Seasons Restaurant is located inside the Sheraton hotel in Durham, North Carolina. Seasons is split into two parts. The first is The Café, which is perfect for guests looking to grab a coffee in the morning or a quick bite at lunch time. Seasons Restaurant proper focuses on having a gourmet menu at affordable prices in an upscale yet casual atmosphere. It also partners with local food merchants to advocate for organic, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Through this partnership, Seasons has a biweekly rotating menu that features some of the brightest, freshest ingredients available. The menu is classic American cuisine, featuring everything from turkey clubs and crab cakes to a grilled 12-ounce New York strip steak.
Seasons feels like someone read the book, tried hard, but failed to execute the 'restaurant experience'. The new menu was cutesy--too much for an elegant experience. The farm to table options were very ordinary-- good enough, but tired looking. The shrimp pasta with carrot sauce sounded better than it tasted. The chicken with potatoes/broccali looked like it stood under warming lights--but tasted fine. The kind, patient server looked like she gave up on our group-actually ASKED us women if we wanted a dessert menu. Of course everyone declined! Really? Just give out the menu!!! (I know that sounds like I'm nutty, but women will always finish with a little sweet if there's chocolate or ice cream!) That was the death knell for Seasons. Easy to be good; hard to be great.
Seasons is a great place for dinner. They have local farm fresh offerings as well as the regular items you would expect. They offer a nice variety of menu choices from salads to sandwiches to Filet Mignon. We started with the Grilled Shrimp appetizer which was so delicious. I had the Filet which came with a salad that was fresh and crisp, mashed potatoes (real potatoes), and grilled green beans with red peppers and onions. My husband had one of the local farm fresh offerings of Spicy Shrimp Pad Thai, which he enjoyed thoroughly. We finished off sharing a slice of cheesecake with strawberry topping. Everything was excellent, including the presentation. The cheesecake even came with a cute "flower" created on the plate with strawberry syrup.
The service was superb! The waitress was very professional yet friendly. The whole staff was just super friendly and interested in making sure we had a wonderful experience, which we did. I highly recommend Seasons if you are looking for a non-chain restaurant option. You won't be disappointed!
We did not enjoy our food, others in the restaurant complained openly. It was pretty empty and it was Valentine's day. Now we know why we were able to get in so easily.
Our experience for this business dinner was very poor. We were a group of 9, but we were among only a few patrons for much of the time. Our dinners came out at at three different times at least 5 minutes apart and then only after inquiring. This restaurant is in the Sheraton Hotel who was hosting a large group in their meeting area. Perhaps this is why our service was not up to par.
My experience dining at Seasons Restaurant was outstanding. From the way I was greeted promptly upon my walking up to the host podium to the ambiance to the Filet Mignon I thoroughly enjoyed, it was great. My server Clyde was knowledgeable, friendly, and made me want to return again. The entree prices are reasonable, and I also noticed the restaurant is well kept and clean. I would definitely recommend Seasons to my friends and associates.
I enjoyed my time at Seasons. As soon as I walked up to get seated, I was greeted with a warm smile from the hostess. My server was knowledgeable about the menu and he was friendly. I ordered the Egg Linguini and it was made just right. I got a large portion, and I had to take some home, but it was worth it! The ambience was nice: not too light and not too dark either. I look forward to the next time I will be there to dine in. I think I'll try something from the Farm to Table menu next time. Compliments to the chefs and servers who contributed to my good experience.
The website presents Seasons in such a charming fashion, but sadly it did not represent. Server was timid and graceless. We chose the seasonally changing chef's specials. IF the food we were served was actually local and organic as they touted, which I question, the freshness was questionable and those cooking it had no idea what they were doing. The skin of the founder was mauled off the fish; the potatoes were hard; the grilled vegetables were drowned in celery seasoning; the chicken breast was supposed to come with peaches in the sauce, but had grapes(??) We just felt incredibly let down and disappointed.
Lunch menu was not what I saw on line. Menu only had a few items on it to pick from. Food was not fresh and it was overcooked.
There was no reason to have to make a reservation. Our family and one person were the only ones there. The lunch menu was extremely limited. The waitress was nice but not very knowledgeable about the menu items. Not a good place for special occasions.