It is difficult to nail down the singular best restaurant in Hampton, Virginia. A lot of what goes into determining that depends upon the “taste” of the individual involved. While some of us love traditional American meat and potatoes, others crave Oriental or Italian cuisine. So, with that in mind, here is a list of the best restaurants in Hampton, Virginia in various categories:
For some of Hampton’s best seafood, try:
Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant located at 2710 W. Mercury Blvd. in Hampton, Virginia. The focus here is on the food, not the atmosphere. If you are looking for romantic candlelit tables, then this may not suit your tastes. However, if your pallet hungers for a delicious variety of seafood tastes, then this is definitely the place to go.
Captain George’s seafood buffet is famous on both sides of the water in Hampton Roads. People travel from miles around to chow down on some of the most delicious seafood anywhere. With over 70 items including crab legs, shrimp, fresh fish, prime rib, fresh broiled salmon, oysters Rockefeller, Bar-B-Q, she-crab soup, salad and much, much more, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant aims to please.
Dinners average around $18.99 per person excluding drinks and desserts. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 eat for half-price. Kids under the age of 4 eat free. Banquet facilities are available for parties and can accommodate up to 500 people. The restaurant also offers catering service.
The restaurant opens at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and Noon on Sunday. They accept Visa, MasterCard, and Diners Club.
For delicious Italian cuisine, try:
Capri Italian Restaurant located at 227 Fox Hill Road, in Hampton, Virginia. The focus here is also on the food although the atmosphere is comfortable and homey. Capri’s offers wonderful Italian dinners as well as pizzas and subs. Wine and beer are also available on premises.
Delicious Capri creations include shrimp scampi, chicken limone, stuffed veal, scallops and mushrooms, shrimp and spinach, fruit of the sea, and their famous chicken Capri. Italian classics include lasagna, ziti, eggplant ala Capri, cannelloni, manicotti, linguine with clams, chicken and veal marsala, pasta primavera, and of course spaghetti.
Capri also offers appetizers, salads, stromboli, and calzone. Pizza comes in both traditional and Sicilian square. A variety of subs are also available including roast beef and cheese, Canadian bacon, Philly steak and cheese, Pastrami, Turkey, Tuna, veal parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana, meatball, sausage, and vegetarian. Dessert choices include cheesecake, cannoli, tiramisu, chocolate mousse truffle, and chocolate loving spoon cake.
Meals are available dine in or carry out and range in price from a low of $2.75 to $17.75. Capri accepts Visa, MasterCard, Dines Club, and Discover.
For the best in steak, try:
Steak and Ale, located in front of Coliseum Mall in Hampton, Virginia. Steak and Ale offers a cozy, romantic atmosphere. Beautiful decor which includes different dining areas; some with high back chairs, simulated fireplaces, and candle light. Everything is geared toward making the customer feel welcome and comfortable.
The restaurant specializes in quality fine dining with meals that include steak and prime rib offered in a variety of ways; complete with salad and baked potato. They also have appetizers and an elegant dessert menu. Mixed drinks and beer are served on premises. Prices at Steak and Ale range from about $9.99 to $19.99.
The restaurant offers both a lunch and dinner menu and occasionally offers specials and coupons. Open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Steak and Ale accepts Visa and MasterCard as well as Diners Club
.For amazing deli food, try:
Jason’s Deli, located at 30 Coliseum Crossing in Hampton, Virginia. Jason’s has a pleasant and comfortable deli shop atmosphere. They offer wonderful, fresh homemade salads, scrumptious homemade soups, and a variety of sandwiches include wraps, po’boys, muffalettas, paninis, and wrapinis.
Dining is available inside the restaurant, for take-up, as well as for limited delivery. Prices range from about $5 to $6.50. Jason’s also offers catering which can be arranged through their website at jasonsdeli.com. The restaurant opens at 11:00 a.m. daily.
For wonderful American home cooking, try:
Josh’s Bar & Grill, located at 1938 E. Pembroke, in Hampton, Virginia. Offering an upscale traditional bar and grill atmosphere, Josh’s menu includes appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, sides, and entrees.
Open 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. daily, Josh’s has daily specials along with pool tables and dart boards for stress relief. On Friday and Saturday, the restaurant offers Karaoke and live music for dancing, while on Sunday’s they feature NFL Ticket, Nascar races on their new 60″ flat screen television. Takeout service is available.
Josh’s Bar & Grill takes Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Diners Club.
For dinner and movie under one roof, try:
Cinema Café, located at 1044 Von Schilling Drive in Hampton, Virginia. They offer multi-screen movie options, each theater complete with comfortable stadium movie seats and roomy dining tables. In addition to the standard popcorn, candy, nachos, and soft drinks, Cinema Café also offers several delicious food choices including pizza, sandwiches, chicken wings, desserts, beer, mixed drinks, and more.
Movie prices are less expensive than other traditional theatres in the area, ranging in price from about $4.50 to $6.50 (rather than $6.50 to $8.50) per ticket with kids under the age of 3 getting in free. Food prices range in price from about $5.99 to $16.99.
The atmosphere at Cinema Cafe is extremely comfortable with plenty of room for easy movement between chairs and tables. In the lobby, there are a variety of game choices to keep kids busy until the movie starts or while they wait for mom and dad to pick them up. Comfortable seating is also available in the lobby with beautiful benches made from classic car grills.
The café’s hours change in the summer and during holiday seasons, offering longer hours from 11:00 a.m. until midnight. The remainder of the year, the facility is open from 3:00 p.m. until midnight, Monday through Thursday and from 11:00 a.m. until midnight, Friday through Sunday. Cinema Café accepts Visa and MasterCard.
For those who prefer the option to choose from a variety of foods, then you might prefer some of Hampton’s chain restaurants like:
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, located at Coliseum Crossing in Hampton, Virginia. Applebee’s offers a wide variety of cuisine including pasta, steak, chicken, and seafood. They also often offer short-term specialized menus like take three, which allows patrons to choose from an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for a complete three-course meal.
Applebee’s atmosphere is comfortable with romantic Tiffany lighting. They serve beer and mixed drinks and the prices are moderate in nature with meals ranging from $9.99 and up. Service here is generally quite good with prompt response and knowledgeable servers.
Outback Steakhouse, located in front of Coliseum Mall in Hampton, Virginia. The focus here is on amazingly delicious steaks, cooked to order. The atmosphere is cozy and romantic. The service is generally pretty good with prompt response and knowledgeable servers. Lighting is subdued. Wine and beer are available.
Prices range from $12.99 and up.
Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, located at 1945 Power Plant Parkway in Hampton, Virginia. Lone Star offers a cozy, family atmosphere with subdue lighting and pretty good service. The menu is varied although the restaurant does specialize in grilled steak. Prices range from about $6.99 to $22.95. Entrees come with Lone Star’s famous yeast rolls, salad, and baked potation.
Open daily from 11:00 a.m., Lone Star remains open until 10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and until 11:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, and Discover.
While this, by no means, lists all of Hampton’s wonderful restaurants, it does offer a good cross-section that should fit just about anyone’s taste and desire.