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Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX, Houston, TX

Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX

4.0
4
1645 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 49 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 1,645 people are saying

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4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Houston

    Japanese

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    We had reservations for 5:30 for 10. We showed up at 5:20pm to check in. We did not get seated until 5:50pm. The server brought our drinks (it took 25 min) with no straws. We ordered sushi (it took 45min). It was not as busy as usual. We did not receive our salads for the night that came with each of our adult entrees (we ordered 10 + kids meal). I booked for a birthday song was sang until I requested it (2nd time requesting). When I asked the server looked overwhelmed, no picture was taken and given to our family. (As this is a tradition for our family to enjoy a nice dinner at Benihana’s for b-day celebrations) this was the worst visit! Every visit the service just declines. The server did not pick up during our meals, we had to eat our ice cream (which I had to request as it was not offered, the bill was ready before we even had a chance to ask) however, I asked. NEVER, going back!! It’s da d because my family enjoys the food, however the service is horrible!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our chef Manuel was really great,funny and professional. I will come back again with my fiancé.
  3. WS

    WesleyS

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  4. x

    xinn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food quality is not good enough for the price, but chef's show is excellent. You can expect this meal as a performance, so that you won't be so disappointed to the food.
  5. AA

    AliA

    Monterrey

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was very good, server (Gaby) very nice, ahead of us and of what we wanted. Kudos for Gaby! The chef was also good and friendly. But it took too long to get our chef at the table + prep time so make sure you have enough time to eat there. Also be aware that you’ll leave there smelling like fried. I will go back again to eat there for sure!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got lucky. Our waitress and cook were amazing. They definitely kept our spirits up and our table engaged and entertained.
  7. TH

    TrefromHtownTX

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Betty, our chef was entertaining and provided a great dish.
  8. MG

    MonicaG

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everytime we come to Houston, Benihana is always on our minds. Food and drinks were amazing! Food was done quick and our waitress was super nice. We will be back again to enjoy our dinner and show. Ps it’s very important to make a reservation at these places especially on the weekends.
  9. JT

    JucoTo6

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Tough night, service was exceptionally bad. Seemed as though they were at max seating capacity but limited staff. Had to ask numerous times for refills, did not get our appetizers until after we were done with dinner and salads came after we asked... Never got the dessert portion of our meal. Chef was not the quality I'm used to at benihana as far as showman ship. Food was great as always.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Went for a birthday had reservations waited over 1.5 hrs for sushi that never made it to the table. Our server only came once we had to continuously grab other employees for service. Worst experience thus far.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Never fails that I am not seated for the reserved time.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I have been going to Benihana in different cities for almost two decades and have always loved them all. Tonight was different. Although the hostess and server were nice, this Benihana location was so dirty, unkept and humid. From the slippery greasy feeling floors, the hostess stand that had greasy hand and finger prints everywhere, the bathroom, and bar area that had things piled on and trash on tables visible to the eye of patrons. The worst was the filthy floors and mildew smelling carpeting. It took an hour for the chef to get to our table and start cooking. The food was ok but not like I remember it at other Benihana restaurants. After tonight, I will be very hesitant to ever return to Benihana or even recommend one.
  13. MH

    MichaelH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Restaurant needs a overhaul. Water was dripping from the ceiling. Food was just ok. Chef was great
  14. w

    weliketoeat

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The chef was great. Good show. Service was always prompt. The restaurant itself could use some cleaning and updating. Feel like they just don’t care anymore.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded 5 days agoDear weliketoeat Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your review with the team.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    We will not return to this location. Chef was good, service was terrible. We had to tell her to clear empty glasses and to clear table so that we could celebrate a birthday cake. Restaurant was old and musty and A/C was dripping on 3 of our party of 10, womens restrooms where not clean , very dirty and one stall was not in working order.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on November 10, 2022Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent 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 with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

  16. JB

    JesseB

    Anchorage

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is always a treat. Great food and service.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on November 10, 2022Dear JesseB We appreciate you dining with Benihana, thank you for the kind words!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yukon

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Son 12th Birthday Dinner
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Dakota

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Service was slow. Food tasted funny.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on November 10, 2022Dear Guest We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Celebrated 3 birthdays two were special a 50th, 18 and 19. Our waiter made our celebration horrible and unwelcoming so upset and disappointed in this. Been going to this location over 30 yrs never experienced anything like this from a waiter. Never checked on us made us wait for others to join table but we wanted sushi to kill time and he never returned didn’t keep drinks filled. Had to ask for soy sauce and bowl for sushi had to ask for a fork. Never received rice with meal. Gave us a Sherbert for birthday. Our meal came with it and he shoulda asked what we wanted because none of us like sherbert so again celebration was awful to say least. Brought it to managers attention he tried to make it better but our special day was already ruined by this.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on November 10, 2022Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana we would like to sincerely apologize for the negative 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.

  20. G

    Guilcajun

    Houston

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Food was excellent as always, hibachi chef was very good, BUT server was horrible!!! So bad that even the chef remarked on it AND although the mng appeared to be trying to take up the slack…but to no avail. Never had such poor service in ANY Benihana anywhere.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on November 10, 2022Dear Guilcajun 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.

  21. TG

    TashaGee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    For the price, the hibachi was lacking however the sushi was amazing. The sauce served with the dumplings was a lot different than what I have gotten at every other restaurant and for my personal preference, my guests and I did not care for it. My waiter and cook were amazing though. Very friendly and accommodating. I will more than likely return but not for hibachi. Sunday lunch crowd was really low so it was pretty quiet and not packed at all. Bathroom were clean as far as the sinks and toiles go though they need to clean the walls. Just because the tile is dark doesn't mean you cant see the dirty.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on November 10, 2022Dear TashaGee On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent 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 with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

  22. TS

    TonishaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Poor cook!! I really didn’t like the food. Poor customer service

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on November 3, 2022Dear TonishaS We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Edwin was top notch!

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on November 3, 2022Dear Guest Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing. Food was fresh, hot and flavorful. Not only was it a special occasion, it was a great setting to meet good genuine people.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on November 3, 2022Dear Guest Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience!

  25. RR

    RitaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I always enjoy my time at Benihanas. I have been patronizing them for years. The prices are a little higher for the same menu items. I feel like if you are going to raise your prices you should become a little more creative with your menu choices.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on November 10, 2022Dear RitaR On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to thank you for your continuous loyalty!

  26. DL

    DL27

    Houston

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Been quite a few times but this particular day the server and hibachi chef were on point!

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on November 3, 2022Dear DL27 We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience2
    Our party was broken u
  28. CP

    C3P0

    Houston

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    It was a good visit overall. The food wasn’t as good as we’ve had in the past but it was still pretty good.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    0 out of 10. Old. Gross. Dirty. Dont go.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on October 20, 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.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful service!! Food was absolutely perfect. Very accommodating of my table’s every request! Will be back often!

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on October 14, 2022Dear Guest On behalf of the Benihana team we look forward to serving you again!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    This has been our birthday spot for many, many years. The food did not meet their normal standard. Onion soup was off and cold. Ginger salad dressing was watery. But the big surprise was the fried rice was average, mushy, sticky. Seemed as if the rice was fresh and over cooked and nor refrigerated (24 hrs?) before it was fried. This was not our usual experience.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on October 14, 2022Dear Guest We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

  32. a

    alexandra

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we walked in management greeted us with a smile and warm hello. Nia was our server and though it was only her second day she was very knowledgeable and wanted to make our experience as special as possible. Thank you so much for our great night!

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on October 14, 2022Dear alexandra Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

  33. JA

    JAWS

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had another great time with great service! Sharon was the best server we’ve ever had at this location and we hope to see her next time.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on October 14, 2022Dear JAWS Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team!

  34. CJ

    CourtneyJ

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food and our server spoke Spanish to our group who were in town visiting from El Salvador and don't speak much English. Food was on point and delicious.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on October 14, 2022Dear CourtneyJ Your feedback is appreciated. We are pleased to hear we were able to create a great memory for you and your party!

  35. j

    joela

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The place was filthy. The floors were very dirty, the ceiling air vents had mold all over them. Restrooms were unclean.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on October 14, 2022Dear joela 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. 

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I planned a surprised dinner for my girlfriend and asked if the party could be sat before her and I got there 5 minutes after the initial reservation and was told yes so she could be surprised. On the night they wouldn’t not sit us until we all arrived so the surprised was ruined. They made us wait over 45 minutes for our reservation. They sang happy birthday to 4 other parties but ours and when the girl gave us our drinks she had some type of sauce all over her hands and so our cups were covered in some mystery sauce which was pretty gross. The food was sub par and had no salt. But the man who cooked for us was very nice.
  37. RM

    RayMA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a good time when dining here . . . and always leave satisfied in every way.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on October 20, 2022Dear RayMA On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to thank you for your continuous loyalty!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mother’s 87th birthday. She was very happy.
  39. MK

    MaKH

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good food, good service, good show! Good value and venue!
  40. KB

    KiaB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    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

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on October 12, 2022Dear KiaB 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.

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

FAQs

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 stars by 1645 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 49 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
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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