Houston >Food & Dining > Benihana
9707 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7704229.737073 -95.540329
M-T 11:30-2:30 5-10, W-Th 11:30-10, F 11:30-11, Sa 12-11, Su 12-10
Neighborhoods: Westchase, Westside
One of their better locations. – This location is much better than the one in the Woodlands, but is neither the best nor the worst Japanese restaurant I've been too.
In terms of food, the quality is both fresh and consistently well prepared. Although a couple of menu items are great, the overall taste of the food is about average for a Japanese restaurant. The hibachi show is also pretty entertaining and has a lot of flair, and the chefs do a much better job at preparing the food than at the Woodlands location. Despite having pretty good food, you also get very little for what you pay in comparison to other restaurants.
The service here is also pretty good and much more attentive than the location in the Woodlands, but at the same time it isn't exceptional service for a restaurant. The atmosphere is also much better than the Woodlands location and the Hibachi areas are also more private. This location is both great for parties and a romantic evenings.
Bottom line, if you want to go to Benihana then this is probably one of their better locations in Houston. However if you are looking for great Japanese food, then you may want to explore and try other restaurants.
Good – If you are looking for a place to eat lunch, and you are craving for some hibachi meal, this is the place to go. Food is really good, and the cook are good but it all depends on who you get. It is a good place if you want to eat lunch with friends. The cooks' shows are alright, and they usually come up with the same thing.
Time changes – This year will my 25th annual birthday. I have seen a lot of changes through 25 years. I liked the old chefs back in 1980s because they were real Asians who cooked. Now, I notice there are variety of cookers but their skills are pretty steady as they are being trained. The foods are still great through 25 years. Refilling drinks service is still slow that never changed, lol. That place is like my 2nd home and I walked and used the pitcher to refill the tea. (Don't try it if the employees don't know you). Benihana is the best birthday place to celebrate, in my opinion.
Knife-wielding chefs put on a show at this communal Japanese grill. – In Short
Benihana started out as a tiny four-table restaurant in New York City's theater district before becoming an international chain. Diners sit around large tables where chefs ostentatiously chop, slice, stir-fry and grill. Entree options are simple--shrimp, chicken, steak and scallops--and preparation is uniform. Every entree comes with a similar stock of sides: rice, onion soup, shrimp appetizer, iceberg lettuce drizzled with dressing, sauteed vegetables and green tea.
Cooking and a Show! – I've been to this restaurant twice. No reservations particulary needed and there's prompt seating. You sit at a large table and in front of you sits this large cooking area. Almost immediately, a large family sits WITH you and for a moment, with my first visit to Benihanas, I was terribly confused and had difficulty grasping the thought of sharing the table with strangers, but I now go with the flow. You recieve onion soup, shrimp and your choice of either fried rice or steam rice automatically. All very tasty. Expect to be drooling while you recieve a Cooking Show! My boyfriend really preferred a Japanese Chef seeing how the restaurant is Japanese. They need to change up the show a tad. Add some new creativity! That would be my only actual complaint. You automatically get a choice of dessert as well. Orange Sorbet or Strawberry Icecream. You don't leave the restaurant rolling over stuffed, but you don't leave hungry. Plate prices range $15-$40. If the shows were a good variety, I'd visit ALOT more.
Great for Lunch! – This place is great for lunch. The price you pay matches the value of the food. The waitresses are ok, we've had some bad ones. But if you have time to wait, ask for Luis as your chef! He was fun and very entertaining! Dinner can be a nightmare, it gets very crowded.
below average – We went there on a tuesday night, it was slow the food took so long. The sushi is average. I taste better and fresher sushi. The servers are rude and the service is slow. People go there just for the sake of the brand name and the cooking show ...other than that...not worth going or spending a dime on it!
Friday Night at Benihana – Great place to eat with a table full of riends and family, or a dinner for two. The wait staff need to refill glasses more often, but that is the onlu complaints. If you come at peak time, you should make reservations. I place you need to eat at ever 3-4 months.
Not so hot – I expected much more after hearing and reading reviews. I made reservations weeks in advance and still was not seated for half an hour. The hibachi chef was one of the most unentertaining I have ever seen. The hibachi scallops tasted horrible for the price I paid for them.
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