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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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“hummus” (90 reviews)
“black bean soup” (22 reviews)
“paella” (59 reviews)
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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 5 days ago

We were there at "happy hour" time so there wasn't a full menu to choose from. Our server seemed to be MIA much of the time. When it came the food was amazing, but we would have liked our water and soda glasses refilled. Make...More

Thank christinemB1184GZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped in at the Prado at the San Diego airport for traditional bloody Marys before our flight. The bartender put sugar instead of salt on the rim. We asked to have them remade, and were scolded and treated with contempt. Called the manager and...More

Thank RobinJ212
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After walking around Balboa Park, we stopped into the Prada based on the reviews from TripAdvisor. We enjoyed a couple of margaritas while waiting for our table. The drinks were very good but very pricey. Once we made our way to our table we ordered....More

Thank James W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In San Diego's lovely weather this is a treat while exploring gorgeous Balboa Park. The servings are large so plan to go there hungry or share with a friend. Food is good with a seafood/Mexican variety as well as hamburgers and other lunch fare. Enjoy...More

Thank 15ann250
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here with co-workers leaving the company soon. It was a perfect place for a well deserved send off. Beautiful ambiance spanish style with glass decor. Sit on the patio for the best view. We ordered lunch and had the beet salad with chicken tortilla...More

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our Christmas Eve dinner at The Prado. The setting had Christmas appeal, and the room was not noisy. We had made reservations in advance. We were surprised that almost nobody was wearing a necktie at this restaurant for a very special night. Ties...More

Thank Aikenfans
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location in balboa park. Make sure to sit outside it has a great view! We go there right when it opened and we were in and out within an hour. Paella was great (although not as huge as many paella dishes tend to be)...More

Thank Autumn H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made reservations for a later meal and called to request an hour earlier. The hostess answered the phone with, "how can we help you smile?" That was the start of a perfect date night. We started with HH for Mules and wine in the...More

Thank Donna c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live in San Diego and I have visited this restaurant many times over the past decade. It used to be one of my favorite places to sit on the patio and have lunch, but the past few times I've been there the food has...More

1  Thank amayazhi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love the Parade. From the entry with Chihully glass to the outside dining terrace, you are surrounded by elegance and charm. The food is lovely. There is a children's menu. One of our two had chicken fingers and fries, the other pasta with butter...More

Thank RenaM65
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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
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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