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  • Benihana - Enjoy a nice show with your average dinner

    Oct 11, 2013 by ladyconsumer is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Restaurants & Gourmet
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Entertaining dining experience
    Cons: But the food is just average

    Summary: Benihana is one of those places that's nice to go, with a group of people. Especially for anyone who's never seen a hibachi "show" before.  I call it a "show" because, at Benihana, the hibachi is much more than a method of cooking your ... read more

  • Be The Chef!

    May 10, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Friendly staff 
    Free meal for the birthday person
    Son didn't stop smiling
    Unique experience
    Cons: None!

    Summary: Unbelievable! My son had the "Be the Chef" experience. We arrived at 4pm, and the chef (Ananda, a.k.a Smile) worked with him for over 2 hours teaching him how to cook teppan style. When I arrived for dinner with the family 2 hours later, I was ... read more

  • Sushi Anyone

    Dec 2, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent food with a creative way of cooking it.
    Cons: Very expensive.  Sometimes you have to sit with people you don't know.

    Summary: Do you ever get tired or the same, old, boring dining experience?  Sometimes it seems like a chore just to out to eat!  I know every time I go out to eat it seems like I get the same things everywhere I go.  If I go to a Mexican ... read more

  • A Dining Experience with Entertainment!

    Jan 18, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: entertained, flavorful
    Cons: costly, not enough meat for the money, share tables

    Summary: History The First Benihana was in the year 1964 in the United States. Benihana restaurants are traditionally Japanese style hibachi steakhouses called "teppanyaki." Location Visited The location I visited was 9707 Westhiemer Road, Houston, ... read more

  • Benihana - Knife-wielding chefs make for a fun group dinner!

    May 4, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great food, fun dinner "show", spot-on service, perfect for group dining
    Cons: may have to sit with people you don't know

    Summary: A few weeks ago I visited Benihana, the Japanese steakhouse, for the first time in over 6 years. My visit made me wonder why I waited so long to go back. Benihana in Golden Valley, Minnesota provided my friends and I with great food, fast ... read more

  • Benihana! Not just for sushi lovers.

    Nov 22, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: All you can eat tasty sushi.
    Cons: prices can be high.

    Summary: Do you have a taste for sushi or other Japanese cuisine and just can’t seem to find a reasonable place to satisfy your hunger? Well of the course the best place is to take a trip to Japan, but who can afford that every time they feel like ... read more

  • You want Fresh? Get it right here!

    Sep 28, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great food and entertainment!
    Cons: Waiting to be seated!

    Summary: The Restaurant This Japanese steakhouse is not simply a restaurant; it's also a culinary entertainment venue. Guests sit at communal tables surrounding Japanese-style teppan grills while skilled chefs prepare meats and veggies in a flurry of ... read more

  • Benihana: Knife twirling, Shrimp tossing and Onion Volcanoes

    Dec 29, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Better than average food, entertaining entertainment
    Cons: Very smoky interior

    Summary: Benihana is a classic that has been around for a long time. Longevity in restaurants generally means that they have hit upon some formula that appeals to the masses. Having eaten in the Carlsbad, California location of Benihana this week, I can ... read more

  • Who Can Resist Knife Twirling?

    Oct 26, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: entertaining - and the food's pretty good!
    Cons: entertaining food is a little expensive

    Summary: (Originally written in Dec†17†'00 in the wrong category, moved with the help of jdhauer.) One of the best things about being laid off is that people are always wanting to cheer you up by taking you out to eat, and each set of friends tries to out-do ... read more

  • Benihana is a total dining EXPERIENCE!

    Feb 18, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Delicious food, amazing "show" put on by chefs, meet new people
    Cons: You have to sit with people you don't know (could be a plus!)

    Summary: I canít believe it took me so long to discover the treasure of Benihana!! I recently visited Benihana for the first time and was absolutely thrilled with my experience. I just have to share this wonderful restaurant with you! THE ... read more

  • Nasty Service Matches the Nasty Bathrooms

    Apr 1, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: they didn't mess up the green tea
    Cons: umm try EVERYTHING

    Summary: Having meals with a few of my friends is something I always dread. They are the type of couple who can never agree on what to eat. One hates sushi, the other hates Chinese and Italian. Rather than arguing I grudgingly accepted dinner at Benihana’s ... read more

  • What a Ripoff

    Jan 8, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Zero
    Cons: Overpriced, Tasteless Food

    Summary: Went to Benihana last night for the first time. The first thing that occurred was sticker shock. I couldn't believe how expensive the food is. I thought, "Oh well, I'm probably paying for the great entertainment." Wrong. Our supposed Japanese chef, ... read more

  • America's Favorite Restaurant!

    Dec 17, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great food...Great Sushi Bar!
    Cons: pricey

    Summary: My First Benihana Experience The first time I visited Benihana was just over a year ago. I really had no interest in eating there prior because I didn't know what sort of restaurant they were. Actually, I thought Benihana served ... read more

  • Benihana is well worth trying

    Aug 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A entertaining experience along with high quality food
    Cons: Above average prices, average portions

    Summary: Benihana is a original dining experience that has little to compare with. For those who are tired of greasy burgers and thick slabs of meat(steakhouses) try a new experience of Benihana's hibachi style restaurant. This ... read more

  • Get Ready to Drool

    Jul 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything
    Cons: Nothing

    Summary: I get hungry just thinking about the food at Benihana. It's my absolute favorite restaurant. I like everything from the soup to the green tea. There's just something about their rice that tastes so good. The way it sticks together and stays on the ... read more

  • Once Was Enough For Me!

    Jul 11, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: nice atmosphere
    Cons: steep prices

    Summary: My husband and I recently dined at Benihana's with some friends of ours. The place is very neat and clean in appearance with a very inviting atmosphere but the overall experience leaves much to be desired. I ordered a Pina Colada which was ... read more

  • Benihana's Losing it's Steam

    Jul 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Delicious food, great sushi, ginger sauce to die for
    Cons: Price, no show from the cooks

    Summary: Let me preface this review by stating that Benihana is my favorite restaurant because I am obsessed with all things Japanese :-) That said, I will now step into Ordinary Person shoes and review the restaurant for you: The Atmosphere ... read more

  • Great food & great times

    Jun 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Food is delicious, service is great!
    Cons: Food is a bit expensive...

    Summary: Ever since I was 3 years old my parents have taken me to Benihana. In Cincinnati it was formerly known as The Samurai, but about 2 years ago the name was changed to Benihana. Even though the name was changed, the service and the food has remained ... read more

  • I didn't get the Hana sauce!

    Apr 4, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good old steak and entertainment
    Cons: Gone downhill over the past 20 years

    Summary: I crave the egg sauce that Made Benihana famous! It is so so good! We didn't get any at the Detroit branch. The cook was young and in a rush. The food was cooked as it should be, and he flipped the egg shells and the shrimp tails around. The prices ... read more

  • Benihana: Go If You Get A 50% Off Coupon.

    Mar 26, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Food's pretty good.
    Cons: Food is pricy, and you don't get much.

    Summary: Benihana's a fun place to go if you've got a group of people to enjoy the atmosphere with. You'll all have a great time, until you get your bill, that is. Dishes are served Teppan style. I'm not exactly sure what that entails, but I'm ... read more

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