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“Delicious Japanese Cuisine ”

Benkay Japanese Restaurant And Sushi Bar
Ranked #79 of 636 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Dined here with the family last night. A wonderful and relaxing atmosphere greets you...service is extremely efficient and the servers go above and beyond to make your dining experience special. We ordered the lobster sashimi appetizer...not cheap...but delicately prepared, fresh, and delicious. Also edamame beans, and miso soup...steak sliced thinly with mashed potatoes and veggies...all prepared perfectly...shrimp tempura...delicious...soft shell crab tempura...love it...and lastly the veggie sushi rolls...extremely fresh and crispy...great dipping for sauces. Beer and wine capped off this exquisite meal. We are eager to return as it had been just over a year since our last visit. Nice to know things are still awesome! Clean restrooms and their own convenient parking lot.

Date of visit: September 2016
Thank BeeMelissa
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

For many years had walked past this place on the way to the Casco Bay dock. It has an unassuming façade and it was only to satisfy our curiosity that we finally went in. To our surprise on that first visit, it was very busy. The seating is in a large open area on one side and a smaller area on the other as well as a sushi bar . We were very pleased with the quality of the food and service and thus have gone back many times since that initial visit. There are excellent appetizers, sushi and sashimi as well as main courses. The soft shell crab is consistently crunchy and very tasty. The Salmon sushi buttery as it should be and the rice perfect, never dry. The prawn tempura is available both as an appetizer and a main. The portions are filling. If you order an appetizer portion it is important to point out that it be brought to the table along with the other main dishes.
The restaurant could use a makeover but it would probably loose the retained charm of the old Portland harbor, before the era that brought the hordes of cruise ship travellers and other tourists that flood that area and make dining a challenge.
The service has usually been fast, friendly and consistent. A major plus is the free parking but the lot is often full. Although most of our visits were as a couple, it is also a place for groups of friends and for special celebrations. We highly recommend it.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Thank marco_polo2K
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

End of the road but we'll worth it...service is fantastic and so is the food....but order the benkay roll....it's out of this world and we'll worth it

Date of visit: August 2016
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Thank jhkruns
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

Benkay is a comfortable place serving very fresh, high quality sushi. We shared the sushi and sashimi combination for lunch and the tuna tataki. The miso soup was off the charts. It had serious flavor. The tuna tataki was wonderfully seasoned and the best we have had anywhere. We also were pleased with the sushi and sashimi combination.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Thank waterandmore
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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Though I had never been there before and I used a Groupon, I will be happy to pay regular prices when I visit Benkay in future. Everything was so fresh, perfectly cooked (or not, sushi), well presented.

The shiitake miso soup was large, super fresh mushrooms, large firm tofu. So good I got an order to go for breakfast tomorrow. Also had a nice chef's choice bento box for $12 (today was beef teriyaki, dumplings, tempura veggies, and enormous selection of sushi/maki to choose from). Also got side order of pork gyoza to go that were gone before I got home (good, but more ginger in dipping sauce would have been nicer).

I stopped in spur of the moment as I was in Portland on errands and was eating alone. However, the staff did not treat me 2nd class as some do (and not only dining solo but using a Groupon to boot!) very friendly, professional, attentive w/o hovering. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: June 2016
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