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About Prelude

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.

1801 E. Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: M,T,Th,Sa 5:00pm-8:00pm

Brunch: Su 12:00pm-3:00pm

Cross Street:
Petaluma Hill Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 664-4243

Website:
http://www.sonoma.edu/prelude/

Executive Chef:
Alexandre Purroy

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Contact Kelley Kaslar: 707.664.2747

Prelude Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

77% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (14)
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Fit for Foodies (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

This is a great way to dine before an evening concert at Weill Hall, or after an afternoon concert. Excellent food and service; and no need to get back into your car to drive to another venue since it is next to Weill Hall.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2017

I always try to eat here after a symphony concert- Great food, wine, bar, service and ambiance. The new manager is really super and does a great job.highly recommended. A+

Tags: Live Music, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2017

Great food, good prices, great ambiance with fireplace and very warm decor. Manager gave us a good recommendation for wine. Service was excellent. Prelude is attached to the Weil Symphony Hall and is a wondreful choice for dinner after the performance. They have outdoor seating and the indoor dining room is very quiet. Modern elegant decor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2017

This is a gem tucked away at the Green Music Center! After a harp concert on January 8 2017, we had reservations for Prelude. Very clean, modern and elegant. My wife started out with the Diver Scallops, I had the Dungeness Crab Chowder...both delicious and flavorful. The main courses were the Delicata Squash Rissoto and the Herbed Grilled Veal Chop. Both portions were ample especially the chop being quite substantial and tender. Dessert was Trio Of Sorbets for my wife and my choice was the Bourbon Pecan Torte. The sorbet was very flavorful and so was the torte though the portion could've been larger for my taste. All in all a very satisfying meal, very conveniently located next to Weill Hall, definitely would return just for the restaurant. Compliments to the chef and our server Josephine Thomson!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2017

The Restaurant itself is pretty and inviting looking. The food however was awful and disappointing. The Arugula salad was very bland, the duck breast simply inedible. The smell alone was awful. My friend had different app and main course and was also not satisfied at all.
the waitress never even asked how the food was, maybe because she saw that I had only taken one bite of it and removed the plates without a word. I will def. not be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Our waitress was not totally familiar with our questions regarding entree options. She was young and perhaps needed better training. Consequently service was marginal with her forgetting certain items as a new utensil for dessert. This was our first visitant there are no second chances for first impressions.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Very good food and service. Such an improvement since opening.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 20, 2016

At Prelude, we are always confident that both our meal and service will be top notch! While the menu's variety reflects the rather small venue size the chef keeps it fresh and seasonal with something for foodies and nearly every dietary constraint. And, if you're booking tickets at the adjacent Green Music Center enjoying dinner beforehand or post-event drinks/dessert at Prelude is a MUST DO!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Plenty of food, all well seasoned and cooked properly. This is particularly true with regard to the char (salmon) dish. It was a "full house", a dinner before a performance at the Green Music Hall, but the wait staff was attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2016

This was our first time at Weil Hall so we thought we'd try Prelude since it was right there. Not knowing what to expect we found this to be very pleasurable. The setting is very modern but very comfortable as well. There is ample room between tables so you can feel like you talk and not be too loud for surrounding guests to be able to listen in.

The prefix menu had good options for varied tastes. For starters I had the octopus. Never having this before I was quite surprised by how tender and flavorful it was. I had the fish stew for the main course and this was excellent as well. The combination of flavors was wonderful. We finished off splitting a fudge brownie and it was way more than we could eat after eating our meal.

It's obvious that the wait-staff are SSU students but they do a terrific job and were quite attentive to our needs. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic night out or especially dinner before a show at the music center.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2016

We dined with two friends before the evening concert. Very comfortable, relaxed, sophisticated space. Could hear each other, no loud music. Staff was very attentive, Chef Alex is always a joy. Highly recommend Prelude for pre-concert dining.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2016

The restaurant is staffed by students at SSU and is only open for dining on the nights when there is a concert going on in. This was my second time eating there and both times I had the filet mignon. It was very good and cooked perfectly, the second time around. We did have to send the first ones back for being overdone. They were extremely apologetic and we were quite happy with the replacements. We were well taken care of! The students are not culinary students and are mostly gaining experience in customer service, not fine dining etiquette. They did a very nice job and I will certainly go back for dinner at the next concert I go to.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2016

The wait staff were exceptionally friendly. The manager made a point of speaking to every table and certainly made us feel very welcomed. I would say this is a restaurant with great class and without pretention. Portions were a perfect size and food was quite good. However order you meat a little rarer than you typically do. Both of ours were more well done than we had asked.

Overall I would recommend this as one of the best restaurants in Rohnert Park, although with cocktails and wine the evening can get pretty pricey. Still I don't regret our choice at all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Good food, 2 person tables are placed too close together. Disappointed in the dessert, had the cheese plate with no explanation of what was on it. I also got warm coffee served with milk. I heard that they had run out of cream. How do you run out of cream?? And to served coffee warm is just bad!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Very good value for dining after shows at the
Green Center. Service was efficient and the dining room very comfortable

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Lovely casual elegance at the already beautiful Green Music Center. Views of garden and patio, airy feel. The prix fixe menu had a nice selection, good for a wide variety of people. Hits the right mix for a variety of tastes - perfect for bringing guests pre-concert. I'm sorry I haven't tried it before this. Reasonable prices too.

The food is beautifully presented. My husband's endive salad (with pear and prosciutto) was beautiful and large. My cauliflower bisque garnished with roasted grapes, olive oil toasted croutons and a finishing oil was beautiful and delicious. My friend's crab arancini was plated with gorgeous red pepper sauce and a green sauce/ oil - and she said delicious. My Salmon was perfectly cooked. The sauce underneath was a tad sweet, but the mushrooms were perfect; to my taste the sweetness wasn't needed. But still a delicious dish. My husband raved over the lamb chops as well.

I will definitely go again. Also, I hadn't realized there is a comfortable airy bar/lounge just inside the entrance for drinks or coffee.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Wonderful ambience and environment. Exemplary service. Starters were extraordinary: Cauliflower Bisque, Dungeness Crab Arroncini. Entrees- not so much- Fettuccini and Salmon. Observed other patrons with much larger portions of salmon, like double. Chanterelles were skimpy. Pasta sauce was sticky and cloying.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Lovely location for pre-Green Center events. Food was very nice, ambiance lovely. The waitstaff was really excellent, and we were pleased with all aspects of the dinner. I chose the prix fixe menu, which had offerings for all types of meal requirements. Overall a great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2016

Since the Santa Rosa Symphony performs in the building, Prelude is a great dinner special occasion restaurant for the concert. Lovely room, good food, a neighborhood gem. Combined with the Symphony it is a great and convenient dining place. It is a smart bet for dinner before the concert, and after as well. I finally went there after about 15 concerts and now i will go there much more so, you don't have to stress about getting into the concert hall on time, or parking because you get there 1.5 hrs before the concert, so enjoy the food and wine and ambiance...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2016

This remains one of the best restaurants to experience the concerts at Weill Hall and the Green Music centre. Try it you'll love it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2016

Lovely, subdued atmosphere. Good menu choices, and great service .

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Generous portions. Lovely modern interior. Attentive service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Excellent for pre-concert dinner or after concert drinks and desserts.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Food and service were excellent. Great to have Prelude available for a nice relaxing dinner before a performance. Kudos to Allison and all the staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2016

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely 34th anniversary dinner, in a quiet and friendly atmosphere. We will definitely return for special occasions.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Beautiful restaurant. Food was excellent and dessert was delicious and different.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2016

We went to Prelude prior to enjoying a concert next door at the Weil Concert Hall and it was just about perfect - check in for the concert, enjoy a wonderful meal and then move through a special entrance to the concert hall. The food was terrific - multiple choices for starter, entree and desert in a choice of a two or three course prix fixe arrangement. The service was wonderful - attentive without hovering and they accommodated our request to move outdoors for desert.
We will definitely go back when we next attend a concert and would be regulars if we lived closer.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2016

It was I first time eating at Prelude. We attended a concert at Weir Hall after and it was great. Very convenient. Food was great, service was awesome.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Great for pre-show dining for show at Weill Hall at the Green Center, Sonoma State!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2016

Very good food next the Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Alison Schneider is the assistant restaurant manager & she is excellent. She made sure our food & wine were perfect

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 3, 2016

The halibut was cooked perfectly and the presentation was beautiful. The salad was delicious and the greens were super fresh. The wine was too cold. Service was fine, but not exceptional. Just a little bit more variety or flexibility in the menu would be welcomed, but I would return to Prelude.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 28, 2016

Service and ambiance were both excellent. Scallops were amazing, cooked perfectly and beautifully plated. First entree came out, then 5 minutes later the other three followed. Steaks were ordered medium rare but came out rare, one so rare it had to be sent back to be cooked properly. We ordered 2 desserts, Nutella chocolate cake was dense and dry, cobbler was good but not memorable and not worth the cost. Overall good experience, we would probably try it again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2016

I dined by myself and was often overlooked by my waitress.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2016

Very good food and service. So much improved from the first couple years.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 5, 2016

When seeing a show at the Green Center at SSU, dining at Prelude is a no-brainer: easy parking and excellent food and service at a good price. What more could you want? Ah, and friendly people. Love it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2016

I thought everything was fine but others at my table were disappointed. We had just eaten there a week ago and the menu was exactly the same, four entree choices. It seems that the steak eaters were complaining that the meat was "hard" on the outside and medium was a bit too rare. Waite staff had to be reminded several times to bring extra sauce for my fish dinner but they did have a good attitude. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there but it is satisfactory when going to a special event at Weill hall. Just had to allow PLENTY OF TIME! There seems to be no urgency for show time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Perfect way to start of an evening of music at Green Music Center. Good good in a very pleasant atmosphere, friendly service, and a nice crowd.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2016

...before the show an ideal place to dine! I will return next time we go to a concert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2016

If you are heading to Green don't drive around Rohnert Park deciding on a chain restaurant. Park once in front of the restaurant and enjoy the show afterward. Plus, the $ go to students and SSU, not a mega-chain.

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