(Closed) Children at a hibachi restaurant?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We took my stepson-to-be there for his sixth birthday, and he loved it.  He was entertained the whole time so there was no threat of boredom & he was definitely more willing to try new foods since he got to watch it be cooked in front of him.   The chicken is definitely pretty mild tasting so that should be a good standby if they’re unwilling to try something like scallops or shrimp.


Good luck with it! We had a great time when we went & have been meaning to go back.

Post # 5
3586 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@ForeverBirds:  Oh thank god I thought this was going to be another thread about children being where they “shouldn’t” be.

It seems to me that the theatrics of a Japanese hibachi restaurant would be very well suited to children the ages of your neices. You are a great aunt to take them there!

Post # 6
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

The first time I went to a hibatchi restaurant I was maybe 9 and my little brother was 6. We had SO much fun. It’s absolutley fascinating to watch the cooks work. Also, I think kids who are picky eaters are probably more likely to try something they just watched being cooked by some cool chef with big knives and volcano onions than they might normally be.

Post # 7
2355 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I don’t have any kids of my own, but I do remember going as a child!

My little brother and I seriously looooved hibachi grills as kids! It was always a really big deal when we went and we’d get so excited. My parents sort of turned it into an ‘event’ for us.

I say go for it!

I have seen some little kids get really scared by the fire before, but then I’ve seen other kids that loved that part. So it depends on how easily frightened the girls are, I suppose.

Post # 9
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@ForeverBirds:  I think we just told him that it was a surprise so that he would be a bit more excited.  If you and your husband are okay with it, we played along with the chef–my Fiance did the sake shots from the squeeze bottle from across the table & we caught the shrimp in our mouths.  He was cracking up & thought it was awesome.  I think if you play along too they’ll be really into the experience. 

Post # 11
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We went when we were little for really special occasions and it was really fun.  It is a good environment for kids because it tends to be light-hearted/ landback/ fun.

Post # 12
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ForeverBirds:  Whether or not to tell them before hand depends on the kids- do the girls usually enjoy/behave well for surprises?  I always enjoyed surprises and had a great time with that sort of outing when I was a kid.  DH doesn’t like surprises and finds them more stressful then fun.  When he was younger, he said he could get cranky/bratty about a surprise because he didn’t like not knowing what was happening.  

Either way I think they’d have a great time!  

Post # 14
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Hibachi style is the ONLY restaurant we have in town that is nice.  We have taken my son since he was an infant (he is now 1 1/2 years old).  He thinks it is fun for the most part.  We have also taken nieces, nephews and friends kids with almost no problems.  Kids are kids and if they are going to have a fit, they will have a fit.  But the show shouldn’t be too bad.  Don’t put them in front of the fire (that can be kinda scary) keep them to the sides.  There are a few possibly scary times, we usually talk them up as being fun.  You should have fun!

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