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The Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-557-9441
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Mediterranean, American, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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Reviewed yesterday

We recently had a Family Gathering here at The Prado. It was a first time visit for me and I truly loved it. The Service was exceptional and the Food was phenomenal. We all tried different items, from Chicken Caesar Salad, to Prado Pressed Chicken...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 345marshaa
Reviewed 2 days ago

Located within the historic Balboa Park only makes El Prado better. I love this place. From its location, ample parking, overall atmosphere, the food (at bar area or rest), the service/staff is always spot on and portion sizes are on the larger size (but NOT...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank fausto1620
Reviewed 4 days ago

This historic site in Balboa Park is a perfect place for lunch or dinner. The patio is romantic. Often you will see a wedding in progress or being prepared. The food is great and different. While you are there, besure to visit the Park.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Pete W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was where are on our first date 45 years ago. Once again we had excellent small plates in the bar. We followed our outstanding waitress’ recommendations and had black bean soup and fish tacos. Both were wonderful.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank yogiacomo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the basic bad experience of most one star reviews, white beans undercooked, fiberous and not fresh vegetables, hard dry stale chocolate cake, brown edges on lettuce, fishy old sea bass-. staff was hurried and stressed... the difference in my review is that I...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank HolliW27
Reviewed 1 week ago

My Husband and I went to the Prado Restaurant because it was near the Theatre we were going to. The service was great and the food was delicious. The food was served in time for us to make the performance with a little time to...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Chick L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were four adults visiting this restaurant for lunch. Its location in the park is convenient, inside a large building on a lovely courtyard. As it was a November day (although sunny), we opted to eat indoors. My brother ordered the grilled prime steak tacos,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank SECh694
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Three adults and one three year old had lunch. Service was good, all staff were attentive and engaged with our granddaughter. Very busy on a Saturday afternoon. Chicken strips from the Children’s Menu were quite spicy. The French fries were terrible. The trio of skewers...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank S4293HSmicheled
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

White tablecloth restaurant has the excellent food to match. You may have to wait but it was worth it and they give you a beeper to carry. Pomegranate margarita was worth trying although try it without the salted rim. Made my drink too salty. Service...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Nanums
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the food here is very good. The service is just as if not better. Georgina met us with a super smile and great personality. and the flatbread was the best I have had. I just had the leftover 3 days later and it was awesome.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank samher110258
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Nicole P
May 8, 2017|
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Response from pspeerit | Reviewed this property |
Probably. I don't know for sure, but they are very accommodating and their byword is "absolutely. So ask. It's an excellent restaurant.
Marilyn L
February 19, 2017|
Response from SMGrandma | Reviewed this property |
Don't remember, but you might be able to access their menu online for more details.
February 10, 2017|
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Response from CohnRestaurantGroup | Property representative |
Hi Jerome, Our chefs are happy to prepare or modify an existing item (if possible) to make it vegan. Please ask your server before ordering and you can also feel free to ask for a Manager as well if that makes things... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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: +1 619-557-9441
  • E-mail
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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