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Prelude

Enveloped in understated elegance and located within the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center, the restaurant is open on all concert evenings and available for hosting events. Exemplary culinary creations are focused on local products with exquisite attention to detail. Our bright and flavorful menu will pull from the bounty of locally grown foods from Sonoma County.
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163 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
(163 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 163 reviews
5 stars
(55)
4 stars
(71)
3 stars
(25)
2 stars
(8)
1 star
(4)
Food 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Service 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Ambiance 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Noise Level
1.7 / 3
Moderate
Value 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
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  • special occasion(82)
  • fit for foodies(43)
  • romantic(39)
  • great for outdoor dining(32)
  • good for groups(26)
  • neighborhood gem(25)
Prelude Reviews List
Review 1 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

High price for convenience

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Prelude is the high end restaurant at the Green Music Center. As such, the convenience of walking to a concert after a leasurely meal , not worrying about arriving on time, is big plus. However, it comes at a price, literally. The food is consistently good, not great. The service is provided by Sonoma State students who are friendly and often inconsistent. The room is open and bright and has a lovely dining patio adjacent to it. It gets pretty noisy when the room is filled. The prices are at the very high end for the Wine Country. There are other restaurants that offer better food and service for the price - but not nearby. We have patronized Prelude in the past, and will do so again, mostly for the convenience."
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2012
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Review 2 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Pre Concert Dinner

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"If you're attending a conference at the next door concert hall, this is a great place for an elegant dinner before the show. Food is good, the student waiters/waitresses are enthusiastic, and the design and ambiance are very nice."
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2001
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 3 for Prelude
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
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2005
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Review 4 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2008
Special Features: scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 5 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Prelude is THE dining choice before a concert.

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Dined on 4/23/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2011
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Review 6 for Prelude
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

show or no show

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 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Great overall dining experience with or without the show at the hall after.
Special to have such a great evening with only parking once.
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Dined on 4/21/2016
 2007
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 7 for Prelude
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/21/2016
 2007
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2007
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 4/21/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 8 for Prelude
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/16/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 9 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great Pre-Show Meal

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Our first time eating at Prelude, which we chose for its convenient location at the Green Music Center. We had an excellent meal, especially considering that the restaurant only serves on event dates. The prix fixe format narrows choices which undoubtedly helps the kitchen serve a lot of people in a short period. Still, there were several attractive options. Service was also excellent, efficient without being rushed.
We both had the halibut, which was well prepared in a delicious broth. The mixed green salad starter was very good.
We'll make Prelude a regular pre-show stop."
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2009
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 10 for Prelude
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
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 11 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/03/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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Review 12 for Prelude
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2009
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Better Every Time

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 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"The service has improved, the cocktails have improved, the food has been consistent. Small but wine list with nice range. Good stuff!"
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2005
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Review 14 for Prelude
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OK

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Appetizers and salad were good. Entrees were bland with a limited selection. Fairly expensive. OK for before a concert. My wife liked it more than I did."
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2013
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 15 for Prelude
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
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2013
Special Features: scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list
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Review 16 for Prelude
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
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/20/2016
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/25/2016
 2009
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2009
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 18 for Prelude
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Very much improved

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"This was our first visit dining at Prelude is several months. Service and quality of food used to be not very good, but this visit was most enjoyable. The food was very good as was the service. And as always the Prelude bar experience is as it always has been on our many visits really excellent - thanks in large part I think to Alison."
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2002
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Review 19 for Prelude
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Pre-concert Dining

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"The best I can say about Prelude is that it's a very pretty place and so convenient when attending a concert at the Weill Hall. The food, however, is another matter. Mediocre at best is how I'd describe it. What makes it worse is that it is way over-priced considering it's poor taste. The lobster bisque which I assumed is always a winner, was pretty bad in both texture and taste. The risotto was terrible - rice wasn't cooked but it was swimming in a sauce, Must have just added the rice to the sauce before serving - as that is how it tasted - no melding of flavors. The diver scallops were good, served over puree of butternut squash with some beets. Forget dessert. The dulce de leche bread pudding with twirls of chocolate and raspberry sauce would have been inedible except for the scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Actually, the ice cream was the only thing edible in this dessert."
Dined on 3/20/2016
 2006
Special Features: good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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Review 20 for Prelude
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
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/20/2016
 2008
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 21 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/19/2016
 2013
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2013
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 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2013
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Review 22 for Prelude
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
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2008
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 23 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2007
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 24 for Prelude
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/18/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2007
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2007
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 3/18/2016
 2007
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 26 for Prelude
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 3/11/2016
 2005
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 27 for Prelude
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
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 11/13/2015
 2011
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Review 28 for Prelude
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
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"If you dont eat here before a concert you are depriving yourself of an even more enjoyable evening. It is one of the best ! Great food, great student service , great wine selection."
Dined on 2/26/2016
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 29 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/27/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 30 for Prelude
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/27/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2015
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 31 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Lovely place to dine post-symphony

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 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We usually dine here after Sunday matinees and always enjoy the food. We had winter squash soup which was delicious, falling-off-the-bone tender braised short ribs and the fish of the evening, which was Ono, prepared as requested."
Dined on 2/21/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 32 for Prelude
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great location

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
"We dined right after an afternoon concert at the Green Center. The service and food were excellent. This was out third time going there after a concert. Very convenient."
Dined on 2/21/2016
 2015
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 33 for Prelude
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/19/2016
 2005
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Review 34 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/21/2016
 2012
Dined on 2/21/2016
 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 2/21/2016
 2012
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 35 for Prelude
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Something must have changed at Prelude.

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Dined on 2/20/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/20/2016
 2016
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 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"We had dinner at Prelude before a concert at the GMC. Overall my husband and I were disappointed. The price is very high for the quality. The ambiance is perfect and beautiful and the servers are all students and are doing a great job. But the food is not up to standards! The hamachi was dry and dull, the risotto was overcooked and swimming in a creamy tasteless sauce. The soup was so sweet. The chocolate cake was dry and tasteless and even the coffee ice cream was tasteless. What happened? This is not the first time we dine at prelude... We had good experiences in the past. The price is higher than I remember and the quality has gone lower. too bad..."
Dined on 2/20/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic
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Review 36 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/20/2016
 2005
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Review 37 for Prelude
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/19/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/19/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Four of us dined at Prelude on Friday, February 19th before the performance.
Our service was efficient, professional and very attentive. Our server even went "the extra mile" to help one of our party choose a glass of wine. She brought tastes of 2 possibilities which allowed our friend to make the best choice for her meal.
We chose the 2 course menu of a starter and entre'. Our selections were all delicious, beautifully plated and very generous portions (which is why we limited ourselves to only 2 courses!).
It was our first time to dine at Prelude for us and we would definitely go back.
It was a pleasure to be in a lovely dining room with proper lighting that also was quiet enough to be able to visit with one's dining companions and not be in the neighboring table's conversation.
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Dined on 2/19/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 38 for Prelude
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 2/19/2016
 2005
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 39 for Prelude
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2009
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2009
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 2/14/2016
 2009
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 40 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

it worked well for our pre-concert dinner

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"we have been to Prelude many times. the staff is nice, younger college kids who are, generally, very well trained.
on this particular night our food was particularly delicious. our appetizers, entrees, and desert were all home runs. the wine and bar did very well too.
sometimes the food is average. this evening was really well done. and, we'll go back.
it's probably hard - if not next to impossible - for them to cater to pre-concert diners in sonoma county where every guest believes they're an uber sophisticated foodie ... i hope they can keep things moving in the right direction. the convenience is unparalleled. and when there are several thousand people leaving the hall and lawn, it's a great place to have a post-concert cocktail as the large crowds very slowly meander their ways home ... we're relaxing with friends in the bar, while others are stuck, waiting in lousy traffic jams ..."
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2007
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Review 41 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Valentine's Day Dinner

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"My wife and I had dinner here after a concert at the Green Music Center. Great ambiance; quiet and elegant. The servers are all students, so they are enthusiastic and eager to engage in conversation. The food is a fixed menu of 2 or 3 items. Food is good; not outstanding. But definitely a real value for the price. A great spot to grab dinner before or after a concert at Weill Hall since it's a 30 second walk. It was too cold to dine in the outdoor area, but on a warm summer night, this will be a very nice place, for sure."
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2001
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 42 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

ambiance...

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"I enjoy the ambiance every time we go. I have found the food to be good but not fantastic."
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2010
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 43 for Prelude
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
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2005
Special Features: romantic
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Review 44 for Prelude
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 2/12/2016
 2010
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Review 45 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

A perfect venue for a pre-concert eventing.

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"A modern friendly setting adjacent to one of the finest symphony halls in the Bay Area. The food was excellent, the wine list well chosen, the staff friendly and attentive, and the kitchen was prompt. Definitely will be a returning customer. Great music, good wine and food are a natural pairing."
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2004
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Review 46 for Prelude
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
"Excellent food and service. The short rib was cooked to perfection. The bisque was outstanding."
Dined on 2/12/2016
 2003
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Review 47 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2007
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Review 48 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2007
Special Features: special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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Review 49 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

We liked Prelude very much

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"The décor is lovely and comfortable. Very nice bar and good service. The food was very good"
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2002
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 50 for Prelude
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Better Experience

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
"I have been to Prelude a couple of times and have had mixed results with food and service. This time I thought we had attentive service and I thought the food better. The carrot soup was quite good and the flourless chocolate cake was heavenly! The main course Artic Char was tasty, however, could have been served hotter."
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2009
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