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Prelude at McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
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Ranked #1,580 of 3,492 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $20 - $40
Sun 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 3rd & Mercer
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English first
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128 reviews 128 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We booked a ridiculously early table and only a few others were seated when we arrived. On a previous visit we'd had to stand in line for ages and hurry through our dinner. This time, no sweat; we had time for drinks, appetizers (my lightly curried carrot soup was a triumph), mains (excellent medium- rare tenderloin, and a tender tasty... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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46 reviews 46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I have been at Prelude several times, food is never the best for the value, but this time 2nd Wed Of Rigoletto my meal was just not what I expected- I ordered the pasta with sausage and it was dry, and just not connected, and my guess had the samosas , and they were also not good, with a sauce... More 

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seattle, wa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I must give credit to the chef of Prelude at McCaw Hall for now I actually prefer my dinners there to Toulouse Petit that used to be my #1 destination for a pre-show dinner. Alas, Toulouse Petit is not what it used to be but luckily there is Prelude now! The food is delicious, the presentations is elegant, the wine... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We had the meat tray and a cheese tray and wedge salad. I enjoyed the cheese & salad. The meat tray I wouldn't order again. The selection is limited servings are ok.

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Davis, CA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This restaurant is inside the opera house and is geared up to serve a large number of patrons prior to performances. The food is not exactly gourmet quality, but it is perfectly acceptable for a quick dinner before the opera, ballet, or symphony. Service is generally very efficient (but occasionally a little spotty), you will finish in good time before... More 

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New York, NY
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310 reviews 310 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This place has almost a monopoly on patrons of the opera since it is on the premises and can get you to the show within 45 minutes. Most of the food is quite good, especially the steaks and the chicken. Desserts are excellent and first courses good. The problem is that you had better like your steak and fish rare... More 

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Whidbey Island, Washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We chose to try Prelude on Mother's Day before our opera. The food was adequate, not stellar as the price would indicate. The seating is very tight, tables WAYYYYY too close together. But, it was a way to avoid the Mother's Day crowds everywhere else, we'll do something different next time.

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Spokane Valley, Washington
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

The environment was enjoyable and the proximity to the Hall is exquisite but the food was sadly adequate. The chicken was oily and the halibut was fatty/oily as well (which is hard to do.). We were not the only one to note such as we overheard two separate tables complain of the chicken. The waitress was extremely pleasant and knew... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We went there last night and the food is horrible, overpriced for sure, not even warm, service not great or even good considering what you pay- I understand the food servd has to be ready fast due to customer's plan for the evening but still semi warm food! I had seafood Stew and the quality of food is very poor.... More 

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

It's convenient if you are there for the opera. Service was good but food is just ok. Little overpriced for what you are getting. Parts of the dish is great then you have something that just throws it off. I had a duck confit salad that was wonderful minus the duck. The duck was so salty that I had a... More 

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Additional Information about Prelude at McCaw Hall

Address: 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Phone Number: 2066150404
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
Cuisine: Italian

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