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About Prelude at McCaw Hall
Welcome to Prelude - on the Promenade Level of Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Sophistication, artistry and signature dishes designed by our Executive Chef await your visit. Prelude features the freshest local produce, artisanal products, a large selection of Northwest wines by the glass and half bottle, and our sublime take on cuisine executed by the SAVOR culinary team. Our seasonal menus provide the perfect prelude to a Pacific Northwest Ballet or Seattle Opera performance - or offer an exceptional dining experience on their own. Dinner reservations are encouraged prior to show time. Prelude also offers Brunch before Sunday shows and Intermission.
Seattle, WA 98109
Hours of Operation:
Prelude opens 2.5 hours (Opera performances) and 2 hours (Ballet performances) prior show start.
4th & Mercer
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering by SAVOR... is not limited to McCaw Hall. We apply our extensive experience in both large and small-scale events at most any location in the Seattle Area. For over 20 years, our culinary team and experienced sales staff have created custom menus and unique special events to successfully support world-class events for small groups or thousands of people. You can be sure we have the expertise to handle every detail of your event, from site coordination, to rentals, to securing a pleasant service staff. Contact us to learn more.
Private Party Facilities:
Opportunities for private events abound at McCaw hall. Whether planning a large party in the dining room or looking for a private space, or larger events our team is experienced and ready to handle the details for you. For larger parties please ask for our Catering Director and we will be happy to put you in contact with her.
Private Party Contact:
Susan Cuturilo: (206) 615-0254
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Prelude at McCaw Hall Ratings and Reviews
Our Server, 40058 James, on 10-25-17, was superb. Upon being seated @ exactly 5:45 pm, James introduced himself and proceeded to answer out menu questions. We asked to breeze through our dinner so we could take in the Pre-Opera lecture. All was friendly, prompt, and spot on. We made it to the lecture with 5-minutes to spare.
On the negative side, we were seated along the 'back wall'. The ceiling lighting there is intense and for us we got serious glare reflections on our eyeglasses. We wish there were some 'zone lighting' options..
This is a fabulous way to enjoy the opera especially when you have to take a ferry to get there and back. No worries about being late you can enjoy dessert during intermission atmosphere if good meals are great and I've always had wonderful service. Only downfall for me is I have to remember to make the reservation. Their new appetizers/salad table is a little pricy but excellent. I recommend it, and hope they keep it excellent way to try new tastes
Our experience at Prelude before the opera was outstanding. We were so fortunate to have as our server the person who orders the wine and spirits for Prelude. She shared information about the dessert menu and the drinks, including the absolutely stellar limoncello. We would definitely return to this restaurant. It is so nice to be right in the opera house and not have to run down the street to make the curtain. Chicken pot pie--delicioso! We shall return!
My husband and I are season ticket holders at the Seattle Opera, and on opera nights we always eat at Prelude. We've had meals that ranged from awful tomediocre to wonderful. As we come a long way, the convenience of dining in the same building where our event takes place is worth it to us.
This past Saturday we dined again at Prelude, prior to attending "Madam Butterfly." Our dinner was absolutely fabulous! We both had the black cod, served with bokchoy, shiitake mushrooms and a jade pesto. The fish was done to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. We followed up our meals with cappuccinos. I also had a fruit tart that was absolutely divine, and my husband seemed to enjoy his chocolate ganache treat. And then we got to hear the wonderful voices that sang for us. What a perfect evening!
Prelude can be spendy, but I would recommend it for speciual occasions.
I appreciated the hostess making it possible for us to be seated a bit earlier than our reservation since it made for a more relaxed experience for making the curtain. Our server, Anthony, was wonderful. He was attentive without hovering and friendly. The food was good. The chicken was a tad on the dry side but my companion's pork was reportedly excellent. We enjoyed the convenience as well as the experience.
Outstanding preface (not to call it a prelude!) to a fabulous evening at the Opera. Made the evening very relaxed from minute one. Welcoming Maître D', attentive waiter and support staff, fast delivery, creative and tasty food (always different from one time to the next -- having dinner at Prelude is one of our preferred dining choices when attending the Opera or PNB). Everything is perfect.
Very much a three star restaurant in our book.
Prelude is a good restaurant for those attending events at McCaw Hall. I doubt that we would chose it if not for the convenience of eating so close to the performance hall. This time our food was excellent and the service very good. Being able to pre-order a dessert for intermission is a plus.
This survey site does not acknowledge attendance at the ballet or opera as a reason to visit this restaurant. That is what takes me to Prelude each time.
The timeliness of the service was appreciated. Allowed for non-rushed meal and yet time to get into the auditorium.
Because the opera "Katya Katanova" by composer Leoš Janáček was set in a small Russian village, Savor Restaurant chefs created a fun Russian dinner menu.
My husband and I shared these wonderful treats:
Борщ Borscht, Carrot, Beet, Onion, Sour Cream, Dill
Капустный салад с селёдкой Roasted Cabbage Salad, Herring, Onion, Sour Cream
Строганов Stroganoff, Short Rib, Sour Cream, Pearl Onions, Mushrooms, Pasta
Ромовая Бава Rum Baba with Rum Sauce
вкусно!!! That's "delicious" in Russian.
Our waiter Anthony was most attentive, and we especially enjoyed our chat with hostess Fariha. I recommend Savor to anyone attending the Seattle Opera or any other event at McCaw Hall. We had a most enjoyable meal prior to the opera!
Online reservations didn't let me rsvp for 6 pm, only for 5, then I had to run to make that time and we got done with dinner over an hour before the show, so we were forced to just sit around.
Could have used my time better otherwise if the system would have left me.
In the past we have had mediocre experiences at Prelude, but keep going back because it's so darn convenient and the atmosphere is nice. This time Prelude really stepped it up! We were floored with the improvements. From plating to service, it seems they have paid attention to the reviews and improved everything. Everything. We had a great time!
We opted for the salmon/caviar toasts, the potato salad, the herring salad (standout), and the rum baba dessert, and asked for them all to be brought one at a time (there were two of us). The sommelier (she's great!) came out and offered us a couple choices from what we had described to our server Matt (also great!) and we ended up with a wine we wouldn't have chosen but that we loved, right at our budget. A half bottle of wine each and some salads is a light meal, but we were there at 5pm and lingered until after 7 because we were having such a nice time.
Get there as early as possibly before your show!
Thus far, after eight pre-opera occasions at Prelude, this was perhaps the smoothest, most pleasant experience. The tip of my hat for putting cocktails on the menu; and, although a minor detail, we found having the names of the updated Russian dishes printed in Cyrillic type-- hematic for the performance of Katya Kabanova-- was as charming as the dishes were delightful. It is wonderful to be able to write a good review. Keep up the good work. Thank you!
Convenient to dine here prior to a performance, good food, great service, and makes it a fun evening. We were late for our reservation due to horrible traffic, called and they held our table, no problem, very pleasant and helpful. Nice Staff, also great to come out to table and have dessert and coffee at intermission, waiting for you.
Making reservations was easy. We were seated on time on a busy night. The three course meal was more than I care to eat but the soup,salad, desert option was good.
The only thing I can suggest is, since there are many seniors going to events, a few lighter choices (soups not with cream etc. one light main dish , would not go amiss.
Our waiter was super and I like the different decor that changed from the original restaurant when McCaw Hall first opened.
We had brunch at the Prelude prior to attending the Ballet. As always, the service was quick as the staff knows most of the customers at that time must be served promptly. The food was excellent, portions a little too large for me. Very friendly staff.....all together eating at The Prelude is usually a very pleasant experience!
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