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Prelude - Modern American Restaurant and Bar - Prelude, Sacramento, CA

Prelude

4.6
4.6
295 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
A celebration of Modern American fare inspired by local and seasonal Californian bounty. Full bar specializing in craft cocktails, local craft beer on tap, and an extensive selection of wine and spirits.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 295 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This restaurant does not honor reservations and has the kitchen close early (while still allowing more reservations to be booked for the same night, after the kitchen is closed). Disrespectful is in an understatement. I’ve now had issues two nights in a row now. The menu looks great, so let’s hope that the third time is a charm.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The kitchen closed soon after we sat for an 8PM reservation which caused us to speed up our choices. The restaurant had very few occupied tables so I don’t blame them for wanting to get a head start on closing for the evening. No one rushed our eating.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Great restaurant but the food was overpriced for what you got.
  4. MM

    MadelineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and service, thank you for making our anniversary dinner a wonderful experience
  5. RG

    RobG

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The entire staff was friendly and on top of their stuff. Good was great! Will definitely come back!
  6. GS

    GreatSpot

    Sacramento

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great Spot By The Capitol. Great Staff & Food Was Really Good
  7. n

    ninav

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for a girls night and for my late birthday. The vibe was right, the cleanliness was great, service great. Food was amazing esp dessert. The only down fall was I was hoping to use valet but when I pulled up to the valet there was no one and I waited for 5 mins. Other than that the rest of my experience was great. I would recommend to anyone.
  8. M

    Meeks81

    Austin

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    A bit underwhelming for the price point but the ambiance is nice
  9. B

    Bennito68

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptionally pleasant
  10. S

    Sarah

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simple, modern, elegant interior. Decent portions of food. Our waiter recommended the Gin Morrison- which was delicious!
  11. d

    dining

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night for Father’s Day. Service was outstanding and the food (smoked Salmond & ribeye) was cooked and seasoned to perfection.
  12. RB

    RickB

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Had dinner before seeing a musical on a Saturday night. Gave ourselves plenty of time with a 5:30 reservation for a 7:30 show. The restaurant was modestly busy but not overwhelmed. Still open tables in the bar and restaurant when we were seated. The food was average. My wife had the salmon which was cooked well though presented skin up. The corn purée was tasty, in fact so much so that I added it to my squid ink pasta which was tasteless. The pasta had small cubes of tuna, but these were also bland. Our waiter was relatively inattentive - we saw more of other waitstaff than our waiter. Came time to order dessert and our waiter didn’t know the sorbet or gelato flavors - we ordered three times only to have him return saying they didn’t have that flavor that he had just told us was an option! Then our bill was wrong - over 6 drinks from another table on our bill. And again, we couldn’t find our waiter to correct the bill - another waitstaff was kind enough to help. Left us a bit rushed to get to the show since it took 40 minutes after dinner service was cleared. We will stick with Ella down the street.
  13. AC

    AmyC

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    It was a very nice dining experience overall. Only 3 deviled eggs for $25 was a bit of a surprise...even if they did have caviar and salmon! I was disappointed with my risotto...the rice just not quite cooked enough...I am a chef and know there is a fine line to al dente and undercooked- didn't quite pass but the flavors were very good. A taste of my friend's lamb shank on polenta was super delicious, however!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Victoria took excellent care of us! Quiet, private, modern and upscale atmosphere. Delicious foods and desserts. Creative menu.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing view of the Capitol, amazing waitress, nice atmosphere.
  16. MB

    MissyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food and service was great. The hosting was a little bit of a disappointment
  17. GQ

    GingerQ

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was unbelievable. Wine list was not quite to the level of the food. Cocktails were nice. Overall one of the top 5 restaurants in the sac area.
  18. MB

    MarylouB

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner on the patio after my daughter’s graduation. Highly recommend Prelude.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view, excellent staff who were attentive and provided heaters on either side of our table. Food was delicious, as were the drinks. We did not feel rushed on a Saturday night and we’re able to enjoy our meal and time together.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Our food was very good! Our server, Dominic, was very attentive but not overbearing at all. We will definitely visit Prelude again.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant. Great service. Water cup always full. Had an excellent waitress with good recommendations from the menu. Food tasted great.
  22. P

    Pureheart1975

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved everything about this place! It's beautiful, great view from the patio, beautiful inside, great service, and delicious food! I had the lamb shank with polenta...best polenta I've ever had. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal.
  23. r

    roastville

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time dining here -- we had a party of 10, so that size is a real "stress test" of a restaurant's staff. A few hours before our reservation, the manager called to let us know that because we were dining outdoor, the weather might be a factor -- and were happy to move us inside if needed. That instilled some pre-arrival confidence that our dinner would be great. We weren't disappointed. From the server to the bar to the support staff, our meal was handled superbly. I told my wife that this place will be added to date night very soon!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience from beginning to end. Drinks, food and service!
  25. AM

    AshleyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous views, outstanding food and wine (cocktails also great) and the service was better than some “very fancy” places we’ve eaten all over the country. Do not hesitate to book a resy here!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was incredible - our waitress helped celebrate our anniversary with photos and a dessert. Our food came out quickly for how busy the restaurant was, and it tasted amazing! We will definitely be returning.
  27. SM

    SusanM

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will definitely return to Prelude !!! Wonderful food, great service, and great ambience. Loved the menu items and the cocktails were generous!!
  28. MH

    MonicaH

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    It was very loud and hard to have dinner conversation but we were warned about noise level in restaurant.
  29. f

    fullybaked

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rotating seasonal menu that is always great. Service is super friendly.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Atmosphere was great, service was great, and food was outstanding!
  31. HL

    HLeigh

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the patio on a Friday night and enjoyed lovely ambience, friendly and accommodating service, and delicious food. The server, Trinity, was happy to offer recommendations and was attentive and engaging while still allowing us to enjoy a rare date night. Every other member of the staff was similarly welcoming and we left with full bellies and a happy memory.
  32. r

    reaxprs

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Great service. Sat outside on the patio with a great view of the Capitol building. Nothing not to like about this place. Go there!
  33. a

    ahmacy

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sacramento has no shortage of really good food, so I will say that the bar is very high and Prelude easily reached and exceeded it for our dinner on Friday evening. The service was excellent, beginning with the greeting and walk to our patio table, and continuing with our top tier service during our meal. Our cocktails were delicious, although I will admit that they are pricey even by Downtown Sac standards, the Lap of Luxury and Manhattan were delicious...causing my husband to have a 2nd Manhattan with dinner rather than the usual glass of wine. Dominic explained the specials and was quick but not hovering when we were ready with our decisions. Our appetizers (Bruschetta with Fava Puree, House Made Ricotta, Preserved Lemon, and Roasted Asparagus with Burrata, Sous Vide Egg, Crispy Pancetta, Sprouts, Balsamic Agrodolce) came out quickly and were both very tasty. I think I'll try to duplicate the Fava Puree at home. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the evening air along with a lovely view of the Capital Dome. Once apps were finished, our dinners arrived - Roasted Ora Kin Salmon with Grilled Green Garlic, Asparagus, Slow Cooked Tomato, Fregola Sardina. The skin can be hit or miss, so it's often pushed to the side...but at Prelude, the chef did an excellent job of seasoning and crisping the skin so that my husband tried to ration pieces of it to go with each bit of the perfectly cooked (medium) salmon. I would say that he orders Salmon 8 times out of 10 when we go out and he said that this was the best Salmon he'd had in Sacramento, and possibly anywhere. I had the Papparelle with shrimp, tomato, calabrian chili and saffron broth. Again- a delicious dish. All of the flavors were just perfect together. I am avoiding bread lately, and even though I was eating pasta I had to ask for some bread at the end of my meal so that I didn't waste any of this delicious sauce. 10/10, there was NOTHING that we did not like about Prelude.
  34. DC

    DebbieC

    Sacramento

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at Prelude and it exceeded our expectations. We dined inside. The menu is not large but seems to have something for everyone. We each had the lovely house old-fashioned and then delicious salads (Caesar and greens). Then hubs had the lamb shank on polenta and I ordered a pasta dish with a tomato, sausage, and broccoli rabe sauce. Oh my. Each dish was wonderful. Portions were good sized. Michael David zin paired well with each of our entrees. Finished with affogatos. Mmmm. Our main server Brittany was first class as were the other servers and bussers that assisted. A great dining experience. We will be back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down, the best fine dining experience in Sacramento. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive, food is delicious and inventive, and it's in a great location. Definitely better suited for a special occasion, but I wouldn't change a thing about this restaurant. It's a must try!
  36. C

    Cami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The deviled eggs were amazing. Service from Chris was good! Our steak was over cooked but they remade and gave a free dessert to compensate. Really great flavor and the potatoes were so tasty!
  37. J

    Jessie

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good food. It will be perfect if there are more veggies on the side. Overall, I will recommend it sincerely.
  38. AU

    AnneU

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time and it sure made an impression…it’s a great one! My 48th birthday was perfect! Prelude gained a new repeat customer.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! The service was attentive and the atmosphere was perfect for a date night with my daughter. The courses were timed perfectly and the food was delicious. Highly recommend the olive oil cake with almond mascarpone.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The overall restaurant is pretty it has a very nice ambiance. The food was over all under whelming …. The location was pretty tricky to find as well for the first time going . I don’t think I would be returning for the food, but it’s cute for drinks before or after your dinner elsewhere.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Prelude is rated 4.6 stars by 295 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Prelude

1117 11th St Sacramento, CA 95814-3801

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    11th and L Street. Street parking, public garage, and valet some nights.

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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