Sometimes a gherkin that resembles a raisin bun is unexpectedly a meatloaf that tastes delicious. For $15, today’s Groupon gets you $35 worth of drinks and exquisite American fare at The Reserve in Federal Hill. The Reserve “looks like a bar,” according to the Baltimore Sun, “but its menu does not.” The homey bare-brick barroom’s menu of American fine-dining favorites includes blackened scallops, angus filet mignon, and semi-boneless quail.
The Baltimore City Paper recommends the pistachio-encrusted rack of lamb ($19), grilled cornmeal-crusted red grouper ($16), and pan-roasted quail with Israeli couscous “made slightly sweet with the inclusion of golden raisins” ($16). If you’re just coming in to swig spirits, try The Reserve’s gourmet pub fare, such as a bison burger with jalapeno cream and red pepper coulis ($12) or the gourmet grilled wings (gold wing, cajun, Maryland-style, and honey coriander, $8). The buffalo strip steak is 11 ounces, “full of juicy, meat flavor” that can compete with most beef steaks, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Heavy cutlery, tablecloths, and fancy glassware make The Reserve’s first-class cuisine a first-class eating experience. The Reserve’s bar has more than 12 beers on tap, so enjoy some brews while you watch the game on one of the numerous flat-screen TVs. A fine-dining experience with the casual vibe of the neighborhood bar is a game-changing innovation that can change the fine dining, drinking, and fine drinking games.
For this Groupon to be redeemed, a reservation is absolutely required and, as always, tax and gratuity are not included.
- Often when a bar (or a restaurant) takes these kinds of chances with the menu, the results are less than stunning, but I'm happy to report that despite a few quirks, the Reserve can easily chew what it has bitten off. – Mary K. Zajac, Baltimore City Paper
- ... the kitchen's bison strip steak could hold its own with most beef steaks. It was evenly rare all the way through, charred on the outside, and full of juicy, meat flavor. The dark, wine-laden sauce was applied with discretion. – Elizabeth Large, Baltimore Sun
- With a creative menu, eclectic (and often outrageous) specials menu and an elegant decor and atmosphere, this place is different. When you walk in you notice the beautiful dark wood and sophisticated décor. The bar is gigantic and tables are available to either grab a drink or a full meal... It just may start to be one of my new favorite places to go eat in Federal Hill. – LizStambaugh, Menuism