Good food with entertaining cooking
We enjoyed our post Royal Academy meal. It was a bit noisy though, due to a birthday party at the next table.
Great Date Venue
We really enjoyed Benihana. The food was excellent, the knife skills were really good as well. We had the six courses for £30 deal, which works out as more like 9 courses.
Brought my mum who had never been to such a Japanese restaurant she loved the Chef's action & tricks, and the food was very good too. Seeing the chef chopping n' cutting' slashing, throwing things up in the air, catching it in his hat, ... Children would LOVE it.
So did my mum.
Extra points for the chatty chef who was a real hoot ("Good evening, tonight I will be your real Japanese Chef from Peckham, Japan!") as well as an expert with his knife. Food was good, portions okay, prices fair with the Top Table Offer.
Will go there again, certainly, especially when having friends from abroad who have only seen such restaurants on TV.
Had a great meal, really good
Had a great meal, really good service and excellent value food - we have already rebooked for a group in Septembert
Depends on the chef
Love this place but the quality of the cooking varies very much by the chef you get. This one was good. Shame I can't remember his name! Highly recommended for a fun night out with good food
Good food with great delivery
Benihana is an experience, the presentation of the food is great. The cooking is done in front of you with a theatrical flair with comic moments.
We booked on a special deal. The food and service was great. A lot of theatre and food cooked freshly infront of you. Portions were on the smaller side
I booked this as an evening meal for a small hen party group. It was great as we were entertained by the cooking as we ate. The service was brilliant; our wine was topped up and the food just seemed to keep on coming! We had some lovely sushi as a starter and then had our food cooked right in front of us. I had the tuna steak cooked to order and it was delicious. Will return with my husband.
The chefs at Benihana provide great entertainment before, during and after the meal with their very skilled juggling performance using the cooking utensils and their running commentary. Graet fun for the guests.
Great evening with my boyfriend. We had a couple of cocktails before being asked to take our table. The waitress was slightly pushy with our order and we ended up ordering more food than we could eat... was the only negative point of the night! That and the bill... is definitely not cheap! But we loved our food and the entertainment provided by the chef while preparing it in front of us!
Overall a very good experience ;)
Lots of fun
I've been loads of times - good food and a great laugh. Highly recommended
Good Food and great experience!
Great experience and quality of meat! A little luck required to get the more excited chefs which makes the experience even more special.
Top Table Set Menu gives you great variety for value.
Always an event
As the blades of the knives flash before you the banter of the showman chef continues to amuse and inform. The food is good quality popularised Japanese and chit chat good quality Vegas! Many of the chefs have worked on cruise liners and in Vegas, so entertainment is in the DNA. Go in a group, drink Japanese beer and enjoy.
Exceptional food and service.
Exceptional food and service. Restaurant was spotless and decorated beautifully.
Chef was brilliant, engaged all parties at the table and kept us amused while waiting for our food.
Would recommend to anyone, variety of food and all cooked fresh.
Wonderful concept - suggest go earlier sessions not as late as 10pm. Food was good, but this time not as much choice or quantity, as I remember getting previous year on a toptable deal.
Food was good, albeit maybe
Food was good, albeit maybe a tad bit expensive. I suppose you pay for the performance as well as the quality of the food though! I enjoyed the experience, although it could have been better if it weren't for an adjacent table that was having a lad's night out, and unfortunately having a way more rowdy (and enjoyable) time with their chef. It's to be expected I suppose as we didn't really know everyone at the table. Would return with a larger group next time!
Great atmosphere, entertainment
Great atmosphere, entertainment and location. Food was good too!
Enjoyable meal with entertaining, skilled chefs made for a great catch up with friends.
Great fun and something different!
We went here on father's day, and went for the toptable set menu. Was originally worried that it wouldn't be enough, but by the end were were stuffed which was good. The show in front of us on the table had us mesmerised, and the food was very good too, perfectly cooked and well seasoned.
Went to Benihana for a birthday dinner with friends. Had an entertaining cook (great juggling skills) and the staff were good at coping with the various allergies in the party. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the food was very good.
I had a very enjoyable evening at Benihana. We decided on the 6 courses for £29 special offer and found that we left feeling very full. The chefs were fantastic and very entertaining to watch. Makes a nice change for an evening meal
For a different dining experience it was entertaining. The personal chef at our group table put on a good display. If you have not tried or seen the show they put on whilst preparing your food try it at least once !
The restaurant I so fun to eat and and the staff are so friendly! Think it's perfect as a place to go for a first date because the chef will keep you awed to saw you from any awkward silences. Definitely recommend this place... Abit pricey but will pay just for the entertainment itself!
A birthday treat
With some friends, and my wife we visited this partner on my birthday. As i'd previously experienced here, the staff we're welcoming, friendly & accommodating (my mobile phone battery had died & they we're kind enough to charge for me!).
Being my bday, I'd had a few too many lemonades, however they still provided first class food & service and I left with a grin and a Benihana Birthday card which was a really nice touch.
Definitely would go back, again on a special occasion.
Very good value for lunch.
Very good value for lunch. Original and fun. Very good food but not outstanding.
An interesting experience,
An interesting experience, which lived up to previous customers' reviews.
The attraction was for an unusual (chef at table) presentation, and at a good price (£14 for fixed lunch menu). Quantity of food just about right; certainly not skimped in view of the very reasonable price.
For non-deals,I would consider it to be vastly overpriced, judging by the a la carte menu on the website.
Another great meal
Again another great meal at Benihana's in Picadilly - the food and entertainment while cooking do not disappoint
What a gala time in Benihana
I took my mother for a weekend lunch and she was delighted by the teppanyaki experince. The friendly skilled chef made it really fun for all of us and the food was great, of course.
Kept the kids entertained!
Went to Benihana's for lunch. Our 4 year old loved it and loved having the food cooked in front by our entertaining chef. Food was good - and with the special offer was good value - otherwise would be quite expensive. Would recommend if you have kids.
Great Birthday Celebration
I enjoy visiting the Benihana in Picadilly as the restaurant has a good vibe. It has different sections and also has natural light which I rate highly. We visited for a birthday celebration and went for the £29 menu. The onion soup is lovely and light as is the salad with ginger dressing. The prawns in the starter were the same as the prawns if you chose them in the main (a sushi option would have been nicer and more varied).
The mains were cooked perfectly especially the steak that we went for. The vanilla ice cream was a nice finish (although a variety of flavours to choose from would have been better. I had visualised a nice coconut ice cream to finish my meal with.
All in all - a great evening but definitely not cheap.
The atmosphere and food was great. Seeing the chef kooking the food in front of my eye made the food taste even better.
Benihnana in Sackville is a regular visit in London for me. when i go with mykids they are so happy to see the show of the chef .. anf food is very good.
Great choice , both for aduts and kids
Such a wonderful and great team!! The chef charlie was outstanding and amazing entertainment. Really friendly and happy and they looked after us from the moment we went in. Better than any other place i have been to, was in fits of laughter all the way through the meal. Highly recommend
Great night, chef is surely a part time comedian! Couldn't stop laughing and the food was perfect. Looking forward to coming again
Great night had out here.
Great night had out here. Went on a date and it totally broke the ice......though beware, if on a date do not ask for fried rice as they make it into an 'I love you' shape! Awkward!
The service was great and really friendly. The food is ok. The experience is fab!
Took my boyfriend here for his 25th birthday! The cocktails were a little weak but the food, the service, the tricks, the chefs, the ambience, just everything was perfect! They even took a photo of us and gave him the cutest little card! We had the best time, will remember it forever :) the bill came to £140, we were both stuffed, are lots, drank lots and left satisfied! 10/10
great food, fun time and entertaining evening. I took my daughter for her birthday and the staff went to great lengths to make it extra special for her. thanks Benihana
Very good evening, very good
Very good evening, very good food, and the way they made our children welcome was superb. A lot of other restaurants in London could learn a lot from Benihana's.
Fun and delicious!
We came here for a birthday meal and it was a great evening. The chef was friendly and created a great atmosphere. The food was delicious and I don't think I've ever had such good prawns! We had a great night out and it was a lovely way to celebrate a special occasion.
Brilliant meal had with very attentive staff. Highly talented chefs who perform in front of you whilst cooking. Will return in the New Year!
We went for dinner in my daughters' 18th birthday the staff were amazing.
They gave her a shot, birthday cake and sang in Japanese! Was outstanding
We didn't even give them warning it was her birthday. Finished off with them
taking a photo of us all and presenting her with a birthday card with the photo on!
That's Japanese efficiency for you! Wonderful evening.
Great Food and Great Fun
We really enjoyed our evening at Beninhanas, and the food was delicious as always. Highly recommend for dinner with a group and for special occasions. Slightly too expensive to go often.
Good fun and good food
First went to Benihana in Seattle about twenty five years ago, and the experience and food quality is just as good now as it was then. The special Monday/Tuesday set lunch menu was great, and we could not have eaten more. Good theatre by the chef and well worth a visit.
Fun food experience (at a premium)
My partner and I visited Benihana Piccadilly after a trip to the theatre.
The staff were friendly and attentive; they seated and served us promptly throughout the evening.
The food was prepared and served well by the chef at our table. Some of the other chefs at other tables seemed a little more experienced with their food 'tricks' and at times, it seemed our chef devoted his attention to one side of the table. This curtailed the experience slightly as my partner had never been the restaurant before and I am sure he would have liked some eye contact during the food prep.
My boyfriend highly recommends the icecream tempura!
All in all, a good night which was light-hearted.. We felt it was at a premium though.
Great food and service as usual
Food was great and as we had the special Mon&Tues menu, it was good value for money. The waitress was attentive and chef was skilled and entertaining.
benihana is an experience
I went with my daughter and other family members to celebrate her birthday. We had a brilliant display of chef magic and earnest staff working hard to please. The food is very average - this could be amazing.I loved the ambience and care. My son who is vegetarian had only 1 choice of meal. ( it was a reasonable choice, though). Its a real mark of how good the environment was that I would still recommend it
Great FUN lunch
I took my friend to Benihana for a special lunch. I had a voucher for a 6 course taster menu, and was delighted to discover we got the WHOLE experience with the voucher. Our own chef, humour, hot plates....it was a spectacle and a delight. The food was hot and delicious, and we both left feeling very happy and very well looked after. I was hungry a couple of hours later though..... not a lot of food.
We must done here at least once a month.
Full of entertainment, ask for Charlie the chef. He is the best.
We booked late on a Monday afternoon and had the Monday special. The food was fantastic. The optional extras were value and the chef was skilful and a pleasure to talk to.
The Sake was recommended by the waitress and added to the evening.
Simple things done well and turned into a show. Definitely try this!!!
Lunch on a fairly quiet weekday. Food is cooked with panache on the hotplate at the communal tables. An unusual eating experience, but great fun. Watch out for the onion volcanoes!