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Address: San Diego, CA

This bustling walking area on the east side of Balboa Park is home to many...

This bustling walking area on the east side of Balboa Park is home to many museums.

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This was one to the most famous museums in san diego and a truly great place to visit. Be prepared for a lot of people and activity.

Reviewed 2 November 2016
Bradenton, Florida
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Bradenton, Florida
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660 reviews
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Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

This was one to the most famous museums in san diego and a truly great place to visit. Be prepared for a lot of people and activity.

1 Thank Jhonesnaps60
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

If you try to get into the dining room for lunch you will likely need to wait for 30 minutes or more. No problem; just go into the bar area to the right where there are almost always tables because they don't suggest this option. Much better anyway; the small plates are fabulous. We have also had dinner at El... More 

Thank Mellonross
San Diego, California
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69 reviews
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Reviewed 25 March 2016

The first weekend in December (Friday-Sunday) the decorations are put up and most of the museums are free of charge. We enjoy visiting the International Village and tasting all the different cuisines from the country's that have a visitor area.

Thank JJSpersrud
San Diego, California
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181 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Arrived for lunch a little early and, as it turned out, seating was quickly filled in the outdoor dining area. Food is alright, but the setting is superb. The place was alive with aircraft coming into Lindbergh Field and someone practicing on the organ nearby. I've dined indoors too and, in all, it's a place that wears well and is... More 

Thank SoCalMare
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

Bearing the heat and sitting on the patio is well worth the wait and heat. With amazing views of Balboa park this restaurant pleases the eyes more than the stomach. The food is standard with nothing too special, but that view! With the Go San Diego card you also get $10 off a bill more than $40. So keep that... More 

1 Thank Miranda E
San Diego, California
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663 reviews
350 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

Historic district in Balboa Park, the 13 acre complex includes 13 contributing buildings built for the Panama-California Exposition 1915-16. The Cabrillo Bridge together with its approaches and guardhouses lead to the El Prado Arcade, a continuous covered arcade and walkway demarcated by arches. Included are Alcazar Gardens, Speckels Organ Pavilion, Plaza de Panama, House of Hospitality, Botanical Building, House of... More 

Thank Walker S
Encinitas, California
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2015

El Prado is our favorite place in Balboa Park to enjoy a light snack and glass of wine. We usually sit in the outdoor patio, which has lovely surroundings and is within earshot of the organ pavilion.

Thank Robin K
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 27 July 2015

The Prado restaurant is here as well as a good coffee bar. I enjoyed the architecture, visiting the visitors center, and watching the people going to and from.

Thank Vyoma S
Stafford, Virginia
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85 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2015

El Prado hosts a variety of flowering plants and palm trees. It is located within Balboa Park, which on it's own, is an amazing place to visit. Good spot to hang out and to appreciate, live music, grounds and museums.

Thank HortDude
San Diego, California
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376 reviews
285 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2015

It's lovely to walk around El Prado at any time of the year, with it's beautiful fountains; and it's fun to observe the street performers who sometimes perform in front of the reflecting pool, but, for me, the best time of the year is during the Christmas holidays when it is decorated for non-other than Christmas :)

1 Thank traveltoforeignlands

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