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Prelude Restaurant and Bar, Rohnert Park, CA

Prelude Restaurant and Bar

4.1
4.1
390 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Prelude Restaurant and Bar is an elegant dining experience that features exemplary culinary creations from the bounty of locally grown food. We invite you to enjoy our appetizing menu paired with our curated wine list before the performance, during intermission and after the performance for concerts at the Green Music Center.
We are open before most performances. Business hours vary depending on show times. Please call for more information or if you would like to be added to the waitlist.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 664-4243

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Don Cortes

  • Neighborhood

    Rohnert Park

  • Cross street

    Petaluma Hill Road

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 390 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. MA

    MAUkia

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Gorgeous interior at the Green Center flows into Prelude, with furnishings and lighting that are perfect for a dinner with friends or a romantic evening. Great before a show, but also would be fun as a destination for drinks and a nice meal. University wait staff was well-trained and attentive. Bar tenders - friendly and skilled. Definitely will go back
  2. JM

    JeanneM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    ugh this was such a disappointment, limited and confusing menu, pre-cooked hamburgers reheated, cold french fries and confused wait staff. Please someone change the management at this beautiful restaurant and raise it to the level of the overall experience on the green center
  3. F

    Frenchie

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    THE most ridiculously constructed menu! Infantile doesn’t begin to describe it. What a shame to destroy a beautiful room with such incompetent food.

    Prelude Restaurant and BarResponded on February 21, 2020Hello Frenchie, we are sorry to hear you are not pleased with the menu. Please feel free to share any additional information or specific recommendations regarding the menu. We always strive to provide the best menu possible.

  4. MM

    MikeM

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We continue to find this a comfortable place with excellent food. The noise level is very low and the service from the students is efficient and interesting.
  5. CS

    CharleneS

    San Francisco

    183 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    183 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant with excellent service. I started with the Israeli cous cous salad, which was delicious. My husband had the soup which was also wonderful. He opted for a second appetizer rather than an entree -- the lobster salad, which was also wonderful. I had the Korean fried chicken. It was nice and crispy, but the marinade was only so so, I thought -- although this might just be a matter of taste. For dessert, he had the sorbets -- good but nothing special. I had the cheese plate. Unfortunately, the Humboldt Fog, one of my favorite cheeses was way over the hill, ammoniated. I ate it -- but should have sent it back. Plate could also have used more of the jelly and it was hard to get at the honey.

    Prelude Restaurant and BarResponded on February 21, 2020Thank you for your review and feedback about the sorbet and Humboldt Fog cheese. We hope to see you again soon!

  6. C

    Concert

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service should be better very inexperienced waiter and too informal
  7. Z

    Zlorainey

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    I hope we were just there on an off night, but service was slow and the food wasn't worth the price. They're lucky that they're the only restaurant near the performance center!
  8. RM

    RosemaryM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always eat at Prelude before an event at GMC. However I was shocked when we were charged $18 each for a well vodka tonic. Needless to say we won’t be ordering drinks from the bar again
  9. TC

    TheColonel

    San Francisco

    202 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    202 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre-concert dinner.
  10. J

    Jackie

    San Francisco

    180 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent and a great way to dine prior to the concert at Weil Hall. We had the pre fix menu which is $47 pp for two courses. My husband enjoyed his duck and I loved the seabass. Attractively presented with lots of flavor.

    Prelude Restaurant and BarResponded on January 24, 2020Thank you for the review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our January menu.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great, presymphony dinner
  12. SA

    SAMSAM

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Cocktails were served with first course and tab was incorrect.
  13. F

    Fred

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been regular customers of Preludes We are long time members of the Santa Rosa Symphony and Preludes is located just a few steps to where they perform. Food is always good and the service is great. The food servers are students from Sonoma State University and are very friendly and professional. Preludes is located at the Green Music Center on the campus of the university.

    Prelude Restaurant and BarResponded on January 24, 2020Thank you for the review! We are happy to hear you've enjoyed your experience at Prelude Restaurant and Bar! We hope to see you again soon!

  14. RM

    RosemaryM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love dining at Prelude. The manager and her staff are wonderful.

    Prelude Restaurant and BarResponded on January 24, 2020Thank you for the nice review and compliment of the staff. We believe in providing excellent service. We hope to see you again soon!

  15. RB

    RichardB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The delicious food and lovely table service make for a wonderful evening. Always a delightful time.

    Prelude Restaurant and BarResponded on January 24, 2020Thanks for visiting us, Richard. We hope to see you again soon!

  16. S

    Sparkly

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good, menu is quite small and a 2 or 3 course set menu. Would have been nice to have an ala carte menu like what was shown on website guess maybe that was for the bar. But great pre show dinner and cocktails, and service.
  17. C

    Carol

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Food was just meh. Coq sure vin was dried out. Tamale was way too much masa and not enough veggie, with not enough sauce. Disappointing
  18. LB

    LeslieB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely wonderful dining experience. We will be back!
  19. b

    bayareares

    San Francisco

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Prelude is our go-to place before attending a concert at the Green Music Center. The food is mostly a little above average, though some days are better than others. I had coq au vin this time, and my husband had the flat iron steak, the chicken was somewhat dry but tasty, but the steak seemed to be done just right, though the quality of the meat was only average, somewhat chewy. The other prix fix items were unremarkable this time. What was a little disappointing was the service, it was a busier than usual evening (though I'm not sure why that would have been a surprise for the restaurant mgmt), and they weren't quite staffed for the number of customers. Subsequently, we had a very long wait between the first course and the main course (30 minutes), and then another 15 minutes waiting between the main course and dessert, and the waiter/bus person never removed the main course dishes (i.e. still chicken bones on the plate while I was eating the dessert). Slightly disappointing, but we will probably continue to go, hoping the restaurant management learned from this experience of under-staff.
  20. CC

    CarolC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Like all restaurants, Prelude has positives and negatives. You cannot beat the location if you are going to a concert at the Green Center! The food was quite tasty and seasonal. However $47 for two courses seems a bit steep and the service was excruciatingly slow. We had 5:45 reservations and had to ask for our check to make the 7:30 curtain. I hope that was an aberration and not the usual pace.
  21. K

    Kitty

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food ,wonderful ambiance.
  22. UE

    UrsulaE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We love combining a great music experience with a great culinary experience. Prelude fills the bill.
  23. n

    noname

    San Francisco

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent. Big improvement in the past couple years.
  24. ML

    MindilLew

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had family from Colorado with us for a party of 6. We kept having changes to our reservation based on some of the older ones in our family. The restaurant and manager Alison were extremely accommodating and helpful! The ambiance was very lovely, the service was great, our waitress Amanda was very cute, friendly and did a nice job. The food was good. I had the Brussels sprouts salad which was a little dry and average. The chicken entree was really moist and delicious. The mushroom soup was really yummy. My husband had the chocolate tart and it was over the top delicious. We can’t wait to go back again.
  25. GD

    GwenD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The food and service were much better this time.. The surrounds are restful and relatively quiet. The best part is that we can walk to the symphony.
  26. D

    Disappointing

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Lovely ambiance. Food was mediocre. Service was just okay.
  27. C

    Charlie

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    A nice follow up to the concert
  28. LS

    LucySue

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Prelude is a lovely space and so convenient for after-concert dining. We've been there many times and find that the food is good but not outstanding. Our latest experience following the first symphony of the season was pleasant but there was room for improvement in a couple of areas. We ordered the butternut squash soup which was delicious but the portion was so small that it barely covered the bottom of the very large soup dish. Our sweet servers (all students who are very earnest and lovely) brought out small pitchers of the soup to the table which they proceeded to empty into the bowls. A nice touch but the amount of soup left us feeing somewhat cheated. The entree of buttermilk fried chicken was very fresh and had a nice crispy coating but the pieces were undercooked (chicken should not be pink!) and we had to send them back to the kitchen for reheating. The best part of the meal was the dessert - a sublime lemongrass creme brulee. Will we go back? Yes, we always do at least one more time during the season.
  29. NN

    NoelNoel

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    It's a very convenient place to eat before a concert in Weill Hall. It's a lovely setting. One of our entrees was excellent. The student servers were very polite and we didn't mind being patient while they sorted things out.
  30. M

    Maringirl

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We were impressed how well service was provided with the entire house filling up at the same time. Servers were efficient yet not acting rushed or harried. Food was very good. Would like a slightly larger menu; but understand with a crowd like that, it may not be efficient.

    Prelude Restaurant and BarResponded on September 27, 2019We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and food at Prelude Restaurant and Bar. We hope to see you again soon!

  31. UE

    UrsulaE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2019

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    All patrons came in at once - more or less, completely overwhelming the wait staff. My guest ordered a martini, and the order was forgotten. After re-ordering, it finally came during dinner. The bread arrived not only cold but stale. My guest loved her meal. I loved my tomato plate, the sea bass not so much. Have had a lot better at Prelude.

    Prelude Restaurant and BarResponded on September 27, 2019We are sorry to hear you were not pleased with your experience at Prelude Restaurant & Bar. We hope you will try us again in the future to let us improve your past experience.

  32. MM

    MaureenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was absolutely fabulous. The service was wonderful. Everyone was so helpful and always there. It was such an enjoyable experience prior to the show and I would do it again
  33. H

    Harmony

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Our server was very friendly and very good at his job. My only drawback was the choice of food. Corn was served with almost every appetizer and entrée and I don’t eat corn. So I had a hard time finding something that I was excited about. It is a prefixed menu so you do not have a lot of choices.

    Prelude Restaurant and BarResponded on September 27, 2019Thank you for your feedback. We update our menu monthly to feature culinary creations from the bounty of locally grown food. We hope to see you again soon and have you try our new menu!

  34. SQ

    SusieQ

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Had seating problem. My friend and I were seated at separate tables. Not sure who arrived first (I thought I had, as friend was parking the car while I picked up tickets at Will Call), but we each gave my name which was on the reservation. I was seated where I watched the door, but he was seated behind me w his back to me. We lost 15 minutes in ordering before we realized what had happened. Then we waited further to order and had to rush eating to make it to the 7:30 show. Friend left half of his dessert on the table. So this problem needs attention in the future. This has never happened to me before where those checking people in did not know who had been seated.
  35. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    Completely unprepared for a pre show crowd. Forgot nearly everything and had to ask 2-3 times (settings, condiments, wine, correct food ordered, water, check). Mgr running around to fix everything for everybody - exhausting experience). Food blah. Setting lovely. Never again for dinner.
  36. n

    noname

    San Francisco

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service were very good. Even with a very heavy crowd.
  37. l

    likestew

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Soup, ribs & apple pie were tasteless. The pie crust was raw dough.
  38. A

    Allen

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The service was very slow, and they brought the wrong order to our table. Mistakes happen, and it was not a big deal, but we barely had time to eat before we had to leave for the performance.

    Prelude Restaurant and BarResponded on September 27, 2019Hello Allen, we are sorry to hear you were not pleased with your experience at Prelude Restaurant & Bar. We strive to provide the best service and food possible for our patrons attending events at Green Music Center. Many of our staff are new at the start of the academic year and are still in training during that time. We hope you will try us again in the future to let us improve your past experience.

  39. h

    hulamom

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    We went there before a concert and it took almost an hour to get our food. The jerk chicken wasn’t jerk at all, just a plain dry chicken Brest. People were walking through the restaurant the whole time to get to the back yard for beer tasting. There was a side entrance they were supposed to be directed to but the signage was very nice limited so everyone just came through the restaurant. Very disappointed.
  40. LF

    LisaF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Concert event

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Prelude Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 390 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Petaluma Hill Road

  • Neighborhood

    Rohnert Park

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Don Cortes

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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