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About Benihana - Santa Anita
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 in Arcadia sits grandly poised at the south entrance to Westfield Santa Anita Mall. It’s within walking distance to Santa Anita Racetrack, home of Seabiscuit and the famous Santa Anita Derby, as well as the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. No day of shopping would be complete without stepping into Benihana for lunch, dinner or cocktails and appetizers in the spacious restaurant and lounge. An 18% service charge is added to all guest checks for parties of eight or more.
Arcadia, CA 91007
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 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
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Benihana - Santa Anita Ratings and Reviews
Tasty food, but a little underseasoned this time. For whatever reason, once the cook left it took 25-30 minutes to get our plates cleared, our dessert, and our bill. Everybody just vanished. But that is not typical for this restaurant. Deeply appreciate the free birthday entree, however!
Chef did not engage himself with the guest. No enthusiasm what so ever. When you go to any Benihana it should be expected for the chef to make the place more enjoyable. I mean for the price I expected more of a show then what I experienced. Not sure if I’ll go again knowing I’m gonna be shorted an entertaining time
The chefs at Benihana are very entertaining. Benihana is very kids friendly and keeps older children engaged as well. The pricing of the food is extremely worth it and it tastes heavenly. Beinihana is great for birthdays, get togethers, and has a cozy atmosphere. The waiters are very friendly and the manager makes us feel welcome to Benihana.
The Chef was so entertaining! Nothing like I've seen before. He did different things such as the pac-man instead of the usual heart that every chef makes and he used some sort of lights and not only did he make the food on point, but he was very entertaining. Thank you Michael!
I've come to the Santa Anita Benihana's several times, and at most part has been pretty good in both food and service. However, this recent gathering was at best fair/almost poor. Here's the breakdown.
(PRO) Waiter/Host were friendly/ Sat us down in a timely manner.
(CON) They didn't bring my friend's tea after twice confirming with them/ They messed up on the birthday dessert by giving it to the wrong customer/ Chef arrived an hour after we sat down/ The location was near the bathroom and at time to time we could just smell the cleaning products as people went by.
(PRO) Chef was friendly
(CON) New to the table or at least not very experienced yet/ Dropped the spatula twice during his trick and almost hit the birthday customer/ Food was all over the place especially when it came to making the fried rice/ Not enough tricks or failed at most part/ Cleaning around the food as opposed to moving the food aside and then cleaning sections./ Process of making food took way too long because he kept looking back and forth at the food prep order. Also kept measuring the food portions which took extra time/ Shrimp wasn't properly proportioned to each person as some people only got three pieces and the others received a lot more.
(PRO) At most part the food was okay/ My friends liked their steaks/ Chicken was good.
(CON) The order of making the fried rice was off which caused the cooking process to take longer than usual/ Zucchini was over-cooked. Left it there too long.
We had an 8:45 PM Sunday Evening reservation for our last meal in Pasadena area while on vacation. We arrived 10 minutes before our reservation and we did not get seated until almost 9:15 PM. Then after being seated, we were not served until 9:50 PM, when our Chef finally arrived at our table to cook our food. They tried to apologize with a Free Tempura appetizer - that was cold.
Out of the 3 local Benihana's I've been to, I enjoy the Arcadia location best. Once you get through the challenge of parking (especially on the weekend) the restaurant itself is great.
The staff is top notch and I've had better luck with getting a more entertaining chef here than at other locations. Sometimes I get a rookie chef, but they're pretty good, too.
And the food is always great, of course! I highly recommend this location.
It was our first time visiting this location. Our reservation was at 4pm. We were not seated until 4:40. When we were seated a drink order was not taken for about 10 more minutes. The chef lacked professionalism and our food was burned (rice and meat). We ordered a 6 course meal and only received 4 (and the check) until we asked for the dessert. The tea that came with our order was never served. We were celebrating my friend's bithday. We were expecting to get the classic Benihana picture that they usually give (at other locations). When we paid the check one of my friends needed change for the tip. She tried to get change at the bar. She was told they couldnt help her. Needless to say we will not be returning to this location.
We were seated at a table with no napkins of chop sticks. Our server took a long time to get the other guests at our table what they requested. She did not realize we still had no napkins until I requested it yet no cloth napkins were giving to us but a big stack of paper napkins. The server also only got my guest and I one soft drink refill. Our chef Nelson was amazing. He engaged with the guests at the table and his food was delicious and well seasoned. He met every one of the guests requests. He was superb!
Horrible service our chef was boring he looked too much in a hurry . Our waitress disappeared on us I was really thirsty no drinks for 30 min had to swallow food dry
I never had this problem at beninahas in city of industry . Never coming back to this place omg horrible can't express that enough .
Mothers Day. There were too few servers and chefs. This created a chaotic situation where we had to get our own drinks and napkins. It was compounded by our table being monopolized by a large family at our communal table custom designing their food and driving the chef crazy. This should NOT be allowed!!! Management was non existent. I don't want to spend $150 on cafeteria atmosphere and wait over one hour for it to be prepared!
There were 8 people in the table plus a child which we ordered fried rice for my son. The chef should have made 9 total but the chef only made 8 bowls and did not make my husband fried rice which he had to wait until all the main entree was cooked and we were almost done with our meal.
Hostess who sat us was not friendly at all!! The server did not come to refill our drinks until we were done with our meals.
Horrible experience for Mother's Day.
Overall the service sucked 😠 First of all the hostess weren't friendly at all, Second they didn't even sing happy birthday 🎉 to me and another guest that was the occasion😞We did tell our server. Finally I wanted a photo 📷of my family and I we didn't get one wth. I won't go to this location(Arcadia)ever again 😝The food was good though👍😋
My family and I had a very bad experience dining here for my birthday celebration. With a small child, our reservation was a 8pm. We got seated at 8:20pm. The drink order was at 9pm. For water, it takes 20 min to arrive! The people at our table rolled their eyes. Everyone was on the edge and hungry. We didn't get to eat until 9:40! Andrew our chef was entertaining. He made it up for all the hungry hippos! Would I return, maybe not. The service was not great.
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