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Seasons 52 in Boca...anyone been?

We're doing a grandparent visit this weekend and my parents made dinner reservations at Seasons 52. I am looking for some feedback. On one hand, I've read some positive comments but when I found out they were owned by the same people as Olive Garden (a place my family would rather go hungry than eat in), I became very skeptical. Thanks....

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  1. I have been to the one in West Palm. Indeed a chain, *cringing here* but my husband and I ate there and it was not a bad experience. They represent their food as healthy. We didn't find anything to complain about. I think you will be fine.

    1. Naturally I usually avoid chains but this place is pretty nice. Yes, part of the Darden group (Bahama Breeze, Smokey Bones, OG). It's quite gorgeous inside with a hip feel - but not so hip to make anyone uncomfortable. Boca medium-upscale healthy hip, I'll call it.

      If you're going Friday or Saturday night expect huge crowds - it's very popular. So there may be a wait even with reservations. I'm sure you can check out the menu online and that will probably whet your appetite.

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      1. re: CFByrne

        We just had dinner there this evening....not bad for a chain. Salmon came with lots of veggies, and the scallops were done just right with israeli cuscus. We had a flat bread first which was OK, and the deserts were small but quite good. This is not gourmet dining, but it certainly is healthy and tasty. It was jam packed at 6:00 when we met our 95 year old host for dinner. It was mostly senior citizens at that hour.

        1. re: dlgc

          Yes, when I went we also had a flatbread at the bar when we were waiting for a table. Seems to be a popular decision. Not a coincidence, I'm sure.

      2. we've been to the one in boca. not recently, but last year. we had a very nice dinner there. everything was prepared nicely and tasted good - better than your average chain. of course, the prices are better than your average chain :). i can't remember what we had, but we were happy when we left. i do remember that the teeny weeny desserts were very good! i also remember that i had a problem with reservationist and i was so annoyed that i called headquarters up in orlando - who had the manager present us with a free bottle of wine!

        1. Even though it is a chain, it doesn't feel like it. It is a HUGE step up from Olive Garden! They aim to be healthy, with every item containing 475 calories or less. The food tastes great too. Definitely get one of their flatbreads for the table and one of the "mini indulgences", these mini desserts are just enough for your sweet tooth.

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          1. re: butrfli1227

            Seasons 52 is a chain owned by Darden, but it is entirely different than the company's other concepts. Its food is chef-prepared, and its atmosphere is fabulous--upscale casual, Frank Lloyd Wrightish. The wine list is amazing, with tons offered by the glass. There are two here in Orlando, and they are among the area's most popular restaurants--with foodies as well as with regular folks. The "chain" is only 6 or 8 restaurants at this point, so every unit is getting sincere attention from the corporate chef. As for the healthy thing: All the meals are low-cal and low-fat, so it's guilt-free eating, but that's not the reason you go there; you go there because the food tastes good and the atmosphere is nice.

          2. DH and I went there for lunch last week for the very first time. we started of with 2 flatbreads. I had the Tomato one which was good and DH had the Shrimp Chipotle one. It was a little sweet but ok. After ordered the small greek salad, which was just mainly lettuce with a vinaigrette, DH ordered the Asiago Chicken salad which was nice, the Asiago crisps were very tasty! The service wasn't very good, it was very quiet when we went but had to wait (were told 20 minutes?! on a monday at 2:00) 10 minutes for our table. and our waitress had the personality of a doorknob.... no refills of drinks, a lot of staff standing around etc...
            Again food was decent but service was definitely slacking...

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            1. re: chefschickie

              Thanks everyone for your comments. One last thing: what is the dress code? Is it bluejeans or somewhat more dressy?

            2. Love this place. It's so pretty, if it's nice you can eat on their patio, the chocolate espresso martini with chocolate shavings is wonderful, and the food has been excellent. I love the little desserts...just enough for a sweet taste after dinner. While this next piece of info may be better suited to a couple having a romantic dinner, rather than grandparents visiting, it's lovely to walk around the lake before or after dinner (weather permitting). There's a paved path, and benches along the way.

              1. I have been to the original in Orlando on a number of occasions and have been to the one in Ft. Lauderdale. I have notice a huge difference in the level of the food. The food was much much much better at the original and only average at best at the Ft. Lauderdale Seasons.

                1. Seasons 52 is the most over-rated restaurant in Florida. Unfortunately, I have had reasons to eat there about four times, and it is never great. For similar atmosphere and prices, and much better food, go to Houston's.

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                  1. re: starbucksbrew

                    We went. When they confirmed the day before, they were very specific that they only hold tables for 15 minutes. A nasty rainstorm delayed us -- but we called and they couldn't have been nicer. The flatbreads were tasty. I like the wine service -- offering tastes before they pour. The wine was fair, nothing special. I ordered the mushrooms with shrimp and crab. I don't recall anything in the menu about it being enveloped with melted cheese, but it was. It was ok. For a main I had the lamb. It was tasteless. I'm not sure how anyone else liked their food. I did like the deserts -- both the concept and the variety. Our waitress was good and service in general (timing of courses, etc.) was good. But it still feels a lot like a chain and thats not such a good thing. I am still trying to figure out where the under 70 year old set eats....

                    1. re: jcooper

                      I've read the reviews from ATL foodies where they have 2 locations and I have seen the menu. Nothing interests me in the least bit and with much better options around PBG, I would never consider it as an option.