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
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 .
1st time here. Food was amazing! Fun pla ...
1st time here. Food was amazing! Fun place for all ages.
Great experience for mothers day, chef w ...
Great experience for mothers day, chef was awesome! Great food and had lots of laughs. Thanks
Mother's Day Lunch
We took our mom and sister to Benihana in Mission Valley (San Diego), for Mother's Day, as Mom hadn't ever eaten at the teppan yaki grill. We were also able to order from the lunch items menu. Our chef was, I believe, Yuchi, and, unlike some of the other chefs, was very personable and animated. He joked alot, which didn't detract from preparing a delicious meal for all 8 of us. What was most important was our mom seemed to enjoy Yuchi's "antics". She also really liked the scallops that she ordered. Overall, it was a very enjoyable celebration for the mothers in our family, and we would consider Benihana again for a special occasion. I would like to add that they have a great happy hour, with reasonable drink and sushi specials.
Food was great and kids were entertained by the chef.
I used OpenTable for a Mothers Day reservation. Was very pleased to be able to be booked so easily and quickly. Arrived on time to Benihana's on Camino Del Rio South, and was seated within minutes of reservation time. Had a blast with all the entertainment, good food, and of course celebrating with my lovely Mother. She enjoyed the whole stress- free affair. Thank you!!! I highly recommend that anyone who is looking to make reservations in the near future, make them on OpenTable. "Great App to have"!!!
Best Birthday Dinner Date
Me & my Boyfriend were first timer here & we absolutely love it food was amazing waiter was so attentive we got a drink refill without even asking. We were in San Diego for the weekend & for first timers @ Benihana's we enjoyed it. 😋
We had a great time. Lots of good food and friendly service .
Rocky would be very disappointed
I have eaten for years at Benihana's, and used to be a guest of the original owner, Rocky. He would be very disappointed. Eating at Benihana used to be an entire experience, lasting for hours. We were in and out in under 1.5 hours (seated and less than 1hr15min later were present our bill). The food was bland and I doubt I will be returning. Very saddened by this!
My husband and I celebrated my birthday on May 6th by going o Benihana - what a great experience! Aside from the food being delicious (as it always is) we had exceptional service from our server Michiko and our chef Erick. Michiko was sweet, attentive, and very personable, and Erick put on an incredible display of talent and humor and made a wonderful dinner for us. We will definitely be back - thanks to both of them!
Depends on your cook!
The last time I was here our cook didn't do a very good job as far as tricks and actually flavoring our food. Suffice to say, our second visit we had an outstanding cook (Tyler) and our food was awesome! As expensive some items are it really makes a difference when your cook knows how to cook!
Thank you Chef Fausto
Thank you so much to Faust. He was the Chef who made my daughter's BDay Special. We go there for our family birthdays, but we never got a chef like Faust. Maybe because we go at dinner and this is the 1st time going during lunch time. I love the way Fausto handle our table. Kudos to FAUSTO. YEAAA!
Didnt get soup and salad... dissapointed
Our waiter was very slow and we were there for 3 hours. No salad or soup was to us which is my favorite part. Chef also forgot my shrimp and had to remind her. Other than that it was fun
First time going there and it's different from any restaurant that I've been. Our Server and the Chef was very friendly, even gives you hint on making your food taste better. Watched the chef cook and performed technique on how food is prepared. Very Entertaining and we had good time.
Respect the reservation
It's difficult to have a pleasant experience when you make a reservation for a restaurant, arrive on time, and are then handed a pager and told to hang out a bit. Around 20 minutes to be precise. The waiter was very amateur, not at all Japanese, and lacked the skill set to perform they tricks Benihana is famous for. All of the food did taste good once it was all prepared, and the sushi rolls were terrific.
Good food cooked in front of you with flair & jest.
As always, we had a great dining experience to help celebrate two birthdays in our family. Great food! Great show!!
Fantastic Time for all ages!!!
We had a fantastic time. It was our 38th Anniversary and 3 days late my 67th Birthday. Our waiter was very attentive to all at the table, courteous and mad our evening enjoyable. Our chef went out of his way for our anniversary and spelled it out in the rice on the cooktop. He even used my phone to take pictures for us. Couldn't have for a better time. THANK YOU ALL.
Same old Beni... always a good time and ...
Same old Beni... always a good time and they did a great job with the cake I brought for my wife's birthday
We celebrated my wife's birthday and had a great time.
Memorable and fun!
I came here with some of my friends to celebrate our achievements. It was our first time here, except for one of us whom has been here once before. We all enjoyed our food and the neat tricks our chief performed. I will definitely be back for more!
Birthday Tradition at Benihana
As a family with 4 kids we our at Benihana celebrating a birthday 4-6 times a year. We've eaten at the Mission Valley, Carlsbad, and Newport locations. It is always fun, delicious and memorable. It has become a family tradition.
First visit in a long time---still just as good as we remember. Great place for special occasions.
Cook very serious...quiet probably so tired to entertain guests and cook no more than 3 tricks .
It was fun for my 10year old son. Old s ...
It was fun for my 10year old son. Old school, it's a classic. Benihana delight.
Great food and special treatment very good atntion
We had a good time great dinner the food was very good ambiance familiar the chef was excellent
Horrible Front of the house
The front of the business is one of the most important parts of the experience. When you walk in and you have to say hello to the hostess that are leaning on the front desk talking about the night before is not a professional way of doing business. This is the second time I have had this problem in this restaurant, unfortunately the first time I was there I did not have reservations and had to wait over two hours with five children. This time I expected a little better service specially because the restaurant was not busy, but it was not. We got there fifteen minutes early and still made us wait until our reservation time even though nobody else was there, are you kidding me.
What a great experience!
I visited Benihana for the first time on a Monday night and it was surprisingly packed! I had previously made an online reservation just in case and I'm glad I did! I have to say...our chef was HILARIOUS. I've been to a few hibachi restaurants before and this one was by far the funniest! (His name is Angel of you want to request him!) we will definitely request him when we go back to Benihana. He made us laugh so hard. The food is expensive, but it's comparable to any other hibachi restaurant. You get a good amount of food for the price you pay. I loved that the hibachi dinners included hot green tea afterwards; it was delicious! The only thing is, I wish they served more vegetables with the dinners. I also wish they served noodles like Some other hibachi restaurants. Other than that, the flavor was awesome and our food was cooked perfectly. We had such a good experience for my first time and I was very pleased. I would definitely recommend Benihana for any occasion!
Always great food and drinks . Been going for 20 plus years and food still great
Wonderful night. Fun shoe and delicious ...
Wonderful night. Fun shoe and delicious entre. Ate filet ignore with colossal shrimp. Wonderful choice.
This place is great I have been to many Benihana and by far this was the best! The food was AMAZING! The chef was awesome and the staff was friendly and kind!! Totally will be back again!!
Never a disappointment
My family and I decided to go on the spur of the moment. As usual the chefs are entertaining and the food was delicious.
Join their club - good for 1 free meal, with purchase of similar, so you'd need to dine with at least one other in your party - or just order 2 meals and take home leftovers... Main teppanyaki dining room is pretty compact/packed, so the noise levels can get pretty loud. As far as the food, though, it is outstanding value, and everything cooked to order in front of you with the chef/entertainer. Also items cooked cut up in nice bite-sized pieces. The price is paying for the experience. I'd eat there again, maybe try happy hour specials in the future.
Good food great time!!
Love the fried rice. Service is amazing w fun "food show"!
Great food. Server was hustling but over ...
Great food. Server was hustling but over worked. Too many tables. Still, benihanas always delivers.
love the food
Problem with timing. Took over 2 hours to complete meal. It was a birthday occasion and we always look forward to the picture. No one at the restaurant knew how to put new paper in the printer so we never got our picture. Disappointed group...I will go there again but the long wait for food and not getting our picture was disappointing.
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