Benihana at Fairmont Royal York

4.4
871 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Group Bookings
Benihana is a Japanese steak and seafood house that features teppanyaki style dining spaces, sushi / sashimi bar and a traditional Japanese menu. It’s Japanese décor and experienced staff create an authentic Japanese ambiance. The combination of these aspects results in a unique experience for guests of all ages.

Inspired by the culture of Japan and reinvented with contemporary design, our Sushi & Sake Lounge provides the perfect backdrop to sip on premium sake while savouring expertly crafted culinary delights prepared by our skilled sushi chefs.

Benihana is now accepting Lunch reservations. Join us Tuesday through Saturday in the Lounge or on our new York Street Patio, for Poke and Donburi bowls, as well as share plates, and Signature Sake Cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday: 12 noon - 10:00 pm
Sunday and Monday: Closed
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Phone number
(416) 860-5002
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross Street
York Street & Front Street West
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Parking Details
Valet parking is available at a fee.
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Public Transit
Benihana is located directly across from Union Station. Easily accessed by TTC Subway or GO Transit.
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Entertainment
At the heart of the Benihana experience is the teppanyaki table, around which guests gather and enjoy a meal expertly prepared and cooked to perfection on a steel grill, right before their eyes — by a chef who is as much entertainer as culinary master.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Create New Year's memories with an unforgettable teppanyaki-style experience right at your table! This is a ticketed event.
Reservations: 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
$125 per adult, $65 per child, not including tax and gratuity.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 871 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

It was very hot. The chef wasnt that entertaining. They used to be a lot more lively and involved guests more.

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BH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed very much. Our 3 yr old granddaughter was quite amazed at the process.
Would highly recommend it !

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Very good food, entertains. Place is a bit tired and needs refurbishing. Otherwise great

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My children have Celiac Disease & they did a great job of ensuring their meals were gluten free, delicious & fun!

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SR
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Good overall service and ambience. Food is not worth the price.

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EF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant for meeting and dining with friends.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food was great but the chef wasn't as interactive as the table beside us. We had a great time because we were having fun not because the staff were entertaining and the pricing was way too expensive for what we got.

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MJ
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

AMAZING! try the sake sangria, I would go back for that alone! sushi was excellent! some of the best I've had! only thing is there is not many gluten free options if you don't eat sushi so made it a little hard for us.

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DG
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wife and I were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. We are from Hamilton and were in Toronto to see the Musical ..Come From Away ..at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. We were staying at the InterContinentai Hotel. We discussed where we would eat...I suggested Benihanna's as the atmosphere and cooking style is unique. We had not been for at least 10 years.This was a special occasion and Benihanna's is a special place. We we're lucky to get a reservation at the time we needed in order to eat and still make the Theatre. All went well. We had a great time. Both eating and attending the Theatre. Timing was perfect.
Our chef was named ' Lam'...... He started with a big smile ..and said he is called. Lam Chop. We all laughed ..started with fun!
Thanks again to Benihana's for a great time, food etc. Regards Doug and Tina Gray

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RK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I took my mom here as a treat for her 100th birthday. The staff went out of their way to make the event special for her. Just about everybody in the restaurant stopped what they were doing to wish her happy birthday. Making the reservation I mentioned mom used to spend time in Hawaii and frequently ate at the Benihana there so she has a lot of fond memories. Her favourite drink is a Mai Tai and the staff had one waiting for her on arrival. They also prepared an amazing birthday cake for her beautifully decorated. I couldn't have been more pleased with the experience and my mom loved it.

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RP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, great menu and of course very entertaining. We were very pleased with our visit and can’t wait to go back.

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Average teppanyaki experience and really overpriced for the quality of the food and service. Was very disappointed.

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JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

The food is WAY too over priced for how mediocre it is. It's really not that good, AT ALL. My date and I both had upset stomachs afterward too. I can't believe how much I paid for this unmemorable meal. The chef we had was not even very entertaining. I think all he did was cook the food other than make the standard onion volcano. I saw chefs at other tables doing all kinds of interesting things. Chairs are uncomfortable. Never again.

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RF
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were at Benihana to celebrate my son's 16th birthday. The Teppanyaki table is something that my family loves when we are on vacation and it was a special treat. I do feel that the bill of $500 for 6 people was a little high considering the stir fry rice and vegetables were limited to onions, zucchini and mushrooms which are not high priced items. So it is definitely only something we could only afford to do once or twice.

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LT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Meal was fantastic, they were very accommodating to allergies, teppanyaki table is a must. Only downside was the $ but given the location and showmanship it is worth it for a special occasion.

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JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We celebrated my Son’s birthday and it was great! We visited a Benihana in Miami Beach many times and decided to check this location out. Our chef Edwin was superb and fun loving on every level! A bit pricey but worth it. So important to have an awesome chef that interacts with their guests. Edwin nailed it! Can’t wait to go back! Jen our server was fab as well.

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always a must when in Toronto’s downtown. Great food and a great show!

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KP
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

A bit on the expensive side great service the restaurant is showing its age

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible service; terrible food ...didnt even be ranked by OpenTable... terrible experience....I would reccomend for any kind of situation...

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k
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second time, and just like the first, very happy with everything! the chef takes his time to have a conversation with you ,Great experience

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CM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a great evening. They chef jerry was the best! Made my birthday a very memorable night. It was amazing how he wrote upside and backwards happy birthday and my name on the cook top! David our server was very friendly and helped us get the Kama that was off the menu. Mahalo for the great service!

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T
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service. Our waitress was fantastic in acknowledging our special occasion. The staff went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed our experience. The food was well made with great flavour. Really enjoyed this meal and will definitely be back!

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WT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food. The chef was friendly and skilled. The server was helpful and made efforts to anticipate needs. Specific questions about dietary preferences and restrictions were asked without judgement, but in the interests of clarity and food safety. A pleasant dinner with LOTS of food - you'll not walk away hungry :)

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience loved the food and service would go again.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A epic amazing time! Edward our chef was exceptional & our new friends we made there made it so worthwhile!! Thank you!

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KA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and lots of laughs with the chef! I would recommend Benihana's for a special occasion or just for a fun night out. Family friendly witch is a plus for me. The service was amazing, polite and very observant. The chef was very entertaining witch eased the mood and made everyone laugh and have fun since your dinning with others that you dont know. Love Love Love! Looking forward to our next visit.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Service was amazing and the food made it worth the price!

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CP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Sure it is pricey but this is a treat and you are not just paying for dinner, its "dinner and a show", except the show is the dinner prep itself. Always fun and my kids love it. Was slightly disappointed they didn't have our table ready when we arrived despite a reservation, but the wait was less than 10 minutes and knowing the logistics involved with a high volume place like this short delays are not unexpected.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome meal and service! Keep up the great work!! Looking forward to my next visit.

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EW
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Quite enjoyable, fun. Good way to meet people.
The food could have been more tasty..
Thanks,
Eileen

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NS
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing night, despite the bad weather and the heat!

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RC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

FINALLY ... now available in Canada !!

Great food and atmosphere and presentation.

Awesome wonderful experience ... again !!

DEFINITELY will be coming back !!!!! :)

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P
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Bello! La pasamos muy bien en compañía de la familia y un amigo muy lioso...

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s
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Benihana was nice and spacious. The staff were rushed, but friendly. However, while the food served at the teppanyaki station was good, the chef did not perform or show off most of the techniques you hear about at this style of restaurant (only a flaming onion volcano was done). Pretty disappointing on that end.

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R
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

It was okay . I’ve been to Benihana before and others like it . I thought it was pricier than made sense for the experience this time. I felt like we were on a conveyer belt. Wish we had selected a different restaurant for our only dinner in Toronto .

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D
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Service is exceptional. Teppanyaki cooking was entertaining.

Soup tasted like all they added was chicken bullion. Appetizers and main was ok. It was catered towards Canadians. It was bland.

Dessert was to die for. Lychee ice cream was really good. The chocolate flourless cake was complimentary and was the best part.

I would not go back the 2nd time but glad I tried for the 1st time.

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great evening for a special family occasion. I do wish there was a little more of a “show” but overall our party still had a good time.

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LP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Pricey and you feel a bit rushed through the whole experience but the food was good and it is a novel eating experience

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Nice touch with birthday desert.

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TG
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful showmanship from Chef Jerry. Amazing food. Respect for allergies taken seriously.

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