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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 3 weeks ago

This was a nice place for a leisurely lunch, especially if you want something more than what is offered at the various coffee wagons around the park. There is a complimentary cracker bread and hummus to start. Wide selection of drinks and beers. The patio...More

Thank expat326
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting San Diego (Balboa) we looked for a restaurant close to where were last and found The Prado. I had the tortilla soup and it was fantastic; I didn't need a big meal, just a little something and this hit the spot. I think...More

Thank Sondra H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I will admit that going to The Prado was a big part of my plan for my day at Balboa Park. The location is convenient - right in the mix of all the best museums - and it's usually pretty easy to get a table....More

Thank StaceeHarris
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the one restaurant in the park. It offers several dining spaces - both indoor and out. Service was a little slow - but it was really busy - enjoyed a turkey burger and salad. All good.

Thank kaylaartt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decided to have lunch at the El Prado while visiting the park the restaurant was nicely decorated , nice atmosphere, the food however was not good ! Disappointing lunch we ordered a hamburger which was burned and not really edible , restaurant was busy so...More

Thank SGLA2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lets face it, you eat at this restaurant because you want to enjoy the beautiful setting. On that account, the restaurant does not fail. The service is also very professional and friendly. The food is not bad but it is nothing special either. Overall, given...More

Thank Hitokiri_Battosai
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant looked good in the reviews but was a disappointment. They have 2 separate eating areas that are definitely not comparable to each other and both are very overpriced. Staff were very unattentive and not particularly nice or accommodating. Try Panama 66 across the...More

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were visiting Balboa Park. Was quite surprised at this restaurant. A bit more than we expected. Great place. You have to be AT Balboa Park to get to this place.

Thank Lumbertontraveler
Reviewed June 18, 2017 via mobile

After walking around the wonders of balboa park we were peckish and parched. We wondered into this place seeking refreshment to find they had finished lunch menu and not started dinner yet (it was 330pm) but we could order bar menu. Looked after by the...More

Thank Gibbo1969
Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

Attended a birthday party at the Prado. I had the black bean soup and a steak sandwich. The black bean soup was good but not great. I needed some more spices. It was underwhelming. The streak sandwich was not very good. The bread was pananni...More

Thank Dfettner
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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
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
Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Kids, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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