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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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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

Balboa Park looks beautiful at night in December! It is lit with colorful lights, and changes it into a magical place. We were seated on time, outdoors, on the patio. The heaters were on, but I was happy that I had dressed warmly. It was...More

Thank GofromCA
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had been here before, so we decided to take out of town guests here. Shortly after we were seated, I received an important call from my doctor. After I finished, it took a long time to get a waiter, who claimed that he was...More

Thank William G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite a wonderful surprise. Extremely well prepared food and at a decent price. It is also a great way to escape the heat of Balboa Park for an hour.

Thank cofloater
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hadn't expected much of the cuisine in the middle of a city park. It was just convenient and the building is gorgeous, so there wasn't any reason not to go there. Little did we know that the lunch would be so superb that we...More

Thank portlandorer
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting Balboa Park, and my husband was famished. We waited for the restaurant to open (Sunday at 11) and went in for a quick lunch. It is a lovely place with indoor and outdoor seating. I got a bowl of tortilla soup with...More

Thank Lynne0725
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I expected very little of this place given they have somewhat of a captive audience and I expected theme park/ museum coffee shop type food. I was very wrong. The food was outstanding, service good and such a pretty setting outside on the patio. I...More

Thank Sandra P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was good, and the service reasonable, though they were very busy the night we were there. Only major issue was a family at the next table with very noisy, very young kids (not to blame the kids for screaming ... it was quite late,...More

1  Thank MassCouple2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic, View
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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