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1447 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
+1 310-260-1423
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good30%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible12%
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
$$ - $$$
1447 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2308
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
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Reviewed yesterday 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
Reviewed 1 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

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
Reviewed 2 February 2017

See my prior reviews. The family likes coming here for special occasions. The show is always interesting, and fascinating to our younger guests. The menu is extensive and the vegetarians we invite can find food they can eat (although their food must be cooked first)....More

Thank SoCalTraveler91356
Reviewed 29 January 2017

My family and I gathered together to celebrate my Dad's 70th birthday! I thought this restaurant would be great for a large group with children. I remember coming when I was younger and being amazed by the showmanship of the chef. However, our chef was...More

Thank Kris J
Benihana M, Guest Relations Manager at Benihana, responded to this review

Kris, thank you for sharing your review. We understand your disappointment as this shouldn’t have happened. Your feedback helps us to make improvements and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

I normally go to the benihana in Torrance but my cousin had a birthday at the new benihana in santa monica. Very slow service and cook was not enthused. I kept having to tell him cook my food longer everyone we're in a rush to...More

Thank carl l
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Benihana is a good go to chain for Teppanyaki. They have a good happy hour until about 6pm to grab food and drinks while you wait.

Thank Justravelin86
Reviewed 12 October 2016

The fomula of Benihana is quite fun. The cooking is made on a grill plate in front of the guest with some exciting move by the cook. The quality of the food is very basic but price is honest. Overall a nice experience especially for...More

Thank albufalini
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Business dinner was fine. I expected more of the facility due to the prices. Plus, I have been to other much nicer locations of the same chain. When people go to chains it's because they are looking for consistency in product, service, and experience and...More

Thank PinkToes_in_the_Sand
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
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.