The Absolute Best Hibachi Restaurants In The US

A hibachi experience usually involves a whirling production of flying eggs, spinning spatulas, and a stacked onion spewing fire. Those gathered around the cooking spectacle typically are there to celebrate some sort of achievement or holiday gathering. In the United States, hibachi food is typically served in what is called teppanyaki-style — the chef comes out to the table to cook in front of the customers. It's food with entertainment. While the union of huge portions of food set to performative rigmarole seems conspicuously All-American, the history of the teppanyaki restaurant cooking really does begin in Japan.

According to Kobe Jones, the first restaurant to entertain diners by cooking over a large hot plate was Misono, which opened in Kobe in 1945. While most popular with foreigners who loved the skilled maneuvers of this style of cooking, Misono became a beloved destination whose model was soon brought over to America. In 1964, Hiroaki "Rocky" Aoki opened his first restaurant on West 56th Street in New York City with the teppanyaki style of cooking on display.  That spot, Benihana, became a massive sensation and kicked off a worldwide trend

While many teppanyaki-style restaurants are still drawing crowds for their over-the-top theatrics, some offer a more refined night out, while others provide a fast-casual dining experience. So, for those looking to get their grill on, check out some of the best hibachi restaurants in the U.S.

Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar - Various locations

Started as a small Japanese steakhouse in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Sakura has grown to 19 locations in Maryland, New Jersey, and California. The growth of Sakura hasn't inhibited its quality, however, as this sushi and steakhouse combo has been ranked by Consumer Reports as the second-best Asian restaurant in America (via Sakura).

Sakura's chefs tote years of experience cooking on the hibachi, where customers can enjoy staple favorites like filet mignon and scallops. Rather than opting for something more traditional on Sakura's menu, adventurous eaters can try shrimp flambé with special seafood sauce or chicken livers (at select locations), and wash it down with one of their signature cocktails, like the namesake Sakura, which is prepared with cream de almond and cream de cacao. 

Whether you love Sakura for their flavorful sauces or signature menu items, their focus on quality hibachi food makes them one of the best places in America to get a teppanyaki experience. 

Ironsteak - Seattle

For those craving the flash-grilled stir fry of hibachi but without the ceremony and celebration the grill table requires, this bright corner eatery offers the perfect solution. Ironsteak, located in Seattle's Chinatown, forgoes the traditional Japanese steakhouse model and takes a more casual, modern, and DIY approach.

Diners order their meals at the front register before finding a seat. Popular options are the ribeye steak served with buttery corn and rice or a surf and turf combo featuring New York strip and salmon. Once the cooks prepare the ingredients the hibachi arrives on a hot skillet that you actually use to cook yourself. Patrons can make their own flavor profiles by adding one of Ironsteak's signature sauces — either Yuzu Garlic Soy, House Chili Sauce, or Pineapple Teriyaki — to simmer their own steakhouse creation.

If you want to celebrate (just a little), opt to end the meal with a slice of Nutella cheesecake for a sweet finish to a memorable teppanyaki experience that doesn't require a party. 

Flame - New York City

For those looking for spectacular entertainment with their meal, there is no better place to find yourself than at Flame in New York City. Featured on ABC's "The Chew," Flame is the place New Yorkers go for great, authentic hibachi. A perfect example of the best of what a classic Japanese steakhouse is, Flame brings the freshest ingredients and most talented teppanyaki chefs in New York to prepare a memorable meal. 

Rather than sticking to the standard steak, chicken, and shrimp combinations for hibachi, however, Flame offers elevated combinations and meat selections not found at most teppanyaki restaurants. Guests can order duck breast, kiwi short ribs, Chilean sea bass, or dry aged ribeye. Choosing from a full cocktail menu of house-made creations, patrons can choose to sip on unique mixed drinks like The Jade Lantern, featuring vodka, matcha green tea, lemon juice, and fresh mint, while enjoying the spectacle.

Shogun - New Orleans

New Orleans is home to plenty of top notch restaurants. But when it comes to Japanese steakhouses, Shogun in Metairie can't be beat. Luckily for those in the area, this authentic teppanyaki grill holds its own against the culinary competition of The Big Easy.

Voted one of the best Japanese restaurants in New Orleans by Gambit and highlighted as a local favorite in My New Orleans (Union Ramen chef Nate Nguyen calls it "legit"), Shogun offers a beloved reprieve for many looking to get out of the busy streets of the French Quarter.

With an enormous menu and fresh, quality fish, Shogun was actually the first place to serve sushi in the area (via Nomenu). But a visit to the restaurant isn't complete without an item off the grill. In fact, according to Nomenu, Shogun purchased its teppanyaki tables from a former Benihana location in the French Quarter. Featuring a large dining room and beautiful multi-course dinner at the teppanyaki table, Shogun makes our list of one the best Japanese steakhouses in America.

Musashi's - Oklahoma City

Self-described as "Oklahoma City's premier Japanese Steakhouse," Musashi's is a beloved institution and a favorite for celebrators in the city. Here, revelers start the night with a beer and sake and end it with tempura ice cream. But the highlight of the meal, of course, is the main event grilled feast.

Named after the legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi, this prime steakhouse has earned multiple accolades from outlets such as Oklahoma Gazette, Readers' Choice Awards, and Open Table (via Musashi's). An authentically styled teppanyaki, Musahi's focuses on quality, fresh ingredients. Here, you know you're getting the best steak (including Wagyu-style beef) and freshest vegetables cooked by experienced chefs. 

With a large interior and double-sided teppanyaki tables to accommodate extra-large parties, Musashi's is a perfect choice for those celebrating milestone achievements with family and friends. Be sure to make reservations (especially for graduations) in advance, however, as Musashi's usually books up.

Benihana - Nationwide

Any list would be remiss to not include the chain that put Japanese steakhouses on the map in the U.S., Benihana. And, for a truly vanguard steakhouse experience, head to the New York location where it all started. 

Opened in 1964, Benihana was designed to looked like an authentic Japanese farmhouse interior with grill tables that trained chefs used to cook right in front of customers. When iconic food critic Clementine Paddleford gave Benihana a rave review after one of these experiences, the restaurant became a sensation and its fame began to grow well beyond the Big Apple.

With a wide variety of grill combinations and signature sauces, Benihana maintains its reputation as one of the best teppanyaki experiences despite the chain's expansion all over the world. For those unable to make it to New York for hibachi and Benihana, there are thankfully dozens of other locations all over the United States.

Nakato - Atlanta

Nakato has staked claim in Atlanta as the place to go for family celebrations, birthdays, and any excuse to come together around a hot grill and enjoy a meal of delicious hibachi food. Opened in 1972, this tried-and-true Japanese steakhouse has been a mainstay in the ATL as the place to go for celebrating an occasion.

A family run business for three generations, Nakato has elevated the traditional Japanese steakhouse experience, staffing knowledgeable Certified Sake Advisors for pairing the perfect hot or cold sake with customer's meals. The restaurant  also excels at focusing their efforts on providing upscale hospitality, ensuring each guest is greeted and their needs met individually. Because of this, Nakato has been praised by Atlanta Eats, Simply Buckhead, and 17th South magazine.

With an extensive menu of traditional Japanese dishes and generous teppanyaki portions, Nakato has remained a favorite for locals and tourists for five decades.

Dokodemo - New York City

A completely different spin on a traditional teppanyaki restaurant, Dokodemo takes the event gathering out of the formal hibachi experience and creates an efficient, counter-service business model. While better suited for smaller parties and people on the go, Dokodemo still serves up some delicious and authentic dishes that make for a must-stop while visiting New York.

Dokodemo brings "Japanese street food" to the city, featuring dishes like ramen rice, takoyaki, yakisoba, and fried rice. Patrons can customize their order at the front register and watch as the chefs prepare their food fresh on grill tops before handing it over and taking the next order. So, rather than sitting down as a party at a hibachi table, Dokodemo lets customer stand in line for a fast, made-to-order hibachi experience you might see on the streets of Tokyo.

Because of Dokodemo's variety of Japanese dishes, innovative model, and outstanding food, this fun, counter-service eatery makes the list of one of the best places in the United States to get hibachi. 

Nobu Caesars Palace - Las Vegas

If you're looking for a truly grand teppanyaki experience of a lifetime, Nobu inside Caesar Palace Las Vegas is the place to be, as it takes Japanese steakhouses to a level that only Sin City can do. This particular Nobu in one of the most iconic hotels on the Strip is actually the only location of the upscale chain to have teppan tables available for dining parties. Only available Friday and Saturday, customers must reserve in advance to score a seat for one of these memorable and exclusive experiences.

Guests looking to make their meal unforgettable can order premium Japanese Wagyu beef, live lobster with spicy shiso ponzu, foie gras, or duck breast from the expansive teppanyaki menu. The are also several multi-course dinner options which include a wide array of appetizers, meats, sides, and desserts.

With premium select meats and inspired vegetables and sides, Nobu Caesars Palace isn't your neighborhood spot for children's birthdays, but a truly upscale dining experience.

Morimoto Vegas - Las Vegas

Since making a name for himself on the hit series "Iron Chef," Masaharu Morimoto has created a dining empire which includes a Las Vegas outlet of his celebrated restaurant Morimoto. Located in the MGM Grand, this exquisite contemporary Japanese sushi bar and steakhouse is sure to impress any teppanyaki veteran (via MGM Grand).

Featuring a clean, modern Japanese interior design and art by famed photographer Yasumichi Morita, Morimoto features wraparound teppanyaki tables, which host three grill tops and 12 seats. Here, customers won't get much of the showmanship of a traditional teppan table, but instead, the focus is on high quality food, top notch cuts of meat (like premium Japanese Wagyu), and creative flavor profiles (via Review Journals).

Morimoto Las Vegas is the chef's first attempt at a teppanyaki-style restaurant, yet he makes it his own by trying new things and bringing his signature creativity to the table (via USA Today).

Tanaka of Tokyo - Honolulu

Hawaii is known for having the freshest seafood and blending Asian flavors that you can't get anywhere else in the world. At Tanaka of Tokyo in Waikiki, you'll get a a teppanyaki meal you don't want to miss with a winning combination of amazing chefs, great hospitality, and premium ingredients (from both sea and land) for your hibachi experience. 

Earning awards ranging from "Best Teppan Room Anywhere" by Zagat to "Best Teppanyaki Restaurant" in Star Advertiser, Tanaka as been recognized by locals and tourists alike as a great place to go for a unforgettable experience (via Tanka of Tokyo). Lucky guests might also catch Chef Nick Narimatsu, who competed on the Food Network's "Flying Knives" teppanyaki challenge.

With a chef's menu of that includes premium options such as Wagyu beef, lobster, and scallops, Tanka of Tokyo is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion while in Waikiki.

Fire & Ice - Lake Tahoe

Fire & Ice is unlike any hibachi restaurant you'll ever experience. Located in the heart of Heavenly Village in gorgeous Lake Tahoe, California, their teppanyaki grill fires up more than traditional steak fried rice combos. For those coming off the slopes, Fire & Ice offers three enormous outdoor fire pits to warm up next to with a cocktail in hand. Afterwards, patrons head to the buffet and a fill bowl with anything and everything their heart's desire, from pasta to stir-fry vegetables to meats, plus an assortment of sauces to douse their creations. Next, Fire & Ice's chefs will cook their meals on a giant flattop grill as diners take in the show.

While a far cry from the traditional Japanese steakhouse, Fire & Ice makes for a fun, fantastic meal you won't find anywhere else. A variety of Japanese, American, Latin, and Italian flavors keep options limitless, and after a day on the slopes, your food will taste that much better.