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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, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Benihana - Santa Anita Ratings and Reviews
Overall good experience. We requested a certain chef but was told they could not guarantee. We were unable to get the chef requested but the meal and experience were still pretty good. We ordered an ice cream for dessert and he received the smallest scoop of ice cream for $4.50. Totally not worth it. Also felt that the veggies (mushrooms, zucchini) we much smaller portions than I have ever had before.
Waited over an hr and 20 minuets at the table and our chef never came out while the table across sat down 20 minuets after us and their chef came out before ours I had gave myself 2 hrs for dinner before a movie we planned for after but had to leave without eating..
Ruined my Birthday dinner
Everything was good except our waitress seemed get bothered when we were not ready to sign happy birthday. In addition we did not received a complementary special occasion photo. We have been to this location several times throughout the years and left disappointed with this service.
Chef Geremie was very entertaining. Our little boys enjoyed his “show”.
Wait staff was very slow and inattentive. We had to cancel appetizer because our dinner was prepared first. It also took awhile to get our cocktails.
Even though we had a 5:00 reservation, we had to wait 15-20 minutes for our table, despite there being several available tables.
A tip to the management: families dining with young kids should be served promptly. We had to leave before a birthday dessert since kids were getting restless. It was a bit disappointing
Our server was Joe, at first he was attentive, but as more tables were assigned to him I noticed he disappeared. We saw him when he brought over our appetizers and drinks, but then we didn't see him again until dessert time. Ryan was our cook. He was still new, but he tried. Not at all the show we are used to, but still tasty.
Had a reservation , checked in early and was sat early, which was great because we were hungry! Eddie was very attentive and had an outgoing personality. Sam's cooking was on point. Steak was tender and juicy and his show was very entertaining. A lady manager came by to check on us which was a very nice gesture . Kudos to all of them for doing such a wonderful job . We will definitely come back to this location. No doubt!
I was not happy at my last visit. I was there celebrating my Birthday & told this to the waiter at the beginning, but somehow he ended up forgetting. Also, both waiter & server took alcohol shots from the other party sitting at our table. I wasn't aware workers are able to drink OTJ - maybe that's why the waiter forgot I was there celebrating my Birthday. We also did not get our picture taken, not sure if that's something Benihana no longer does or again, the waiter forgot. Other than that, food was great.
The service was bad didn’t get my lobster roll until I had to enquirer if it was still coming I was ready to cancel it. I got a drink glass that had left over residue in the glass then my plate still had sauce from the patrons before us. Then We felt like we were rushed out... the cook had just finished cleaning the grill from cooking and we were asked if we needed to go boxes... and we were handed the check for over 200 I you would think the service would be better... sorry
The waiter was extremely inattentive and very rude, no regard for time management or customer service. We complained to the manager twice and she was apologetic but that was after 45 min of waiting on appetizers and our entree chef had already started making our food.
So many things wrong with our visit. Had a reservation for 4 pm didn't get seated until 4:30. Then we didn't order for ANOTHER 30 min. Meanwhile my baby was screaming bc he was hungry so we had to take him outside and order something quick so he had something to eat. We had a dirty broom next to our table with the dustpan and we moved it and 20 min later it's back at our table and when we asked them to take it away they looked at us like we were crazy for asking them to put a DIRTY BROOM AND DUSTPAN out of sight at a nice sit down restaurant!!!! Food was super salty. Very disappointed on so many levels.
This is our second visit in the past few months with the same chef. The food was severely over cooked and salty...AGAIN. We’ve been going to Benihana’s for years and have always had excellent food and service. The past two experiences have been entirely due to having a chef who just doesn’t have any basic cooking skills. You don’t slow cook seafood on a hot hibachi grill. Nice guy...awful chef. If you happen to go to this location, be sure to request “NOT Isaac”.
This was our best experience ever and we have been coming to Benihana for 18 years regularly. Our server was amazing and very attentive. Our chef remembered us and was really great! He cooked the best meal I have ever had in my 18 years of coming to Benihana. Thank you.
I requested to have my bday dinner at this restaurant , unfortunately the service was horrible , the food was not great , our chef made things a little better but still not worth the almost $300 we spent here . I've had better service at other location! Sorry to say but don't think we'll be back to this location .
I've been going to Benihana since I was a little girl and there was only the flagship one in Beverly Hills. It's always been a real treat - the chefs are truly entertaining! The only reason that I go to this particular one, attached to the Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia, is that it's close to my parents' house. Otherwise, I would go to another Benihana. Several times the service has been lacking, mostly slowness is seating and taking our orders. This occasion was for my birthday, and while the service wasn't quite as bad, it still dragged. I can't blame our server entirely. One of our tablemates (if you're not aware, it can be several parties at one table) was constantly on the phone and not only wasn't ready to order, but kept changing his order. Perhaps Benihana could request no cell phone calls at the table? It inconveniences the entire table when one person slows down the ordering process because he's been on the phone and is indecisive. Our chef, Derek, whom we have had cook for us before, was fabulous. His charm and cooking skills made up for everything else.
I love Benihana's! It is my 'go to' place for celebrations and always my favorite for my birthday dinner. The food is top notch and always prepared perfectly. There is an extensive menu to choose from so if you are a foodie, go to Benihana's. Many thanks to Isaac, our Samurai chef for our recent visit. He was a skilled chef, my meal was delicious, and he was so entertaining. We'll be back soon!
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