Benihana - Fort Lauderdale

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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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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4.0based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.0
Service
3.8
Ambience
3.7
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72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience2

worsest service ever in Benihana, very unfriendly and unmotivated. we had to ask 5 times to get water or we had to wait 15 minutes for our drinks after ordering.

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Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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DC
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

With a reservation we still had to wait 20 minus to be seated and they were not that busy.
Our waiter started off pretty good. We let him know that a birthday celebration is what brought us to Benihana. It was my nephew's 11th birthday! At the end of the meal the waiter informed me, in front of my nephew, that there was no more ice cream. I looked at him as if to say, can you bring something else out to sing happy birthday? He then offered a banana tempura substitute that was pretty good. The staff came over to sing happy birthday and that brought joy to my nephew which made me happy. When we received our bill, there was a charge for the tempura along with charges for chicken fried rice that we never ordered. All in all we did have a nice evening but just be careful when they offer something, you will pay for it!!!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

We brought a guest from Norway. Since this is a special restaurant with lots of fun and great food. Unfortunately a little disappointed with our chef this night. He was not focused on our table. We have had him before and he is normally one of the best chefs there. Everyone is allowed to have bad days. We will be back

LJ
Miami
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

The chef seemed rushed and he was not engaged with our group.

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Responded 3 days ago

LJoo, we apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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ML
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

This was our first time at Benihana versus local Hibachi restaurants at home. Very disappointed in several areas.

First what you get for the price is not great- add $4 for fried rice, another $4 for noodles- items always included at traditional hibachi restaurants. Plus - they ran out of white rice. Two people in our party didn’t get their white rice (that’s like Starbucks running out of coffee) and while it was included they still were charged for their noodles. I had to fight to get the upcharge removed for noodles when they never got the rice that was included. They gave me free appetizer cards and asked for them back when I asked for the noodles to be removed from the bill. I gladly handed them back as we never plan to return.

Service was terrible -two different servers for our two tables -both had to be asked to clear plates -once by their own chef. We had a kids birthday -she served her ice cream and they sang to her with a big pile of plates in front of her. Basic service says you clear the table first. Then we had to remind her to offer kids ice cream which was included in their meal.

Management was non existent here. After several complaints they made no effort to come to the table and apologize.

Very expensive dinner for the quality and the service.

Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
Responded on 3 December 2019

Marisa, on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

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N
Miami
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Iwe experienced a very bad moment in our first and last visit to this restaurant. The hostesses were very impolite, despite having a reservation and they seated us in a Hitachi table without asking before. To make things worse, it was my Birthday and we felt really upset for all that happened since the beginning and left immediately the restaurant. I'll never come back again.

Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
Responded on 3 December 2019

Nora, on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

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V
Miami
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Tony was fabulous! We truly enjoyed the evening.

j
Miami
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner was great and our chef Tony was entertaining

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Responded on 4 December 2019

Joseph, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience1

A messy and noisy dinner.

Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
Responded on 2 December 2019

We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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D
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

When the waiter got to our table he wasn’t to sure of himself. He took our drink orders and when he returned he wasn’t sure who ordered what. There were 7 people at our table. Two children with mom, couple that ordered a bottle of wine and we ordered cocktails. He took our dinner orders then disappeared. When our chef came to the table my order was incorrect. While the chef was cooking the waiter brought out soup, but not everyone got one. Same thing with the salads. The other couple wanted to add lobster tails to their order, but no waiter. Someone else had to bring them to the chef. Didn’t ask if we wanted dessert someone had to ask what there was. When he came back he asked how we wanted our check, was it to be on one. We were confused, since we were three different parties.

Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
Responded on 26 November 2019

Deva, on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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PR
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

My friend and I had gone to Benihana for his first time 2 months ago, he was so impressed and loved it he couldn't wait to go back. Our second time, this time, the chef did not do any of the entertainment tricks Ive seen before, the waitress seemed to just be there with no energy and our dinner felt rushed. My steak was not cooked how i liked it then when i asked to have it heated up a little more I felt judged by the chef. Not a great 2nd impression and our dinner was $50 each. The best part were our drinks.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

Service and and the cook were great. This place was dirty. No toilet paper in the restroom

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Responded on 26 November 2019

We're sorry to hear this occurred. Thank you for bringing this it to our attention. Your feedback will be shared with our team for improvements.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

We’re from New England and use to the cold,

Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
Responded on 26 November 2019

We would like to thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We will be sure to share it with our team.

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s
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Frank and Melissa were amazing great customer service and care during our visit

N
Munich
5 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

Dieses Mal war es erstaunlich ruhig und sehr angenehm, ein gemütliches Abendessen mit einem sehr guten Koch.
Leider wurde das Ganze getrübt, als auf der Rechnung 5$ pro Person für Knoblauchbutter berechnet wurde, was sich dann als falsch rausgestellt hat (0,50$) und die Korrektur dann mindestens eine halbe Stunde gedauert hat. Das geht gar nicht. Dann sollte man die 0,50$ vielleicht auch weglassen!!!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our chef was Sato and he was amazing!!! He made special Micki Mouse arrangement out of fried rice and my 3 year old daughter was so happy!!! The presentation throughout the dinner was designed for my daughter and we loved it!!! Thank you so much, Sato!!! We will be back soon!

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience1

Been going to Benihana for 35 years of birthday traditions. Went all the way from miami because our local one is under construction. Showed up on time for our reservation with small kids and still had to wait over 30 min. Then seated at table with broken AC and it was freezing. Took 10 + min for a waiter to come see us. Even asked if there was a place nearby to go and buy sweaters for kids it was that cold. Table nearby opened up and we wanted to move and they did not want to move us until we finally insisted. Kids had to wear chef jackets to get warm. Manager was mean and not helpful, but assistant manager was kind. Needless to say we will wait for our local Benihana to reopen, which will cause us to break our family traditions after 35 years. We will not go back to this location.

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Responded on 20 November 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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MT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

It was freezing and the manager made up a story as to why, but the reality is the hoods were not working. I wouldn’t ever go back

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Responded on 18 November 2019

Mick, thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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L
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

But dont expect to see any Japanese servers or for that none at all

Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
Responded on 20 November 2019

Laurie, Your feedback will be shared with our team for improvements. Arigato.

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L
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great times even better food

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Responded on 21 November 2019

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

Didn’t enjoy the ambiance food was alright just overall mediocre experience

Benihana - Fort Lauderdale
Responded on 18 November 2019

We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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M
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Worst experience I ever had in a restaurant. We sited within fifteen minutes of our reservation, the only good thing happen that night. We waited for our waiter for 45 minutes to order drinks and had to wait for another 30 minutes to get a bottle of water and cranberry and vodka. When ask the waiter what happen, he claimed the water wasn’t ready yet. He’ll check on it in a few. The chef came and cook everything at once even thought we told them my daughter doesn’t eat red meat so we would like her food done first. The noodle was over cook and my wife steak had no season at all. We used to go there for the boat show but after this-never again.

RF
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

You get a show and a meal at the same time and they serve plenty of food

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Not great for the expensive price

AE
Miami
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an amazing time! Chef Jeff was very entertaining from start to finish. Food was excellent! Mary our server was fantastic too+

MZ
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Food portions are really bad
Nothing in soup but basically broth
Small salad bowls half full with a dab of dressing
They give less and less veggies and meat and seafood portion is just okay
Charging 4 something for fried rice for a really small bowl of rice in addition to almost 40 dollars for enteee
If you do go make sure you get Whisker as the Hibachi chef and Mary as the waitress
Great service and best chef
Thanks

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

We waited almost a hour before our cook came to the table. He was very nice and good at his job. Waitress was lacking. Table went without drinks most of the meal. You had to chase her down to get her attention. Bad part was we were one of the last table seated so the restaurant was almost empty when we got done. She was too busy cleaning and getting ready to close to do her job. Bad part was we had a new person with us on this visit and she wasn’t impressed. We will be back but she probably want.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

We had an enjoyable experience as far as food and atmosphere goes. Whiskers, our habachi table chef was fantastic and the food he produced was delicious and his performance and personality was excellent. However,
The soup was very poor quality, nothing to it but broth and scallions. The salad was just ok, there were bits of brown lettuce. The cocktails were loaded with ice and watered down. Our waiter, had no experience. He seemed to be VERY new, nervous and unsure of himself in regards to proper table service. When you go to a restaurant and spend over $200 dollars on dinner (not including tips) you expect to have a server who knows what they are doing. I was collecting plates and menus for him as well as handing out soups and salads. We did enjoy our evening but would have preferred a much better server.

LL
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience1

Family reunion

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M
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Even though I received a generous birthday gift certificate, Benihana has lowered its standard so much that I would hesitate to recommend this restaurant to friends. The Long Island Iced Tea was watered down, we had to send it back (the replacement drink was better). The chicken soup was made out of cheap bouillon cubes and overly salty - the color was supposed to be a light beige but it was dark with a few dark old slices of mushroom floating on top. A dismal looking soup. The salad with ginger dressing was salty as well. The yum yum sauce had a mayonnaise base and too thick. My husband ordered SplashN'Meadow; the steak was too thin.
SInce Benihana was sold to the new corporation, so many things have been changed and altered that your standards have gone down. If you want to have repeat diners, and solicit new ones, you will need to do something about the food quality. Even the freebees will not bring them back.
When was the last time management from the corporation (not the restaurant manager) came to the restaurant to spot check the quality of the food being served?
Our party of 5 came for dinner on a Tuesday night at 7 and there were only 4 tables being served. This was so unusually slow. My family and I have been coming to Benihana for over 20 years and this was the first time we saw such a decline in attendance.
A total disappointment.
On the bright side, we did have a good waitress.

KB
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing as always. Danielle was terrific and friendly. This will always be a place I would come back to and recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

It was okay. Waited over an hour for food service while everyone else had their chef come on time. It was cute.

OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this location. Waterfront is awesome.

RT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Service was very slow at the start. The chef will Ronald was very good and we had a friendly table of diners

M
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

The service was horrible and the food was bland
This place is hit or miss. The staff was the worst I’ve ever seen in the 35 years we’ve been coming here
DISASTER

CL
Miami
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great experience for nephew for his birthday 🎂 and he enjoyed every moment of it.

d
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Been coming here for years but the last 4 or 5 times we leave wondering what happened s this time was no different. Hostess stand is beyond rude and completely unprofessional every time. Plates and sauce cups were visibly dirty when we sat down. Waitress was friendly but would be a better fit at Denny’s. Drinks left empty for ever, sauce we request from kitchen ran out and our chef actually left in the middle of cooking to go get me one because he couldn’t get any staffs attention to get it. Check process took 20 minutes. The chef was amazing and he cooked the food great, but the soup changed a few years ago and it’s awful, the sauces aren’t what they used to be either. Overall, for a $200 dinner, we should leave with great feelings and we don’t time and time again. Corporate needs to come in and do a staff makeover! I’ve complained to corporate already and they were appreciative but obviously nothing has changed. Sad to see a landmark restaurant go down the tubes.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

The waiter took forever for every single thing, gave us the check from another table. They didn’t have the proper items to make the birthday ice cream sundae.

Garlic Butter was off, it was borderline tasteless so that made all the food not so tasty today.

Chef was very funny and energetic!

BS
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience2

This is one of the best places to come for lunch or dinner.
The food and services are always excellent. Thank you again for another birthday dinner.

PF
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Always a great place to go when celebrating an event. The chef was very entertaining and as always the food was top notch.

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