We are so lucky in the Triangle to have so many amazing restaurants to choose from, many of which are small, independent choices. This can make it kind of easy to scoff at chain restaurants and assume they just couldn’t be as good as their independent counterparts. However, the reality is that some chains are worth trying out. They’ve opened multiple locations for a reason right?! Well as I discovered earlier this week, one such restaurant is Seasons 52. This grill and wine bar opened at Crabtree Valley Mall just about a year ago, and has been serving up great food since. When you walk in it immediately feels like a very upscale, bustling place, with dim lighting, big booths, dark wood, and wine on the walls. Given how fancy it feels though, I was pleasantly surprised with the prices on the menu. It seems like the perfect place to go for a nice date night where you want to splurge a little bit, but not break the bank. Speaking of date night, while at Seasons 52 my boyfriend and I got to preview the Valentines Day Menu, which is available February 11-13th. The menu features a three-course meal for two people for just $60. With lots of options and great quality food, this is a great deal!
When we sat down we were quickly greeted by both a manager, Alexander, and our server, Devonte. Both of them were incredibly nice and welcoming. Alexander even showed me around the restaurant a little, including their private event rooms, which were gorgeous. We weren’t planning on getting anything to drink, but Devonte convinced us to go for his two favorite cocktails, the Pomegranate Margarita, and the Hawaiian Pineapple Cosmopolitan. Both drinks were incredibly refreshing, plus they were brought to the table in a shaker, which basically had a whole other drink in it! It felt like you were really getting a good bang for your buck. While it wasn’t part of the Valentines Menu, we decided to start with some Flatbreads, since they came very highly recommended from the staff. We went with the Garlic Pesto Chicken ($9.30) and the Braised Short Rib & Cheddar ($11.60). Both of these flatbreads were really tasty. The crust was thin and crispy, with lots of toppings. I think I liked the Short Rib best, while my boyfriend liked the Garlic Pesto Chicken. Next we moved on to the three course Valentines Day Menu. As I mentioned earlier, this menu includes three courses for two people, for just $60! For my starter I decided to go with the Chicken Noodle Soup (normally $5.30) and my boyfriend went with the Spinach & Caramelized Bosc Pear Salad (normally $8.80). I am a sucker for soup, so I loved my starter. It was a surprisingly large bowl and the noodles were big and tasty, which I feel is key to a good Chicken Noodle Soup. My boyfriend’s salad was HUGE! I could’ve probably eaten it as my entire meal. It was presented beautifully and he loved it. For my entrée I went with the Cedar Plank-Roasted Salmon (normally $21.80), which was served with a side of seasonal vegetables. The salmon was also served with a side of Dill Mustard, which I absolutely loved. The salmon was cooked to perfection, and didn’t have any fancy seasoning or flavors to distract from the nice, light taste of the actual fish. My boyfriend went with the Boneless Beef Short Rib, which was served on top of Cheddar Grits with grilled carrots. He loved this dish. I swear I took three bites of mine and looked up and he was finished. As if we didn’t have enough food, we obviously had to get dessert. The Valentines Day menu is served with a Double Chocolate Brownie Ganache Mini Indulgence. Their Mini Indulgence Desserts are like little shot glasses full of goodness. In addition to the Double Chocolate Brownie Ganache, we ended up getting a taste of all of the Mini Indulgence Desserts (7 in total). My personal favorite was the Raspberry Cannoli, while my boyfriends was a toss up between the Key Lime Pie, Pecan Pie, and Carrot Cake.
By the end of our meal we were thoroughly impressed with both the service and the food at Seasons 52. We can’t wait to go back to see what else they have to offer. For now though, make sure you don’t miss out on their Valentines Menu, which is available February 11-13th. Three really great quality courses for two people for $60 can’t be beat! Plus, if you use this link when you go, you will receive complimentary truffles for the table!
Note: From time to time we’re invited out to an event or to try a restaurant or certain products. This meal or items are usually comped, as this was. We’re under no obligation to write a positive review or any review at all when we’re invited out to try a place. Every review you see on our site will be an honest review of the place whether or not the restaurant provided us with the meal at their cost.
Melissa Guido is currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area. She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College. Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious. Melissa loves traveling and learning about how food fits into different cultures. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs. Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.