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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

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food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Only complaint was two very small, and I mean, very small sprigs of broccolini on the otherwise excellent main course.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Date night with husband was for first performance of Santa Rosa Symphony's 2017-2018 season and dinner after in attached lovely restaurant. The elegant room with large gas fireplace was not crowded, so noise level was perfect for conversation. Menu was prix fixe. With the $39 dinner, we chose appetizer plus entree. Add one cocktail and two glasses of wine and the total bill was over $100--by no means inexpensive. I had the lamb medallions; husband had the pistachio encrusted salmon. Food quality, innovation and presentation were in the higher end of our experience. The young student wait staff of the university learning the hospitality field could not be nicer or more accommodating. For us this counts as a local, special occasion, occasional treat.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The staff was gracious and cognizant of our performance time, ensuring that we made it to the theater before the performance started. Our meal was fresh and tasty and the wine was a perfect compliment to the meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Try to always dine here before an event at the Green Music Center. So convenient that it is on the same property. Never had a bad meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

As a learning experience for student staff it serves its purpose... service a little unpolished but their trying! Food actually good but not ready for prime time...reasonable wine list and nice $15 corkage.

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our first experience was quite relaxed and perfect for before the performance. Efficient service, a very diverse price fix menu and wonderful portions. It was all so good that I even ate dessert!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

After significantly improving food quality and service over the past several months, based on our visit prior to open night the restaurant has taken a few steps backwards. The crab salad appetizer tasted and smelled almost rancid. The salmon dish was quite large but overcooked and rather tasteless. The steak dish, although requested to be done medium /medium rare, arrived almost well done. And the quality of the beef was no so good. Service wise the waitress was very pleasant, but I thought it rather poor service that we had to request that the salad dressing and bread and butter be removed when desert was served. Sorry - we've had similar dishes at Prelude in the past and they were excellent. Hope things can be improved.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The restaurant was very nice, went for a pre-concert dinner and had the special 3 course pre-fix meal. The meal was okay, but the Service was awesome. Manager made a special order off the menu for my young kids. Would return but would try something else.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Prelude was good. The food was good, and good portions almost too much food. But the price was on the high side. The service is just okay. It was bothersome that the server did not know anything about the show we were there to attend. There was no warning from her, seemed like the manager was the only one who knew what was going on. Server was unfamiliar with the food and wine lists, considering the cost of the restaurant the overall experience left us slightly disappointed. I would probably only eat there again if I was planning on attending a show at the venue.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

A class act at a wonderful venue. Hospitality was great, sincere and personable, food very creative and tasty, great presentation, beautiful environment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We were a little disappointed in our meal as compared to last year when everything was superb. It seemed to be a combination of new wait staff and a kitchen that was a lite bit off from our previous experience. For the amount of the bill the expectation is for a flawless experience which sadly this was not.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Singapore)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We had never been to Prelude before & thought it would be fun before the concert. We had inside tickets & decided to call this a "date night". When we got there, the restaurant was about half full. We were waited on promptly, wine came right away, as did our first course. My husband's first course was not quite warm enough, but he went with it. Our waitress never returned & we poured our own wine from that point on. Our entrees were brought by a different server. Mine was delicious, but again my husband's was cold. From then on, we never saw a wait person again. The show was at 7:30 & finally by 7:15, I just asked a waiter who was hurrying by if we could get our dessert & our bill as the show was about to start. Someone else brought our dessert, but no bill. My husband finally caught our waitress's attention (1st time we had seen her since placing our order) & again asked for the bill. Nothing happened. Finally, I got up & went to the restroom & my husband said he had to ask again. I did not return to the restaurant & my husband came running up literally a minute or two before the show. Our reservation had been for 5:45. Nearly two hours for our meal when they are a restaurant that caters to show patrons! The food was okay, but would not highly recommend for the price & definitely not at all for service. Proceed with caution.............

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We enjoyed our meal. Service was excellent. Our friend was unsure which of two choices of wine to order and the waiter brought a sample of both to taste. That kind of service is unusual.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food portions were small, no depth of flavor - quite ordinary. Service was indifferent, impersonal - no eye contact, all statements by server and management felt like they came from a script, patronizing and insincere. Inconsistent and poor timing when main course was served, one person at our table was served 15-20 minutes after the rest of us. Server had very poor knowlege of menu and ingredients, absurd delays on follow through. This is our 4th attempt to enjoy a meal at Prelude, and the 4fh time we regretted going there. None of the 4 of us Will return, and we all strongly do not recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Good food, service was fast. Very nice to have a good meal with friends then walk into the Green Center.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great food and service. Super opportunity prior to the show

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food very good as was the service -- great job Zack. And as always appreciated Allison's attentive and friendly service.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great restaurant at Green Center! We visited two nights in a row. One for drinks and one for dinner. Outside of overbooked fish (halibut) everything was delicious. Flourless chocolate cake was amazing and the service was outstanding! Zac was our waiter. Nice spot and everyone around us was loving their food. Great patio for drinks before show as well!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We ate here prior to a concert. We were disappointed by the quality of the food and the slowness of the service. Next time we attend a concert at Sonoma State, we will find another place to eat.

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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Very nice venue, clean, GREAT service.... BUT that being said, I think it's VERY OVER-PRICED for what you are receiving. I've dined at some elegant establishments that have much more extensive menus and charge considerably less with excellent wait staff.
We had a pleasant experience and it was so convenient since we were there for a concert, but it will definitely be a one time occurrence. No a place to take children.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Surprisingly great service. I had a great tomato, summer-soup of Gazpacho and the Trout Dip with a glass of Chardonnay. My husband had a Grilled Panini Sandwich.

Nice summer meal....The service was amazing.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for a Date, Live Music, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Excellent place to have a meal before or after the concert

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Everything was wonderful. A nice surprise. The only flaw was the bar. The martini was not very good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Our server was exceptional. After the concert he'd arranged to save a table for dessert and the fireworks display.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

A pleasant surprise, since this is a theater restaurant. The food was wonderful, prix fixe with just enough of a selection to suit almost anyone, and suitably priced. We will definitely return whenever we visit Weill Hall.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

If you are going to the Green Music Center and you want to make it a special night, dine at Prelude. The food is good, the service friendly and professional and the price is attractive for fine dining in Sonoma County.

After dinner the venue is just steps away and since you arrived earlier than most you got great parking, too.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We went to Prelude before going to the Symphony. Our server was OK, but not totally on the ball. Our soup(onion) which my husband had was different but very good. My salad was asparagus, nuts arugula and was delicious. We both had pork chops, which were overcooked and not much flavor. The polenta which came with the dinner was very good. Our server never asked if we wanted dessert which was included in the price. We didn't want any, but he should have asked. The manager did comp us a double espresso though. If we go to the symphony again, I'd probably try the restaurant again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Lovely room and very beautiful setting. Service could not have been better. Waitress was perfect. Hard to believe she is a student. Wine selection was perfect for the food. Unfortunately the food was only OK. There was nothing creative about it. While the preparation was fine, the setting really demanded something less ordinary. Most tables had one or more bottles of good wine, and the place and setting seemed to dictate that higher prices from more creative cooking would not have hurt the bottom line. Be nice to return there if that happened.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Prelude was very good. Enjoyed the food, service, and general dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Service was quite slow. Food was good from limited menu. Great before Green Center show.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Chad was overcooked and dry. Flan was a stiff thick custard, and the glaze was sugar grainy and not carmelized. Sorry, the food was a disappointment on March 27. Server was nice and attentive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Prelude is attached to the symphony hall where I have season tickets so we decided to have dinner after the performance. I would not recommend for elderly or handicapped. The salad was bad, the fish was over cooked and the dessert was sad. The meal was three courses and over priced. The restaurant is beautiful with a wonderful garden and there is a fireplace. I will not go back.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Great place for a pre-theatre lunch. Service was great and the atmosphere delightful. The maitre'd could not have been nicer and she was most attentive to overseeing the service.

Food was nice but I would say lacked a bit of variety but adequate for a light lunch.

All in all a very nice experience and Prelude obviously has a particular locational advantage being at the Green Center

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Service was extremely slow, filet ordered medium but was well done and waiter forgot to bring a glass of wine. We've been there many times and this was un usual.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2017

enjoyed our waitress, food and overall service. I would prefer the lighting a little dimmer. Great spot for dinner before green theatre performance. Go SSU!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Went before a concert. Service was terrific; A+. Most of the meal was tasty. Pasta entree either sat in the kitchen too long, was overcooked, or both; quite disappointing. The caramel cake for desert was just okay; the pastry chef played it too safe.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Our first time to Prelude with friends, before we went to a concert at the Green Music Center. The location is absolutely beautiful, the walkway leading from the parking lot to the Green Center is lined with 2 rows of ancient giant beautiful olive trees, what a sight! The Green Center itself is beautiful, and the restaurant is very classy, well laid out, tables well spaced out, beautiful floral center piece, nice glass windows with lots of lights. The food was good, not great, but the environment was so pleasant, and perfect for a small stress free gathering. It was lovely.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2017

We've been here twice before a while back, and loved the convenience for a pre-concert meal as well as the beauty of the setting, but hadn't felt that the meals lived up to our hopes. We had heard that things have improved this year, and I'm delighted to report that we had a great experience this time.

We both enjoyed our appetizers, especially the warm mushroom and pork belly salad, and we each had the double cut pork chop, which was outstanding. It was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and there was plenty to take home for lunch the next day.

I thought that the prix fixe dinner value was quite fair, given the quality and quantity of our meal. Our server Gaby was attentive and personable. We also found good wine pairings by the glass.

Overall, it was a great outing, and confirmed the positive reports that we've been hearing. We'll definitely come back again and enjoy how a meal at Prelude can enhance the wonderful experience of hearing music at the Green Music Center.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

This was a perfect "prelude" to a classical music concert. Service was cordial, attentive and responsive; dishes were creative, well prepared and to doneness as requested.

Highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Good food and great service from Amanda and the Manager who came over often to make sure all was going well. We had the bass, tuna tartar (outstanding!), and a salad. They allowed one of us to have the tuna tartar for dessert! Heaven! Our friends had the beef filet and pork chop and were very happy with their choices. We were near the fireplace which was lovely. The ambience is wonderful and inviting.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Romantic, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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