The Prado at Balboa Park

4.5
5187 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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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PS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Escellent food, margaritas and service.
shrimp salad excellent

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C
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As with all the Cohn restaurants, the Prado's food is very good and the presentation is beautiful. We enjoyed; the duck, sea bass and the shrimp and filet. We loved them all!
The service was exceptional. After greeting us, our server asked if we were attending a performance that evening and if so what time was the performance. We responded appropriately and she then knew exactly what our time restraints were for the evening.

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HH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Simply lovely! I have been coming to this restaurant since I was a little girl- 60 years! I always enjoy the cuisine, atmosphere and the memories. A classic!

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WD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I are new to San Diego. I searched for a place to celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary, and decided on the Prado. It was great! We enjoyed the food, the atmosphere was grand, and server Dominic was excellent! All in all, a great spot! We'll count on The Prado as a "special night out" place when guests start coming to town.

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LB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We had fish tacos and the fish was overdone. Other than that the restaurant was pretty and service was excellent.

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NY
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pork chop i ever had! Love the calimari strips. Devon was an excellent server. Great place.

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JB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Another memorable dining experience with the CRG. Exceptional service, ambiance and, of course, delicious food. Make any occasion special at The Prado.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Prado does an amazing job for the pre-theater crowd! Food is delicious and delivered promptly! Our only comment is that the noise level can be extremely high...our waiter delivered a gin on the rocks instead of a gin lemon drop. In all fairness, the noise level was pretty high and even after repeating myself 3 times, the waiter wasn't sure what I ordered. Only after I pointed to my husband's (vodka) lemon drop did he understand that I wanted a gin lemon drop! Otherwise, our service was great! Thank you!

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RA
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, a great place to dine with friends before the theater. Food was served so we could get out in time for our show.

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JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food, service, ambiance all good. Convenient for visiting Balboa Park. Inside dining was fine. Outside would have been better. They accommodated us earlier than our scheduled reservation.

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T
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prado is included in our annual visit to see a Shakespeare production at the Old Globe. It is about a two hundred mile round trip but worth the ride. Only thing that out shines the food is the service. It is a favorite of ours.

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KD
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner. We had the filet with shrimp and the sea bass. Both were delicious

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The Paella lacked authenticity and taste, should be improved or dropped from the menu. Server James was attentive and a pleasure.

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P
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went on a Friday evening and the Park was mobbed at about 7 PM. We had 7:15 reservations and the patio was noisy at first, but it cleared out and was much more pleasant thereafter. A wonderful place to take business partners from out of town.

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RW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We were celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday. We both really enjoyed the restaurant!
My vegetarian risotto was amazing and we loved the view of the park and being outdoors. It was her birthday and, of course, they gave us a complimentary dessert for her.
My favorite part was getting a second glass of wine for $.10! (Yes! 10 cents!)

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. The food and service was excellent.

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PS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I use Open Table when my family & friends eat out. I always appreciate the consideration for welcoming Open Table clients w/ in most cases immediate seating, service, and having an awesome staff. However, that was not the case at The Prado last night. Upon entering while I waited to be acknowledged & a male manager, came & told hostess that 2 tables were open. As I stood waiting for her to acknowledge me, another walk in w/o reservations step in front of me & was seated immediately. I told the hostess that I have an open table reservation & she told me I would have to wait. Then another walk in w/o reservations was seated immediately before me again😕. My family & friends sat in the bar area waiting, my friend asked again when we would be seated as we planned to a play @ The Old Globe . Finally, a hostess came to seat us & didn't know what table to seat us at, so again we all stood starting & waiting for a table & there were alot of empty tables btw. All of my party was upset w/ situation. We all recommend that the general manager look over training procedures as the front of the house exhibits poor training skills & how to treat Open Table clients & how important it is to trained staff who can quickly accommodate guests in this restaurant. I'll seriously have to do some thinking about returning to The Prado again 🤔

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P
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent! As one of the (great) Cohn Restaurant Group places, The Prado never disappoints!

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BH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Prado is always enjoyable... a "go to" place. Good food,
service and ambience.

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IK
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Menu is small with a few select choices. Quite pricey for the selections. Best feature is the location, but would not go again.

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TK
New England
34 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure eating at the outdoor dining area of Prado.

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JD
Kansas City
32 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Neat place for lunch in Balboa Park

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MG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prado is always amazing, great service, great food and an amazing venue.

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RB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The meal was very good and the server at the table was very nice and helpful. HOWEVER, we had a very bad experience at the beginning: we had reservations for 7 pm and arrived about 8 minutes early. We were given a disk and told to wait - standing outside - until it was our time. When it was past 7 and nobody called us I went to ask what was the point of having a reservation and they apologized profusely, telling us we should have been seated. When we walked inside the restaurant we were very angry to see that half the tables were empty. A person who called himself the manager came to explain that they did not lead us to our table when we arrived to "avoid getting the kitchen staff stressed out". Obviously they need a different manager and maybe different kitchen staff. Unfortunately, this set the beginning of our anniversary celebration on a very bad tone. It was hard to relax after this "welcome" by the reception of The Prado

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner. Our waiter, Scott, was truly amazing. Ask for Scott if you dine here.

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JD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner. For our anniversary. Such great food and service and atmosphere.

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JB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service! Sea bass dinner was delicious & new mixed drink choices are enticing!! Love this place!!
I recommend the Hibiscus KISS cocktail!!

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Balboa Park and stopped off here. It was wonderful. The food was delicious. The service was top-notch. And I was able to eat on the terrace for an amazing view. It’s a must see/eat if passing through San Diego!

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JF
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Decent experience. I had requested, via opentable, a nice table as my parents got married at the prado 38yrs ago and it was my moms bday that we were celebrating. Table was nothing special and it was obvious that they didn't know it was my moms bday. Just a little disappointing.

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LA
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The ceiling of the room where we were seated was extraordinary.

Nice and quiet.

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B
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Ambiance and service good but food mediocre for the prices they charge.

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g
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it is a beautiful spot, eat outside, really lovely. food is wonderful had the seabass, delicious

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a
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. They took great care of us, leaving us asking for nothing more. Oh and the food was great!

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OB
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and drinks, and friendly staff. A great place to celebrate an occasion.

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L
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Prado! The live music on the weekends is fun and the outdoor seating is very romantic for a date night

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E
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent restaurant with fabulous service and really good food. Perfect before an evening at the Globe Theater and any evening indeed!

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ML
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We often go to The Prado before theater at the Old Globe. I love the outdoor patio. The flavors of the food are always just a little different from the ordinary. The service is attentive, but unobtrusive. I have many happy memories of meals with friends there.

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PK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The outdoor eating area at the Prado continues to be a goreous location.
The food is beautifully presented but is fairly mediochre in quality.
Service was also mediochre. The server was friendly but not attentive.
The manager was helpful - but we should need to call her in order to get some of the basic services.

I was here a number of years ago and had a fabulous experience so this visit was disappointing.

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m
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here's a tip. If you want a patio table you must call the restaurant directly. Booking through Open Table, even if requested, is not sufficient.

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MH
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A friend and I were going to Museums in Balboa Park and The Prado is convenient with good food and service and nicely decorated . I had a nice Cobb salad with chicken and my friend had the Bratburger with beans and fries . Our Server Chris and the rest of the personnel were great. We asked about the glass art which was done for the Prado by a Seattle artist Martin Blank which was explained to us by one of the manager who came over to explain when we asked . We also chatted with the son , Jeremy Cohn, who of the Cohn Family who own several restaurants in San Diego County, and he spoke about Taco Liberdad their new non-profit restaurant which donates profits back to the community.

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