This quality restaurant chain started the Teppan grill craze in America. The fresh Japanese cuisine remains top-notch. The menu has stayed virtually ... More
Benihana of Tokyo
This quality restaurant chain started the Teppan grill craze in America. The fresh Japanese cuisine remains top-notch. The menu has stayed virtually the same over the years, offering steak, chicken, shrimp and lobster. The chef's performances continue to amaze diners seated around the grill. Waikiki's location has a great cocktail lounge with a sushi bar. There are other high-quality Japanese steakhouses in Waikiki and Honolulu, but many consider this as one of the best.
We had a cook named Tai. We couldn't understand what he was saying as he is soft-spoken and doesn't have that good English. His tricks were alright, but not the best. I think the sanitary conditions were NOT good! He cooked chicken for a while and then he started to break an egg for the fried rice. While he was cooking the chicken and fried rice at the same time, he was using the same spatula, which is unsanitary. Also, he had a hard time breaking the egg all the way during his show. He tried to put two servings of salmon under a small cover. That was unsuccessful because the cover was too small to cover both salmons. The salmon was very burnt and also broke too because he didn't have enough space under the cover. When he was making the steak, he was cooking the chicken at the same time, which is not sanitary due to the blood of the steak and chicken cooking at the same time near each other. He was not entertaining. I was more entertained by the cook behind him! He did not offer from his side to give us a new salmon. We had to ask him to do that and he gave an excuse before cooking us a new one. Overall, we were not impressed and are not coming back here again!!! The parking situation was bad too.
When I read the first review of the woman with the kids I was thinking she is too picky and it can't be that bad. Well Actually it was pretty close to what she described. The one in Oahu is very different from the one in San Diego. In San Diego there is a kids menu and you can buy your drink in a buddha cup and take the cup home as a souveneir. We went to the oahu location last night and there was no kids menu so I had to order two main dishes for them at 20 dollars each. There are NO FREE REFILLS so we were charged for 2 pepsi's and 4 lemonades for three people. The drinks do come in a wine glasses so the soda goes fast. All in all we spent 184.00 for 4 people and if you choose the fried rice it is an additonal 3.00 per person which makes it 12.00 for rice. That is some expensive rice. The show was no worth almost 200.00 so all in all I think we will have to try KOBE stake house . I think they do the same type of thing. I'll let you know!
This resturant is not kid friendly. I couldn't fit the stroller between the seated customers which they sat us in the back. I have an infant and 2 kids under age 12. They didn't offer any coloring books or cryons and they don't have a kids menu as advertised on the web site. So parents please beware kids are not welcome in this resturant. Please note the fruity drinks offered inside the menu my kids wanted to order. We had to go through the big talk about alcoholic beverages and why they couldn't order them. We didn't know how much grease would come off the griddle where our 2 kids sat and complained they were plattered on.
Also it was sooooo hot from the griddle that I came out sweating. The shrimp was dry, we never received the green tea advertised on the menu that came with our dinner. The waitress didn't take my husband's drink order. Not to mention my clothing smelled like I was a cook in a resturant all evening after leaving - it over powered my perfume.
We had a reservation at 7pm and we were not seated till 7:30pm. What's the point in a reservation?
We have no desire to return to any location of this resturant. It's not all it's cracked up to be. Please pass on this one.
Food was good. Service was fine. Ordered iced tea to drink. Came out in a small glass. Thought it was rather small glass of iced tea. Ended up needing 5 refills of iced tea to get me through the meal. I was never informed that each iced tea refill was an additional $2.50. My iced tea cost more than my meal! And to think that I didn't order a beer so I could save money!!
Everyone from the host staff, to the servers and chef were fantastic. It was extremely busy when we arrived, but we were seated promptly and so the show began. We had a great chef....I'd eaten at Benihana before so I was eager for the food, not so much the entertainment. I was happily wrong! The show truly became part of the meal and my girlfriend and I had a blast. I would definitely recommend this Benihana to travelers planning to visit Hawaii.
We thought the food was very good. Overall quite an enjoyable experience. I was hoping for a bit more entertainment from the chef as I had heard that, that is what makes it a unique and different experience.
The downside of the night was our waitress, she was extremely rude and spoke to us like we were stupid. She was very unhelpful and abrupt and it made us think twice about paying the service charge or leaving a tip.
You are the chef at this eatery. You can pick and poke at steak, ribs, chicken and fresh fish as
it all sizzles on your own personal grill. If you'd rather not be your own chef, the restaurant can ...