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477 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108-3502 (Mission Valley / Hotel Circle)
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Ranked #488 of 4,065 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $35
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
Cross street: 8 FWY and 163 FWY
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Orizaba, Mexico
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We love this place, we have been going here for a very long time. We celebrated about 10 birthdays here. The food is amazing and the experience is great. They used to have Japanese chefs but now they are Mexican (I guess that's an economy issue). Order one of the several menus with meat, chicken, vegetables, shrimp or combination. Also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

We came for my 21st birthday and had an incredibly memorable experience. Our chef, David, was nothing less than amazing. He kept us interacted and truly a joy to watch. He is a great asset to this restaurant and made my birthday a great one! Michiko our server was also really great and attentive!!! Definitely recommend this to all my... More

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Ramona, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My family and I have been going to Benihana's in San Diego since I was a child. We do our birthday celebrations there and have always used and appreciated the birthday coupon for $30 off our dinner. A few years ago they changed it so that it could only be used M-TH for dinner, which made it really hard for... More

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Melbourne, Australia
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our 6 year old daughter thought the show was 'astonishing!' pacman made of rice, what more could you ask for!? Luis was a great chef. we really enjoyed the show and food. The japanese style sangria(plum) was delicious. had the lobster, steak, shrimp, so yum. sushi for starters was great.

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San Diego Calif
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

So Sad to see my "Go To" place change to major changes and not good!! Side note, El Torito next store closed like a ghost town there now?? I was the GM at that El Toritos back in the day. I remember Benihana's being built and was invited to attended a private guest only opening with the owner "Rocky" Very... More

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Sequim, Washington, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The hibachi chef (Max) was skilled and entertaining, willing to answer questions. We were a party of eight with a reservation. One of the party was late, and they recommended that we all wait for the last person before being seated. They did not complain that one of us was late. Another of the party has gluten sensitivity and Max... More

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Santa Barbara, CA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We enjoyed our experience very much. My 8 year old loved the chef's jokes and that they helped celebrate her birthday. Hibachi and rest of the meal were awesome, especially the fried rice. Despite having the first reservation time, it took 20 minutes or so after we were seated for the chef to arrive and start cooking. It took an... More

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San Diego, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been dining at Benihana Restaurants for twenty years. I have had some good experiences, some average, and a few disasters ...but still enjoy experiencing birthdays and special occasions there. Our chef, this time, was excellent..not only in chef skills, but with a personality that was engaging and amusing. Service was attentive and responsive. Dinner for 2 with sashimi... More

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Ada, Oklahoma
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We go here at least once every time we are in town. The kids love having the chief do all the food tricks in front of them and I love the food.

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San Diego, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Shoguns in Clairemont Mesa is good and better for your money before 3 for lunch prices but Benihanas has the best quality of food it actually comes down to the fried rice if Shoguns could just use the same rice as Benihanas they would be equal. The only real complaint is after they remodeled they tightened the seating arrangement

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