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The Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-557-9441
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Mediterranean, American, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

After walking around the wonders of balboa park we were peckish and parched. We wondered into this place seeking refreshment to find they had finished lunch menu and not started dinner yet (it was 330pm) but we could order bar menu. Looked after by the...More

Thank Gibbo1969
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Attended a birthday party at the Prado. I had the black bean soup and a steak sandwich. The black bean soup was good but not great. I needed some more spices. It was underwhelming. The streak sandwich was not very good. The bread was pananni...More

Thank Dfettner
Reviewed 1 week ago

Been several times with family, as a group of 12, as a couple and with friends. Food has always been very good. Eat inside or in nice weather outside in a lovely garden.

Thank Eileentx
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're in Balboa Park, The Prado is a great place to grab lunch. They were very busy when we arrived, but they gave us a buzzer so we could walk around and explore and then come back when our table was ready. After 15...More

Thank volcanogirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant setting is so beautiful. But the food is expensive and not good. We ordered gnocchi with chicken and it was bad. Ordering a salad and a soup is a better choice if you want to enjoy the view.

Thank cleaningbee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fish tacos and the Ruben were our eats at this quaint eatery in Balboa park. Not much of wait even on a busy Saturday. Service was a little slow so don't eat here in a rush. We ate outside which was comfortable and cool. Enjoy...More

Thank Raymond1963
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a late lunch, memorial day weekend, very busy, about a 15 minute wait. Once inside we were greeted my our hostess, who seated us in a quiet and lovely corner. Our server, Elena, was very prompt and very attentive, very nice way about...More

Thank R D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fortunately, we had lunch reservations for the Prado on this busy graduation weekend in San Diego. As usual, the Prado was very busy, even at 2 pm. The only glitch during our visit was the staff placed our party of 6 in the lower patio....More

1  Thank dml718
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant not only offers ridiculously delicious food, but it's located right in Balboa Park. My husband and I love coming here for our date nights because it's like a one-stop shop! We can visit a museum, wander through the botanical garden, check out any...More

1  Thank Marie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a charming place in touristy Balboa park. Had a lovely solo lunch on the patio. the wait was brief, even on a beautiful day. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Food, - Shrimp Cobb salad and a crisp Chardonnay delicious. Bonus even though...More

Thank MBC231960
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Nicole P
Is there a kids menu?
8 May 2017|
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Response from pspeerit | Reviewed this property |
Probably. I don't know for sure, but they are very accommodating and their byword is "absolutely. So ask. It's an excellent restaurant.
Marilyn L
Is your salmon wild or farmed?
20 February 2017|
Response from SMGrandma | Reviewed this property |
Don't remember, but you might be able to access their menu online for more details.
Jerome B
a Are there vegan options?
11 February 2017|
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Response from CohnRestaurantGroup | Property representative |
Hi Jerome, Our chefs are happy to prepare or modify an existing item (if possible) to make it vegan. Please ask your server before ordering and you can also feel free to ask for a Manager as well if that makes things... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 40
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
    (6th Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-557-9441
  • E-mail
Set in the rich landscape of finely manicured gardens, the Prado Restaurant is located at the historic House of Hospitality in the center of San Diego's famous Balboa Park.
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