One of The Best New Restaurants in San Diego for Healthy Dining

By on November 19, 2012
Great New Restaurants in San Diego

Just in time for Thanksgiving celebrations, Seasons 52, one of the best new restaurants in San Diego, and is the highly acclaimed fresh grill and wine bar restaurant, which opened Monday, November 19, at San Diego’s UTC. This new concept-driven venue (no dish contains over 475 calories) brings healthy seasonal dining, an award-winning international wine list, signature cocktails and premium-crafted drinks along with live entertainment nightly at a convivial piano bar to this dynamic, well located Golden Triangle hub.

“We are excited to bring Seasons 52 to San Diego. It’s an ideal setting for our guests – people who pay attention to living a healthy, active lifestyle while enjoying shopping, dining and entertainment,” said Stephen Judge, president of Seasons 52. He added, “The restaurant offers locals, the nearby university and business people a place to relax, dine healthfully, celebrate special occasions and conduct business.”


Great New Restaurants in San Diego

Great New Restaurants in San Diego

THE FOOD: A five-station open kitchen is presided over by Executive Chef Partner Steve de Barril and offers seasonal dining highlighted by many ingredients being supplied by regional farmers – a Southern California commitment to local and best ingredients initiated by Culinary Director Cliff Pleau. The dining room has a timeless and elegant residential ambiance while being casually contemporary in its design. Guests will enjoy lunch, dinner and in-between snacking and drinks served by knowledgeable, approachable professionals. At Seasons 52 UTC, nothing on the menu is more than 475 calories, from signature flatbreads and appetizers, to all entrees and even decadent Mini Indulgence desserts. Menus will change four times a year with weekly specialties that truly capture the flavors of each season.

Specialties on the opening Autumn Dinner Menu include: Flatbreads such as Artichoke & Goat Cheese and Spicy Chipotle Shrimp; Entrees including Grilled Boneless Trout with dill-roasted potatoes, baby carrots, dill mustard, broiled lemon; Grilled Lamb T-Bone Chops with roasted asparagus, truffle mashed potatoes and red wine glaze; and Mesquite-Grilled Garlic Shrimp with Spanish saffron risotto, roasted tomato broth and crispy chorizo. The Autumn Lunch Menu tempts with a flatbread selection, sandwiches and burgers, small and entrée salads as well as vegetarian, fish and seafood, and poultry and meat mains. The Mini Indulgences such as the Meyer Lemon Poundcake, Rocky Road or Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousseare a fine way to end  the dining experience.

Enjoy Great Food

Enjoy Great Food

WINE & COCKTAILS: The handsome wine Chateau designed by Seasons 52 Master Sommelier George Miliotes houses part of the restaurant’s 2,000-bottle collection. Its award-winning wine list created by Miliotes features a diverse international selection from 13 different countries, including over 52 choices offered by the glass, as well as organic wines and an adventurous  list of “Drink Them Before They’re Famous.”

Cocktails are expertly prepared with a culinary approach, combining fresh, seasonal ingredients with high-quality spirits. Signature drinks include: Blackberry Storm (Atlantico Reserva Rum, blackberry preserves, lime juice, agave nectar and a hint of allspice) and Pomegranate Margarita Martini (Patrón Silver Tequila, Patrón Citrónge and pomegranate juice). Premium spirits and local, imported and premium American beers are served.

THE LOOK: The design of the main dining room, inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, is natural and organic with autumn ledgestone and solid Honduran mahogany throughout. Live entertainment seven days a week is a compelling draw at the stunning circular piano bar. The bar area is also distinguished by its operable floor-to-ceiling windows. An inviting, expansive wraparound patio with very comfortable furnishings and a Sharing Table with fire features is a perfect destination for relaxation and casual dining enjoyment.

And, for business functions and special occasions, the Napa and Sonoma rooms’ flexible private dining spaces are fully equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and other user friendly features. Also, the Chef’s Table with its “spiced artwork” (aromatic natural herbs and spices built into the frame) features a unique, interactive dining experience with the executive chef for special groups.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A place to meet a date, friends, family and business associates where all can celebrate the deliciousness and uniqueness of each season in a handsome, relaxing setting that salutes healthy lifestyle dining choices.

Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday; open until 11p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

 Where: Seasons 52 UTC

4505 La Jolla Village Drive. Ste. C-1

La Jolla, CA 92122

Phone: (858) 450-1252

In August 2010, the first Seasons 52 restaurant opened in California at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Seasons 52 Westfield Century City will be opening on November 29, 2012, and Seasons 52 Santa Monica is slated to open in Winter 2013 at Palisades Promenade.

About Seasons 52  

Seasons 52, which debuted in 2003, is a fresh grill and wine bar that provides guests with a fresh dining experience, enabling them to celebrate living well.  The menu is orchestrated by award-winning Chef Clifford Pleau, and is inspired by the seasons and the fresh appeal of the farmers’ market – 52 weeks a year. The award-winning wine list created and developed by Master Sommelier George Miliotes – one of over 180 Master Sommeliers worldwide – is consistently praised for its diverse international selection of 100 wines, including more than 52 offered by the glass. Seasons 52 is recognized as a forward-thinking restaurant concept that is “right for the times” and always offers guests something new to discover.

Seasons 52 currently operates 25 locations in 13 states across the country and will open restaurants in Los Angeles (Century City), Calif., in Fall 2012; Sacramento (Arden Fair Mall), Calif., and Santa Monica (Ocean and Broadway), Calif., in Winter 2013. For more information, please visit



About Jacqueline Maddison

Jacqueline Maddison is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Rancho Santa Fe Magazine. She believes in shining light on the best of the best in life. She welcomes you into the world of the ultimate luxury lifestyle.

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