If you are looking for an interesting dining experience, having your food cooked tableside is a fun way to enjoy a meal. Watching your food being freshly prepared in front of you by a chef not only wakes up your appetite, but you can also learn a trick or two for cooking in your own kitchen. Here are some great restaurants in Pittsburgh where you can take a group of friends or just your significant other and enjoy some culinary delights.
Dragon Fire Steakhouse
1500 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Dragon Fire Steakhouse at the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon features tableside cooking on hibachi tables. Not only is having a meal at Dragon Fire a great dining experience, but it is also quite a show. Dragon Fire’s chefs preform lightning fast chopping, grilling, flipping and tossing as they prepare your meal in front of you. The hibachi menu features a variety of grilled steak, chicken and shrimp with rice and vegetables. Dragon Fire also has a full sushi menu and Robata grill menu.
1516 Coraopolis Heights Road
Moon Township, PA 15108
Reserving the chef’s table at Hyeholde in Moon Township is an experience that you will never forget. While you are seated at the large, elegant table right in the heart of Hyeholde’s kitchen, executive chef Jim Brinkman and his staff will prepare your meal. You can enjoy the hustle and bustle of a busy first-class kitchen while chatting with your dinner guests and the Hyeholde staff. The chef’s table must be reserved in advance and features seven delicious dishes prepared just for you.
1114 Grandview Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Le Mont, located on Mt. Washington, offers a sweeping view of downtown Pittsburgh. In addition to a standard menu, there are two house specialties that are prepared tableside. You can choose Steak Diane prepared with forest mushrooms, garlic and rosemary or if you are with a guest, you can enjoy the chateaubriand for two served with roasted shallot bordelaise. You can also enjoy flaming desserts prepared tableside as well. You can choose from bananas Foster, cherries jubilee or crepes suzette.
Ichiban Hibachi Steakhouse
1160 Park Manor Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Ichiban Hibachi Steakhouse, with locations in Robinson, Cranberry and Wexford, offers a full hibachi menu that is prepared tableside. Tasty grilled hibachi dishes such as chicken, shrimp and steak are prepared on the hot hibachi grill table along with fried rice, noodles and vegetables while you watch. While the grill heats up, you can enjoy soups, salads and appetizers as well as a selection from the full sushi menu. There is plenty of time to enjoy conversation in addition to watching your dinner being prepared in front of you.
1040 Settlers Ridge Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
With locations in Robinson, Cranberry and the South Hills, Saga also offers hibachi tableside cooking in addition to a traditional Japanese and sushi menu. You can enjoy standard selections of shrimp, chicken or steak. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, you can also enjoy swordfish or lobster prepared especially for you. Everyone will also enjoy a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, vegetable rice and noodles as part of the meal.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.