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The Prado at Balboa Park

4.5
4.5
6642 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Located in the House of Hospitality, The Prado offers historic charm in the center of San Diego's Balboa Park.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Cocktail Bar, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–7:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–4:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 557-9441

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John King

  • Catering

    Prado Catering<br />The Prado also offers full service catering at various museums and other locations within Balboa Park. Please contact our catering department for additional information.<br /><br />Experience our Award-Winning Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Menus<br />Professional Staff-Synchronized Service.<br />Full length table linens, gold chiavari chairs and porcelain china.

  • Private party facilities

    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!

  • Private party contact

    Marcy Melley: (888) 925-3023

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    6th Avenue

  • Parking details

    Free public parking lots available throughout Balboa Park.

  • Public transit

    Visit Balboa Park using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), with easy access from the downtown and Mission Valley areas.<br /><br />Review the times for route Routes 120 (Fashion Valley), Route 7 (Smart Corner) and Rapid 215 are the main bus routes through Balboa Park<br /><br />

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,642 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff! The food was delicious.
  2. PL

    PointLomaGal

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The chicken cobb salad was outstanding. Excellent selection of wines by the glass. Great location in the middle of Balboa Park. One drawback: the nearest parking is three blocks away.
  3. C

    Cris

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm so happy they were part of restaurant week this year! Absolutely love everything they have to offer. Our waiter Todd was amazing!
  4. PV

    PatriciaV

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All wait people were helpful and patient. Good suggestions for kids and things to do in San Diego. Loved the SDRW options.
  5. m

    musicmp2003

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've never had a bad experience at the Prado. Coming for Restaurant Week is always a lot of fun!
  6. KK

    KarenK

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the calimari appetizer and mahi-mahi tacos…delicious. My friend d had the salad with fruits and nuts…very fresh and the risotto which was good but tasted a little too buttery for her taste. We both had the blood orange margaritas…yummy and the flan for dessert. Beautiful setting outside on the patio…highly recommended!
  7. K

    Kldenny

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve always wanted to dine here! And I was so happy we finally did. Absolutely love the atmosphere it has the coziest spanish villa feel both inside and out. Love the spanish style of music they place. Views are incredible. Food was very good and was the service, thanks Todd!
  8. NC

    NikkiC

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    From the welcome when we arrived to our great waiter to yummy food it was a wonderful experience.
  9. DE

    2DELMAR

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not have been better.we should have been there before.We leave in Arizona and had many recommendations to dine at The Prado .So glad we finally did the service was beyond expectations Brittany was absolutely wonderful and the food superb incredibly creative and delicious.we are here for a while longer and are coming back next Tuesday for date night.Thank you
  10. OD

    OcassionalDiner

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service and food were great. The only down side is that the hummus and crackers which were a free item in the past now cost $4.95 and the surcharge is still in effect. These two charges will make me think twice about the cost of dining at The Prado, which is one of my favorite restaurants iin Balboa Park.
  11. JW

    JodiW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and with the restaurant week menu was a great value
  12. BS

    BrettS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the Prado. It’s always a great experience.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    The food was very bland. Nothing had any flavor. The waitress was awesome and very nice. The restaurant ambiance itself was okay. I wouldn’t consider this “fine dining”
  14. F

    Foodguy007

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebration of my 40th wedding anniversary. Waitress was excellent.
  15. CL

    ChrisL

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Grilled salmon was dry, and had it not been for the vegetables there would’ve been little moisture. The pressed arugula salad was limp and the strawberries mushy. The Landmark Chardonnay at $15 a class had been open at least one day, possibly two. It was returned to the kitchen. The one saving grace was the service from not only our server, but the busing personnel. The Cohn family have allowed this to happen inexplicably. We once favored this restaurant, but I doubt that will be the opinion in the future. Regrettable.
  16. JS

    JoyceSilk

    Monaco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This classic restaurant is a great place for visitors or show-goers. The food is very good and well prepared; the service (Jenny was our server) was outstanding, courteous and efficient and the setting is just beautiful. Definitely recommend--particularly if you are going to the theater-- as they know how to serve you quickly without making you feel rushed. Quite an achievement!
  17. LY

    LYDIAK

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner celebration before heading to performance at Old Globe. Service was excellent given our time constraints. They made sure timely service of appetizers & entrees so we could enjoy but still have time to walk over leisurely to get our tickets & seats prior to curtains up for show time!! Food excellent & sitting on the Prado terrace is always very nice!!
  18. k

    khandbj

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday gift
  19. JM

    JnetM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch, Maddy was very attentive and overall great re-visit to the Prado.
  20. J

    Jeannie

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a table on the patio with a lovely view. Our server was helpful and professional. The black bean soup is one of my favorites! Thank you for a lovely ending to a day in the park.
  21. T

    Trevor

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    My wife and I went to the Prado to have a nice anniversary dinner. The place was empty (maybe 5 other tables were sat at 7pm on a Wednesday), and I booked it as a special occasion, but they tried to sit us in the far back of the restaurant by the kitchen door and bathroom. Of all the tables to choose from! The food looked promising online but my "chef's special" steak was chewy and more raw than medium-rare, and her sea bass lacked any kind of flavor. The music playing was a bongo version of what sounded like flight of the bumblebee and Ron Burgundy's jazz flute, while the bar was playing Smashmouth. Nothing made sense. It's a shame, this place looked very romantic from the entrance, but it really doesn't deliver on that experience inside.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We come here often. We love the ambiance. I ordered the delicious sea bass and my husband ordered his favorite short ribs. Fantastic as usual. And if you are not a drinker, try the sparkling lemonade. I always get the passion fruit.
  23. K

    Kris

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a nice table looking over a beautiful garden. The food was delicious. Our server was friendly and very attentive. It was a great evening
  24. S

    Susie

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matty was great we loved the meal and our table. Thank you!
  25. KL

    KarenL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s such a delight to eat at the Prado within the in Balboa Park especially off season. The Shrimp Cobb Salad is delicious as is the Watermelon margarita.
  26. RC

    RichC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was excellent. I highly recommend The Prado when coming to visit Balboa Park.
  27. LO

    LouO

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great environment, food and service. Thanks Marissa
  28. KH

    KathyH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food and patio dining very nice. Entertained by a wedding taking place in area below patio.
  29. SC

    SuzanneC

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prado a lovely, iconic spot for good food, excellent service and ambiance . It's pricy yet worth it.
  30. SD

    SanDiegoSailors

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter could not have been better! He was friendly, made great suggestions and took good care of us. He suggested the chef's special and it was special! Our waiter's name is Tod. We will ask for him when we go back.
  31. LW

    LisaW

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive service. One of the most beautiful outdoor dining experiences anywhere.
  32. PC

    PatriciaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ordered the Shrimp Cobb Salad and it was very good. My husband had the paella also very good.
  33. VH

    VirginiaH

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    I have eaten here several times. The paella was dry and thick. The rice was a clumpy mess. The sea bass was dry. All 3 entrees tasted like the had been sitting for too long before serving.
  34. RT

    RaglandTTiger

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambience of sitting outside in the park never gets old. Food is always exceptional. And our server was fun, friendly and accommodating of our every request. Entertaining friends from out of town, dinner prior to a show at the Globe, the staff was johnny on the spot in reminding us of the time to get there on time. What more could we ask for? Thank you as always.
  35. M

    Mike

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Prado but can't believe how much their prices have gone up.
  36. MA

    MeAndShe

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Very nice venue in Balboa Park. Perfect for dinner before theatre at Old Globe Theatre complex. Would not, however, stand-out without location feature.
  37. DM

    DavidM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting service was excellent. Good beer. Good martinis. Had the chef’s cut sirloin steak. Was slightly over done and tough Everything else was good
  38. NB

    NancyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again we had a lovely dining experience at The Prado! So glad we were able to work it into our visit to San Diego this week!
  39. i

    italeng

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    THE TABLE ASSIGNED [FOR 3] ON THE PATIO WAS IN THE VERY FAR CORNER OF THE PATIO AND ADJACENT TO THE [HIDDEN] REAR SERVICE STATION, WHERE THE STAFF SPOKE SO LOUDLY WE WERE ALMOST PART OF THE CONVERSATIONS AND THE BANGING AND CLANGING OF DISHES WAS EXCESSIVE. WE HAVE BEEN GOING TO THE PRADO FOR MANY YEARS ON OUR TRIPS TO S.D. AND THIS WAS THE LEAST ENJOYABLE FOR US AND OUR SPECIAL GUEST P.J.R. PALM SPRINGS, CA.
  40. F

    Frances

    San Diego

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding, the food less so. In addition, I wish they would vary items on the menu.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Prado at Balboa Park is rated 4.5 stars by 6642 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
Google Map for The Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, Suite 12, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–7:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–4:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Cocktail Bar, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free public parking lots available throughout Balboa Park.

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John King

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 557-9441

  • Catering

    Prado Catering<br />The Prado also offers full service catering at various museums and other locations within Balboa Park. Please contact our catering department for additional information.<br /><br />Experience our Award-Winning Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Menus<br />Professional Staff-Synchronized Service.<br />Full length table linens, gold chiavari chairs and porcelain china.

  • Private party facilities

    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!

  • Private party contact

    Marcy Melley: (888) 925-3023

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