Everything about Reserve exudes swank. Dark wood-paneled rooms and crimson curtains, more than 100 aged bourbons, and a cigar lounge—not to mention contributions from the menu such as organic steak and wild king salmon—work to redefine locals’ impressions of fine dining. Those morsels share tabletop space with entrees including roast duck breast and striped bass, the likes of which chefs lavish with seasonings such as pancetta butter, green peppercorn cream, and truffle chicken broth. The kitchen’s culinary artists also craft morsels of oyster and lobster at a raw bar whose offerings rival the bounty of Poseidon’s larder.
Reserve’s mixologists take over at the bar, where the restaurant’s cache of bourbons pour alongside a dozen draft beers, specialty cocktails, and an array of wines from the grapevines and bottle-growing bushes of California. While perched upon black leather stools amid corinthian pillars, guests also can listen to strands of live jazz as they take in everything.
At Tokyo Hibachi & Sushi, every meal is a production. Surrounded by seated guests, the hibachi chefs put on a performance behind the tabletop grills and wow diners with dexterous knife skills and the controlled bursts of flame that bloom from the grills' surfaces. This isn't purely entertainment, though. It's a way for the chefs to engage with their patrons as they cook everything from chicken and vegetables to filet mignon and lobster within full view of the crowd.
In contrast, the sushi chefs opt for a bit less showmanship as they meticulously assemble rolls behind the sushi bar. They create an assortment of familiar sushi-house staples, but they also treat taste buds with specialty maki, including ingredients such as pepper-crusted tuna, fried asparagus, or homemade chili sauce.
Befitting their main-stage status, the hibachi stations dominate almost an entire room of the dining area. Japanese-style lanterns, artwork, and mementos mirror the menu's dedication to Pacific culture, and the bar's selection of sakes and imported water complements the restaurant's commitment to Japanese flavors.
Open for happy hour, dinner and brunch, Chart House delivers a memorable and picturesque dining experience. The Philly branch of this nationwide brand sits on the banks of the Delaware River, where panoramic windows offer sweeping views of the famed waterway and the glittering Benjamin Franklin Bridge. From shrimp cocktails and crab tater tots that make for a fun start to any meal, to entrées like macadamia-crusted mahi and pan seared scallops, seafood is the true standout at this waterfront eatery. Experienced Chart House diners know to leave room for the chain's signature dessert: a hot chocolate lava cake made with Godiva liqueur and served with chocolate sauce, Heath bar crunch and vanilla ice cream. A (215) 625-8383patio space makes for a romantic evening along the water – weather permitting, of course.
Located off the lobby on the main floor of the Hilton City Avenue in Philadelphia, Delmonico’s Steakhouse serves lunch and dinner in an elegant, uncrowded room done up in understated shades of tan and brown. On the classic steakhouse menu you’ll find starters such as shrimp cocktail, French onion soup, a wedge salad and crab cakes – true steakhouse classics, to match the timeless vibe inside. For the main course, the beef is exclusively prime USDA steaks that come in various cuts and weights, or opt for the seafood (everything from salmon to lobster tails), veal, rack of lamb or chicken. The choice of a dozen sides includes, somewhat charmingly, hash browns, though the rest of this demure space is meant solely for the adults.
Chef John Talbot delivers mouthwatering fare from the land and the sea to rest on Creed's elegant white tablecloths. Yellowfin tuna drizzled with ponzu sauce ($29) and chimichurri-topped New Zealand king salmon ($28) headline a list of fresh charcoal-grilled fish. Manager and sommelier Josef Plattner is often on hand to offer suggestions for which wine to pair with a New York strip steak ($38) or to mingle with a mustard-herb-crusted rack of lamb ($36). Though the menu favors meat, there are also a number of tasty vegetarian options, including the house-made vegetarian ravioli, stuffed with crimini mushrooms and ricotta cheese, served with fried spinach and a gazpacho coulis ($18). With its soft cream-hued walls and tasteful décor, Creed's is an ideal location for romantic get-togethers or business meetings with bands of ravenous highwaymen.