Benihana - San Diego

4.6
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3947 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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.
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatful to spend our birthday there

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best experience. Waiter was the best I’ve ever had. Was my first time in San Diego. I will definitely be back.

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JeniferR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a cool chef that entertained us and an amazing waitress that was so attentive, great experience overall

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LindaH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary! Our chef was wonderful and provided some entertainment while cooking. The food was delicious!

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MarioS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Reservation were made for 2:45 5/31/2020. Checked in at 2:30 were not sitted until almost 3pm. Once sitted, almost 10 minutes before we were asked for drinks. Chef didn't get to our table to cook until 35 minutes later, so up until they started cooking, about 45 minutes had elapsed. We all ordered the dinner entree, I added a lobster tail to mine. When food arrived, the lobster tail was half the size of the ones I get on a regular basis, I told the chef and he even said he would tell managers because even he thought it was small. Vegetables were wilted (Onions/Squash) but at this point no point in complaining. Cook was nice but not very talkative (motivated). all in all it was a "blah" experience, not one that you would expect after a restaurant being reopened. mildly disappointing.

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JessicaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was very clean and accommodating. Very friendly staff and an amazing chef

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AlexB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very respectful and clean.
Loved it, amazing food! Great job guys!

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AlenaD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time the service was wonderful and the food was great

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MariaA
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service food was excellent really good the chef was amazing excellent customer service

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Jackie
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Came here to celebrate a very special occasion, the golden birthday of my beloved husband. Upon being seated we were asked by our server Nicole if we were celebrating anything special. We gladly shared that we were indeed celebrating a birthday! We began with the soup, then the salad and then when the chef came we were asked again if we were celebrating. With great enthusiasm we rejoice "Yes! A birthday!!" He was very nice and while his cooking skills were "on point" I must say the food was lack luster. After dinner we were asked if we wanted dessert then given the check. Holding out hope for some Benihana redemption, nothing special was acknowledged. Our server came and went and really didn't seem to enjoy her job. We later asked another server who was tendering to the table next to us if he would take our picture to remember such an important day.Needless to say Benihana left us sad, poor and with a little less birthday spirit. 10/10 would NOT recommend

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cassieN
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Loved the food & the service. It was just my husband and I and the experience was pretty cool being that we had the whole table to ourselves! Pretty awesome!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Had a great time

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Marthita
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food overall a great experience!!

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ElizabethS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took my son for his 18th birthday. Our server, Nobu and chef, Santiago, were great. Excellent service.

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KimB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great lunch , it was nice to get out again

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Glad to see restaurants reopening! Benihana has always been a favorite in our house!

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SuzanneM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to sit down again for dinner. We had our own station to watch the food prep and eat our meal. I was so happy to spend my first evening out with Benihana's. All CDC guidelines were in place. 5 stars from me

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thomasp
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef sanitized his tools in front of us and we had our own table, hands down awesome

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Mimi
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great like always I like the new social distance guidelines my son and I enjoyed the new dine-in rules we enjoyed an entire table to ourselves we had extra room and the extra sanitizing precautions were nice.

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MelissaS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome to be able to dine in after everything being closed. The service was awesome!

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GabrielC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Considering the Covid 19 restrictions the whole Benihana team made a great effort to make our first dinning our experience a very pleasant one.

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HeatherM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

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NancyR
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and our cook David was great. Our food was cooked to perfection.

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Coco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benihani is one of our favorities and did not disappoint this time either. they handled the social distancing well, food was awesome, good service. Super fun.

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Binks
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and didn’t wait long food was delicious

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MiguelS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at Benis

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The food was brought out to us warm. Other than that everything was fine.

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VanessaF
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. We celebrated the opening on restaurants here by going here and it was the best!

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Dutch
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First day back open for sit down dining was excellent and they went above and beyond what they needed to do!

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Brandi
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

For us being only 1 of 2 tables other then the lounge area we waited 50 mins at our table with just soup and drinks before we got our chef. Seemed like much longer then any normal experience prior. There was atleast 3 chefs though cause the table before us and after all had a different chef. Best part was the chefs jokes and skills. He definitely knew how to put on a show and interact with just 2 ppl

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken and Shrimp Family meal very tasty also ordered some specialty sushi rolls! Excellent curbside service!

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vipDave91942
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great birthday dinner at Benihana! Thank you for always providing a great meal and a lot of fun!

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GeeGlez
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Loveeeeeed our Chef “Marcello”
Highly Recommend him ❤️

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GustavoM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent place to eat for birthdays and anniversaries

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tayejackson
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef Tyler was great!!! very energetic & personable..he put on a great show!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Connor was great! Very engaging and fun!

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Jmyke
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Entertaining. Flavorful food, not there. Not what I expected the way it smelled from outdoors.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Server was very inattentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Great birthday dinner!

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Benihana - San Diego does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Benihana - San Diego also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 298-4666.

Benihana - San Diego is rated 4.6 stars by 3947 OpenTable diners.

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