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Prelude at McCaw Hall
Prelude at McCaw Hall
  • Address:
    321 Mercer Street
    Seattle, WA 98109
    Neighborhood:
    Seattle Center / Lower Queen Anne
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Prelude at McCaw Hall Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.savorsmgmccawhall.com
  • Phone: (206) 615-0404
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm For Event Days Only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Applin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • 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, our team is experienced and ready to handle the details for you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd & Mercer
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from 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 Executive Chef Shawn Applin await your visit. Prelude features the freshest local produce, artisanal products, a large selection of Northwest wines by the glass and half bottle, and Shawn's 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 Reservations.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I can't rate Prelude as they were not open on the evening of the reservation. There were a number of parties that had made reservations through OpenTable as well, so we all sufferred the same fate. I guess the lesson learned here is to confirm that Prelude will actually be open for any given event at McCaw Hall."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Fantastic way to have a pre-concert dinner and avoid the parking crunch time and hassle of getting to the performance after a dinner elsewhere. The food is well prepared, attractively served and tasty."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Prelude is a great value, a 3 course dinner for $35. The selections and the food were excellent. Very convenient when attending an event at McCaw Hall. Much better than eating elsewhere then driving over and parking."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Both of our meals we just fair, if not poor. The quiche was rubbery and the steak eggs Benedict cold and whites not cooked through. The only reason we will return to this cafe is for the convenience to the venue. I would order a salad next time as they appear to be fresh. We had a quiet table which was nice for conversation."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food was great and our server was awesome. Very enjoyable. Will now be the standard approach to events."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great décor, friendly service, good food and so convenient if you are attending an event at McCaw Hall."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I decided to book a reservation for my daughter and I before the ballet because it looked like a fun place to eat but was not overly wowed by the food. We had a fine salad and good soup but dinner cost over $50 for two small salads and two bowls of soup and only one apple juice to drink. In my opinion this is not worth the money spent."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "It would be great if they had a kids menu for more performances (Giselle had many kids in attendance). My girls were hungry and Prelude missed out on revenue. I asked if they could have a side of scrambled eggs (were there for brunch before matinee) and was told they wouldn't accommodate since the kitchen was in the basement. Frustrating."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Excellent service, excellent food. We love eating at the Prelude before a ballet! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Prelude at McCaw Hall is an excellent venue for dinner prior to the ballet. My guests and I choose Prelude regularly for their interesting food choices, service and ease of location. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I love prelude. the food is excellent and the prices are very low for the high level of quality and preparation. I arrived at 6:30 and still had plenty of time to make the ballet at 7:30. My friend was late and the wait person was there to take her order as soon as she arrived. they salad of arugula endive, Soriano ham was amazing. fava bean crostini and the cheese plate was unusually good and a good value. I have been before and had an entre and it was excellent too. I will think of the restaurant more when I am in the area. I would go there more but difficult and expensive to park if not going to an event at the center. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Prelude for several years, but noticing some new seating improvements decided to give it another try. Unfortunately, not much had changed. My dinner was delicious, however I felt it was overpriced. The seating improvements weren't really improvements, just changes. Diners are still squeezed in too close together, staring at each other, making intimate dinner conversations impossible. Service is spotty. Our main server was nice, but too busy to be very attentive. One of the serving assistants (a tall, thin middle-aged women) acted a bit creepy and probably should'nt be working there. I understand MacCaw Hall is an difficult venue in which to serve food, however the food was fine! The overall experience disappoints."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Perfect timing if they know you are trying to attend the pure-performance lecture. Spot on. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My sister and I go here regularly before the PNB performances. We are able to park once, have dinner, make the pre-ballet lecture and then go on to the performance. We order dessert to be served at the intermission. It is then waiting for us. The food is very good and the limited menu varies from week to week. It works very well for us."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was magnificent! From our service to our food to the convenience of the location to attend the ballet, I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this entire experience. The ballet was wonderful, but starting the night off with this dinner experience made the night magical!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "great place to enjoy a nice dinner before the ballet and even have dessert waiting at same table at intermission--lovely experience"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were given a table between 2 others w/about 18" on each side of us. So we could hear what others were saying, but it was so loud we couldn't talk to each other. Wait person not helpful. Food disappointing. Never coming back and would not recommend it to anyone. The only good thing we can say about it is that is convenient if you are going to an event at McCaw Hall."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "First time for dinner as usually do brunch on Sundays. Food fair, ambiance good and service exceptional. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Delicious food and a nice view into the courtyard. Best of all you can relax and be on time for the opera. They'll even arrange to have dessert waiting for you at intermission. Not cheap but the convenience is worth it."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The meals I have had here have been excellent. The management knows it has a captive audience, and does little to enhance the diners enjoyment beyond the basics. Tables are crammed into booths so that a diner's butt invariably knocks over a neighboring table's bread basket, or a gut protrudes unappetizingly over your table. No matter how empty, the hostess will always seat you next to another seated table. This is for the convenience of the wait staff, your own privacy be damned. You feel put upon and invasive of the neighboring table. And at these prices, every consideration should be paid to the customer. The service generally is friendly and fairly competent, yet not nearly what you would expect at a similarly priced restaurant."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I ate dinner with a friend before the opera. The food was delicious. Portions were small and overpriced, but one expects that in such a venue. We both enjoyed our meals. We ordered dessert to be ready at the first intermission, and it was waiting for us on our table when we arrived. Due to the price, I won't be eating here often, but it was fun for a special evening. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This place is exactly what is needed on Opera night, right there at McCaw Hall and totally geared for providing good food knowing that you need to head out for the performance"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our time at Prelude was a bit chaotic due to an emergency at the next table as medics were called for an ailing woman. Perhaps because of that, the service was less than ideal. In fact, we were served someone else's hors d'oerves which were suddenely whisked away. The food was fine but not terrific."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We had a reservation at 630 at which time we showed up and had to wait until 7 pm to be seated. They really screwed up as there were many other folks with reservations waiting. I have been to Prelude many times without encountering this problem."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I like "small plates" but the portions were ridiculous for the price. A halibut dish with about 4 oz of fish. I had chicken thighs which were nothing special and the bill was way too high. We'll find another place before the opera next time"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Solid although not spectacular menu and quality of food. You will not leave raving about the meal. Service is friendly and efficient. Convenience is unbeatable for Opera crowd. You will feel a little crowded and, although improved, still a bit of a cafeteria vibe. Wine list is very good with a broad range and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Prelude makes eating before or between-acts when attending the Seattle Opera an integrated and enjoyable experience. It's not cheap, but the presentation, preparation, and quality of the food is excellent. They update the menu frequently and the options are interesting. They have become very good at giving you a relaxed dining experience while fitting it into a tight time-frame. The servers are efficient, but relaxed. The wine list is not large, but surprisingly good, with lots of interesting options, including by-the-glass, ranging from reasonable to extravagant."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had the most delicious meal this time. The halibut was soft and flavorful and the chicken thighs were tender and had a delicious sauce. We will continue to eat here during the opera season."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is a very convenient pre-performance spot. Allows opera or ballet attendees to get into the parking garage early and then relax a bit for dinner (or brunch for matinee performances). Food is generally good. There are times when the entree is not as hot as preferred. Presentation is always well done. Halibut on the last visit was a bit "dry". "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Wait staff and kitchen work very hard to ensure opera attendees have a really nice meal prior to event --did so again!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Made time4ly reservation to be able to be served and eat before Opera. 10 minutes before showtime told one of our meal orderts not available. We didn't have to pay and were allowed to come back and choke down our food at Intermission but have never had such an unorganized didning experience."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The staff was very patient and friendly. The food was good and the service was prompt. The convenience to events at McCall was worth it. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The service was excellent! I enjoyed my soup, and my brandade stuffed artichoke. The mimosa and the chardonner "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The brunch is always excellent,, making the opera experience memorable."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Food came barely lukewarm and was cold halfway through. Server did not revisit table until meal was done to clear dishes and ask for dessert order."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Enjoyed the brunch with my son. Love the new more intimate seating. The food was great; my cassoulet was too large a portion. Goat cheese cheesecake was excellent!. My dining experience at the Prelude has been memorable every time before the opera performances! Will definitely do it again!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Prelude is a great pre theater dinner choice when attending the opera or ballet. Pricey, but good food and service. Nice atmosphere. When making reservations, specify that you do not want to be near a serving station or kitchen door, and that you preferably want to be near the windows. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Prelude is much better than the previous incarnations. The food is good, the service is very helpful and fun. It's a pleasant place to enjoy a pre-opera meal without having to worry about rushing to get to McCaw after dinner."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I enjoy my trips to the opera, and they usually mean an early start at Prelude. My reservation was at 5:00. This trip was similar, but I was taken aback at how much more expensive the menu appeared to be compared to the last time I'd been in (to see a ballet.) The halibut was very good, but I couldn't drink the wine.This was a $10.00 glass of rose offered as an additional coupling to my entree. The server held it for me to pick up at first intermission. It was nowhere to be found. Moreover, when I looked online to check the recent charge, I found I'd been charged $11.00 for an item I didn't order or even recognize, on top of my $77.00 bill (which included tip.)"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Prelude at Seattle Opera has excellent food. You don't find veal sweetbreads very often! Or halibut brandese. The beet salad was excellent. Good wine. Overall we all enjoyed our food and we very satisfied. Thank you"
    Dined on 5/3/2014