The Cheat Sheet: Reserve

Yup—you can eat healthy at a steakhouse. Our dietician explains how.

A new hot spot in Old City, Reserve is a steakhouse with an old-school feel. Slightly skeptical of the typical steakhouse vibe, I was curious to see how easy it would be to spot the less indulgent items on a menu stocked with beef and potatoes au gratin. Fortunately, the chef is more than willing to accommodate even the pickiest customers, so the options were more plentiful than I expected.

In typical steakhouse fashion, the portions on most dishes are not, should we say, small. Take that into consideration, as an appetizer could easily count as a meal. The house made bread is brought out warm and very inviting, but I promise you this: the rest of your meal will be far more tasty and worth the calories, so skip it.

Here are my picks for Reserve:

• House salad with red wine Dijon vinaigrette, field greens, seasoned vegetables, pickled red onions and organic goat cheese
• Seared day boat sea scallops with baby greens, citrus vinaigrette, oranges, fresh herbs and shaved fennel

• Tuna tartare with ponzu sauce, wasabi-lime aioli and crispy wontons
• Jumbo lump crab cake with herbs, lemon-braised greens and whole grain mustard emulsion >> This one’s a huge portion and can by all means be your main meal.

• Reserve certified angus beef 10-ounce filet mignon >> Yes. you can have steak—as long as you share and save room for some sides.

• Broiled swordfish with braised greens and shellfish emulsion
• Monkfish “Osso Bucco” with red grapes, white beans, garlic braised kale and pancetta butter
• Crisp skin striped bass with charred cherry tomatoes, asparagus, parsley sauce and citrus relish

*All fish can be requested without sauce or with minimal use of butter and oil.

• Grilled asparagus
• Sautéed local wild mushrooms
• Garlic spinach


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Restaurant menus are reviewed by Phillies dietitian and owner of Healthy Bites Katie Cavuto Boyle. In most cases, the individual restaurants were contacted for specific ingredient and recipe information. Note: Many restaurants have seasonal menus and some items may not be available.

>> See Cheat Sheets for other Philly restaurants here. And for Katie’s healthy dining-out tips, go here.