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Seison Restaurant on Old Town Oakland?

doxxie lover Jul 11, 2008 03:45 AM

Has anyone been to this Restaurant? I walked by it by chance and thought it looked like a lovely place. The menu looked interesting and it's in a very central location one block off of Broadway.

Please let me know what you think if you've been there.

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    lisaa Aug 1, 2008 01:35 PM

    I went there recently for happy hour and, yes, the place was nearly empty but the food I had was great! Interesting, well seasoned, well presented. I think the chef is of Persian descent. Happy hour apps are 50% off. It's a pretty space, too. I'm not really sure why it's empty. Other than the fact that people generally don't give empty restaurants a try.

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    1. re: lisaa
      Ruth Lafler Aug 1, 2008 04:13 PM

      Ah yes. Empty restaurants tend to be self-perpetuating. Can you tell us in particular what you liked there?

    2. Stephanie Wong Jul 11, 2008 01:06 PM

      Walked by it around 6:30 p.m. on Wed., 7/9 -- totally empty! Only a couple of guys in aprons were taking a smoke break on the sidewalk

      Jesso's across the street had about a half dozen tables on the sidewalk full of diners; B's also had quite a bit of business going on.

      1. Robert Lauriston Jul 11, 2008 08:37 AM

        I've walked by that place (Washington Inn hotel restaurant) hundreds of times but never found the menu very appealing.

        495 10th St, Oakland, CA

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          samse Jul 11, 2008 09:11 AM

          I checked their online menu and have to agree with you. Makes me wonder what I was thinking.

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          samse Jul 11, 2008 08:02 AM

          ML8000 asked the same question a last year.


          Website: http://www.seison.com/

          I'm pretty sure I had a business lunch there back in the third quarter of last year. The location was inappropriately chosen by a commercial broker who was trying to broker a deal for us. I say "inappropriately" because it was too damned noisy to be able to hear yourself think, much less discuss business. I was so aggravated, I can't even remember anything about the menu.

          Sorry, that's neither here nor there - one visit over an ill-chosen lunch does not make for a valid opinion. I do recall thinking, however, that I would like to return sometime when I'm not on the clock.

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