Why Us?

Why Us?


1. Our mission is to bring fun & flare to every dining experience
We believe there is always a reason to come together with friends and family and celebrate. Whether it is a birthday or just for fun, Kobé provides an exciting and dynamic dining experience for everyone. Come to Kobé and expect to laugh, be entertained, and have a lot of great food and drinks to enjoy.

2. Simply delicious food
We believe delicious and craveable food starts with the basics of quality ingredients. Because we are locally owned, we are able to ensure that all our meats, seafood, and produce meet our quality standards. It’s quality that you can see when you sit down at your dining table.

3. We’re family
All of us at Kobé like to deem ourselves as being a “Kobé Family”. Since 1984, we have been serving the Orlando and Tampa market as a place for locals to come celebrate special occasions year after year and for visitors from afar to experience a unique local offering.


Kobé is known for offering its guests a unique Teppanyaki dining experience and doing so with its very own blend of fun and flare at its 13 Central Florida locations. It may surprise you to know that Kobé is family owned and operated.

Our story began in 1984 when Doi Tan Nguyen, along with his son Chau left Montreal, Canada. They came to Altamonte Springs and launched Kobé, Florida’s Premier Japanese Steakhouse. Nguyen had big ideas for his restaurant concept in the Orlando market. He wanted to deliver a unique dining experience that would offer an exciting and vibrant environment for guests to gather and celebrate over delicious food and drinks.

In 1996, with the passing of his father and joined by his sister and uncle, Chau Nguyen took over the company and remains the principal owner of the Florida native brand. Over the years, Kobé has grown to become a big family business that includes his children, nieces and numerous dedicated employees that have been with the company through the decades.

With 13 locations spanning from Orlando to Tampa, the Kobé team strives to continue to deliver the best Japanese Steakhouse dining experience to all local guests and those from all around the world.

What does Teppanyaki Mean?

The Japanese word “teppanyaki” combines the word “teppan” which means iron plate with yaki which means grill. The meaning of Teppanyaki is, literally, “iron plate grill”.


Kobé Japanese Steakhouse is Florida’s premier Japanese Steakhouse. We specialize in teppanyaki dining where our skilled chefs delight guests with their culinary skills as they prepare guests’ dinners right before their eyes. Although originally a traditional Japanese dining method, Kobé has reinvented the teppanyaki experience with more flare and excitement. Guests can be prepared to have fun and enjoy the upbeat ambiance that is created by the many celebrations that occur at Kobé.


Voted Best Japanese and Family Friendly Restaurant in 2019 Dining Awards hosted by Orlando Magazine. Voted Best Japanese, Best Sushi, Best Dinner Show, and Best Steakhouse in Central Florida in 2017 Foodie Awards hosted by Orlando Sentinel. Voted Best Japanese in 2017 Dining Awards hosted by Orlando Magazine. #1 Kid-Friendly Restaurant in Orlando Magazine’s 2017 Best of Orlando Awards.  Voted best Sushi 2016 by Best Bets.

From Ashley W

Ichiban was such an amazing chef! He is so very talented and always makes sure we have a great time! He makes the entire experience!! Precious was such a helpful and kind server as well. Both were very attentive to our needs and made sure everyone was happy. Thank you chef Ichiban for the amazing food and fun!!!!

From Violet R

Food was really great. Our chef Eddie Tan was amazing. He’s really jovial and swift with those knives. It was a pleasure to watch him work and eat at his hands. The overall service of the waiter was also great, he was always quick to do refills as though he was just right there. A place to visit for sure.

From Susan W

Went there with family from out of the country who had not experienced hibachi before. They loved it. Food was good and plentiful, so much we couldn’t eat it all. Our ‘cook’, ‘trick master’, Tri, was good and very entertaining. However, our server, Connie really made our experience a great one, she was there checking on us throughout the meal, refilling our drinks, making sure we had all we needed. She was really funny and entertaining in her own right, made us laugh so much we had jaw ache. Well done Connie and Tri, you made our night. Thank you!


Experience the allure of Japan right here in the heart of Orlando, where the spirit of hospitality is woven into every detail. Embrace a stay that transcends the ordinary, where the authenticity of our Japanese-inspired accommodations is matched only by the vibrant energy of International Drive just beyond our doors. Dive into relaxation at our inviting pool, a tranquil oasis amidst the vibrant energy of Orlando. Indulge in the ultimate convenience with room service offered from Kobe Steakhouse, bringing the authentic flavors of Japan directly to your door. Embrace tranquility, indulge in luxury, and let your journey unfold with us.


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