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Prelude Kitchen & Bar, Sacramento, CA

Prelude Kitchen & Bar

4.6
4.6
686 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Prelude Kitchen & Bar is Restaurant located in Downtown Sacramento that serves Modern American, Farm to Fork cuisine. Our Chefs work directly with local Sacramento Farmers to source local ingredients for each dish. We believe food and dining is more than sustenance, it's a connection between guests, chefs, farmers, and the nature that surrounds us. Our menu is crafted from scratch, ensuring that every bite resonates with exceptional taste, genuine flavor, and fine dining quality. Prelude Kitchen & Bar is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Sacramento next to the Crest Theater, Golden One Center, State Capitol, SAFE Credit Union Convention Center and Performing Arts Center. We offer validated parking at Capitol Garage located directly across the restaurant.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (916) 898-1071
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Tom Patterson
  • Neighborhood
    Sacramento
  • Cross street
    11th and L Street. Street parking, public garage, and valet some nights.
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 686 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Good for business meals

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Sacramento

    Good for business meals

  • Sacramento

    Californian

  • Sacramento

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

686 Reviews
  1. MikeL

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service here is excellent, now one of my favorite places to eat in town for special celebrations. They change up their menus fairly frequently so even if the item itself is the same it still feels fresh. Their Brussel sprouts appetizer was delicious, and their short rib…OMG. Service is polite and attentive, but not bothersome coming around too often. But always nearby if you do need something.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The location is ok , but the food can be much better for those prices

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  3. RickL

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Ambiance, Service and Spectacular Food! A Gem for Sure.

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  4. MJHill

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Devin was phenomenal and made our anniversary dinner feel so special. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was great. We can’t wait to come back!

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  5. IanN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It’s a cool restaurant but if you are going to charge 20 dollars for a cocktail it better contain something phenomenal. Whistle Pig Piggy Back is an entry level bourbon and it was like half full. The food was good but there was an absolute insane wait between appetizer and main course which caused us to ask multiple times for an update. We are very patient and nearly asked for a cancelation. They could do much better.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. RickB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and staff. Menu could have a few more choices, perhaps it’s seasonal. A generous thick cut pork chop char grilled and perfectly seasoned. They nailed it. To die for! Delicious braised cabbage and pickled onion side dishes. Orange chocolate mouse desert was delightful. Attentive and friendly servers. Our water asked if we had show tickets (need to expedite) we didn’t but, it was nice of him to to consider it. Pleasant atmosphere and active but not noisy. Casual but classy. A higher end farm to fork place ( my favorite) however, their prices are just under their peers. Our second time there. We made a point to come back after our first experience and we’ll go again.

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  7. JorgeC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    They are attentive to feedback and make efforts to address concerns. We are willing to give them another opportunity.

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  8. EugeneB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great. I can’t wait to come back with my wife.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. I loved how accommodating the waiter was they were able to make a special cocktail that I wasn’t sure that they’d be able to. I was highly impressed. The food wasn’t that great however, a couple of items were not served the best. The opening entrée soup was the best item that I had that evening.

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  10. SamL

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about Prelude was outstanding. The food was Great, service was Great, atmosphere was Great. We have nothing but compliments for the staff. Definitely on our list of favorite places to visit now.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great customer service. Amazing evening.

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  12. SoniaM

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here but this time we came for the valentine's day prefix menu. My husband liked his however the vegetarian one I had was mediocre. Our first time eating here off the regular menu was better.

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  13. Quabeha

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks for the free dish 😁 Everything is so good!!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this gem of a restaurant. Great ambiance, great service and every dish was delicious. We will be back again.

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  15. ThomasG

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal. The Bahn Mi brochette was outstanding. The dry aged rib-eye was so tender and perfectly cooked. Victoria took such good care of us. Professional and attentive service with great recommendations and wonderful descriptions of what we were ordering. Definitely will return.

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  16. Mike

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Prelude and will absolutely not be our last. The crudo was very good, the scallops were quite possibly the best we've ever had, and the drinks were delicious. We sat at a table near the fireplace and the atmosphere was great. We hope to come bag when the weather is nice so we can sit on the patio.

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  17. DeniseB

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great food. Had something for everyone, including vegetarians. Good wine list.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and staff and fresh soups, salads, and entrees. The honey lavender crème brûlée is not to be missed 

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellently prepared, service was prompt and attentive.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great birthday meal with extra touches to make it special. Thanks

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, people, and place! Will definetely be back!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food. Great service. Weird interior. And, for the price, pretty unremarkable food and drinks. Not bad but for the money wish we’d gone to Canon or Kru.

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  23. KristinC

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my birthday there. It has a very nice ambiance, the food was great, and the service was outstanding! We recommend the scallops and short ribs and the butternut soup was delicious. Our server, Devin, was wonderful and made the night special for us! We will be back!

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  24. Roxireview

    Sacramento

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been looking for "the cheeseburger" and Prelude met my every expectation! The burger was cooked perfectly, served hot and juicy with some of the best white cheddar I have ever tasted!

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  25. NicoleC

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were sat next to an extremely loud party. Yelling at each other while sitting right in front of each other. The service was really good for us. The food was just ok..not sure it was worth the price. The Brussels sprouts appetizer was the best thing we had. Probably would rush back here again.

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  26. ShirleyC

    Sacramento

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and food and ambience. Waitstaff was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. We were seeing a play after and everything was timed perfectly.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was amazing. Atmosphere was really nice also.

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  28. ElizabethM

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent; space was beautiful; food was good overall but there was way too much vanilla in the truffle pasta and it needed salt or cheese.

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  29. Jeanne

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love going to Prelude, it is one of my favorite restaurants and I also love taking friends and family who have not gone before.

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  30. SheliahC

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve eaten here several times and have never had anything less than a great experience. From the moment you enter to the moment you leave you are treated like a valued customer by everyone in the restaurant. The manager comes around to check on your experience and truly seems interested. Will continue to be my go to restaurant when I’m dining downtown.

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  31. Jenniferlyn

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a really great lunch before seeing a play down at the theatre. One of the best pieces of salmon I’ve ever had which took me by surprise. The soup was ramen which was awesome. I always love a menu that has great zero proof drinks that make you feel like an adult. Loved it and would go back.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Too bright inside. Turn off the recessed lighting to create some ambiance

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant & nice waiter. Brussels app was delicious. My beet salad was just “good”, little too heavy on the kale/greens not enough beets.
    Prelude Kitchen & BarResponded on December 28, 2023
    Hello, thank you for dining with us and taking a moment to share your feedback with us! We're glad that you enjoyed the Brussels and the service but apologize the beets to salad ratio was a bit off. We will pass that along to our chefs as we are constantly striving to offer the best dining experience possible. We look forward to your next visit and have a wonderful New Years. Cheers!

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  34. thehitz

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent, food was good...nothing spectacular. Wine choices were fair. Had some good options but lacking in variety of choices. Overall, the place is nice.

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  35. ScottC

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. Nice ambience. Would highly recommend.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, excellent food and they really went out of their way to make us feel special on our special day. Thank you so much for making this evening so memorable!
    Prelude Kitchen & BarResponded on December 27, 2023
    Thank you for dining with us and taking a moment to share your feedback. It's guests like you that make our day. Can't wait to see you again for another exceptional experience.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Decent food and good service, but nothing particular special or unique about the experience. Nice place for a date.

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  38. TaylorS

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have a great experience here! Our server was absolutely fantastic and the food was amazing. I love the atmosphere here! You can’t go wrong with this place!

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  39. Exceptional

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our waiter and the food was divine! Definitely a special occasion place, but well worth it!

    1 person found this helpful

  40. SaraR

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was just ok. Carpaccio was so thin you had to scrape it off the plate. I ordered the Kale & Bean soup and it was basically just broth. Cesar salad was lacking in dressing. My friend had the risotto and it was mediocre. A little on the soupy side.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Prelude Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 686 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Google Map for Prelude Kitchen & Bar

1117 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    11th and L Street. Street parking, public garage, and valet some nights.
  • Neighborhood
    Sacramento
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Tom Patterson
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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