Whether you’re going on a date or looking for a fun night with family and friends, Japanese hibachi makes for a unique dining experience. In addition to tasty grilled meats, seafood, vegetables and rice, you’ll also receive a bit of a show as the talented hibachi chefs prepare your meal right at the table. While many of Philadelphia’s best hibachi spots also offer sushi and standard table service, the hibachi is clearly the main event. Bring your appetite for these multi-course meals and get ready to be entertained while you eat.

Arirang (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse & Modern Asian Tavern
2329 Lincoln Highway E.
Langhorne, PA 19047
(215) 946-2240
www.partyonthegrill.com

With just five locations total (all in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania), the Langhorne spot is the only Arirang restaurant in Pennsylvania. Luckily, it’s just a short distance from Philadelphia. The restaurant is split to give guests the choice of sitting in the modern tavern serving sushi and an assortment of Pan-Asian dishes or the lively hibachi dining room. With some of the best hibachi chefs around, your meal will be as entertaining as it is appetizing. Dinners include a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, vegetables, white rice, sherbet or ice cream and green tea, with prices typically ranging from $17.99 for the chicken to $34.99 for lobster tails. For a real treat, order the “Emperor’s Hibachi Deluxe” featuring Brazilian lobster tail, filet mignon, white shrimp and sea scallops for $38.99. The fried rice side order is extra here, but it’s so good that it’s worth the $2.99. And if your appetite is big enough, be sure to get the Kobe slider appetizer.

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Hibachi Penn’s Landing
325 N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 592-7100
www.hibachidining.com

Located above Dave and Buster’s at Penn’s Landing, this hibachi spot can be a bit hard to find due to the lack of signage. But the incredible views of the water and Ben Franklin Bridge alone make it worth the trip. Hibachi dinners include salad, shrimp appetizer, fried rice and vegetables with prices ranging from $13.95 for vegetables and $16.95 for chicken up to $49.95 for two seven-ounce lobster tails. Visit before 6:15 p.m. Sunday through Friday and before 5:45 p.m. on Saturday to take advantage of reduced early bird special prices. The most popular meal is the “Early Bird Deluxe” featuring New York strip steak, shrimp and chicken for $19.95.

Hikaru
4348 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 487-3500
www.hikaruphilly.com

Owner Takashi Yoshida opened his first Hikaru location in Society Hill in 1983, making it the first sushi bar in Philadelphia. Since then, he’s expanded the business to include the Main Street Manayunk spot, which offers tableside hibachi service along with fresh sushi and other authentic Japanese dishes. Hibachi meals include the shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, vegetables and your choice of fried or white rice. Prices start at $19.95 for the chicken, but for a truly special meal, opt for the “Hikaru Platinum Dinner” — with lobster tail, scallops, shrimp and steak — for $49.75.

Osaka
1598 Sumneytown Pike
Lansdale, PA 19446
(267) 222-8308
www.osakapa.com

Osaka has two locations (the other in charming Chestnut Hill), but you’ll have to make the trip to Lansdale if you want the full hibachi experience. Like many restaurants offering hibachi, the establishment offers two seating options so you can choose between hibachi grill tables and standard tables if you’re going for sushi or other entrees. Hibachi entrees include miso soup or salad, vegetables and fried rice with prices ranging from $14 for vegetables and $18 for chicken to $34 for two lobster tails. The sushi here always receives rave reviews, so you’ll want to consider ordering a roll or two as an appetizer before your hibachi meal.

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Shogun (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Shogun Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
2080 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
(215) 633-0888
www.shogunpa.com

Tucked away in a strip mall in Bensalem, Shogun is just minutes away from the Street Road exit off of 95. Serving a variety of dishes, the restaurant offers seating in cozy booths, at the sushi bar and at the large hibachi tables. Prices are incredibly reasonable with hibachi dinners starting at $13 for vegetable or $15 for chicken and topping out at $28 for the seafood deluxe including lobster, shrimp and scallops. All dinners are served with shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, fried rice and vegetables. To save even more, visit Monday through Thursday between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to enjoy reduced happy hour prices. Shogun is a BYOB, so be sure to bring your favorite wine if you plan to drink with your meal.

Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer fiance would love to open.
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