Saga appeases appetites with classical Japanese cuisine presented in a contemporary style with dazzling tableside hibachi preparation. Hibachi dinners cook before patrons’ eyes as chefs sear steak ($22), chicken and scallops ($22), or lobster and filet mignon ($30) before accessorizing meals with two pieces of shrimp, soup, salad, vegetables, rice, and noodles. After scouring the oceans in an atmosphere-diving suit, chefs utilize fresh seafood to craft maki such as the Rainbow roll with spicy crabmeat topped with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and tobiko ($10, as well as the Fantastic roll ($12) with spicy yellowtail, salmon, and avocado topped with lobster, jalapeño, and tobiko.
Though Green Forest Churrascaria serves a wide variety of meats, every cut has to go through the same trial by fire. Cooked in the traditional churrasco style, the meats sit above an open fire pit fueled by natural wooden charcoal. They roast on impressively sized skewers, which servers then carry into the dining room. There, they slice tender pieces directly onto dinner plates, a showmanship-heavy serving method known as "rodízio."
The resulting dinners star meats such as lamb chops, pork ribs, and filet mignon that, much like the best Christmas presents, comes wrapped in bacon. Some arrive seasoned with parmesan cheese or garlic, while others rely solely on the smoky flavor imparted by their time in the flames. A hot buffet and salad bar balance out meals with a sprawling number of side dishes, including sushi and seafood. There's also a list of wines and beers that emphasizes worldly reds.
Executive chef Greg Alauzen has designed every dish on Cioppino's sumptuous dinner menu. Whet your appetite with his selection of oysters on the half-shell ($12) before moving onto his signature dish, Cioppino—a heaping platter of branzino, mahi-mahi, little-neck clams, Prince Edward Island mussels, Dungeness crab, scallops, whole prawn, onion, and fennel, all served with grilled crostini ($29). The only thing missing is the lobster, which you can get in risotto form ($12). Those with more landlubbing tastes will prefer an Elysian Fields Farm lamb with potato croquette and basil-mint oil ($38), New York strip steak ($34), or the veggie-friendly potato gnocchi ($16). Since seafood tends to make for poor desserts, top your feast with vanilla-bean crème brûlée ($6) and gelato ($5), or warm beignets tossed in cinnamon and sugar with a caramel, chocolate, or raspberry dipping sauce ($6).
Pittsburgh Rare specializes in serving its certified Black Angus beef flash-panned and seared on the outside and nice and red on the inside. Meat-lovers will find seven gorgeous slabs of beef on the menu, including the signature marinated filet mignon ($40 for 10 oz.), which is specially prepared by the chef. The restaurant also offers tender cuts like the dry-aged 14 oz. New York strip ($41) and the imposing 20 oz. porterhouse ($42). Each steak is served with a choice of side, which include mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, a diamond-studded crown and goblet, and creamy cheddar cauliflower mash. Those that arrive immediately after eating a world-record 79 matzo balls in eight minutes can stick to lighter fare, such as the half-pound flame-grilled burger ($12) or the three-tiered turkey club ($13).
Saga Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar's chefs appease appetites with freshly rolled maki as well as classical Japanese entrees that come to life on tableside hibachi grills. After scouring the oceans in a conjoined diving suit, chefs utilize their fresh seafood to transform sticky rice into such visions as the rainbow roll, filled with spicy crabmeat and crowned with a spectrum of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and tobiko. Sushi disappears from plates inside the dimly lit dining room, where exposed-stone sections of wall flank bamboo plants brightened with little spotlights.
Patrons seeking dinner and a show can order something off of the hibachi menu, then gather around black-granite-topped counters inside a room with rich wooden accents. Before each hungry audience, chefs sear salmon, chicken and scallops, or lobster and filet mignon before accessorizing meals with two pieces of shrimp, soup, salad, vegetables, rice, and noodles.
Not many people get the chance to dine in a restaurant's wine cellar, but at Vallozzi's, diners can book the underground space for a private dinner or dine in one of four other elegant areas. While enjoying award-winning wines, guests can feast on upscale Italian cuisine in Vallozzi's Classic dining room, which awards the eyes with hand-painted murals and romantic lighting. Alfresco dining options include Casa Elena and the patio, where guests can bask in the breeze without picnicking on an airport runway. Rounding out the quintet of rooms and boasting a handmade maple and olive wood bar, Rosso Bianco blends casual and chic with light-strewn tables, wine racks, and flat-screen TVs.