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Family Friendly Restaurants in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Updated on August 24, 2015
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Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

The City of Wilkes-Barre

City seal of Wilkes-Barre, PA
City seal of Wilkes-Barre, PA | Source

About Wilkes-Barre, PA

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, once a city failing to thrive, is now a beehive of activity as it now is home to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (formally the Wachovia Arena), the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Due to the city's new popularity for hockey fans, fans of various entertainment acts that visit the area, and people who like to gamble, a new multitude of restaurants have been established, especially in the area of the Wyoming Valley Mall and the Arena.

That's not to mention the bustle in the downtown from the great shows at the F.M. Kirby Center or all of the college students going to Wilkes University and King's College, both located in the downtown area.

Here you'll find a list of family friendly restaurants right in the city of Wilkes-Barre, plus a review of one of my family's favorites, the Japanese hibachi restaurant Mirakuya.

List of Restaurants in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Restaurant
Near?
Type of Food
Applebees
Mall, Arena
American
Bart and Urby's
Downtown
Bistro
Bob Evans
Mall, Arena
American
The Chicken Coop
Mall, Arena
Chicken wings, burgers
Chilis
Mall, Arena
Mexican
Cracker Barrel
Mall, Arena
Homestyle
Dino's Italian Restaurant
Mall, Arena (Inside mall)
Italian
The Dough Company
Mall, Arena
Pizza, Italian
Friendly's
Mall, Arena
American
Grotto Pizza
Mall, Arena
Pizza
La Tolteca
Mall, Arena
Mexican
Leggio's Italian Ristorante
Casino
Italian
Logan's Roadhouse
Mall, Arena
American
Lonestar
Mall, Arena
American
Mimmo's Pizza
Downtown
Pizza
Mirakuya
Mall, Arena
Japanese
Mizu Sushi
Mall, Arena
Japanese
Norm's Pizza
Mall, Arena
Pizza
Olive Garden
Mall, Arena
Italian
Outback
Mall, Arena
American/ Steaks
Panera Bread
Mall, Arena
Cafe foods
Perkins
Downtown
American
Rodano's
Downtown
Pizza, wings
Smokey Bones
Mall, Arena
BBQ
Thai Thai
Downtown
Thai cuisine
Some Family Friendly Restaurants in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Wilkes-Barre, PA

A
Wilkes-Barre, PA:
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705, USA

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B
Mohegan Sun Arena:
255 Highland Park Blvd, Wilkes-Barre Township, PA 18702, USA

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C
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts:
71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711, USA

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D
Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs:
1280 Hwy 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, USA

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E
Mirakuya Japanese Restaurant:
695 Kidder St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, USA

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Wilkes-Barre Restaurants

The great thing about trying to find a restaurant in Wilkes-Barre is that there's always going to be at least five right near the venue you'll be visiting for a sporting event, a show, or school. Most of the restaurants in the city, especially the chain restaurants, will be on Business Route 309 near the Wyoming Valley Mall, downtown near the schools and the F.M. Kirby Center, and in the immediate areas surrounding the Mohegan Sun Arena. For those travelling into town from Interstate 81, you can get to these areas via Exit 168 for Highland Park Boulevard or Exit 170B for Wilkes-Barre.

Where you decide to go depends on what kinds of food you like and what you want to spend on a meal for your family. The list above doesn't even begin to cover all of the restaurants in the city, but you can get an idea of what restaurants you'll find in the areas you'll be visiting.

Another great thing about the restaurants in the city is that they are almost all family-friendly since the entertainment venues and schools cater to families. Many of them are locally owned while most of them are common chain restaurants found nationwide.

Recommendation: If you are going to be seeing a sporting event or show at the Arena or the other venues and would like a meal beforehand, arrive about an hour or so earlier than when you'd expect to see the sporting event or show. It seems that everyone will have the same idea for a meal before a sporting event or show and you may end up waiting longer than expected to be seated and served, possibly making you late for the event.

Restaurants in Wilkes-Barre

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Chili's in Wilkes-Barre, PA, right outside the Wyoming Valley Mall. Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre, PA, right outside the Wyoming Valley MallOne of the McDonald's in Wilkes-Barre, PA, across from the Wyoming Valley MallThe Dough Company in Wilkes-Barre, PA on Business Route 309 near the mall. A Taco Bell in Wilkes-Barre, PA on Kidder Street near the mall.
Chili's in Wilkes-Barre, PA, right outside the Wyoming Valley Mall.
Chili's in Wilkes-Barre, PA, right outside the Wyoming Valley Mall. | Source
Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre, PA, right outside the Wyoming Valley Mall
Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre, PA, right outside the Wyoming Valley Mall | Source
One of the McDonald's in Wilkes-Barre, PA, across from the Wyoming Valley Mall
One of the McDonald's in Wilkes-Barre, PA, across from the Wyoming Valley Mall | Source
The Dough Company in Wilkes-Barre, PA on Business Route 309 near the mall.
The Dough Company in Wilkes-Barre, PA on Business Route 309 near the mall. | Source
A Taco Bell in Wilkes-Barre, PA on Kidder Street near the mall.
A Taco Bell in Wilkes-Barre, PA on Kidder Street near the mall. | Source

Mirakuya, Wilkes-Barre

5 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of Japanese Restaurant Mirakuya

Mirakuya Japanese Restaurant

Japanese Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre

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MIrakuya Japanese Hibachi Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre, PAThe front view of Mirakuya from the road, located in the Pine Mall shopping center. Screenshot of Mirakuya's online menu.
MIrakuya Japanese Hibachi Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre, PA
MIrakuya Japanese Hibachi Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre, PA | Source
The front view of Mirakuya from the road, located in the Pine Mall shopping center.
The front view of Mirakuya from the road, located in the Pine Mall shopping center. | Source
Screenshot of Mirakuya's online menu.
Screenshot of Mirakuya's online menu. | Source

Hibachi

Would you try Japanese at a hibachi restaurant?

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Mirakuya in Wilkes-Barre

Address: 695 Kidder Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Phone: (570) 820-0901

View their menu: Mirakuya Lunch and Dinner Menu

Hours: Mon.-Thurs.: 11:00am-9:30pm, Fri. & Sat.: 11:00am-10:00pm, Sunday: 1pm-9pm (dinner only)

Japanese Hibachi

If you don't mind trying Japanese cuisine, check out Mirakuya Japanese Sushi and Hibachi Restaurant. There you'll find authentic Japanese dishes, sushi, and our favorite, a hibachi menu.

When we visit the restaurant, we're immediately greeted by the incredibly friendly staff and servers. The wait is never too long, unless of course you go on a very busy night (think: weekends) and don't call ahead for reservations.

You have a few options of where you can sit: regular restaurant tables, the bar, the sushi bar, or the hibachi tables. There is even a private party room that you can reserve if you call ahead.

We usually pick the hibachi tables. The tables sit about 8-12 people, depending on the table. In the middle of the table is the a grill where a cook comes out and cooks your food to order right in front of you.

The best part of the hibachi tables is the show the cooks put on for you while chanting some of their favorite lines, usually being 'More saki more happy!'. Saki is an alcoholic beverage that is used in the cooking, but for fun they'll squirt some in your mouth if you're 21 or older. For the kids, to keep them in the fun, they have 'baby saki', which is basically just Coke or Pepsi.

During the little show they put on, they spin and twirl their cooking utensils, make fiery smiley faces on the grill, chop up some vegetables and try to make you catch them in your mouth, and create a volcano of sliced onions. It's all in safe fun as they cook your meal. Kids and adults have a blast as their waiting for their meal!

Note: If you have little kids who may be frightened by the open flame and flame displays on the hibachi grill, you may want to reconsider sitting at a hibachi table. You can also move your child away from the table during the little show.

The hibachi meals are rather plentiful. Most often, we all come home with leftovers because there is so much!

If you want to try Japanese food and have fun, visit Mirakuya!

Visit Wilkes-Barre

I hope you enjoy your stay, your entertainment, and your meal in Wilkes-Barre!

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    • Dandi Daffyhill profile image

      Dandi Daffyhill 

      3 years ago

      This is a great list---I wish we had one for our area.

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      There are new ones even up behind Longhorn Steakhouse.

    • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Marissa 

      3 years ago from United States

      I remember the vast nothingness there was! I remember the "Arena YES!" campaign back in the 90s, lol! Now that there are even more restaurants, I need to add them in. :)

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      To think that not that long ago, that area was all trees with no buildings. Are you old enough to remember that? My granddaughters, Britney and Alexis, don't know that and were shocked when I told them. They thought all those restaurants and the arena were just always there. lol My favorite restaurants are Red Lobster, Smokey Bones, Logans, Cracker Barrel, Panera Bread and Olive Garden.

    • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Marissa 

      6 years ago from United States

      ptosis, it definitely has improved in the past 10 or so years. The current mayor has worked incredibly hard to bring new businesses to the downtown, and the Arena and casino have brought in people from all over the area who help to boost the local economy. :)

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • ptosis profile image

      ptosis 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      It's been a couple of decades since I drove through Wilkes-Barre. I am glad it got better and doesn't seem like a ghost town anymore.

    • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Marissa 

      6 years ago from United States

      Chrissiekilinger, reviewing the arenas sounds like a great plan!

    • chrissieklinger profile image

      chrissieklinger 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I am a Flyers fan, but any minor league hockey game is worth watching! Maybe I need to go watch some minor league hockey games the next few weeks and review the arenas....sounds like a nice plan!

    • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Marissa 

      6 years ago from United States

      chrissieklinger, I'm the same way with catching the veggies! The kids would love it. My kids have been going since they were both babies.

      I didn't know the NHL games won't be happening this year. I think the Baby Pens are still playing, so yes, you should come for a visit! :)

    • chrissieklinger profile image

      chrissieklinger 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Our Hibachi place tosse cucumber pieces and we had to catch them with our mouth, first one landedin my eye, but I caught the second. I still haven't taken the kids to one yet. Maybe we will come see a hockey game and go there since all the NHL games aren't happneing this year:(

    • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Marissa 

      6 years ago from United States

      billybuc, thanks for reading! Most people visit to see a show or the hockey games. We get a lot of great acts in the area now. I'll leave the light on for ya. ;)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, if I ever visit there I will try one of these...probably not the Japanese place. Good job on this; leave the light on for me...I'll get there eventually. :)

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