The Prado at Balboa Park

4.5
5274 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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What 5274 People Are Saying
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BF
Palm Springs
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places to eat in San Diego - and we live here. The patio dining is wonderful although can get hot in the sun (aren't we lucky?). The food is very good and plentiful - love the calamari fries. The wait staff is friendly and helpful. My only wish is that they would bring back the lobster pot pie that was on the menu a while ago, We'll be back!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Nicole was fantastic. Great service
Friendly and efficient. The food was outstanding also. We have been at the Prado before but not for dinner. Would highly recommend it.

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DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent Dominic, our waiter was great

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La comida deliciosa y el servicio excelente! volveremos pronto.

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N
New England
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got lots of food and shared it all. There was a pipe organ concert going on and it made for an interesting experience.

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ET
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love sitting on the patio. Beautiful place for a date night. The inside dining is a little loud if it’s full so I prefer outside on the patio where it’s quieter and there are heaters everywhere.

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Y
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I took my girlfriend to celebrate her birthday. Was terrible, the server took long time to come to us, the food was ok, the price is a little higher what they have to offer also the most important part full of cockroaches. Seriously at the outdoor area, nasty. We had to leave Before the dessert. Horrible experience. Also they know have cockroaches over there so they don’t have any reaction about it.

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AF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I almost always have the Pork Chop when I go to Prado. It's the best pork chop I've ever had in my entire life. It's a nice, thick chop, cooked to perfection, juicy but done, and comes with a mustard crust, served over mashed potatoes. My husband had a combo of salmon and short rib and it was also delicious. Devon was our waiter, friendly but not overly so, helpful, polite and there when needed but invisible when he wasn't. All that means is that the service was perfect.

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GK
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! Wonderful service! Nice leisurely lunch - waitress gave us plenty of time to enjoy our meal and our friends!

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BM
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy lunch and dinners at The Prado. Atmosphere is very nice, food very good, and have always been very happy with the service. When it's busy it can be rather noisy, but when it's not so busy it's much quieter in the inside dining room and you can comfortably have a conversation. Actually have come to prefer eating inside rather than out. Again, atmosphere is very nice inside, but also outside too. Do suggest you make reservations because The Prado can get rather busy, especially on the weekends

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k
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my wife's birthday, we were not in a hurry and our waiter Devon kept everything at a nice relaxed pace. All four of us ordered something different and everyone enjoyed their meal. This is a special place for a memorable experience.

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BB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only complaint I have is the parking situation. The Valet was full, and we had further to walk than we planned, as we need Disabled parking.

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E
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The meal was excellent and artfully presented. Dining room was completely empty on a Saturday night because the nearby theaters were closed, which made conversation very easy. Normally there is more noise.

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OT
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Recommend eating outdoors for a wonderful experience!

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L
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! The food and drinks are amazing. We have always had good service too.

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KB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outdoor seating is so lovely, w/garden views and a wonderful patio.

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JK
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The Prado is slipping for me. While the ambiance is still gorgeous, the food quality and service have most definitely declined. I witnessed a staff member clean off a table and drop one of the bread crisps they serve on the ground. Instead of picking it up with his hands he kicked it off to the side with his foot. Not what you’d expect to see at this level of a restaurant. Additionally, there was a party with a DJ on the second level, which prevented the evening from being relaxing considering you could hear the DJ’s music and restaurant music at the same time. Overall, I was disappointed and won’t be going back for awhile.

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GO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had originally gone on one of our first dates here years ago and went back. While it was Halloween weekend it was not busy, actually not busy at all which made it a nice quiet evening with fantastic starters, Kobe beef rolls and lobster potstickers were awesome! Dinner was equally if not better. Price was far less than other locations for much better food in my opinion.

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l
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was really bad at this location. The waitress barely checked on us we and it took forever for 1 person in the party to get utensils it took forever to get the check when she knew we had an event to get too. The menu was very limited and not kid friendly. I would never go to this restaurant ever again.

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TI
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and right on the Prado next to the San Diego Museum of Art. Don't forget to look up at the ceilings....gorgeous and historic.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our yearly visit to our wedding reception location did not disappoint. Great food, excellent service, and awesome cocktails. Looking forward to coming again your way next year!

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KK
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting when the weather is fine. Lovely menu too - and tasty.

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CB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice dining experience.

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KK
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time. Dick, our waiter, was fantastic. He was attentive, sincere, and made us feel like we were the only table he was waiting on. We were also thankful for his recommendations. When we return we will most definitely request to be in his section. The food And ambiance were also excellent.

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AK
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We totally enjoyed our dining experience at the Prado restaurant.

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L
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! Went to see the Heart of Rock and Roll - Saturday matinee and dinner at the Prado. Loved the ambiance and food. Great service and very welcoming. My husband had the calamari fries as an appetizer (see photo) and loved it.

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b
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delightful California cuisine restaurant in historic Spanish hacienda style building next door to Museum of Art in gorgeous Balboa Park.

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KH
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It is very pretty. We have been there several times. The food was not as good as usual on this last visit.

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AG
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I have eaten here several times for special occasions. We like the consistency of always being very good.

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M
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience.

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LS
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a terrific dining experience on Wednesday evening out on the patio
Ambience and service were great 👍
Sea bass was very well presented on a bed of finely chopped vegetables and a delicious mild sauce - a little on the bland side - but perfectly cooked
Great wine selection - - great experience!!

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SF
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent salmon. I had the Tuesday date night special for 2 with the bottle of wine for just under $50. Outstanding food and service.

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FF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tuesday Date Night Special and the October Santa Ana weather made this a night to remember.

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d
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This venue is a gem inside the treasure that is Balboa Park. Good food, wonderful ambiance, attentive servers...just delightful all around! Check the website often for all of the creative lunches, dinners, and special menus and events they offer. One of our favorites in San Diego.

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AF
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and food! We enjoyed our dinner and will be back soon!

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CM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants while in San Diego. Why? Because Prado fills the needs. Good ambiance, great food and great vibe. One is already in a good mood being in the Park. The Prado is the icing on the cake. I think we first starting coming 18-20 years ago and never miss. Chris Morgan

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Y
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I love the serve inside they would ask if it’s your first time, they walk you through the menu! I love that and the food we picked out was great we cleaned out our plates well.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I enjoyed a romantic dining experience. Service and food was exceptional! Better than I could have ever expected. I had a top sirloin grilled to perfection while she enjoyed shrimp and filet also perfectly cooked and seasoned.
Our service was exemplary! The young man polite, helpful and very knowledgeable of the menu items.
Reasonably priced for a nice evening. I will definitely return again.
Thank you to the amazing Prado team for making this a wonderful night to remember!

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TH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Huge crowd but service was still amazing. Menu had a great selection and everyone enjoyed their meal

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CW
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a nice restaurant! Great value and wonderful service.

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