Benihana

2 recent ratings
$$$ • Japanese Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Sushi
Safety Rating
2 ratings

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21327 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503

Most Recent Reviews


Symptomatic Celiac

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Not safe at all. The chef knew about gluten but server did not. Although chef knew, he spilled regular soy sauce on flat grill and wiped it up (sort of) with a rag and proceeded to then wipe the rest of the grill with same rag. I should have walked out then...he did cook gf items first and separate but I was just stressed about the rag incident the entire time. Server did not understand gf and had to keep asking and then she brought me the regular spicy orange sauce for my protein and not the gf one (they look almost exactly the same except gluten sauce is spicy), the chef could smell the spice from across the table and luckily stopped me from eating it. I don't plan to go back, it was extremely chaotic and did not feel clean at all there. I've been to other benihanas, this was definitely the worst and people at our table said it used to be nice but has gone downhill in past few years.

Safety


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

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


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?

— Average

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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They ask about allergies, so two of us told the server of ours. The soup came out I would have assumed it was good to go but luckily our friend double checked and it is not gluten free. Why ask about allergies if you’re going to try to serve me exactly what I can’t have?? Almost had a really rough weekend

Safety


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

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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-contact?

— 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

Other


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

  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Sushi

Categories

  • Asian
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Japanese
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Steakhouse

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Overall Rating

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We have never gone to the main hall where the chefs put on the show. We usually go to the cafe/sushi bar area. Their hibachi grill options can be made gluten free, which is great for an Asian restaurant. Just be sure to inform the wait staff. I get the side salad with vinegar & oil, and the fried rice done with GF soy sauce. It may take a little longer because they clean the grill.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Symptomatic Celiac

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When it comes to finding gluten free Asian food, restaurants that understand gluten and have safe options can be hard to come by. Benihana has taken care of me every single time. The waiters are knowledgeable about sushi options and hibachi meals as well. Hibachi can be absolutely gluten free, except for the sauces. The salad is gluten free without the ginger dressing and the soup is not gluten free, but their fried rice is the best in town.

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


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

Symptomatic Celiac

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Do not go here. They have a gf menu but terrible practices. They refused to make my meal in the kitchen and insisted that it is made at hibachi table. I told the waitress that I am concerned that the regular soy sauce will contaminate my food. She said “no it won’t” I was trying not to make a scene bc I was there for a birthday party. It is impossible to prevent cross contamination at table. The wait staff is not knowledgeable about safe gf practices let alone celiac.

Safety


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

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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?

— Below Average

Symptomatic Celiac

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The menu isn’t marked, but if you communicate your allergy they will clean the grill again and cook your food before everyone else so there is no cross contamination. Gluten free fried rice!

Safety


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

— Very

Quality & Quantity


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

Celiac

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Despite the poor ratings, I had a very good experience here! I informed the staff of my Celiac Disease and reiterated it throughout the evening. The waiter, manager and cook all explained how they would prepare my food first on the clean grill and used tamari. I enjoyed a full meal of chicken and fried rice. It’s 2 days later and I had no issues besides being stuffed when we left. That’s actually a great feeling for us Celiacs!

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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?

— Excellent

Celiac

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Not much was celiac-safe (I wouldn’t trust the hibachi, waitress didn’t trust the sushi), but I was able to have edamame, salad (with only lemon juice), rice with GF soy sauce, and vanilla ice cream. I felt like the waitress was very attentive and made me feel like she was well informed and I was well taken care of. Was fun to be able to participate to some degree.

Safety


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

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much/None

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

— Below Average

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