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The Prado at Balboa Park

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1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1660 (6th Avenue)
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All 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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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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249 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

visiting friends in San Diego, they took us out to dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The venue chosen was The Prado and it was perfect. The waiter took a lot of time to explain the menu and offer suggestions. The service was good and the food tasted wonderful. They even brougt up a complementary dessert with a candle to... More 

Thank Pat W
San Diego, California
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just met my daughter there for a quick meal in the bar patio. Good service as always and she can bring her dog (they even brought the dog some water). The one BAD thing we discovered is that there used to be a GREAT coffee cart in front of the restaurant. It appears that the Prado revoked that poor guy's... More 

Thank Joel B
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Was tipped about this by a couple on a cruise, it's situated in a great location in the beautiful Balboa parks. If possible, try to get a patio table if you care about your surroundings as it's in a nice spot. Had to wait about 10-15 mins bit they sit us in the bar with a pager that buzzes when... More 

Thank Adam C
West Plains, Missouri
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Prado has the best Steak Tacos in San Diego! They are made with fresh ingredients and have always had great taste! They have some of the best Kobe Sushi rolls as well. The service has always been great, as well as the great outdoor scenery of Balboa Park.

Thank Ian B
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We happened upon this gem as we were walking through Balboa Park. The entire staff were very friendly. Our waitress was great! The atmosphere is beautiful and the food is fantastic! We started with Spicy Calamari Fries and they were out of this world good!!! My wife is not a calamari lover, and she really like this. Also, $1.00 of... More 

Thank Kent R
Laguna Woods, California
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

With the close proximity to the ocean, we were looking forward to a nice selection of fish and seafood on the diner menu. we don't eat meat. there were 2 fish entrees, and one mixture of mussels, fish shrimp, etc. The choices of salas were plentiful and interesting. We had the gold and red beet salad with goat cheese. I... More 

Thank ZCAlady
Irvine, California
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great outdoor fun for a whole family, couples, or friends. There are museums along the way. Music and festivity all around. You can people watch, shop, or grab a bite to eat. You can rent a large bike to take the whole group along. Great San Diego experience.

Thank Beatrice L
San Diego, California
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Been 2x. The atmosphere is awesome and the service was very good. Just expect to pay amusement park prices

Thank JarrodR23
San Diego, California
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best places to eat -just right balboa park and the zoom food is great but make sure u make reservations as it gest very busy on the weekends

Thank TLzuniga
San Diego, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the bar menu at The Prado. So nice after the theatre of meeting up with friends to stop in. Their flatbread pizzas are the best. I had the Prado one and it was excellent, but next time I am ordering the Veggie one topped with arugula. The wines are superb and all is at a good price point... More 

Thank Dale M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $40
Mediterranean, American, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
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
Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
    (6th Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 16195579441
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?