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Jan 26, 2013 07:23 PM

Season"s 52 has anyone been there?

One is opening a few miles from my house. I hardly ever go to the mall where it is located; however, I noticed on their web site they have a wine bar. If I have to go to a mall then a nice glass of wine and nibblies might make the experience better.

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  1. To me, Season's 52 is like Cheesecake Factory on a spa diet.

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    1. We have several in the Philadelphia area, including at the King of Prussia Mall. The comparison to Cheesecake Factory is fair, and you have to deal with servers who are always trying to upsell you on everything. Food is tolerable, fresh, and innocuous. They make is sound like they are serving healthy food, but really they are serving small portions of not so healthy food. The restaurants tend to be mobbed, and without a reservation the wait can be daunting. I have eaten at the bar, and that was tolerable. I think the original restaurants which were in Florida are better as they have a better selection of fresh fish. Moving the concept further north has forced the chain to make compromises on the menu.

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      1. re: cwdonald

        thanks, I was thinking it could be a good place to meet before a movie, but I think I'll skip it. We have a great wine bar about a mile away that would be better. BTW in the 60's I used to visit the King of Prussia mall a lot, I am glad it is still around, I have lots of fond memories of the place.

      2. I had lunch at the one in Indy -- okay, but not worth repeating.

        1. I don't quite get the complaining about S52 here...yes, it's a chain but if were in an area (like a Mall) where chains are pretty much the only option I'd totally pick S52 over most of the competition. I've never found their portions "too small" or anything ... more like what would be a normal serving vs. the typical oversized portioned restaurants give us when quantity matters more than quality.

          That said, I do tend to like their appetizers and entree salads more than the entrees. The flatbreads make for a good light snack with some wine, I liked the duck salad I see is on the current menu, and also the vegetarian tasting plate. My issue with the meat entrees is just, with their health-conscious theme, the cuts tend to be overly lean and not made up for it with enough seasoning.

          They always have a nice and interesting wine list - again, much more so than you'll find at a typical chain. So I'd certainly say stop in some time and try a glass and a small plate at the bar...not much really to lose giving it a try.

          I've been to a bunch of their seasonal tasting dinners so if you check my blog under the seasons 52 tag you can read more of what I thought of the various dishes there.

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          1. re: sockii

            Thanks I appreciate the other POV. I am glad new places are opening in this economy and even if it is a chain I always welcome a new place to visit. For me a glass or two of wine is always a nice respite from the mall.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I didn't mean to imply it was negative, I meant that sockii was of a different opinion.

          2. I've been to the one in Tysons Corner VA. I had the lamb and a flatbread appetizer. I liked them both, and I'm looking forward to going back.