We Celebrated Our Son’s Eleventh Birthday At @Benihana Restaurant! #BeniKids #Ad

*I participated in this campaign on behalf of Benihana. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating. All opinions are my own. 

    This past week, we celebrated our oldest son’s eleventh birthday.  It’s hard to believe that he is even that old because I can still remember the precise moment that I laid my eyes on him for the first time.  He was absolutely exquisite with bright blue eyes and a shock of red hair that I couldn’t believe that he was really my baby.  You see, I had wanted to become a mother for four years before becoming pregnant with him but it took us a long time to conceive.

    Now he is a tween and I feel blessed to  be able to witness his transformation into a young man.  He has his own distinct personality and sense of humor and I see so much of myself and his father in him.  This year, he wanted to go somewhere special to eat for his birthday and, since he has been wanting to go to Benihana Restaurant for a while, we decided it would be the perfect place to have our celebration.

    Ever since 1964, Benihana has featured authentic Japanese food prepared on steel grills right in front of its diners.  We loved the fact that we were seated right around the grill as soon as we arrived.  Our server promptly explained the menu options to us which was very convenient and allowed us to choose exactly what we all wanted to eat.  After ordering our food, our chef arrived with a cart full of fresh ingredients which he used to prepare our meals right in front of us while we enjoyed a few of his cooking tricks.

    All of our food was absolutely delicious and the ambiance of the restaurant was extremely family-friendly.  We had told our server upon arriving that we were celebrating our son’s birthday that evening so she arranged for him to receive a special dessert which the servers presented to him while they sang “Happy Birthday” to him in English and in Japanese.  Our boy was absolutely tickled to be the center of attention and had a permanent smile on his face for the rest of the evening.

    As a Leukemia Survivor, there is also another reason why I love Benihana Restaurant.  They are donating $50,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® from funds that were raised by the 2014 “Children Helping Children” coloring contest which is part of the Children’s Day program that culminated May 5.  Throughout the month of April, children who visited any Benihana location nationwide were encouraged to draw a picture signifying what the theme “Children Helping Children” meant to them.

    For each entry form collected, Benihana donated $1 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the global leader in finding cures and saving children from cancer and other deadly diseases. Additionally, 100 percent of the purchase price for all of the Benihana Kabuki Kids meals served on Children’s Day, May 5, went toward the total amount raised.  To date, Benihana has raised more than $210,000 for St. Jude.

    I’m proud to support a restaurant that champions important causes like finding cures for childhood cancers.  It is a great way to teach children and families about Japanese culture while promoting advocacy within our communities.  I couldn’t have chosen a better place to celebrate the birthday of one of the most important people in my life, my Firstborn.  Make sure you take your family to Benihana and experience some quality time with your family while dining on delicious, authentic Japanese cuisine!

Let’s Discuss:  What qualities do you look for in a restaurant when you are dining out with your family?

Disclosure: I participated in this campaign on behalf of Benihana. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating and to facilitate this review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”




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  1. Jennifer Williams says

    I hope there is one near me, I will go check their site. My boys and I would all love this. Looks like your family had a great time and that food looks amazing.

  2. Robin Rue says

    I have heard of Benihana, but we don’t have one around here. Every year when we go to Disney World, we eat at a Japanese restaurant where they cook at the table like that and we all love it. The show is great and the food is even better.

  3. Terry My Journey With Candida says

    When we travel, we try to find a Benihanas to eat at since we love Japanese food and don’t have one in our town. Good food…

  4. Amy Desrosiers says

    I typically go to kid friendly places. Free meals or incentives get us through the doors.

  5. kay adeola says

    Happy Belated Birthday to your son,Looks like he had a lovely time.Do not normally go to places like this but would love to try sometime.

  6. Looks like a great place to eat a birthday meal! Yum! Happy birthday to your son!

  7. Meagan Bailiff says

    we usually look for affordable places to eat with healthy options. i’ve always wanted to try benihana but there isn’t one near us!

  8. I’ve heard great things about Benihana! Glad you enjoyed your time – hope he had a wonderful birthday! And what do I look for in restaurants? Gluten-free! LOL

  9. Lawna Young says

    What a neat place to eat at! I bet the kiddos loved those cute chef hats!

  10. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says

    I look for consistently great food,not hit or miss. I also like when they can cook it according to my specific tastes. Benihana is fun and delicious!

  11. mail4rosey says

    I love that they’re donating to St. Jude’s too!!

    And this does look like a fun place to go and have a great meal!

  12. Nicole E. says

    Looks like a delicious place to spend a birthday! I would love to check out this place sometime.

  13. Looks like a great time. We don’t have a restaurant like that around here. Amber N.

  14. Oh yum that looks so good – I don’t think we have anything like this around here which is such a shame. x

  15. Rebecca Bryant says

    Oh yummy what a fabulous birthday dinner. For us we look for a good price and good quality food.

  16. Those are so much fun, happy birthday to your son! <3

  17. Motivating Mommy says

    It looks like he had a great birthday. I have never been to Benihana. I don’t think that we have one in Oklahoma the closest may be in Dallas.

  18. Happy Birthday ! Looks like everybody had a great time 🙂

  19. Veronica Solomon says

    I used to love going to Benihana’s. the food was great, but it was even more fun seeing them prepare it

  20. I used to spend all of my birthdays at our local Japanese steak house (Samurai). It’s thge perfect birthday spot!

  21. I hope he had a wonderful birthday. I love hibachi places.

  22. I love Bennihana! I go there for my own birthday since my meal is free! Happy birthday to your son!

  23. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says

    I have heard of Benihana from a dozen different people, but I’ve never actually been to one, or even a similar style restaurant. I would love to find one near me and break the trend!

  24. coupontammy says

    I think it’s great that they are working to help raise funds for St. Judes. What a great program! I wish more companies did things like that. It looks like your son had a great birthday!

  25. Onica {MommyFactor} says

    Happy birthday to your son. Going out for a meal is a nice way to celebrate. Boys eat so much and it seems Benihana Restaurant had lots to food options to offer.

  26. I have never heard of this restaurant but it looks like a great one. The sushi looks so good!

  27. Outrun1986 says

    This sounds like a really good restaurant.

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