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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)
+1 619-557-9441
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Chino, California
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177 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hit up happy hour here and brought our dog. There is a small available section for pet-friendly tables in the courtyard area. With a nice cool breeze and people watching, we were entertained and refreshed while enjoying some decent tapas for a late lunch. Our server was excellent, and we loved the Peppers & Oil Tapas Style brought me... More 

Thank Chazz B
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately we had a large round table since we were a party of five. The table was too big for "hearable" conversation since the restaurant is very noisy. Also there was no table cover as on smaller tables. The service was passable not outstanding-no one offered to refill our water glasses ( mine was empty for about half of our... More 

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food with a wide variety of cuisines. They serve very large portions. You might consider splitting dishes. Located by the welcome center and trolley stop.

Thank billepierce
Los Angeles
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105 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the place you want to take your parents for them to have a wonderful and comfortable night. It's a classic land and sea restaurant in a beautiful mission style building. It's location cannot be better. You can see why locals would choose to have private affairs and wedding receptions here. The staff are accommodating. Everything is well done... More 

Thank Indiegoddess
Arvada, Colorado
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Prado at Balboa Park is a nice restaurant to have lunch during your visit to the park. A little expensive but you will get food worth the price. Nice service but a little slow.

Thank ggarciao2001
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Made a great decision to grab lunch here while visiting the museums at Balboa Park. The menu choices were not complicated and made our choices easily. The Pradorita (their version of a margarita) was just right for this lazy afternoon. I had the steak tacos and the steak was tender and tasty. My wife had the mahi mahi tacos (they... More 

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Mount Holly, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We were on an Old Towne Trolly tour and ate lunch here quite late. The service, meal and atmosphere was outstanding! We highly recommend. The Caesar salad was wonderful, just the right amount of dressing.

Thank debbieb1712
Easton, Maryland, United States
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64 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

What an amazing place! The atmosphere is awesome and festive. Plenty of room for a large gathering, party, or function. Attended a networking event and enjoyed it. Food was delicious!

Thank John R
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

This place is AMAZING!! The wait for food isnt that long, and the waiters make conversation with you instead of only doing their jobs. It is a latin resturaunt and is georgeous. They have colored glass everywhere. I recommend this place to anyone and everyone!

Thank Wen S
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the patio. Beautiful setting with great food. We had the steak tacos (they are famous for these) and portobello mushroom salad - both were delicious. I would recommend this place and plan to stop here again next time I'm in the area.

Thank JoDiva

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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
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, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Scenic view, 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
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?