Prelude

4.0
325 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: M,T,Th,Sa 5:00pm-8:00pm

Brunch: Su 12:00pm-3:00pm
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Phone number
(707) 664-4243
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Alexandre Purroy
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Petaluma Hill Road
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Special events & promotions
Contact Kelley Kaslar: 707.664.2747
Additional
Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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SQ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was nicely prepared and tasty but a bit expensive for Sonoma County. Good range of choices on the fixed price, before show menu.

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OT
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The interior of Prelude is very very nice. It's a huge space with high ceiling, bright but not overbearing lighting, a comforting place for as large as the space is. Unfortunately, there were just too many little problems with the service and meal to rate it higher than Good.

Some examples: even though they have house cocktails, we were not provided with a list of them and the host told us about them by trying to remember off the top of her head what they had. Servers were nice but not engaging at all. Wine list was minimalist. The dressing of my salad had dried on the plate, like it had sit out or under a headlamp before they added the greens. Sous vide egg (per menu) was poached, not sous vide. Entrees was generally good and the mushroom soup was very good.

As a whole, Prelude seemed to need a little more professionalism in all areas. I don't think it would take much to lift this restaurant to the next level.

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C
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, yummy mushroom soup, great for special event dining before the Green Music Center concerts! The matradi was so helpful-she made sure we didn’t miss our event! Thank you!

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S
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 5

The food was mediocre. The service was sweet and amateurish. The ambiance and atmosphere is lovely.
The convenience of dinner before a concert or theatrical performance is great. My wife and I will go again because of and in spite of these reasons.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

Setting is beautiful. Food is creative but dishes, esp with fish, were disappointingly small. High price is not merited by the food offered.

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TT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Prelude is perfect for pre-concert dinners. The food is "cruise ship food", served by anxious to please (but not very professional) students at the college and the space is truly lovely.

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m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice setting and very convenient when attending the Symphony. Food is very good.

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good before a show at the Green Center........................,,,

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Prelude is great on almost all points... except that the food, beautifully composed and presented as it is, is just not that flavorful. It's strange, because it looks like it should be. The salad had almost no dressing, and the bisque was somewhat bland. The lamb-pasta dish was very good, but not until adding a good dose of salt (and I don't like salty foods). I think there is more effort (successfully) expended in making everything look fantastic, but more could be invested in just giving the recipes more flavor. Other than that, it's tops.

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B
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent evening. Thanks Alison - you always make our visits to Prelude special.

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K
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

They were off last night. Soup was barely luke-warm. I told the server, but the table next to us was served 20 minutes later and the soup was still not heated. Mahi-mahi was dry and not a hint of the promised garlic. With their increased prices this season, the food better improve.

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m
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful choice for pre-event dining. Great food, attentive staff, and nice surroundings.

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NN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

First time here before a concert in Weill Hall. Food was very good. Service is spotty and most of the servers are students at Sonoma State so they need just a little more polish. The couple next to us was told by their server that there was no more bread and that he would “ try” to see if he could find some! We had a good laugh at that. They were brought bread 2 minutes later. Really pretty venue too!

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RE
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Made reservations before a recent concert at the Weill Music Center. We’re seated immediately. Service was prompt and pretty attentive. The biggest virtue of Prelude, in our experience, was the ability to get a good quality meal right at the venue prior to the show. We failed to do this last time so we were wandering around Rohnert Park afterward searching for anywhere better than fast food. The food itself at Prelude was fine: unremarkable, but certainly not unpleasant. They clearly have the process down, using preset options and meals they can deliver quickly. We sat at 6pm for a 7:30 show, and were done in about an hour. Wine selection is pretty good, though there were no beer choices on the table menus.

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CN
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate here before a show at the Green Music Center. Service was good. A prix fixe menu with a choice of 2 courses or 3. We each had a 2 course menu, splitting the starter and desert and having an entree each. Everything was delicious and it was the perfect amount of food. Decent, though not huge wine list. Would definitely go again, especially pre-show.

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KJ
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

We recently attended a show at the Green Music Center and decided to eat at Prelude before the show to avoid parking issues and also because it received such great reviews. While the location, ambiance and proximity to the venue were ideal, the food was overpriced and lacking in flavor. I opted for a shrimp salad for my first course that resembled shrimp salad one mixes at home with shrimp meat and mayonnaise. Nothing special. My second course was fried chicken and unfortunately that, too, needed seasoning. In addition, when it was presented it looked like it had been under a heat lamp for a while and was not very moist. Considering the cost and upscale nature of the restaurant, I expected more. Would I go again, perhaps but only because it made eating and parking easy and efficient. I would definitely not go back just for the food. Perhaps it would make sense to provide an a-la-carte menu with different pricing options? The menu would not need to be exhaustive as I assume they are only really busy when there are shows happening but it would be nice to choose to spend a ton or, just have some casual tapas-style meals.

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PS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very impressed with the venue, food and service. Would definitely go back and recommend to others. Great place to eat and relax before a performance

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WS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Prelude so much, this was our fist dining trip back since getting married there 7 years ago.

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S
Salt Lake City
32 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The restaurant was beautiful but the service poor not because they had a bad attitude but because they were inexperienced and inept.
I have had better food at Jack in the Box. I suppose they must have challenges because of limited days open but the diner should not be penalized because of this. Stick to sandwiches, soups and salads like Boudin or Panera but don’t offer cooked food if you cannot deliver. It is a waste of a great space and a great venue. Very sad.

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D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Every bite of every item we each had was absolutely phenomenally delicious!!! We were sooooo happily surprised at the amazing food quality, wonderful ambiance, and overall perfection! Truly outstanding and we can't recommend it enough!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service outstanding

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W
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

We were singularly unimpressed. The bread and dessert were excellent. Everything else was worse than poor, and very little of it (about 5$ per bite). The type of meal which required stopping for a hamburger on the way home.
I would never recommend Prelude to anyone.

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BN
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Imaginative food selections. And fabulous preparation and tastes.
Comfortable dining portions. (We could have licked our plates clean,
it is that good!!) There's probably something for everyone even with
a not-to-large-menu. I've experienced great foods around the World,
and Prelude could certainly match them!!

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C
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The perfect Prelude to a concert at Green Center. The menu never disappoints, the food is excellent and fairly priced, and there’s never a rush to get to the concert. Some of the servers are obviously under experienced college students (you shouldn’t have to ask for a spoon when you’re served soup) but overall it’s always an enjoyable experience. Kudos to the chef.

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely evening under the excellent attention of Allyson and Zack. The food was, as always, delicious. Under the Prix Fixe two choice menu, light eaters will be very happy with the selection of appetizers (and desserts) as the appetizers can easily serve as your entree. We look forward to every opportunity to dine at Prelude.

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m
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed our day at the beautiful Green Center. Food was good and nicely presented. Our server was quite new we thought, and needed help with her wine knowledge. But all and all a good experience.

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S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Calm surroundings. Prix fixe menu with excellent choices. Ideal for light eaters. Maitre (sse) d', Allyson, is always so gratious and welcoming and takes time to genuinely interact with each diner. Our server, Jake was a delightful, attentive-but not too-compliment to our dining experience. We look forward to each visit to Prelude.

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MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of four attending a concert at The Green Music Center. This was our first experience at Prelude and we were very impressed. The room is simply stunning, beautiful in ever detail of design, natural materials and impeccable execution of craftsmanship. Large windows opening up to beautiful gardens in the courtyard provide a bright and cheerful ambiance. Our server was delightful and very attentive. While the menu is understandably simple in the entre options, I especially appreciated the servers knowledge of the GF options and available modifications. Each dish was well presented, and all four entrees were a delight. The Prelude Wine list provides great representation of Northern California fine wines. We selected the Black Kite PN, very elegant, one of our favorites. We will definitely be booking Prelude for our next concert at The Green.

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Irreplaceable for pre-concert dinner and post-concert desert.

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B
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, food and service were excellent. Kudos to Allison and her staff.

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OT
San Francisco
154 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My food was excellent. I had a wonderful salad, then a rolled eggplant entree, which was absolutely delicious. MY husband's soup was also delicious, as was his Tiramisu dessert.
Unfortunately, he ordered the fish entree which came out cold -- must have been waiting for mine or? He sent it back, and they must have microwaved it, because the fish came out dry, and the pudding-type thing on the plate was inedibly dry and tasteless. The manager was very kind and comped us to my husband's entree, which was very nice, but we would have preferred the food made correctly.

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MM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Prelude before a concert, and really enjoyed our meal - the service was lovely and attentive, the meal of seasonal winter grains, flank steak and a strawberry-rhubarb tart was delicious and beautifully plated. It's been a long time since we felt so grown-up! The servers were aware of when the concert was to start and kept us on time.

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KJ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This restaurant is open in coordination with Green Music Center performances. If you have tickets this is the place to eat. A fixed price menu with a good wine list. The food is excellent. The service is spotty but they make sure you are finished in time for the performance.

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TT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice meal at a nice venue, would certainly recommend for a per-show meal, or nice evening out.

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l
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for dinner before the Green Music concerts, especially having driven up from San Francisco

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B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Both of our entrees were poor. The cod had no taste and the 1 of the sauces was slightly sweet and tastless. The red pepper sauce was slightly better, slightly spicy but not enough to supply favor to the fish. The other entrée was a pasta, fettucine, that had a very sweet sauce, almost inedible. The meal was concluded with espresso that was cold and served in a cold cup. The service itself was pleasant and timely but the food was not as expected.

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BB
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were pleased with our first experience at Prelude, enjoying dinner before a show. Dinner was not rushed, but did take 90 minutes at their pace, so be warned. Service was excellent, we enjoyed our dishes, but the cake we both had for dessert was too large -- we could not finish the portion served (and we are both sweet fans!).

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TC
San Francisco
181 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always eat her before or after a concert. Allison is a great manager and her staff are quick and very friendly. They will do anything to make you happy. I love the food and changing seasonal menu, the wine list though small is of very high quality mostly local wines. It is a great experience here. Highly recommended A+

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f
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Prelude was yummy, delightful and delectable. I ordered New York steak. I never order steak out but I trusted Prelude. It was done perfectly. The Chocolate Moose was perfect consistency and with the light dough cinnamon/sugar spears made for a substantial dessert . The lighting was perfect; easy to see and yet a soft glow. The service was excellent. The 'tables for two' are next to each other inviting easy going conversation with others.

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SS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

First courses wee very good. My husband's entree of steak was also very good and cooked to perfection. My entree of cod was tasteless. I didn't finish it. Very disappointing. On the other hand, this is the perfect place to dine before attending a performance at Green Music Center and service was friendly and very competent. Nice ambience, ample parking.

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