Benihana - Bethesda, MD

4.3
1798 reviews
$30 and under
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 Bethesda is located on Wisconsin Avenue in beautiful downtown Bethesda, just a short drive from Washington D.C. Book your next event for up to 32 guests in our private dining room; perfect for private parties, corporate meetings, and large birthday celebrations. Ask about our Private Event Dining options. Subject to availability. Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday 4–7 p.m. Enjoy signature cocktails, specialty sushi rolls and more.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1798 People Are Saying
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4.1
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnnetteI
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and fun. Spectacular friendly staff!

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TrudianB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was great, waiter took a long time with our drinks but everything else was k

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JameraG
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The wait was long even with a reservation as well as the food was rushed and horrible

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Server was very nasty and rude within the first few minutes but manager brought us a new server that was awesome and adjusted our bill without even being asked to. Chef and food was also great. Will be going back

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MeredithH
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we do we like for Joel to take care of us he's very friendly and he interact with us

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LeaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Joel is an excellent cook, we were there about four months ago and the cook we had put that garlic butter on EVERYTHING, it was awful!!!!

We will be requesting Joel everytime we go now!!! Give that man kudos

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vipSRestaurantsA
14 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good food good service

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vipvabulous
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Unfortunately, Benihana was a huge disappointment. This is my son’s favorite restaurant and we hoped to have a memorable graduation celebration. Our server was very nice; however, he could have benefited from another person to help him. My son’s soup spoon had a chip in it that would have cut his lip. The chef cooked well enough and was respectful. He totally lacked entertainment. I am heartbroken for my son.

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Bryan
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great at experience, a time honored tradition for our birthdays!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good menu, drinks, service. However, we ordered sushi & sashimi besides Hibachi dinner’s, & never received them, server forgot to even put on order 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

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DAWNP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food and chef were great. Seated at scheduled reservation time and hostess was pleasant. Server was a little slow and refills on drinks were minimum.

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Never
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Made a reservation for 9pm, wasn’t seated until 9:52pm. The dressing on the salad was completely wrong. Tasted like the mustard sauce. They were super short staffed so the chef didn’t come until 45 minutes after being seated. One couple at the table left. But kudos to our server John! He definitely tried to update us as much as possible.

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TYESHAR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience2

The staff is attentive and make the experience fun. The restaurant itself is worn. It needs major upgrades, it had a late 80's vibe. For example the restroom needs hands free functionality; toilets, sinks,etc.

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MaryS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was best ever at this location!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moving to Washington DC

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vipSunshine1
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great place to eat fir the food. The waitress had entirely to many tables to wait on - was slow! The chef seemed burned out and had not happy energy like the other chef performed their little tricks. The carpet is extremely filthy and need replacing ASAP due to smell-please replace!
The food was prepared excellent- this place needs a cleanup - painting and again carpet replacement!

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viprickieN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

While it was a fun night - it was just too loud... even the children complained.
Since the servers were wearing masks, the noise made it truly impossible to hear them and made ordering a nightmare.

The staff was running behind.
We waiting 15 mins for our table, there were no bowls for our rice and it sat on the grill for too long and was burnt and our drinks too forever.

We love Benihana - but never again on a Saturday

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went for a Graduation Lunch. Chef was new, nice but not amazing. Food was pretty good but not great (not a whole lot of flavor). Lunch prices were okay for the amount of food. Server was very nice!!

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ReinaM
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I didn’t feel comfortable sitting one foot away from another random person and was told I would have to wait another 15 minutes to be reseated with another family

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

There is no social distancing. There should be

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Kyah
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I came here to celebrate my girlfriends birthday and we had a horrible experience. We were given a chef who was very new and it was very obvious. He dropped the cooking for within 2 minutes of being at the table and just whipped it off, didn't get a new one. He dropped and wasted so much food. He didn't do anything fun, no energy, no tricks. Very boring and hard to watch; it honestly was a complete waste of money and it ruined the entire day unfortunately. Slow, silent, dropped everything.

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AnthonyD
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Seriously disappointing. Bad service food and presentation

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vipAleataD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great afternoon out with very attentive staff! Perfect for our graduation celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday and it was really worth the wait. I wanted to go last year but was unable to with pandemic. I will definitely be back, chef Ricardo was amazing 😁😍

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Parastoo
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

The exhaust fans on hibachi tables (or at least on our table) were hardly working. It was quite unpleasant to sit through dinner with the smoke and smell of burnt oil in my face! It was hard to even sit through the ride home before we get to shower! I’ve been to hibachi places before and this isn’t normal. The food was good but no chef tricks like throwing food pieces in your mouth which is fun.

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AshleighM
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall, we had a really good experience. The server was very attentive, but we felt somewhat rushed at the end and weren't offered any additional refills and felt like we needed to pay and leave right away.

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JhesseniaN
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fine but the wait since I was late.

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Angel
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For Me And My Boyfriend First Time Going We Really Enjoyed Ourselves. Will Be Back Soon

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CelesteP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to give noodles and rice with the purchase of the hibachi entree

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donielles
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joel our chef cooked our food sooooooo good and our waitress was OUTSTANDING, anticipated all of our needs with a loving smile in her eyes and presence. Our pictures were taken, printed out, framed and given to us by Benihana management! And we received a free scoop of ice cream and a $10 gift card to return. Best Mother's Day Early Dinner with my son EVER!
Thank you so much Benihana's, that's why you ARE my go to for special moments in life!
Sincerely,
Donielle and son, Keith

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Manager was very nice. We really enjoyed ourselves and will be back.

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DebbieZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The Waiter was not nice at all the food used to be good not now tried to charge us more for food than what it should’ve been took a long time for our beers to get to us it was just not a very good experience it sucked

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our chef was so on point and cooked our food to perfection, even after we had so many special requests!

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LaTonyaP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My son & I were the only ones at the table so we had our own private show. The waiter could've been more attentive. Dirty dishes sat on the table to long. Our drinks were not refilled unless we flagged the waiter down. Other than those 2 issues everything was great.

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Fatman03
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great service. Pleasant & clean environment. Food was good.

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BreeC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was decent. The food proportion isn’t enough for the price but decent. Benihana is definitely not topping Kobe’s.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Hot and Fresh..best birthday I had in a long time, definitely will be coming back

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PamelaD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was looking for to world famous Benihana and it was complete TRASH!!! We had a reservation for 830pm amd didn't get seated til 944 pm..Took another 20 mins for a waitress to come over. We were not given our green tea and had to ask foe the ice cream at the end of the meal. I will never return and tell everyone I know do not waste your time, money, or energy!! Disappointment is an understatement!

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StephanieL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Reservation was for 7:30pm we arrived by 7:25pm, by 8:05pm it was pretty obvious they were thoroughly overbooked and in no rush to give us our table. It was chaotic and unorganized. I had to make a huge fuss just to get seated. Way too stressful. Our waitress was sweet. The hostesses were not great, the manager Leonard was awful. The food was just okay. I had remembered it as better than the now unfortunately closed Zika's, I was wrong. Way too expensive for the food. The chef had zero interaction w us as well. It was my son's birthday and the staff didn't even sing to him, the other table did. Will not be going back. 2 thumbs down. BIG Disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was good. Just the waiting time is long. And that they cancel reservations if all the party is not there

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You can order delivery directly from Benihana - Bethesda, MD using the Order Online button. Benihana - Bethesda, MD also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Benihana - Bethesda, MD also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 652-5391.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD is rated 4.3 stars by 1798 OpenTable diners.

Benihana - Bethesda, MD does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.benihana.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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