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1447 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
+1 310-260-1423
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good35%
  • Average21%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible11%
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“beef” (3 reviews)
“sushi” (3 reviews)
“scallops” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
$$ - $$$
1447 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Having been to Benihana in Chandler Az, We thought we'd try Santa Monica while in town for a family function. It was an hour + wait for hibachi which was fine because we've done that seen that so we we told the lady no hibachi....More

Thank Suzy K
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Heard plenty about the chain but have never been. We were seated with a group of six who clearly didn't want us there and spoke loudly throughout the meal with no attention given to the chef. We knew we would be seated with others but...More

Thank Carol E
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

The idea of seat in a table around an "iron" with a japanese guy cooking and making jokes is really nice and different. Talking about the food, it is good, but nothing special that justify the prices. It is not a expensive restaurant, but not...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

We had a really nice birthday dinner for our 19yo son. Usually we go to the Encino location which is much more dark and cramped compared to Santa Monica. We got a 7:30p reservation on a Friday and were seated right away. Before we knew...More

Thank SoCal_FatCat
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Was told this was the original hibachi place that started the wave of them. Not sure of the accuracy of that statement but thought it would be cool to eat there if that was the case. I have eaten at many hibachi places over the...More

Thank Wayne1833
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

I've been coming here for years especially fun for a special occasion with kids. But seems like MANAGEMENT has gone downhill. We had a reservation and showed up on time but were made to wait over a half an hour and the kids basically imploded....More

Thank AFoolForTravel
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

We have been going to Benihana for years. We have busted others, but the past few visits to the Santa Monica location is very sub standard, and we will not go there again. First, we made a reservation. We were on time. We had to...More

Thank Santamonica2574
Benihana M, Guest Relations Manager at Benihana, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your negative 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...More

Reviewed 2 March 2017

I know it's hard to believe but I have made it 45 years without ever going to Benihana! We took our kids ages 7and 9 for a small birthday dinner on a Monday night and it was truly great. We all had fun watching our...More

Thank Happyowl97
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We had a special family dinner here and it was delightful. The staff were wonderful and the food was amazing. It was heaps of fun for our boys (aged 8 and 6) to see the food cooked in front of us. I loved it too....More

1  Thank Susie L
Reviewed 17 February 2017

The wait time was less than five minutes. The food was superb and the knife show was fun and entertaining. I like the idea that you get to see two shows of knife and utensil displays from the host that is serving you and the...More

Thank Sittinghen
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1447 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
    (Between Broadmay and 4th St)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-260-1423
Benihana in Santa Monica is located on 4th St., between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd., near shopping, entertainment and the beach. Watch as your personal chef performs the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Listen as razor-sharp blades slice through tender steak and juicy chicken. Take in the aroma of sizzling shrimp, lobster and savory vegetables. Or visit our sushi bar, where your sushi chef will prepare fresh nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls, all with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine. Enjoy a dining experience unlike any other.
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