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Prelude Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sonoma.edu/prelude/index.html
  • Email: prelude@sonoma.edu
  • Phone: (707) 664-4243
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: M,T,Th,Sa 5:00pm-8:00pm
    Brunch: Su 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Petaluma Hill Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Prelude
Enveloped in understated elegance and located within the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center, the restaurant is open on all concert evenings and available for hosting events. Exemplary culinary creations are focused on local products with exquisite attention to detail. Our bright and flavorful menu will pull from the bounty of locally grown foods from Sonoma County.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
Diner Reviews
  • "Located in the Green Music Center on the campus of Sonoma State University, we dined here for the first time prior to the Jessye Normal concert. Reservations are a must because the place was packed and people even dined while sitting at couches and lounge chairs with food placed on low coffee tables. While not realizing dinner was "prix fixe," the several choices seemed to appeal ot all appetites. Two-course prix fixe: $35. Three-course prix fixe: $45. It's a beautiful place and the food delicious. My only complaint is that the tables for two are too close together which makes having private conversations challenging."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Mussels with chorizo - excellent. Asparagus salad - very nice. Beef entree - a bit tough, but nicely seasoned and cooked properly. They have marvelous steak knives. Beet risotto was pretty flavorless - the only real low spot. Nice wait staff. Friendly and helpful, but not professionals. I'm willing to overlook a bunch of details to give some job experience to college students. It would be great if they could be open regularly, not just on performance days. That would probably smooth out the operations."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Prelude is convenient for dinner before a show at Weill Hall. The facility is beautiful. The food is mediocre; the plates are pretty, the flavors meh. The menu is limited and did not appeal to us; choices of sole, skirt steak, pork belly - not my idea of fine dining. The meal arrives quickly - one benefit of a small menu. Waiter was pleasant but did not provide professional level service - empty water and cocktail glasses halfway through dinner, nothing on the table to drink. Dessert was plopped down immediately after entree plates were removed. Coffee was not offered, we had to ask. One could think they were trying to get us out the door for showtime - but the show didn't start for an hour - more likely they wanted to re-seat the table."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "A wonderful way to blend dining before a concert! Lovely atmosphere..."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This restaurant makes the perfect prelude to a performance at the beautiful Green Hall. Reasonably priced prize fixe menu makes ordering simple and delivery prompt. Our first courses of soup and seared scallop/frisée salad were EXCELLANT. second courses of risotto and "pork belly confit" not so good. Pork belly was salty cured ham. Still will go back next performance."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Pleasant end to a fine concert.. Location and convenience at the concert venue is outstanding."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "If you are going to a performance at the Green Center, it is very convenient before or after the performance. They need to have a lunch menu before the performance, not a dinner menu which is too heavy before."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This is an excellent choice for dining post any venue at Weil Hall on Sonoma State campus. It is truly upscale modern architechture delight and the food is exceedingly well prepared. Unusual find for a College campus dining experience. Weil Hall is a wonderful music hall and must do. Prelude is the recommended after concert dining."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Convenient, expensive place for dinner when attending a performance at the Green Music center."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Prelude is our "go to" spot for a cocktail or before a concert meal at the Green Music Center. Given the fact that culinary students prep and serve the meal, it makes us feel good about supporting the restaurant. The ambiance is lovely and has views of the surrounding countryside and mountains."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We ate here for the first time on Valentine's Day, but it won't be the last. It is great to have such a nice restaurant as a part of the Green Music Center. So convenient - get there early for the concert, find a great parking space, eat a delicious meal, and walk only a few steps to the concert hall. As to the food itself, it was delicious. Several nice choices for vegetarians, which was great, and so appreciated. Portion sizes were also great, as one doesn't want to get stuffed right before attending a concert. The dining area is very attractive. Our server was quite chatty, but very nice, so that didn't bother us. We will definitely return to Prelude."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were completely pleased by every aspect of our dining experience prior to a Sunday afternoon performance at the Green Center. The prix fixe menu selections are limited in number, but will please anyone's dining tastes. A good wine selection of by-the-glass and half bottles. Loved the crab salad and the seared sea scallops/mushrooms. Will definitely go again."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "limited menu, but well-chosen limited menu but well-chosen"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Prelude is a very beautiful and sophisticated looking restaurant with a menu fixe. The selections were adequate and the presentations were lovely with the exception of a sauce with the scallops that was an unappetizing gray and did not appear to harmonize with the scallops that were quite delicious. The salads were great, wine very nice. Our waiter was truly attentive and cares about his customers. Overall we felt that food was not up to the price -- albeit we enjoyed our dinner in this lovely restaurant before attending a performance at the Green Music Center in the same building. All very beautiful and convenient."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "This restaurant in the front part of the Green Music Center is elegant, spacious, quiet and the food was fine, the wine well chosen and less pricey than at most restaurants. The waiters, very young, probably students from the University there, served nicely but should be more attentive."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "We love this warm venue. Romantic, yet large enough for a big group. Love the fire place. We go with every performance."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Food is well prepared and elegantly presented. Wait staff is young, but very nice."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "We expected much more, especially in the quality of the food, and while my husband's meal was good, mine was definitely below par. There were very few entrée choices and I chose the fish. It was served with beans, which were dry and tasteless. If the dish had some kind of sauce, it would have been much more enjoyable. Not going back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We planned to have brunch before an afternoon concert in the adjacent Weill Hall, as we had done several times last year. We were not alerted to the fact that the brunch option had been discontinued leaving only a pre fixe two or three course menu available. We were not expecting, nor did we want, a heavy meal early in the day, with the prospect of a lengthy concert ahead. Since we usually attend daytime concerts we will not be dining at Prelude unless the brunch menu is brought back."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "We love the mbience and the tudent servers plus its convenience when attending concerts."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "This quiet restaurant at the Green Music Center is the perfect spot for a quiet meal prior to the symphony or other event. Well presented locally sourced food prepared for visual enjoyment as well as taste. Lovely setting, quiet atmosphere, student servers who try hard to please. The food comes out quickly and is just the right amount prior to an evening of music. Relatively expensive, dinner for two with two glasses of wine runs $120 without tip. Would definitely go again."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Food was excellent. Menu was all Pri Fixe but it was a varied selection. I think $12 for a glass of wine is a bit much though."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Eating at prelude was a great treat. Beautiful surroundings, great ambience, lots of space around tables, a great place to have conversations. Service was attentive and sensitive to all our needs. We had a great time there."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Great place to dine before a concert at the Green Music Center. Great service and great food."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We chose the three course fixed price and both had the filet mignon. We eat meat about three times a year so had great hopes it would be good. It was by far the best filet mignon we've had at any restaurant! The salad (with duck confit) was outstanding and so was the chocolate semifreddo. Love that students are the waitresses and waiters. The service isn't fabulous but the enthusiasm is."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "No longer must Prelude exist as just a convenient spot before a performance. Food preparations are superb. The table next to ours gushed, "This is the best filet mignon we've ever had!" Menu items are quite limited, however and inconsistently priced. Why should the farro risotto be priced the same as the filet mignon? Dessert offerings are weak. A fresh fruit tart should be listed. Wines tend to be very high in alcohol. But the ambiance and service are exemplary."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I had to ask for a server to come and take our order after sitting and waiting for awhile . I am never impressed when the server says "what can I get you guys". I am less impressed when the server says "who has the steak". Food was good. We were going to symphony that night ( which was fantastic) and wanted a close restaurant location"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, excellent attentive staff, wholesome and delicious food."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "This restaurant is quite convenient if one is going to a concert at Weill Hall at Sonoma State. However, the service was questionable, with our order of salmon cancelled half way through the meal because they'd gotten too many complaints that it was "fishy." The person who told us this blamed it on the sauce, but we all know that fish is too "fishy" when it's old. The senior staff was quite solicitous but the younger ones seemed to not know what they were doing. When I ordered a glass of their pinot noir -- I got the glass but not the wine. When my friend ordered the same thing, she got a glass with wine, but in a completely different type of glass. And the wine is overpriced."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We enjoyed our evening at the Weill Center. As first time attendees we decided on dinner at Prelude before the performance. Arriving earlier than our reservations, we were seated immediately. Staff were friendly and helpful. The food was fresh and plentiful. The food presentation was lovely and the flavors perfect for our fall evening. Prelude is a certainty for our next evening on campus."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Small menu but sometime for everyone. Food was very good and presented beautifully. Service was fantastic. It is a must after a event @ the GMC."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "This was our first time at Weill Hall at Sonoma State and I booked dinner at Prelude. The food was good, the ambience great and being next to the theater makes it a delightful experience. . All in all a great experience with the theater."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Our food was only WARM when we got it and cold when we finished it. My husband ordered an espresso which also arrived only warm. Great service but why do they have to walk around with one hand behind their backs???????????"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Wonderful ambience but the food (black cod) was nicely presented but tasteless. We were terribly disappointed especially considering the prices."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "I don't like the new menu of "small plates". The selections are awful. GO BACK TO THE BRUNCH MENU you used to have!"
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "I see they have made some postive changes from last year. Did NOT like the prix fixe menu. Options very limited and very expensive. I wasn't expecting to pay $55 for a green bean salad and an acorn squash main dish with my (1) glass of wine! Food was better then last year which I am happy about, but our waiter did not know the two items we inquired about on the menu, so please educate them prior to serving."
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "We chose Prelude for our pre-concert meal because of its proximity to the Weill Music Hall and good reviews by word of mouth. Prelude offers a prix fixe menu with choices of three starters, three entrees and three desserts, along with a good selection of local wines and a full bar. All of our food was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and beautifully presented. The hospitality was first-rate. We'll be going again."
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "We had a wonderful dinner before the symphony concert at this lovely restaurant. The food was delicious, artistically presented, service outstanding and ambience lovely. Greatly improved over the last time we were there."
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "Prelude is a very attractive space and is very convenient for concert goers. It's quite disappointing that the menu is so limited and some of the food not really very good . Last night was my fourth and most disappointing visit. A starter turned out to be just a small bowl with six or eight grilled prawns. Not very imaginative. The salmon entre was overcooked and very dry. My guest had the skirt steak which didn't taste bad but was very tough. This level of food quality, presentation, and preparation was consistent with prior visits. Student servers worked hard but were quite disorganized and slow. We arrived two hours prior to the performance but had to forgo dessert and coffee. Our waiter seemed quite lost and confused."
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "Great place to go before a concert at the Green Center at Sonoma State University. Lovely ambience. Student servers run around like crazy, but not very efficiently. They are very pleasant, however. Food varies. Cold pea soup outstanding. Rare hamburger came well done and dry. Skirt steak very good. Dessert so-so. I'll be anxious to see if they are more consistently good in the future."
    Dined on 7/16/2013