About Benihana - San Diego
San Diego, CA 92108
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 was there for my wife birthday party a ...
I was there for my wife birthday party and did not have a good time there. It was kinda too crowded when we got there we have to wait and there wasn't any chairs for us to sit and wait. I think the price was too high for something that looks kinda okay and food did not taste good. Hard to find parking.
It took almost 20 minutes to be seated d ...
It took almost 20 minutes to be seated despite having a reservation. The hostess admitted she forgot about us. The sushi was average. The room was very cold. Our waitress was the only good part to the evening. She was very attentive and prompt.
Food and chef was excellent. H2O and so ...
Food and chef was excellent.
H2O and some food was left on the floor under chef's cooking space once cooking was complete.
Child sitting at our table had a strip of plastic that she found in her bowl of ice cream. All the waitress did was apologize. Manager should have been informed. Was not my families child.
We were celebrating two birthdays and th ...
We were celebrating two birthdays and there were 9 of us. We were seated shortly after arriving. Our hostess was very nice. Our server Fro was awesome! He has a great personality and made our visit a great one. Our cook was Nico, he was very energetic and entertaining. The food was great and we will be returning for our next get together.
The food was amazing ! I've been here a ...
The food was amazing ! I've been here a couple times but it's never been this good. Our chef added a lot of seasoning and was the life of the party. I was here celebrating my birthday with the birthday coupon and boy they never disappoint. Again, food was amazing, it was juicy and filling. I had the rocky's choice because it's the best bang for your buck!
Although quite friendly, our chef Erick ...
Although quite friendly, our chef Erick seemed to be in a hurry. He was done way before the chef at the next table, and they started at the same time. My friend's fillet mignon was way too oily and that is never good. I have to admit that my scallops were amazing! I also noticed there was a girl chef at one of the tables...about time! I wish the birthday certificate did not take so long to arrive. In this day in age, waiting a month for the certificate is ridiculous. Other than that, Benihana is one of my favorite places to dine.
Our server, Elyse, for the table was lov ...
Our server, Elyse, for the table was lovely. She was very pleasant, friendly and accommodating. Everything else was below average. The hostess's were rude and being this is the first impression of the restaurant, I didn't get a great first impression where I would want to come back. However, the food was delicious, so I would do take out.
Entertaining & great for all ages. Great ...
Entertaining & great for all ages. Great appetizers. Great place for families, friends, dates, business associates. Celebrations of all types. Food cooked to your tastes. Love the gyoza, edamame, shrimp, steaks, specialtys & exotic drinks. We go there every week to celebrate our special time together
I would like a better vegetable, and sal ...
I would like a better vegetable, and salad mix, with more variety, and increased portion sizes.
I thought the new york steak was quite good, but i would be interested to know what grade it was. I was told at the benihana in honolulu that they made special arrangements to use only prime, but i suspect that was not the case with the san diego evening hours, as we were all birthday celebrates, with all of us using a special discount.
I think from observation, and a nice taste sharing that the fish/seafood meals were much better, and tasty and of better quality.
It was a very nice evening, and the crew from greeters to chef were fine , but rooms were very crowded,and with out any noise reducing decor etc, so very high background noise. if your going to celebrate a birthday, or to ask a very surprised happy woman to marry you, please use it's ambiance it is a fine place.
I was able to make the reservation that ...
I was able to make the reservation that morning for 4:15 pm that same day! We did share a table but that was very okay. Bit messy around the table but it is to be expected since he gave a great performance during the cooking of our dinners. The girl made sure our drinks were full at all times as well. Overall a great time.
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