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“Great spot for a meal outside overlooking the Japanese Gardens.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Prado at Balboa Park

The Prado at Balboa Park
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Ranked #49 of 4,615 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
San Diego, California
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100 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great spot for a meal outside overlooking the Japanese Gardens.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

I really like this place but it is in Balboa Park so make sure you know what is going on as it affects parking and how busy the restaurant is. I avoid it when I know it's busy. The menu has a wide variety of items and it is not unreasonable. I bring out of towners here when we go to the park and they have all loved it!! When it is busy service will be slow. This is not a place to get a quick meal so relax and enjoy.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank SurfdogSD
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Redondo Beach, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Fabulous up close art from very famous artists!!
The staff are very friendly and helpful.
We practically had the place to ourselves !!

Visited August 2013
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Thank Danielle1956
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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72 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“A jewel of a spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

We spent the day at Balboa Park and decided that the cool, shady patio was perfect for lunch. Hubby had Whole Grain Mustard Steamed Mussels and I had Grilled Fish Tacos. Both were quite tasty and reasonably priced for being at a "museum" like setting.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Debits2000
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Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food with a garden view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Lunch at the Prado is not to be missed, especially if you can get there as the restaurant opens for lunch and so be seated outdoors, overlooking a garden on a lower level. The food was excellent and the service of top quality.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Judith H
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Aliso Viejo, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Really no other restaurant options”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Balboa Park is beautiful and amazing! After walking around we were hungry - other than food trucks our only option was Prado. The restaurant is pretty but food is not very good. I ordered the Mahi-Mahi fish tacos and my husband ordered the turkey burger. It was a Sunday afternoon - the restaurant was busy but not super busy. The tables next to us recieved their food, were finished eating and paid the bill before we even got our food. We were starving - but to our disappointment the food was not that good. The Mahi-Mahi tacos were deconstructed but the cabbage was to overpowering to include on the tacos, the jicama was mixed with something and it was bland and the mango salsa was not that good. The turkey burger my husband ordered had all sorts of healthy stuff on it - when done right - yum but it ended up being better when he deconstructed it and added ketchup. With so many good restaurants in San Diego to bad this one wasn't one of them.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KL5
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