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Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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Ranked #78 of 4,058 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Great Falls, Virginia
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201 reviews 201 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We hit Prado for a special meal early in our visit to San Diego. Everything was solid, but not remarkable. We had salads, fish tacos and a few fish options. All were very good but nothing jumped off the menu as remarkable. The staff was attentive and very good, so definitely a further plus there. I definitely recommend this to... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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90 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Gourmet Magazine rated this as one of the best restaurants in the world. We agree! We ate here twice in 5 days and enjoyed the steak and fish tacos. Superb! My wife had the fish tacos and I had the steak tacos. Unlike any tacos we have ever had! They were hot, tasty, and simply marvelous! Our servers were exceptional... More

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New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Great find in Balboa Park. We were visiting for the day, and happened by Prado by chance. The decor is really interesting. The kids loved the hummus and flatbread. Mojito was mediocre, but everything else was top notch. Highlights: pig burger, black bean soup, turkey burger, very tasty fries. Not cheap but everyone left happy.

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Laguna Beach, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

A nice quiet relaxed restaurant in one of America's great city parks. Enjoy the scenery and the food.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Prado at Balboa Park, San Diego is an unbelievable - high quality - restaurant in the middle of a great park. The food and the service was fantastic. The view from the patio is also great and should be taken advantage of is the weather permits..., in San Diego..., that is 90% of the time. I would highly recommend... More

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New York City, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

When my family came in, we were quickly seated. A waiter came and took our drinks and the bread was flatbread with seasonings and hummus (very delicious). When it gets cold, they heat up the air so its very warm and nice. Music plays (not too loudly -a very rare thing for me), and the food is delicious and not... More

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I lover the decor, especially the ceiling.. The food was great a lovely menu.. We split a sandwich at lunch for a quick bite.. Nice presentation... More than enough.

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14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Best iced tea iv'e ever had, the mango iced tea. Highly recommend that and the fish tacos. The fish tacos are mahi mahi, excellent. The restaurant has a fun spanish influence touch to it. If you want to have outside seating, call and reserve if your going during prime eating hours.

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Calgary, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I was quite surprised at the quality of the food - I expected basic sandwiches and fries. What I got instead was cucumber soda (delicious!!), roasted beet salad with goat cheese. My husband had Tortilla soup (despite how hot it was out). All the food was excellent and the service was a notch above most restaurants. The patio was well... More

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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Pulled into the Prado, with reservations, after a long day at the San Diego Zoo. We got a quiet table on the patio which is beautiful and could hear the nearby concert from the park. We mentioned to our server that we could hear both the concert and their music and he turned off the restaurant music so we had... More

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