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Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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Ranked #70 of 4,066 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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Los Angeles, California
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242 reviews 242 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

My husband and I had been here years before for lunch and were so impressed that we decided to return for dinner. Seating is in three areas (plus they have a bar area) -- a very nice dining room, an enclosed sun room and an outdoor patio. The first time we went we were seated in the nice dining room... More

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encinitas, CA
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47 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We have been eating delicious meals in this restaurant for years. It is a little difficult to find and an unexpected prize when you discover it. The food is always locally sourced and deliciously prepared. The ambiance and decor exudes Balboa Park's personality. It is a proud establishment and the staff is friendly and helpful.

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99 reviews 99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Wanted a nice place for a beer and a sandwich between museums and this place looked lovely. However, it was very expensive. The hamburger was supposed to be Kobe, but who could tell. Asked for medium rare, got medium well. Pig burger was tasty but also very dry and overcooked. Lunch for two with a beer each was over $50.... More

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Tabernacle, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

We celebrated my son's 12th birthday while visiting San Diego. Prado made his day special with a wonderful lunch followed by complimentary dessert for the birthday boy. Our waiter was wonderful and lunch progressed at a nice pace...not rushed and not too leisurely. It was a wonderful pick!

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San Diego, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

We were going to the Old Globe for a production of 'the Grinch", and didn't have alot of time to go downtown for a restaurant. It was super noisy in the bar so I was worried because we were treating my sister from out of town. We got into the patio and had outstanding service, the noise from the bar... More

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San Diego, California
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18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Tuesdays are free for all of the museums, and the Prado was both noisy and crowded at our table inside. Normally, you can have a quiet lunch, but not this time. That said, the food, as always, was consistently superb and the atmosphere is very inviting, although I think our mistake was also sitting inside. The service is friendly, gracious... More

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San Diego, California, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Prado is located in old exhibit building in Balboa Park. It is very charming and nicely restored Spanish building. The tile work is beautiful. The food is very good and presented well. The place can get very busy in summer and they have lovely area for weddings so there is a lot of activity and it can get noisy. It... More

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Paducah, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My husband and adult daughter were on our first visited to San Diego. We began with church at the First Baptist church of San Diego then Spreckle's organ concert and walk through the international village in Balboa park. So we were ready for a nice dinner. We made reservations for five o'clock and were seated just after. Our waiter was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Amazing setting and ambiance...best pork ever, best sangria, best calamari ever...wonderful experience

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11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Two New Englanders, my husband and I decided to spend our first San Diego day in Balboa Park. Great choice! Prado was recommended as a sit-down restaurant by the Visitor's Center. We were still on east coast time so opted to wait for their 11:00 lunch opening time. We were seated outside at a cozy table for two on an... More

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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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