Situated in the heart of Bucharest, on the first floor of the Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Bucharest Hotel, Benihana Restaurant offers authentic Japanese cuisine and an exquisite sushi bar.
A stop at Benihana is much more than just a lunch or dinner, it is both an entertaining show and a fine culinary experience. Skillful Asian chefs prepare the food right in front of your eyes, at the hibachi tables, offering an authentic teppan show, an „eatertainment” experience which engages and rewards all your senses.
The restaurant features six teppan tables (each seating 8 persons), a sushi bar and separate sushi dining area and two tatami rooms for guests who desire more intimacy.
The restaurant has a total seating capacity of 85 people.
A Japanese dream. An American success story.
When the first Benihana restaurant was opened in 1964 by Rocky Aoki, a former wrestler, American diners were unfamiliar with the elegance and intricacies of Japanese cuisine. The very thought of having a chef prepare a meal right at your table was completely unheard of. And the idea that exotic Japanese dishes could be blended with a dazzling chef performance was a radical one — but it was one that became Benihana’s recipe for success, with more than 100 locations worldwide, in more than 20 countries.
After an enthusiastic review in the New York Herald Tribune, Benihana became a fashionable eatery with stars like Sean Connery, Mohammad Ali and Lawrence Welk quickly becoming regulars.
Rocky Aoki kept up with demand by expanding, opening a second location in Manhattan in 1966, then in Chicago in 1968 and in San Francisco in 1969. Benihana continued to expand and its popularity soared. Benihana was voted the most popular restaurant in America by Restaurant & Institutions Magazine in 1985, 1988 and 1989.
Currently, there are over 100 Benihana restaurants worldwide in more than 20 countries, serving over 8 million meals a year. Due to its tremendous success, Harvard Business School created a business case study on Benihana.