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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%
Travellers talk about
“hummus” (90 reviews)
“black bean soup” (22 reviews)
“paella” (56 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll 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 yesterday via mobile

Loads of tasty appetizers at super reasonable prices. Order a few, enjoy the park and save some hard earned dough. It's a total tourist joint, but a short distance from the zoo or Old Globe.

Thank jblankfort
Reviewed 5 days ago

An excellent choice for lunch after we had been exploring Balboa Park for several hours. There was a 15 minute wait for Sunday lunch which was not too bad and said wait was well worth it. We sat outside on a wonderful afternoon from a...More

Thank jerryskc
Reviewed 1 week ago

The overall restaurant appeal and beauty cannot be surpassed. We ate outdoors because of the warmth and beauty of the day. The food was fabulous, the drinks perfect and the atmosphere exquisite for both the adults and teenagers. When we are next in San Diego,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were four people who were to meet for dinner. But we started earlier than we thought and bought small appetizers and shared. It was more than enough. Beautiful setting and the staff was very friendly. As I was the driver, I didn't drink, but...More

Thank Stu B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Balboa Park is a must see and Prado is on the list also! The food is wonderful and with great service and beautiful atmosphere you cannot go wrong. Be sure to get a fruit soda.. soo yummy! It's nice to sit on the patio although...More

Thank Paradise K
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are few restaurants with table service in the park. This one is large, with indoor and outdoor seating. The wait staff can be a little stuffy. Our food was just average and the prices were on the high end for lunch. When a salad...More

Thank Teresa S
Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting some of the museums in Balboa Park we (wife and I) needed a food break so we stayed in the park and ate at The Prado Restaurant. The prices are a little high for what you get but, this is a visitors wonderland...More

Thank avie8tor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cant' visit San Diego without a day trip to Balboa Park and can't visit the park without lunch at Prado. The building and atmosphere are Spanish, green, lush, and welcoming. Come as you are; you'll see a variety of casual and finer dress. The service...More

Thank Dianne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bar is great. We eat there all the time and it never disappoints. Every once in a while we try the restaurant, which is also consistent. Consistently bad. Aside from the food, service and price being better in the bar, it's even the prettier...More

Thank larry205
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

where do i start?? everything was just wonderful. the place is beautiful, the service is excellent, and the food is perfect. thank you Scott for such great service. we had the Paella as recommended, and the Lettuce Wedge salad. Scott suggested to cut up everything...More

Thank arizona-mark
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Questions & Answers
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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, View, 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
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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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