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Wednesday, September 1, 2010


OC’s Newest Dining Destination Celebrates Good Living

COSTA MESA, Calif. (August 30, 2010) – Seasons 52, the much-anticipated fresh grill and wine bar restaurant, opens its dining room doors today at Orange County’s South Coast Plaza. Offering a seasonal contemporary American menu, a fun, accessible list of wines and cocktails, a casually sophisticated ambiance and exceptional service, this is the first of the Seasons 52 collection in California and the first one west of the Mississippi.

The menu for the Seasons 52 restaurant collection was carefully created by Senior Culinary Director Clifford Pleau and decidedly features wood-fire grilling, brick-oven cooking and the absence of the use of fryers – all to ensure flavorful, healthful fare. Highlights include: savory signature Flatbreads such as Rosemary & Parmesan Cheese Crisp; appetizers like Housemade Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli; scrumptious salads; entrees such as Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon; Caramelized Sea Scallops with sun-dried tomato pearl pasta and roasted asparagus; Chicken Citron with golden beets, broccoli and wild rice, and Mesquite Grilled Filet Mignon. For a sweet finale, Mini Indulgences offer individual servings of classic desserts such as Key Lime Pie, Belgian Chocolate Rocky Road and Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse – enjoy one or sample them all.

Sourcing ingredients at the peak of ripeness and maximum flavor from the region’s farmers and purveyors, Executive Chef Partner (and Newport Beach native) Tim Kast creates a featured menu of seasonal specials – 52 weeks a year – such as Black Mission Fig & Chevre Flatbread and Spicy Pacific Halibut Curry. Menus for special dietary needs (low sodium, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free) are also available.

Master Sommelier George Miliotes compiled a thoughtful wine list with a diverse international selection of 100 wines, including 60 wines by the glass. Signature cocktails, such as the orange-infused Organic Sunshine Martini and Pomegranate Margarita Martini, are also inspired by the seasons.

Located on the south side of South Coast Plaza (main entrance on Bristol Avenue), the 300-seat restaurant features an inviting, contemporary style with earthy hues, abstract artworks and soft designer lighting that enhance the interior’s casual, sophisticated appeal. A circular piano bar with nightly entertainment, a bustling open kitchen with a chef’s table and 65-seat patio with two fire pits all underscore the welcoming, convivial atmosphere at Seasons 52. In addition, two flexible private dining rooms expand to accommodate cocktail parties, corporate luncheons, showers, birthdays and any occasion for up to 70 guests.

“We are thrilled to launch our California expansion here at South Coast Plaza,” says Stephen Judge, president of Seasons 52. “Seasons 52 offers a distinctive dining experience that truly complements the California lifestyle and one that can satisfy even the most sophisticated, culinary-savvy diners. We’re also very excited that our culinary team now has local access to California’s seasonal bounty, which is by far some of the country’s best ingredients to cook with.”

Seasons 52 is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). Complimentary valet parking is provided. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Avenue, Suite 2802, Costa Mesa. For reservations, please visit or call 714-437-5252.

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