Benihana - New York

3.9
3591 reviews
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$30 and under
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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. Enjoy one of the best shows in NYC at the original Benihana. Start with drinks and sushi at our first floor contemporary sushi and cocktail bar, great for after-work drinks and meeting friends. Or, go to our second-floor dining room where your personal chef will dazzle your eyes as well as your taste buds. See what made Benihana the legend that it is today. Looking to host an event or private party? Our private dining rooms are always a crowd pleaser. Call for more details and price options. An 18% service charge is added to all guest checks for parties of eight or more.
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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was good, but price was really expensive

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Bath
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, good service. Would recommend! Restaurant was very noisy, ok as we were only two, it had you been a group of more than 4 it would have been hard to have a conversation.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day dinner with my Mother. We had a lovely time at The hibachi restaurant. The food was great. The staff was friendly and accommodating. My Mom enjoyed everything.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, timely and great food as always.

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LF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Estuvimos en la plancha tepanyaki que nos pareció apenas normal pero salimos oliendo terrible con toda la ropa impregnada de olor a comida

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CA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The comfort was a bit compromised because there were too many persons from other parties assigned to our table. Two of the six in our group were forced to sit away from the table.while eating.
There was some disappointment because the reservation was made very early.

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W
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

It was mother’s day and they cramped us is in a table, my mom couldnt move her arms to eat! Other tables had 8 tops but they added 1 chair to our table and we were sat with large guests so it was very cramped for us. It was very awkward eating we couldnt move our arms or we would bump against each other. It was a very frustrating experience i looked around other tables and they seem to not have that problem, they all had adequate space to eat comfortably

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PB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was delicious. 👌 Definitely will be going back!

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S
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there with my family, and it was amazing!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The chef wasn’t very engaging at all, the restaurant seemed dirty, and the food wasn’t anything spectacular. We’ve been to other Benihana restaurants and this didn’t live up our expectations.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 2

The ambiance of Benihana is gone. Waitresses in Kimonos, staff knowing the Japanese birthday song, the Japanese atmosphere is fading. I felt rushed for the next setting & the show of chef was so forced. Not natural and funny the way it use to be. I guess I am sentimental, but I have been coming here for over 20 years, and it become so commercial, the novelty is gone.
The downstairs staff scolded me for talking to my friend too near to the desk, while they where on the phone, no smiles, no kindness. The upstairs staff was vey nice and the food was very good, but I felt rushed. That's not what I want in a dining experience. I will be visiting other hibachi restaurants to compare

Good luck to you

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I love Benihana and was very excited to celebrate my girlfriends birthday, until... we were left waiting for 1 hr and 1/2 for our chef to show up (with reservation), noticed our waiter was taking awfully long for everything, and especially when it came to paying the check. The check was paid mostly in cash and the rest on 2 cards. We asked our waiter for change and he didn’t bother to bring anything back. Which led us to ask for the change again. Upon leaving we realized that someone paid double what they were supposed to and didn’t notice with enough time to say something to the waiter. on top of the fact that he didn’t bother to mention the mishap or bring back the change we asked for. (They happened to pay in cash) unfortunately. Just a bad experience at a place I actually love! Waiter kept about $200 tip for poor and slow service on a check that at 20% tip would be less than $100. Completely Disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst experience ever. They sat us 45 minutes after our reservation. They put the cart with the food near peoples hair. The hygiene is not valued at all.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Seated us 1 hour late. Grill downstairs didn’t work. Chef late to the table. Had to move tables. Overall they don’t have their stuff together.

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BE
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to Benihana to celebrate my fiance' graduation. Had a later reservation but the event ended early so the staff accommodated us with no trouble (was a party of 6). The food was great and our chef and attendant were equally entertaining. Another family at the table were celebrating a birthday so it was double the fun. We enjoyed everything. My one complaint (a minor one) was that a few of the items I ordered were not available (sold out of the supplies ran out). Overall: a fun family experience.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

I have been to plenty of Hibachi restaurants and this bar far is the worst! From the yummy sauce which tasted like mayo and ketchup to the sesame seeds in the rice and veggies. It’s low quality hibachi ! Please take notes from Edos in Pehlam maner ...

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YH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Well. Possibly the blandest food we've ever had in NYC, in a setting right out of a mid size American city suburban chain hotel nightmare. Why were we even here? For my son's 11th birthday. He thought it was hilarious. Our Indian 'chef' joked no less than 3 times about soy sauce being "Japanese Coco-Cola". Even the 'showtime' theatrics were poor (the Japanese teppanyaki chefs of my childhood were positive ninja's in comparison). Well, we'll leave it to the tourist newbies from now on.

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SK
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I celebrated my birthday with my husband on Wed night. The service was good and food was excellent. Only flaw I had was the charging fried rice for dinner entree menu. The server was asking if we want a white rice or fried rice without explaining that the fried rice will be charged. When I saw the bill, I was surprised for additional $10 charging, but i let that go because it was my birthday and I just wanted to enjoy. I ask you that you should indicate additional charges for certain items.

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been to Benihana a lot and found the food at this location the best.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My family loves hibachi! We’ve probably eaten at 10 random hibachi restaurants in various suburban towns. Benihana is the most famous of all the hibachi restaurants which is probably why it was the biggest letdown. When you walk in, it looks more like a sports bar than a Japanese restaurant. The food just wasn’t as good, dare I say it was bland or not special. The waiters were nice and accommodated my dietary restrictions but they were also a bit off.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The seating was too tight. 10ppl should not be sitting at one table. We should have elbow room not sitting on top of each other. It was my first time at this restaurant and I was not satisfied.

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MH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was good food was good would have liked to have been greeted when we arrived or at least thanks for coming.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Small portions, bland food.

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PW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant!!!!! Each and every time I eat at this restaurant. .... I enjoy every second of the experience. Muahhhhhhh! !!!

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TM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Miso soup was watery and not as good as before. Salad dressing has changed and not the usual pungent taste as before. Soy sauce not present on table.

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PM
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Went for my fiancé's birthday.
Had signed up at the Chef's Table, so we got a voucher.
The voucher had no bar code on it to be scanned, so i called the restaurant to let them know, abnd they told me to come with it and to show it anyway.
We got to the restaurant, and i talked about this voucher to 3 people.
Everybody said it was ok until the moment the bill came.
My boyfriend had his ID to proove it was his bday, but nobody would take the printed voucher, neither look at my email or try to figure out what was wrong.
So the food was good, the cooker was nice, but the way i have been treatwd about the $30 bday gift was awful.

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j
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Awesome chef. Felt like there was less food served than is usual at Benihana though.

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s
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The one back home in Atlanta need to take notes....The chef was nice...wait staff and hostess

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall we had a great experience, however the server was not very knowledgeable about the menu. He didn’t know anything about the sake and I had to remind him that the meal came with ice cream. Otherwise we had a delightful experience.

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LR
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I have mix feelings as we always go to this location but as the year pass the place and service gets worse. The restroom always have an awful smell. The chefs and service are great. The hostess aren’t as helpful & courtesy as past times. If prices are high make the place look it’s part...

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LB
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

So much fun but food was below average and restaurant was unclean

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f
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 3

We have been sick as hell 2h after the meal. Something was definitively not clean/healthy in the food.

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DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall amazing experience. Only negative comment would be on the wait. Despite having a 9pm reservation, we had to wait 30 minutes to be seated.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

My reservation was for 9 PM but they didn’t seat us until 9:45

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A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waited over 40 min with a reservation. When asked about the status of the reservation they kept saying next table and another 15 minutes passed. First floor hostess was rude with an attitude that she didn’t care about our wait time. Our chef Daniel was great and food was good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was not as expected. It was poorly cooked and was not to our liking. We had to continue to ask the chef to do certain things which he should have already been doing. This was our least favorite experience at Benihana and it has turned us away from the restaurant.

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was one of the worst dining experiences I’ve ever had.

We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation and it took that long to fight our way to the hostess stand to check in. We were then told that it could be up to 45 minutes until we would be seated.

After sitting at the table for 20 minutes and still not even a glass of water, we finally went to the hostess stand and asked for some. Another 15 minutes and we were able to order. After an hour, still no food.

The service was terrible the food was terrible.

Basically, don’t go.

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JR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation for 7.30 while we got seated at 8.10pm! Then we were waiting at the table at least 10-15 min before the waiter came to us for the drinks. This is completely unacceptable and shall be noted otherwise we would have reserved a different restaurant. The chef was excellent however this late start completely ruined the experience.

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HS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We were seated at a table with our four year old granddaughter where the other side of the table hadn’t even gotten their appetizers so they had the hibachi server going for twenty minutes before they filled our table side. Once they did, and we had a chef, he served the new people on our side before us, ignored our little girl, including not putting food on her plate until we asked. We ordered the ocean treasure dish and a filet mignon dish. The ocean treasure at 52 dollars, consisted of four tiny scallops, a small lobster tail and four small shrimp, truly a sunken treasure. All in all, a bad experience at one of her favorite places.

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r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good place to take the family and very attractive cost/benefit.

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