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Prelude at McCaw Hall
Prelude at McCaw Hall
  • Address:
    321 Mercer Street
    Seattle, WA 98109
    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
  • Email: prelude@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
  • "We often go to Prelude before we go to the Ballet. The menu changes with the seasons: some are tastier than others. The Spring menu is great. One of us had the halibut, the other had beef. Both were good. The server knew we wanted to go to the pre-performance lecture. she was attentive without being pushy, and got us there on time."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The single bite appetizer was a surprise. The food was all prepared the same....there were no choices of how well cooked the beef was...it was all rare to barely done. Chicken was too well cooked. Do not ask for condiments....there are none, i.e. horseradish for the beef. Vegetables were perfectly cooked and tasty. Nice plate presentation. Highlight was the dessert, but be prepared for ultra-rich. Coffee always tastes like it's been sitting for quite some time. Good wines, though! Excellent service given the limitations of the menu and offerings. Also like the convenience of having dinner at the venue, rather than having to find parking twice or walking a long distance before and after dinner."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My wife and I were very excited to dine here since we had not eaten here before. Unfortunately, the food was extremely bland and lacked flavor. Don't think we will be back unless they change the menu. Setting however is lovely and the service was very good."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My guests and I really enjoy our dinners before ballet performances. The food is interesting with a broad range of choices. We shared the fruit plate appetizer which was generous and a nice selection. A great starter or even a main course for a light diner. The choices for wine would satisfy every range for price and palate. The service is attentive and quick, as is necessary for pre ballet performance. Would definitely recommend. I have dined there 10 times in recent years."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Perfect spot to dine before a performance. We told the waiter that we intended to go to the pre-performance lecture, and he was quick with our food and our bill."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I would definitely eat there again. We had outstanding service. For lunch we had a wonderful cheese plate, a good salmon burger, and a quiche that was just okay (it was lukewarm with a hard crust). We decided to have our dessert at intermission. It was convenient to be able to select what we wanted and pay for it at the same time as we paid for our lunch. It was ready for us when we returned. Much better than standing in line hoping to be served before it was time go back to our seats. Mary Terrell"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I have ate at Prelude several times just before the ballet. This time my $33 Beef Tenderloin came out on a salad plate with a bunch of roasted parsnips and wine au jus. The plate looked like I had just been through a cafeteria line. A slab of meat and 2 spoons of white chunks thrown on the platter. There was no greens, no garnish, nothing to make me think that a high quality 4 star restaurant would serve such a plate. When it arrived I asked the waitress, " Really ? Isn't there any greens to accompany this?" Reply was - "oh this is what we have in the kitchen". As I continued to eat it, the steak properly cooked was rather flavorless and both items were lukewarm. The waitress never came back to check on us. I was a bit upset."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have season tickets to Pacific Northwest Ballet & dine at Prelude before every performance. Their service is quick, efficient but not rushed. Their menu rotates and is different every time we go. I can always count on a few 'foodie' items - unique, artistic & trendy - as well as some standards expertly done. And they treat you to dessert every fifth visit - what is not to like about that!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "the combination of food tastes was original and delicious. The wine (white blend - calico) was exceptional for the price!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Coming from out of town for the opera and arriving by taxi, Prelude was the logical choice for our pre-opera dinner. The menu's not huge, but ranges widely, and is interesting. We shared a salad, which staff graciously divided for us; beautifully lightly dressed, the greens were a bit wintry (particularly the radicchio) but pleasant. The filet was big, simply prepared and meltingly tender; the root veggies were a nice complement. Service was prompt but not rushed, friendly but not intrusive. The place was full and the wait staff was beautifully coordinated."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "About once a year we treat ourselves to dinner here before the opera. Our waitress was wonderful, friendly and informative.The food was good, the carrot soup was especially delicious. Everything came out quickly and was hot. Our waitress suggested to us that we could order dessert & coffee and pay ahead, and then it would be served to us during intermission. We didn't realize that this service was available and we were happy she mentioned it. Our order was waiting for us when we entered during intermission. Eating here before the opera is a great way to avoid the traffic of the Mercer mess and to be on time for a performance. There is a revolving menu and it is interesting to see what the chef has come up with each time."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant to have a delicious dinner before an event at the opera house The service is very professional and attentive and the choices of meals varied and good.."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I was running late, but menu and service were great as usual. spinach salad was very tasty and the WA state Rhone varietal was really good. Great way to dine before the Opera."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Spent $100 on 2 entrees and 2 cocktails total. The food was not up to par for what they were charging. The lamb was dry and swordfish was just okay, when they should have been amazing at 35 a plate. I would expect an excellent plate at that price point. The deserts were random and the best item was ice cream. Service was good, and environment was a little loud since the restaurant is squished into a corner. They definitely need to reevaluate the menu and their chef choice. Will not go here again without a significant change in the taste of the food."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food was fine, and the decor has improved since the last time we at at McCaw Hall, but the price of the dinner was considerably more than we wanted to spend. When eating dinner before the opera, our highest value is convenience, followed by timely service so that we can get to our seats in time. We don't need or want a $100+ tab for a party of two. In addition, the dining area was so crowded that the servers could barely navigate. We may be in the minority since the dining area was packed, but we will be leaving room for others in the future."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Had never eaten at Prelude, but decided to celebrate our anniversary there before seeing The Consul. The server was knowledgeable and gave us good advice about food and beverage, and surprised us with a complementary Prosecco at the end of the meal. The tables are tightly packaged, so don't expect much privacy. Do go if you enjoy a vibrant setting."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "While the service was excellent from our waitress, the rest of the experience was less satisfactory. We were cramped into a tiny space. The acoustics were terrible. The food was fine but we paid over $70 for one entree, one appetizer and one salad."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This was a superb dinner. The accompanying Polenta and red wine sauce was perfect. Endive salad too hard for me to chew."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We enjoy the ease of dining right inside the opera house and the food is delicious and interesting. We shared an octopus appetizer that was tender and grilled to a flavorful perfection, also had the burata cheese wrapped in procuitto appetizer as well as a beef main course and a fish main course all tasty and beautifully presented on their plates. I requested a window table and we got to sit next to the view window and look at the fountain instead of into the kitchen. Also could enjoy the large Alden Mason paintings on the walls from our table."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was the first time my husband was able to come to the opera with me. I usually send him pictures of the fabulous food I always have before the curtain. This time, he was able to taste for himself! We both had delicious salads (spinach and mixed greens) and the swordfish. We appreciated the many flavors that delighted the taste buds. The portions were perfect. The service was also excellent. Thank you for a delightful evening."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great, tho expensive, place for dinner before events at McCaw. Park when the garage is empty and be there already. Small selection of interesting and well prepared food. Service is quick. Quite an assortment of wines, tho our waitress didn't know much about them. We've gone twice and will continue."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "fabulous and convenient place to eat before the opera....the french toast is the best~!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "For a memorable meal before the opera, Prelude is a very good choice. The restaurant is conveniently located in the same concert hall as the show; too, one has a reasonable selection of fine dinners, wines & desserts. We've enjoyed this modest restaurant on three different occasions."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This is the first time I have eaten here since the new configuration. I like the privacy afforded by the booths and high areas that have been added. The food was the best I have had in several years of visiting. Nice choice of items and all was hot and tasty. The service was spectacular."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We have had occasion to eat at the Prelude on two successive occasions before the Sun matinee operas. After not eating there for awhile, we were "pleasantly" surprised at the changes for the better that has taken place, from the ambience, to the menu and the service. Both times were enjoyable."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The physical changes to Prelude are well done and make it look more like a restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great stop for dinner before the theater - park once and enjoy a complete evening"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The service was fantastic. We were stuck in traffic and arrived a little late. I called and let them know that we would be late, and the table was still there 15 minutes after my reservation time. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable about the wine list and was attentive. We really liked her. We only had a light dinner since we were both not too hungry, but both our appetizers and salads were well nuanced and showed good artistry. At the price they charge, I didn't expect less, though. This place can be a bit spendy for what you get, but for the convenience (to the opera or the ballet; opera in our case), this is pretty hard to beat. A great date restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My tickets came with the option of dinner which I decided to purchase for the sake of convenience. I was not impressed with the food or service. Everything felt rushed and the seating was to close to all the other dinners. No ambiance just a feeling of being rushed."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "Waiter brought meals to later diners, kept us waiting, not very attentive. At close out, I had to chase after her as she ran around trying to find a register that worked, making me rush to our seats upstairs. Consequently I lowered her tip by 40%."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We enjoy dining at the Prelude before ballet performances"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Although we were delayed by detours caused by construction and heavy traffic we were seated immediately upon our arrival and served quickly and courteously. We ordered dessert to be served during the first intermission and it was waiting for us at our table when we arrived. We were very pleased with our dining experience at Prelude at McCaw Hall"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Great place to dine or grab a snack before the ballet. I was very pleasantly surprised by the menu & service. Just Lovely."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I always eat at Prelude prior to the ballet, but I'm rethinking that tradition. Last Saturday, after being seated for 10 minutes I had to ask the host to remind our server that we were there. Things did not get better when the food arrived. The duck appetizer was dry and tough--the addition of a large glob of harissa was an odd and unappetizing addition to the plate. The entree was no better. Pasta with Italian sausage, broccoli rabe and cheese looked like it would be a safe bet. Unfortunately, the pasta was somewhat tasteless and swimming in oil. Finally, I was hoping that dessert would redeem the dinner. The coconut cake was a weird, dry concoction. The entire meal was disappointing. I hope this was just a bad night and not a trend."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Its great to go to an event at McCaw hall knowing that one can have a relaxing meal before the show, with good food and efficient service. Takes the stress off a show night."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had tickets to a show at the nearby Seattle Rep. I think we were the only ones in the place not attending the ballet at McCaw Hall. While there was certainly a rush of energy to associated with the efforts to fill, feed, bill and get you out the door in a two-hour window, our waiter never made us feel rushed at any phase of the meal. As all of the theatres are within a short walking distance, and the public parking is right across the street, Prelude makes for an ideal Seattle Center dining experience. While the menu is limited, what they did provide was very tasty and well done."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Prelude very, very much. It just so happened that we both endured a tough week, pretty darn tough: Work was challenging, the friend who accompanied me had recently moved, AND I had a trip to the darn Emergency Room ( which never happened before! By the way, I'm fine now). The entire evening was fantastic. We both agreed after the Ballet was over that we both felt so happy and relaxed. And the whole experience started at Prelude. THANK YOU so much! We'll be back next month!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Pairing the quiche and salad with a champagne flight was an excellent lunch prior to seeing Sleeping Beauty. Great, personable service. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a great meal prior to any performance."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Overpriced when the foods are not welcome choices. My mom and I come to Prelude ONLY because of convenience. Last week the $$wordfish preparation reminded me of a college dorm, and the menu lacked simple, comforting dishes, such as a baked or sautéed chicken breast, or a smothered pork chop. Just read the menu and see how many unusual ingredients there are. Lentil Samosas?? Really? While Chef Applin is certainly competent, is this venue/clientele really right one for such "daring" or adventurous dishes? In years passed we looked forward to a simple salmon filet, or a braised Asian chicken with bok choy. Where are such dishes? The trio of chocolate desserts was yummy. Hard to mess up chocolate."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "This restaurant is a "go to" choice for McCaw Hall performances. The food is improved, and the service was much better than my last visit about a year ago. The menu is somewhat limited, however."
    Dined on 1/31/2014