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“Ok but not amazing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Benihana

Benihana
100 Front St. W (Royal York Hotel), Toronto, Ontario M5J 1E3, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
416-860-5002
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Ranked #380 of 6,777 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $26 - $43
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Cross street: York Street
Transit: Benihana is located directly across from Union Station. Easily accessed by TTC Subway or GO Transit.
St. John's, Canada
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238 reviews 238 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
“Ok but not amazing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Since I was at loose ends for supper and this place was close, I decided to try it. I've eaten at similar types of restaurants in Canada, Hawaii and Japan and have enjoyed them all.

This place was nice and the service was excellent (although that might be due to the fact the restaurant was nearly empty due to the weather).

However, the meal, prepared by the chef in front of me, was just OK. Nothing great.
The drinks were excellent however and because I didn't have to wait, the entire dining experience was over in 55 minutes.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Guelph, Canada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
“Enjoyed ourselves!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Overall this was a fun experience. I had eaten at this type of restaurant before, so kind of knew this type of place-- and this one was equally enjoyable. We got the classic type of meals which were the soup, followed by salad, then shrimp appetizer and main course, all grilled in front of you by the chef. It is a nice experience and we enjoyed the food. The quality of service was quite excellent with all staff smiling at you and being quick and efficient if you needed something. At one point we pulled out our camera to take a pic and didn't even have it turned on and one of the staff came over asking if we'd like a picture taken of us together. I think the staff do an outstanding job!
We would definitely return!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Best Japanese!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

This place is located in the Royal York hotel at front and York. They validate valet parking!!! The food is very tasty, the sushi is fresh. Wish they would bring back the wagu beef though. Service is very good.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Birthday Bash”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Good service. Wonderful meal for our son's birthday bash. The best Shrimp dishes and lamb dishes. A super place to eat great food and celebrate an occasion. SAL

Visited September 2012
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canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“If you've never had a 'cook at your table' experience, this is worth a try”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

If you've never had a "cook at your table" experience, this is worth a try, as it is an experience - but there are far better dining experiences to be had in the city. The food is average. It is a chain, and it really feels like a chain when you're there - almost like an assembly line/production house. If you are staying and the Royal York and don't want to go out - its very convenient.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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