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Prelude at McCaw Hall

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321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109 (3rd & Mercer)
2066150404
Today
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great add-on to a show

The food was not fabulous but it was good. The big deal was that it was right there in the theatre and we were able to order wine and desert for intermission and it was all on our table when we stepped out. It is really a great way to tie a bow around your evening.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2015
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  • Casual Elegant
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Seattle, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The food was not fabulous but it was good. The big deal was that it was right there in the theatre and we were able to order wine and desert for intermission and it was all on our table when we stepped out. It is really a great way to tie a bow around your evening.

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Seattle
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132 reviews 132 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
40 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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318 reviews 318 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 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
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
    (3rd & Mercer)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: 2066150404

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
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

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