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1496 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA 94010-1701
650-342-5202
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always a good show

I was surprised at how popular this place is , even for a Tuesday night. The food is of good quality and it is prepared with a flourish. Watch your cook for the doneness of your food, I had to ask him to take it off to get it cooked a bit less done.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
Bob R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I was surprised at how popular this place is , even for a Tuesday night. The food is of good quality and it is prepared with a flourish. Watch your cook for the doneness of your food, I had to ask him to take it off to get it cooked a bit less done.

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Thank Bob R
Sacramento CA
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116 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

The fun of Benihana. Sharing tables with strangers, the entertainment of the chefs cooking at the table, and the high quality of the food all come together to create a totally different dining experience. We were told it would be a 45 min wait, but actually it was less then 15, My companion had the tuna steak, I had the... More 

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Thank jonthethird
Las Vegas, Nevada
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

So we went to Benihana, for happy hour. I wouldn't say our experience was horrible, but the restaurant left a lot to be desired. The servers were very grouchy. The bar area was very chaotic. And very similar to El Torito's just down the road, the restaurant is in desperate need of a makeover.

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Thank Traci A
BrandCommunication, Brand Communication at Benihana, responded to this review

Traci, we apologize for the poor experience. Your feedback helps us to make improvements. Thank you for taking the time to share your review. More 

Los Altos, California
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Started by arriving late for our reservation. The hostess took care of us right away. We sat down, had our drink orders taken and then the chef showed up. Our chef was not as flashy as other chefs I was watching but he cooked a mean spread. Food was awesome. We all had the Benihana Trio. OMGX4 it was good.... More 

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Thank slayer63
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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

A great place for good food and entertainment for the whole family. Can be a bit smokey at times. The food is excellent and the chefs do a great job preparing the food at your table. It's a chain and very consistent in the quality of everything they do.

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Thank Explorior
Mountain View, California
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54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We met my brother and his family at Benihana in Burlingame (very close to the SF airport) last night for dinner. They were staying at a nearby hotel and taking an early flight this morning. There is absolutely no other reason to visit this restaurant. It is VERY noisy. I'm pretty sure I was yelling when trying to speak with... More 

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Thank KMoor
New York City, New York
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We arrived too early for check in at a hotel nearby and just had a bit of drama from the flight - my mom's bag was destroyed by the belt loader and I had to buy another bag - thanks a lot Jetblue! But I digress! This particular Benihana was a short distance away from the hotel - while walking... More 

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Thank Marc B
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279 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

A slur against Japanese food. I have been to Japan countless times and this chain should be shut down. Fried rice is not Japanese. Garlic butter is not a thing they put all over their food. Cheap cuts of beef. Almost no marbling.

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Thank Scrappleking
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

What was once a fun and flavorful experience has been overtaken by hordes of noisy people come to see the spectacle and the staff have responded with a churn of quickly prepared meals that lack any quality that was once a hallmark of this landmark. Don't waste your money or time.

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Thank Maamalni
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic!!! Took a group of 10 and it was absolutely fantastic!!! The service was wonderful. The food was tremendous Everyone in the group loved it. So many choices of food. Cannot say enough good about it!! Can't wait to go back

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Thank KarieOH

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1496 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA 94010-1701
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Burlingame
  • Phone Number: 650-342-5202

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?