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Benkay Japanese Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
+1 207-773-5555
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Portland, Maine
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Benkay has been located along the waterfront of Portland for a number of years and they continue to present some of the best Japanese offerings that you can find in Portland. They use the freshest ingredients and their skills turn these ingredients into very fine & flavorful lunch & dinner offerings. This time I had the Ika Sansai (marinated squid)... More 

Thank kasbahfish
Portland, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I called in advance to reserve a table and the day before came in with a menu in courses that I wanted served, and how I wanted it served. Our server was EXCELLENT and brought everything as requested, hot (or cold) and delicious. We've been going to Benkay for years whenever we want a quiet venue with wonderful food but... More 

Thank Genie76350
Yarmouth, Maine
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110 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

I've been going here for a very long time and it is consistently great food. Love their seaweed salad and have enjoyed many different forms of sushi here. Once I was there and a man walked in with a two foot long fish that he'd just caught (in a plastic bag) and he plopped it on the sushi bar. The... More 

Thank MainePeg
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

The sushi at Benkay is delicious and well prepared. The luncheon specials we enjoyed were an excellent value. I would definitely return!

Thank cbn260
Portland, Maine
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797 reviews
564 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 488 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Dined here with the family last night. A wonderful and relaxing atmosphere greets you...service is extremely efficient and the servers go above and beyond to make your dining experience special. We ordered the lobster sashimi appetizer...not cheap...but delicately prepared, fresh, and delicious. Also edamame beans, and miso soup...steak sliced thinly with mashed potatoes and veggies...all prepared perfectly...shrimp tempura...delicious...soft shell crab... More 

Thank BeeMelissa
Portland, Maine
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68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

For many years had walked past this place on the way to the Casco Bay dock. It has an unassuming façade and it was only to satisfy our curiosity that we finally went in. To our surprise on that first visit, it was very busy. The seating is in a large open area on one side and a smaller area... More 

Thank marco_polo2K
Orange, Massachusetts
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83 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

End of the road but we'll worth it...service is fantastic and so is the food....but order the benkay roll....it's out of this world and we'll worth it

Thank jhkruns
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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471 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Benkay is a comfortable place serving very fresh, high quality sushi. We shared the sushi and sashimi combination for lunch and the tuna tataki. The miso soup was off the charts. It had serious flavor. The tuna tataki was wonderfully seasoned and the best we have had anywhere. We also were pleased with the sushi and sashimi combination.

Thank waterandmore
Portland, Maine
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Though I had never been there before and I used a Groupon, I will be happy to pay regular prices when I visit Benkay in future. Everything was so fresh, perfectly cooked (or not, sushi), well presented. The shiitake miso soup was large, super fresh mushrooms, large firm tofu. So good I got an order to go for breakfast tomorrow.... More 

1 Thank Talkeetna737
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016

We have been here several times. Despite a reservation for 6 people at 6:30 (we arrived at 6:25) we were asked "will you be done by eight o'clock?" We mentioned we had a reservation and she said "I know but we have a party of 10 at 8 o'clock". We heard her ask another group the same question at 7pm.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-773-5555

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