Monday, September 20, 2010

FREE On Your Birthday: Benihana

How to get a FREE Benihana meal for your Birthday!

Today I am continuing my new series called "Free On Your Birthday" where I highlight companies that want to help make birthdays more special - and FREE!  Last week I celebrated my birthday and I am making my way through all the email birthday offers I received from businesses.

Yesterday, I wrote about my FREE 16 oz drink from Orange Julius.

Today's spotlight is on Benihana. About three months ago, I signed up for "The Chef's Table" where Benihanna sends a bi-weekly email containing their latest news and also a FREE $30 Birthday Certificate. I received my certificate 15 days before my birthday and the certificate's expiration date was on the last day of my birthday month. 

I went to Benihana today for lunch with my best friend. I presented the certificate to my server who asked for my driver's license to verify my name and my birthday. The certificate is good for $30, but the amount could only be used by me. So my BFF had to order and pay for her own food. But she ordered the cheapest thing on the menu and we shared some of the food that I ordered. I ordered the Duet for $14.95 which consisted of two choices of meats, fried rice and a salad. For my meats, I chose the Hibachi Chicken and the Hibachi Shrimp. I also ordered a California Sushi Roll (my BFF's fav so you know who ate it) and Vanilla Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream for us to share. All the food was wonderful and the atmosphere was great.

Thirty dollars really goes a long way on the lunch menu. I did not end up spending all the money and we were stuffed. So you might want to plan your menu in advance if you want to use every bit of money or dine in the evening when the prices go up. Even though my food was free, I made sure to leave the server a tip.

The Chef's Table is a total bargain and everyone that lives near a Benihanna should signup for the program.


UPDATE 12/15/2010: Benihana has adjusted The Chef’s Table $30 Birthday Certificate redemption to be redeemable only from Monday through Thursday of each week, during the month of your birthday.

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