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Prelude at McCaw Hall

3.7
2395 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American
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Hours of Operation
Dinner/Brunch:
Prelude opens 2.5 hours (Opera performances) and 2 hours (Ballet performances) prior show start.


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(206) 615-0404
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Private Party Contact
Susan Cuturilo: (206) 615-0254
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Catering
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.
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Cross Street
4th & Mercer
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined on 11 June 2018

We always enjoy our evenings at McCaw Hall more when we dine at Prelude first. Great food, and opportunity to relax before the show. Early bird gets the best parking, too.

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3.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Convenient location when attending the ballet or opera. Unfortunately it's "hit and miss" when it comes to the meal. Menu always looks inviting as well as the presentations. Taste and quality often fail to live up to expectations and billing (descriptions). The cioppino "really" missed the mark on Saturday.

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

The setting for the restaurant is very lovely and it is very convenient if you are going to the opera or ballet. But I wouldn't choose this restaurant if I weren't going to a production at McCall Hall. I think it is a bit overpriced for what you get, and the quality of the food isn't always the best. Last Saturday I had an eggplant and sausage pasta which was very dry and lacking in flavor. I couldn't even taste the eggplant. The little buffet, however, was very good, which is what my friend had.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

First time back in many years and Prelude just keeps getting better!

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Very disappointing menu. The food was quite ordinary and not not very tasty.
The services a bit uneven.

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2.0Dined on 8 June 2018

First of all the menu is severely limited. This is because none of the food is prepared onsite in a real kitchen and it shows. Second the prices are way out of line for what you actually get. Third our table was totally uncomfortable because like most restaurants in Seattle they somehow feel it is necessary to blast air conditioning on you just because it is June. The meager portions combined with cafeteria quality food and an uncomfortable indoor environment, all at an exhorbatent price means I will not go back.

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Service was great. The "fresh" table is a good new innovation, and we like that better than the high priced although tasty, small serving entrees.

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3.0Dined on 2 June 2018

My chicken and polenta were both dry and fairly tasteless. My husband said his ribs were good, though the asparagus that came with them was inconsistent; some pieces well-cooked and limp others nearly crunchy. The carrot cake was dry and tasted more like a ginger snap cookie than of carrots or spices typically associated with carrot cake. The bright spot was our waiter -- he was fantastic. Gave him a good tip for being attentive though the food, on the balance, was not that great, especially for the price.

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1.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Made a dinner reservation for Mom and I to eat before the Ballet. The restaurant was both empty and loud. They sat us far away from the windows for no discernable reason. The service was slow and unattentive. The food was really disappointing. The caprese didn’t have any tomato or basil, and the balsamic was overwhelmungly sweet. The salmon was definitely reheated, and tasted like it was cooked days prior. It was ruined. It was a restaurant trying to be upscale but falling short on basics (like don’t sit my mom where the sun will shine in her eyes).

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2.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Stopped coming before the Opera because it seemed too expensive for the quality of the food and wine. Tried it again Sat. . Have the same impression.

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3.0Dined on 20 May 2018

The food is usually very very good, but this time the beans that came with the only gluten-free option on the menu just tasted like chili powder, which I don't like. And there was no gluten-free dessert option.

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3.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Disappointing. I would pay for excellent food but the present selection is less than acceptable. A vegan main course should be standard. Bread is very disappointing. Our was dry cold and at least one day old. We’re looking for other places to eat before the opera.

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4.0Dined on 19 May 2018

We needed a pre-concert dinner reservation for 6, and Prelude was the only one available. We all enjoyed our food, and the service was very good. Wine and entrees are definitely pricey, so I wouldn't be a regular there. But it is very convenient for events at Seattle Center, and roomy enough to have seating available.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Great place at the theater to eat. Harvest Bar + appetizer + drink best value.

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2.0Dined on 19 May 2018

I ordered the harvest table (help yourself to meats, cheeses, etc.). Everything was picked over and hardly any options were available. Many platters were completely empty. Wine was very overpriced. Had 2 glasses of wine, bowl of soup, and harvest platter for $66! Not worth it at all!

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4.0Dined on 19 May 2018

We chose this restaurant to eat a Friday night meal before a concert at Key Arena specifically because of its location within the Seattle Center area. We are from out of town and are not familiar with area restaurants, so the location worked very well for us. The food was good, but the menu somewhat limited with only four entries to pick from.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

I brought my out-of-town guests on Friday 5/18, and I could not be more proud of Prelude for living up to and beyond my expectations for our dinner prior to Aida. The well-prepared and presented, inventive selections reflecting the Egyptian theme of the opera to the exquisite desserts and selection of wine were as much a success as the production we saw onstage. Kudos! The next time I entice my guests to return, I will promise them another wonderful dinner experience at Prelude.

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4.0Dined on 17 May 2018

crab cakes were a little disappointing, along with the sides. Not a great value for the $. Service was good and quick; waiter knowledgeable and helpful about wine selection.
Need better gluten free options. We took a chance on the crab because was best choice, but lots of things could be served that aren't gluten free.

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3.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Convenient for pre-opera/ballet, etc. . . . . but otherwise nothing special.

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4.0Dined on 17 May 2018

The crab cakes were not good—too spicy, which made me suspicious it was covering up some not-so-fresh crab meat—and also strangely chewy. I’ve had much better at a small restaurant on Whidbey Island for half the cost. Disappointing. Strawberry short cake quite good.

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2.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Prelude is good if a convenient location is important. The food is fair. When i was there Wednesday night before the opera, Aida, my friend ordered a cocktail. The waitress said the bartender didnt show up so no cocktails. (No sub?) The ambience and convenience are excellent. The value i think is terrible. Expensive. Overpriced for the mediocre food.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Excellent restaurant for pre-opera dining. The menu had an Egyptian theme, consistent with Aida performances. The tabouli appetizer was good, with a strong lemon flavor. Unlike the dinner menu, the brunch menu featured quiche, which was very good (but oddly lacked egg). We avoided the "Egyptian soup," which we had returned previously (tasted like grass clippings in broth) and enjoyed our meal. The staff was extremely helpful, cheerful and polite. The best dining experience we've had so far in this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Prelude is the ideal place for our pre-Opera lunch. It’s perfectly convenient. It’s elegant with good food and great service.

It’s our only choice for every performance!

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4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Prelude did some Egyptian themed dishes for dinner before the Opera's performance of Aida! Our server, Charlies, did a fantastic job. Food was good.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

5/12/2018. It was dinner before the opera Aida. The food was very good, tasty and attractively presented. The service was very good considering that they were faced with people arriving late due to accidents and traffic problems, and having to get customers fed and out in time for the opera. They did an excellent job of carrying out this daunting task.

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3.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Prelude ia very convenient for dining before the opera. The food is good, but the service is slow and sometimes inaccurate.

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3.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Excellent location pre-opera, very efficient reservation service and our waiter was very helpful and courteous. Then we get to the food--sadly, although we were among the first to dine, the food was warmed over and disappointing. Salads were OK but the lamb was tough. The pasta dish was cold and hard, a real disappointment. Beware of the Egyptian cake--very attractive presentation but you may need a steak knife to cut one of the layers. Good wine selection but the high prices are for the convenience of the location, not the cuisine.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

We had seven in our group, so I was pleased with both our seating and the quality of the food and service. It's my third time for dinner before opera and I'll be doing it there again.

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4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Greatly improved from the recent dip in food quality and service (dinner before the last few operas has been pretty sketchy)--at least based on the very good lamb and crab cake entrees. Our server was lovely. This was a "last chance" visit and I'm glad we gave it another try. Thanks.

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2.0Dined on 12 May 2018

The food was mediocre and so was the service. I was actually given a pot of rancid cream for my coffee. The only benefit I think, is its convenience.

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1.0Dined on 10 May 2018

The crab cakes, for $30, looked and tasted like they came out of a box and were heated in the microwave. Generally crab cakes are golden brown in color - but these were light beige, as if they were NOT pan fried. With little to no crabmeat, and a texture of flour and dough, these were by far the worst entree I’ve had anywhere. Maybe hey misunderstood me and thought I ordered card board.

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3.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Somewhat rushed because of the performance. "Good " tables not available to Open Table Members.

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4.0Dined on 10 May 2018

First time experience, nice modern interior, decent menu. Our waitress was fabulous, the food was good and ambiance nice. That said, there aren't a ton of menu options, and although the food was good, it seemed a bit over priced for what you got. Also, due to the layout, it can get a bit loud once it starts to fill up. And especially if you aren't sat in one of the booths, tables are pretty close to each other, maybe a foot apart? Therefore, it can be hard to have your own conversation when maybe someone is sat next to you who is a little bit louder than you're table. Makes it really easy to eavesdrop even when you're trying not to. My husband and I agree, it was a very nice dinner and experience, but definitely not at the top of our list for returning.

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

We have had lunch at Prelude before opera matinees for several years and have found the food adequate for the most part. We especially enjoy having the option of dessert at intermission. But there was definitely an uptick in the menu last Sunday. Our meals were excellent. Maybe they have a new chef?

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2.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Location is great if attending the ballet or opera. But, too bad they regularly miss the mark on portion size, quality, hot meals and value. Items look appealing on the menu but just don't measure up. Saving grace is the wonderful staff that does the best they can to put on a good face.

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4.0Dined on 6 May 2018

The Egyptian soup was a mystery--neither of us could eat it. The server Kindly took it off our bill. The entrees were OK, not as good as usual. Maybe trying a bit too hard for the Egyptian theme for Aida? Nice try in theory but the meal was forgettable. We were seated next to the kitchen--very noisy. Have requested window seating in the past but they are obviously very popular. Good location pre-opera.

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4.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Disappointed when I made reservations for a window seat and they were unable to accommodate me & my guest.

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3.0Dined on 6 May 2018

It was convenient for the opera. For that reason, I would go again. The food was mediocre, the service was slow but friendly. I expected it to be more on top of the timeline and to have enough servers for the event since you take reservations and have a limited menu.

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3.0Dined on 6 May 2018

The last time we dined here, we had a very good experience. This time, not so much. I was very disappointed in the menu. Out of four entrees, every single one had garlic in it. To me this is not a good plan for a restaurant in a venue where you'll be sitting among thousands of people at a performance right after dinner. Given that, and the fact that so many people are allergic to or sensitive to garlic, could they not have had just *one* entree garlic-free? I ended up having the appetizer buffet for my dinner. Very disappointing. Plus I specified on my reservation that it was a birthday occasion. Not one mention was made of that. Most restaurants make sure to have that info ahead of time. Not likely to return here.

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4.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Our group has met here for years before the Opera. One is in the chorus so she has to leave early. The wait staff has always been helpful.
Entree was so generous I could not eat the rhubarb tart, that I know what remarkable.

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