About Benihana - San Diego
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 - 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
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.
Good good good ambience and there's alwa ...
Good good good ambience and there's always fun time with the chefs making it a good time.
Super show at the Chef's table. The foo ...
Super show at the Chef's table. The food is always fresh.
I love coming here with my family! Staff ...
I love coming here with my family! Staff is always friendly and chefs are always fun to watch!
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..
Our server, Matthew, is the best! I've ...
Our server, Matthew, is the best! I've been going to this Benihana several times a year and I never had a most attentive server like Matthew. He's always around to pick up empty plates and refill our drinks.
Always a great time. Excellent food, ser ...
Always a great time. Excellent food, service and the show the chef's put on is very entertaining.
We love Benihana! Easpesially the chicke ...
We love Benihana! Easpesially the chicken fried rice.
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.
You can always count on good food, fun e ...
You can always count on good food, fun entertainment, and great service at Benihana!
Always a great time, great food, and gre ...
Always a great time, great food, and great service.
Foods good .. Just a bit salty.. Though ...
Foods good .. Just a bit salty.. Thought I would have an Asian cook not Hispanic
The food was the best I have had there. ...
The food was the best I have had there. I had the Hibachi Salmon. My parents had the steak and shrimp. We all had the fried rice. We all enjoyed our meal and service.
We came here to celebrate birthdays. The ...
We came here to celebrate birthdays. The certificate was easy to use. Service here has been 5/5 each and every time I come here. The chefs are all amazing and their tricks are fun to watch. Everyone should experience eating at Benihana at least once.
Wait staff was not very attentive. Our c ...
Wait staff was not very attentive. Our chef was not fun like all the other Chefs around us. Took forever to get our food and they forgot our rice. Will not go back.
Had agreat time with friends food was go ...
Had agreat time with friends food was good service was good and fast. The chef was good. Overall had a great time definitely will come back again.
About as bad as it can get.
Waited an hour for our chef to show up. In my past experiences here the chef is either already at the table or shows up a few minutes later. This one hour delay ruined our experience. Also, the quality of the seafood they use is the lowest and cheapest available.
Treat yourself! You deserve it.
I'm a frequent flyer at Benihanas and I wanted to treat my best friend who's never been. I recommended one of the 6-course entrees and she was in love. The food was great, the service was spectacular - overall great experience. I especially want to thank our lady chef, Crystal, for her incredible skills around the grill and even more incredible attitude. She was absolutely fantastic and I hope to see more of her! I recommend Benihanas - San Diego to anyone who's looking for a fun night out with a group or a special someone. Be aware the 5 and 6 course meals do run a little higher price wise, but you without a doubt get your money's worth. Cheers!
Benihana never disappoints. Festive envi ...
Benihana never disappoints. Festive environment perfect for special occasions. Meet new people at a communal table setting. Chefs always entertaining. And last but not least the food is on point and always prepared perfectly!
My family and I had a great time at the restaurant . The service was amazing and the food was great!
Dined there twice this week
Took one part of the family on Monday and the other half on Wednesday. We all had a great meal and the kids had a fun time. We will be back soon..
Great show, food excellent and met new friends
Had a very nice time at this Benihana. Very convenient to the hotel we were staying at in Hotel Circle in San Diego. Shared a table with another small group and had a nice time making new friends. Food was wonderful as usual and the show is a lot of fun. Highly recommend
Felipe was the best cook we've ever had ...
Felipe was the best cook we've ever had at a Teppan place. I will be sure to ask if he is going to be there the next time I visit with my family.
Good food, good service, price is a litt ...
Good food, good service, price is a little high for steak and chicken but the salad, the soup and the fried rice make up for it. If you like sushi the Las Vegas role is pretty good
Server changed after order taken new ser ...
Server changed after order taken new server never came back to check on us
As always an excellent experience where ...
As always an excellent experience where everyone in a celebratory mood. Food is expertly cooked and of high quality.
The chef, Angel, was rather boring and di not put on a very good show. He seemd tired and uniterested.
Everyone should try this place at least ...
Everyone should try this place at least once. It's a very memorable experience for birthdays, graduations, or whatever one wants to celebrate.
Excellent service, I never hear a No Fro ...
Excellent service, I never hear a No From any of them
Too noisy. Too many cooking tables with ...
Too noisy. Too many cooking tables with 8 people each close together. End of table seats have a work cart next to them, for a large part of the meal. Tables face each other with carts on both sides for most of the meal, while cooks are literally back-to-back for each table. My scallops were over cooked, the cook noticed and said dip them in the sauce, no effort to replace, or discount bill. Fried chicken rice is awesome, but you can get it as a take out or in the sushi area with drinks. We eat out often, and usually will overlook many issues, but loud noise and poorly prepared meat, fish, eggs is not acceptable.
Wonderful like always. If ever a proble ...
Wonderful like always. If ever a problem make sure to let manager know and they will handle it right there and make things right.
Food was great! Server and chef were fr ...
Food was great! Server and chef were friendly and we were seated within 15 minutes of our reservation.
Benihana never disappoints! Fun and good ...
Benihana never disappoints! Fun and good food - a little pricey for me ($225 for 4) but special occasion so why not?!
Checking in for our reservation took too ...
Checking in for our reservation took too long. We had to dispose of our water bottles then we had to wait 15 minutes before we were actually seated. Ordering our food seemed to take too long and it was very confusing as the orders were taken by 2 or 3 different people. The table seemed crowded. Our chef was very nice and somewhat entertaining. The type of food was not really to my liking, but others in our group really liked the food. Most of the group enjoyed watching our food being prepared by the chef. It was too noisy to hear anybody so talking among ourselves was difficult.
Hector and Andrea were great!!!! We have ...
Hector and Andrea were great!!!! We have been to Benihana several times and this was the best experience.
We were sat in the back by the kitchen l ...
We were sat in the back by the kitchen lots of traffic but when we make a reservation for a time we expect to be seated it was 45 minutes after our time .
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