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Benkay Japanese Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
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2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
+1 207-773-5555
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 14:00
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I came here after having some appetizers and drinks at a couple of other places. We really wanted some sushi. Benkay did not disappoint. We were there on a Friday night and were handed a regular menu, as well as one with special-priced sushi and teppanyaki. There were a list of about 10 rolls that you could... More 

Thank asheffi1
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Real nice place, a lot of choices for sushi, try the volcano it's awesome! Came with the whole family and everyone enjoyed it.

Thank Dwayne S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We come here a lot. The foods are great but a little pricey. You probably will find discounts from Groupon. You can't find any fresher Sushi restaurant in Portland.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Portland, Maine
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Benkay has been located along the waterfront of Portland for a number of years and they continue to present some of the best Japanese offerings that you can find in Portland. They use the freshest ingredients and their skills turn these ingredients into very fine & flavorful lunch & dinner offerings. This time I had the Ika Sansai (marinated squid)... More 

Thank kasbahfish
Portland, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

I called in advance to reserve a table and the day before came in with a menu in courses that I wanted served, and how I wanted it served. Our server was EXCELLENT and brought everything as requested, hot (or cold) and delicious. We've been going to Benkay for years whenever we want a quiet venue with wonderful food but... More 

Thank Genie76350
Yarmouth, Maine
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114 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I've been going here for a very long time and it is consistently great food. Love their seaweed salad and have enjoyed many different forms of sushi here. Once I was there and a man walked in with a two foot long fish that he'd just caught (in a plastic bag) and he plopped it on the sushi bar. The... More 

Thank MainePeg
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

The sushi at Benkay is delicious and well prepared. The luncheon specials we enjoyed were an excellent value. I would definitely return!

Thank cbn260
Portland, Maine
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798 reviews
565 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 490 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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... More 

Thank BeeMelissa
Portland, Maine
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74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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... More 

Thank marco_polo2K
Orange, Massachusetts
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93 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

Thank jhkruns

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-773-5555

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?