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“California at it's best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Prado at Balboa Park

Prado at Balboa Park
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-557-9441
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Ranked #79 of 4,100 Restaurants in San Diego
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.
Seattle
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69 reviews 69 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“California at it's best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Random choice while at Balboa Park and what a good choice for lunch. The Market Salad was probably one of the top five salads I've ever had. Grilled chicken BLT with a chilled glass of Benziger Chard was perfect. Wife had turkey BLT cheeseburger. Outdoor seating wasn't crowded. Service was attentive, water before we asked, they happily split the salad and our two burgers.

Visited April 2014
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San Diego, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Prado Plus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The restaurant has a bar area with an excellent selection, if you are short on time. Appetizers, wine and scrumptious desserts. I often go there before attending an event or play.
When you have the time, the selections in the restaurant are excellent and unique. The tortilla soup is the best.
Have been to this restaurant and bar area many times with both family and friends.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Encinitas, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Always a fabulous experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Great food in a unique location. We mostly come here for lunch when visiting Balboa Park and keep returning. Service is efficient and friendly, they have many guests and know how to manage a huge crowd. Whenever we have had the rare problem here, management always stepped in to make sure we were totally satisfied. Food tastes great, very child friendly, and nice atmosphere.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Lovely Lunches and Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Friendly staff, great food, imaginative menu, sit outdoors or in, it's a welcome respite after spending the day roaming Balboa Park! We've eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. Love their salads for lunch and their main entrees at dinner. We enjoy dining with friends or for special occasions. Reservations recommended!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Collierville
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“very nice view and settings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

it was a pleasure dinning at this restaurant. very nice view inside the park. the food was OK, the server was very nice.

Visited March 2014
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