Benten Traditional Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Sushi
1541 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 1541 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Directions
+18314257079
This place has not been rated by customers.
72% of 58 customers recommended
Closed Merchant This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Japanese, Sushi, Traditional, Asian, Seafood
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Cuisine
    Japanese, Sushi, Traditional, Asian, Seafood
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Free Parking
    Yes
  • Delivery
    Yes
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
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35 Tips
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Report | 6 years ago
Got most of our order right away, and then had to wait a long time for the last item. Finally my husband went and got the car while I ate the last piece.
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Report | 6 years ago
great food, good prices, consistent service !
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Report | 6 years ago
The food was ok, but too expensive. And the place needs a face lift really bad. But the service was good.
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Report | 6 years ago
Very pleasant traditional style Japanese restaurant. Food and service were excellent!
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Report | 6 years ago
The wait staff was polite, and very attentive with out being rude or pushy. They explained how items were made, and both my friend and I said that we would come back even with out a Groupon.
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Report | 6 years ago
DELICIOUS! Great service and friendly sushi chefs!
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Report | 6 years ago
It may have been that Benten is not used to crowds, but we really had a horrible experience. The first two entrees came a full 1/2 hour (if not longer) before our other two came out -- leaving food to get finished before half of us had our food, or just get cold. The entrees were really mediocre as well. (For example -- a teriyaki tofu dish that cost almost $14 was nothing more than heated up tofu with sauce poured over it, and a side of rice. That is just really unacceptable in my book....) We're pretty reasonable people, and even though the circumstances were not within the realm of "reasonably" good food or service, we would have been much happier customers if our server had even acknowledged that something was off. We got no apology at the table or update of when food was actually coming -- I had to get up and find the server to ask and make sure our order hadn't been forgotten! Altogether not a very good experience.
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Report | 6 years ago
The only comment is that the food was not served very "hot". The tea should be hotter and when poured more to "top off" it was not hot. The tempura dipping sauce should also been hotter. Flavor of food and sushi was fresh.
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Report | 6 years ago
I had been there numerous times many ( 15 years ago ) times a long time ago. I remember the food and the atmosphere both being quite nice. It was nice to go back and have a similar experience. I was told by my evening's companion that the same owner is still there. Nice to know if this is true.
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Report | 6 years ago
Excellent service and tasty food!
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