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Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX, Houston, TX

Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TX

4.1
4.1
1594 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 47 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 1,594 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Houston

    Japanese

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food2service3ambience4
    Horrible experience is the best way to put it
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good show from the chef, food was excellent.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. b

    bbjimmy

    Houston

    51 reviews

    4.0

    51 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
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good time with the family
  14. 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!!
  15. 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
  16. C

    Cami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nuestra mesera muy amable eficiente y excelente servicio y comida
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Aging location
  23. LD

    LisaD

    Houston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service from Sharon was excellent as usual. Food & Service were excellent!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday dinner friends and family
  25. k

    kathy

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food was not the same quality that it has been over the last 40 years. Spent a lot of money and disappointed.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 26, 2022Dear kathy We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The seating was very tight. Outside of that it was a good experience.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 14, 2022Dear Guest Thank you for your feedback! Come back soon!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    We went to celebrate our daughter’s birthday. The service was good - but the food wasn’t. The steaks were dry and tough. Not what we remembered the food being at all. The restaurant itself had really changed and not for the better. It seemed dirty and unorganized. There were boxes and other stuff just stored everywhere - it looked cluttered and unkempt. We also overheard 2 servers gossiping loudly about other servers and what I gathered was one of their boyfriends or husbands. We didn’t care to listen to that at all. After our meal, a few of us went to the ladies room. When we came out, my husband said the employees sat another table with ours and in our seats! We didn’t even have an opportunity to grab our leftovers which were bagged and sitting on the table! Completely unacceptable. Even the song that was supposed to be part of our celebration was barely that. Just 2 people cared enough to do it. The patrons at the next table were more involved than any of the staff. This restaurant has always been our go-to for her birthday but will be our last. For the price of the meal it should have been much better.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on August 5, 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.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    Very dirty and disgusting!

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 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. 

  29. KJ

    KJPE

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    Service was truly awful. Luckily I didn’t have to complain because the rest of the people at the table did. Food was delicious, not a great chef show - might as well have gotten the food from the kitchen. Would be willing to give if another chance, maybe

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 26, 2022Dear KJPE 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

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I really enjoyed my experience there. The chef Betty was amazing. Made my birthday celebration really great.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 26, 2022Dear Guest Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the special occasion!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed everything about last night . Best location in houston the Chef was AMAZING .. food was very flavorful ..

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 14, 2022Dear Guest Our goal is to create great guest memories. We are pleased to hear we were able to do so for you and your family. 

  32. MB

    MichaelB

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Classic Benihana, been there many times. Fried rice wasn't quite as good as I remember.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 14, 2022Dear MichaelB 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.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time and chef Julie was an amazing!

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

  34. NM

    NadjalaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience4
    The price we paid for each meal was not equitable to the amount of food provided. Paid extra for chicken fried rice, yet others at my table didn't pay for it and was still given to them. The steak was cut in half and my shrimp portion was minimal. It was as if not enough food given to cook to prepare for a full table of people.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 14, 2022Dear NadjalaM 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. 

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent great services

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 5, 2022Dear Guest thank you so much for your feedback, we hope to see you back again soon!

  36. NG

    NormaG

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    The waitress was horrible even brought it up the the manager attention and nothing was done to make it right.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 1, 2022Dear NormaG 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. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Made a reservation but didn’t get seated until 50 minutes after our reservation time. This was very frustrating with two small children. I made a reservation because I didn’t want to wait. Service was terrible also. Our server was no where to be found most of the time and the other servers were unwilling to help. Food was bland. This was my first and lady time and Benihana

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 1, 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.

  38. JG

    JimG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful meal. The food was superb and our cook - Betty - was the best I've ever seen. Her skills as a chef were wonderful and her showmanship was outstanding. Thank you for an enjoyable meal.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on July 1, 2022Dear JimG Our goal is to create great guest memories. We are pleased to hear we were able to do so for you and your family. 

  39. AM

    AaronM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great food, very entertaining, staff was helpful. They where very short staff everybody looked tired and it was a long wait even after having a reservation.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on June 15, 2022Dear AaronM 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

  40. NF

    NatiF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Elias the cook was amazing, very entertaining and great cook.

    Benihana - Houston - Downtown, TXResponded on June 15, 2022Dear NatiF Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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 4.1 stars by 1594 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 47 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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