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About 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 our Executive Chef await your visit. Prelude features the freshest local produce, artisanal products, a large selection of Northwest wines by the glass and half bottle, and our 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.
Seattle, WA 98109
Hours of Operation:
Prelude opens 2.5 hours (Opera performances) and 2 hours (Ballet performances) prior show start.
4th & Mercer
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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, or larger events our team is experienced and ready to handle the details for you. For larger parties please ask for our Catering Director and we will be happy to put you in contact with her.
Private Party Contact:
Susan Cuturilo: (206) 615-0254
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Prelude at McCaw Hall Ratings and Reviews
Rather bizarre menu maybe trying to be strange for its own sake. All pre-cooked! Last week 4 odd entrees: Elk, rabbit, pork chop w/rutabaga or vegan risoto.; meat on tough side. And there was a parsnip soup that was bland and barely warm. Salad bar fairly decent though $15 for narrow rectangular self-serve plate. Service friendly. Have lots of help. Best reason is its right inside opera house and they can get a lot of folks in & out. So would recommend for convenience if you are going to opera. I don’t drink wine; maybe that is better.
We enjoy dinner at Prelude prior to every Opera! It’s a perfect get - together spot for friends of greater than forty-five years - good food, good wine, a rare dessert, perfect service, ambiance. We also attend the lecture before the Opera. It’s like we’re back in college!
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!
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!
We had lunch prior to our annual Nutcracker performance. It’s perfect for that since it’s obviously so convenient. We arrived 15 min early and were seated immediately. The service was quick and the food was very good, although it was more like a tasting size then enough for a hungry adult male. We will definitely do this again. It was so nice to be able to sumo,y walk into the theatre after a nice meal and a bottle of bubbly.
We chose to eat here prior to the Nutcracker for convenience sake. It was convenient but the food was terrible and cold. They have a very limited menu with salmon, steak, chicken, and a vegetarian option. The steak was cold flavorless ( not seasoned at all) served atop stuffing that would be better pared with poultry. The salmon was small, cold, over cooked served on black rice. Dinner for 4 with wine was $300 for one of the worst dinners I’ve had in some time. The wine was good but we had to ask for it twice every order. To top it off the bill was wrong.
Our food was terrible. The chicken was overcooked, dry, and under seasoned. The salmon was also overcooked, dry and bland. The price was very high for the quality of the food. We were going to the Nutcracker with our 4-yr-old. His meatball and spaghetti was ok.
4 generations of us went to Prelude before seeing the Nutcracker at a 5:30 performance. I had made the reservations after having a wonderful meal there last year around the same time. I should have checked the menu because during the year they changed it. My grandson was excited to order the cheeseburger sliders... was less happy when they came. Two sliders , each about the size of a silver dollar ,w/o cheese , on a dinner sized plate with no accompaniment. I waived a waiter down and asked if we could get some fruit $4 extra, but it never came. The rest of us ordered the harvest table which is served buffet style. Most items were inaccurately labeled with some having no labels at all. Bowls of salad were very small with over-sized serving utensils. My elderly mother has RA and was unable to use the tongs provided. Plus she is short and could not reach many items. They supply you with a maybe 6"x 12", it was very awkward. The food was good and we expected it to overpriced but it was ridiculous. Will not return or recommend.
I booked this as a holiday treat for my granddaughter and family. Prelude is conveniently located for brunch before attending Nutcracker matinee. The hostess and her assistant were charming, the space was festive and inviting and service was fast. What disappointed was the food which came 'reheated' and the French toast was stodgy. The cold salads in the buffet style open harvest selection would probably have been a better choice.
This time my experience at Prelude was better than I have experienced before. The harvest table is a great option if diners don't want a main course or don't want to spend the money for a main course. The selection was very good, some really great salads, and nice meats and cheeses. The olive bread served with the meal was delicious. I also noticed the prices for main courses seemed a bit more reasonable. Usually I find the prices very high for the quality of the food. If this quality continues, I would definitely recommend Prelude to friends.
We were promptly seated and given water. The waiter appeared soon after and gave great advice, answering all of our questions. The food at the Harvest Table buffet was good for starters or as a meal for those who weren't especially hungry. Two of us ordered the steak, which came medium rare as ordered. It was tasty but somewhat chewy. It was accompanied by a pile of bread stuffing, and a sprinkling of celery, so we were glad we had gotten some salads beforehand at the Harvest Table.
The food was not worth the price. I can get much better food at Arnnies, Ivars etc... for the same price. Not sure why they put stuffing with my steak considering everyone eat pounds of it for thanksgiving. I would really come up with a new and better menu for next year and have a quality tester! I would be ashamed if I was a chief and put food out like that. I do believe that he is a good chief or you wouldn't have picked him.
The menu is not bad for a venue restaurant. However it is not a food lovers place. One of the salmon dishes were severely under cooked and basically raw in the middle. The steak only ok, a little tough. One of the desserts contained tree nuts, which was NOT specified in the dessert menu. Having severe nut allergies it could have been a disaster evening if we haven’t looked closer before eating. And the positive side the wine was good and fairly priced and the service was good. But as a restaurant it is not very good.
I ordered the salmon and my daughter order the chicken. Our meals came to us almost too quickly, in about 5 minutes. You could tell the entrees had been pre-made and it tasted like they had been re-heated just before they arrived to our table. The salmon was over cooked and dry and so was the chicken. Way overpriced for what you get. They also added an extra entree on my bill and I had to ask twice for more bread. I hope this restaurant will improve because it is conveniently located inside McCaw Hall and perfect for a pre-ballet dinner (we went before the Nutcracker).
The beef entree was more like a starter plate- maybe 3 oz- but priced like an entree. The sticky toffee pudding was nowhere near that Irish dessert. It was a piece of fruit cake. Need to have a green salad on the menu. The charcuterie table very nice albeit expensive
Worst meal ever. We were seated up against a bussing station even though we had a reservation and the dining room was mostly empty. Broccoli was to have been roasted but was so burned, there was no green left and it disintegrated to soot upon trying to eat it. Salmon was overdone and oddly dry on the outside. Bread was at least a week old. Anthony was a lovely person and very attentive and professional. He was the bright spot in the experience. Prelude, clearly you don’t care about your restaurant, perhaps you should close.
I chose Prelude because I was seeing The Nutcracker with my daughters and it is very conveniently located in McCaw Hall. We've eaten there in the past and had a lovely time. This time was not so good. The food was very overpriced for the tiny portion sizes we received. The quality was ok, but not great. The menu is very limited, I believe there were 3 entrees to pick from. The sticky toffee pudding dessert was literally a piece of fruit cake with a bit of frosting, there was no sticky toffee at all. And we were sad to find out Prelude no longer serves cupcakes and drinks during intermission. Our food took a long time to arrive and we had to rush at the end. Our server acted like it was very inconvenient to split the check when we asked to have my friend's drink and dessert charged to her card. He then put the charges on the wrong cards, even though our directions had been explicit. He did get it corrected. Overall this was a 2 star experience and I would not recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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