With so many trendy restaurants opening up I feel like hibachi restaurants don’t get the same love they once did. They were the place to go for special occasions. And despite maybe not having quite the draw they once did, they are still at the top of my list. I’ve tried several throughout Charlotte, in Raleigh where I went to college (Go Pack!), in Myrtle Beach, and even in Turks & Caicos. But I’ve never found one that compared to what was always my family’s go-to. We went there every New Year’s Eve for years and for other family birthdays and special occasions. But is my top choice the best or am I just biased? I decided to consult Yelp, to see what their reviewers thought was the best hibachi steakhouse in Charlotte.

But with so many of these types of restaurants and the same go-to tricks we’ve all seen. You know the onion volcano, the shrimp in the hat, the heart made out of rice. While the element of surprise isn’t there, the light-hearted fun is. Admit it, dinner and a show just hits differently. What makes my favorite hibachi restaurant my favorite? Simply put is that it’s one of only two I’ve ever been to that give you both rice and noodles. And as a carb lover, that’s the way to my heart. Keep reading to see the top 5 hibachi Japanese steakhouses in Charlotte according to Yelp. Note that only cook-in-front-of-you true hibachi-style restaurants were included on this list. You can see the full reviews on Yelp here.

  • 5. Fuji Japanese Steakhouse

    Address: 14126 Rivergate Pkwy #400, Charlotte, NC 28273


    Fuji Japanese Steakhouse is located in the Rivergate shopping center which is in the Steele Creek area of Charlotte. I have actually been here once when I was a camp counselor on Lake Wylie for the summer. I remember it being a good meal, and a fun atmosphere and if I’m in the area again I’d definitely give it another try!

  • 4. Red Ginger

    Address: 401 S Tryon St #130, Charlotte, NC 28202


    I went to Red Ginger once last year for a birthday party. My only complaint (and a nonissue now that I know) is that I was extremely confused as to where to park. For future reference it’s in a deck across the street! Red Ginger may actually be my second favorite hibachi restaurant as, you guessed it, they serve you both rice and noodles. Elite status right there.

  • 3. Japan 49

    Address: 10920 Winds Crossing Dr, Charlotte, NC 28273


    Japan 49 is actually the only restaurant on this list I wasn’t familiar with. But according to their menu all entrees come with soup and green salad, assorted vegetables, noodles, and white or fried rice. So I am adding this to my list to try! They are also located in Steele Creek near the intersection of South Tryon and Carowinds Blvd.

  • 2. Kabuto

    Address: 446 Tyvola Rd, Charlotte, NC 28217, 7724 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, 1001 E W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28213, 16516 Northcross Dr, Huntersville, NC 28078


    If you have lived in Charlotte for any length of time chances are you’ve tried Kabuto. It’s got 4 area locations and is always a popular choice. It’s good and I would never turn down a chance for any hibachi!

  • 1. Nakato

    Address: 8601 University Executive Park Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262, 8500 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226


    If you were keeping track, you probably figured out what my favorite and the top-rated hibachi restaurant in Charlotte according to Yelp reviewers is. It’s been my favorite since I was in elementary school, and has remained a favorite to this day. I think I’m going to have to plan a trip there soon. Does anyone have a birthday you want to celebrate?

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