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Benkay Japanese Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
+1 207-773-5555
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
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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Yarmouth, Maine
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108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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 

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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!

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Portland, Maine
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784 reviews
558 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 482 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 

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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 

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Orange, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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446 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 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.

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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 

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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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South Portland, Maine
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79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2016

Love dining here. Great menu, everything is fresh, service is great and food comes out quickly. Miso soup and tempura are the best. Great sushi selection.

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Peaks Island, Maine
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92 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2016

Title says it ... typical Japanese menu, well prepared, in a nice quiet place. I'm regularly there for the lunch specials.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Delivery, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 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 - 12:00 am
Saturday
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?