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

Prelude

4.6
4.6
378 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.

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2 people

10:00 PM


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

What 378 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Healthy

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Outdoor Dining

  • Sacramento

    Healthy

  • Sacramento

    Outdoor Dining

  • Sacramento

    Scenic View

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  1. E

    Edwa

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Beautiful restaurant and service was attentive, however the two entrees we ordered were a severe letdown. The garganelli with sauce was very dry. The salmon dish we ordered was better, salmon was cooked perfectly, but the corn purée it came with was too sweet. It was a nice restaurant aesthetically, but the food was a bit of a let down, wouldn’t come here again, unless it were for just drinks.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time…our food server Trinity did a great job describing the menu specials and made some delicious suggestions!
  3. JC

    JoelC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was excellent, from the hostess stand to the wait staff. Food was overall good. We had two appetizers (beef carpaccio, salad) and soup, followed by our entrees (rib eye, halibut). Both of our entrees were 1) overcooked (I requested rare to medium rare and it came out medium to medium well) and 2) extremely salty. The cut of beef was average at best.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very delighted with the atmosphere and interior design! Good and drinks were so delicious, with the right amount of seasonings on each of our meals. Will be coming back soon!
  5. PD

    PennyD

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were six people in a booth, pretty comfy but a little cramped. The pattern on the booths is very distracting, creates a weird 3D effect. The food was delicious, tried 3 appetizers, and 5 different entrees, everyone was very happy with their choices. I especially enjoyed the ribeye with crispy potatoes. Yum! Service was pro and friendly. They seem to have worked out the kinks evident on a previous visit
  6. LV

    LisaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server was personable and helpful. Prelude's menu is interesting and we enjoyed our dinner selections. It was a busy night and our dinners took a while to arrive. The Prelude is a 10-15 minute walk to the Golden 1 Center.
  7. S

    Samiaf

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great spot to eat before catching a show downtown. Food was delicious and the service was excellent.
  8. JL

    JoeL

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Service was a little slow, seemed to be the kitchen not our server. Food was good, cocktails were too.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and services
  10. MC

    MamaCathy

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely great food and service! We will be back again soon.
  11. TD

    TrucieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great time! Great for the theater
  12. RN

    RichN

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Server was terrific, food was good as always, but weird to run out of coffee at dinner time on a Saturday night. This time, I Did feel slightly rushed to finish eating dessert 30 min before closing. Otherwise, still a place to eat. I have gone 1-2 month since they opened.
  13. J

    Joshua

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This was our first visit to Prelude, celebrated my wife’s birthday. We were running a few minutes late so my wife called ahead to let the host know and she was very accommodating. We had the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio and the Ribeye. The portions were generous and delicious. THE DESSERT WAS OUTSTANDING! My wife and I shared the Coconut Semifreddo, we savored every bite. It was delectable. My compliments to the pastry chef.
  14. MS

    MarilynS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was our first time there. Nice modern atmosphere. Good service. Some dishes were delicious and others just okay. Braised Short Rib was delicious. Ora Salmon was too heavy salted. Shisisto Peppers with goat cheese were excellent. Chocolate Creme Brûlée was just Creme Brûlée with chocolate mouse on top. A strange combination. Overall I give Prelude a solid B grade.
  15. SH

    StephH

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Celebrated a birthday told them twice and the waitor still didn’t know. Food I would rate it a 5/10
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Not a bad experience but nothing to write home about. Pricing is fair considering. Portions are larger than expected. Service is fairly knowledgeable but not as professionally presented or attentive as it could be. Ambience inside seemed nice. One side of the patio is a nice view of the capitol…the other side is a row of outdoor bathrooms and construction. Still a good time overall.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good dinner, service was a bit slow with other big tables around us.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Modern, upscale restaurant-bar open less than a year in the heart of Downtown Sacramento. Great ambiance with music in the background. Jake, bartender/server, was extremely skilled and knowledgeable juggling both well.Enjoyed perhaps the best pork chop I’ve ever had, served atop locally sourced accompaniment’s that adds flavor to the meal. Went with chef recommended “medium” temperature cooked to perfection. The Old Fashioned is one of their most popular libations and did not disappoint.
  19. s

    sellingsacramento

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant Great service Excellent food
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Sat out on the outdoor patio. Perfect view of the capitol. Perfect weather. Service was personable and helped create the experience.
  21. SJ

    StephenJ

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the ambiance and food and our waiter was very friendly and attentive. The view of the capitol building was fantastic as we were able to sit outside . Also great that the parking garage was right opposite and the restaurant gives parking vouchers for $5. Hope to go back next time I have a chance to visit Sacramento!!
  22. DR

    DeborahRK

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a location we frequented for decades!! Nicely done!
  23. DG

    DaveG

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Shortrib was very good. Salads were fine. Service was a bit unprofessional (perhaps because of needing to hire inexperienced staff?). And this area of downtown is just not great.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and staff! Will definitely be going back :)
  25. DV

    DiegoV

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Overall great, quality food. You can tell the chef puts effort into his dishes and they taste wonderful. Ambiance was a little too “modern/clean” for our tastes. Could use some warmer chairs and decor; in that case would get 5 stars!
  26. S

    Sactokaren

    Sacramento

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I don't like the stark white decor. The food is very pricey and not unique. Our salads were delicious, but I don't think we would return.
  27. CM

    CjMilMil

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fancy and professional restaurant. Waitress was very attentive and made excellent recommendations for first timers like me and parter. Definitely recommended for a get together
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time dining at Prelude! The staff was supper accommodating with my early arrival by seating us without a fuss. The food was, as last time, perfect. It’s locating perfect for a nice evening out!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    I made a reservation the day of, at 7:15 on a Friday for our date night. It was our first time here. We arrived on time and were immediately seated. The restaurant is very nice. It was busy. There was a big party with kids and a few couples seated near us. Off the bat the kids were very loud and a man near us kept coughing frequently. We were seated and given menus and about a minute later were given waters. The menu is small, which I like. They have good alcohol menu too. About 5 minutes pass and no one was come to greet us. We just thought the waiters were busy. So we continued to look at the menu. 10 minutes pass and no one still has come to greet us or take our order. We were growing hangry and annoyed. We tried to make eye contact with the servers walking past our table and everyone seemed to ignore us. 15 minutes pass and very annoyed, my boyfriend got up and found a server and let her know we have been waiting for someone to come by our table to take our order. She apologized and said she would take care of us. We ordered our drinks and entrees. The drinks came fast we ordered an aperol spritz and an old fashioned. She apologized to us again saying there was miscommunication on who was handling the table. About 20 minutes later our entrees came. I ordered the braised short rib and my boyfriend ordered the ribeye. The food was delicious! The short rib was so tender and flavorful. The polenta with it was so creamy. My boyfriend enjoyed his steak. The potatoes and veggies were cooked perfectly. The bone marrow butter on the steak made it delicious. For dessert we had vanilla gelato. It was a good palate cleanser after our meal. In the beginning we were talking about never coming back to the restaurant because of the service and the ambiance. But our waiter and the food changed our minds. We will be definitely coming back for the food.
  30. NW

    NicholeW

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We visited for my birthday. The food quality and service was excellent. We frequent many fine dining restaurants in Sacramento and this one will definitely be added to the list. Giving an only average review on ambiance as there was a large party with very young children that continued to screech and cry throughout dinner. I am a mom of two young energetic boys and I understand the unpredictability of kids, but also was looking for more of an adult and romantic atmosphere without children.
  31. CT

    CamT

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Excellent service! Beautiful view of the Capitol. I will definitely be back. Highly recommend the braised short ribs and the steak.
  32. AN

    AmyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot on the patio at night. Very friendly waiter and delicious cocktails.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Had such a good time!!
  34. S

    Samm

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef created imaginative, delicious dishes. The service was professional and attentive. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant service! Stunning presentation and delightful food.
  36. p

    pickypicky

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent fresh food in a lovely place. Next time, we'll sit outside with the view. Food was fresh and original.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went with my family for my birthday celebration. The food was delicious and our server was very friendly and attentive! We started with the smoked salmon deviled eggs, bruschetta, Waldorf farm heirloom tomato and seasonal soup. Next, we had the Lan Roc Farms pork chop, chili rubbed Mary’s half chicken, garganelli and double orders of the grilled angus ribeye. We finished with the almond olive oil cake, gelato and a special birthday treat of strawberry lemonade sorbet. Amazing! Thank you, Prelude!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Sacramento today. Went last week with friends and liked it so much we went again last night. Expect we’ll be regulars going forward. Just excellent.
  39. PW

    PhilipeW

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We got their right when they opened and the service was really fast and friendly!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing and the service was great. They were a little busy so it took a little while for the food to come out but overall very happy with everything. Would definitely come again!

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 378 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


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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