Kobe Japanese Steak and Sushi is a great restaurant. It's located in the Shockoe Bottom area, where the night-life is booming. The Kobe restaurant is split into upper and lower levels -- upper level serve sushi and traditional japanese cuisine along with a bar, whereas lower level serve hibachi cuisine. Their sushi is prepared by a skilled Japanese Sushi chef and the quality and detail of their sushi entrees are top-etched. The traditional menu just has been revamped and it is simply amazing. If you have yet to try Japanese fusion cuisine, Kobe is the place to go. I recommend the Filet Minion with Truffle sauce. The downstairs offer a wide menu where the food is cooked and served on a hibachi grill. I must admit the hibachi is not the BEST I have had ( I am a hibachi chef ), customers won't regret anything. The hibachi chefs at Kobe are one of the finest in the Richmond area and their entertainment will keep you amused throughout the night. The prices are a bit higer than usual restaurants (Ex. Avg. course: including sushi appetizer, a Small glass of a Ozeki sake, and Hibachi Chicken -- $35.) Keep in mind that the hibachi dinner comes with a soup, salad, and 2 shrimp appetizers and the amount of food you get is very hard to finish. There is a bar upstairs which offer a wide array of mixed drinks, authentic sake, wine, and other spirits.
I've been there twice on work dinners and both times we were very happy. We all got hibachi and ordered some rolls and/or sushi to share. I'm not sure about all the negative reviews but all the sushi we had was delicious. I ordered the shockoe roll both times because I loved it so much, just be careful. It's one of the fried rolls with cream cheese in the middle and it's molten hot when it first comes to the table. Def let that one sit for a while. I know all the sushi buffs don't believe in these kind of rolls but we ordered straight sushi as well and really enjoyed it. The hibachi was scrumptious as well, I didn't hear any complaints and I think we got just about 1 of everything on the menu. So far, this has been the best sushi I've found in Richmond so I'll be back for sure.
Came to Kobe to meet a friend on a quiet Tuesday night. There are two levels; the upper- with regular tables and a sushi bar, and the lower- with hibachi tables. The ceiling was painted a galaxy blue, and plenty of ambient lighting. We ordered a sushi boat, which was plenty for two people. We struggled to finish it all. But it was all so yummy, we had to! They have a nice selection of alcohol. I would definitely want to try their hibachi out next time. Can't wait to go back!