Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX

4.4
1295 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. They are in a prime location in the center of the business district and walking distance from all major hotels. 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1295 people are saying
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4.4
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJessicaM
Houston
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

I masked people coughing whole lot eating made for an uncomfortable experience. Waiter seemed strictly concerned with a tip and once he got it he couldn’t even politely say goodbye. Not a grateful response to an 18% top, in my opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Really disappointed in the quality and amount of the meat they serve. For the price, it wasn't worth it.

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LizP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Had a reservation for 8:45 and waited an hour to be seated. Once seated we had to wait an additional 45 minutes before our chief came and cooked our meal. Upon walking into the establishment it was extremely hot and smokey inside. Customers were literally taking turns going outside to get "fresh air". It was an extremely uncomfortable dining experience.

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Ymacias23ieotdnrskdnfvfu
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservations were at 7 pm waited, was sat down ordered and I saw other people get sat down after us and got their order started. Literally left at 10pm and didn’t receive anything. Servers were very rude! Never again

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DestineeC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not enough abundance or talent shown

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ShawntaW
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Hosts were very rude. Everything else was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Went to Benihana this past Saturday for a birthday party of 6. Food was great, our chef was excellent, they only complain I have is that we had a reservation for 6:45, the whole party was there at 6:45. We stood in the small waiting area for about 15 min then waited another 10 min because they were “cleaning” the table. After being seated, the chef did not come to us till about 45 min later. There was much more commotion going on with another group waiting to be seated a few tables away from us, but they were extremely loud. They weren’t cautions about talking softly in a high end restaurant. Other than that, the food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and even better service.

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YeilynT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A la comida le falto sabor, fue el chef porque anteriormente habíamos ido y estaba súper bueno

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was great

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WashingtonN
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was GREAT! The atmosphere was wonderful. The food was delicious. The service was exceptional. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had so much fun. If you want delicious food at a reasonable price, checkout Benihana’s. You won’t regret it!

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DestineeE
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good. It was loud. I couldn’t understand our waiter. The food was good. I feel like if was overpriced

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TeeS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, a fun and entertaining chef. I would definitely go back !

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my first time . Also my son's birthday. The family had a good time. Chef was hilarious. Our waitress was also excellent. I will be coming back soon.

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NicholeH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable from start to finish.

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vipFatima
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughters celebrated their 16th and 13th birthdays and loved everything about this experience. It wasn’t their first time but it was for their friends and they had a blast. Thanks for making it special and putting up with 14 teenagers!! We will definitely be back!!

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AngieR
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Tables are too close to each other. Makes the place very loud.

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AndreaG
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Threw away my to go plate when I went to the bathroom I would like a refund

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IssacR
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and ambiance. Fun way to dine. Definitely recommend.

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TamiaP
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, i celebrated my birthday on February 5and the staff and chef made it very special! Thank you

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kswestbr
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the meals we have had there. Generous amount of fried rice was a pleasant surprise. Everything was cooked to perfection by Elias and Crystal was a top notch server. Kudos to these two.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place & great experience to celebrate a family members birthday.

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VivianD
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome awesome awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hahahaha

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vipJamesC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Went for my son’s 17th birthday with 8 people in my party. I watched the staff sing happy birthday to at least 4 tables. Didn’t sing to our table. With 8 people in a group gratuity is automatically added. Our hibachi show was short and lacking. The food was lacking in the amount received. One of my son’s ordered steamed rice it was never brought to the table. This is my last time going to Benihana. The service, ventilation, and quality of food has decreased tremendously. Try Ichi Ban.

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AngelaD
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent chef Fabian... he put on an excellent show for us we had a wonderful experience

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DenetriaW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cooks are amazing, servers are friendly and helpful music always chill not to loud I would recommend here me and my husband comes every other night

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Upon arrival the Hostess was very attentive and had us wait momentarily in the bar area, it took approximately 5 mins to prepare the table and we were seated right away. The waitress was very professional and kind, we didn’t like our alcoholic beverages because there wasn’t any alcohol detection whatsoever. She made it her duty to take the drinks back to the bartender to make the drinks to our liking. The Chef took forever to come out per usual and the presentation wasn’t as “animated” as they normal are. The food wasn’t too good but wasn’t all bad. All of shrimp wasnt devined and the soup was rather cold. The dining area was very Smokey, the carpet looks like it could use a good shampoo and the hibachi grills looked halfway cleaned.

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vipAngelM
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating a family member’s birthday

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vipJulieW
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another wonderful dining experience at this location! I always enjoy the food and atmosphere.

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Days
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love going to this location. Always good service and clean

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Bday party. Was fun.

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VictoriaM
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chief very patient and kind, funny. Waitress was patient and extremely helpful with menu. Front desk was helpful with adding an extra chair and time of arrival.

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SamanthaT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and our cook was amazing. Very happy with our visit!

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Renee
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is amazing the food was awesome, I’ll drive from Louisiana to Houston just for Benihana!!!! Ask for Chef Elais!!!!

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Jamarcus
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The downtown location is the worst of the other locations in Houston

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CraigM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience. Service was great and food was tasty. A little smoky in the restaurant but overall it was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The cook wasn’t very entertaining and the food wasn’t seasoned as well as it normally is.

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MariaS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my kids Birthday & we all enjoyed it very much. Our chef put on a show

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NeaW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service was great and by this being my first time here they didn't rush me and they were very helpful i instantly feel in love the food was great

FAQs

Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX does offer 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 4.4 stars by 1295 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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