I just experienced Seasons 52 for the first time tonight in Tysons Corner, VA. The restaurant was beautifully decorated, the service was good, and there were plenty of customers (compared with the surrounding restaurants). But most importantly, the food portions were right-sized. All the entrees are 475 calories or less. Butter is not an ingredient in any item on the menu. So you can leave the restaurant feeling satisfied but not stuffed. Its nice that non-obese consumers can now have a choice for a satisfying, moderately upscale, moderately healthy (but not "healthfood") meal. Its also good for Darden shareholders because this restaurant no doubt makes a much higher margin on its food than Olive Garden or Red Lobster. In my opinion, this type of restaurant fills a much needed void in types of food/experience offered, and is the wave of the future for Darden, and restaurants in general.
My wife and I love Seasons 52. It's on the pricier side of casual dining, but it's a bargain if you're calorie-conscience and have a lack of healthy eating options. This a great concept for upmarket areas such as costal California, the fancy areas of Florida, Texas, Colorado, and Arizona. I don't see as much success in areas like Las Vegas, Boston, or the competitive dining markets of San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City.
They are opening a Seasons 52 and a Capital Grille in a big shopping mall on LI..I like the Seasons 52 idea, but I dont think a Mall is the right place for a pricey Capital Grille..Wrote a note to their CFO, and I did get a response.."It appears to be the right area"..I told them according to our information a Legal Sea Food Restaurant closed right where they are opening..No response yet..But what the heck do Marines know?? Semper Fi..
In Tysons Corner is a Capital Grille Steakhouse (also fish) If your budget is a little higher than Seasons 52..its an experience to eat there.Foot long baked potatoe (not on menu) plus great apptrs and of course steak. As a first time visitor, you tell them that you are, you should be rewarded (without asking) with a great (free) desert...Enjoy..Semper Fi..