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Benihana

#488 of 3,828 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
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477 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108-3502 (8 FWY and 163 FWY)
619-298-4666
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 56
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great lunch

We did hibachi at lunch time, wow it was great deal! Food was good and chef did great service. I could give 5 if we didn't have to remind about our beer many times..

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2015
greenteaLV
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Las Vegas
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San Diego
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We eat here fairly often because it is the only place around like this that has the chef cooking the meal in front of you. There have been some good meals and there have been some that could have been better. We had not eaten all day except for something light at breakfast so ordered a sushi roll to hold... More 

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Thank anniedutch13
BrandCommunication, brand communication at Benihana, responded to this review

We apologize for this disappointing experience. If you have not done so already, please complete our contact form: Benihana.com/contact. Be sure to select Guest Relations as your category. Our team would love to follow up with you. You're welcome to copy/paste your review in the comments to save time. Your feedback helps us to make improvements. Thank you for taking... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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101 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Benihana's was hip and cool, but that was the last century. The food is average at best. The chef was not engaging and the whole thing was a bit sloppy. And to say nothing about the noise level which made conversation impossible.

Helpful?
Thank JanetMcE
BrandCommunication, Brand Communication at Benihana, responded to this review

On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your negative visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience, and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Another great birthday at Benihana!! Great show and food still Excellent! Love the Chef's Table Birthday reward!

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Thank LBJ66
Tehran, Iran
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

The best BD deal ever! Plus, its fun dinning with entertainment. The only cons is they sit you with other customers at the same table, and its a bit uncomfortable with people you don't know but since 90% of them are celebrating its kinda cool. An average per person is around $40 and reservation is highly recommended!

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Thank Ali N
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

On the positive side, food was good, chef very amusing, waitress at the table attentive and helpful On the negative side, we had reserved a table for 7pm. When we arrived the waitress at the desk was rude, and did not explain that we had to wait for others to arrive as we would be sharing our table with them,... More 

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Thank sparky2404
San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

On my business lunch with some colleagues we had one at Benihana, all of us had Teppanyaki, they cooked right in front of you. We had seafood, consisting of prawn, squid and scallop. Very tasty indeed.

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Thank Peter W
Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Had the pleasure of dining here this month. The restaurant was full to capacity, but lively. All staff greet you with a smile and ask if you need anything. The food was excellent and the cook was fast and cordial. I expect to return here on my next visit to San Diego.

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Thank mrtmba
BrandCommunication, Brand Communication at Benihana, responded to this review

It's great to know you've had a good experience! We try our best to make your time at Benihana enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you for taking the time to share your review! More 

Las Vegas
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We did hibachi at lunch time, wow it was great deal! Food was good and chef did great service. I could give 5 if we didn't have to remind about our beer many times..

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Thank greenteaLV
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

Very nice place , nice people and a good location. Excellent food with lots of to choose from and most important the show the presentation they do. Love that place.

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Thank goosh17
BrandCommunication, Brand Communication at Benihana, responded to this review

It's great to know you've had a good experience! We try our best to make your time at Benihana enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you for taking the time to share your review! More 

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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

The food was delicious!! The show was great, a few mistakes but nevertheless entertaining. The customer service was perfect, our waiter was always there when he was needed. Lunch is a great deal!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 477 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108-3502
    (8 FWY and 163 FWY)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
  • Neighborhood: Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
  • Phone Number: 619-298-4666

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 35
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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