The area of southeast Virginia known as Hampton Roads, Coastal Virginia, Tidewater or even the 757 consists of 7 cities, split between “the Southside” and “the Peninsula”. The two areas are divided by a body of water that sometimes makes it feel as if an ocean separated the two, but is in fact just a few miles connected by a handful of bridge-tunnels.

One thing both sides of the water have in common is the outstanding variety of restaurants that cater to all manner of tastes. But with so many choices, how do you pick where to eat?

Well, we’ve partnered up with Yelp Hampton Roads to bring you the 5 best places to eat on the Peninsula, based on Yelp member reviews.

Looking for the list of restaurants in other areas of Hampton Roads? Feel free to click on any of the links below to check out all the best offerings those areas have for you!

Click here for Yelp’s top 10 best places to eat in Norfolk, Virginia!

Click here for Yelp’s top 10 best places to eat in Virginia Beach

Click here for Yelp’s top 7 places to eat in Chesapeake, Virginia

We recently featured 5 restaurants in downtown Norfolk that are simply outstanding on our Destination Virginia show. If you’d like to remind yourself just how good these restaurants are before checking out the list, CLICK HERE!

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1. Tanpopo Ramen (Newport News)

Tanpopo Ramen is a cornerstone in Newport News and has been recognized for its outstanding Japanese cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff.

2. Mr. Gyros & Burgers (Newport News)

Locally owned restaurant that uses only the freshest ingredients! Try their delicious Gyros sliced off the rotisserie with their homemade Gyro sauce that has been a secret family recipe for over 40 years! Looking for a juicy a burger? Enjoy one of their Angus Burgers or Lamb Burgers ground in house and infused with spices. Their homemade Greek dressing or homemade Ranch dressing on their fresh Salads will not disappoint you. If you’re in the mood for a bowl, try their mouth-watering Rice or French Fry Bowls. For dessert, they offer their homemade Baklava or Cheesecakes.

3. Circa 1918 (Newport News)

Drop into Circa 1918 for good times and great food. The restaurant is a unique Hampton Roads destination and neighborhood favorite.. Circa 1918 also features a friendly, professional staff that will make sure you enjoy your visit and ensure that Circa 1918 lives up to its reputation for pleasant dining and superb cuisine. The menu offers an inspired array of selections that is sure to satisfy everyone in your group, every time. Be sure to ask your server about new selections, daily specials and unique chef creations. Whether you’re in the mood for casual dining or a special occasion, Circa 1918 is sure to please.

4. 185 (Poquoson)

The grand idea for ‘one-eighty-five’ grew from the shared imagination of old friends Lenora Garland and John Chesney. Together, their goal was to open a charming neighborhood dining spot offering familiar dishes served with gracious hospitality.

5. Got Fish? Seafood (Hampton)

Food truck turned restaurant offers all kinds of seafood specialities.

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