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Benkay Japanese Restaurant

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2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
All 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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Portland, Maine
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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64 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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351 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Talkeetna737
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars 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 

1 Thank Terry G
South Portland, Maine
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79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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.

Thank spsandi
Peaks Island, Maine
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77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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.

Thank ArthurFink
South Portland, Maine
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

Though the dining room was almost empty, we were given a table near the door where the draft from the entrance was very unpleasant. We asked to move and were given a tiny table for two, which was near a pleasant window but too small to comfortably hold our order. My companion and I shared the appetizer sampler and two... More 

Thank parcoaverno13
New England
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016

A lot of Japanese restaurants in Portland but this is easily one of the best. Food is always fresh with a good variety. Only downsides are that service can be a bit slow when they are crowded and the parking lot is not very big. There is public parking now across the street. If you like Japanese food, then Benkay... More 

Thank OnTheRoad124
Gilford, New Hampshire, United States
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We sat at the Sushi bar and the Sushi chef helped us pick what we should order based on our requests. It was amazing!!

Thank Kellie D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Delivery, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
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: 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?