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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

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.2

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4.5

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4.0

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89% would recommend it to a friend

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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.

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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.

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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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Wait staff does not work every day. Our table and the one next to us experienced extended wait times for our courses.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2016

The best dinner we've enjoyed in awhile. The ribeye was phenomenal. The chef made the ribeye and the sides to perfection.

Thank you. Please consider opening more than just on big concert nights.

Thank you for your time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2016

I love the prefix menu and the selection good. The wait staff were very kind, courtesy, and very helpful. This was our first experience at the Greene Ctr. We will return

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2016

Great restaurant that also is very convenient to the entertainment venue. Could not have enjoyed our dinner more.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Prelude is a lovely place to have dinner before or after musical performances at the Green Center.
My date and I had gone to hear chamber music, which was lovely, and decided before hand to make reservations, which I would consider a must, after the music. Our dinners, we had the same thing, were delicious, beautifully presented, and warm. The waitress was charming and brought our orders in a timely fashion. The atmosphere is beautiful, simple, and has views of the outside. It is not a place for children or for rowdy people looking for a heated good time, but
rather a quieter, sophisticated population. Since neither my date nor I drink, I cannot comment on the wine list, and neither of us had dessert. We will definitely go there again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Table said that there was only one table left, when I got there it was mostly empty and did NOT fill up. You are doing the restaurant a disservice.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2016

This unique restaurant is only open for events at the Green Center and events such as
weddings etc. Well worth the visit,

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Just lovely...great food, friendly staff and a perfect location if you are going to a concert at Green or Schroeder.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2016

We have eaten here frequently after symphony matinee performances on Sundays. Usually the service and food are very good. However, on this particular occasion, which was also Mother's Day, with a heavier clientele load than usual, there was a breakdown in the kitchen. Our server informed us that the automated ordering system had broken down and there would be a delay in our receiving our entrees. Of course we understood that such things happen and assured our waitperson that it was okay. We then waited patiently after eating our salad (uninspired - heay on the arugula, tough asparagus, and soup (excellent onion soup!) course, however the wait extended into over an hour. Other patrons who'd come in after us were being served their entrees. When we finally were served, my salmon was cool and not cooked to my request - "cooked through." My husband's steak was fine. By the time we received our entrees we'd just about filled up on bread. We weren't offered anything in the way of recompense for the long wait, i.e., a complimentary dessert. We left feeling very disappointed and will likely seek other venues for post-symphony dining next season. This restaurant is pricey and we felt we didn't receive adequate value on this particular evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2016

We loved our meals at Prelude. There were several excellent choices for the starters, main entrees, and desserts. My husband had the lamb and I had the rib of beef (roast beef style). He had the asparagus salad and I had the sweet onion soup and we both had the Meyer lemon creme brûlée. Every bit of it was delicious! We love having the students as waitresses/waiters too! They work hard to please. We also order an excellent wine: Carol Shelton's "Wild Thing" Zin! Smooth and delicious...also a great price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2016

If you're attending a conference at the next door concert hall, this is a great place for an elegant dinner before the show. Food is good, the student waiters/waitresses are enthusiastic, and the design and ambiance are very nice.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2016

Prelude is the high end restaurant at the Green Music Center. As such, the convenience of walking to a concert after a leasurely meal , not worrying about arriving on time, is big plus. However, it comes at a price, literally. The food is consistently good, not great. The service is provided by Sonoma State students who are friendly and often inconsistent. The room is open and bright and has a lovely dining patio adjacent to it. It gets pretty noisy when the room is filled. The prices are at the very high end for the Wine Country. There are other restaurants that offer better food and service for the price - but not nearby. We have patronized Prelude in the past, and will do so again, mostly for the convenience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2016

Great overall dining experience with or without the show at the hall after.
Special to have such a great evening with only parking once.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2016

Our first time eating at Prelude, which we chose for its convenient location at the Green Music Center. We had an excellent meal, especially considering that the restaurant only serves on event dates. The prix fixe format narrows choices which undoubtedly helps the kitchen serve a lot of people in a short period. Still, there were several attractive options. Service was also excellent, efficient without being rushed.

We both had the halibut, which was well prepared in a delicious broth. The mixed green salad starter was very good.

We'll make Prelude a regular pre-show stop.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2016

Appetizers and salad were good. Entrees were bland with a limited selection. Fairly expensive. OK for before a concert. My wife liked it more than I did.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2016

The service has improved, the cocktails have improved, the food has been consistent. Small but wine list with nice range. Good stuff!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2016

This was our first visit dining at Prelude is several months. Service and quality of food used to be not very good, but this visit was most enjoyable. The food was very good as was the service. And as always the Prelude bar experience is as it always has been on our many visits really excellent - thanks in large part I think to Alison.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2016

The best I can say about Prelude is that it's a very pretty place and so convenient when attending a concert at the Weill Hall. The food, however, is another matter. Mediocre at best is how I'd describe it. What makes it worse is that it is way over-priced considering it's poor taste. The lobster bisque which I assumed is always a winner, was pretty bad in both texture and taste. The risotto was terrible - rice wasn't cooked but it was swimming in a sauce, Must have just added the rice to the sauce before serving - as that is how it tasted - no melding of flavors. The diver scallops were good, served over puree of butternut squash with some beets. Forget dessert. The dulce de leche bread pudding with twirls of chocolate and raspberry sauce would have been inedible except for the scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Actually, the ice cream was the only thing edible in this dessert.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 26, 2016

If you dont eat here before a concert you are depriving yourself of an even more enjoyable evening. It is one of the best ! Great food, great student service , great wine selection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 21, 2016

We dined right after an afternoon concert at the Green Center. The service and food were excellent. This was out third time going there after a concert. Very convenient.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 21, 2016

We usually dine here after Sunday matinees and always enjoy the food. We had winter squash soup which was delicious, falling-off-the-bone tender braised short ribs and the fish of the evening, which was Ono, prepared as requested.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 2016

We had dinner at Prelude before a concert at the GMC. Overall my husband and I were disappointed. The price is very high for the quality. The ambiance is perfect and beautiful and the servers are all students and are doing a great job. But the food is not up to standards! The hamachi was dry and dull, the risotto was overcooked and swimming in a creamy tasteless sauce. The soup was so sweet. The chocolate cake was dry and tasteless and even the coffee ice cream was tasteless. What happened? This is not the first time we dine at prelude... We had good experiences in the past. The price is higher than I remember and the quality has gone lower. too bad...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2016

Four of us dined at Prelude on Friday, February 19th before the performance.
Our service was efficient, professional and very attentive. Our server even went "the extra mile" to help one of our party choose a glass of wine. She brought tastes of 2 possibilities which allowed our friend to make the best choice for her meal.
We chose the 2 course menu of a starter and entre'. Our selections were all delicious, beautifully plated and very generous portions (which is why we limited ourselves to only 2 courses!).
It was our first time to dine at Prelude for us and we would definitely go back.
It was a pleasure to be in a lovely dining room with proper lighting that also was quiet enough to be able to visit with one's dining companions and not be in the neighboring table's conversation.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2016

I enjoy the ambiance every time we go. I have found the food to be good but not fantastic.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2016

My wife and I had dinner here after a concert at the Green Music Center. Great ambiance; quiet and elegant. The servers are all students, so they are enthusiastic and eager to engage in conversation. The food is a fixed menu of 2 or 3 items. Food is good; not outstanding. But definitely a real value for the price. A great spot to grab dinner before or after a concert at Weill Hall since it's a 30 second walk. It was too cold to dine in the outdoor area, but on a warm summer night, this will be a very nice place, for sure.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Excellent food and service. The short rib was cooked to perfection. The bisque was outstanding.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 12, 2016

we have been to Prelude many times. the staff is nice, younger college kids who are, generally, very well trained.

on this particular night our food was particularly delicious. our appetizers, entrees, and desert were all home runs. the wine and bar did very well too.

sometimes the food is average. this evening was really well done. and, we'll go back.

it's probably hard - if not next to impossible - for them to cater to pre-concert diners in sonoma county where every guest believes they're an uber sophisticated foodie ... i hope they can keep things moving in the right direction. the convenience is unparalleled. and when there are several thousand people leaving the hall and lawn, it's a great place to have a post-concert cocktail as the large crowds very slowly meander their ways home ... we're relaxing with friends in the bar, while others are stuck, waiting in lousy traffic jams ...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2016

A modern friendly setting adjacent to one of the finest symphony halls in the Bay Area. The food was excellent, the wine list well chosen, the staff friendly and attentive, and the kitchen was prompt. Definitely will be a returning customer. Great music, good wine and food are a natural pairing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2016

Took many tries before getting a reservation (open? table). Receptionist suggested calling in rather than rely on Open? Table. It is a waste that the restaurant is not open for the Schroeder Hall concerts.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2016

I have been to Prelude a couple of times and have had mixed results with food and service. This time I thought we had attentive service and I thought the food better. The carrot soup was quite good and the flourless chocolate cake was heavenly! The main course Artic Char was tasty, however, could have been served hotter.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2016

The décor is lovely and comfortable. Very nice bar and good service. The food was very good

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

Risotto dish and deserts were excellent but duck left something to be desired. Would suggest serving in slices nicely placed over capers or polenta.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2016

Prelude is part of the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. We attended dinner prior to going toi the Santa Rosa Symphony performance. It is super convenient and the food and service are very good. The atmosphere is very classy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2015

Good service, beautiful surroundings, perfect for extending the fun of a Green Center performance. Food portions a little small.

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