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WELCOME BACK TO BENIHANA!

At Benihana, our hooded Teppanyaki tables and robust make-up air continuously improve the air quality with fresh air circulating approximately 30 times per hour. By comparison, a typical restaurant circulates approximately only 8 times per hour.

Our restaurants are going above and beyond the local requirements to ensure your health and safety. Many of these steps were taken as we continued to serve you through our delivery and take-out menus, but now that we can open select dining rooms, we have enhanced our protocol even further to include:

  • Limiting the number of guests in the dining room per the guidelines
  • Screening employees for temperature and other health indications
  • Adhering to social distancing rules at all times
  • Requiring employees to wear masks and gloves
  • Providing guests with disposable menus / QR code menu options
  • Continuous cleaning and sanitization practices in place throughout the restaurant including tables, chairs, doors, check presenters, waiting area and restrooms
  • Peroxide-based sanitization of all surfaces after guests leave the table
  • Providing hand sanitizer to all guests and employees
  • Guests must wear masks prior to seating

Please click on the link below to make a reservation to join us for lunch or dinner. We can’t wait to celebrate with you and Create Great Guest Memories!®

SUSHI DURING PREGNANCY

EATING TEPPANYAKI/HIBACHI WHILE PREGNANT

Japanese cuisine is extremely popular in many areas of the world. Whether you prefer sushi, sashimi, or teppanyaki, these popular dishes bring a lot of joy to the millions of people who regularly consume them. However, many people wonder about the safety of these dishes, especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The information below has been designed to help pregnant or breastfeeding women learn whether or not these popular dishes are safe for their consumption.


SHOULD PREGNANT WOMEN EAT TEPPANYAKI?

Most medical professionals recommend that pregnant women limit the amount of fish they consume. This is because specific types of fish can contain high levels of mercury and other heavy metals. It is possible for mercury-containing foods to negatively impact the health and development of a growing fetus. Fish such as tuna and mackerel should be consumed on a limited basis by women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.


CAN PREGNANT WOMEN EAT SUSHI OR SASHIMI?

Since sushi and sashimi often contain uncooked fish, it is recommended that they be completely avoided during pregnancy for the safety of the developing baby. If you are currently pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon, limit your consumption of fatty fish to one or two servings a week. Also, avoid the consumption of sushi and sashimi until after your baby is born.


CAN EATING SUSHI CAUSE A PARASITE PROBLEM?

Current evidence indicates that raw fish such as the types used to create sushi and sashimi can sometimes contain tiny parasitic worms. When these dishes are consumed, these parasitic worms can make it into your digestive tract. A person experiencing issues with parasites could feel some minor discomfort in their digestive tract. It is important to note that this is a relatively rare phenomenon. Rest assured that the majority of people consuming these products will not have any issues with parasites.


IS IT SAFE TO EAT SUSHI WHILE BREASTFEEDING?

We’ve now learned that it is not considered safe to consume sushi while pregnant. Does the same apply to the breastfeeding period? Sushi is generally recognized as safe during the period of breastfeeding. If any contaminants are present in the uncooked fish, they will not be passed along to your baby during breastfeeding. However, these contaminants could make you feel sick if the food is not handled correctly. Therefore, it’s best to be sure you purchase your sushi or sashimi from a reputable source. Foodborne illness can create severe symptoms that might make it difficult to care for your baby.
Japanese cuisine is a favorite in many parts of the world. Follow the recommended safety advice listed here to enjoy these foods at different stages of your life. If you have any questions about the safety of including these popular foods in your diet, please contact your physician before consuming them.