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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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Baxter, Minnesota
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The atmosphere was fabulous - outdoor seating (with nearby heaters) on a lovely CA evening. The service was good but nothing exceptional. The food was good, but the menu is pretty limited. I don't know that I'd go back. If you do decide to give it a go, try the calamari app - it made up for what anything else... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We were visiting San Diego as part of a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway. We saw the dome of the building on a day to the San Diego Zoo then again on a segway tour that included Balboa Park. I loved the building and after a bit of research discovered that it was a restaurant, so we made a... More

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Alta Loma, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Great interior of the original building updated but not destroyed. Good service, Good drinks and appetizers with folksy like entertaining music. We did not eat dinner here as they closed for dining at 9PM and were later. C&H

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Leuven, Belgium
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Although the setting is nice, the waiters professional (though not very welcoming), it's the food that really doesn't live up to its expectations. The chicken and gnocchi dumplings were too fatty, with poor quality of chicken ; the salmon was well prepared, but the dish in its entirety was just not that good. We actually visited the same restaurant 3... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Lovely setting eating on the patio. Rueben came cold. Had cole slaw instead of sauerkraut. Hard to find the cheese.

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Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Really made the stroll around the park a perfect afternoon! Great patio, we enjoyed fish and steak tacos and wine. Great atmosphere, don't miss it if you are going to enjoy the free park.

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64 reviews 64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This part of the city is a lovely contrast to the waterfront and convention focused city centre with a much more traditional ambiance. Service good, food is fine but expensive, a worthwhile alternative to the usual fare in the citycentre .

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Dorchester, South Carolina
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77 reviews 77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had a late lunch after a morning at the zoo and the Prado was amazing. The food was delicious, atmosphere was welcoming and relaxing and the service was spot on. We shared some white sangria and then I had a very tasty farmers salad with grilled steak on top. My wife had a rich grilled cheese with some tomato... More

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Miami, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We visited during a "Sana Ana" heat wave and this place was a welcome respite. Everything was delicious, creative and satisfying. Great fish tacos!

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Ellensburg, Washington, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This restaurant is breathtaking. You can eat inside or at the bar which is just beautiful or you can eat outsidewhich is fun and again well decorated. The staff was friendly and helpful, answering questions about the menu and about drinks. We had a 30 minute wait while went flying by while we just enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant.

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