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#486 of 3,757 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
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477 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108-3502 (8 FWY and 163 FWY)
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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San Diego, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I found out that Benihana - a tipical Japanese restaurant-, has a "business" lunch menu, that compared to the traditional Teppanyaki or Sushi, is very afordable and quick. The portions are good and the flavor is the tipical from the place. It's worth to try it.

Thank Jorge M
Aviano, Italy
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to Benihana's all over the world and this one is by far the worst experience we have had! Overpriced and crappy service. I had to bus our own area to make room for the entrees. Our waitstaff got all of our orders wrong, to include the others at our table. I DO NOT recommend this location!

Thank Teresanne
Benihana M, Guest Relations Manager at Benihana, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your disappointment as this shouldn’t have happened. Your feedback helps us to make improvements and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato. More 

Seattle, Washington
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160 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

I've loved Benihana since I was a child, and had a craving for a good Teppanyaki dinner while in San Diego. We had reservations - which I highly recommend - and still had to wait a little bit for our 5:00 reservation. The hostesses were not friendly, and seemed more interested in talking amongst themselves than greeting the guests. Once... More 

Thank JLWells
London, Kentucky
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

If you're there for lunch and not eating at the hibachi table, I recommend the lunch boat! Very delicious!

Thank Isequeen
Santa Ana, California, United States
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

I went there my first night since it was an early night and had extra time. I had there rainbow roll and a salad. They were very good. The sushi tasted fresh and I enjoyed it very much. I also had a free dessert compliments of the hotel.

Thank Marie L
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

The food was okay, i ordered the salmon and once i got to the middle it was uncooked and too late to ask to put back on the grill. Other then that it was an okay experience

Thank Leeanne s
Monterrey, Mexico
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

It's our third time visitting this japanese restaurant, everything was great, the entrees, the drinks, the food, the show that's presented in the teppanyaki area, woww we loved it, but the service a little bit slow. The only thing that I can really complain was that they had no toilett paper in the ladies bathroom for a while eventhough they... More 

Thank Pilar P
Orange County, California
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

We have a Benihana close to our house and we never eat there. Instead we wait until we visit San Diego! This place is a lot of fun and a special treat for us. We love to order Rocky's Special and to share a punch bowl drink (they call them different names but it is big and blue and delicious).

Thank robinjay
San Diego, California
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56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

We always go to Benihana for a birthday and the food never disappoints. If you go during lunch the prices are a little less but still you get to see a show and eat amazing food. The last time we went our chef, Manny, was so good! His tricks were on point and he was very funny and very interactive.... More 

Thank Amanda N
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

Went on a Tuesday evening. The hibachi tables were all reserved so we got Hibachi meals at a table (they prepare it in the kitchen and bring it to you). I was informed that Benihana does not have yum yum sauce. Then the shrimp came and it was very very dry. It tasted ok but it was very dry. I... More 

Thank D. Matthew P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $35
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 477 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108-3502
    (8 FWY and 163 FWY)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
  • Neighborhood: Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
  • Phone Number: 619-298-4666

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