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Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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Ranked #69 of 4,046 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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Vancouver, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was suggested to me by locals. I spent the afternoon wandering through Balboa Park and made my way to Happy Hour. Alone, I took a table near the bar. Service was great. I felt comfortable sitting alone. I ordered the El Prado flat bread which was excellent. It had rock shrimp, black bean puree, roasted corn, cheeses, Anaheim... More

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Very nice, comfortable environment. Ate lunch there, fairly expensive; but equates to the setting. That said would consider food served good, but not excellent! There were five in our party; we all ordered something different. Portions were ample. Service was fine, didn't find issues as some reviews noted.

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Temecula, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I always sit on the front patio and people watch in the little courtyard. Therefore I have only ordered off of the "Bar" menu. That being said, I have never had a bad meal or less than excellent service. Great salads and light lunch items. The complimentary crackers and humus are such a nice treat as you wait for your... More

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La jolla
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went for lunch on a beautiful Saturday. Service was inconsistent and food was dreadful. Grilled cheese with ham tasted spoiled, the fish BLT had almost no fish and fish tacos were very short on the fish. Server failed to bring promised hummus/chips. Lovely spot but just go for a drink and avoid the food

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San Diego, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Over the years in San Diego we have been to the Prado for meals multiple times, including a couple of business meetings catered for us in their beautiful setting. Today was special and completely changed our opinion of what would be considered good food and service to what can only be called some really great food and service for San... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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84 reviews 84 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

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

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

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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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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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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