Want a $30 gift certificate to Benihana for your birthday?

Want a $30 gift certificate to Benihana for your birthday?

Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
Several months ago, while my husband and I were eating at Benihana (a Japanese hibachi and sushi restaurant), our waiter offered us applications to sign up for one of their clubs called The Chef's Table. There was no fee to do so, though my husband was very skeptical about the potential benefits and whether or not there really were no strings attached. Despite him saying that I shouldn't, I filled out an application each for the two of us.

I completely forgot about it as the months passed, so I was very surprised when Benihana e-mailed each of us a $30 gift certificate this month for our December birthdays. Each of our certificates had our names, dates of birth, and a bar code on them to ensure that the certificate was only redeemed once and by the intended person. Though the certificate expires at the end of the birthday month, it remains valid the entire month.

I believe the only menu items which are excluded on the birthday certificates are alcoholic beverages. Other than that, the birthday guest is welcome to spend the $30 certificate any way he or she sees fit: on a single higher-end entree or on one lower-cost entree with a non-alcoholic drink and a side dish, etc., etc. The certificate cannot be used to pay for another person's entree, however -- only for food and non-alcoholic beverages consumed by the certificate bearer. Also, the certificates can only be redeemed between Monday and Thursday (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday -- when they are most busy -- are excluded).

We went in to redeem our certificates the other night, wondering if there was any "catch." Technically, only one person per party can use a certificate, but our waiter was very nice and just ran separate tickets for us both. So, we basically had a $60 gift generously donated by Benihana with which to play! And, as if that were not enough, they ended our meal by bringing each of us a wonderful single-scoop sundae with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and a perfectly-sized sliver of banana -- complete with a lit candle, singing, and a keepsake photograph they took of us.

I'm amazed by this company's generosity and wanted to share this with you guys. We had such a great evening! (As a side note: The table next to us was full of jovial and inebriated members of the CIA who all wished us a happy birthday and sang along with the employees, so that was interesting!)

If you would like a $30 gift certificate for YOUR birthday, just go to the following website and click the black box outlined in red that says "The Chef's Table" on the right-hand side, near the bottom of the screen as you scroll down, and fill out their brief application! You won't be sorry you did.

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Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
Bumping this so that people will see it and be able to take advantage of this wonderful (and totally free) offer!
12/17/2010
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Cool! Thanks! I love Benihana's!!!
12/17/2010
Emma (Girl With Fire) Emma (Girl With Fire)
I don't think we have them in Canada. Boo, because I totally love sushi!
12/17/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I got my Benihana gc for my birthday a couple weeks ago. It's a cool place to eat, but a bit pricey.

You could "cheap it out" for about $50/couple.
12/20/2010
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
I got my Benihana gc for my birthday a couple weeks ago. It's a cool place to eat, but a bit pricey.

You could "cheap it out" for about $50/couple.
It's awesome that my husband and I just happen to have birthdays in the same month so that we had a total of $60 to spend in one visit (which is quite an extravagant amount for us)!

They do offer Chef's Table specials for about $39 per couple (but we even consider that too much for us to spend eating out -- except for perhaps on a special occasion). But they also have some very reasonably-priced lunch specials.
12/20/2010
Illusional Illusional
Thanks, I'm telling other people about this too!

My birthday isn't until September but
01/23/2011
EmberPetals EmberPetals
Wow Nifty! Thanks
01/23/2011
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
You ladies are welcome! I thought it was too good of a thing not to share!
01/23/2011
Ajax Ajax
There are a lot of restaurants in Canada where you can get your meal for free on your birthday or the week/month of your birthday which is always nice. My brother in law is signed up for a few different ones and eats out for free almost every day for the week of his birthday.

I always think he's taking a bit of advantage, but he usually convinces a few people to go out for diner with him each time so he *is* bringing business with him when he goes.

The only one that comes to mind right now is Mother Tuckers. You just show them proof of your birthday and your meal is free. Which is always a sweet birthday treat
04/02/2011
wetone123 wetone123
Thanks! I just signed up! Love Japanese food!
04/20/2011
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
My husband and I just received our two $30 certificates for this year, so we have a total of $60 to spend for free birthday dinners at Benihana! Perhaps we'll go this Thursday. I'm overwhelmed with finals until then (which will just give me something else to celebrate this Thursday--surviving finals!). Yay!

If you have a Benihana restaurant near you, you need to sign up!
12/04/2011
JessCee JessCee
Oh, awesome! I'm glad you posted this!! Thanks!
12/04/2011
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