Benihana - Short Hills, NJ

3.5
1759 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. Located near the Mall at Short Hills, Downtown Millburn and the historic Paper Mill Playhouse, Benihana is the perfect place to rest after a day of shopping or for a pre-show dinner and drinks. Ask about our private dining options. Perfect for private parties, corporate meetings, and large birthday celebrations. Please call for more information. An 18% service charge is added to all guest checks for parties of eight or more. This service charge will be paid directly to the employees who provided service to you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1759 People Are Saying
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3.5
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3.4
Ambience
3.4
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vipStony
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience1

Service was horrible. Couldn't get our order right. Never delivered our drinks. The cook was even frustrated with he servers. Garbage thrown around outside. Liquer bottles on walkway. We have been coming here for a very long time and the was the worst we have ever seen it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Eli always makes our dining experience amazing!!! Thank you and our server was also great !!

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Responded 10 hours ago

Dear Guest We are happy you enjoyed the Benihana experience! Come back soon!

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FrancineF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

It's always a joy to watch the chefs cook. I especially like when they throw the rice in the air and catch it in the bowl. The flaming onion is also a treat along with the beating heart.

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Responded 15 hours ago

Dear FrancineF thank you so much for your feedback, we hope to see you back again soon!

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KimM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience1

Sydney the manager was rude and not very accommodating

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Responded 3 days ago

Dear KimM We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was amazing ..chef was fun. Just took 52 min after being seated for the chef to come cook. A lot of seating around and waiting

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Responded a day ago

Dear Guest Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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adewuyis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall excellent service and the food was so good

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Responded a day ago

Dear adewuyis We appreciate you dining with Benihana, thank you for the kind words!

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MWep
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

It was an okay experience. I hope that next time they pay attention to customers notes who reserve. It was my son’s 1 year birthday. We told them that in person as well. And he did not get a song. It was disappointing.

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Responded 4 days ago

Dear MWep On behalf of our team here at Benihana we would like to sincerely apologize for the negative experience you encountered, especially while celebrating a special occasion. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so we can properly address your concerns.

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Denny
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Birthday dinner, but no special service. No fruit in cocktail; had to ask for dessert for kids

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Responded 4 days ago

Dear Denny On behalf of our team here at Benihana we would like to sincerely apologize for the negative experience you encountered, especially while celebrating a special occasion. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so we can properly address your concerns.

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vipemma
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

It was awful. Overpriced food and we didn’t get everything that was suppose to come with our meal. It was my birthday and didn’t get the dessert or a happy birthday. Server was not around whatsoever. Food was not seasoned. Veggies barely cooked and noodles were not fried properly nor was my fried rice. I do hibachi every year for my birthday and this was by far the worst hibachi I’ve had.

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Responded 4 days ago

Dear emma On behalf of our team here at Benihana we would like to sincerely apologize for the negative experience you encountered, especially while celebrating a special occasion. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so we can properly address your concerns.

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MarJC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Server Cindy and Chef Eli were the best. We were the first in the restaurant. For almost an hour we had it all to ourselves. Service and food plus entertainment was at best.

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ChantelR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

We made a reservation and was taken back after the reservation time with no explanation before hand. We asked after waiting over 15mins. The table we sat at the air vent/heat was broken. We got a cold draft the entire time that only got worst. We ended up just leaving after our food was made — so we took the food to go. Definitely defeated the purpose of the experience. The manager did comp one of our meals — so I guess he tried.

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Responded on January 18, 2022

Dear ChantelR On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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towandah
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience1

The restaurant was very cold. We could not enjoy our dinner because of this. We asked to speak with the manager. He never came out to address the issue. You would expect better customer service with the amount of money you spend.

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Responded on January 18, 2022

Dear towandah We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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TamikaY
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience1

It was freezing in the restaurant. Had to keep my coat on the entire dinner. While the service was good, the food needed more seasoning.

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Responded on January 18, 2022

Dear TamikaY We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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caldwellfoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience2

The place was freezing. The hostess was incredibly rude. The bathroom was run down with broken cabinets, broken hand dryer and broken toilet paper. Not to mention the stalls were rusty. The food and chef were great but we
Ended up wearing our jackets the whole time.

Benihana - Short Hills, NJ
Responded on January 18, 2022

Dear caldwellfoodie On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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ShantiaM
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

It just was cold inside but overall 5 star, service was great

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Responded on January 20, 2022

Dear ShantiaM We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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Prettykeesh
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Very disappointed

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Responded on January 14, 2022

Dear Prettykeesh On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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anonymous
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

The quality of the foods were not where to used to be. Also, the menu price went up and the amount of foods stay the same.

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Responded on January 13, 2022

Dear anonymous On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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NeshW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

I frequent this establishment and last night was a bit less satisfactory the soup was very bland, the lemonade was bland as well and the soup was ice cold and slightly wilted.

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Responded on January 11, 2022

Dear NeshW We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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JulissaT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to dinner with my family. We enjoyed the show and the food very much. We will definitely be back again

Benihana - Short Hills, NJ
Responded on January 13, 2022

Dear JulissaT Our goal is to create great guest memories. We are pleased to hear we were able to do so for you and your family. 

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall1Food5Service3Ambience1

Freezing cold inside, it was 20 degrees yesterday I’d rather eat my food outside. Shivered the entire time. Reservations was at 2pm, chef didn’t come until 3pm. In no way is this on the chef or waitress. Completely on management & restaurant. Don’t even waste your time coming to this location.

Benihana - Short Hills, NJ
Responded on January 11, 2022

Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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SandraW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went there fir my birthday and it sure was a great Birthday.. food was amazing! My kids both 11 just loved it!

Benihana - Short Hills, NJ
Responded on January 12, 2022

Dear SandraW Thank you for celebrating your special occasion with the Benihana team!

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gabby
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

first sat we asked for a high chair to which the host responded shell get one, we waited 10 mins while my hisband held our daughter waiting and noone ever came back. waitress knew like NOTHING of what was on the menu, we asked for a kids cup for our one year olds drink to which she said sorry we dont have AS WE WATCHED ANOTHER WAITRESS COME OUT WITH SIX OF THEM for the table next to us, recieved the wrong drinks also. my kids food was supposed to come with white rice which after about 15 minutes of eating a manager came over and asked us if we still wanted it and we said no it was fine, then 10 minutes later we received when everyone was pretty much done eating.

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Responded on January 10, 2022

Dear gabby on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

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EllenG
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a fabulous experience! The hostess honored our reservation and sat us promptly. Our server was attentive and the chef was excellent! We enjoyed our food and overall dining experience very much and can't wait to go back and bring guest with us!

Benihana - Short Hills, NJ
Responded on January 12, 2022

Dear EllenG Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We had reservations that they could sit us for we wa

Benihana - Short Hills, NJ
Responded on January 10, 2022

Dear Guest Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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JanaeC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Seated and served quickly. Only negative was patrons weren’t seated 6ft apart from other parties at table

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DeshaunS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Restaurant was not Clovis friendly. Did not make sure all guest wore a mask. Table was sticky, floors were filthy, and there were flies all over. Poor quality food, yet the cooks show was entertaining

Benihana - Short Hills, NJ
Responded on January 4, 2022

Dear DeshaunS On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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Parent
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Quite pricey for what it was. Waited a long time to be seated. And we had a reservation. The place seemed very outdated and short staffed.

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Responded on January 4, 2022

Dear Parent We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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RayD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Loved the atmosphere and service

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Responded on January 6, 2022

Dear RayD We appreciate you dining with Benihana, thank you for the kind words!

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EandD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The chef was excellent!

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Responded on January 19, 2022

Dear EandD We are happy you enjoyed the Benihana experience! Come back soon!

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vipSandof3
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

Unfortunately Benihanna is suffering like many other restuarants at this time. Lack of staff, food prices are ridiculous etc.. so I hesitate on being critical in these unusual circumstances. What I can say could have been made better was a simple act that doesn't cost a penny. We waited over an hour at the table before our chef came. Our waitress brought us drinks/water once. I watched what I'm guessing was the manager walk by numerous times without even so much as a look in our direction. Not an apology or explanation for the wait. Maybe with that he could have offered to refill our soda or asked if there was anything he could do while we waited. A simple act of acknowledgment would have gone a long way.

Benihana - Short Hills, NJ
Responded on January 3, 2022

Dear Sandof3 On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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SabrinaK
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

We were at this restaurant for a total of 3 hours. I had a reservation for 8:00 pm. We did not actually start eating until 9:45 pm. Had to ask move tables because we found broken glass on the grill. And on top of this, we were up charged TWICE.

Benihana - Short Hills, NJ
Responded on January 3, 2022

Dear SabrinaK On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience1

Food was so salty. The waiter was good. But that cook I don’t want to ever make my food again. Why add so much salt when the garlic butter is naturally salted, also the soy sauce has a natural salt. He overloaded the food on salt. Omgggggg

Benihana - Short Hills, NJ
Responded on January 4, 2022

Dear Guest Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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AnuC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Extremely poor service. Were too late to be seated at the table. Wait staff careless. Only our table was served with styrofoam cups for drinks, no one offered refills on drinks. Plastic forks and knifes didn't even of acceptable quality. The griddle unclean. Food average including lukewarm soup.

The worst experience I had in over 25 years I am visiting hibachi restaurants.

Benihana - Short Hills, NJ
Responded on January 3, 2022

Dear AnuC On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Me and a friend goes to Benihana for dinner, The table was a group of African Americans, I felt like we were being discriminated from the time we all sat down, there was no utensils, they told our table that there is no more utensils at all, so they gave us plastic forks and spoons to eat with, as my table looked around people outside of of the African American race who sat down after my party sat down had silverware. So I asked again the waitress said they don’t have any to give out at the moment. I said okay, but then a another party outside of our race just being seated and with their appetizers they were giving silverware to eat. I truly had a bad experience with this Resturant, I was disturbed and all. I truly felt discriminated. I will never go back to this place again my first and last time going.

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Responded on January 3, 2022

Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Eli the chef was awesome whenever I come back I want Eli the chef. His energy the way he cook

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Responded on January 5, 2022

Dear Guest We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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KelleyB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We had a reservation for Christmas evening and we were seated at our correct time. Staff was attentive and friendly. Only downside was the “show”. The young man who did our hibachi was very friendly but none of the hibachi staff had that Wow to them. This is not a traditional Japanese staffed hibachi. Our hibachi cook was new and dropped many things and was not able to do most of the “show” bc no one had a lighter. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Not the end of the world but just felt bad for him.
Overall I would chose a traditionally staffed hibachi restaurant in the future over a Benihana but not due to any fault of the staff just for my own preferences in show and ambiance.

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PabloS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, the food was amazing as always. Safe and clean environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food Fresh . Service good too. Bartend helpful.
There RESTROOMS are Horrible. Dirty !!
Went home quick after dinner.

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DaniellaS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience1

The food is really good, the place needs an upgrade

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Responded on December 30, 2021

Dear DaniellaS On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We have a lot of fun however they should get better air suckers lol we still smell like food besides that everything was good it’s a perfect place to be in your family and kids

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Benihana - Short Hills, NJ is rated 3.5 stars by 1759 OpenTable diners.

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