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136 Olivier St, Monterey, CA 93940-2460
831-644-9007
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Family fun

Always a fun place to take the kids for lunch or dinner. Food is straight forward. Fried rice is a hit with everyone in my family. Hard to get a table for a large party if you walk in for lunch. Make reservations.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Vanessa L
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Tehachapi, California
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Excellent service, Excellent food and a nice show from the Chef. A little out of the way but worth seeking it out. We eat here every time we come to Monterey. Every item on the menu is top notch, we have pretty much had it all.

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Waterford, Ireland
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44 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

My first visit to Benihannas and what a terrific eaterie this place is.We stopped here on our way back from pebble beach to San Fran.Lucky for the 7 of us it was early as we did not have a reservation.The staff were Friendly and courteous and we managed to get a table it was my sister s 40 th birthday.The... More 

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Berkeley, California
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The food was good but we had to sit with six other people and wait for their meals to be prepared. Yes, it's fun to watch the antics of the chefs, but it felt too crowded and a complete lack of privacy. It was still fun, but not great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

My husband took me here for dinner date on Valentines Day. I'm a bit skeptical at first because I'm not a Sushi person but it turned out to be one of the best dinner ever for me. Food is cooked right in front of you! The chef has a great sense of humor that even kids would really pay attention.... More 

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55 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Always a fun place to take the kids for lunch or dinner. Food is straight forward. Fried rice is a hit with everyone in my family. Hard to get a table for a large party if you walk in for lunch. Make reservations.

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Salinas, California, United States
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163 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We love to go to Benihana for everyone's birthday. It's always fun to watch the chefs prepare your meal and then have the staff come to your table and sing Happy Birthday. The added bonus of a free photo to commemorate the experience makes the price tag a little more bearable!

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Napa, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

While out on a walk and heading back to the Portola Hotel during our vacation the last week of December we came upon Benihana's. Knowing we didn't have dinner plans my wife and I thought to give it try and call in for a reservation for that night and much to our surprise they were able to accommodate us! We... More 

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South San Francisco, California
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

My husband and I came here, as we were craving Asian food that was close to our hotel (Portola Hotel and Spa). Strangely enough, all of the tappenyaki chefs were Hispanic, which is ok but reduces the authenticity factor. Lol. Our chef was friendly, but really unengaging and didn't seem like he wanted to be there. He didn't season our... More 

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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had our own table (8 people) and it was wonderful as usual! The chef was very personable, and I think everyone had a birthday to celebrate while we were there!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The kids were enthralled by the chef and of course, they had heard of the place- apparently the founder's son is a famous DJ. The food is good and we had a very good time despite being the last table and finding the staff rushing around in order to get us out as soon as possible.

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Additional Information about Benihana

Address: 136 Olivier St, Monterey, CA 93940-2460
Phone Number: 831-644-9007
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 43
Cuisine: Japanese, Steakhouse, Sushi

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 136 Olivier St, Monterey, CA 93940-2460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-644-9007

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 43
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Steakhouse, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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