I have been going to Benihana for over 20 years. I generally eat at the San Diego location, but I stay at the Hilton Waikiki a lot, so a visit to this inside-resort location is almost a must.
The problem with this location...besides the fact that all the prices are about 20% more, the menu is about half of the normal menu, and the cooks lack the normal talent the other locations have, is the food just isn't the same as a normal Benihana.
I am sure that if you are at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, you will make your way to this Benihana. You can still have a good, expensive time, it just wont be like the other locations around the world.
Okay, so I know this place isn't really the most authentic Asian cuisine, but it's still a lot of fun to watch them cook the food in front of you. It is especially good if you bring your family because it's like live entertainment while you get to eat. Prices are a little expensive if you ask me but if you only go once a year it's not bad.
I used to think Benihana's was really fun when the servers were allowed to really be creative and juggle food (and knives)
But I think a customer complained when something was dropped and now the "show" is toned down and not as entertaining.
We never went to Benihanas for the food (which is pretty average)
but for the party. It's still fun, but it used to be better.
Benihana is definately an "Experience" rather than just a dinner. If your party is small you will be seated with other guests, but It's really not bad at all.. just make some new friends :-D. I went there for lunch so it wasn't too busy, the cook was quite amazing and I had a blast. Make sure you tell them it's your birthday for a free picture of the experience.
Benihana is a teppanyaki style restaurant located in Hotel Circle. This is a great restaurant if you are looking for something different. The food is amazing, and although the portions may seem small, there are so many courses and a few minutes in between courses that you will probably be full before your last course. I would recommend paying the extra few dollars to get fried rice instead of steamed rice. However, I would not recommend this restaurant if you are looking for an intimate setting or want a quiet relaxing dinner. The restaurant is noisy and smaller groups will usually be seated with other smaller parties (the teppanyaki tables seat 6-8 people.)
PROS: Great food, unique experience
CONS: Parking lot fills up quickly, after that valet only
Benihana's is awesome, hands down. The group seating is nice, especially for a large group of friends. The show that the chef puts on is very entertaining, especially for the first time. The valet service as well as waiters/waitresses are all very top notch. Prices kind of high, but it pays for the atmosphere.
'Teppanyaki' is the name of a Traditional Japanese-style hibachi steakhouse. That is the premise behind Benihana. At Benihana they prepare and serve your meal by a Chef who performs for you and your guests, right at your table.
The performance, the sights, the smells...this restaurant is wonderful. They also have a Sushi Bar, which is also to die for. Everything is fresh and everyone is so helpful and nice. I would recommend this to any of my friends.
PROS: The Experience is magnificent.
CONS: The prices are a little high.
Some people might be put off by the group seatings (often more than one party to a table) but in the end, Benihana has great food and is a great way to meet new people. The waiters preform the classic antics and throw in some new ones to entertain the kids. There is, however, often a long wait so reservations are definately recommended. Be prepared for a long commitment, but a brilliant night out.
went with my kids..dressed up casual..and waited for almost an hour to be served while we saw our next table being served ASAP..white people and the other table also.. asean but dressed up well.They gave us trainee cook while the others are having fun. so we ended up looking at the other table. HAHAHA
my son calls BENIHANA a racist restaurant. We could have leave but i waited because they always say that they r coming...spend $110 just to be judge by some ignorant server.. so make sure to wear tuxedos if u want teh BEST SERVICE. very strong on discrimination.
Pros: GOOD FOOD
I just recently eat here for the first time a few days ago. The service was great and the food was outstanding. I liked the atmosphere and the food so much I ate lunch at the one in Carlsbad a few days later. I will recommend this restaurant to all my friends.
The sushi bar is kind of small, but good food. The drinks are a little expensive. If you're a party of less than 8 then you'll probably be sharing the table with strangers. It's a fun show if you've never been. The chefs are nice and they entertain you with their cooking. The food is good. I'd recommend getting the fried rice with your meal because it's fun to watch them prepare it for you. The chef balances an egg on his spatula and then tosses it into his hat, and they make a volcano out of stacked onion slices. Fun times. I'd say come here for a special occasion. Warning- This is a restaurant that sings to you for your birthday :)