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The Prado at Balboa Park

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4996 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.
Cailifornia 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Spanish
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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 - 9:30pm
*No Dinner Service on Mondays*
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Phone number
(619) 557-9441 ext. 203
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jonathan Hale
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Catering
Prado Catering
The Prado also offers full service catering at various museums and other locations within Balboa Park. Please contact our catering department for additional information.

Experience our Award-Winning Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Menus
Professional Staff-Synchronized Service.
Full length table linens, gold chiavari chairs and porcelain china.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
6th Avenue
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Parking details
Valet offered Tuesday through Friday 5:00pm onwards. Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am onwards. Public parking lots available in Balboa Park.
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Public transit
Visit Balboa Park using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), with easy access from the downtown and Mission Valley areas.

Review the times for route Routes 120 (Fashion Valley), Route 7 (Smart Corner) and Rapid 215 are the main bus routes through Balboa Park

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Entertainment
Our Lounge offers live musical entertainment from 8:00pm - 10:00pm every Tuesday- Saturday evenings.
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Special events & promotions
Private Banquet Rooms

Offering the perfect backdrop for parties, meetings and special events, The Prado features 22,000 square feet of meeting space indoors and out to accommodate groups up to 2,500 guests. An on-site professional staff blends the expertise of special event planning with the flair for the unusual, which makes for a unique party experience.

For more information and additional photos/virtual tour, visit www.balboaparkweddings.com. For immediate assistance, please call our Sales and Catering Team at 619-557-9441 x501.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Prado, located in the historic House of Hospitality in the center of San Diego’s famous Balboa Park is known for its world-class California cuisine, unparalleled ambiance and excellent service. From intimate gatherings to grand affairs, the Prado has it all to make your event unforgettable!

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5.0Dined 7 hours ago

Never a disappointment! Always outstanding service, food, and ambiance! Great place to bring out of town guests and friends and family!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

It was great! We had the perfect spot, right be the window, lighting, chill ambience... perfect for a date. Food was great! Had the duck and rib eye... and i never had it that way in other places. Dessert was ok could be better. Wine selections are great. Servers and hosts are nice. Its a bit pricey but worth all of it.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We celebrated a Birthday. The food and service were wonderful. The ambiance was great.
Will go there again.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The ambiance was wonderful and the food was great. I had the potstickers, crab cake and salmon. My other family members had the ribeye, black bean soup, pasta. We all enjoyed our meals.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was good. I tried ordering from the dinner menu, but was told i could not. A bit disappointed about this. Service was excellent though.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Terrible food. Two people had cheese sandwich with tomato soup, one had Rueben sandwiche and one had veggie burger. The only thing any good were the French fries. Service was very slow. The food was expensive and barely edible. And I took out of town friends there! Never again. The food at this restaurant should be high quality, why isn't it??

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

our lunch was delicious and our waiter was super. my apologies for not remembering his name, but he was tall with a slight beard. we were there on Wednesday the 16th at 2:30pm. we ate out by the fountain, which I hope helps you know who it was. he is the kind of waiter everyone should have. five stars for him.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We have a new tradition of having dinner at The Prado before seeing plays at The Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park. We especially enjoy the Date Night menu, as you get salads, two entrees, and a bottle of wine for a very reasonable price. The food is always delicious! Our waiter was especially attentive, and made sure that we were ready to leave with plenty of time to get to our theater showing. We especially like the salmon, short ribs, and sea bass entrees. The shrimp cocktail is also excellent, served with a cucumber/jicama salad that's very tasty. Desserts are scrumptious! We like the chocolate mousse cake with marshmallow ice cream, and the creme brulee. I have limited mobility, and the staff is always attentive to my special needs. There is an elevator so that guests in wheelchairs can enjoy the beautiful patio seating.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

My friend and I had a wonderful experience here at lunch. From the women at the reception table through to the dessert, it was a memorable time. The restaurant is in a lively setting and the food was delicious. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. We will both definitely return.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Wonderful food and acceptation service with a patio view that is amazing!!!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Fabulous food + amazing atmosphere + superior service.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Martinis and sea bass entree were fantastic, as always. Love the ambiance. We had a pineapple cobbler type dessert, and I thought the fruit ought to have been cooked longer to caramelize it a bit, but that is a minor observation. The Prado is a longtime favorite for dates and family occasions.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The atmosphere was great but the food was marginal - shrimp was overcooked, chicken was dry, and the beef was tough.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Lovely meal, beautiful setting and always a win! Would dine more often if you had some specials or other reduced prices. We are locals and live nearby. It’s a super tourist attraction but don’t forget the locals! Thanks!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Friends from out of town joined us at The Prado. One of our fave places to take out of town guests.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were seated at a lovely table outside, as I requested. Everything was lovely. Friendly waiter, delicious food, tasty cocktails; all around great time. We can't wait to go back and try some other menu items.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

As always, The Prado was just great! This time I was on the patio which is a big plus to the overall experience! I think I have visited this place for 6 years every time when I come to San Diego and never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Great place to eat in Balboa Park. Celebrated birthday dinner after a day of visiting the park and museums.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Very good food. It's a little pricey, but the food is high quality so the prices are justified. It was a bit noisy when we were there (Saturday night) but the noise wasn't deafening. Efficient and friendly service.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Loved it! Wonderful dinner!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food was nothing special. The steak was filet was terriable. Very disappointed

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Had an excellent visit, was a beautiful evening out on the outside patio. Had Chile Relleno there for the first time and it was great and the lobster bucatini which also is always very nice. Drinks good and overall a great value and surprised how low bill was.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Please add some new items to your menu.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Everything was beautiful. The staff was pleasant and the food was great. We sat outside and had a perfect birthday lunch for my mother.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great food and service by Nicholas was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

My pork chop with mustard was awesome!
Good food, good service great location.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We were married here 25 years ago, so it will always be a special place for us. The table we were given right at the front entrance was not great for the special occasion we were having. But the wait staff could not have been nicer. Food was very good as is expected with the CRG, nothing wow this time, but very good.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Very nice restaurant, service was good. I made a request on my reservation in which they honoured. Great place for a date or just a family dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and went to a play at the Old Globe afterward. This turned out to be both pleasant and convenient. The staff and our waiter were friendly and attentive. Complementary dessert was much appreciated. I had salmon and she had the short ribs. The entrees and drinks were very good, but the sides were not exciting. It was a Friday night and very busy; it was so noisy that it was challenging to talk.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Took clients to the Prado before the play at the Old Globe. Perfect San Diego experience.

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2.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Server did not warn salad dressing was quite spicy. Food was OK but not great for the price. This property benefits from tourists and nearby theatre goers. Not such a great place for local folks who desire great food at a value price in a dining room you can hear yourself talk.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Always good with lots of atmosphere and tasty food. Easy to have conversations in comfortable setting

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Wonderful food and service, as usual. This is the only restaurant where I order a pork chop.
Three of us had them and they were terrific. The fourth had paella which was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Love the outdoor seating on the patio. Very good food, and the service was fantastic. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Excellent service

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Lovely restaurant in Balboa Park, Latin So Cal cuisine

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Reservation worked perfectly. We were greeted and seated about 5 minutes later. Initial service was good - friendly server.

However, food was not so great. My friend who ordered tortilla soup said the chicken was tough and she wasn't even sure what it was. My other friend who ordered a salad with shrimp said the shrimp was overcooked. And, my salad came without the hazelnuts. I had to flag down the server to get that corrected.

It was a crowded night before a play and the service after our order was taken was slow. And, as I said above, I had to flag down the server. Also, once our food came my friends wanted a glass of wine, but by the time I flagged down the server they weren't in the mood any longer - having eaten half of their entrees.

It's a lovely setting and good for a casual lunch or happy hour. But, I can't recommend dinner in the dining room. It leaves much to be desired.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Fun night. Excellent service

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Atmosphere, service and food were great. Beautiful day in the park! Best skinny margarita ever.

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