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Since the first Benihana restaurant opened in 1964, Benihana has become the leading Japanese restaurant in the dining industry. The key to our success is simple – it’s our ability to hire the right people, train and develop them properly, and keep them happy. How we accomplish this is what we believe sets us apart — we recognize that growth and development is a process that never ends, that relationships need constant nurturing, and that improvement is always possible.

We are always looking for individuals who have what it takes to grow with us and share in our success.


  • Medical, Dental, Vision

    Live life well by enrolling in our array of comprehensive and flexible health care choices for you and your family. We have you covered!

  • Paid Time Off

    Taking time off for yourself and family is essential to your health and productivity. We offer paid time off to help balance your work and life.

  • Paid Training

    Whether or not you have experience in the restaurant industry, we are looking to hire persons with who are hospitality minded. We offer free training and continued learning and development.

  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

    Take advantage of our flexible savings accounts by setting aside pre-tax deductions to be used for certain eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses.

  • 401(k) Plan

    Whether you’re just entering the workforce or a mid-careerist, it’s important to start taking care of your financial future by saving now through our retirement plan.

  • Dining Discount Privileges

    Team members can enjoy our delicious food when using their discount on food purchases.

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to help our team members with family, legal or financial issues, substance abuse or other stressful life changes.

  • Referral Program

    We are keen on our referral program and encourage you to assist us in catching a rising star!


Benihana is a national iconic brand with over 55 years of service. Our stability provides a safe and nurturing environment.

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We pride ourselves on fostering an inclusive work environment. With our diversified workforce, we are able to grow our brand and business from a wide variety of perspectives.

With top-notch paid training and continued learning and development, you’ll learn how to deliver an exceptional experience unlike any other.

We offer countless growth opportunities from internal development to cross-brand transfers and even out of state relocation. Turn your job into a career with Benihana.



Ryan McLoud

Restaurant Manager

What I love the most about working at Benihana is our focus in making the celebrations for our guests Great! I love that we have the ability to really make someone’s birthday or special occasion a moment that they will always remember. I enjoy singing & celebrating with our guests, not just for them; that is, what inspires me at Benihana every day.

Nikita Harrison

Restaurant Manager

I have always looked for challenging jobs that can push me to excel and grow as a professional and a person. Benihana has provided me exactly that opportunity. My corporate team has challenged me not to only go above and beyond my limits, but also to push my staff beyond of what I thought was possible. I have learned a great deal about motivation and goal achievement from our District Manager and our General Manager. Our management team has trust in each other and that creates a true sense of family and comradery. I have enjoyed our clientele the most though; It is rare that you will encounter 90% of the guests that are coming out to celebrate a special occasion and that are laughing, clapping and having a blast. I have worked for multiple restaurant companies in the past and at this point I would not elect to manage another restaurant brand in the future.

Thiago Oliveira


My favorite thing about working with Benihana is bringing people and families together with food and to create great guest memories. Also being very grateful for the opportunity that has been giving to me to work and to continue to perfect the craft of the Japanese cuisine. My experience so far with Benihana and the entire company has been super amazing and can’t wait for what the future holds. “Working hard for something we don’t care about is stress: Working hard for something we love is called passion.” -Simon Sinek

Melvin Branham

Regional Manager


Melvin Branham joined Benihana in August 2015 as our General Manager of Benihana Atlanta. He demonstrated warm personality and strong managerial skills. His restaurant quickly became the official Training Restaurant for the Atlanta market.

In 2016, Melvin was named the General Manager for our brand new Benihana restaurant in Boca Raton, FL where he successfully launched the Benihana brand to a new community. While in his position, he also debuted our Benihana concession in Hard Rock stadium in Miami, home of the Miami Dolphins. Melvin’s leadership and passion made him the perfect candidate for promotion and in 2021, he was named Regional Manager for the East Coast.

Melvin believes his success is due to his love for people and being able to positively affect lives through practicing our mission of treating our guests, employees and partners with grace, dignity, respect and integrity. His greatest pleasure is making our guests happy and creating great guest memories!

Saul Molina Rodriguez

Chief Chef

I feel happy every day when I work. This job has provided me and the needs of my family for the past 24 years. I started as kitchen help, I learned a lot from my trainer to become my best self. It inspires me to do more and carry on the training for the new chefs. My goal is to see everyone become better than me and continue to help Benihana to grow.

Edgar Garcia

Restaurant Manager

We work with a great management team, one of the best ones that I have been a part of up to date. It has been an amazing experience to get to meet our guests and to develop a great staff that is ranked one of the best in the company. The work setting is one of the most professional work settings that I have ever worked in. The work structure has been vibrant and ever-changing, this has allowed me not to ever get bored with the job. There are no other restaurants that are so geared toward celebrations, and I have never worked in a work setting where the guests are so excited and happy to be in. It does not get any better than coming out to every table and getting a round of applause from all of the guests. In my opinion this is the ultimate job satisfaction.

Dadar Poolaor

General Manager


Pornnida “Dadar” Poolaor started as a server at Benihana in Orlando in 2013. Just a year later, she was called to set up the Server training Program at Benihana’s International Drive restaurant and soon after, was promoted to Shift Supervisor. She continued to shine in her service and dedication, becoming a manager, and finally a General Manager in 2017.

Dadar’s steady growth came as a result of putting her heart and soul into her work, leading her team to create a thriving, top-performing restaurant. Dadar attributes our Benihana company culture that treats employees with grace, dignity, respect, and integrity, and values the contributions they make across the board, to Benihana’s continued success.

Meeting and exceeding our guests’ expectations is one of Dadar’s long-held standards. “We’re well-known as a delightful place. I hear a birthday or celebration song at least 20 times a day. Everyone thinks about Benihana as a happy place for their important celebration or special occasion!” We pride ourselves on creating great guest memories, and Dadar and her team excel at this mission.

Sandra Luis



Please meet Sandra Luis, our celebrated teppan chef in Benihana Dulles! Sandra began her career at Benihana in 2017 as a prep cook where her talents were quickly recognized, and she was promoted just after six months.

Sandra is inspired by her tenured chef colleagues and is focused on developing her craft to create great guest memories and she embraces our Benihana mission to treat our guests, employees and partners with grace, dignity, respect, and integrity. She deeply connects with this purpose because she feels it is the most important attribute that each person can offer, apart from providing delicious food and excellent service.

Benihana honored Sandra this past week during International Women’s Day and we continue to applaud her dedication every day. Sandra has a brilliant future with Benihana.

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