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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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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 6 days ago

The perfect restaurant to have lunch while visiting Balboa Park. Indoor and outdoor seating in beautiful decor. Delicious food at moderate prices. Responsive service. Highly recommended.

Thank BearForceOne
Reviewed 1 week ago

First the good - the beer was cold and the fish tacos were tasty and I really enjoyed them. Now for the bad, the bartender was rude and condescending. I wish I had gotten his name but he was a shorter guy and seemed to...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful lunch at Balboa Park. I had fish tacos and friend had Cobb salad. Wonderful fresh ingredients. Brought an excellent humus with red pepper starter to the table. Excellent location to relax after our walking tour of the Park. Sat outside and was able to...More

Thank Jan F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really good, but pricey for what we got. My hubby had pork sliders and they were tiny. I needed OJ for my blood sugar. I got a small glass for $3.75. Just seemed high since it was mostly ice. The food tasted good and service...More

Thank sally8363
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived by 11:15am on a Saturday and got a great table outside! I did not have to wait and was seated immediately. You will also have a better chance in finding parking! The best parking lot is right behind the Organ Pavilion! It’s fairly close...More

1  Thank Sany R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great service & outdoor or indoor seating. Delish marinated steak panini, chicken tortilla soup & specialty lemonades. Def recommended!

1  Thank Margaret L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We dined here for lunch. Food was very good. Took awhile for someone to wait on us. Service a little slow. I felt it was pricey for lunch. But that’s me. We dined inside, there was a wait to eat outside. I would recommend this...More

1  Thank galluvswarmweather
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a busy morning of museums and tower climbing, this was a welcome stop for lunch. The beautiful patio, surrounded by the lush park and blooming plants, is relaxing. Service is welcoming and efficient, but not rushed. Great iced tea, two of us had the...More

1  Thank Mike_in_CO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very happily surprised at the quality and value of Prado. I was actually expecting it to be more of a "tourist trap" but the food was priced well, portions were generous, drinks were delicious and the service was very prompt. I would recommend...More

Thank Ali_is_digital
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Did not know about The Prado but came across it while walking through Balboa Park. Had a nice evening on the outside patio while visiting in San Diego overlooking the Japanese friendship garden. Had sea bass and pork chop both well prepared. Fish was fresh...More

1  Thank Robert H
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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.
Jerome B
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
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids
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
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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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