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Prelude Kitchen & Bar, Sacramento, CA

Prelude Kitchen & Bar

4.5
4.5
717 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
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 36 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, American, Contemporary 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 717 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Sacramento

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

717 Reviews
  1. RobynP

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is exceptional. A great restaurant for a special occasion for sure or if you’re just in the mood for something different. The wait staff are are amazing too.

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  2. ChristinaS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This was ok. The bread was phenomenal and maybe I filled up. Soup of the day I loved but my friend had clumps of cheese. The salad was not flavored greatly but the linguini was pretty amazing only wish it had some sort of cheese. Calabrian pesto on it was bomb. Wine is over priced for sure. Over all meh… won’t go back but good to try

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an incredible dining experience at this fantastic restaurant that I've been eager to try for quite some time. We were warmly greeted by a charming hostess and sat down immediately, unfortunately the patio was too hot so we opted for indoor seating instead but it didn't affect our enjoyment of the meal one bit! Our server was attentive, friendly & knowledgeable about all aspects of menu items which made us feel welcome throughout; not only did they serve fresh bread straight from oven alongside delicious charcuterie board selection - their entrées (scallops cooked just right with tender texture still intact), mouthwatering pork chop full offlavorsome juices within every single bite taken plus perfectly grilled ribeye and short rib paired amazingly well over creamy polenta making each member taste buds sing joyfully while enjoying wonderful ambiance created by talented chef leading his team behind scenes ensuring consistent high quality food coming out kitchen.. Definitely returning back here again soon!

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  4. Olly695

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We decided to have an early dinner at Prelude before our flights back home on our last day in CA. Turned out to be a great place. We might have been the only family in there with kids but it was not awkward. The food was great and service was excellent.

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  5. Albert

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very classy fine dinning option in downtown Sacramento with tasty delicious food

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  6. RobertY

    San Francisco

    76 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Do not eat here. The food was inedible. We ordered the rib eye and risotto respectively. Both dishes were terrible. It was a huge disappointment. Places like this are the reason restaurants are dying on the vine. Honestly, they should have paid me to eat here. Never again. For the first time in 40 years, I did not leave a tip. The poor service matched the poor food. The drinks are overpriced, $26 for a glass of Rombauer Chardonnay. I would rather eat home or at a chain restaurant. This place is too loud and the acoustics are awful. You can hardly hear your dining partner. “Validated Parking “ at the garage they say, unless you prepay. The parking garage requires that you prepay when you park. Such a miserable experience. You want to experience good food or exceptional restaurants, go to New York City, New Orleans , or Napa. Sacramento is lacking.

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  7. thanksgivingdinner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and our server was outstanding, but the portions are small for the cost. We ordered the Caesar salad to share after being told it was a large size, but we received two very small portions that would equal one small salad. The pork entree was delicious but half the plate consisted of the pickled onion and little else. The dessert of orange chocolate mouse cake likewise was delicious, but was less than a 2” square piece. My partners slice of olive oil cake was a more expected size.

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  8. ResD

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful staff, very well organized and kept close tabs on the customers. Very knowledgeable about the menu and able to explain well the top entree and starters without being biased. Ambiance was perfect and location/parking was very accessible, will definitely come back. And last but not least, food was really good!

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  9. MEM328

    Las Vegas

    25 reviews

    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We went to Prelude on a rez for lunch. Not at all crowded with many open tables, yet we were taken to the very last table in the back of the place (why?). Ordered a glass of Chablis, but our server brought a glass of Champagne. We both ordered hamburgers. I requested "rare" on mine but asked what that may look like at this restaurant. The server replied she had "never seen" what that looks like (really?!). My partner ordered "medium rare," so I ordered the same but given the reply about "rare," I asked if that meant they would at least be pink on the inside, to which the server said "Yes, they will definitely be pink inside." Well, when the burgers were served, not only were both patties black on the outside, but worse, my partner's was dark brown and very "well-done" inside, while mine was close to the same. We were both very disappointed in our food choices, and in general with the experience, especially given that it was all quite expensive too.

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  10. PD19

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s understandable to expect to pay a higher than average price for delicious, top tier food from an excellent establishment. I came in expecting to pay on the higher side. However, it’s a bit outrageous to charge $47 for 5 scallops during lunch (they should at least state the number of scallops on the menu). I left feeling hungry, and even my guest commented on how small the portion size. Delicious food, but absolutely terrible value.

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  11. Debi

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it! It rained and the patio was closed so we didn’t get the view of the capitol but that’s ok. Our server Devin was AMAZING. He recommended some great dishes, was attentive and so friendly! Honestly, all of the staff was lovely. For apps, we had the Brussel sprouts, banh mi bruschetta and potato leek soup! ALL THREE were beautifully plated and tasty. I’m not a fan of pork but tried it and was pleasantly surprised. The meat didn’t overwhelm the dish and the flavors were on point. The Brussel sprouts were yummy but a huge serving (that we ultimately took for take away to save room for everything else). The soup was flavorful and perfect for the weather. For entrees we had the spinach linguine and the short ribs. The linguine was ok, it was colorful but not as flavorful as it should have been for how it looked. We added chicken to it that was slightly dry. The short ribs however, stole the show. They melted off the bone and in your mouth; were served on a bed of goat cheese polenta (there is no other way I will have polenta in the future) with expertly cooked veggies and a chutney that complemented every bite. For dessert we had a honey lavender, crème brûlée, Affogato, gelato, and cappuccino. Each was EXCELLENT. We left feeling like this is definitely a place we would come back to, but we have to sit on the patio!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was delicious and so well made. 10/10 would return again for the short rib and spinach linguine.

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  13. jam1

    Sacramento

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best risotto I have ever eaten and our waiter Victoria was outstanding. We will ask to be seated in her section for our next visit.

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  14. LoriD

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The customer service provided by staff is excellent here!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, the service even better, but the prices are a little on the high side. Otherwise a great experience!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed my first dinning experience at Prelude. I’ll definitely be back. We came to celebrate my sister’s 36th birthday. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 for missing some small details that would’ve made our visit outstanding. First I indicated in the reservation we were celebrating a birthday. There was no acknowledgment of the birthday from the host or our waiter. Besides that, Michael was an exceptional waiter. Second, we were initially seated at a small table right off the kitchen in an awkward place. That could just be our preference but we asked to be seated elsewhere. We were moved to a nice table with a much better view of the restaurant. If it was a regular day in the month, it wouldn’t have been a disappointment to be seated there, but since we were celebrating, we definitely didn’t want to see and hear a kitchen door all night. Food was phenomenal, ambiance was great, just a few small details that would have made our visit even more memorable.

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  17. Beautifulm

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great combination of flavors in the halibut with squid ink pasta with a slight spicy but flavorful sauce that complemented everything. Started with the Brussel sprouts that overall were delicious but not quite hot enough. The pork chop was out of this world in flavor. Cooked to perfection With pork belly red cabbage to make a perfect match. Service was such that we felt like the only persons in there. Liked it a lot

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  18. John

    Sacramento

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Keep on doing what you’re doing! A good place to in-wind in the middle of of the city.

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  19. VanessaA

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was so attentive and food amazing! Thank you for helping with the surprise birthday dinner!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was really surprised that this restaurant was not completely packed when we were there. It was a beautiful restaurant, the service was wonderful, and the food was absolutely delicious. I think Sacramento is sleeping on this restaurant. If you haven’t gone… Go. 

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  21. Winendine

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was delicious. NY steak lasagne and short rib were super tasty. Service was excellent. Had a wonderful time.

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  22. RhondaC

    Sacramento

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great birthday dinner! We had delicious scallops and Acqua Panna (fish and shellfish in a spicy broth). The bread snd cocktails and desserts were also wonderful. Service was excellent. Highly recommend.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was wonderful. We had excellent service, top notch food, and the ambience was stunning.

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  24. CourtneyD

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was awesome. Service needs improvement. Cocktails were too sweet

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  25. 2Klecks

    Sacramento

    36 reviews

    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Dined there for lunch. Very tasty soup and salads but the wine prices are over the top. The menu prices are reasonable, but a glass of wine (not top end) is priced equal to the meal. We know wines, and and their prices are well above the norm.

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  26. marshallarts

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fantastic all around, but our server, Michael, was exceptional. The quality of food was also excellent. The only negative I can say is that the mixed drinks are over-priced. $20 for a drink is ridiculous. We’re not in downtown LA or NY. Otherwise, a very enjoyable experience at Prelude.

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  27. Mila

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all had amazing time at dinner! Food was yummy and staff were amazing

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  28. RyanS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was not good. Expected a better experience based on photos, reviews and limited menu. Made a reservation and was sat in the bar where our server was also the bartender. He was very personable and friendly but for the price, it wasn’t the experience I expected. The salads were short of terrible, almost choked on the kale, so rough and dry. Salad was a F, chicken C and rissoto B+. Disappointing but has promise if they can tighten it up.

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  29. DandD

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered the scallops. They were very good, but meal was skimpy and seemed incomplete. Four scallops with no side dish or vegetable,

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Luke was absolutely Amazing 🤩 He was so attentive and kind. He made my career anniversary special. My sever Devin was also great. I had the best seat in the house and all my pics came out phenomenal 💕

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Experience was great and good was amazing. Our server was very friendly

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  32. MikeL

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    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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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    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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  34. RickL

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    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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  35. MJHill

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    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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  36. IanN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    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.

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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FAQs

Prelude Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 717 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 36 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
    Farm-to-table, American, Contemporary 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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