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Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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Ranked #57 of 3,982 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 6th Avenue
Description: Set in the rich landscape and 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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86% Recommend
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San Diego, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

went there with my uncle aunt and husband, very good food, nice location and friendly staff, wil definitely come back.

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Edmonton, Canada
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269 restaurant reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

In the morning we toured the San Diego Zoo then walked through Balboa Park to Prado. We made online reservations and were seated in short order. Do ask for a table on the terrace. We ordered Cobb salad with shrimp and my hubby ordered homemade tomato soup and ham/cheese panini. Both entrees were fresh and tasty. We were in and... More

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Fremont, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

During our visit to Balboa Park in San Diego, we decided to eat lunch here as the place look like a first-class restaurant. We had to wait about 15 minutes for a table to eat outside which was the estimated time given by the hostess. Once we were seated we waited for a while to be served, and then had... More

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Waited over 40 minutes to get in. Once in and seated took over 1 hour to get our food. When I asked the waitress to check on our order she came back and said it was because we ordered our cheeseburger well done????? Also ordered the tortilla soup . Do not recommend that at all. No favor and taste to... More

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Austin, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We spent the day at the zoo with our little cuties and luckily I had reservations at the Prado in advance. This place was PACKED! I guess there was something going on in the area because the place was deserted after 8:30pm. Our kids enjoyed their food. My husband & I really enjoyed our entrees. Plus sitting on the patio... More

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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The restaurant is located in beautiful Balboa Park in one of their old historic buildings. Diffucult to find and more so, difficult to park as the valet was full. The restaurant is nicely decorated and very eclectic. The food was nice and so was the service. It was a saturday night and very busy in the park with weddings and... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Random choice while at Balboa Park and what a good choice for lunch. The Market Salad was probably one of the top five salads I've ever had. Grilled chicken BLT with a chilled glass of Benziger Chard was perfect. Wife had turkey BLT cheeseburger. Outdoor seating wasn't crowded. Service was attentive, water before we asked, they happily split the salad... More

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San Diego, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The restaurant has a bar area with an excellent selection, if you are short on time. Appetizers, wine and scrumptious desserts. I often go there before attending an event or play. When you have the time, the selections in the restaurant are excellent and unique. The tortilla soup is the best. Have been to this restaurant and bar area many... More

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Encinitas, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Great food in a unique location. We mostly come here for lunch when visiting Balboa Park and keep returning. Service is efficient and friendly, they have many guests and know how to manage a huge crowd. Whenever we have had the rare problem here, management always stepped in to make sure we were totally satisfied. Food tastes great, very child... More

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San Diego, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Friendly staff, great food, imaginative menu, sit outdoors or in, it's a welcome respite after spending the day roaming Balboa Park! We've eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. Love their salads for lunch and their main entrees at dinner. We enjoy dining with friends or for special occasions. Reservations recommended!

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