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Prelude - Modern American Restaurant and Bar - Prelude, Sacramento, CA

Prelude

4.6
4.6
481 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
A celebration of Modern American fare inspired by local and seasonal Californian bounty. Full bar specializing in craft cocktails, local craft beer on tap, and an extensive selection of wine and spirits.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (916) 898-1071

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Executive chef

    Tom Patterson

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Cross street

    11th and L Street. Street parking, public garage, and valet some nights.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day

    $135.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Celebrate Valentine's Day at Prelude Kitchen & Bar with a 4 Course Prix Fixe Menu curated by Executive Chef Tom Patterson. FIRST COURSE CHÈVRE PROFITEROLE Zinfandel Poached Figs & Tarragon SECOND COURSE SEA SCALLOP Sunchoke Puree, Fine Herbs, Preserved Lemon THIRD COURSE LOBSTER & SHORT RIB Braised Short Rib, Grilled Lobster, Truffled Potato Puree, Cippolini FOURTH COURSE PISTACHIO & CHOCOLATE BABKA Bergamots Liqueur Syrup & Chantilly Cream For full menu details and vegetarian options please visit our website!

What 481 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. t

    troyboy

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grabbed an early 2023 Valentine's Day Dinner before a show at the performing arts center. Good location...easy walking distance to parking and the venue. Clean and contemporary setting. Server was polite, very attentive and answered all our questions about their menu. Excellent cocktails and food. Great place for that special night out. We will return this summer...to sit outside :)
  2. CD

    ColeenD

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to try Prelude because it was walking distance to the Safe Credit Union Performing Arts Center. The restaurant was clean and elegant. We were seated right away, ordered taken promptly, food arrived as ordered, and finished in plenty of time to make it to the show. Everything was wonderful and good was delicious!
  3. j

    jsilpeters

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was delicious and great menu. I liked the ambiance but maybe a little more music or dim lighting w the candles lit to spice it up
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    A very nice date night experience. Service was good; it just wasn’t exceptional and one might hope for that at this beautiful restaurant. The food - short ribs and pasta - were truly exceptional. Cocktails were good. Ambiance is gorgeous. Nice view of the State Capitol building; cool place to take people visiting from out of the area. $200 for our date night party of two. We’ll be back.
  5. C

    Cheryl

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We enjoyed a most delicious dinner!
  6. AK

    AndrewK

    Sacramento

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for lunch by the capitol, looking forward to stopping by again
  7. K

    Kurt

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed our dinner here. Can't wait to come back.
  8. K

    Krista

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for Dine Downtown and really enjoyed the meal. Excellent mushroom and couscous salad, steak was very tasty, and service was top notch. We will be back.
  9. SH

    StaceyH

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am hesitant to give this review because a lot of people don’t know don’t know about Prelude yet and I don’t want it to get too popular to a point where it’s impossible to get reservations but what a great experience! From the beautiful decor to Ali, the great waitress it was a great place to have dinner. We got in on the last night of the Dine Downtown Sacramento special and were not disappointed! All of the food was fabulous! The location was also great with the State Capitol as the back drop and a parking garage around the corner, it was all perfect! We will definitely be back! Great place to celebrate for sure! Price is moderate, but worth it for a nice dinner out! If you haven’t been and are looking for a great place to try downtown, I recommend, but make sure you have reservations!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Our waiter did not do a good job and made many mistakes. He seemed very confused
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday and before a kings game
  12. AP

    AlexandraP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Steak was reply salty and overcooked Desert was dry. The service very very high level
  13. M

    Mary

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is an inviting contemporary setting; even though a minimalist design, it feels warm and comfortable. The service was impeccable; our wait person, Jacob, was friendly, accommodating, efficient, and attentive. The food was delicious, well presented and prepared. I had the baby greens and pear salad; light and fresh, it was the perfect compliment to my entree of gnocchi with squash and cauliflower in a brown butter sage sauce, sprinkled with pepita seeds, a heavenly dish. I topped off my meal with an Affogato, the perfect end to a delightful meal. I can’t wait to come back.
  14. RS

    RobSF

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food. We came here for the first time for dinner, and we loved the ambiance - the dining was in the back while the full bar was in the front, which looked like fun to hangout in. The presentation and food selection was phenomenal. The service there worked in tandem, so that we always had someone taking care of us, which is always great. They also offered a wide variety of wine and cocktails list, which is always a plus. We were visiting from out of town, but will definitely come back here again, and/or recommend to a friend.
  15. U

    Uffe

    Puerto Vallarta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was excellent, the restaurant was full so it is expected to be a bit noisy but I think the area we were seated was very noisy and had a hard time talking between ourselves. Overall we will absolute return
  16. VE

    ViEMomof3

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my friends ate dinner here and was so happy. The food was excellent and service was on point. Friendly without being fussy. We had the burrata cheese starter and had the NY steak. Looking forward to our next dinning experience here.
  17. KD

    KimD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couples date night was AMAZING! DELICIOUS appetizers and entrées. Attentive and friendly staff was a plus. Our table had the pork chop, rib eye, carbonara and the braised short rib-we couldn’t pick a favorite. Capped the dinner off with a few desserts and a couple espresso martinis. Perfection!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food2service5ambience2
    Our server was excellent. Trinity was very attentive making the experience better than it would have been. This was our first time here I find the ambience a bit stark plain white walls, the chairs uncomfortable felt like a fancy cafeteria rather than a fine dining experience. No linens on tables. Food: the soup was excellent and the Caesar salad however the Mary’s Chicken was on the dry side not well seasoned and the accompaniment sparse, the stuffing cold , weird grapes and greens. The entree a disappointment . The lemon spritzer and gelato were highlights both tasty and refreshing. The staff were delightful. Not sure about a return visit. The great service makes up some for the disappointing entree but food is after all the main reason for dining out.

    PreludeResponded on January 17, 2023Hello, I apologize we weren't able to offer the 5 star dining experience that we are constantly aiming for and about the Mary's Chicken being on the dry side. However, we're always striving to improve our restaurant and offer the best guest experience that we can and I will pass your valuable feedback to our chefs and management team. If there's anything else please don't hesitate to reach out.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitresses was outstanding
  20. AD

    AnnD

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had lunch at Prelude with our in laws and everyone loved their meal! Food was delicious, and the restaurant is simply beautiful. There was a fire going, beautiful decor, and impeccable service. We all cannot wait to return when the weather is better so we can sit outside!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing!
  22. M

    Marissa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We made a reservation to join the Dine Downtown event and it was delicious! The mushroom cous cous salad was cooked perfectly. The NY steak was like butter, so flavorful and tender. And we ended up having the huckleberry bread pudding which was so good too! We will definitely be back to try their normal menu. If you aren't familiar with downtown, parking can be a tad tricky but Capitol Garage is the best bet. *Avoid reservation on Kings game nights, parking and traffic are not fun those days.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit. Great service. Will dine again.
  24. S

    Sprsac

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and beautiful restaurant! Will come back in the summer to sit at the patio
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Gin Morrison cocktail was just delightful, as are the espresso martinis! You MUST get the BRUSSEL SPROUTS. The pork chop was cooked to perfection, tender. Risotto has been my go-to, always so full of flavor.
  26. SM

    SamM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    excellent food! the decor is really nice as well. however the lights were too bright for dinner. they could easily turn off half of the lights and create a great ambiance for dinner.
  27. MW

    MarkW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our party had 4 differnt dinner menu items. All were well presented with wondeful flavors. Also, excellent service making it perfect for dinner and a show in the city.
  28. AS

    AnnaS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Some of the best service we’ve ever had! Our server Victoria was very sweet and attentive and made the evening very special. The food and drinks were both delicious, and it’s nice they validate the parking. A great date night spot
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and great service. It was my boyfriend and I’s first time and it was really lovely. I wish I could’ve finished my main meal, but accidentally filled myself up with all the bread I had from our appetizers oops haha. Great date night, would go again.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience. The staff, especially our waitress Ashley went above and beyond. Everything is delicious! Can’t go wrong. My family and I ordered the Ribeye, the Bucatini Carbonara, and Risotto. The crème brûlée is awesome, and their dessert of the night which was a chocolate cake with coffee filling was so good and not too sweet. We’ll definitely be back. Thank you!
  31. D

    Derge

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Innovative food and ample quantity. Good wine list. Only negative was the street construction on 11th.
  32. DF

    DonaldF

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  33. AM

    AdamM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great cocktails with our dinner
  34. o

    ozinsac

    Sacramento

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed the special seafood soup of the day and huge pork chop. Our server was fantastic and keep check on us.
  35. RD

    RenataD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner for New Year’s Eve! Party of 8 had a great time!
  36. KK

    KarenK

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our waitress was extremely professional and knowledgeable. She made excellent recommendations and the food was fantastic!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I was in general disappointed in the food. Thought the place was going to be more complex in the flavors. We shared the carpaccio which was excellent meat but over powered by too much of everything else on the plate, sometimes less is more. I had the pork chop which was cooked nicely. Unfortunately the meat was oversalted and the sauce/ compote on top was too sparing. It could have had some more kick to it with maybe more intense fruit flavor sweet and or sour but overall the compote was good. The flavor wasn't enough to cut the salt and the amount didn't cover the pork..... Bummer....The cabbage and beans were lackluster. The cabbage could have added a sour element in addition to the good texture but was bland and the beans added nothing positive. (Well maybe fiber) Was also not impressed with the wine selection per glass. 16 bucks a glass for a $12 bottle..and don't forget the extra 3%charge on the bill before tip.... It's a turn off. The star of the meal was the chai creme brulee. Very nice with a good balance of sweet, salt and spicy. Texture was ok. The others in our party enjoyed their pastas. Overall for the $$$ you can find better imo.

    PreludeResponded on January 1, 2023Hello, I apologize we weren't able to offer the 5 star dining experience that we are constantly aiming for. However, we're constantly striving to improve our restaurant, learn, and grow as a team. I appreciate the detailed and constructive feedback and we'll take that into account as we get ready to roll out our next iteration of the menu in January. Best Regards, Allen

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a perfect night with yummy food and our server was awesome, shout out to Ryan! We will be back!
  39. MS

    MarilynS

    Northern Territ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there early to go to the basketball game. It was great, walking distance, great food and very attentive service. We would return again.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Xmas eve dinner was amazing. Had the special tomahawk steak and a salad. Perfect evening.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Prelude is rated 4.6 stars by 481 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Prelude

1117 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95814-3801

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    11th and L Street. Street parking, public garage, and valet some nights.

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Executive chef

    Tom Patterson

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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