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Benihana - Torrance, CA

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4068 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 Torrance is an icon in the South Bay. It first opened its doors in 1981 and has continued to provide the community with great food, beverage, show, and service ever since. The restaurant is nestled in Village Del Amo at the crossroads of Torrance and Hawthorne Blvd. It has 20 teppanyaki tables and a recently-renovated sushi bar and lounge to enjoy the best sushi in the town. An 18% service charge is added to all guest checks for parties of eight or 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 4068 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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3.8
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3.8
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Arzola
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time visiting. It was great environment and food was delicious. Can’t wait for the restaurant to open fully. I would love to experience the chef cooking in front of us.

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vipJENR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food is okay. Hostess is not informative on the wait time for people with reservations.

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KeMa
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I just wished we were all a table apart. Overall the experience was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Service was horrible, food was cold

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DrRonz
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Nice to visit again. The only flaw is that the chefs cook at an adjacent table - taking away from the overall experience. I with this would have been known before arriving. Everything else was as advertised, and the servers work very hard to please everyone.

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Kahuna
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Didn’t expect food to be cooked at a different table. It’s like take out but eating on the table with no cook.
Was not offered photo for birthday party, could of had this at home with our own photos. This place is really going down hill fast in my opinion. I will not go back after this pandemic experience or not.

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MLMENDES
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience different than in past, but expected. Dinner not cooked in front of you, but off to side of you and then served at once. Same great taste, same great service even though they are trying to get their footing in this new Covid age. No birthday pictures but they still honor the birthday club certificates. Felt great to have indoor dining again and see familiar faces...we go often!

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vipTinav
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The only complaint is we didn’t get the true Benihana experience due to the chef not cooking in front of us. Our chef was behind us. Didn’t get the show.

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Brooksie
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef no longer cooks in front of you but it was still fun and food is still tasty.

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Lynn
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Can’t wait for a full re-open with chef at our table. Diners want the experience.

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MargieS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

When they are seating you, ask for a table away from infants. Parents today don't try to keep their babies quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Hostess was not approachable or seemed very nice, she looked at us up and down and did notify us that the cook will be cooking to the side of us and not In front of us due to the pandemic. However, the waitress made it up with her great bubbly customer service and of course the food was amazing!!!!

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PeggyW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The miso soup was lukewarm as was the hot saki. Saki was remedied. Chateaubriand was cooked to perfection! I miss the entertainment of the chefs...heavy sigh!

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CareBear
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

We were not told that the food will not be cooked in front of us and was instead brought to us by our server. That really took away the whole experience.

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Lmcort
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The greeter at check-in had attitude and looked overwhelmed. We had a reservation and he snarkily told us that we definitely would not be let in any time soon and that he couldn’t give us an estimate on the waiting time. We were eventually seated after waiting approximately 30 minutes (with a reservation). Luckily our waitress was great and food was good.

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Stylene
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch at BeniHana. Appreciated the Covid precautions 👍🏼

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Sharon
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are glad they are available for indoor. It is not as fun with the chef cooking it away from you. We had to ask to do some tricks

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vipLazy
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Upon arrival we had to stand outside, in line while waiting for someone to come out and check us in. Despite having reservations we were told it may be a 40 minute wait. We were asked to wait in the car until our table was ready and we would receive a text message. Thankfully the wait was around 15 minutes and we were led to our table. The food and service was good, as usual but around the halfway point of our dinner the guests that arrived and sat at the table next to us were extremely loud and vulgar. Our 10 year old was with us and we didn’t appreciate the negative influence. We told the manager of the situation when he asked how we were doing but there was nothing said to them and we had to endure until our departure.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was typical of Benihana. It was a bit weird to see it so lonely and of course not the same when they don’t cook the food in front of you but understandable why...

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lianee
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had reservations. then it still took about 15 minutes before we were seated. It looked a little chaotic like they didn’t know what they were doing with the people that had reservations and people that were picking up food orders.. People were picking up orders that had been waiting for an hour or so. I think hopefully with time everything will become more structured

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I’m never the one to write a review but this time I’ve had it. I understand that they are just re-opening due to COVID but if they weren’t ready they should of just stayed closed a little bit longer. First off I came at 2:05pm because I had a reservation at 2:15pm I waited because the host said that I needed to wait a bit longer because they were backed up . It’s fine I understood her. She told me that she would call me when a table cleared. I waited exactly 1hr before a manager walked out trying to sit a new party of 3 I then asked him if he knew how many more minutes I had to wait he then questioned me about where did I do the reservation or what time. I told him he said he didn’t have me in the system I look at my open table app and it said canceled. As we walked in the restaurant the host said she forgot to put me in the system but she knew we were there. Yet she admitted that she didn’t add me to the system. I came in to the restaurant and I’ve seen 2 family’s that came after us inside the restaurant. I then went back to my app and seen that they changed it to my reservation being back instead of saying canceled. By the way I did my reservation 4 days before coming. Also we didn’t get to eat the lunch special because it was pass 3 which once again it wasn’t our fault. Better off going to the Downey one

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TiAna
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Service was not provided, until I asked for their corporate office's number.

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Karen
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We had a reservation and when we arrived they told us we had to wait 45-1 hour.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benihana Torrance did a great job returning to indoor dining. Cleaning protocols and social distancing were enforced and we had a great meal!

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Jayb
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Benihana's is great ! Great food and wonderful service !

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stanb
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

was excited to eat inside again missed benihanas was a good experience enjoyed it a few glitches but thats to be expected glad you are open again and staff back to work

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DOCHOLLIDAY
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good service was good . Had a great dinner with my wife.

RB
vipRolandB
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

My fried rice had no flavor

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vipDulceB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was cold when we received it and we received our order wrong. I personally love Benihana but out door dinning is not for this place. I was very disappointed

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DanaH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

When I made the reservations online it didn’t state we will be eating outside not enough heat lamps and it was cold!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Will not come back, hostess very rude

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TimmyJ
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Although we normally love the Benihana Restaurant experience, the outside dining doesn't come close. We won't be dining there again until it's back to normal, inside dining.

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tan1
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I will never return , I found a broken tooth in my rice and it wasn’t mine. The manager was disconcerned didn’t charge us for the meal, but charged us for the drinks.

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jimm
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

being outside missing the show that makes benihana benihanna was a bummer. the food arrived cold and whoever prepared it went black pepper crazy. they had to take my husbands food back and microwave it (totally could have done that at home) . the food wasn't good at all especially for the amount of money it cost. probably could have had a better dinner at dennys.

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stephaniec
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience2

We usually love to din in here all the time but our experience on Monday was some not some thing week enjoyed the server was very rude and when we got our food it was cold

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GustavoS
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience2

The food was way too cold when I got it and it’s overpriced for the quality of food that I was provided.


I don’t think I’ll be coming back again

(Multiple complaints regarding the cold food from other customers as well)

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vipDisappointed
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food just isn’t as hot and the servings are notably smaller compared to when they cook at your table on the grill. I Lao requested a high top and they had given to a random walk-in instead of reserving it - not cool. But the servers are friendly and helpful, and the food is still good enough that I will continue to come, albeit not quite as often.

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JamesF
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

The server was amazing! The food was cold. The female manager was rude when addressing customers who was looking to walk-in vs. make a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This was one of the worst experiences I have ever had at Benihana. We were a party of 3 with reservations. We arrived on time. We waited at the entrance for an extended period. When the hostess did arrive, she bypassed us, dropped off a “to go” order, passed us a second time to reenter the restaurant, and then came out again and greeted us. I was a bit irritated at the lack of acknowledgment, but I remained silent. We were shown to our table which was neither cleaned nor prepared. After the table was cleaned, we sat and prepared to order. Our waiter took the beverage order and left. While sitting, we saw our waiter leaving the premises headed toward his car. He never once stated to us that he would be leaving. He didn’t “hand us off” to another waiter. He simply left. A second waiter appeared and he was kind. He did his absolute best but the less than stellar experience was already in the making. The food arrived - cold! The food was so cold, the garlic butter wasn’t afforded the opportunity to melt when added to my fried rice. I asked that my soup and plated meal be warmed in the microwave. It was returned to me hot, but it just wasn’t the same. I was disappointed in the experience, to say the least.

I know the pandemic has created a lot of scurry and impromptu dining objectives and procedures. I really hope that the Benihana experience improves.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

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Benihana - Torrance, CA is rated 4 stars by 4068 OpenTable diners.

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