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The Prado at Balboa Park

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1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101 (6th Avenue)
+1 619-557-9441
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Chance was a funny and very efficient server. Food was good, even though a little on the pricey side for lunch. Only complaint was that they didn't have unflavored iced tea, only a fruity one. Outdoor patio dining was very nice.

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Thank SMGrandma
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Prado Restaurant is festive and comfortable and has an amazing array of fantastic food opportunities. They also have a wonderful happy hour between 4-6 p.m. on most nights and a late night 10 p.m. happy hour with half priced appetizers and discounted drinks. Right in the heart of Balboa Park. Open for lunch and dinner and mid-priced for gourmet... More 

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Thank Connie G
Carmel, Indiana
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125 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Knowing we were going to visit several museums at Balboa Park, our hostess & host made reservations for our group of 8 for lunch. This was our second visit and this visit was as delightful as the first. Since it was rainy and cool during our visit we ate inside this time. The dining room is absolutely beautiful and kudo's... More 

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Thank Suzanne I
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been visiting Balboa Park for years with my family but never had a chance to stop by The Prado restaurant. I went with my wife and my 2-year-old daughter and we had a great time. The atmosphere inside the restaurant was relaxing and service really friendly. We went for lunch during Restaurant Week and the food was good.... More 

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Thank Ricardo F
Novi Sad, Serbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic food, service and ambiance. Something different for reasonable prices. We had a lot of fun and would recommend lemon cream brulee for dessert. You won't regret giving this place a shot especially if you get Humberto as your server😉

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Thank Tatjana M
Hood River, OR, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food was delicious and the wait staff were really on the ball They made us feel like we belonged ther!

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Thank T9419CKwilliamw
Oceanside, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another great Cohen restaurant - I suggest locals go on a Tuesday when some museums are free. The wait can look long but its rarely more than 20 minutes.

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Thank Elizabeth B
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well presented large portions in a nice setting. Would highly recommend this restaurant for lunch while visiting Balboa Park.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went to Prado for the first time to celebrate our 11 year anniversary. It ended up being on "Date Night Tuesday" which has to be one of San Diego's best deals. The ambiance was amazing, our waiter was as well, and the food was superb! I ordered the lobster bucatini and my husband ordered the mustard... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First things first, though you might get seated eventually, please call ahead to reserve a table especially on weekends around lunchtime. As a member of the museums in Balboa Park, we love visiting the Prado for lunch over the weekend. The complimentary crisps and hummus that come out to your table are great while waiting for your food to arrive.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $40
Cuisine
Mediterranean, American, Fusion
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
    (6th Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-557-9441
Description
Set in the rich landscape of 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?