Japanese steak house & seafood. Hibachi style grill & sushi, First Japanese steak house in Peninsula VA, Chef owned restaurant since 1985, Best awarded for Daily Press, Diner's choice, Hamptonroad.com, and more.
If you see it while driving down George Washington Memorial Highway, it'll certainly stand out?after all, it's not everyday there's a cactus on the side of a Virginia road. But it's not a real cactus, of course, just a neon beacon drawing hungry folks into Cactus Steakhouse. And it's definitely a symbol for the Southwestern-tinged food served inside, such as cowboy chili in a crock with cheese and onions and hickory-fired chicken with barbecue sauce and bacon. But steak is the menu's signature dish, served as a sirloin filet, rib eye, or prime rib with au jus. Dinner is hardly the only draw here, though, as the live-music lineup nabbed an award for Best Place to Hear Local Bands from Coastal Virginia magazine in 2014 and inspired a city-wide ban on earplugs.
At Kyoto Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar, guests feast their eyes on the fiery display of lively chefs forging a menu of authentic Japanese cuisine with teppanyaki-style foodsmithing. The sushi bar reels in taste buds with raw sea-fruit assortments, including the tekka don bearing sliced tuna ($15.50) and the vegetable maki combo ($10.50). Diners shovel in sizzling pieces of filet mignon ($26.95) and hibachi sirloin steak ($24.25) to mute bellies that bellow like an opera singer stubbing his big toe. Patrons can sink fangs into the battered and deep-fried shrimp-and-vegetable tempura ($14.50) or celebrate evenings out with friends with $1 sake bombs (not included with this Groupon).
Fireside Chophouse embraces famished guests in its intimate, warmly lit space and touts premium-cut steaks, fresh seafood, and hearty homemade dishes. Start off with the jumbo shrimp cocktail ($8.95) or the hot spinach-and-artichoke dip flanked with chips and a heated exchange between verdant veggies ($5.95). Carnivorous cravings can be quelled after grappling with the filet mignon ($24.95) or the grilled pork chop, a boneless cut delicately cooed to a tooth-worthy tenderness and brushed with an apple-butter glaze ($15.95). The sesame-seared tuna ($18.95) is ammunition for fork-trebuchets to launch palate-pleasing protein at your vulnerable taste buds. Ravenous tykes can dig into the junior steak and fries ($7.95) or the chicken strips and fries ($6.50), and dessert doyens can fill hourly cocoa quotas with the triple-chocolate ice-cream cake ($5.50).
Joe Helbing captained Howlett's tavern for 13 years before deciding to explore a new career path, only to discover he missed the clink of beer glasses and the chatter of happy guests. Having reaffirmed his passion for the restaurant biz, Joe reopened his restaurant, where he continues to serve the original Howlett's memorable menu of steak-house favorites.
Deep in the kitchen, chefs grill a variety of hand-cut steaks, ribs, and fresh seafood dishes. To craft their signature crab cakes, they season fresh lump crab with a savory rémoulade. Come lunchtime, they turn their attention to making thick paninis and hearty burgers and shaking their fists at the relentless midday sun. Guests linger over last sips of cocktails and final bites of housemade pecan pie at tables that speckle the spacious dining room.
The aroma of baking bread wafts from Great Steak's kitchen, where sandwichsmiths pack quality cuts of meat into sandwiches, wraps, and burgers. Their renowned philly cheesesteak reaches skyward with grilled sirloin steak, onions, and provolone cheese, and their extensive selection of specialty sandwiches pairs with sides including baked potatoes, fries, fruit bowls, and parfaits. To help patrons make health-conscious choices, the menu's nutrition facts are available online and the chefs whip up a selection of low-carb and low-fat sandwiches, wraps, and salads served in the absence of exploding forks. Patrons can place an order for pickup with the convenience of the restaurant's online menu and request catering to feed large groups.