The Prado at Balboa Park

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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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Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Lisa was amazing! The food was great, we will be back forsure

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S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place! Food was wonderful, but the setting in Balboa Park and the ambiance did it for me. I live in San Diego, and Balboa Park is one of my very favorite places. It is such a plus to have a wonderful restaurant right in the middle of it all.

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MS
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good restaurant,fine quality food.Wood recommend to anyone

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NY
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food. Our waiter Todd was wonderful.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dining experience at The Prado. We've been eating there before Old Globe performances for years and are pleased with the restaurant's consistency in every regard. An occasional new menu item would be great!

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PB
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations at The Prado because we had tickets to the Old Globe. Everything was outstanding, the food, service, wine, etc. Our server, Devan, was very professional and a delight to have for our evening out. We will definitely be back.

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PA
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. The perfect combination.

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r
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Relaxing atmosphere. Service is attentive and friendly. Food presentation is above-average.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Went for the short rib, decided to also try the skewer sampler. Although the sauces were good, both the short rib and skewers were pretty dry. Not what I expected for the price.

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Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was good and the food excellent as well. Very nice place to enjoy in Balboa Park.

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C
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Device was fast and impeccable. Warm friendly and fast. Just remember to make reservations a head of time. Foods delicious too.

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OT
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only real restaurant in Balboa Park, but it does not disappoint. Fantastic service. Well thought out menu.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and staff was very attentive .

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a late lunch reservation...felt a little rushed...but good experience for first visit!

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EL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Placed into a beautiful setting, in the middle of San Diego's Balboa Park....A very nice place for a special occasion, a romantic evening, or top of the line ambiance. Service was very friendly and attentive. We felt welcomed. The food was very good, good value for the complete package.

There is something on the menu for everyone...We had the sea bass and paella...Both were were well prepared and presented.

We were given special attention as it was an anniversary dinner....and made to feel like family....

Only downsides.....wish the restaurant had it's own restrooms (you have to go into a public facility, just outside of the restaurant (in a public park) ...and wish there was better nearby parking.....(restaurant can't do much about either)

Clearly, this restaurant is one of the most special places to dine, in San Diego...Go there, at least once, if you haven't yet....

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food lovely atmosphere

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HF
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go there often for our anniversary and are never disappointed. We'll continue to go back. The setting outside is beautiful, soothing and what you expect to see in a World-class park.

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JK
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love Prado, it's been years. I had the mustard en crusted pork & it was delicious My fiance' had the sea bass & he said it was great! We can't wait to return

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JL
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prado is always great. For the food quality and the ambience this is the place to go.

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c
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prado is always a good choice for lunch or dinner when you're in Balboa Park, and it's perfect for pre-theater dining. The menu is fun and preparation is consistently excellent. Servers are typically responsive to help you enjoy your meal and still get to the theater on time. Margaritas are generous and tasty. Our favorite surprise is the Kobe beef sushi roll--delicious!

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e
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely outdoor setting at lunch with a charming view. Excellent service, good food -- what's not to like? I look forward to a return visit the next time I'm in San Diego.

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FD
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting San Diego and wanted to see Balboa Park. Having lunch in the park was fabulous. Food, drinks, weather, and service were great. It is special to get a table on the patio and enjoy the outdoor ambiance. Highly recommend.

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San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a delightful anniversary dinner at the Prado, which was delicious. The Tuesday Date Night menu is very reasonably priced. The ambiance is also very nice. The prime pork rib is amazing! We were a little disappointed that no one on the staff wished us a happy, anniversary although we put it on the reservation.

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L
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for a light dinner before the theater and had a great time. Good food and service with great ambiance.

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t
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, the food was okay, a bit salty for my personal taste.

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table for my daughter and her friends for prom and The Prado was absolutely wonderful to work with. I spoke to April several times and she just went above and beyond to make the night special for the kids. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was beautiful and all the kids left feeling very special. I would highly recommend The Prado for any event or evening out and Thank You April for all your help!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Beautiful patio.

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San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellant as always.

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SF
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great setting overlooking Gardena at the park. Server was excellent and food servings were generous portions

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the place was beautiful!!
We had a long wait for our friends and they were kind and didn’t
Give us a hard time about it.
It was a beautiful day and we sat on the patio.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter recommended EVERY item we enjoyed. Wonderful! I HIGHLY recommend the Calamari

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Salad with hazel nuts and pomegranate seeds was wonderful. Three ka bob appetizer, AWFUL. Short ribs, very small portion and dry. Loved sitting by the window in the indoor dining room.

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J
San Diego
92 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre theater menus and service and convenient location.

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MK
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prado is always a winner. The charm of sitting outside to eat can't be beat and with the heaters it's very comfortable. The food and service were good, as usual.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice luncheon break while visiting museums at Balboa park.

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P
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Lovely venue with an eclectic menu and good food in Balboa Park.

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G
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Comida se autor de excelente sabor . Servicio amable y eficiente . Me hubiera gustado más ambiente . Más música . La decoración increíble

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GS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had at least 6 different waiters dealing with our table. One took our orders, another our drink orders, a third delivered the drinks and a fourth & fifth actually brought the food - which arrived in two separate servings so two of us could watch our food get cold while the other two could only stare longingly at our plates. Then a sixth waited until I was deep in conversation to interrupt and ask how everything was (a pet peeve of mine). Waiters three and I believe 4 also did the same later, but they waited to each interrupt a different speaker. Finally, our original waiter reappeared to present the bill and collect

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

No pasta with white sauce and soupy paella. Excellent customer service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really great out door dinning experience. Thank you for making wonderful memories

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