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Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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Ranked #85 of 4,044 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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86% Recommend
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Richmond, Virginia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The food was excellent, the service attentive and the setting was out of this world. Nothing like sitting on a lovely patio next to a gurgling fountain enjoying a lovely lunch. Yes, you pay for the privilege -- this is not a fast food bargain lunch stop -- but you'll leave sated and happy.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent restaurant with a wide variety of food and drink selection including a good children's menu. The staff were attentive and helpful, making recommendations. The restaurant was busy but it didn't feel overcrowded or too noisy.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We have to come here every time we're in San Diego. Balboa Park is a must-see place. This restaurant has been here forever and continues to be a premier spot for delicious food, great service and beautiful atmosphere. They are open for lunch and dinner, but call ahead on the day to make sure there is no special event happening... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I love coming to the Prado for a special occasion or before a performance at the nearby Old Globe Theatre. I recently dined at the Prado with my mom before a performance of "Into The Woods." We had the pleasure of receiving Stephen as our waiter. I liked that the first thing he asked was if we were going to... More

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Aliso Viejo, CA
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We had lunch here after walking around Balboa Park, and after visiting some of the many museums there, and it was very relaxing spot. The ambience is casual southern California, with spacious and comfortable inside and outdoor seating. The food is good to very good and varied, suitable for many tastes. The cocktails are interesting. I had the "Pig Burger"... More

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San Diego, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The menu is modest in scale but good quality. Same goes for the wine list. We arrived at 6:30 for a 6:45 reservation and were seated in the pleasant courtyard right away. Our meals choices were well prepared and presented, fresh and tasty. Our waiter attended to timing so we were not rushed but were able to leave in good... More

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Columbus, Ohio
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Wonderful menu & wine list. Sit outside on the patio if possible. The ambience is so peaceful & relaxing.

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Interior is lovely and comfortable; service was very attentive. The scripts the wait staff have to recite to you was a bit much, but they're just doing their job. I had lunch there (chorizo burger). I was surprised how bland the food was, after the excellent, complementary, handmade chipotle hummus and flat bread. Moscow mule was excellent though! Good presentation;... More

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Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Prado surprised us with excellent food, lovely ambiance, friendly service and reasonable prices. Crackers on the table with a tasty dip. Intriguing dressing on spinach salad. Mango ice tea. Families with kids and adults mix easily in dining rooms. Pleasant inside, porch and outside dining areas. Artistic ambiance. We were there for lunch but we would go for dinner.

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San Diego, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Wonderful service that was appropriate and kind in every way ("impeccable service"), good value, good recommendations, and of course a world class atmosphere -- that describes my experience at the Prado. We have a special dinner there tonight, but I would take my friends/family there any time, and choose appetizer versus full meal to suit the occasion. It has been... More

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