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Prado at Balboa Park

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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (6th Avenue)
619-557-9441
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Set in the rich landscape and finely manicured gardens, the Prado...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice patio seating

Great atmosphere out on the patio for a lovely inch. Love the crackers and Hummus served to start the meal as well. A bit expensive but nice if spending the day touring the museums.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere out on the patio for a lovely inch. Love the crackers and Hummus served to start the meal as well. A bit expensive but nice if spending the day touring the museums.

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Dexter, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed the food and drink at Prado! Great atmosphere (sat on the terrace) and service as well. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Prado consistently has great food and great service in a beautiful setting. This is my restaurant of choice for special occasions and for visitors. Sometimes it's dinner, sometimes just drinks. But this place is wonderful Calamari and mango martini are delicious

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Seal Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Worth the wait for So. Cal. food specialties. Reserve if you can. Good service and eclectic atmosphere in Balboa Park. Give yourself time to find parking if driving.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We were visitors to San Diego and Balboa Park is a landmark here. We were lucky to find this jewel. After a good walk around this beautiful park with a perfect weather going for lunch or a nice romantic dinner here is a must. Prado at Balboa Park is a great place to try. It has a an amazing view... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Overhyped and overpriced given average quality, Applebee's type food. Inattentive service. Just an overhyped tourist trap for suckers.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Frequent visitors to San Diego and the Balboa Park area…we have often walked by the Prado restaurant and always said we will visit. Well, we finally did and WOW we were blown away ! We had dinner on a Sunday evening, sat out on the back patio under heat lamps and string lights. Excellent server - Catie. Excellent meal. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Amazing place in balboa park in San Diego. I had the Kobe burger and it was delicious. The park area is beautiful and lots of variety of museums.

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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the Prado on a hot San Diego afternoon. Both my wife and I enjoyed salads. There were several appealing choices. The service was friendly and efficient. The salads were about $15 each. Beers and wine were $7 - $10 per glass. A 25 minute wait for a table allowed time to enjoy the courtyard.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Pulled into Balboa Park after getting off of the plane and headed straight for Prado. Fish tacos were outstanding and the open air patio was wonderful and warm! (especially since it was 8 when we left upstate NY). Our waitress was helpful in getting us oriented to the park - loved the flatbread/hummus appetizer. A gem inside a beautiful park

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
    (6th Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-557-9441

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?