Benihana - Fort Lauderdale

3.8
1764 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
Welcome to Benihana and a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef and indulge in a specialty cocktail. Benihana is located on the Intracoastal in Lauderdale by the Sea. Enjoy the view of yachts and boats passing by. Join us for Happy Hour in our bar and lounge Monday through Friday from 4–7 p.m.
Looking to host a get together for friends or colleagues? Our lounge is the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks and appetizers. Please call for more details for a private event in the lounge or our private room. We offer complimentary valet parking for dinner Monday – Friday and during lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday.
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JW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I had a reservation at 7:15pm and even checked in early at 7:00pm and we did not sit down at a table until 8:00pm, we had to keep going to the hostess station and asking them what is going on instead of management or a hostess coming to us and letting us know what was going on. There was really no acknowledgement on they're part or any apologies given by the restaurant for the inconvenience and it was if our time didn't matter, this was one of my worst experiences at a Benihana restaurant.

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DL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Arrangement for table was chosen terribly. We shld have sat with other birthday table with better chef. We were disappointed with the bill. Food was great but not good arrangement. The hostess upfront was rude. Did not like Valet when forced to use. There were three of us and only 2 chickens. Shared 3rd chicken with strangers at our table. Things changed for worse since 20 plus years ago. Not sure if recommend for friend is good.

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JM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

We had a really long wait plus our service was poor

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good overall service

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JP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We normally visit your location once or twice a year. My son wanted to celebrate his birthday here this year. Our chef's name was Enrique and he is by far the best chef we have ever had at your location.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Want as good as I remembered it

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EW
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

1st time at this BENIHANA, food was very good and serving size plenty. I was satisfied and looking forward to go again

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I
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Waiter was very inattentive, didn’t bring us our drinks for almost 15 minutes. He brought cold soup and my bowl was only about a quarter of the way full. We told him it was our first time there and when he took our order he asked us what kind of rice we wanted but he didn’t mention it was 5 dollars more for each rice so me and my husband got fried rice and were shocked when the bill was 10 dollars more. My mother in law got white rice and didn’t get her rice until almost the end of the meal. Overall it was a terrible experience.

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LL
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We were actually very surprised at how fantastic our meal was. We got luck and had JJ as our chef. He doesn’t talk much but man can he cook. Everyone at the table completely finished their plates. Everything was delicious and perfectly cooked. Will definitely be back just for him

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JA
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Restaurant freezing not even offered a hot beverage and I was told it could not be warmer

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Miami
24 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food but ambiance and furnishings are all due for an update

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Our server was very slow with Bringing things and wasn’t very attendant , she messed up our checks and everything my friend ordered came out completely the opposite.

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K
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Forks were brought out with food on it, cook prepared food the way he wanted and ignored our needs. When asked for a manager the only thing they cared about was the garlic butter charge of 50cents. They didn’t try to do anything about our complaints.

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D
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Waiter up-sold us without telling us about the additional charge. Manager defended his waiter, then removed 75% of the shady charge, then said the remaining 25% was taxes, then removed 95% of the shady charge. Shady Waiter. Shady Manager. Fun Chef. Decent food. Nice Hostess.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Out chef was boring!!!! I was there before and we had the tall girl who was awesssoommmmmeeeeee..... was hoping to get her but she was on another table...

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DE
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Not sure, it was very disappointing. I have been been there many times before and it’s totally changed from all the other times . I used to love going there but this time was not good.. wont be taking my friends from out of town there anymore after this last time, it was just not the same .

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LA
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best of the best in food and entertaiment to enjoy with family and friends

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

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Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great food
We did have to wait 25-30 mins for our table , even though we made reservations ahead of time . But the food and server was really great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Waitress didn’t visit the table. Asked for things that didn’t come until we were almost finished with food, drinks were watered down. Cook has no personality as he cooked. Rice was dry. Love the food here will be back to try again. Twice in four days. Same cook, same food texture. Maybe next time we will get a different cook. Will return to FL in August and will come back.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food at Benihana was very good drinks well made resturant was very noisy could here the chef very well the eating cooking area looks like it need upgrading also the interior needs new updating overall it was good I would recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Always enjoyable!

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J
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Too noisy. One goes to Benihana for the experience, not for the food, although the food is okay. However, we would not go back again because it was so incredibly noisy.

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BB
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you are looking for a fun time and a great atmosphere, this is the place to go. The view was amazing, the chef was great and the food was delicious.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Wasn’t what we escorted needs some TLC, chairs are wobbly

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VP
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

They messed up my order so while the rest of my party was eating I was waiting. The cook had no personality seemed as if he really didn't want to be there. I was very disappointed my daughter loves the restaurant. However this time the cook didn't really excite her, in which she was looking forward to. This was want she wanted to do for her 5th birthday she was disappointed and I was dissatisfied!

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My birthday! Had a great time and lots of food. We sat overlooking the intracoastal- it was wonderful!

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MA
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything service wise was great. The only problem I had was it was extremely hot by the grill and I am not sure that can be addressed.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A little short staffed it seems but overall great service

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SL
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

I made reservation by open table and did not have it. I have the copy of my reservation on paper and give it to them but they argue they did not have it. They were nice to give us a table anyway and we were very happy. Willl reecommend

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Father’s Day family together

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CH
Miami
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our chef Tony was really nice and funny. All the staff we encountered were very nice.

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OB
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chef was great the server was great I wish I could remember her name

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j
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Our table-side chef was outstanding, however, our personal server seemed a bit overworked with too many tables to cover. Overall, as always, the meal was enjoyable, but much longer than I anticipated from my reservation at 2:00 pm until beginning food and beverage service after 3:00 pm.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 1

Had a reservation at 745 with a group of 11 people we end up eating at 10pm

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CV
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Even when I did a reservation, we had to wait 55 minutes because they were short on staff on Father's day!! The order was a mess and it took so long to get it right.
At the end we ordered tea and we got ice cream! Unbelievable for the price that we paid.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Father’s Day

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LW
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We had an okay experience but it seemed they were understaffed or just selective in how they serviced the table. We got stuck with extra drink orders when another customer at the table insisted on drinks for everyone, and despite my attempts to protest, I ended up with four extra drinks that I did not want. Drinks, by the way, that were made incorrectly (mango instead of passionfruit as requested) twice. We were told they would be corrected, they were not.

Additionally, I requested my steak medium rare and while others at the table received theirs medium rare, mine was left to cook until it was beyond well done. I was disappointed at the quality of both the food and the service. Perhaps, they just had a bad night. I, however, am not willing to return to find out.

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L
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Waiter wasn’t patient , however the chef was very interactive and prepared a well seasoned meal

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MN
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

We waited forever to between courses, someone from our table had to get the manager so we could get a chef. The chef had no personality and the food was average. We were there 2.5 hours, this was my first and last visit.

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