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“Durango's best restaurant”
Review of Seasons of Durango

Seasons of Durango
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Ranked #42 of 199 Restaurants in Durango
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 8th Street
Description: Celebrating our 23rd year as Durango's culinary leader utilizing fresh, seasonal and locally sourced food. Located in the heart of historic Downtown, a "must" do on your top things to do in Durango. Award Winning Wine List and Seasonal Cocktails Critically Acclaimed Chef Private Dining Room Options Warm Weather Patio Dining Warm and Friendly Service Wi Fi
Reviewed July 28, 2009

We're foodies and we live here. This is the best restaurant in Durango, hands down. Chez Grand Mere was great but is now closed. The Cosmo is a close second. Get reservations for Thursday-Sunday.

Yes, the place burned down in 2008. You can probably still see the video on the Durango Herald website. The owner was able to rebuild the place and reopen in just over a year's time. It looks a lot like it did before, except it's quieter and has air conditioning. Wine selection is excellent. The owner knows her stuff and will help you if you ask. Her 20 wines for $20 are amazing.

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3  Thank alphinet
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Reviewed June 28, 2009

My husband and I ate here for lunch while visiting Durango. Although reservations were probably not necessary for lunch, I made them online through Open Table, where you can view the menu and get info on the restaurant.

Like many Durango restaurants, it is in the historic downtown area.

I had a creamy corn chowder soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, but no ordinary fare. They were both exceptional. The grilled cheese was on sourdough toast and included mozzarella cheese, basil pesto, chevre, grilled portobello mushrooms, roma tomatoes and marinated olives. It was delicious! And the soup was very different, too - really tasty and not what you'd expect. My husband had the rotisserie pork sandwich that had KC style BBQ, aged white cheddar cheese and waffle fries. It was also excellent.

You can expect to pay about $12 to $20 per person for lunch when you add in something non-alcoholic to drink - but it is definitely exceptional food.

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4  Thank Route31
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Reviewed June 26, 2009

We arrived in Durango yesterday and I spent an hour walking around checking restaurant possibilities for dinner last night. I had previously looked on Trip Adviser and had narrowed the possibilities to three--Chez Grandmere, Ken and Sue's and Mahagony Grille. I quickly discovered that Chez Grandmere had closed. Ken and Sue's looked ok from a food, wine and ambience standpoint, but I wasn't completely sold. The setting was too casual, the wine list too ordinary and the menu not very inventive. Mahogony Grille looked to be more of a steak house. We checked out the Plalace. Again, fairly basic menu. Nothing to write home about.

I then stumbled across Seasons. It had a simple decor, but a classy feel. Nice white tablecloths. Tables were set with oversized white dishes. Reidel wine classes. It had a very nice patio with about 15 tables for alfresco dining--weather permitting. I checked the menu and wine list and found both to be superior to the other options. I couldn't understand why Seasons was not rated on Trip Advisor. I found the listing several pages in, but there were no user reviews. I discovered that the restaurant had been open for about ten years, but a fire two years ago completely destroyed the restuarant. It was re-built and opened for business last March. Still, with the appeal it had, I'm surprised there were no reviews.

I decided to follow my own intuition and booked a table. It exceeded my expectations. It also looked pretty popular since all the tables were full on a Thursday night just prior to the peak season in Durango. I was a little disappointed at first since I was planning on ordering the Wood Grilled Kurobuta Double Pork Chop that I had seen on a menu from a couple days ago. But, that special was not available last night. No problem though, there were several alternatives that looked equally appealing. My wife had a spit-roasted chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and haricots vert. I chose the parmesan-crusted chicken breast with yukon gold roasted potatoes, haricots vert and a shallot-sun dried tomato cream sauce. Both meals were outstanding. My chicken breast was huge, but cooked perfectly. Everything from my Caesar Salad to all the dinner accompaniments was well prepared and uniquely presented.

The wine list was superb. I often pick a restaurant based on the wine list. Seasons was a multi-year winner of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence and that had an impact on my decision. The list was a perfect mixture of value and high end selections. It also had something I had not seen before--a section called 20-20. That stands for 20 bottles, all priced at $20. There were ten reds and ten whites. They were all good values--highly rated wines that were reasonably priced--with modest mark-ups from retail. I had the Penfold's Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet blend, which I knew was priced at $8.99 retail and, believe it or not, had a Robt. Parker rating of 92. It might be one of the world's best wine values, and it was on the 20-20 list at Seasons. It was excellent. There were a lot of other choices apart from the 20-20 section. My second choice was a Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz at $39.

The dessert menu was not overly impressive, which is one reason I did not give the highest rating on the food. We passed on dessert.

Judging from the crowd, it appears that this is a very popular restaurant. I also talked to someone from Albuquerque, where there is another Seasons restaurant and they said it was one of their favorite restaurants. Maybe some other diners at the Durango restaurant will write a review and get this place rated. I would have appreciated a heads-up on this restaurant from the Trip Advisor ratings. This does point out a flaw in the Trip Advisor system of relying solely on customer reviews. I consider myself fortunate to have stumbled across the restaurant and picking it over more highly-rated alternatives.

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5  Thank wolverine-traveler
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