Prelude + Post

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

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Formally known as Limelight Supper Club, PRELUDE + POST is centrally located within the Denver Center for Performing Arts, it is a popular gathering place for theater attendees and downtown diners alike for pre-theater dinner and post theater dessert and night caps.
PRELUDE + POST server a tapas style menu for a social dining experience.
Join us on Saturday and Sunday matinee performances for our Social Matinee Buffet.
Grab a drink and bring it straight to your seats (for Buell, Ellie, and Boettcher guests)
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3.6based on recent ratings
3.6
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3.7
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3.5
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RR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food and very interesting menu with service designed to ensure you make your show make this a good choice for pre-theater dining.

S
Denver
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It is so convenient for parking, eating and attending a performance. On top of that the food and place is great!

P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Poor menu choices and very expensive. We were frequent Limelight customers but the changes are not desirable.

S
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was very disappointing b/c I had reservations to meet someone who arrived early told the hostess that she was meeting someone with reservations and was early. When I arrived I was seated and not informed my guest was at the bar waiting. It was more than 25 minutes b4 we discovered we’d both been there waiting for each other.

RR
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Wait staff service was good but food was slow coming out of the kitchen. One main course came out after the other three diners had finished eating. One of us had the beat salad....not a terribly good taste. Ambiance was fine and obviously most convenient to the theater.

S
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The update in decor and seating really works. It gives the place a new, refreshing and comfortable ambiance. The food is delicious and just the right size for pre-performance dining.
On top of the great food and service, the location amongst the theaters makes it so easy!

E
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Staff friendly and cheery but not very effective (exception: the individual who delivered food from kitchen seemed on top of things)

Requested salmon medium well done, it was rare. Creme brulee appeared to be straight out of freezer storage. Ordered coffee, never received.

C
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

New menu of Sharables and tapas Is much better than Limelight’s. Nice experience.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

It was 56 degrees in the restaurant, the heat wasn’t working. We ordered an appetizer, hot soups, and main courses. The soups were brought out first, cold. While they were being heated, one entree was brought out (lamb stew). About ten minutes later, we got the soups back, very, very hot. Another 15 minutes and the other entree was brought out. About five ore minutes passed and we finally got out appetizer. This restaurant unfortunately is in a location that can not fail based in the theater traffic. And that’s too bad, because they don’t have to care what their service or food is like. We saved up for this night out to have dinner and see a show, and spent far too much for such poor service, disorganization, and to eat what we could while shivering in the cold.

BC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I had a good experience with great food and service. The pace that our food was served to our table was perfect. We had a two hour window for our concert across to the Buell Theatre. The place was once the Limelight which we had frequented before or after our Theatre performance’s. They changed their name and their menu. We’ll be back.

T
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Start with the Food is always wonderful there. They just did a remake of Limelight and made it Prelude + Post. Was hoping for a more dynamic change other then paint tables and chairs. The menu has not really changed since they rebranded. (Not a bad thing but some variety would be nice).

P&P is a great place to enjoy a meal with friends before you walk across the way for a play at the Theater.

TH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Saw this new place while attending a show last week. I was meeting a friend for a show the following weekend so we decided to give it a try. Luckily I made reservations because they were full and people were being turned away when we arrived. The brunch buffet was the only option for the Sunday matinee. It was $22, which, for being right outside the theatre entrance, I didn't have a problem with. I did, however have a problem with the quality of the buffet. It was no better than a hotel buffet. The food was only meh and tepid. The eggs tasted like they were powdered and the French toast was sad looking. I also never saw the fruit that was on the menu. They ran out of bacon at one point and when they refilled it there were very few slices, as if the kitchen couldn't manage to cook enough (even though they were full, there isn't a lot of seating so there weren't that many people). The service was slow. It took a while before someone (manager?) acknowledged me and asked for my drink order ($4 for a soda?!?!??) and brought plates. I was very disappointed since the location is convenient for pre-show dining

j
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Not a large food choice selection, small portions for price. Very load, not to mention fire alrm was going off for half of our meal (understand not their fault but didnt make for an enjoyable experiance).

D
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Fire alarm went off for about 15-20 minutes. Food was not the best and the Brussel sprouts were burnt to a crisp. The wine pours were underwhelming too. For such a prime location the food needs to be better.

B
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience4

7 women who came for dinner. The short ribs were dry and tough, the salmon was delivered to me when the others were finished even though we all ordered at the same time with no explanation. We were excited about the new ownership but felt it wasn't an improvement over Limelight. Bartenders were awesome, I understand this is hard to staff since the 2 hours is super busy but it seemed like there were many hiccups.

ED
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The heat was not working and the food was just "meh." Greasy chicken, flavorless soup, food you'd get at a lower cost chain. Not worth the price. When asked about why it was 55 degrees I was told "we have complimentary hot beverages if you want one." So when I asked for that they told me to go get it myself...it was a shot glass amount at a self serve table. Not really the type of service I expect at a restaurant with those prices... It was only just 2 weeks after opening so I do hope they improve both their menu and their service.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had the crispy Brussel sprouts which were mushy, and the baba ganoush which was tasteless. The salmon was very good but not too impressed overall. It's also hard to tell the size of the dishes and the wait staff was no help in describing. Décor is minimalist to the point of looking unfinished. Nothing on the walls. Will only go there because it is so convenient to the theater, especially in bad weather.

ST
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This long standing, newly named Kevin Taylor restaurant was outstanding. Food was wonderful, service great! The only issue was the freezing inside temperature. Yes, it was a very frigid night outside but the inside temp was not much better even with space heaters.

DD
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Convenient to the theater on a cold night as long as you know what to expect for food. Service was sporadic. Food was very slow coming from the kitchen and the waitress ended up comping our drinks and dessert.

F
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

On this day we were seated at 5:15pm and it wasn't too busy yet. Other tables were busy but our section was very slow getting drinks out. when it got busier at 6pm, we waited a long time to get chack and pay. I will give it another try because it is a nice place and close to Buell Theatre.

SM
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Our waiter had too many tables to wait on. He was gracious and attentive. No support from kitchen or auxiliary staff.

JM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Not at this time. We arrived at the time we had reserved and were seated right away. The waiter, who was very courteous, took our order very shortly thereafter. The wine and salad arrived in a timely fashion, but the entree did not. We waited almost an hour for it to be served and at that point had to leave to get to the theater. There was no time to eat it. We were not charged for the entree, but left hungry. My guess is it was a problem in the kitchen, but it is something that needs to be fixed.
We will eat our pre-theater dinners elsewhere.

BC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was wonderful. Our waitress was fantastic and helped us decide what to eat. The food was amazing.

JB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We’ve eaten at the Limelight for years and always enjoyed good food at good prices served quickly. As Prelude and Post, they’ve revamped their menu to be served “family style.” Not only is the food quality lower, but the whole family style offering does not work here. The prices far exceed the value. For example, the chicken thighs cost $22.00, and were just six large deep fried chicken nuggets. The wedge salad was the worst I’ve had. The food took way to long to arrive, and we even had to send the final dish back because the show was about to begin. I’m sorry to say we won’t be back.

G
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great variety in the Saturday Brunch. For $22 should include a beverage. Or discounted mimosa or Bloody Mary. Food is tasty. Will come again.

MG
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience4

I have never had such a poor experience like this at a restaurant! I would have given 1 star if the people weren’t so nice so that’s why I elevated the rating to 2 stars. My friend and I met for dinner before a ballet performance. We arrived 15 minutes early for a 6:00 reservation. They would not seat us early despite many, many open tables. Not a terribly big deal, we sat at the bar and had drinks and read the menu while we waited for the 15 minutes to pass. We were seated at 6:00 at one of the tables that had been open when we arrived 15 minutes earlier, and were promptly greeted by our server. We ordered right away and told her we had ballet tickets and needed to be done by 7 so we could be on our way. We waited and waited for our food to come and asked our server several times about the status. She said it would only be a few minutes over and over. At 6:55 my food arrived but nothing for my friend. We complained. At 7:10 her food arrived, not as she ordered it (she’s vegan and it was covered with yogurt sauce). She never got to eat dinner. The assistant manager apologized profusely, took her meal off the bill and sent us off with drinks for the ballet. She was very nice and we appreciated the gesture but that did not change that my friend was still hungry. We left at 7:15.
The problem is the kitchen, not the servers. They cannot deliver to the table something that hasn’t been prepared!
I would highly recommend planning on at least 2 hours of dining time if you come here before a performance. Or bring back up food in case you aren’t served so you aren’t starving when you leave.

EB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

This restaurant caters to people who are going to the theater or to a concert at the Denver Arts Complex. These usually begin at 7:30 PM. We arrived at 6:00 PM, ordered by 6:10 PM and didn't get any food until 1 hour later. Surrounding tables were having the same problem. Finally, appetizers and main courses came all together at around 7:10 PM. We had to leave to get to our concert at 7:20 PM. Other tables were undergoing the same treatment. Next to us, people cancelled their main course and left. Although our waitress was pleasant and apologetic, there is no excuse for such poor organization and management.

R
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Prelude + Post is an update to Limelight. Same menu, same ownership. There are still some bugs to work out in the kitchen. While the entrees (grilled salmon, spicy chicken thighs) and salad (bibb wedge) were very good, it took almost 90 minutes to get all of our food. A 5:30 reservation barely gave us enough time to make a 7:30 theater curtain time, and that included skipping dessert. I hope that Kevin Taylor can work out the kitchen issues and bring the service up to the quality of the food.

OT
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A good and convenient spot for dinner or drinks before the theater.

J
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for Pre or Post Symphony. Staff works hard to get patrons out by curtain time.

SL
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Our visit was "off season" for Limelight, which shouldn't be an excuse for serving old, discolored and unappetizing food, which is what we were served. The soup was lukewarm and the "fresh" vegetables that came with the hummus and the salad looked and tasted like they'd been refrigerated long past their prime. We had to send them back. The servers were apologetic and tried to make up for the bad food. I won't go back.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Convenient if you're catching a show at the Denver Performing Arts Center...but menu selection is small, very meh and overpriced. Biggest con is time. They are rarely busy but it always takes forever to get your food. Give yourself at least an hour and a half for dinner if you have show tickets.

KS
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant, always something yummy and so convenient to the theaters

J
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We came for dinner before theater and told the wait person that we wanted to leave in an hour or so. She said no problem. The service as so slow we hardly had time to eat it, and the food came out luke warm. The chicken was under cooked and had to be sent back. I would not go back.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff is very accomodating about getting diners served in time for performances at DCPA.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A really nice restaurant for pre/post theater. Service was great. One of the few restaurants I have found that serves steak tartare. It was very good.

N
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Limelight is much better than it is to be, considering its killer location for theater, symphony and ballet-goers. Cocktails, salads, entrees and desserts are all quite good and made with organic ingredients from their urban garden nearby. Nice service, too.

HC
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The hummus was disappointing and the salmon was too salty, but otherwise the food was very good. The staff responded very well to our comments and our overall evening was very nice. Definitely will go back.

LS
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Limelight about 5 times now. Every time we have been the service and food have been great. I have not had a better filet mignon than here. I would definitely recommend this for a special occasion as it is a little pricey, but worth it.

CW
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a comfortable place to have a meal before attending a production of the DCPA. My daughter and I enjoyed ourselves; the location, is perfect for us because we both drive a long distance from Denver, and being able to dine in the same area as where the theaters are located is a great advantage.
Our meal was delicious, and I was very appreciative of the staff, who asked if we had a 2 pm curtain to make, and were very patient with letting me occupy my table while waiting for my daughter.