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“'I don't drink, so I don't know,' said the waiter.” 3 of 5 stars
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Seasons52
1689 Arden Way, Suite #105, Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 922-5252
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Ranked #5 of 1,722 restaurants in Sacramento
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Californian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Arden Way/Heritage Drive
Washington, DC
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13 restaurant reviews
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“'I don't drink, so I don't know,' said the waiter.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We had just arrived in Sacramento and my sister was excited to bring us here. She promised that it would be a unique experience, and a surprise. It was, but not in the way she thought.

Seasons 52 does have a unique concept, which is to serve seasonally-inspired food. The restaurant is attractive and the atmosphere is a little retro. It's the sort of place where you'd expect to find Don Draper (Mad Men). It's surprising to find a place liked this in a strip mall.

The menu is very creative, and the four of us tried a variety of appetizers and entrees. I had the caramelized sea scallops, which were a delight. There is something for everyone here, whether you love seafood, meat, or are a vegetarian.

Everything seemed promising. Our waiter explained the restaurant's seasonal philosophy. The restaurant's website says that they have "knowledgeable, approachable service that inspires confidence." This is where the promise faded. Two of us ordered vodka martinis with a twist, and two ordered vodka on the rocks with olives. Simple enough, right? When our waiter returned with the drinks, all four were in shakers, and there were four martini glasses. My sister and father reminded the waiter that they order vodka on the rocks. "I don't drink, so I don't know what that means," he retorted.

"On the rocks means over ice," we explained.

"There IS ice in the shakers."

"No, we mean that the ice is in a tumbler glass, and the vodka is poured over it."

"Well, I don't know this stuff, because I don't drink," he again declared before he took two shakers away and returned to the bar.

While we waited for our waiter to bring the vodkas on the rocks, my wife and I poured our martinis from the shakers and noticed that he hadn't brought twists of lemon. When he returned he got in a huff that we had poured our own martinis.

"I was supposed to shake those and pour them."

"Well, you just left them, so we assumed that we were supposed to."

We reminded him that we were missing the twists. He was frustrated and went back to the bar, and returned with a single twist in a cocktail napkin. He plopped it down in front of us, showing a little attitude. Now WE were frustrated, but gave up. Good enough, we thought.

Our meals lived up to their promise, and by the end of the meal our waiter was no longer showing attitude. He apologized about the drinks, and, yes, explained again that he didn't drink, blah, blah, blah. He comped us free desserts, which were delicious. We forgave him and tipped him well. But for the duration of our trip we did not return. The value just isn't there. My sister was embarrassed and was not going to take a chance on a repeat performance.

Not being an alcohol drinker does not excuse a waiter from knowing basics about drinks, just as if being a vegetarian does not excuse one from knowing different cuts of meat. Knowledge of your products is an essential skill if you choose to be wait staff. And having a bad attitude over your failure to do so is simply amateurish. What Seasons 52 needs is better training of its wait staff, and testing them before unleashing them on customers.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Carmichael, California
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“An Oasis at the mall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

If you are looking for an exciting new place to try, Seasons 52 is it. There are few restaurants in Sacramento that can match the ambience of this restaurant. The menu changes every season. The dishes are very tasty yet low in calories. At night they have live entertainment and valet parking. The service is superb. There is also an outdoor patio. If you want a change of pace, try Seasons 52.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sacramento, CA
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Fantastic addition to Sacramento's food scene!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyable gastronomic experience with the family. The decor is amazing with a beautiful bar. The food was outstanding as was the service. 'JT'Patton was our waiter - gracious and supremely hospitable. Love the concept of having a fresh special menu every week (changes every Tuesday) in addition to the regularly available menu items. The best part, though I find it hard to believe, is the fact that all that is served is 475 calories or less!! Will most definitely be back for more and this time I might indulge in something from the excellent wine selection!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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sacramento
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“Forget the concept: simply fresh and tasty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Forget the concept (healthy): tasty and hearty portions, so flavorful you wouldn't know they were good for you; terrific service at the bar (and fast, before a movie); tempting seasonal cocktails including several featuring house-made vodka infused with strawberries, and a ginormous wines-by-the-glass menu (if pricey).

Raves for: bartender's service (friendly, knowledgeable, fast); spicy chicken relleno (huge and delicious), ahi tuna tartare served attractively as little timbales layered with wasabi-avocado mouse accompanied by mango chutney; huge salads even though we didn't order entree size. We watched the manager make up another infused vodka concoction - it marinates for 5 days - and the cocktails they describe as using the infusions sound interesting (strawberry coconut skinny martini made with the infused vodka, pineapple-coconut water and agave). I also appreciated that this is one of the few new spots I've been that has an attractive contemporary vibe without causing hearing loss; they have carpet and acoustical tile ceilings.

Also nice: free valet parking - quick to park (not easy at Arden Fair) and quick to retrieve.

Not as crazy about: Paying $12+ for a glass of pinot blanc. Wines by the glass, though numerous and interesting, are priced higher than most comparable places. Also I'm not a huge fan of electric piano/vocal live music although their musician has a nice voice and it isn't too demanding of attention. Finally, didn't like the chips that came with the tuna tartare, but I really didn't need them.

Tip: Reservations recommended. No seating available last Friday night at 6:30 and the joint was hopping at 7. We sat at the bar and had a great experience there.

Absolutely will go back - with more time, and will bring friends :)

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carmel Valley, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Everything Works!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Food, menu, waitstaff, bar, decor, and even valet parking all combine to provide an outstanding dining experience. How often can you honestly say that???
The menu is cleverly designed to provide an array of selection that can be tailored to please the very to the not so very hungry diner's desire.
The flat bread appetizer is great. The trout is exceptional and the desserts are inventive and delicious. All of this and the prices are very reasonable.
This chain knows exactly what it is doing and and it is doing everything right!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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