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Prelude at McCaw Hall Reviews List

Prelude at McCaw Hall

Welcome to Prelude - on the Promenade Level of Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Sophistication, artistry and signature dishes designed by Executive Chef Shawn Applin await your visit. Prelude features the freshest local produce, artisanal products, a large selection of Northwest wines by the glass and half bottle, and Shawn's sublime take on cuisine executed by the SAVOR culinary team. Our seasonal menus provide the perfect prelude to a Pacific Northwest Ballet or Seattle Opera performance - or offer an exceptional dining experience on their own. Dinner reservations are encouraged prior to show time. Prelude also offers Brunch before Sunday shows and Intermission Reservations.
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501 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
(501 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 501 reviews
5 stars
(119)
4 stars
(199)
3 stars
(115)
2 stars
(55)
1 star
(13)
Food 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
Noise Level
2.2 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3.1 / 5
(Very Good) 3.1 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • special occasion(157)
  • fit for foodies(89)
  • great for brunch(43)
  • notable wine list(41)
  • good for groups(34)
  • great for lunch(34)
Prelude at McCaw Hall Reviews List
Review 1 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Back to cold sub-par rolls

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
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2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Well, so much for Prelude switching to good bread for rolls and heating them up. Long wait for seating even with a reservation. The staff at the host desk had no regard for the elderly having to stand so long. We always reserve a booth by the window and get it. This evening they tried to seat is elsewhere with the excuse by the manager, "Requests aren't guaranteed." Really? Then why is it on every other occasion they have been? Food was room temperature, I sent it back, it came back the same temperature. Then, by the time I was more than halfway through my meal, an entirely new meal was brought to me. I was already full and what a waste of food. Just heat it properly. For $32.00, I think this should be doable. The service was so slow and staff seemed to be rushing about so, I asked if they were short staffed that evening. The answer was, "No". If that's the case, they need more staff. My meal was taken off the bill which I appreciate, but this restaurant needs to get new and better management. Perhaps someone who's run a high-end restaurant and knows how to be respectful and courteous of people spending over $100 per opera or ballet ticket and that much or more on their meal. McCaw Hall and Prelude need to step it up! So frustrating when this is the only convenient choice to take an elderly person for a performance. Ridiculous it hasn't gotten better."
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2013
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Review 2 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2007
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 3 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 2/06/2016
 2013
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2013
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2013
Special Features: late-night find
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Review 4 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/06/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 5 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/06/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2011
Special Features: great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 6 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2008
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 7 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 2/06/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2014
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 8 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 2/05/2016
 2006
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2006
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2006
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 9 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2007
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Review 10 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2008
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Review 11 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Disappointing

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Dined on 12/12/2015
 2014
Dined on 12/12/2015
 2014
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"We were very disappointed with the limited menu and quality of the food. And it doesn't matter if you make a reservation - you get in the line when you get there and wait like everyone else. The service was poor and the cost was definitely not worth it."
Dined on 12/12/2015
 2014
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Review 12 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Service is lacking

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Very, very slow. Inattentive. Server would disappear for long periods of time and then engage in long conversations with individual tables. Took us an hour and a half to complete the meal."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2008
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Review 13 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2011
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 14 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dinner at Prelude

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Great food and great service. Heather, the server,was a delight"
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2016
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 15 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2011
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 16 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2011
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Review 17 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2006
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2006
Special Features: romantic
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Review 18 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2005
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Review 19 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2012
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2012
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 20 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Convenient

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Dined on 1/27/2016
 2006
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Very convenient place to eat before the opera. The food is a very good quality and our waitress was very pleasant. By coming early, one can also find a spot in the garage across the street which is also very convenient -- especially when it is raining. We'll be back."
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2006
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Review 21 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Recommended for folks going to an event at McCall

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Bread was cold. Not enough crackers with cheese plate."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2008
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Review 22 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/28/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2016
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Review 23 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Unexpected treat at Seattle Center!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"My husband and I, at Seattle Center (McCaw Hall) to hear an author (part of Seattle Arts and Lectures) were pleasantly surprised to find that the "in-house" restaurant attached to/within McCaw Hall was excellent on many levels: service, quality of food, noise level (not so d...ned loud!), views out the windows, convenience of location, and so on. We will undoubtedly return, the next time we are at the Center."
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 24 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2013
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2013
Special Features: notable wine list
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Review 25 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Over-priced!

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"It is so convenient to go to Prelude at McCaw Hall when attending an event there! I have eaten there a few times when such has been the case. But honestly, it is just amazingly over-priced for the quality of the food. The food isn't bad, and sometimes it is pretty decent, but the price is way above the quality of the food. And the portions are small, which is fine if the food is superb, but here it is not. And the small touches are a bit off base. For example, the roles that are served don't seem fresh at all. They taste like interesting roles that might have been good the day before. The large, European sized cutlery includes only a dinner fork and dinner knife, so eating salad or putting a bit of butter on a piece of bread is clumsy. The servers are efficient and cheerful, seemingly well trained but rushed. With all that said, there aren't really any special places to eat in the vicinity, and it is nice to eat and drink a decent glass of wine before an event, so I probably will go back. But I will grumble about the price."
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2014
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Review 26 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Thursday night, February 28, six of us enjoyed a scrumptious meal before Seattle Arts and Lectures. We were promptly seated and proceeded to enjoy a variety of choices from the menu. Our entrees came quickly, and my roasted chicken was tender, moist and very flavorful! I always check out the dessert options before ordering a meal, so my sights were on the "pot-de-crème," the perfect "finale" to a great dining experience. Everyone serving was pleasant and helpful! It was the beginning of a memorable evening!"
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 27 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Good location. Servers need training

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Portions are small. The server was slow in taking our order an took the order of others who arrived after we did. She brought the wrong wine and insisted it was correct. Finally a supervisor checked for the correct bottle and found it. The server rang the credit charge twice. This then required a phone call a day later to correct."
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2009
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Review 28 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 1/28/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2005
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Sourdough roll was cold and stale. Lentil soup was more a bowl of lentils rather than soup and tasted rather flat. Salad was very small for $12. More like the 1/2 salad my friends at the next table split. The peppermint tea was good."
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2005
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Review 29 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/30/2016
 2013
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Review 30 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Not Pleased

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Cold rolls. Pre-dinner wine served after we started dinner. Fourth less-than-relaxing and pleasant dinner. Try other restaurants that we like, such as 10 Mercer, but keep trying Prelude to"
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2013
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Review 31 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Disappointing

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Dined prior to the Geraldine Brooks event. Prelude is convenient, but that is about all I can say for it. Small portions of what could kindly be called very ordinary food, which was also overpriced. I did have a nice glass of wine, although it was expensive."
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2010
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Review 32 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/27/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2012
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 33 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/27/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Convenient dining before the opera or ballet.
Good food, pleasant wait staff.
Enjoyed time there .
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Dined on 1/27/2016
 2011
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Review 34 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Underwhelming main course

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Fabulous, prompt service. The slider starter was decent, but the main course of tarragon chicken was bland and the amount of food was small. This was my first time dining at Prelude, and I will be returning to my usual choice of the Collections Cafe when I'm looking to dine at Seattle Centre. The food at Prelude was over-priced for its standard."
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2012
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Review 35 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2008
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Review 36 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dinner before the show

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We met friends for a pre-opera dinner at Prelude. The service was outstanding. Piping hot entrees were served promptly, so we were in our seats in time for curtain. Our dessert was waiting for us at the first intermission. We'll do this again for our next opera."
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2010
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 37 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Convenient but uninspired.

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Service was better than it has been in the past. Thanks for that. The menu continues to be uninspired, and pretty much the same every time. We only go because of the convenience when we attend the opera."
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2012
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Review 38 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great for pre performance at Opera

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Great for pre performance at Opera. Staff were very helpful, remembered our seating preference and food allergies. Waiter very attentive."
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2009
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Review 39 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/24/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/24/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/24/2016
 2016
Special Features: great for brunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Review 40 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2008
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 41 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 1/23/2016
 2010
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2010
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2010
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Review 42 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

The Only Thing Going For Prelude Is It's Location

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Have dined several times at Prelude before attending an event at McCaw Hall. As always, extremely underwhelmed by the menu and quality of food served. Highly overpriced for very mediocre fare. Best bet would be to share the starters and salads and avoid the pricey main courses. Other than being next door to McCaw, and hence no transit time to get to the venue, Prelude has absolutely nothing to recommend itself. Seattle Centre could well do with other venues nearby to serve a much-underserved pre theatre crowd."
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2007
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Review 43 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/23/2016
 2012
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Review 44 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"The first table at the entry to the restaurat; people being seated ro leaving bumped our table; the air when outside doors opeded blew on us & was cold. Wecarrived 40in early; seated after our res time; giving us the worse table was not appreciated!"
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2008
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Review 45 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Intermission at the Opera.

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"We had a light dinner and glass of wine during intermission at the opera. Table was ready and food came right out. Service was fast and great."
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2012
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 46 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/20/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2012
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 47 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2011
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Review 48 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/20/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2012
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 49 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/20/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2016
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 50 for Prelude at McCaw Hall
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great for before the Opera

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Prelude is a very nice place to have dinner before the opera. The food is very good and our server was delightful. We wanted a table for four, but there were none left available for the evening we were going to the opera with another couple. We made two reservations for two and then when we arrived together to go in, we asked to be seated together if possible. It was and we had a very enjoyable dinner together. We have been there before and will go again. However, you are paying a premium for the convenience of being in the opera house."
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2009
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