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
If you think you are going to get an aut ...
If you think you are going to get an authentic Japanese teppan yaki, you are not going to get it. There are no Japanese chef or waiting staff. Very noisy and over-crowded front desk. I was at the same restaurant at the same location about 30 years ago. What a difference. As a Japanese, I was very disappointed.
The food was excellent and we didn't hav ...
The food was excellent and we didn't have to wait for a long time. Great chefs serving us fresh steaks, seafood and fish. The birthday person got a free dessert any types of ice cream was served. Plus we got a $30 coupon for our meal
Our group went for our annual birthday c ...
Our group went for our annual birthday celebration. We had decent service, much better than a few past visits. There was a little snag with the bill and how it the 3 coupons were going to be applied for our group of 7, but our waitress handled it gracefully and professionally.
I was disappointed as soon as I walked i ...
I was disappointed as soon as I walked in. The decor and feel of the restaurant was old and worn out and in need of a major renovation. The food was better than I expected, but our "teppanyaki chef" went through the motions required to prepare our meal without any enthusiasm or flair. Servers assisting the chef provided minimal service and were rarely seen to offer refills on drinks.
Food was ok my friend didn't ever receiv ...
Food was ok my friend didn't ever receive her free birthday meal coupon but she was still happy the food is just ok nothing you can't get somewhere else cheaper like at sushi deli over all it was ok waitress was kinda hard to understand though
Food was good but a little high for what ...
Food was good but a little high for what you get. Also this place was swarming with kids. I love kids but didn't expect that EVERY table seemed to be a 5 years olds birthday party. We were told by another couple that goes there that every time they go it is full of kids....just so you know
We had a party of 5 and we all had a gre ...
We had a party of 5 and we all had a great time. Food was outstanding and our chef was entertaining. Our server, I'm so sorry I forget her name, was great! She brought drink refills before we ever needed to ask for them and she was so funny singing Happy Birthday to us. We had two birthdays and she led the traditional Happy Birthday and then continued to sing the Benihana Happy Birthday song all by herself. We really liked her!
"I love the relaxed feel of this place – ...
"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. We were there to celebrate two birthdays and had an outstanding time. Food was great and well worth the excitement of the chef cooking it right in front of you. All orders were cooked to perfection. I would recommend to friends and family to come and experience the excitement and outstanding food and drinks.
Had a great Birthday dinner. It's been ...
Had a great Birthday dinner. It's been a while since I was last there and appreciate all of the little changes. The spicy tuna roll offered while waiting was a nice touch and the complimentary photos taken by your server before dinner and brought to the table during the meal was another nice touch. As well the service was efficient and pleasant. Great drinks (3 each), Steak & Scallops plus all the extras that accomied each meal, was an overall good value. Dinner for two, drinks & gratuity ... $190. Fun fun fun.
I'm disappointed in service...In the foo ...
I'm disappointed in service...In the food. .I ordered shrimp. .paid for shrimp & they gave me chicken. .took a little long to cook our foid..tge chef wasn't that good. The lady who sat us at our table was a little agressive. ..The guy who took our order was the only one who gave us hood service. I still left a good tip...However I don't think I'll be going back. I wasn't impressed at all.
Five years straight I have been for my b ...
Five years straight I have been for my birthday... this was absolutely horrible. Service was good. Chef was terrible.. makes me think... maybe I will never go back. Complained but manager didn't seem to care.. He was like.. "Yea, Whatever."
The waitress made a mistake for adding e ...
The waitress made a mistake for adding extra items and did not realize until I looked at the receipt. Also, my son left his favorite shirt at his seat, but it was never found right after I requested them to look for it twice. I liked the cook. She was nice.
Overall a good dining experience. Little ...
Overall a good dining experience. Little disappointed with the limited amount of fish selections (i.e. no halibut, mahi mahi (as in some similar dining establishments). The seasoning was a bit too peppery for my taste, but overall good.
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