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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.

321 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner/Brunch:
Prelude opens 2.5 hours (Opera performances) and 2 hours (Ballet performances) prior show start.


Cross Street:
4th & Mercer

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 615-0404

Website:
http://www.savorsmgmccawhall.com/

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.

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

Additional:
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

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2.9

Overall rating

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food

2.8

service

3.1

ambience

3.4

value

2.3

Noise

Moderate

46% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Columbus)·Dined on 12 November 2017

much better experience than last time. Adequate staff level and professional service and small menu but with appropriate pre-performance choices

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 26 October 2017

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..

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on 1 October 2017

Prelude's location makes it a perfect place to dine prior to an event at McCaw Hall. In addition the food is excellent and our server, Matt, was outstanding, It was a fine way to begin our night at the ballet.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 20 August 2017

Going to the opera just wouldn't be the same without having dinner here

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 19 August 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 19 August 2017

Much better, food good, service dramatically improved

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 13 August 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 13 August 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 10 August 2017

Madame Butterfly!!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 10 August 2017

We love the staff and enjoy the rotating menu. The wine list is very good and the food is always fresh and interesting.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on 11 June 2017

Matthew was one of the best servers I've ever had (anywhere)!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 20 May 2017

Every time I come to the opera, I make a special attempt to dine at Prelude. The food, service and atmosphere is perfect for pre-opera dining.

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 19 May 2017

Last opera of the season. Mozart's last opera, I think. A great occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 13 May 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 10 May 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 7 May 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 6 May 2017

Perfectly cooked food-- moist chicken, perfect asparagus.
Delicious flavors, attractive presentation.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 23 April 2017

Excellent service. Staff keeps an eye on diners. Food is to die for, fresh, innovative, and oh-so-delicious. I am delighted with Prelude and look forward to returning.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Healthy, Scenic View, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 22 April 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 20 April 2017

Wonderful as usual, enjoy being able to park, have a nice meal and enjoy the ballet.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 8 April 2017

Everything was great, but the food prices are too much for how little you get. When I ordered my Popcorn shrimp I expected 3-4 pieces a small snack before the show; I got 1 piece, that was sad.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 8 March 2017

My chicken kiev was outstanding, her beef stroganoff didn't have enough sauce.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 4 March 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 4 March 2017

We have dined at this restaurant before the opera many times. The menu selections for this particular dinner were outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 4 March 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 1 March 2017

Excellent! So much improved from years past!!! The new menus representing different countries/regions of the world are a real treat. This restaurant is also very good about handling my dietary allergies.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on 1 March 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 25 February 2017

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Romantic, Vegan
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 11 February 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 11 February 2017

Even with a limited menu, this is a great place to eat before the ballet or opera. Food is generally good or better and the ability to book dessert and drinks during intermission and keep your table is perfect.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 10 February 2017

great service, delicious food and can even enjoy our dessert at intermission

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 4 February 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 4 February 2017

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 4 February 2017

Always love coming here for pre-show brunch! Great food, great service.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 27 January 2017

For years I've eaten here before the opera. The food is delicious and creatively prepared. Have never been disappointed with the food or service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 27 January 2017

Location is the best for opera. Food I think is improved this year. Service good. Easy to make reservations online.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 25 January 2017

The cheese tray, the chicken, the short ribs were all great. The corn soup could have been spicier but still very good.
The wine prices are high.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on 18 January 2017

Outstanding. How they can make such good and creatively original food in such a short time is amazing.
Perfect before the Opera.
Made for a great introduction to a fabulous evening

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 15 January 2017

Prelude is an excellent option for a meal before the opera. We can arrive, park, get settled, and enjoy our meal without worrying about getting anywhere else before curtain time. We have always enjoyed the fine selection of food and wine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on 15 January 2017

Wonderful. Convenient in same building as opera, and service and food were excellent. We normally have dessert at intermission, but this time there was no intermission--not Prelude's fault.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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