We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book a Stay + Win a Getaway Book your hotel on TripAdvisor and you could win a great trip!

Benkay Japanese Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

191 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 191: English reviews
Sudbury, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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
Level Contributor
783 reviews
558 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 477 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
Level Contributor
66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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
Level Contributor
66 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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
Level Contributor
409 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 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
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 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 

Thank Talkeetna737
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Level Contributor
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 

1 Thank Terry G
South Portland, Maine
Level Contributor
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.

Thank spsandi
Peaks Island, Maine
Level Contributor
81 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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.

Thank ArthurFink
South Portland, Maine
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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

Travelers who viewed Benkay Japanese Restaurant also viewed


Been to Benkay Japanese Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, Parking Available, Delivery, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Benkay Japanese Restaurant and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Benkay Japanese Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?