Seasons 52 is a national chain which has just opened its first two New England locations, the first in Burlington, MA and the second in Chestnut Hill. Season’s 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that invites guests to discover the sensational flavors of a seasonally-inspired menu and award-winning international wine list in a casually-sophisticated and welcoming ambiance.
The menu incorporates fresh local products wherever possible in order to keep their menu seasonal, and true to the areas they inhabit. Every dish on the menu has less than 475 calories, making this a great choice for an evening out without over indulging. The portion sizes were just right in our minds, but smaller than what I think the average American expects to eat these days.
Seasons 52 has many different menus to accommodate a wide range of dietary needs and restrictions, including; No Gluten, Lactose/Dairy Free, Low Sodium, Garlic Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan. (The photo of the GF menu was to blurry, sorry everyone!)
Gluten free dishes are cooked in a separate area of the grill that is cleaned before and after every meal is made. The chefs are made aware of anyone at the table who has a gluten allergy, and takes special precautions to avoid cross contamination as much as possible. But, there is not a separate area where gluten free items are prepared, so cross contamination is still possible. This applies to other allergens as well.
Seasons 52’s wine menu features over 100 wines—26 varieties from 14 countries— 64 of which are available by the glass. I loved that the wine list was broken in an easy to understand way. Of course I chose a Spanish Rioja, which our waitress said would pair nicely with both fish and red meat. The wine is poured at your table, by your server, every time.
For starters we ordered the Chilled Lobster Shrimp Spring Roll, which was served with a trio of sauces for dipping: a cool salsa verde, aromatic lemongrass, and a sweet hot chili. We loved the salsa verde; made with fresh cilantro and lime. The spring rolls themselves were refreshing and filled with chunks of fresh seafood.
We also shared the Lemongrass Salmon Salad, with organic field lettuce, pineapple, mango, jicama, and toasted sesame vinaigrette. The dressing had great flavor, as did the salmon that was cooked with a piece of lemongrass in it. I especially enjoyed the flavors the salmon picked up from the herbs it was prepared with. I highly recommend both of these dishes!
For my entrée I ordered the Wood-Roasted Pork Tenderloin served over soft corn polenta, broccoli, onions, and roasted potatoes. The pork was prepared absolutely flawlessly. It was incredibly tender and just melted in my mouth. I never order pork when I dine out—I think this was my first time—but I was remarkably pleased with both the presentation and flavors of the dish.
Katie ordered the Rocky Mountain Buffalo Burger, without a bun. Eating a burger with no bun takes out most of the enjoyment of eating a burger, but we were intrigued, and very curious, to try buffalo so we ordered it anyways. I personally thought it was just so-so. I don’t eat burgers normally and to me it tasted like a regular burger. Katie, on the other hand, really enjoyed the burger and thought it had great flavor and was cooked perfectly.
The gluten free dessert menu has two options; Fresh Fruit or Raspberry Chocolate Chip Canoli without the shell. The desserts here are referred to as “Mini Indulgences”. The whole concept of the mini indulgence is just that- indulgence in a smaller portion size. We tried the Canoli filling that was served in a shot-size glass and was pure decadence. Now this wasn’t just any canoli. This canoli filling was made with real vanilla bean and had a rich creamy, texture.
I appreciate a dessert this size that allows us all the pleasure of eating dessert with none of the guilt of eating too much!
Every dish was artfully crafted with care, and abundantly full of flavor. Seasons 52 far surpassed my expectations; it is a chain restaurant after all! I thoroughly enjoyed our evening and I look forward to visiting again. Seaons 52 is a wonderful place to dine out, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fresh flavorful means and eating with the seasons.
Disclaimer: I received this meal of charge, with the exception of gratuity, which we happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.