Why go to dinner and a show when you can go to Benihana? Where dinner IS the show! I don't know how most Benihana's are built, but the dining in this one is a little cramped for 10 people. Sitting around the ends of the table means you are elbow to elbow with your neighbor and while most people enjoy the closeness and sense of togetherness it brings; I enjoy eating more.
I spent around $30-$40, got a plate of rice, soup, what seemed like an 8oz hibachi steak, a small shrimp appetizer and sauteed mushrooms. And I can complain about the portions all day (and I will) but the reason we came here was to watch a man make an onion volcano and boy did Martin not disappoint; he flipped shrimps onto plates, and excess food into his chef's hat, made us a mean onion volcano (pictured below) and small talk with all the girls: We were all entertained.
The portions here are small for me but portioned well for most people who also like a beer or two with there meal. I had the 5 course Hibachi Steak meal that comes with; onion soup, a salad, a shrimp appetizer, vegetables, steamed rice and hot tea. It sounds like a lot but I came here starving and that usually means every portion is small unless it is all you can eat Korean BBQ.
Why you Should Go Here
If it's your birthday, sign up for their emailing subscription service and you can get a $30 certificate and a tiny ice cream with a candle. It was not my birthday, but I told them it was as a joke and while I did not get a certificate, I did get a tiny ice cream with a candle. Get the chocolate one. All other flavors are inferior.
This is a good place to go if you want to eat and have a good time with a party of 10 or less. Any more and you're looking at a two party table and everyone is in their own world and you have to deal with two different cooks, it's just a mess. At the end of the dinner they give you two framed pictures of your dinner crew and you can all fight over which person gets to take this home and put it on their fridge.