Season - Rathausmarkt

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Rathausmarkt 2, Hamburg, Germany, 20095

Vegetarian buffet restaurant. Buy by weight or all-you-can-eat. Vegans need to inquire about ingredients. Reopened summer 2013 after renovation. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Western, Buffet, Salad bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, German

11 Reviews

First Review by Take It Back

limited vegan options, expensive, food not great - Edit

They charge by the plate of food- with a large costing €13 (although this does come with a non vegan dessert). The food tasted as if it had sat out for a while, and the food wasn't terrible- but defiantly didn't feel worth €13. The iceberg salad was just long strips of lettuce- it felt lazily put together. It is a bit challenging to find, you have to enter the Bucers and go downstairs to find it. I will not be coming back here again, there is better vegan food in Hamburg.

Pros: some vegan options

Cons: price (charge per plate) , location

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I hope they improved - Edit

I see it has been a while since the last review for this place.

I do share the negative experience of the previous reviewers although my visit is also a while ago. I remember I was extremely disappointed because I really loved Season when it was at its previous location in Schauenburgerstrasse. There was always a huge choice of fresh vegan food, it seemed very popular and the staff was friendly. So I made quite a detour to get to this new place and I really looked forward to it.

My experience at the Rathausmarkt location was very different. Grumpy staff, a few vegan options, bland lukewarm food... no wonder there were not too many people around. The staff said that was because of the vacation period and outside of that period there would be more vegan options, but seen all those tourists going to Hamburg during the vacation period I had my doubts. I never went back.

They still seem to be around. Am wondering if they improved and would love to see some newer reviews here...

Cons: grumpy staff, not many vegan choices, not tasty

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NO!! Don't go!! - Edit

Worst vegetarian Food experiance ever! Food had been out to long, some of it had gone bad. Bread, if thrown at a persons head, could be a potential lethal weapon, that's how dry it was!
No fresh veg in the buffet, most was from can or freez or pickeled!
Waiter was more interested in flirting with cute brunette at the bar, than doing his job.
Overprized, rude and bad service, low quality food, go somewhere else, don't waste your money on this place.

Pros: The pesto homous

Cons: everything else!

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A bit disappointing! - Edit

Last week we went to Season, located to the right of the Rathaus. We entered the restaurant, it was completely empty. Hardly any food was available, only some leftovers. When we mentioned to the man behind the counter the bread was very dry, he didn't do anything about it. Not even offering some other bread or his apologies. There were a few things to choose from, but nothing really interesting. We went to Season because the idea reminded us of Tibits in London (we love to go there!!) but Season is nothing like that unfortunately!! So we don't recommend going to Season.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday September 03, 2014

Pros: We don't have any pros...

Cons: in a cellar/ no windows, the staff wasn't friendly or helpful, the food was very disappointing!

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Tasty - but beware of coming to late! - Edit

If you are luck enough to arrive before the hot dishes run out, then you can enjoy a pretty tasty meal here.
The choice of hot food is much more limited than it used to be in the other season location (now closed), so there were 4 hot dishes when I was there.
The problem was, two of the platters were empty, and I was told it would be a problem to bring any fresh food due to lack of staff. Despite this, they charged me full price. So Eat-as-much-as-you-can really meant "choose from the leftovers".
I guess they may get their act together sometime, so I shall test again soon. The food itself is not half as good as in the original Season and even the salad buffet is a cheapy version of the original. But still, Season is still a very centrally located veggie place in the heart of Hamburg. [edit by staff]

Pros: Location, buffet eatery

Cons: hot dishes are not refilled, too expensive for very limited choice

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Very Nice, will go back ! - Edit

Very nice ambience in the midst of city, where you could also take visitors, as not many such restaurants around. Mostly continental food but we enjoyed the small Arabic menu. All-you-can-eat @ 14.50 is fine; you can take time and eat as many courses as you want:)
Definitely recommend and we will go back. But beware, not for families with small kids, as there's no space for kids to move around freely.

Pros: Location, Food variety & taste, Not over-expensive

Cons: Seating gives a 'bit cramped' feeling

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No special food but it`s in the city - Edit

If you look for some vegan food but nothing exciting and you are willing to eat during normal lunch hours, this is your place.
I found them a bit weak on the salad front (January) and the food was not really tasty but you get vegan food in the city.
I came here at 3 on some days and they had nothing left and also they have many cakes but none vegan, so it's more for emergencies.

Pros: Location

Cons: Nothing special, Cake not vegan, Not very balanced

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Recommendable - Edit

We paid 10€ for a plate we filled on as much as we could. Most of the food at the buffet was vegan... and very tasty!
For 14.50€ you can have All-you-can-eat but we were full and satisfied with the one plate. We'd totally come back.
Unfortunately no vegan desserts available or at least we couldn't find a declaration.

Pros: Delicious food, good price, nice atmosphere

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Season - Rathausmarkt is open again!! - Edit

Season at Rathausmarkt (Brucerius Kunstzentrum) is opened again and it's as good as ever. Very friendly service and good relation quality/price.

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Vegetarian Grandeur - Edit

I have never come across a vegetarian establishment in such a grand and impressive setting. Right next to the Hamburg Town Hall in a fine building called the Bucerius Kunst Forum, Seasons is found in the basement with outdoor seating also available. The help yourself buffet food is of a very high standard with plenty of vegan choice. Prices are decent starting at 6.50 EUR for a small plate to 11.99 EUR eat as much as you want. Very impressive interior, a bit pompous perhaps, but why not. There are so many meat eating places like this so all credit to them. A bottle of house white is 12.50 EUR so all around the prices are fair. I prefer the look of the other Seasons round the corner as it has outside windows and a larger seating area.

Pros: grand setting, food, location

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A good place for vegans - Edit

A buffet restaurant with mostly all vegan items. Nothing special and really no place to take a date, but nice for a short break or emergencies on shopping weekends. Kinda hard to find (it's in the basement of a museum).

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