Benihana

A lively, cheerful restaurant serving generic Japanese favourites 10 Reviews

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In a city awash with sleek, chic Japanese restaurants, Benihana in the Amwaj Rotana offers a refreshingly no-nonsense, casual alternative. The restaurant is perennially packed with hotel guests and Dubai residents (especially on all-you-can-eat Wednesdays), so be sure to book ahead. When you do, ask for a table on the fairy-lit terrace (weather permitting) or at the teppanyaki station inside (where comedic chefs entertain while flipping steak, seafood and chicken). Sadly, seating at the sushi bar is tucked away in a draughty corner, while the noodle bar offers views of a metallic, clinical-looking kitchen set behind soundproof glass. The run-of-the-mill maki rolls feature Americanised favourites as well as more traditional options, while the sashimi is generally fresh and tasty. The teppanyaki options are worth a try (especially considering the accompanying show). It’s not the best Japanese fare on offer in Dubai, but you can be assured of satisfying, consistent food, a vibrant atmosphere and generally good service.

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Rachel Moffatt on 16 Nov ' 13 at 22:01
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Please do not listen to previous negative reviews. Can not fault this restaurant. Quality food, great ambiance, and wonderful service. My husband works in Dubai and whenever I join him Benihana is always the first place we visit. Always welcomed back by wonderful friendly smiley staff. Visit and see for yourselves.

Posted by: ameena on 27 Mar ' 13 at 18:55
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Do NOT go here! Food is too salty and does not taste good at all. Total waste of money.

Posted by: Charlene on 30 Aug ' 12 at 14:46
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

My husband and myself spent an interesting night at Benhiana for his birthday. We went for the Sunday Tepanyaki night and enjoyed the chef preparing the food. Although the food is a little too salty for our taste, nonetheless we enjoyed our meal.

Posted by: Stefanie on 05 Aug ' 12 at 06:51
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food is very nice and authentic Japanese. Very good service. Just make sure to book in time if you want to do Teppanyaki - its always packed.

Posted by: Fadhel on 26 Apr ' 12 at 06:35
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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My Friend has a Rotana card, which gives us 50% discount on the bill. We ordered some sushis, a few beers and a full authentic japanese teppanyaky salmon with rice and vegetables. Very honestly we got our money worth. We sat outdoor and the weather was just beautiful, we sipped our beers watching a live band on the other side of the huge terrace, and it was very cool. There was a ton of people on the italians side of the terrace, nice hip and young crowd and also quite a few kids as well, which makes methink that the place allows kids in. Anyway JBR being so congested with cars it's great to have a nice neighbourhood restaurant, licensed and still affordable (although it's not exactly cheap if you don't have the Rotana Card). The girls doing the service were smiley and running, it could be a bit faster but the place was indeed crowded.

Posted by: Ali on 15 Jan ' 12 at 16:31
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I agree with other comments, terrible food, terrible service, DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE!
Very bad service: the manager, Frank, was obnoxious and completely uninterested in his customer's satisfaction.
The food was tasteless, the cocktail had no alcohol in it but the bill at the end is stunning!

DO NOT THINK YOU CAN USE YOUR ENTERTAINER VOUCHER there, as you will quickly learn your first Japanese lesson: Sushi is not a main course!
Very disappointing experience, would NOT recommend it to anyone. Avoid the place! GO to UMI SUSHI instead :-)

Posted by: Elena on 07 Jan ' 12 at 13:03
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I liked the availability of outdoor seating and placement of tepanyaki tables with normal chairs (compared to Benihana Al Bustan Rotana with bar stools), but was hugely disappointed in the food - ginger sauce for salad was too gingery and fried rice was too buttery and somehow resembled beriyani, just to name few. And service could be more prompt and more attentive. The only highlight of whole meal was ice-cream tempura. Benihana in Al Bustan Rotana offers much better and more authentic food.

Posted by: reetika on 29 Dec ' 11 at 20:02
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

terrible service, terrible food...shame to japanese cuisine. food was extremely buttery, tepanyaki experience was lousy as our chef continously compared shrimps to mosquitos and salmon to salmonella (poor humour killed our appetite) worst part, we had a table for 9pm and were only served till the entire tepanyaki section got filled up!!..(staff attitude didnt help either) so be prepared to starve, instead head to rosso next door which seemed to have a better ambience and was buzzing with happy people who im assuming were well fed and served!

Posted by: Ali on 19 Jul ' 11 at 10:23

Was busy at all. The food is very nice. We sitted at Tepinyaki table. Shef play'snd cook's with fun. Food is really tasty.

Posted by: rana on 15 Jul ' 11 at 18:17
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We spent a very fun night. The tepenyaki is very interesting to see. The food is not the best, but it's not just about that. The whole show is exciting. Recommended with kids.

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