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Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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Ranked #85 of 4,118 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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south carolina
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299 reviews 299 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Great place to stop and have cocktails outside late afternoon. The happy hour is during the week. Comfortable setting. Relaxed and yummy hand crafted cocktails.

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Riverside, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

This is a fun restaurant in Balboa Park. The service was delightfully perfect. The food was good, but on a scale of 1-10, about a 7. Caesar Salad very ordinary. Black bean soup was good, be sure to add a squeeze of the lime provided. The trio of skewers was delicious. The sauces and dressings were all a bit on... More 

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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367 reviews 367 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
305 helpful votes 305 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This place really gets it right. It's a courtyard setting in a wonderful park. It's busy and active, a happening place. We enjoyed a lovely glass of Pinot Grigio to complement our lunchtime salads, hers mixed and his a beet salad. The service matched the ambiance, bright, cheerful and attentive. it really is a spot to relax and enjoy the... More 

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san diego
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

A very nice patio setting but was not impressed with the food and the service was on the stuffy side Probably would not go back

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Wilmington, NC
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89 reviews 89 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The hotel recommended we go to Prada's in Balboa Park after our visit to the San Diego Zoo. It is about a 10 minute walk from the entrance of the zoo. We ate outside and that was very pleasant. I had grilled fish tacos and they were yummy. My husband had the Deliteful sandwich which was made with several meats... More 

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San Diego, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We've eaten here many times. If the weather's warm, choose a table on the outdoor patio. If not, the dining rooms feature amazing glass sculpture. The food is excellent, a little pricey but not a splurge, and the service is expert and warm. Set in the iconic Balboa Park near museums, gardens and shops with valet parking and free parking... More 

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San Diego, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Prado at Balboa Park is a comfortable restaurant with charming décor and, for those seated on the terrace, lovely views down into the park. The menu is varied and reasonably priced, and the service is always excellent from the hostesses at the door to the servers who are informed and attentive but not hovering. We have eaten both dinner... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Prado Restaurant in Balboa Park is wonderful place to have a meal. We have been going there periodically over the last decade. The food selections, wine and other alcoholic beverages are always great. You do need to know this is a pricey restaurant, but save your "pennies," because the visit we be worth it. They take "walk ups," but... More 

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Coronado, California
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168 reviews 168 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The menu doesn't clearly support the Old California theme, but the choices are dynamic and tasty. Service is excellent. The food is creative, but doesn't always come to the table hot. Spicy flavors abound and unique entrees are all over the menu. Good portions, good food, good service, good dining experience. Reservations are a must because this is a popular... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I loved the specialty Grinch drink that was available at Christmas. The restaurant is beautiful, the service is exceptional and the food is delicious. Leave some time to walk around Balboa Park.

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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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