It's the perfect choice for pre-opera brunch although we had to ask twice for the check
Went to Prelude for dinner prior to Cosi fan Tutte. As usual, it was very convenient to park in the garage at 6:15 pm for a 7:30 pm Opera performance, and the 6:30 seating time was good in that we were able to get a table cleared by one of the early diners, and so it was very comfortable. The space itself is kind of modest with high ceilings. The food was excellent - parsnip soup was very flavorful, and the rabbit confit was superb. My partner had the elk which was a little robust, not being an elk connoisseur, I have no idea if elk is just like that or if it was the preparation. All in all very convenient as we dined in 45 minutes and had plenty of time to make it to the performance.
Food is overpriced but the trade for the convenience of staying in the same building as the opera that evening was acceptable. However there was a 30 minute wait between the salad and main course that was never explained - and the risotto was barely warm and of the 5 pieces of pork on my plate one was mostly fat. We will not return.
The food was simply below par and not good . I had risotto that was like left over lunpy
Oatmeal . I mentioned to server and she gave me a token for a entree next visit . I told seattle Ooera and they admitted the food terrible. Something needs to be done . The convenience to eat in house before performance is why people go . Not for me
This was convenient for before opera dinner, but allow extra time. I would prefer a broader range of choices. The carrot salad was only a few long carrot slices, so, pretty, but not satisfying or easy to eat. There weren't "Standard" choices. The "tasting" salad and cheese area was overpriced for amount. 4 entrees, and nothing labeled gluten free. Although we got our food with not too much of a wait, the table next to us did not get their main course. The food prep area seems to be slow, our server was fine. I think they are trying too hard to look good, and need to train servers to be more informed, and get the kitchen to be more efficient.
It makes me very sad but I'm not sure I'll come back. I've eaten here regularly before every opera I've attended. I really appreciate the atmosphere and convenience. The food and service have always been decent, with pretty tasty options and decent portions, but the last couple of visits I've noticed a real decline in both quality / quantity of food and service. My meal was basically two small slices of pork and a tiny pot of spinach drowning in milk. My husband's risotto was small in portion and very salty. Has something happened? I know I can't be the only one to have these comments. Can someone relay them to the restaurant? I want to keep eating here! Thank you!
Great food, but portions were small for the price. James was an excellent server, thanks for getting us taken care of before the show!
Made reservations to Prelude prior to a performance at McCaw Hall to celebrate a family get together since the location was very convenient.
The dinner menu is very limited (4 items), however our group ordered 3 different items: the chicken, the salmon and the grilled broccoli, and simple drinks (water, tea, and a dry soda).
Our drinks were not brought out at the same time and there was a rather lengthy delay between delivery. Other diners received their bread...we had to request ours.
About the main courses:
Chicken: the chicken was dry and served with multi-color carrots of various sizes, some so large that they were insufficiently cooked and very tough.
Salmon: average, however the risotto bed it was served on was very unusual and not at all tasty.
Then the grilled broccoli: where to start. Literally, just a stalk of broccoli, with a few grill marks, served on a plate. Ahh did I mention this stalk of grilled veg was $20! Absolutely the worst "Fine dining" I've ever had.
Due to the very poor quality of the food, much was left on our plates.
Additionally our waiter essentially disappeared during service despite the low number of tables currently in service.
HInd site is 20/20 vision and our group would have had a much more enjoyable and palatable dining experience at the pizza place just a block away.
We went here on 12/26 before we saw the Nutcracker. I must say the food was okay .. nothing amazing but good. HOWEVER our server, Chuck (I think that was his name) was the BEST and made us feel very welcome. He was helpful, friendly, fun.. can't say enough great things about him. We would definitely come back again! and hopefully he will be our server again. He just really made this restaurant experience! THANK YOU for the lovely evening!
This is a good, convenient option if you are attending a show at McCaw Hall. I would probably not recommend it on it's own. The menu is good, but limited; the service is fast and friendly; and it is incredibly easy to get to your seats after dining. Desserts are amazing. If you just want a place to stop for dessert, this is a good spot at Seattle Center!