Prelude at the Opera House - Lower Level
We are located on the lower level of the War Memorial Opera House. Our menu is offered in buffet and à la carte format, keeping performance start time at the forefront for all visitors.
Enjoyed the dinner and service.
The experience November 26 was wonderful, so I was doubly unhappy to have such an unpleasant experience this week. The food itself was disappointing except for the mashed potatoes. Both chicken and salmon were overcooked. Lamb was abysmal, Service was lackadaisical. Check was so late I almost missed the curtain. Intermission dessert was the wrong order and cold coffee. No offer of a second cup of coffee to take upstairs,
Pre-opera lunch. Buffet ok. Food is good but lacks variety and no dessert included.
This is our third time donning at Prelude. We love the food, the convenience
Our waiter was a little slow to arrive, once he did he was friendly & efficient. The beer & wine selection is very good, & the food is good, but the rolls are terrible, how about some sourdough rolls instead?.
the buffet was very good. selection of foods, especially the beef, was excellent. Superb Manhattan cocktail and good cabernet wine. lovely dessert. I find it expensive and worth it.
Lunch at the opera house before a performance is one of my favorite ways to treat myself. It's so convenient, but better still, the food is great and the company simpatico.
a very conveenient venue with reasonable food at prices that reflect conveniencee rather than food quality.
Our reservation was ready when we arrived. Our server was very kind and went out of her way to take extra special good care of us.
It was my fault for not doing the full buffet to get at least some hot food, but the crab Louie salads we ordered were not even well arranged upon delivery, and it was just disappointing. I hope someday the opera has a wonderful gift from a generous donor to fix up the basement to look better than a basement...,
We ordered from the menu as we did not want a giant amount of food. Well, we got very small portions, average tasting very expensive
A little pricey but perfect for before the opera. Sometimes rushed depending on wait staff, who are great, but can get very busy.
Really everything was fine, but we thought that the buffet - although very good - was a bit overpriced.
The food is consistently good here. and it is so convenient before a performance. Nice staff as well.
The food, as is the case most times we have been here, was wonderful. We go to Prelude mainly for the staff. Rusty and Pepe always treat us like family and we appreciate that!
The Prelude is a good dining option while attending a performance at the Opera House. We had 6:15 reservations for a 7:30 performance and found there was plenty of time to finish our dinner and make our way to our seats. With the limited dining time we had, my companion ordered the crab Louis salad and I the buffet. We had time for dessert but opted out since our dinner was very good. Our server was friendly and punctual. The buffet was replenished on a timely basis. The tables were nicely spaced with ample privacy for talking. I would recommend the Prelude to save one the hassle of making it to a performance on time.
Enables one to eat dinner and attend the discussion afterwards. Good food and convenient.
Hurried for a pre-opera talk and opera dinner. They don’t open until 5:30 and the opera talk begins at 6:30. The food is okay. We ordered from the a la carte menu. The salad is salty and comes with cold sliced roast beef or chicken or fish. A dinner roll is an extra charge, fair enough, but not good.
Phenomenal dining experience!
Excellent service and delectable food offerings.
We can’t wait to return!
The wait staff is very inattentive. They just assume everyone is getting the buffet and act visibly annoyed when you want to order off the menu. And while waiting to pay they had our credit card for 10+ minutes and we had to ask to have it brought back. I feel like we need to replace our card.
The staff are also really weird. It feels like a high school cafeteria; the wait staff are waiting to make sure nobody is sharing buffet food with anyone at their table who didn’t order buffet, regardless of whether or not they ordered something too.
Finally the food is very very mediocre. This ended up being one of the most expensive dinners I’ve had this year and the quality was pretty bad. Over $100 for buffet, and entree, one dessert and no drink.
The salmon was delicious. They have gluten free choices which is a plus
The short ribs were very good. The buffet was good except for under ripe fruit and uninteresting cheese for dessert. A bit pricey but service and ambiance add to make it a special event.
Decent buffet offerings and good drinks service. Not bad for in venue dinner.
Convenient when attending the opera. Beef was very good and also salads. It would be nice if they opened earlier and included dessert with the buffet
Would have been a better experience if the lady at the carving station tried at least a bit to satisfy the customers request for how well done, or not, they prefer their lamb, in this instance. Unfortunate attitude on her part. Otherwise service very pleasant and food of good quality. Better than previous caterer.
The Prelude is a diner. The food quality is cafeteria fare. I ordered a salad a la carte which had shrimp as an extra. The shrimp was over done and chewy for 7 small shrimps it was $17.00 extra!!
The salad was small and bland. The salad entree cost $38.00.
Do the buffet that's $48.00. It isn't great. It's just more ungreat food.
Average age of the guests are 70's. It's a retirement crowd.
The wait staff appear tired and bored. Service is abysmal.
Don't go. Really.
The service was good but rushed. We had one hour between the restaurant opening and the seating for the opera talk. For this reason the waiter brought the main course and dessert at the same time. The Crab Louie was ok, but the crab was in flakes not chunks, and it was a pretty minimalist salad. I had a better, less expensive one at the Buena Vista Cafè the next night. In the future I’ll try a different salad. The dessert was delicious.
This venue is convenient for a performance which is our chief reason for choosing it. The food is self-serve with generous and very tasty choices of salads and cold vegetables. There is usually a chicken and a fish choice along with a starch (like mashed potato or polenta) and these too are self-serve. The one roast meat option (we have had beef and lamb at several dinners) will be carved for you and those servings of meat tend to be very spare. One can ask for more but one must ask. Coffee or tea and fruit and cheese comes with the price of the meal but dessert and other beverages are extra. There is also an a la carte menu which we haven't tried. The cost for the buffet generally comes to a little over $100 for the two of us, including tip and without wine, beer, or cocktails. I would consider the meal good but somewhat overpriced without the convenience of the venue.
I had the buffet and found it to be excellent. There were several salads, including Caesar, arugula, and beet; I thought they were all delicious. There were several vegetable dishes; I especially liked the cauliflower. Also choice of meats + salmon. I had the salmon, served on a bed of bean sauce, and it was excellent. Overall, a very satisfying meal, though rather pricy at $48.
The service was wonderful. Rusty’s section is always well taken care of.
Salad dressing excellent; Rustee great server. Well done.
Attending an Opera performance
Probably will do sone other place next time. A la cart menu is very limited.
Convenient and reasonably quick.
Food was excellent, service although very polite was a bit slow. We had the buffet which is rather pricey but all items were very good. We particularly like the Jonathan apple salad. A la carte menu is very limited to a few salads. We were the very first ones seated but waited a long time to get checked out and barely made it to the pre talk on time.
My mother and I had a beautiful meal at Prelude prior to seeing The Marriage of Figaro. The service was perfect and the food was utterly delicious. One recommendation -- use real whip cream on Irish Coffees. For $15, it should not be Redi-Whip.
Definitely THE way to enjoy a night at the opera, relaxed, hassle free, arrived with plenty of time to take in the lecture beforehand, nice to have dessert waiting at intermission. Our server (Percy) and the entire waitstaff could not be more professional, amiable.
We used to patronize this cafe regularly and at the time I thought the food was very good and the value very high. The quality went down drastically under the new management a few years ago and we stopped coming. We heard that there was a recent improvement, so we tried it. The food is better than it was recently but not yet to the older standards. Some of the salads were quite OK, others were below par.
The salmon was very good, the chicken confit was very dry and not so good, the meat dish was too tough.
The restaurant is very convenient when you go to the opera or the ballet, so we may use it occasionally,
but we still miss the old days.
We just went there because of the convenience of being at the Opera House, but the food is nothing to write home about, and the service is not the best. Our server forgot to bring my glass of wine and I had to remind him.
I'll take a break from this place.