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Benihana

#657 of 3,528 Restaurants in Seattle
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1200 5th Ave, Ste 3, Seattle, WA 98101-1127
206-682-4686
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Large groups
Doing business

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Visitor rating
  • 31
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
The chef made the difference

As on previous visits, we were here with our grandchildren who always look forward to eating here. The food is predictably good though not great and it is expensive. To me, the cost is worthwhile if the entertainment is good. That was the case this time. Our chef, Sergio, was the most... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
kupunakane
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Hawaii
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Reservations
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Hawaii
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244 reviews 244 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

As on previous visits, we were here with our grandchildren who always look forward to eating here. The food is predictably good though not great and it is expensive. To me, the cost is worthwhile if the entertainment is good. That was the case this time. Our chef, Sergio, was the most personable and entertaining chef that has served us... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I went to Benihana when I was living in Seattle. The menu has a lot of food on the list. We liked teppanyaki and our chef had lots of tricks that he showed us, such as he split the onion so that you had the big circle, and smaller circles in it. Then, he made it so that it looked... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

I've been going to Benihana's for years now but it had been a couple of years before this time. This location is a bit crammed for waiting for your party, as they still follow the rule of not sitting until everyone is there. Food was ok, but the fried rice was lackluster from what it used to be. It's a... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

That's what the waiter did. Flipped a shrimp and caught it in his pocket. Yes, it's been around a long time but it's still fun to see the waiter's chopping veggies, cracking eggs, and cracking jokes. The food's not bad. It's a bit over priced but not terrible for downtown Seattle. I first went there about 30 years ago and... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Went wandering around my hotel for food and found this japanese restaurant. The teppanaki side was full with a long wait so I opted to sit at the sushi bar in the lounge as I was going to get sushi anyways. The service was fast, courteous and friendly. The sashimi sampler is a great deal - it came with 10-12... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We have been going to Benihana for over twenty years. We have never had a bad dining experience. The menu remains the same so if you want variety at the same restaurant it will not happen here. They have a tried and true menu and presentation. It is busy and noisy, but many places are. There is entertainment from the... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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143 reviews 143 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We used to think this restaurant had great food. It's not so great anymore. The food is overcooked with too much oil and soy sauce. But I think you dine here more for the show that the teppan-yaki chefs put on than for the food. It is entertaining. This is a good restaurant for families. Kids are kept entertained by... More 

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Seattle
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My family loves to come here to celebrate events. If you're a regular-sized group you'll share your dining experience with others. The food is prepared at your table and the chefs have jokes, interact with you...so if that doesn't appeal to you- then this probably isn't the place for you. But it seems pretty universal that kids love this place.... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I think this place USED TO BE good. Now it's just grotesque. too noisy, tired chef, too much grill odeur, tasteless food (although biiig portions) - Do I need to say more?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

We came here for my birthday and i was so pleased because we all had fun. We all wanted teppanyaki- where our chef was a knife wizard! He did lots of tricks that amazed us, not to mention the volcano thing and egg throwing. I ordered the steak and shrimp with fired rice. It was so good! Halfway through dinner,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1200 5th Ave, Ste 3, Seattle, WA 98101-1127
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: 206-682-4686

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 40
  • Cuisine: Asian, Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Questions & Answers

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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?