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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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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
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

Did not know about The Prado but came across it while walking through Balboa Park. Had a nice evening on the outside patio while visiting in San Diego overlooking the Japanese friendship garden. Had sea bass and pork chop both well prepared. Fish was fresh...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Charming atmosphere in a great location other than that it was just average except for the service which was unprofessional. My wife and I ordered the fish tacos, what we got was a fish taco kit, they supplied the ingredients and you put it together...rediculous...More

Thank RU4NJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mothers Day brunch was outstanding. Great selection of foods, prompt and polite service, outdoor patio had great ambiance. Live music too. This special brunch is only done twice per year.. Easter and Mother's Day so it's worth the price. Be aware that parking in the...More

Thank Rich G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had planned a special day at Balboa Park with my daughters. Decided to take them to The Prado Restaurant for a nice sit down lunch rather than just grabbing a quick bite to eat at one of the little outdoor venues in the park....More

Thank elenalJ2015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The owner is very rude and mean. Customer service was horrible and we waited for nothing. Our food was cold and the owner was no help he looked drugged out. He was yelling at me being mean. I would never waste my time or money....More

Thank Lucy G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are plenty of places with good food in San Diego, we are spoiled. However the atmosphere and service are great. Our Server Tanner is very professional and checks on us frequently. It brings great peace of mind knowing we can have a consitent experience...More

Thank MunozLuis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely a 5 for the beautiful setting; a 3 for the menu and service. A short walk from the zoo, located in Balboa Park, it was a lovely place to stop in for lunch. But the menu, in our opinion, was too heavily weighted towards...More

Thank PG-NY
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there for lunch with another couple and sat out in the entry courtyard. Great place to relax and feel like you are on vacation. The sandwiches were amazing with fresh avocados, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. They have a good wine list and the service...More

Thank JimH85641
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place was beautiful, and busy this fine Saturday noon. We waited to be seated for about 5-10 minutes. Was impressed by the resto interiors. The food selection was ok, the prices mid-range. I got the chicken blt sandwich and asked the bacon to be...More

Thank Marielle G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wandered in here without a reservation after a few hours at Balboa Park and we were glad we did! The space is wonderfully decorated and is vibrant with activity. We waited a bit to be seated, but the bartender was happy to transfer our...More

Thank jessengee
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Nicole P
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
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
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
US$10 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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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