Seasons 52 has opened at South Coast Plaza.
Occupying the first floor of the building that used to house the old Clubhouse restaurant, Seasons 52 brings its concept of a seasonally inspired menu with no dish counting more than 425 calories. The award-winning wine list features an international selection; in fact, wine bottles play a prominent part in the handsome, casually sophisticated décor.
With elements of dark wood and natural stone, the two large rooms have a club-like atmosphere, although there is patio dining as well. The spacious bar area has large comfortable booths lining the walls and a huge central bar with a grand piano on a platform in the center for the evening's entertainment. If you prefer the background music to really be in the background, choose the quieter dining room.
This is a corporate restaurant with branches around the country, which means that the wait-staff is very well trained and also quite knowledgeable about wine. The menu changes four times a year, reflecting the seasons, and the specials change weekly, as conceived by the local chef, based on regional differences.