outstanding for our anniversary! Chef Trevor was awesome! I complimented the staff to the GM. I emailed a review on their corporate website and was contacted as a courtesy by the GM later. He told me the email made it all the way to the top and he appreciated the kind words. He also recognized the chef and server during a staff meeting. Must eat in Mission Valley / Hotel Circle area!
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