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Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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Ranked #71 of 4,044 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $40
Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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Marietta, Georgia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The view of Balboa Park sets the table for a romantic setting. The smoked salmon flatbread was filling and delicious. The complementary humus and crackers were excellent.

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went to 2 museums at Balboa Park, then needed a place to have lunch. I had an Asian-chicken salad which was excellent. I ordered the smaller salad which was perfect. My husband ordered the organic turkey burger. He really liked it. It was huge and tasty. It came with French Fries and a lot of them... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

My mom and I spent the morning walking around Balboa Park and then had lunch at Prado. They ad a nice variety of unique salads - I had a beet salad. The atmosphere was very pleasant.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

While visiting San Diego for the first time, my wife and I made a Sunday evening reservation at The Prado before seeing a show at the Old Globe. Our waiter, Scott, was fantastic -- and the atmosphere and food were stellar!

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The best! We loved everything about our dinner. We sat outside in the garden overlooking the same place we were married 30 years earlier. The food was wonderful!

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Westminster, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

My husband thought his hamburger was overpriced and mediocre. He thought the bread in the bun was hard as a rock. Also he was not happy with the service and it was 2:30 in the afternoon when we had lunch so the patio was not full. I really enjoyed my market salad with all the good vegetables including beets, corn,... More

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Oceanside, California, USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My wife & I had lunch there this past Sat. Our first time (won’t be our last). Seated immediately. The décor & ambiance was superb. Greeted immediately by our waiter. Ordered a pomegranate margarita (awesome). Ordered Tomato basil soup & sandwich…delicious…Fries Too!! I highly recommend this fine establishment & I hope to return soon. You should GO!!

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San Diego
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

For lunch, inside or at fresco, you will enjoy a great meal, good service and the perfect ambiance in San Diego. At dinner even a better experience, do not miss it!

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Izmir, Turkey
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

After the visit of the lovely Museums in the beautiful Balboa Park, it was a good surprise to have an al fresco lunch on the terrace. Without a reservation, we did not have to wait long for a nice table.Absolutely perfect service. Delicious salads, specially the one with the shrimps. Don't miss the fresh fruit juices. Recommended.

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San Diego, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We have lived in San Diego over 25yrs and The Prado is one of our very favorite places to eat. Whenever we are visiting Balboa Park we will try to work in a meal here. The service, food, and decor are just wonderful.

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Additional Information about Prado at Balboa Park

Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619-557-9441
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
Cuisine: American

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