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

Prelude

4.6
4.6
254 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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Booked 19 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

Menu

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What 254 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

NoiseModerate

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  1. AU

    AnneU

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined today

    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.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Great food outdoor seating is great as well. Good for any occasion

  5. GH

    GusH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had the pork chop which was incredible and my wife had the risotto was she enjoyed very much. They make a really nice old-fashioned and a margarita service was good no complaints. It was a beautiful place to celebrate our 19 year anniversary dining outside with a perfect view of the capitol building

  6. j

    joannes

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great ambience, food, service and view of the capital!

  7. CL

    CindyL

    Sacramento

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect evening to sit out on the patio for dinner. Began with the house Manhattan, which was excellent. We were short on time so skipped first course and both went with the ribeye steak. Medium-rare was a little too rare for me, so I'll go medium next time. Really tasty. Ate every bit along with asparagus and potatoes. No time for dessert. Service was excellent, from the moment I checked in for my reservation, the bar and table. Looking forward to returning as the menu as changed for summer and want to try the new risotto.

  8. LJ

    LisaJ

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    Limited menu. Service was good. Food was good. Very, very noisy.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We love dinning out and especially we love finding new places with delicious food. The food was very good - the gaspacho soup tastes not very fresh. The ambiance was very modern and simple with clean lines 😀. We are realizing that food is about to start costing a lot more $$ 😅!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lamb was fantastic; Pork chops were delicious; Espresso Cocktail and Crème Brûlée were the final touch to a great night of food

  11. JA

    JulissaA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    They never came to ask for our drink orders or ask for our food order so we just left the staff didn’t ask if we were okay or nothing

  12. JB

    JoseB

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tried Prelude right after they first opened and wasn’t overly impressed. Gave it another shot and was pleasantly surprised. In Sacramento, springtime is for drinks and dinner on patios and Prelude has a great one situated with a prefect view of the state Capitol. Service was attentive and the food was Delicious! Try the Risotto, you won’t be disappointed. Only small downside is that the pricing on their plates is high for Sacramento, averaging 30$ a plate, and the portions are small. Otherwise, wonderful experience and I will return very soon.

  13. MD

    MarinaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved it!!! Celebrated my birthday. Very stylish, best view of Capitol building.

  14. RH

    RalphH

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love the food and energy. Second time and it will not be the last!

  15. L

    Lovinit

    Sacramento

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Two at our table had the fettuccine with shrimp and it was pretty boring. The next table had it too and complained to the waiter. The dish is missing something. Needs more flavor. Everything else was very good. Loved the decor. I will try it again though.

  16. S

    Stuffed

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was phenomenal. If I had to come up with a complaint….the olives in the martini were small and wimpy. When I mentioned it I was told it was a supply problem.

  17. CD

    ChuckD

    Hawaii

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My wife and I dined at Prelude with an early dinner time (5:15) as we were seeing a theatrical production nearby at 7:30. We were seated at a table in the bar area. We will definitely be going back - it was a great experience. We had cocktails and wine with dinner; shared appetizers (asparagus, and beef carpaccio) which were great; and each loved our entrees. My wife had the lamb shank, and I had one of the biggest pork chops I've ever seen. The dessert was excellent as well (we both had coconut semi-freddo. Service was excellent; friendly, timely, and not pushy. The only "cons" were that as time passed closer to a more "normal" dinner hour on a weekday night, it did start getting pretty noise; and it was fairly expensive, though I don't think it was "out of line" with similar restaurants in the area.

  18. DF

    DiningFamily

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    First time dining at Prelude and the food and ambiance was good. We arrived at 6:45pm on a Tuesday evening and the restaurant was busy. The restaurant became noisy and it was difficult to talk to others on our table of 10 without raising our voices. Drinks and appetizers arrived within a reasonable time; however, our main course was a bit delayed. Our server was good, but did not notice those of us that ordered ice tea needed refills. Overall, we enjoyed the food and location. It was a plus that we received $5 validation for parking in the lot across the alley.

  19. MR

    MargotR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We were very impressed with the food and service at Prelude. The pork chop and lamb shank entrees were superb.

  20. CC

    CharlesC

    San Francisco

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff was excellent, interesting menu, food quite good, outstanding cocktails, and good wine list.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    It was a birthday. The food was great. But if you want a little more quiet dinner the bar side is better. We were on the other side. It was so loud we couldn’t really talk.

  22. CM

    CherylM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our service was wonderful & my salmon was excellent. My friend had the special pasta dish & she said it was wonderful.

  23. AC

    AugustinoC

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Himee was an Outstanding Waiter. Food was unreal good. Cannot wait to return!!!

  24. B

    Bestnwrst

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Waiter Dominique was great. Food was delicious (lamb shanks perfect). Food delivery slow.

  25. OK

    OverwhelmedKitchen

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, great outdoor dining, and amazing wait staff (thank you Victoria)!!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary at Prelude and had a fabulous meal. Our server, Trinity, may have been the best server ever. So friendly and knowledgeable and willing to give her opinion and recommendations. She was great. I had the lamb shank on polenta and butter beans which was out of this world delicious. My husband had the pork chop which was also delectable. Trinity treated us to some of their salted caramel gelato and we also had the olive oil cake which was amazing. I’m out of positive adjectives. Just eat there. You won’t regret it.

  27. s

    susanb

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    second visit and again wonderful food noise level a problem will request a specific table when I return

  28. DE

    DebraEnc

    Sacramento

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated an early Mother’s Day dinner at Prelude. Trinity was our server and made the evening a special one. Great wine and food recommendations. Attentive throughout the evening. Everyone at Prelude was very friendly. We ordered appetizers: Fromaggio (selection of cheese, olives, and honeycomb- my fave) and the Bruschetta with smashed peas, ricotta) Yum Yum!!! Entrees: Trinity recommended the PorkChop for our son and it was THE BEST we have ever tasted!! Hubby chose the Lambshank with polenta and peas. Loved it! I chose the Linguine with shrimp, Calabrian oil and our daughter chose the Garganelli pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe. Desserts: Coconut Semifreddo - light and creamy. Salted caramel gelato with chocolate chip cookie, and the Affagato. Trinity recommended a family pic infront of their beautiful wine wall display. Parking: choose public lot, Prelude validates! We will be back and highly recommend for a special occasion or catching a drink and bites at the bar. *Ask for Trinity- she was amazing!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My 13 year old son and I went here for dinner last night and they could not have been nicer! The food was awesome - I had a couple of excellent craft cocktails and the whole experience was just awesome. I would definitely go back here!

  30. KB

    KimmieB

    Portland

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Dinner was good, but a little underwhelming for the cost. Had Risotto with salmon and their fettuccine. Risotto and salmon was perfectly cooked but lacking in flavor. Fettuccine was better…a bit on the spicy side, but still good flavor and texture. Cocktails were underwhelming and a bit overpriced, and especially the wine selection. Service was good. Restaurant is very loud. Sit on the terrace if you are looking for a more mellow experience.

  31. C

    Carlos

    Sacramento

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I read several bad reviews about this restaurant, but mostly good reviews. I think the bad reviewers must have been at a different restaurant. Riley, the hostess, greeted us warmly, was professional and pleasant. Ali, our waiter was delightful. Attentive, answered our questions and made sure we were enjoying our meal. Our food was excellent! I had the lamb shank which was delicious and very tender. My wife had the pork chop and declared it was great. The other couple with us also said their entrees were excellent. We sat in the patio and it was very pleasant. So, we will definitely go back to Prelude. Thanks for the great meal.

  32. TM

    TinMan

    Salt Lake City

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    First class fine dining very near California's State Capitol building. Excellent service, venue, and superb food quality. The wine list was light when we dined there BUT they had some nice choices.

  33. BJ

    BeaJ

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    Our dishes had decent flavor but food served like warm

  34. DB

    DanielleB

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was a wonderful dinner! Our sever Trinity was so sweet and very attentive. The deviled eggs are delicious!

  35. l

    lauralee

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Everything went well, we had a nice Manhattan and wonderful Carpaccio appetizer and the server was attentive but didn't hover and didn't rush our main course order. The lamb shanks were very good and the salted caramel gelato was a perfect light end to the meal.

  36. ST

    ShelleyT

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our service was amazing.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice new restaurant. Great location.

  38. k

    kadidiac

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    When seated inside, it is super loud. I like modern decor and high ceilings but restaurants really need to consider acoustics and utilize noise dampening technologies. The food was good. The bruschetta app was different (with a type of pesto) and super yummy as was the wagyue beef appetizer. I was a bit disappointed in my pasta but my companions steak and lamb were very good.

  39. YC

    YvonneC

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A tad on the noisy side but loved modern vibe , food was good , service was fabulous!

  40. DD

    DoctorDine

    Hong Kong

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    It’s early but they need to improve their service and wine list.

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 254 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

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Booked 19 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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