Seasons 52 in Rockville
Yes, I know this is a chain but I've been only to this one and I'm writing specifically about our meal in this location, so I think it is probably of more interest to those in the greater DC area than people looking for info about chain restaurants. We paid our first visit to this location last night and I was very surprised about how good it was. Yes, it had the clear scent of corporate and chain, but it was attractive and comfortable and despite the fact that it was completely full, the noise level was not bad at all. Our waitress was wonderful. Truly professional. Friendly, but not overly so. She knew the menu and spoke knowledgeably about the food when we asked questions. She suggested wine and other extras but didn't push it. Once we had our food, she checked back twice, unobtrusively. I could see her checking on her other tables from a distance to see if they needed anything or were ready to have the table cleared. Our food was very good. We shared a flatbread with fresh figs, goat cheese, argula, and cippolini onions. Yes, a cliche, but great flavor combo nonetheless. The ingredients were as fresh as could be. The flatbread itself was meh. Flavorless and not quite crisp enough. I had the Mayan snapper (a special) and it was terrific. Perfectly cooked, flavorful, over a mix of black beans, jicama, and other veggies, with two pieces of what was basically polenta and a mole sauce (well, no, it wasn't really mole but it was good) on the side. They claim that every dish is under 475 calories. I asked the manager if they actually test the dishes and he said yes. I can't believe that quantity of food is under 475 calories. The nutrition info says it is 304 calories. Six ounces of plain snapper - which is what I would estimate is on this plate - is about 200 calories. Anyway, it was a healthy, delicious dish. Husband had wild Alaska salmon - excellent, fresh, cooked as ordered. Mother had rainbow trout - also cooked properly. Someone in that kitchen knows how to cook fish. I think rainbow trout is almost the most boring fish on the planet (first place goes to tilapia) but I have to admit that this trout was really very tasty. Total with tip - just shy of $100. I would definitely return. Note that there is also a vegetarian menu and they will upon request leave the cheese off to make it vegan. There is also a gluten-free menu.
Seconded. I've been to the Rockville location, and the original in Orlando. This is about as good as chain food gets. I've never had a bad dish there, service is always excellent (they must train really well), and as you pointed out, fish is definitely a strong suit.
It's not normally my first choice with all of the great local places in Rockville/Bethesda, but if I'm with a group going there, I'm not going to complain.