Those with romance on the mind come Valentine’s Day often consider a candlelight dinner part of the magic formula necessary to make their dreams come true. My husband and I certainly do.
While I love to cook for my man, the truth is that after 40 some years he’s a bit tired of my dishes no matter how hard I might try to “mix ’em up.” So I look forward to treating him to something special from time to time.
Luckily, on the Virginia Peninsula in general and in Yorktown, in particular, we have plenty of wonderful restaurants to choose from. Here are my top five picks for Yorktown restaurants for this Valentine’s Day:
Those who want good seafood, need look no further than Bill’s Seafood House located in York Square Shopping Center at Route 17 and Denbigh Boulevard. This restaurant has been a Peninsula favorite for decades.
Although far from a fancy, upscale eating establishment that doesn’t mean that Bill’s can’t offer its own brand of charm for Valentine’s Day. Patrons find a delightful seaside atmosphere with comfortable seating, good food, and even better service.
Bill’s has something to offer for just about anyone’s taste. Although they specialize in seafood, they also offer other options such as steak, chicken, and pork. Seafood options are, of course extensive, ranging from simple grilled fish to oysters to specialized dishes like blackened tuna and pepper jack shrimp.
The prices at Bill’s are more than reasonable and certainly worth it considering the quality of the food and wonderful service. Food is available for dine-in and take-out.
The restaurant does not accept reservations. Seating is available only on a “first come, first served” basis. Bill’s accepts most major credit cards.
Those searching for some delicious hibachi-style Oriental food, complete with mouth watering sushi, should give Yukihana Japanese Steak and Seafood a try. The divine little restaurant, located at 3301 Hampton Highway, is tucked inside a strip center on one of the Peninsula’s major thoroughfares.
This charming little restaurant offers soft lighting around its many tabled cooking areas. Extremely talented master chefs entertain as they cook; keeping the atmosphere light and cheery.
The restaurant offers a varied menu, which includes shrimp, steak, and chicken as well as several different varieties of sushi. They also provide their own unique house salads, complete with a specially made sweet ginger dressing and several different homemade soups.
Waitresses cater to your every whim and management is certain to drop by the table to make certain that you are happy with your choices. All in all, Yukihana offers a delightful dining experience for all.
The restaurant does not take reservations, but seats only on a “first come, first served” basis. They accept most major credit cards.
If Thai food sounds appealing, then the perfect choice is Thai Erawan located at Shady Bank’s Shopping Center at 134 Magruder Boulevard. Another restaurant tucked into a strip center, Thai Erawan offers the best Thai cooking to be found anywhere in the state of Virginia.
Charmingly decorated in black, white, and red Oriental décor, with comfortable tables and a private room for large parties, Thai Erawan can meet just about any need. Elegant entrees include everything from duck to curry to the latest in fresh fish.
The restaurant’s prices are more than reasonable and the service is both personalized and quite excellent. The owners themselves often serve customers with their own very special touch. Either way, however, your every whim is bound to be met in this personalized establishment.
Thai Erawan does not accept reservations. Seating is strictly “first come, first served.” They also accept most major credit cards.
Nick’s Riverwalk Restaurant is one of Yorktown’s landmark establishments. Located on the waterfront of the York River in historic Yorktown, it is one of the key places to visit in the area.
The Riverfront Dining Room and the Landing private banquet room both offer menus that celebrate Virginia’s rich history. Dishes include a unmatched lobster bisque, their signature seafood sausage, oysters on the half shell, spicy peanut-encrusted catfish, a scrumptious seafood lasagna and so much more.
The Riverfront Dining Room offers a stunning view of the river as you sit in cushy dark wood booths or dine on crisp white linen tablecloths. The service is first class from the moment you walk in the room until you walk out the door.
Nick’s Riverwalk Restaurant accepts reservations for special events like Valentine’s Day. The remaining seating is done on a “first come, first served basis.” The accept most major credit cards.
If you have a taste for some good old fashioned American BBQ, then County Grill and Smokehouse just might fit the bill. Located at 1215 George Washington Memorial Highway in York County, the grill is a favorite of many on the Virginia Peninsula. The charming eatery is a bit more casual than some of my other recommendations, but it still offers a delightful atmosphere for a wonderful home cooked meal.
County Grill is famous for its amazing slow roasted meats, seafood and vegetables, which are cooked over a smoldering hardwood fire. Southern style side dishes like collard greens, black-eyed peas, baked beans, cole slaw, and potato salad help polish off the perfect meal. And people come from miles away just to try the restaurant’s homemade banana pudding.
A wonderfully stocked bar ensures that your favorite wine, liquor, beer, and frozen drinks are available at all times. And highly enthusiastic servers will be there to make sure that you have everything you want and need; perhaps even before you recognize it yourself.
County Grill and Smokehouse doesn’t accept reservations, seating people on a “first come, first-served” basis. They accept all major credit cards.
Any of the above choices will delight and thrill for Valentine’s Day or any other. Bon Apetite!