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The Four Seasons Restaurant

99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Park Ave.
212-754-9494

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8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 9
"Recommended"

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73% would go back.

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Only paying for the hype

By sigmachiny on 10/3/2005

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

If you are reading this, then you are just like me, thinking you are going to get the dining experience of a lifetime. Do yourself a favor and don't buy into the hype, as this place will not meet your expectations. The food was no better than places less than 1/2 the price, and you'll find better service at Starbucks. At The Four Seasons, you walk away saying you've been there, with a story to tell, but that's about all. The Dover Sole was "good" but nothing to brag about, neither was the Sirloin. Great place if you have money to burn, otherwise, better food to be found.

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Paying for the

By edere on 8/24/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Price - high. 3 Lunches Monk fish - good but not inventive - served with beans. Halibut - very good with lobster risotto and chanterelles. Thoughtful creation. Lobster salad - lobster very tough, chewy but very good orange sauce and salad.(why did they offer red cocktail sauce?) Dessert - three chocolates - flan, ice cream, tarte. we shared - excellent. Service - somewhat surly by our waiter, plaisant by the head and by the assistant. Decor - historic - but, please, no artificial palms or Country Buffet style philodendron. The pool had scum bubbles in the center. Don't let them seat you against the wall! Deadly! Demand the pool. THINK - COST AGAINST RESULT: At home, monk fish and halibut run about $5 - $6 per lb. Whole small lobster about $12. Our bill - over $200. Was the menu really that inventive? Ive had far more creative - and substantive at much lower prices. You are paying for the perceived - the label - not for the actual product. But - convince yourself and youll be happy.

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475 out of 935 people found this review helpful.

Great place

By jpe on 8/5/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Great time, good food and very special restaurant

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471 out of 972 people found this review helpful.

A Real Classic

By samjones on 6/19/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Everything about this restaurant works. The decor is soothing modern that has stood the test of time. The staff are pros and don't make you feel as if you don't deserve to be there if you are not famous. The food is delicious without being clever, and yes, it is very expensive

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388 out of 847 people found this review helpful.

First Class

By godsavethequeen on 3/19/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

We hereby grant the Four Seasons our seal of approval for a splendid restaurant. Anyone who gives this place 10/10 for food alone is clearly mad, but it is a very welcome touch of class all-round, with a very nice bar alongside. GSTQ.

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363 out of 796 people found this review helpful.

High expectations unfulfilled

By Jonathan on 2/21/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

If its reputation was ever deserving of a high rung on the ladder of world class restaurants, it's now at best worthy of only a lower rung on such ladder. The food was good, but not exceptional. I've had more tender filet mignon at much less pricey restaurants. And with that cut in which the taste so heavily depends on the sauce, the sauce, which was good, should be better. My wife's scallops were well-prepared and worthy of an excellent assessment, but the waiter "forgot," or chose not to remember, a lemon in her water as she requested. I also had to remind him to bring my drink. One wonders, given other stellar reviews, if they're resting on laurels or there's much variance in quality of food and service and we were unlucky. In either case, absent luck or special treatment, for many going with high expectations and some dining experience at the truly best of what some restaurants offer, the Four Seasons may be something of a disappointment. If going, keep your fine-dining expectations moderate and possibly order the prix-fix package (at $55 per person) for dinner. Try to be close to the pool in the Pool Room.

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399 out of 808 people found this review helpful.

WONDERFUL ANYTIME OF THE YEAR!

By adsong on 7/1/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

From the time you enter this beautiful,elegant place,the feeling of "Special" envelops your being. This multi-room restaurant(From The Grill Room to The romantic Pool Room(Not as Billiards-As water Pool) has withstood the test of time,and retains its quality,elegance and class, while serving up terrific Continental fare .Last time I dined with my date, we heard a familiar voice saying "Ve Do Dis,And Ve Do Dat,And Ve Go Dere".. it was Henry Kissinger , so, you'll never know who "Vill" be next to you,however,you will know that you are in a special place.Splurge,or have your expense account pay,for it is expensive.

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349 out of 732 people found this review helpful.

For All Seasons

By martin_chamois on 5/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Perfection. A classic that continues to exude all that makes Manhattan a dinning capital of the world. You enter a different world of 1960's, a "Dinner at Tiffany's" world were all the terrorist’s alerts and world tension are temporarily forgotten and the soothing sounds of the pool tranquilize the patrons. Relax and Enjoy.

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344 out of 741 people found this review helpful.

amazing!

By bxval on 4/14/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I loved everything, the food, the staff, and especially the environment. The Four Seasons is one of ny most favorite restaurants to eat at. Although the menu is pricey, the staff and the exceptional food is well worth it!!!

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288 out of 524 people found this review helpful.

Still one of NYC's best

By michelle on 2/22/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

After all these year's it's still one of the best restaurants in NYC. The 'mid-century' design is a bit dated but holds its own. The main room is still awesome. In our most recent visit we had the pre-theatre prixe-fixe dinner. The selection was good and the food was excellent. The service couldn't be better... attentive and friendly without being obsequious. The prices are a bit steep, but you get what you pay for.

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