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Benihana - San Diego, CA, San Diego, CA

Benihana - San Diego, CA

3.9
3.9
5551 Reviews
$30 and under
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. Benihana is near Mission Bay, SeaWorld, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.

On-site valet parking is avaliable for $8.00 per vehicle.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 112 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 298-4666

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighbourhood

    Mission Valley

  • Cross Street

    8 FWY and 163 FWY

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

What 5,551 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Most Booked

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

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  1. BD

    BethD

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our chef, Tino was the best! It was so fun and all the staff was great!
  2. PE

    PEvans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I chose Benihana for my 50th Birthday for a little nostalgic fun and it was but the chef was lackluster, the service wasn’t good with plates and glasses piling up. When the drink orders arrived the server didn’t know where they went so he was shouting the item. I knew what I was getting myself into and had low expectations and it’s always disappointing when it’s worse than what you imagined.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good food but needs to be priced better.
  4. CE

    ChristineE

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food, service and experience! Will be back for our next special occasion! Thank You!
  5. JZ

    JuleZ

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, but we miss the birthday picture they used to do.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Waited for over an hour to have someone cook our. Food was great and the waiter was very nice, he would constantly apologize for the managers errors. Manager was rude and said “we only waited an hour” like if it was very little, but the problem was that she did not apologize for her mistakes. If someone makes a reservation it should be attended at a timely matter or at least an apology on her behalf could have been the bare minimum she could do. The cook was really fun, thus the two stars and the waiter was very kind.
  7. PA

    PATTYL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Chef was unprofessional. Service was slow. Restaurant was noisy!
  8. AD

    ADRIENNE

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The chef was exceptionally good and very interactive with our table.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Service took forever to even ask what we wanted to drink. Tables that got there after us got serve before we did. They must have had a better waiter. Chef cooking for us didn’t seem like he wanted to be there that day. Can honestly say I won’t return. Our bill was over $500 dollars but we got $50 dollar service
  10. C

    Caroline

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Our reservation was ready on time and seating hostess was polite. Once seated our server was covering to grills, for a total of 3 parties and her service was horrible. She avoided eye contact to not have to refill beverages or bring napkins. There was an error in our order where they forgot a steak and it was grilled later than the rest of our meal.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    The food was great but the service was terrible. We sat for an hour before getting drinks or any appetizers. Good customer service is a must and without it, it devalues the service you provide.
  12. NN

    NikNak

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best chef Miguel!! He was funny and didn’t over do it with the antics- it was a natural go with the vibe of the table funny!! The food was great as well four of the eight people at my table had the Ocean Treasure which was delish! Overall a good experience
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I had reservations at 3:30, was seated on time but didn’t get a cook at our table until 4:30. It was apparent that they were short on cooks. It was also apparent that some cooks talk more than others (more or less) entertaining than others. Ours wasn’t all that bad. There was a total of seven people at our table to which three were in my group. Since it took more than an hour of being served, the waiter gave everyone a free entrée of “something”! It was our first time going. Haven’t decided if we’ll ever go back. We choose the trio special. I can’t imagine anyone not choosing this menu just for the experience. I also noticed first hand is that theres not enough room for two cooks who would have to work back to back cooking meals between tables. This experience was not what I’d thought it would be. It lacks the culture of Japanese. So, “Been there, done that”.
  14. CN

    CasandraN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Our reservation was at 3pm and didn’t get out till 5:30pm. We didn’t even get our soup or salad till 4:30.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Usually have a pretty positive experience. This time, we went at 2p. We got our drinks and orders taken within 5 minutes but then and sat for 45minutes until the chef came out. Our table was the only one active until around 3p. The total experience was 1 hour and 45 minutes. If you just come for the food, recommend forgoing the table top experience.
  16. JD

    JohnD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Alexia my server was amazing. Our chef was funny and entertaining. Portions were great. A lot of smoke in the restaurant. Great experience overall.
  17. GC

    GeraldC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. the service was great and the atmosphere phenomenal.
  18. S

    Sallyson

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    So expensive and not that exciting. Food is good but not for the price.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fausto is the best!
  20. RL

    RicardoL

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Very poor food portions, don’t have enough things. Food not cooked like asked for. Very poor service.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Someone forgot to make my fried rice. So they made it in the back kitchen which has a different taste and it’s sticker then the rice being cooked on the black stone . The rice is my favorite thing to order to go with the chateaubriand but the rice made the meal not worth it .
  22. TH

    TeresaH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The wait for our appetizers and drinks was over an hour. Our server was very rude
  23. B

    Beniwho

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Benihana has gone downhill. It's too loud. Can't hear the server talk. Busboys clanging dishes. Loud screaming kids. No more free photos for birthdays. No Japanese people on the staff anymore. Don't sing in Japanese anymore. The only reason to go is with a coupon.
  24. m

    mysteryfoodie

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We came to celebrate two birthdays! Everything was wonderful!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday and first time going and we loved it!
  26. GH

    GeneH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The service was horrible and super slow. Took 49 minutes for a yellow tail roll and 1 hour and 20 minutes before a chef came out to cook. The table behind us came in after us and the same thing happened to them. Benihana is not the same it was before Covid. No mangers we around to talk to.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    The girl in the front was very Rude We had reservations and still had to wait for over an hour
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    One of our favorite places to eat! But dude....2pm, late lunch.. it was a full hour before the cook came to prepare our main course. Way too long. Will come back though
  29. OC

    OscarC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    Took half an hour to get seated, our reservation was at 8:45 and we didn’t get a chef until 10:30 (we were already falling asleep waiting) Our chef was great, friendly, and talkative but we did not leave Benihana until midnight! (Mind you they close at 11)
  30. DG

    DolphG

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Once seated took over an hour before our food was started. Super slow and ridiculously long.
  31. g

    gabyl

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Benihana isn’t what it used to be. we arrived and we’re seated at our reservation time but no one came to our table for at least 1.5 hours after we had sat down. The waiter kept complaining and did mention that they were understaffed which is totally understandable but his constant complaining made everyone uncomfortable and he seemed annoyed when we would ask for basic things like utensils and water refills. He would say things like Yeah I’ll get that but I have another table who keeps asking for too much. Again it’s not the wait because I was told by other people that is normal, it was the service or rather, lack thereof.
  32. MR

    MinaR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my family enjoy the good food and also the staff
  33. MG

    MaryG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Waited 45 minutes for a chief. Waiter seems to be short and annoied. Dan at the bar was awesome! Prices are getting way too expensive!
  34. GV

    GeorgeV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything thing was very good. The attention was great and everything really clean. The only thing was that I felt it was over priced. Thank you
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We had a great time! The food is always great. We had the samurai special 5 course meal and it is a lot of food for the price. My fillet was cooked just right. Love coming to San Diego location. Ty for the fun time!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Always a fun experience at Benihana‘s. I wish our chef would’ve had a better variety of tricks for dinner, but overall it was a great experience! Thanks!!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and experience was great.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was great, we just have to wait to get out for a little longer than usual due to short in staff.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Quality of food was terrible. Portions have reduced to very small and prices have gone up. Overall very dissatisfied, it used to be my favorite restaurant. Not anymore.
  40. DO

    DanielO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great environment to dine in. Food is amazing as always and would recommend to anyone.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Benihana - San Diego, CA is rated 3.9 stars by 5551 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 112 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Benihana - San Diego, CA

477 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    8 FWY and 163 FWY

  • Neighbourhood

    Mission Valley

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

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