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The Prado at Balboa Park
The Prado at Balboa Park

The Prado at Balboa Park Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pradobalboa.com
  • Email: restaurant@pradobalboa.com
  • Phone: (619) 557-9441 x203
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Hale
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Our Lounge offers live musical entertainment from 8:00pm - 10:00pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet offered Tuesday through Friday 5:00pm onwards. Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am onwards. Public parking lots available in Balboa Park.
A word from The Prado at Balboa Park
Just minutes from downtown San Diego, the convention center, and Mission Valley. The Prado at Balboa Park is located in one of the parks most beautiful buildings. Under chef Jonathon Hale's creative direction the Prado Restaurant has won honors as San Diego's Best New Restaurant, has been named one of America's top 10 restaurants by Gourmet Magazine, received the coveted "four star" award by the California Restaurant writers association. Continental cuisine paired with truly excellent service, unique ambiance, hand crafted decor and outdoor/indoor dining year round are just some of the reason's why we've won "most romantic" and "best special occasion" restaurant. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "We have enjoyed dining here a few times while visiting in San Diego. It has been a lovely event each time. I would recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The Prado is perfect for those in search of a beautiful terrace with delicious food for any occasion. We ordered the mussels as a started and the flavor was exquisite. I ordered the sea bass which was excellent and for desert the flan was a great finish! Afterwards we strolled around Balboa Park and enjoyed the beautiful colonial architecture. The service at The Prado was outstanding! Would come back! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We eat here on many of our Old Globe theater nights. The food is consitently very good and the staff/service is always top notch (very attentive and helpful)."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I live this restaurant and the food has been always very good. The drinks are also very nice. I'm not a wine drinker so I have no clue about the wine list. I enjoyed myself and so did my family."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My reservation was set, as well as the flowers I had delivered there for our anniversary. We were seated promptly at a nice, romantic table...then forgot about. It was ten minutes before water was brought to the table, and 15 minutes before the manager appeared. Apparently our server was overwhelmed, and we were basically forgot about. The food was very good, but lacking in amount. I will probably never visit the Prado again due to those facts. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Always a special place for a meal, with thoughtful and attentive service"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Our grown children were visiting and the Prado was a perfect spot to make them feel that they were in a special place on a special occasion. We all had a wonderful time and there was something memorable for each of us on the menu. The service was friendly without being overbearing."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I always enjoy coming to the Prado. Although we just had sandwiches this time, the presentation is always attractive and the atmosphere tranquil. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Took my kids to lunch there... The service was slow and we never got refills on drinks... Very small lunch portions. We embarrassingly all finished everything on our plates. When I ordered an Espresso with little hot milk,,, I got a cup of black coffee. Re-ordered and again coffee, this time it had milk. Waitress finally came around, manager asked about it... They didn't know Espresso from a Cafe Americano ... Really!!!!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "When we arrived there was a line for checking in. No problem with that, BUT a person who arrived after us, pushed his way through and went behind the Matre d's desk announcing, "I have reservation." (sic) Well, so did the rest of us. Instead of telling the rude person to wait his turn, they seated his party immediately, making the rest of us wait longer. After we were seated, service was slow, especially, after we were done eating and waiting for the check. I had called a couple hours earlier to tell them it was my wife's birthday. The complimentary desert that was promised was never served and, at that point, we were out of time to even mention it."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We have been to The Prado on other occasions and have always found it to be wonderful. Their Tuesday Date Night promotion is the best value in town. You will be pleased."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Wonderful place to spend some time! Great location, food and ambience. We look forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I had a wonderful date with my husband, the service was excelente!!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Took an out of town guest here on their last night to show that San Diego has as good (if not better!) food scene than NYC. I think I won that argument. Every time I have come to the Prado, it has been spot on.. this time it was the braised short ribs over horseradish mashed potatoes for me, and my guest had the mustard crusted Pork Prime Rib. Excellent choices."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Restaurant was perfect - the parking is not. The only way to the restaurant is by shuttle or a very long walk. Was disappointed they did not have valet service."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Decided to spontaneously take advantage of a beautiful Tuesday evening and the Prado patio for their Tuesday Date Night Special. The venue was perfect, the weather was incredible, the service couldn't have been better, the food was not the best that we have had their but we chose from the TNDN limited menu: a bottle of wine and two entrees for $40. There isn't a lot to complain about and would do it again just for the experience."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We love this place. Especially wonderful on nice evenings when you can sit outside and view the garden. You can even count the tires on the planes that land at SAN, but hey, you don't pay extra for the show."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Every meal I've ever had at The Prado has been exceptional, and the service is always impeccable. Highly recommended for dinner dates and other special occasions. I really enjoy the hummus and flatbread, pressed salad, and black bean soup. The entrees and desserts are innovative and tasty."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Greatest ambiance, incredible service, and what a perfect location. The salmon was very good, but slightly over cooked. That was the only minuscule complaint. Perfect locale for any occasion."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It's great when the server arrives with GF taro chips, along with the bread. Every dish was fantastic. Loved a GF version of the calamari chips. Perfect place for a small family reunion."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My wife and I just went here for our 1st wedding anniversary and it couldn't have gone any better! Great food, great service, great overall experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anybody who likes good food and doesn't like being ignored by their waiter. Their staff is very sharp and eager to please. 5 stars in my book!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I went out to dinner here with my parents on a Saturday night. My parents had both been here before, but I had never been. I loved it and it definitely exceeded all expectations I had for it. This would be the perfect place for a date or special occasion! I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The Prado was absolutely fantastic. I love Balboa Park, and the Prado definitely only adds to my admiration. The food was great. I had the black bean soup as an appetizer and the 8oz steak for the main course. There was absolutely nothing left on my plate. By far the best steak I have ever had, and I love steak. The employees were all so friendly and our waiter made us laugh. The ambiance was great with the lights that hang overhead (we sat outside) and the views were fabulous. I will definitely be going back again."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Got there at 715pm and were seated promptly, wait staff appraoched right away and were very knowledgeable and attentive and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is a fun, upscale restaurant....not very intimate for romantic dining....with pricey, but good food. Although the food was fantastic, portion sizes were very small. For an appetizer, we got the calamari, which was over the top good. We got the mustard encrusted pork chop which was amazing. We also got the braised short ribs, which were good, but portion was way too small. The patio was closed when we went due to forecasted rain. I would go back, but wearing shorts and a polo shirt....not dressed up."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The Prado has long been one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego, and our most recent visit was delightful. We used to go to The Prado often just for its crab cakes and a glass of wine, but a while ago, the crab cakes, disappointingly, became "seafood" cakes. On this visit we tried them again, and although they're improved from the initial change (they are now blue crab, shrimp, and cod), we were still disappointed, compared to the former crab cakes. The rest of the meal, however, was The Prado's usual wonderful fare. Our server was excellent, but I've dinged "Service" one star because it took quite a while for our food to come out--not the server's fault, I think."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Was a really nice place for dinner. A little expencive but worth it the salmon and the paella are really really good. I came here for my aniversary it was perfect!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great dinner, service, and ambience. Should not miss this place if traveling through."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We love everything about our experience at Prado. We can arrive early and enjoy a beautiful stroll though Balboa Park and then show up for a great meal. We usually eat outside and enjoy the view."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Had an amazing date with my girlfriend. Menu was simple, food was delicious. Service was top notch."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Everything at Prado is always wonderful. Service was extraordinary and food was great. This is one of my favorite places."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "A good dining experience overall. My guest and I were able to get an outdoor table upon arriving. We had reserved for 7:30 p.m., but were in the party and ready to eat at 6:00, and were most graciously accommodated. Food ans service were generally great, but we had to wait a long time to order despite few tables with people, and I ended up flagging down the waitress after a long wait. She was only marginally warm, a demeanor that extended into a clipped last visit before the check. Perhaps she was having a difficult day. Otherwise all the food was good, although some of the items mentioned on the menu came in. Vary very small quantities- two small thin slices maybe a 2 square each - of fennel, more a garnish than a side dish."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I normally grab a bite and sangria in the bar before the play, but this time took mom to Prado for dinner outside and she loved it - especially the wedding going on below us."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I have been to The Prado twice now, and on both occasions I came away impressed with the ambience, service, and quality of the food both in taste and presentation. I would highly recommend The Prado for romantic dinner dates and special occasions. Being located right in the middle of Balboa Park amongst the various museums and water features, it's really great to be able to stroll through the beautiful surroundings either before or after a meal."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The Prado is consistently excellent. Great food, great service and great atmosphere. You just can't go wrong here."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I recently enjoyed an evening meal at Prado and had an excellent dining experience. The service was the best."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We once again had a great dinner at The Prado. We both had fish entrees which had interesting presentatons and were served piping hot. Our server was extraordinary - extremely thorough professional and attentive without being overbearing. We enjoyed our dinner very much and plan to return."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The outdoor setting is lovely. The food was mediocre. Caesar salad with chicken was no better than a highway fast food chain. Beet salad was meager. Turkey burger not baldpate. French fries average. Slow but pleasant service. Won't eat hear again."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "No visit to Balboa Park is complete without a visit to the Cafe at The Prado. A perfect prelude to a night at the Old Globe. The service is efficient and unobtrusive. The Tandoori Duck Breast is wonderful. The desserts are pleasantly wicked."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Hubby & I went for lunch after the zoo and sat on the patio - gorgeous sunny day, good food (not great), but fab ambiance! Service very attentive!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014