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Has Anyone Been to Seasons 52 in KOP By the Mall?

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jarona Dec 6, 2010 09:27 AM

Will be doing my "all-day" "Christmas-not-holiday "shopping next week. I've been intrigued by Seasons 52 and am thinking of going there for an after shopping dinner with daughter and fiance. Any feedback regarding this restaurant would be appreciated. I'm not a fan of chain restaurants, but I've read that this is a different type of chain..
Thank you!

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Seasons 52
2000 Route 38 Ste 1145, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

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    jujuthomas Dec 6, 2010 09:41 AM

    I have heard good things about the food, but i have not been yet. I was invited to a holiday "luncheon" there a couple weekends ago, but $35 for soup and salad is a little beyond my lunch budget! Not sure if that's in line with their normal prices. I did hear the service was not very good the day our group was in - apparently they forgot to serve the soup.

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      jarona Dec 6, 2010 09:59 AM

      Thanks for the heads up. $35. IS pretty stiff for soup and salad--I would rather spend that toward gift giving. Thanks again!

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        bucksguy14 Dec 6, 2010 10:51 AM

        While I haven't eaten at the KOP Seasons 52, I've eaten at Seasons 52 in Florida quite a few times and have never come close to paying $35 for lunch! They are not inexpensive, but I can recall 3 of us having dinner, apps and/or salads, entrees, dessert and a couple of glasses of wine and the bill being in the $125-$140 range. I don't recall paying more that $35-$40 for lunch for 2 people. Are you talking about lunch specials that are higher priced than regular menu items?

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        Seasons 52
        2000 Route 38 Ste 1145, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

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          jujuthomas Dec 6, 2010 11:42 AM

          it was an "event" I do not remember what the menu consisted of specifically, 2-3 varieties of soup, 2-3 maybe 4 salads. coffee, tea, perhaps a dessert. no wine or other bar items that I recall. I'll peek again at the invite when I get home so I can be more specific.

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            jujuthomas Dec 7, 2010 03:58 AM

            This was the menu - it was $32 per person - to me, not worth it.
            RIESLING LUNCH MENU
            Brick-Oven Flatbread Upon Arrival
            Ripe Plum Tomato Flatbread
            With roasted garlic essence, sweet basil and Parmesan
            Choice of Soup:
            Soup of the Day or Farmer’s Market Vegetable Soup
            Trio of entrée salads
            (Served Family Style)
            Seasonal Grilled Chicken Salad
            With mixed lettuce, grilled red peppers, cheese and creamy Caesar dressing
            Seasonal Grilled Salmon Salad
            With organic greens, grilled pineapple, red peppers and seasonal vinaigrette
            Kalymnos Greek Salad
            With Feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and kalamata olives
            Mini Indulgences
            Individual servings of classic desserts
            Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks included

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              barryg Dec 7, 2010 05:36 AM

              This is an example of a "seasonally inspired menu" they like to trumpet? Greek salad and tomato flatbread in the dead of winter?

      2. Delucacheesemonger Dec 6, 2010 11:00 AM

        Was taken there twice, once when just opened and once more recently. Although l was not paying l felt the prices were high for the space and cuisine. But then l think Sullivan's is also overpriced. When there felt l was in a 'chain' environment and was not greatly pleased by that as well. Food was OK, not memorable and have no plans to return.

        1. Bacchus101 Dec 6, 2010 11:40 AM

          Been twice, like the bar area with the piano man. And the food well...some of the special breads are ok. The service both times has been just ok. My wife did get a free lunch ticket one day because service and her meal was so bad. The management is eager to right a wrong which is fine but the wrongs cost more than the price of the meal, i.e. time etc. It is owned by a large fast food chain but I can not recall which. Some of our friends like it quite a bit! As for the $35 soup and salad not sure what that may have been , but it is pricy for where and what it is.

          1. crazyspice Dec 7, 2010 04:34 AM

            I have been to Seasons 52 in Florida and locally in Cherry Hill. Our experience in Florida was average at best. I only went to the Cherry Hill location because I was not the one choosing. Here is a restaurant attached to the mall. Many people take their children to the mall. Seasons 52 does not have high chairs. They sat us in a booth and told us to make sure we closely watched my 2 year old grandson. The food is expensive and the preparation is just average. We would have left, but the mall was packed and at that point it was the lesser of the evils. Never again.

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              jarona Dec 7, 2010 05:40 AM

              Thanks for all of your replies. Looks like I will not be trying Seasons 52. Kind of dissappointing though--I mean, there really are no good restaurants in the Mall area. Actually, I'll stick to the cafe at Nordstroms. I love their chicken/lime/cilantro salad and it is a bargain compared to Seasons...Just thought I would try something different!

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              Seasons 52
              2000 Route 38 Ste 1145, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

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              cgarner Dec 7, 2010 06:31 AM

              I haven't been there in a while, but I've had some really good meals at the California Cafe, and recenlty some great sushi at Blue Pacific inside the Mall

              I also like some of the selections at Wild Rice
              188 West Dekalb Pike
              King of Prussia, PA 19406-2327
              (610) 337-3950
              (but I think there's some CH'ers that haven't had as great luck as I have)

              if you like Indian, there's Jaipur
              610-265-0996
              336 W Dekalb Pike
              King Of Prussia, PA 19406
              (it's near the Acme on DeKalb)
              I haven't gone there for lunch in a while, but I loved their tikka masala...

              terrible that I work here and the extent of my restaurant knowledge anymore is grabbing a shorti at wa-wa.

              Oh, and I like Maggianos. it smells like my Italian Grandmom's house when you walk in. the service tends to be slow, but the foods good and I don't think it feels like a chain once you get past the front door and get seated

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              Wild Rice
              414 Main St, Metuchen, NJ 08840

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                jarona Dec 7, 2010 07:14 AM

                Thanks for the info about Jaipur--my daughter loves tikka masala and there is a place in Gateway Shopping Center that she gets take-out from.

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                  VTRP Dec 7, 2010 08:42 AM

                  It appeared that the California Cafe in the KOP mall has closed or was closed the other day when i walked by. Not certain, but they were definately closed. I don't know if its part of the ongoing flood rehab or what. They did make some great (espresso) martinis and their lamb chop lollipops were pretty tastey. Hopefully they are just remodeling, but closed during the holiday season i have fears.
                  I definately second Blue Pacific. There hot and sour soup is one of my favorites and sushi is always top notch.

                  I am also a Wild Rice supporter. They offer a nice bento box lunch.

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                    VTRP Dec 7, 2010 09:33 AM

                    I forgot to add and my reason for reading this post on Seasons 52...... company holiday lunch is forthcoming there. Not looking like a wow from the above comments.

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                      crazyspice Dec 7, 2010 12:46 PM

                      Really? I just had lunch there a few weeks ago. It was always our lunch spot in the mall. This is sad news!

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                        bucksguy14 Dec 8, 2010 11:19 AM

                        Their website lists 3 locations - 2 in California and 1 in Colorado. Sounds like big time contraction of business to me. They had a ton of places on the east coast that I had been to from NJ to FL.

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                        crazyspice Dec 7, 2010 04:53 PM

                        Their phone number is disconnected. (California Cafe)

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                          rumorsofsurf Dec 8, 2010 11:29 AM

                          a little blurb on california cafe's unexpected closing... http://www.uppermeriontoday.com/2010/.... sounds like it was a surprise to the employees, too!

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                            cgarner Dec 8, 2010 12:59 PM

                            Off topic I Know (I should change my name to Jack) I hate it when restos do that! The Mainland Inn closed up shop w/ no warning too. stinks on ice I say!

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                              crazyspice Dec 8, 2010 01:12 PM

                              That is just bad form! Bastards. (I probably can't say Bastards on CH)

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                          808eater Dec 8, 2010 09:20 PM

                          California Cafe was a nice place to grab a bite. But I'm sure they were getting killed on their lease. Probably boku dollars I'm guessing at least $20k a month or more. How much plates of food do you have to sell to cover that. Plus the expense of other things like Labor which is a killer. Bertolini's an italian chain concept that is part of Morton's Restaurant group also closed in the past year which was only a few doors down from California Cafe. $15 for a plate of pasta isn't going to cut it no way. Been to Season 52 ambience is fine, food ok, it's a mall restaurant, would have been happy with the old bennigans there. Make that 3 restaurants closed in the year in KOP Kildares across the street went caput also. I have a friend who was hired to work at California cafe and he got screwed big time. I believe Season 52 is owned by the Darden group. Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Captial Grille, and Bahama Breeze make up this group. Out of all of the them Capital Grille is the only 1 worth going 2, it's can be expensive.

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                          Bahama Breeze
                          2000 Route 38 Ste 1160, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

                        3. joluvscards Dec 7, 2010 03:43 PM

                          I have had both lunch and dinner at the Seasons in KOP. All three times it was excellent. The service was very good as well. It is a wonderful healthy alternative to many of the calorie laden places like the cheesecake factory. The prices were not out of line. Soup and salad should be well under $20. Note portions are large. An entree salad would definitely feed two people if they started with soup or a flatbread.

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                            Hellolaura Dec 7, 2010 05:24 PM

                            I was there a few weeks back, a restaurant I chose to celebrate my birthday as it was an in between place for everyone. It was actually Black Friday. Anyway, I'm surprised no one mentioned that their concept is also calorie driven, meaning, it was clearly pointed out to our table by the waitress that all food items were 475 calories or less. It actually set the tone for me......I was starving to begin with as I ate very light during the day to "save room" for a high calorie birthday meal. I thought once I read that, I would have to order two meals....lol. All the food came out and was good (not great), very well seasoned, small to average size portions, though enough where we were full, not stuffed. I wasn't thrilled with their dessert choices as it was those miniature glass type things they serve at PF Chang's. I think if I knew what I was walking into (calorie restriction) I would have had a better outlook, however I wasn't on a diet and wanted a nice big meal!!!!

                            1. yummykimmy Dec 8, 2010 07:09 PM

                              totally overrated...it is a chain restaurant after all.

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                                Bacchus101 Dec 9, 2010 03:24 AM

                                totally overrated?? I read all comments here and was curious as to whom it may have been that overrated Seanson 52??

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                                  yummykimmy Dec 9, 2010 04:47 AM

                                  There was tons of hype when this was coming into the area...seems joluvscards thinks it's excellent.

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                                    crazyspice Dec 9, 2010 05:41 AM

                                    I personally think it is overrated.

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                                      EpicurBurbs Dec 9, 2010 06:32 AM

                                      Must agree with CS on this one too. While I have been on multiple occasions since it opened, it is strictly for business lunches - always on company $ or other's expense account.

                                      The food is good, a bit overpriced priced for what you get, great service, a neat gimmack (low calorie), and some innovative dishes. As far as chains go, it is very high on my list! With that said, I have never been socially, and never intend to spend my own money there.

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                                        Bacchus101 Dec 9, 2010 08:13 AM

                                        My question was poorly posed. As I noted in my initial comments for me S52 rates a not very good. I was interested in where the "overrating" was sourced. Answer provided was "general hype", ok got it.

                                        Sorry EpicurB but you have confused me a bit with your post. "You agree with CS" who says it is overrated. However you think the food is good, has great service, a neat gimmick and some innovative dishes. You have it "very high on your list" But you would not spend your own money there ??? Interesting juxapositions.

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                                          EpicurBurbs Dec 9, 2010 09:05 AM

                                          Good point about being confused. Perhaps I did not articulate my thoughts well........

                                          I often find myself in the KoP area for business lunches, and nearly all of the places are chains. I am not particularly a fan of chain restaurants, however must eat in them on occasion. Therefore S52 is high on my list (OF CHAINS) for the afore stated reasons; however the food is NOT that good that I would repeat my dining experience on my own dime. Agree, the service is great and they always ask we are on a time constraint (a huge plus), however it is not a place I would consider a date with spouse or a place to catch up with foodie-friends. The food is simply good, but overpriced.

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                                  Betharu Dec 9, 2010 08:05 AM

                                  Surprised by all the negative reviews. I have been to Seasons52 twice for dinner. Both times it was with large parties and management was most helpful on getting a reservation for me - even when Open Table said there was no availability. The food was very good and service excellent. I think it is excellent when you consider it is a chain restaurant!

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