Benihana

6 ratings
$$$ • Japanese Restaurant
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu, but gluten-free options are available.
Reported GF menu options: Sushi
75% of 4 votes say it's celiac friendly
12690 International Drive South
Orlando, FL 32821

Top Reviews


Not celiac

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They claimed my meal was gluten free but I ended up sick which was sad considering we were here for the parks.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Food was excellent, and not overpriced for the amount of food you get. I had the Benihana Trio, which was great because it had a little bit of everything. The food is prepared right in front of you and is very entertaining. Where else are you going to see an onion volcano? The staff was excellent and extremely knowledgeable, and knew about my allergy from the moment we sat down. Would definitely recommend for a nice entertaining dinner.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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This place has GF soy sauce and they can make GF fried rice. It was good but three out of four of us got sick. The three of us ate the chicken so I’m not sure if we had food poisoning or it wasn’t fully GF.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Sushi

Categories

  • Asian
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Japanese
  • Kid Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Steakhouse

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After asking numerous questions and indicating the seriousness of my need for gf, I was told anything on the menu could be modified to be gf. I ordered sushi roll that I had ordered and safely eaten from many other restaurants. I was then told I couldn't have that bc the cream cheese want gf. In 8 yrs of eating gf, I have never encountered cream cheese that contained gluten but our server insisted repeatedly the cream cheese was not gf so I ordered something different - spicy hibachi chicken which I was assured would be gf. The dish was served, I took 3 bites and our server and another server came over and told me there was a "little" problem. I said "Please tell me this does not have gluten in it?" "No, no, it's gluten free but the chili sauce is not gluten free so you mustn't eat that. You need something different." Long story short, they took the dish away, served me plain chicken and vegetables and gf chicken fried rice. At 4 a.m. I woke up with terrible stomach pain, a horrible headache and other gluten induced symptoms I won't share here. To make matters worse, the rest of my family's meals were served one plate at a time with a lengthy interval between their meat entrees and their rice which they would have preferred to eat at the same time. Everyone pretty much ate separately and their entrees were cold before their rice ever arrived. At the end of the night, my meal was discounted from the bill and we still spent $100 for a very bad experience. Entree portions are also quite small. I would not recommend eating here.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Food was good. They were informed about allergies. Delicious.

Service was awful. Took forever to get served.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Very informed and cooked my meal first with gluten free soy sauce. Wonderful!

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Not celiac

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The chef told us he was new and it showed. There was clear cross contamination between my food and the rest of it, but I was almost more concerned with the risk of salmonella when the chef used his spatula on raw chicken and moved directly to serving vegetables (I would have complained if I wasn’t starving). It also rubbed me when he seemed to be mansplaining that I couldn’t have soy sauce… I have every food safety certificate in the state in addition to being gluten free, I know what has gluten! While I’m sure he’ll get better with more experience, it doesn’t help me right now. The server was knowledgeable, but had to be reminded and was very busy (as to be expected with a staffing shortage).

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Celiac

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Manager was phenomenal. We placed a to go order during a very busy time with the hostess. She notified the manager, and he came out to tell us that he would personally be cleaning and cooking for us so it would take longer. They offered to call us when the order was ready. We enjoyed a nice walk along the water and when we got back, he notified us we couldn't have the onion soup with our order since the broth base has soy sauce already in it, but offered a replacement for us. He was very professional and clear on everything and all staff we interacted with were friendly and professional. At the last minute there was some confusion he found out about with butter (also allergic to dairy) so he went back and had them remake everything. He let us know and they did the redo as quick as possible. 100% A+ on taking allergies seriously and being professional from start to finish despite all the business and chaos of the restaurant that time of day. Great food too! Highly recommend.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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I got sick within 30 minutes of eating I was pretty disappointed. Also the gluten sensitive fried rice was incredibly salty it was not good and was dark brown ( I’ve never had dark brown fried rice) I also arrived to their curbside pick up and texted their number and waited for ten minutes no reply I went inside and my food was just sitting there.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Celiac

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I came to Benihana for my dads birthday and the chef cross everything using same utensils and also added the garlic butter which has gluten to everything. If you reserve an entire table and everyone is gluten free you probably could be safe. But if you’re just a small party this isn’t the place to go. I went an hour ago and am now very sick. If you are celiac don’t go here.. the chefs aren’t informed on cross contamination and it will make you sick.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Celiac

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The server made sure that I was taken care of and was very helpful. The chef made my food first to avoid cross contamination. I had the Splash and Meadow which is steak and shrimp. Couldn’t eat the side salad dressing so I asked for oil and vinegar. Couldn’t eat the soup or the 2 dipping sauces. Also got the chicken fried rice w/ gluten free soy sauce. Overall great food and service.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options

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