Benihana at Fairmont Royal York

4.4
898 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
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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.
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LL
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

This was an experience that I have wanted to do for over 20 years. So finally we arrive.
We expected a little more theatrics with the food preparation. More interaction between the cook and us. The food was mediocre. The price was astronomical.
To be honest I did it, glad I did, but would never do it again.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A bit pricey but good food and enjoyable experience.

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

Great restaurant, nice choice of meals was in a table with a very quiet group and the chef didn’t make an effort to be entertaining enough compared to other chefs.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service! We didn’t request for the halal option because it wasn’t on the Open Table app. When I got to the Fairmont, I was playing on a touch screen against the wall and it showed that Benihana has halal options available. I asked the waitress before being seated and she did advise that it has to be done beforehand. Once we were seated, she came back and told us that they did have halal chicken and sirloin. She double checked with someone. That was a plus for my parents🤗 overall, the food was amazing and everything was well prepared.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We found that the service was very lacking the evening we dine at Benihanas. From the moment we walked in the hostesses didn’t communicate with each other properly which lead to one of them giving us a bit of attitude when we sat at a table in the lounge to wait for our table after being instructed to do so by the other hostess because the bar area was full and there was nowhere for us to sit.

While we were dining the staff seemed to want to serve some regulars at our table rather than us. Our drinks were never refilled I asked for more water multiple times which was never refilled and they took away our napkins before our meal was done and we had to ask for them back. The way they brought appetizers and sushi boat the staff didn’t seem to know how to place them and expected us to rearrange things already on the table for them.


We went here for my wife’s birthday and due to the service we will not be returning.

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b
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed it a great deal. Just thought it might be a bit expensive.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been coming here for over 28 years, exceptional service and food is delicious and in abundance. Fun dining experience.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service was great. The chef was great but having compared it to the Las Vegas location there really wasn't anything that spectacular about the cooking portion. The last time I went the chef did all sorts of tricks and had a lot of fun with it. The chef this time did the onion volcano but not really anything else. Since the food can be quite expensive I would expect a little bit more.

With that being said we still had a great time.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

New Years Eve Dinner - 31-Dec-2018

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service!

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HF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Good food and services, but the prices are insane. Other comparable restaurants charge half the price for the same.

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TG
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a terrific time celebrating my daughter's 16th birthfday. Cooking show was terrific and the food was awesome.

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KE
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was well cooked. Servers were pleasant. Bathroom was clean. Happy with the overall experience.

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Connie and our Chef Toto were absolutely astounding. Both were attentive and fun. The food was superb and we got more then expected!

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RM
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Met some nice ladies from Toronto and a nice couple from Detroit at our cooking table. Our chef was really nice as well!

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SA
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience. Will recomend to friends and family.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service was good. Entertaining but the major drawback is price. Very Expensive.

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OT
Toronto
41 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

You go to Benihana for the experience and it's good for a group. The food is good but not great. But at the end of the day, it's very expensive for what you get

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RW
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The dining experience was good. While we were just 2 people, the table sat 7 and we ended up with 6 people with like interests which made for some discussion around the table. Food prepared right in front of us was hot and fresh but did come all at once or in courses. I did find the meal expensive for what we ordered.

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KC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We are used to Japanese Village. They are similar however the sauces are not near as good. As well, and more importantly, the steak and lobster was just, ok. Def not worth the $400 for four people.

Also, expensive parking, if that’s a concern.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Loud exhaust fans - conversation almost impossible.

We were not seated at our own table but had to share - without our consent.

Not offered desert

Not offered tea or coffee.

Would not visit again or recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Steak is certainly not the quality you’d expect based on the price, but shrimps and scallops were delicious. Drinks were not made well (tonic water was flat). Good service. Overall a fun night but overpriced for quality of food. You’re paying for the experience.

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MP
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I really liked our server and the chef. I liked it more for the experience than the food.

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NT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We recently went for my friends 30th and everything was fantastic! Thank you so much Jimmy for making us all feel included and special. And thank you to the rest of the staff who went above and beyond to make sure we made it out on time to get to the Ballet. We'll be back soon!

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NA
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

We were not informed the dinner menu was unavail for our res until arrival. Rescheduled, got lot in nightmare hotel reno and was 10 min late. Seated quickly at own table but table service was complete within 15 min when advised it would take 90 for "the experience" Felt rushed and like we were an inconvenience. Asked for leftovers to be delivered to room as headed out. Food was left on table unrefrigerated. Both of us were violently ill after eating it and when mentioned to Benihana next day were treated very rudely. Very expensive. very disappointed.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
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 on November 10, 2018
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 on November 9, 2018
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 on November 9, 2018
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 on November 9, 2018
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
3 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
3 reviews
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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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Friendly staff as always, the routines could use an update though

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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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