Japanese food prepared by entertaining table-side chefs Reviews

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From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2010

If you’re up for a night at Benihana, you’d better be in a party mood. The internationally renowned teppanyaki brand has built a reputation to rival any of the world’s great spectacles, and people roll up wide-eyed, ever-keen to witness the wonders of a flying egg, or a carefully aimed king prawn. Sounds a bit gimmicky, you say? Leave your cynicism behind and have fun – that’s what it’s there for. Just make sure you book in advance. It’s not a big restaurant, and everyone loves a circus. The food, of course, is somewhat unremarkable, there to be flung around rather than consumed.

Exceptions can be found if you avoid the teppanyaki menu – the seafood gyoza is really something, and the sushi is top notch – but it’d be a waste of your reservation if you don’t see someone spinning something. You might even learn a thing or two from the magician/chef who attends your personal hotplate, bubbling with verbal nonsense as he creates a replica of Mt.Fuji from a pile of onions. In all, it’s a bit of welcome silliness, especially recommended if you have children in attendance who can appreciate the stage show without having to think about the rather costly final act.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 697 9011
  • Travel: Tourist Club Area
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Business lunch

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Posted by: Paul on 13 Feb ' 11 at 12:22
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Another great night at Benihana’s. Love the teppanyaki, this is not just a meal but an experience where the chef ensures everyone leaves having had a great time.
We found the food, atmosphere, ambience and price all good. Can’t wait for our next night out here.

Posted by: Gala Marseiile on 21 Nov ' 10 at 16:14
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

terrible... no taste, no service, messy

Posted by: Naseem on 11 Mar ' 09 at 14:19
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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