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“Always a Fun Dinner”
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Ranked #333 of 682 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Between Broadmay and 4th St
Description: Benihana in Santa Monica is located on 4th St., between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd., near shopping, entertainment and the beach. Watch as your personal chef performs the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Listen as razor-sharp blades slice through tender steak and juicy chicken. Take in the aroma of sizzling shrimp, lobster and savory vegetables. Or visit our sushi bar, where your sushi chef will prepare fresh nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls, all with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine. Enjoy a dining experience unlike any other.
Santa Monica, California
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Always a Fun Dinner”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Benihana is exactly what you'd expect. Pretty good and entertaining service, solid food, but nothing extraordinary. Good for birthdays.

Visited August 2012
Thank Ben B
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Geneva, Switzerland
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128 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2012 via mobile

We had before eaten in other Benihana, we love the tepaniaki experience...with the show by the chef, the high quality of the food. In this location the food was very good, the chef fun. The service average. The all experience was made painful by the fact that it is very noisy and that you do not ear anyone beside the person seated next to you. You don't even ear the chef or the server when they give you instructions...

Thank Viva_badabing_s
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Earth, Texas
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334 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
“You either love this place or hate it”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

Do not expect gourmet Japanese cuisine or upscale sushi. This is a noisy and crowded family restaurant chain specializing in hibachi or table side prepared food. Though the food does not taste especially authentic (and yes, I have been to Japan several times) it is plentiful at a reasonable price. It depends on the hibachi cook and the server in which direction the evening goes. I would always appreciate at least someone with a "slight" asian aspect in terms of authenticity. Also do not wear your best clothes since table side cooking might result in a strong "take home" odor.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank YoshiDus
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Red Bank, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Hibachi”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

I frequent Japanese restaurants frequently, but everything from the miso soup to our meal was delicious! I had the seafood trio which comprised of shrimp, scallops and calamari. It was absolutley delicious. I didn't try any sushi so I cannot review that, but from what I saw being served it looked very fresh. My only complaint was that the service could be improved.

Visited June 2012
Thank Alexis N
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Pacific Palisades, California
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57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Delish - we love this place!”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

The kids menu is not bad for the price! My son loves the hibachi chicken and shrimp,and the price of $13.25 is acceptable, considering the amount of food that he consumed! (alos included onion soup, grilled shrimp appetizer, grilled zucchini, ice cream!) I ordered the teriyaki beef and the colossol shrimp - fabulous!
The chef was entertaining, we enjoy the light show with the onion and the volcano, the shrimp tails that are flying into his chef hat, and the pure enjoyment of watching someone prepare your meal - anticipation! I couldn't wait to try the chicken fried rice - loaded with the garlic butter!
Can't wait until my next visit!

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank BasketballMama
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