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Benihana Chelsea
Benihana Chelsea

Benihana Chelsea Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.co.uk/chelsea_benihana.html?p=chelsea
  • Phone: 0207 376 7799
  • Hours of Operation: Daily: 12pm - 3pm; 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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A word from Benihana Chelsea
An always popular restaurant on the style-forward Kings Road in London’s Chelsea, Benihana offers an exciting take on Japanese dining. A concept originated way back in the 1960s over in the Big Apple, Benihana brings together food and performance, pioneering ‘eatertainment’. Ideal for families, Benihana is sleek and stylish with a modern interior, but chances are you won’t be paying much attention to your surroundings – most diners are too busy being charmed by the tableside teppan-yaki cookery which sees the chefs create real drama before your very eyes. In addition to the delicious personally created dishes cooked and served at your table, Benihana also offers eat in and lunchtime take away sushi. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerChild Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Second time at Benihanna but first time at the Chelsea branch. I recommended the place for two birthdays but was a little disappointed when I found out the cake I ordered was never ordered and that nobody took the birthday photo for our table, from past experiences, a photo was supposed to be taken and printed out and it never happened. Other than a fee hiccups with service here and there, it was an enjoyable meal!"
    dined on 26/08/2014
  • "Fantastic evening - excellent delicious food prepared infront of you with knife wielding showmen ! Definitely go there and see how they make trains love hearts and chop things at amazing speed!"
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "Really wonderful food, ambience and service. Great for birthday celebrations or gatherings with friends."
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "My wife and I ended up here on a whim and it was a great last minute choice. We were a little surprised at the decor as we thought it was going to be a little more upmarket, but once we were sat at the hotplate/table our perceptions changed. Arthur our table chef was very entertaining and his knife and spatula skills were second to none, as was the lovely food. I would say that unless we were returning with a group of friends then we probably wouldn't go back, the only reason being is that the menu is a little limited as I imagine is the number of tricks these amazing chefs perform. Overall a great night and one I would recommend to anyone, especially if you have teenage children as they will be dazzled."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "Service was great. Food was even better. We chose the six course meal which was actually 4 course. We didn't get the edamane beans or desert but only realised after we left so couldn't complain. Food was fab however and our chef was very entertaining. Will visit again. Bill came to £87 total for 2 of us. Both took up the £29 deal plus bottle of water and cocktail each. Decent"
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "OK, the food is pretty good but what this place is really about is spectacle and entertainment and it certainly provides that. If you're seeking Japanese haute cuisine, go to Nobu but for a slightly more party atmosphere then Benihana is fun. It helped that we arrived for 7pm on a Tuesday so the place wasn't mobbed with parties and we were therefore still able to hold a conversation."
    dined on 11/08/2014
  • "myself and the group i attended with were disappointed in the service. we waited a long time for accompanying food as well as drinks. entertainment was fab! Luke was great."
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "Booked an evening meal for myself and Japanese wife, utilising their special discount menu. The basement restaurant looks great as you head for your table. We were greeted by a very helpful waitress who explained how to order and gave good advice re choices. as we were only a couple we were joined at our table by two other couples, not a problem for us but something to think about if your looking for something more private. The chef who cooked our choices in front of us was very entertaining and had us all laughing at some stage, other tables had parties around them and so can be quite noisy ,so if your not into intera The food was cooked to a high standard and we enjoyed the evening, which is high praise coming from my wife."
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "It was just an awful dinner ever! Everything was unprofessional... We never ever go this restaurant for sure. It was full with the noisy children birthday celebration and unfortunately it happend every single moment,again and again. It was really awkward... The worst thing is we are still smelling!!! I never see in my life any worse airconditioned restaurant ever! At the end of the night they gave us dessert menu and we gave our orders. Answer was they can serve only icecream because kitchen closed and cook went home(I never heard something like this in my life).... At that moment 3 tables were still serving by main courses on teppenyaki! By the way we really feel that we are still smelling..."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "Really sad that what was proving to be an amazing experience ended with such a dissapointment. Five of us decided to go for their menu special which included steam rice and so were surprised to receive a bill with a charge of £20 for "RICE" ! I queried this with the waitress and she said she asked if we wanted to "upgrade" steam rice to fried rice. All of us actually understood she was giving us the option to have steam rice OR fried rice and so we went for the latter. Her english was not great so the way they do this is clearly intended to people missing the "upgrade" word so that they can charge an extra £4 for a menu of £27 on the back of something basic as rice! Worse was that the manager didn't even offer to refund this back!"
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "I had to entertain my in laws and thought that Benihana would be a great place to go so if all didn't go well. The venue would entertain and even though everything went very well. We had a great night David our chef was funny and engaging and kept the adults and the children in our party laughing and smiling. Food was great. I will be back with another big group as I think this adds to the adventure."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "Took my Father to Benihana in Chelsea for Father's Day. Lovely venue, easy to find, good atmosphere and very friendly staff. As you'd expect with teppanyaki, a very personal/bespoke service. Our chef was good fun, quite skilled, although looking at the others the skill/ability did vary in both directions. The only thing which let it down for me really was the quality of the food and the associated price. At £60/head i'd be expecting steak (med-rare) which didn't require a steak knife to cut through (a bit tricky with only chopsticks or a fork). Best bit of the meal for me was the dessert. As this was my first visit, it's difficult to form a fair opinion."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "Benihana was as lovely as always, perfect service, perfect food...will be back for more"
    dined on 29/05/2014
  • "Not worth the money if you just take into account the food. They've advertised the deal as 6 courses...but it was really 4. The good side is the performance from the Tepanyaki chefs. Amazing and worth the experience. "
    dined on 26/05/2014
  • "Food was pretty good to be fair but spoilt by total lack of flexibility from the staff. I don't eat meat, the special on offer had a "pick any two.." Type thing with 4 options available. 3 dishes were meat but I was not allowed to have two of the vegetarian option. So to have the special offer I would need to order meat. Bit weird. They also made us wait for AGES until our table was full with other diners before even thinking about serving us. "
    dined on 26/05/2014
  • "Very entertaining with a wonderful show given by the cook, in front of you. A different experience of having a meal out. definit recomendable, excellent quality food,even the high prices."
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "We wanted somewhere informal and different after a day at Chelsea. Benihanas gave us all that. We went for the six course special which was excellent value for money. Will definitely go again."
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "Had a great evening in Benihana, made a last minute booking and was pleasantly surprised. Lovely food, well cooked with knowledgable and entertaining chef. Good, attentive service."
    dined on 05/05/2014
  • " As we sat down the waitress was standing right behind us folding napkins, and the trolley kept on pushing against my chair, so we asked her if it was ok to move to which she bluntly shook her head and said we are fully booked you can't be moved. She then took away all my cutlery and plates. We didn't say anything until the chef came and he noticed this. he tried numerous times to get the waitress' attention until he gave up and then went to the kitchen himself. We ordered rice, which came towards the end of the meal and when we questioned the delay with food the waitress raised her voice and started to argue with us. it's expense with poor quality food, that is tasteless. "
    dined on 04/05/2014
  • "Second time that my partner and I have been to Benihana (the first being 2 years back) which made the trip a little disappointing. We weren't expecting the 'tricks' to be almost identical to the the first time and thought there may be something different to make it worthwhile returning. While the novelty is great for a first timer our chef on the evening had a little less flair than those around us. In terms of value for money again we felt a little let down, we chose the set menu deal but after adding a portion of vegetables and one glass of wine the bill came to over £90 which I felt was a little steep for what I would consider simple cooking. The best part of the evening was the new friends that we made around the table! "
    dined on 25/04/2014
  • "Sushi was excellent, food was okay, could have done with some more flavour. Chef was entertaining and funny, didn't have to wait too long for the food. Service was poor, it was difficult to get the attention from staff and drinks had to be requested multiple times before coming 20minutes later. "
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "We dined as a group of 3 so we were seated with others which was fine, the chef was friendly with impressive tricks and having it cooked fresh in front of you is fantastic, the food was also very tasty. We felt the toptable deal was good value for money and the cocktails were very good. Service was friendly and efficient, good for big groups and special occasions."
    dined on 16/04/2014
  • "We had three generations in a private room and the group was not disappointed: the chef's performance was entertaining; the food was delicious and the service was attentive. It wasn't cheap but it was worth it for a memorable meal, we will be back!"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "If you like good quality, tasty food, then Benihana is the place for you. I started eating at Benihana over 30 years ago at their Swiss Cottage branch and the food is as good today as it has always been -Benihana chelsea is cosy with really friendly and experienced chefs. Great for for family occassions"
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "I thought this restaurant was a complete waste of money."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Went for my birthday with the family. Chef was very entertaining and had us all laughing. Good fun. Food was tasty, but if not on a deal I'd imagine it would be very expensive."
    dined on 01/04/2014
  • "6 of us visited Benihana Chelsea on Mothers Day via TT and had a really lovely meal. The Chef was great and did good tricks, the food was yummy and the cocktails went down a treat too. It is quite pricey but good fun. The restaurant was very busy. Oh yes and they took a photo of us all to send us off with a Mothers Day Photo souvenir which was a nice touch."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "We took a table for 7 people and had a special mid week offer 6 course set menu, It was delicious and very generous with an excellent selection of meats and fish for the hibachi hot plate. Our chef was full of enthusiasm and provided us with great theatre . A fun evening out."
    dined on 19/02/2014
  • "Really nice food and drink. Get there slightly early though and enjoy a cocktail at their bar before the meal to make the most of the atmosphere"
    dined on 06/02/2014
  • "Honestly, I was having a great time until the chef accidently threw a prawn into my girlfriends drink. But when they didn't instantly replace her drink and I had to ask 15 minutes later it totally ruined my mood and the entire meal. Everything else was great but customer service has to be at the top of the list, and it was appauling."
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "The food is consistently good and the chefs provide high entertainment value. Great for families with kids."
    dined on 19/01/2014
  • "Tempted back to Benihana's by the TT special offer we went on a friday evening. The food, the restaurant decor, ambience and the theatrical chef did not disappoint. My 11 year old daughter was entranced. The 6 course meal was good value for money and the prawns was especially juicy and flavoursome! Service was friendly and slick. We were in and out of the restaurant within 2 hours which was great for our schedule. We would recommend for large parties and families."
    dined on 03/01/2014
  • "Benihana in Chelsea was not impressive; nobody at the door and then we were just told to sit down; nobody checked our reservation and we were just waiting to be seated for at least 15 minutes . The food was advertised as a 7 course menue. What we got was cold soup, a salad with prawns, a main course and a single ball of vanilla ice cream for dessert; which did not fit in any way with the Japanese scheme. water took a long time @ nearly £5/bottle; when I asked for a jug of water afterwards it did not arrive at all and only got some when a waitress went past our table carrying water for other diners that is could quench my thirst. Would never go again. It is overrated and even at the offer price of £29/head too expensive"
    dined on 01/01/2014
  • "Our chef "Luke" was very entertaining, sharing with a family took somewhat from the romance but overall it was thoroughly enjoyable."
    dined on 29/12/2013
  • "always good fun in benihana - good and a tepanaki show! you do come out smelling a bit of food, as your next to the grill but so what - the food is worth it! :)"
    dined on 21/12/2013
  • "Even having booked the Xmas special lunch, the staff were unaware that it was available. We stuck with the main menu. Although service was good, we felt that we were rushed at the actual meal as last orders were 3pm and we had booked for 2.30pm and we were the last ones in the restaurant at 3.30pm, appeared very quiet for pre Xmas week. Compared to some other tables the "show" put on by our chef was not as good and could well have been because he wanted to finish, disappointing my young daughter who had expected slightly more. Overall though, food was good."
    dined on 18/12/2013
  • "We took our teenage daughters here for a birthday dinner and it was great fun. Lovely food and such a brilliant overall experience."
    dined on 30/11/2013
  • "Have been before and loved it. The whole concept of the cooking being done in art form with great humor from the chef makes this meal even better."
    dined on 30/11/2013
  • "went for dinner and thoroughly enjoyed the performance and food. nice atmosphere and ambience."
    dined on 28/11/2013
  • "As most reviews have mentioned the "show" is very entertaining and great to experience. The fact that you share the area with others means going in a big group is worthwhile as you can all enjoy the experience together."
    dined on 16/11/2013