(Closed) Benihana for Rehearsal Dinner?

posted 9 years ago in Parties
  • poll: Would you like a rehearsal dinner @ Benihana?
    Yes! : (14 votes)
    70 %
    Nah... : (6 votes)
    30 %
    Something else (please indicate in comments) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    123 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Yum!  I think it would be a ton of fun, and very unique.  The people who make your food don’t stay there throughout the whole meal, so you’d have plenty of time to socialize. I think it’s a great idea!

    Post # 5
    3979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    That is a lot of fun… but I agree with your Fiance that it could ruin the flow of the party. Hmm, are you going to need more than 1 table? If you’ll all fit at one table then it should be okay, but If you need a few tables it might make the conversations a little awkward.

    Post # 7
    889 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    how many people are you planning on having at your rehearsal dinner?  if you had a really big crowd I think something like benihana would be fun.  You could probably get a big room and then people could mingle and walk around during the dinner. But I agree with pp that if it’s a small group, it might be more diificult!

    Post # 8
    7431 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I love that idea for a small group, but depending on how big the tables are you will probably have to get 2 which makes it harder to socialize with people at a different table.  I always have so much fun when I go, but here we have Sakura instead of benihana

    Post # 10
    889 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    wow!  Your parents haven’t met before and are going to meet at the rehearsal dinner?  I would definitely do a more intimate restaurant.  It doesn’t need to be an expensive restaurant, but if you have 14-16 people I am sure you could find a great restaurant where you could have a private room or something like that to have a dinner that’s better for talking and getting to know each other!  Good luck!

    Post # 11
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I am exactly with your Fiance on this one! I love love love Benihana’s food, and they’re great for first dates and rowdy parties, but if you actually want to get a chance to TALK with your family and friends, it’s not the place to go. The focus at benihana is on 1) the chef and 2) the food. AFTER that you can focus on your company.

    Post # 12
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2008

    I love Benihana and think it is super fun idea for a small-ish rehearsal dinner!  I would check out the layout to see if there is a place where the two tables feel like you would all be together.  And also to check out the cleaniless – most benihana’s are great, but I have seen a few that are kind of dirty….

    Post # 13
    1956 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

    Honestly, I hate to be a downer but I think a Rehearsal Dinner at Benihana wouldn’t be that social or feel like a celebration.  I’ve found that it is really hard to talk to anyone besides the two people left and right of you at those places bc of the way the tables are set up. Plus, the chef and the cooking take all the attention, so things like toasts and stuff might be difficult.  Personally, if it’s a smaller group (like, under 15) I would go somewhere else a little less crazy….

    Post # 14
    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception

    I think Benihana would be a great place for a rehersal dinner; great food, a lil’ entertainment, but (like DarlingNikki said) you’d still have plenty of time to socialize with your guests. Although I had my reception at a luau so I might be the wrong person to ask. :o)

    Post # 16
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Can i come? I looooove benihana food =]

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