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
Love the food at Benihana, always top no ...
Love the food at Benihana, always top notch. Having the tables so close, my friends and I got a preview of what our dining experience would be before our chef came out. Sadly, the chef at our table didn't put on a performance that was worth 5 stars. He did the basic tricks, but as for jokes, he really lacked. Ehh. I'll definitely be back for the food, not the service. & maybe I'll get lucky next time.
I received a call 15 minutes before my r ...
I received a call 15 minutes before my reservation saying the restaurant was closed due to a water main break. Not once did the receptionist apologize or offer some sort of rescheduling. Very disappointed and will not be planning another dinner to this specific location.
The table chef was quite entertaining. ...
The table chef was quite entertaining. The restaurant was crowded and very loud, hard to hear any conversation. The steak was cooked as ordered. Unfortunately the shrimp were cooked as long as the steak and became rubbery and hard to eat. I would go back , but stick to the steak which seems to be their specialty.
We've been at Benihana many times over t ...
We've been at Benihana many times over the past few years usually for birthdays or anniversaries. The food is always really good. The chef entertainment is usually very good also. The kids really enjoy it too.
The only minor complaint at this visit, was that they seemed to have a problem with the reservation I made through Open Table. We had a 6 P.M. reservation, and we got there about 12 minutes early. They said the wait would be 20 to 25 minutes, and it was at least that. I think that I will make the reservations via telephone next time. That seems to work better.
Even though I don't have issues with chi ...
Even though I don't have issues with children it is challenging to have adult conversations when there are kids on the table and they are not yours. Cooking salmon was not the best but the soup, snacks, and veggies are great.
They seat us right away, first waiter wa ...
They seat us right away, first waiter was great, Cook was excellent, very funny and good entertainer, cook the food incredible delicious, he said he was from Santiago de Chile, Italo, waiter #2 not so much, we were 8 and she forgot to deduct my certificate I received for my birthday. It was corrected at the end.
We had an amazing time celebrating my fi ...
We had an amazing time celebrating my fiancée's birthday! Our server and our cook Crystal were amazing! Thank you guys for the lovely memories and the picture you gave us! I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion!
We were rushed in and rushed out --- foo ...
We were rushed in and rushed out --- food was served almost all at once. I have never Benihana and pushed out with barely being there for an hour. The food at Benihana is good, but what you pay for is the experience which was terribly lacking this time. This wasnt just an issue for our table, others around us were complaining also.
So I've been to Benihana's mini mini tim ...
So I've been to Benihana's mini mini times, however this time was a bit unusual. Our table chef seemed a bit tired and not as lively as the others. For me it's OK however there was someone at our table who hadn't been to Benihana's before and I feel like they were given the short end of the stick . We asked if he was OK and he said he had been working long and it seemed like his hand was in pain so I don't believe he gave us the full Benihana experience. The food was good as usual just was the chef had been feeling better that evening.
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