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Benihana

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1447 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308 (Between Broadmay and 4th St)
13102601423
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Moscow, Russia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good thing is that they place families with children separately from families without children. I don't know how to explain it, but almost any fast food place in Downtown LA during Mo-Fr lunch has better dressed people than Benihana in Santa Monica on weekday evening. There were people in white t-shirts, wearing baseball caps while sitting at the table. Our... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've gone to lunch here a few times and love the food, which is fresh and scrumptious. It's fun to watch how the food is prepared on a grill in front of you! I always get great service from the wait staff.

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Thank Ginger T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this restaurant, been going to various locations for the last 30+ years and this one is a good one! Service is excellent just like at all the other ones! If you have never been to one you have to try it, a little price but the Cook's put on a great show as they cook your food and the... More 

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Visalia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Went for an early birthday dinner and was treated like crap. Was told there would be a 20 min wait and after waiting an hour and seeing many people seated who came after me i was not happy. The young immature people at the front forgot to even write my name down and said it would now be at least... More 

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BrandCommunication, Guest Relations Manager at Benihana, responded to this review

We apologize for this disappointing experience. If you have not done so already, please complete our contact form: http://www.benihana.com/contact/. Be sure to select Guest Relations as your category. Our team would love to follow up with you. Your feedback helps us to make improvements. Thank you for taking the time to share your review. More 

Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I visited Benihana in May 2016, the food is fresh and cooked in front of you just the way you like. Our cook was very funny he amused us with a light show, a volcano with lava and knives show. The service was fast and great . I liked our server she was courteous and funny.i will definitely go back.

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Thank Marie D
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

We have been eating at Benihana's for many years now. It is a bit pricey, but the fun and the presentation (they grill the food right in front of you and they make it into a show). The only negative is - it is a bit noisy, but a great family place for the kids.

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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Great place to eat. If you already been to a grill seating (with the cooker show with knifes), skip it and go upstairs where you can have the same food and will pay much less. Excellent food and excellent service. My family just loved it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

We have been to other Benihana's, but first time to Santa Monica. A little slow for the Teppan Chef to arrive. I think we were seated for over 2 hours. Food was good and Chef Sergio was very good. Not as smoky (from cooking) and more space between tables than the other two Benihana's I have been too. Enjoyable experience...for... More 

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Thank CalifSue
Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It was excellent food and the service was a little slow but the chef was very good and we loved it! It is our favorite restaurant

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

The family likes Benihana for special occasions, such as birthdays. (I think it is requirement to get in the door to be there for a special occasion.) Reason for my downgrade after multiple visits? Three thimgs. 1. The onion soup recipe has changed, and not for the better. Now it is just flavored water with bits of tofu floating in... More 

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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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1447 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
    (Between Broadmay and 4th St)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 13102601423
Description
Benihana in Santa Monica is located on 4th St., between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd., near shopping, entertainment and the beach. Watch as your personal chef performs the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Listen as razor-sharp blades slice through tender steak and juicy chicken. Take in the aroma of sizzling shrimp, lobster and savory vegetables. Or visit our sushi bar, where your sushi chef will prepare fresh nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls, all with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine. Enjoy a dining experience unlike any other.

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Santa Monica
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