by Alisha Sahi ’19
Seasons 52, a new American restaurant and bar, holds a prime real-estate location on Ocean Avenue, facing the Santa Monica pier and beach. Tourists and locals come to visit the restaurant for lunch and dinner. Having a view of the ocean and seeing all the locals of Santa Monica (street performers, pedestrians, cyclists, etc.) on a sunny Saturday afternoon improves the experience greatly. Although the location and view set the restaurant up to be a great dining experience, Seasons 52’s food is not up to par.
The grilled rack of lamb is far too over-seasoned, along with being dry and low-quality meat, which does not make for a very appetizing dinner. Along with the lamb, the crab, shrimp and spinach stuffed mushrooms are bland and don’t provide much flavor or color to the table. Seasons 52 claims that their flatbreads are their most popular and well known dish/appetizer. However, the flatbreads are implausibly thin and cracker like, therefore not adding much flavor. The quinoa salad is marginally better than the other food items ordered, but still mediocre. Seasons 52 serves incredibly large portions which make it quite difficult to finish or even properly enjoy your dish, especially because the food itself is sub-par.
Similar to the food, the service is not great. The restaurant was overbooked, and as a result, the Seasons 52 staff was very unorganized and failed to seat and accommodate those who made a reservation; our wait time was approximately 30 to 40 minutes. After finally being seated, the waitress seemed to be having an off day and got very frustrated when we asked her to take back the waters she gave us and bring back new glasses of water without the ice. We had to switch waiters.
Aside from the food and service, which admittedly is a big part of the experience, the atmosphere is quite enjoyable. Our new waiter was very polite and very quick with orders. On the contrary, there was an instance where the food was stated to be inedible, but the waiter refused to take it back.
Unfortunately, despite having a beautiful and pleasant atmosphere, Seasons 52 is not a restaurant worth visiting.