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Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX, Houston, TX

Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX

4.1
4.1
1608 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 in downtown Houston is near the heart of the theatre and museum district, allowing guests to enjoy dinner and a teppanyaki show before a theatrical production nearby. Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 2-6 p.m. Validated parking is available weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

An 18% service charge is added to all guest checks for parties of eight or more.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 659-8231

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    All orders include ready-to-serve packaging, utensils, plates, and napkins. Catering orders require a 24 hr notice. All items are packaged to serve 6 - 8 people. To place an order online visit: https://order.benihana.com/ For parties of 10+ people please call the restaurant directly.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Between Clay & Polk

  • Parking details

    We validate parking Monday through Friday after 5:00 PM and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

What 1,608 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Houston

    Japanese

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  1. KB

    KiaB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    THE ESTABLISHMENT WAS HOT WE WAS SWEATING MANAGEMENT WAS DISRESPECTFUL AND VERY RUDE. OUR CHEF MISSED UP OUR FOOD AND WAS RUDE ABOUT IT. BY FAR THE WORST DINNER I EVER HAD AND IT WAS MY 30th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.. I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND THIS LOCATION TO ANYBODY
  2. JA

    JAWS

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time! The food and service was amazing!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Visiting Houston for work and decided to continue Birthday celebrations for myself and my brother in law. Invited a few additional friends. It was great. The food was delicious!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Chef Julie is amazing every time!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    sat down at 6:30, no one came to even ask us for drinks until 7. poorly managed, i’ve been to a few Benihana’s and this was by far the worst. we kept ordering things- it was not that busy, and our server would come back and ask 15 minutes later if we still wanted that. yes??? thats why we ordered it. the server was horrible. my husband is gluten free. at every other Benihana, they’ll cook for the majority while having a small portion to the side gluten free just for him. that did not happen this time, he had to watch everyone eat and get served before the chef even started his food. at this point we were there for 2 hours. it was the worst experience dining anywhere. why did he get served last? why did he have to sit there hungry and watch everyone eat? It was horrible.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was pretty good food was excellent and the service was amazing
  8. DL

    DrewL

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was very disorganized the food was very overcooked and when they went to put the food on the plate they put the our food on someone else’s plate so they had to re-cook our order which was dry and nasty Very disappointed in the experience
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are from Atlanta and regularly visit the Peachtree Road location. This location in down Houston is amazing! The service, food, cleanliness, staff is above any restaurant we have been to in years! This is how a restaurant should operate. To the managers, please take notes from this location. I wished our two locations in Georgia were this amazing! Thank you!
  10. R

    Raelyne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server (Laurisa) was quite attentive, knowledgeable and personable. Chef (Doan) was great. Very humorous and the food was amazing. It was my girlfriends first experience with hibachi and we can’t wait to go back. Would certainly recommend and will definitely return.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good service
  12. B

    Bardmeister

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Great servers and chefs, but restaurant was old and filthy.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded 6 days agoDear Bardmeister Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your review with the team.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience2
    We love Benihana and the food is always good! This particular location is very much in need of renovation. The chairs, walls , ceilings are in terrible disrepair.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded 6 days agoDear Guest Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your review with the team.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ❤️ it was great
  15. JU

    JULIOE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It’s a little over price for the kind of food that you’ll get

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on September 15, 2022Dear JULIOE Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your review with the team.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation Dinner

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on September 15, 2022Dear Guest Thank you for celebrating your special occasion with the Benihana team!

  17. w

    whitney0819

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Went for my daughter's 4th birthday. Our first time at Houston downtown Benihana as we just moved to the area. The food was good, typical of Benihana; no issues there. However, while sitting at the table, the air conditioner vent was dripping on me and into my food and drinks. The vent it was coming from was so filthy and disgusting looking. It ruined part of my food and my drink. Would not recommend for this unsanitary situation alone.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on September 15, 2022Dear whitney0819 On behalf of our team here at Benihana we would like to sincerely apologize for the experience you encountered, especially while celebrating a special occasion. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so we can properly address your concerns.

  18. J

    Julian

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Just don’t go. I love teppanyaki dining, but the overall experience was terrible. From arrival to first drink in hand took 70 minutes. First food arrived 80 minutes after arrival. The place didn’t feel very clean. The chef was pretty unenthusiastic, same like most people working there (they may be understaffed and stretched too thin, so the unenthusiastic vibe may in reality just be exhaustion). There was so much smoke in the air that already after 5 minutes we all smelled, but after after coming home, and even the next morning when I’m typing this, my throat/neck still feels like I smoked cigars all night long. We paid $280 for 3 ppl excluding tip. Someone would have to pay me to come back!

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on August 23, 2022Dear Julian on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

  19. A

    Arys

    Mexico City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Not the environment we had expected... restaurant looks dirty and they make you sit in really busy tables..Need to improve their ambiance and understand we all want to have a good experience!!

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on August 30, 2022Dear Arys Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience4
    Horrible experience is the best way to put it

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on August 23, 2022Dear Guest We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst service and chef at table had no personality and no show. Will not go back

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on August 24, 2022Dear Guest on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good show from the chef, food was excellent.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    service was not good. We did not get one of our rice sides. And they charged for more than we had

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on August 24, 2022Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

  24. DP

    DavidP

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Robert was our waiter and the food was some of the best Hibachi we have had. Highly recommend and would request Robert if possible.
  25. PY

    PamY

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great restaurant. Foods service and value is great. The restaurant needs a renovation as everything is beginning to look worn down and ragged. If you can overlook that, you are in for a great time.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son’s 25th birthday. We had a large party and the wait staff and chefs were amazing.
  27. L

    Laurac

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. The entertainer/cook was excellent. Great Show! The waitress was excellent. Great service all around.
  28. NC

    NecoleC

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    This place needs to be cleaned form head to toe!!

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on August 26, 2022Dear NecoleC Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    My family and I traveled to Houston for the weekend to see the Houston Symphony. This location was right next to our hotel Downtown. My family and I were seated in the back of the restaurant that seemed already crowded from two parties there. The two parties were super loud and disruptive. Rice was all over the floor from the show I guess. The server was nice but she was trying to hard to make a tip. Whenever she would bring something to the table she would say “ I brought you extra, don’t forget about me.” That became annoying after the third time that she mentioned it. I have been to Benihana before and it was nothing like this. I will not return.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on August 26, 2022Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

  30. DJ

    DebbieJ

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience1
    The table was not very clean. Food from previous settings was on cooktop table.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on August 26, 2022Dear DebbieJ On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

  31. b

    bbjimmy

    Houston

    52 reviews

    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food and great service. Our cook wasn’t the best at managing so many things at once, but overall it was okay
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good time with the family
  33. O

    Oklahoma918

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved our chef!! What an amazing experience! I always try to bring people who have never been!! And they always enjoy the experience!! Thank you Benihana!!

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on September 2, 2022Dear Oklahoma918 Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Comida terriblemente mala, y el servicio pésimo siempre tenía que estar buscando mi mesero y para que me llevaran mi cuenta tardo como 40 minutos MUY MALO el lugar demasiado sucio paredes terriblemente sucias sin duda no vuelvo a regresar!!! Ni mis amigos

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on September 2, 2022Dear Guest on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

  35. C

    Cami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nuestra mesera muy amable eficiente y excelente servicio y comida

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on September 2, 2022Dear Cami Thank you for your feedback! Come back soon!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Everything was ok until the waitress decided to make a comment with another coworker about the tip we left her, even tho she didn’t do much she felt the need to make a complaint about it so we will not be returning and I hope management teaches them to not make comments where the customer can still hear

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on September 2, 2022Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

  37. TS

    TanyaS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Interior looks a little worn but service & food was great!

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on September 2, 2022Dear TanyaS Thank you for your feedback! Come back soon!

  38. TH

    TheresaH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    I definitely won't be coming back to the DT location. There were so many things wrong with this visit such as being overpriced, food quality not so great, I had to remind waitress to bring out certain items from my 5 course meal.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 14, 2022Dear TheresaH on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

  39. LO

    LOLO

    Houston

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Haven't visited in a while. Came for a birthday celebration. Food was really good, but the service was a little spotty. Possibly they were understaffed. Would still recommend for the food - that part remains consistent.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 14, 2022Dear LOLO On behalf of our team here at Benihana we would like to sincerely apologize for the experience you encountered, especially while celebrating a special occasion. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so we can properly address your concerns.

  40. BT

    BriT

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was great and service was great. Really loud but that is given for food being cooked in front of you and large groups of people. Over all good experience

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 14, 2022Dear BriT We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX using the Order Online button. Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 659-8231.

Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX is rated 4.1 stars by 1608 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
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Google Map for Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX

1318 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Clay & Polk

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We validate parking Monday through Friday after 5:00 PM and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 659-8231

  • Catering

    All orders include ready-to-serve packaging, utensils, plates, and napkins. Catering orders require a 24 hr notice. All items are packaged to serve 6 - 8 people. To place an order online visit: https://order.benihana.com/ For parties of 10+ people please call the restaurant directly.

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