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The Prado at Balboa Park

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1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101 (6th Avenue)
+1 619-557-9441
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon 11:30 - 15:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Apollo, Pennsylvania
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125 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Prado's is located in a gorgeous building in beautiful Balboa Park. We had reservations, so we didn't have to wait. However, the surroundings are so impressive that you would even enjoy waiting for a table. The atmosphere of the restaurant is eclectic Spanish decor. Servers are excellent as is the food. Everything we ordered was prepared exceptionally and presented beautifully.... More 

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Rochester New York
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73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to have dinner. Not bad prices on the menu. We had some appetizers and drinks. Great variety on the menu as well as a pretty extensive wine list.

Thank JimmyJ62
Cincinnati, Ohio
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When we asked the concierge at our hotel where we should eat lunch while in Balboa Park, he said, "hands down, Prado". His recommendation was spot on! The service was excellent, the menu had a variety of options sure to satisfy and the view of the of the vines and arbors can't be beat. My mango iced tea glass was... More 

Thank Lori K
Washington state
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Eating outdoors is a must here, under the arbors of vines, sunshine/shade. Wait service was exemplary with our water and soda glasses always full. The pork bahn mi sliders were presented on a light roll with perfect pork and fresh vegetables (4 for a portion). Fresh salmon was cooked to perfection. (this was on the "bar" menu) Spanish guitar background... More 

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Locals know this as an amazing experience. Combine high end food with to die for location and add the scenery and intimacy...that's the Prado.

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Missouri City, Texas
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131 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant offers a very original menu that we found tasty, creative and original. Even the staples like tomato soup had a very original touch - an excellent balance between acidic and basic.

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Kirkwood, Missouri
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123 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are there twice on a recent visit to San Diego, once for lunch and another day for supper. The menu is a touch limited but the food is excellent, a little pricey but worth it. The atmosphere is wonderful and at night becomes magical.

Thank Rita Z
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious food, excellent beverages and delightful customer service. In the center of the park, just steps from the Art Museum, Museum of Man and other sites. If it is busy, the meal is worth the wait.

Thank Elise R
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371 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This wonderful restaurant punches way above its weight. The fact it was in a 'park' sets low expectations but I was wrong. White table clothes... muted Spannish decor, great service and a great menu has us returning later in the week. We ordered a wide range of items from the menu and nobody would share suggesting they were all good.... More 

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San Diego, California
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105 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had lunch with spouse and two friends and the food was excellent and artfully arranged. I had the Chicken Cobb Salad and my wife and friend had the Chili Releno and the other friend had chopped chicken salad. One cannot make Chopped Chicken Salad look good but the other were nicely arranged. We also had the Chocolate Desert with Marshmallow... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Mediterranean, American, Fusion, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, 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
    (6th Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-557-9441
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?