About Prelude at McCaw Hall
Seattle, WA 98109
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.
Hours of Operation:
Prelude opens 2.5 hours (Opera performances) and 2 hours (Ballet performances) prior show start.
3rd & Mercer
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering by SAVOR... is not limited to McCaw Hall. We apply our extensive experience in both large and small-scale events at most any location in the Seattle Area. For over 20 years, our culinary team and experienced sales staff have created custom menus and unique special events to successfully support world-class events for small groups or thousands of people. You can be sure we have the expertise to handle every detail of your event, from site coordination, to rentals, to securing a pleasant service staff. Contact us to learn more.
Private Party Facilities:
Opportunities for private events abound at McCaw hall. Whether planning a large party in the dining room or looking for a private space, our team is experienced and ready to handle the details for you.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Prelude at McCaw Hall Ratings and Reviews
Prelude, I am going to review this dinin ...
Prelude, I am going to review this dining destination as a top tier restaurant (as it wishes to be known as) rather than as just a regular restaurant destination. If this were a "regular restaurant" I would have said that it was easily an 9 (on a scale of 1 to 10) but the grading criteria is a little more difficult if you want to be a "top tier" restaurant as this destination I would say rates a 6 on a much more difficult scale when being compared to other "fancy" destinations.
First, the setting at McCaw Hall is PERFECT regarding its appropriate ambiance prior to any ballet or opera to get you into the mood.
- The portions are small to moderate as you would expect from a top tier restaurant. This is only
a positive if the portions are expertly plated and the ingredients are top notch.
- Service was friendly but I didn't feel as if I was the only concern. A top tier server has no
problem making you feel as if your table is his or her only table, even when thats not true.
The ambiance was only slightly skewed by the horrible positioning of the servers station.
No coat check was offered by the wait staff nor was it spoken of as a do it yourself option by
the wait staff. You have to ask. At a 10 star destination (my star ranking system) this would have
been a no brainer. This is especially usefull as the restaurant is often the first stop for a patron.
The seasonal Pumpkin Ravioli was delicious.
The Braised Short Rib had no ribs and tasted more like a soft pot roast. Was it
good...yes....could it be better...yes.
The smoked duck was fantastic.
The butternut squash soup was very good.
The selection for entrees was poor. A sm ...
The selection for entrees was poor. A small menu must have great selections. I had soup and salad since none of the entrees enthused me. Farm raised salmon seriously!! The pear tart was bland. My friend had the braised beef and it was dry. I appreciate that the meals are small since we were going to the ballet afterwards. The dressing on the salad was tasteless. The butternut squash soup was fine.
The other two members of my party enjoye ...
The other two members of my party enjoyed very tasty food. Not so with me. I ordered the salmon with cream cheese and bagel. The salmon was rather tasteless and the bagels were very dry. I didn't finish the first one and did not even try the other.
Service was superb! We were seated very ...
Service was superb! We were seated very early for brunch (12:15 PM) during a weekday before Christmas to attend the Nutcracker, thus the room was very quiet. The Children's menu was important option for my grandchildren because the adult brunch menu required a sophisticated palate. Although had we dined in the evening, the Salmon entree would have been just fine for both Children. The smoked salmon with cream cheese bagel was not to their liking.
However, it was my choice and I felt overall it was a good choice. The bagels were a little small and too dry. They may have been cut earlier that morning. However the amount of Smoked Salmon provided was more than adequate. The wine selection was superb!
Other than convenience, this restaurant ...
Other than convenience, this restaurant left a lot to be desired. The menu was incredibly limited and although the food was good, it was exceptionally high priced considering there were literally 5 green beans on my plate as a side.. they were very accommodating with my daughter, but in general, the service lacked any sort of personality or attention to detail... there are so many AMAZING restaurants within walking distance to MCaw Hall.. go to any of them instead.
I hadn't been here for awhile so thought ...
I hadn't been here for awhile so thought I'd give it a shot given the convenience factor. Unfortunately, the food was not great and the service inattentive. I don't review places very often, but feel compelled to tell you that you can do way better in the area for pre-show food and drink. I suspect my server took a 15 min break during my meal, which I don't understand because it was right in the middle of the pre-show rush. I mean, whoever is doing the scheduling needs to make sure there's coverage. And my tough, luke warm "braised" short rib was not worth $30. The $11 salad was no better than wilty Organic Girl salad mix with a few chopped tomatoes and cucumbers and barely any dressing. I won't be back any time soon, no matter how convenient.
The food was over-priced. $27 for half ...
The food was over-priced. $27 for half a breast of chicken! Salmon was badly prepared. Very limited menu -- only four entrees! The ambiance was cold, uninteresting, and sterile.Only two advantages to this place: quick service and nearness to the venue, which explains why we chose it in the first place. This restaurant tries to present itself as special, attempts to be high class, but only succeeds at being mediocre at best. If the cost was 50% less, it MIGHT be worth it. We won't be back.
SO convenient pre-ballet! This was my f ...
SO convenient pre-ballet! This was my first time at Prelude, prior to seeing The Nutcracker. It was restful, quiet (it was a Thursday night) and the food was good, if IMHO overpriced. I had the pumpkin ravioli which was better than I expected, and the orange-cranberry cream brûlée which was WONDERFUL. I definitely recommend for pretheater or other pre at McCaw Hall.
Prelude is a great find at McCaw Hall. ...
Prelude is a great find at McCaw Hall. The proximity to the theater is the big draw. We were able to eat right up to the 7 minute bell which is great on a weeknight with time constraints. We ordered dessert and bubbly for intermission-how great is that? The food was excellent and Tim's service was impeccable and friendly. The price is high end restaurant pricing so I wouldn't say the value is amazing but considering the overall scene, I would do it again in a heart beat and highly recommend it to others.
David was an excellent server, had his e ...
David was an excellent server, had his eyes on all of his tables. The cheese plate was scant, I can see limited the amount of cheese but a few crackers, dab of jam.........disappointing. Caesar was good, the couscous salad again a couple of tablespoons of couscous on a bed of lettuce, disappointing. Needless to say very convenient before the Nutcracker but probably would not go back again even if there was a performance I was attending.
Noticed many ordering small plates, not dinners, perhaps offering all small plates, salad, soup, mini-cheese balls, might be worth considering.
Our table was ready when we arrived and ...
Our table was ready when we arrived and our orders taken and food served in plenty of time for us to enjoy our meal and arrive for the concert we were attending. We found the wait staff to be attentive and the food was delicious.
We had an outstanding night! And to begi ...
We had an outstanding night! And to begin at a dinning venue that was top notch was the icing to the cake. We were celebrating our two year anniversary with a night out to see the Nutcracker. The meal that we enjoyed fit so perfectly with the showing I felt as if I was the guest of honor. Please keep creating unique and delicious meals to make everyones night as perfect as ours was. Thank you.
Very convenient for pre-ballet at McCaw ...
Very convenient for pre-ballet at McCaw Hall. Option for pre-ordering of dessert for intermission was especially appreciated. Food is uneven in quality and portion size is erratic. Eating before the matinee last Saturday, squash soup was super and the portion size suitably generous. The smoked salmon entree with a tiny scrap of salmon and a lot of so-so bagel was however a large step down from the soup. And so it goes. Despite these criticisms we will continue to eat at Prelude because of its convenience and wonderful service.
My daughter and I ate at the Prelude bef ...
My daughter and I ate at the Prelude before seeing the Nutcracker. It was very convenient and the service was very fast! We were able to enjoy our food without rushing to see the performance. My daughter can be a very picky eater and she was very pleased with the food and I was able to enjoy my dinner of salmon! Our server was very attentive and helpful. Thank you so much!
Food was good but not outstanding. Pricy ...
Food was good but not outstanding. Pricy for the selection and serving size. Server was a little tentative; he may have been new. Our table location was not optimal, directly adjacent to the servers' station. I would remove that table altogether. Next time we'll stick to coffee and dessert.
There is a limited menu but it was fine ...
There is a limited menu but it was fine for brunch before a 12:30 pm performance of the Nutcracker. Very handy which made for a relaxing time before the ballet. Anthony w as a great server. Very efficient service.
Service is great, my wife and I arrived ...
Service is great, my wife and I arrived 15 minutes to our reservation, and there was no issue. The waiter was on point, and very polite. The wine selection was excellent. The 4 courses was spot on and very on time. This is our 2nd time having dinner prior to the Nutcracker and both times was beautiful. We will be doing it again next year. Thank you
Not great, waited over an hour for our d ...
Not great, waited over an hour for our dinner, when it arrived one was wrong, we ate it anyway because the ballet was starting, no time for desert, when the wait staff finally did bring our dinner they hurried away and I had to ask for our empty soup bowl to be removed, just not attentive, also the portions were very small even for fine dinning and honestly nothing special, price not worth it, obviously the price represents the location and not the service or quality.
Ate at Prelude pre-Nutcracker with my ki ...
Ate at Prelude pre-Nutcracker with my kids. Very convenient and our server was prompt and friendly. My cocktail and salad were very good as were my daughters chicken fingers. Unfortunately my son's sliders were not fully cooked so beware! I did not notice until he had eaten about 1/3 of one of the burgers. The server was great about bringing a new plate with fully cooked burgers but it really bothered me that a child's meal with ground beef was not fully cooked. I would eat here again but will be very careful!
Prelude is very convenient as a pre-show ...
Prelude is very convenient as a pre-show place to eat at McCaw Hall. They do have a kids' menu, which is a bonus, and the service is good. However, the food is overpriced and of average quality. At $29 for a smallish piece of salmon, I expect a better-than-average product with more than four green beans as an accompaniment.
We regularly dine at Prelude before atte ...
We regularly dine at Prelude before attending the ballet on the Sunday post-Thanksgiving. With brunch reservation at 11am, we had a delicious leisurely meal without feeling rushed to make curtain. The quiche with cheddar and caramelized onion was the perfect size, and prompt pleasant service made this another great birthday treat for grandma and granddaughter alike.
I made a reservation for brunch at Prelu ...
I made a reservation for brunch at Prelude prior to the 12:30 p.m. performance of the Nutcracker this past Sunday. I have had wonderful dinners at Prelude for evening performances of the ballet in the past but I was very disappointed in the brunch menu. For instance, my mother's bagels, cream cheese and salmon plate was overpriced and the bagels were not fresh (very dry).
I don't expect great cuisine/fine dining ...
I don't expect great cuisine/fine dining at Prelude: for my wife & I, it's main attraction is its convenience when we're attending an event at Seattle Centre (e.g., opera or theatre). The food is generally good and, usually, the service is fast (some might find it too fast). However, this last Saturday, the service was strangely slow -- it took well over 15 minutes for our entrées to arrive: our waitress had to speak to the manager to move our order along. Our waitress was friendly but seemed a little distracted -- e.g., she forgot what we ordered a couple of times; normally, I'd attribute that to how busy Prelude is but it wasn't at all busy on Saturday.
Way overpriced for extremely small porti ...
Way overpriced for extremely small portions of food that are mediocre at best. I had literally, 8 bites of food for my entrée that included no sides. When I still had 2 of my 8 bites left, the server attempted to take my plate away even though I was still holding my fork and chewing my food. We only ate there for convenience. NEVER again. Definitely not worth $142 for two people who were still hungry when finished.
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