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“An Unexpected & Delicious Surprise”

The Prado at Balboa Park
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Ranked #46 of 4,894 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 6th Avenue
Description: 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.
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Balboa Park has so much to offer – a plethora of beautiful gardens & great museums and of course, THE ZOO. Several of the museums have little cafes and there are snack carts around the park. If you are looking for a nice sit-down meal, The Prado is the place to go. Honestly, we didn’t have high expectations as restaurants located in busy tourist areas often tend to not be particularly good since they don’t rely on repeat business. The Prado is an exception.

Beautifully decorated, very eclectic with large blown glass discs nestled in antler chandeliers, old world style lamps, some with beaded shades. We were promptly seated and soon devoured the flatbread with the delicious hummus – yum!!! Our waiter was very friendly, and genuinely interested in what we had seen at the park, what we were planning to see – and even gave us some suggestions. We found we had some things in common so had a great time conversing with him.

The Market Salad with grilled chicken was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The Grilled Chicken BLT was super tasty. The Ciabatta roll is a bit cumbersome though – I’m not sure why restaurants continue to use these – one must have to practically unlock their jaws to take a bit. Consequently, you tend to eat it as an open-faced sandwich using a knife & fork. But it was very good nonetheless. The sandwich came with chips – some of which were Taro chips. Interesting, not very flavorful, but outside of the box culinary thinking.

We are so glad we opted to have lunch here instead of one of the museum cafes. The food was superb, the ambience nice, great people watching and attentive service. A tad bit pricey, but we will certainly return because the experience was so positive.

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Thank SmallWonderAZ
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

After passing up several fast-food places in the park at lunchtime, we came across this restaurant with a fine-dining menu with a lot of variety. The food was well-prepared and we will definitely return some time in the future.

Thank Melvin M
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Six of us had reservations for 1 p.m. lunch on Sunday, 9/23. Drinks and flatbread/butter came quickly, but our meals were very very very slow in arriving. When one couple's "side" soup finally arrived, the gentleman who ordered soup/sandwich inquired about his soup and was told it would arrive with his sandwich. He asked TWICE that it be brought early, but it never happened. Food was very good, but service slow & the waiter carried "attitude" to a new high.

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Thank tucsonk8
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We knew we were taking a chance when our party of 5 asked for a table at 6:30 on a Saturday night. We had show tickets for the Old Globe and would need to be out in time to walk across to the theatre. They accommodated us in spite of the fact that they were very busy. While we were waiting to be seated we glanced at the menu at the bar and my heart was set on trying the deviled eggs. When we ordered them as appetizers the waiter informed us that they were only available at the bar. BUT, he went out of his way and in a few short minutes we had them. They were extra good. I'd recommend them and the beet salad and the skewers of chicken beef and shrimp each with their own dipping sauces. Very interesting decor and pretty pricey but a good experience.

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Thank MOHagan
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Has a Southwestern flavor to me. I have been there before for a business function at night.

Good food and service.

Thank Ed P
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