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The Prado at Balboa Park

4.6
4955 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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.
Additional
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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

For Mother's Day will only be offering our Champagne Brunch Buffet. It is $64.95 per person and $17.95 for children (5 and under free).
All reservations are for INDOOR dining. For terrace dining contact the Prado.
There is a 2 hour time limit on all tables.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 4955 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great service and food as always. They never disappoint!

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Superb ambiance!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

After living in San Diego for many years we finally had the opportunity to try this wonderful restaurant. We were seated on the back patio and the scenery was beautiful with a wonderful view overlooking the south end of the park and the organ pavilion. I ordered the hibiscus margarita and was okay, but not as flavorful as I had hoped. We started off with an appetizer of the spicy calamari fries since they came highly recommended by a friend and now I know why. They were incredible! They were tender and flavorful and not at all chewy as some calamari tends to be. I would consider it a must try for anyone dining here. For the entrée we ordered the mustard pork chop and the seafood paella. The Porkchop was very tender and flavorful and came with a side of mashed potatoes and vegetables. The seafood paella was by far my favorite. It included scallops, clams, shrimp, mussels, and a very tasty chorizo and was served piping hot. I would order this again when we go back. Since we were celebrating a birthday, we were surprised with a cheesecake flan with fresh strawberries and raspberries that was light and delicious. The service was wonderful here as well. The server was attentive but not overbearing and provided a nice pace to our meal. Pricing here is on the higher side but worth what you get. We used our dining passport card here and received one meal free and the total bill came to $72 for two. This includes the additional 3% service charge that is common at all Cohen restaurants. I would reserve The Prado for special occasions such as an anniversary or birthday. All in all, I would definitely recommend The Prado to friends and family and will definitely be back.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

We had theater tickets and told the waiter who said no problem he would have our food in plenty of time but the food took an hour to come out of the kitchen and one order was wrong. We had five minutes to eat. It was a stressful meal and I will never return to this restaurant.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Come here for the ambiance and setting right in Balboa Park. But I’d suggest making this an appetizer and drink type of place - not worth the gamble of staying for the meal. Food was very average and forgettable. You’ll do better elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Celebrated 2 birthdays before going to theatre. Our server was outstanding. She brought us both a birthday dessert. Food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The Prado is a beautiful, authentic restaurant - well worth going there just to see it. The service was very good, as was most of the food (well cooked, with one exception, and reasonably sized portions). The only drawbacks/shortcomings were a side order of Brussels sprouts that were improperly cooked and rubbery (which the restaurant took off the bill) and martinis that were served close enough to room temperature to require ice to be added - we mentioned this to our waiter when ordering a second round, but the second round was only a little colder - pretty clearly a bartender who doesn't know how to make martinis! Overall, though, the great ambiance, the authentic decor, the quality of the other food, the portions and the quality of the service more than made up for a couple of shortcomings.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Arrived late and was still seated upon arrival. Dinner was pre show and the server worked very hard to get our food out as soon as possible. The wine and the meal were delicious and the staff worked politely and efficiently to make sure our meal was quick but not rushed and we even made it in time to see the show at the Old Globe. We also came back for a drink and dessert after the show and there was live entertainment in the bar. Will definitely be back soon!

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2.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Our waitress was somewhat brain dead but overall the Tuesday night date special was an excellent deal. Even though we booked as a special occasion (birthday) our waitress could not supply a gluten free dessert option and never came back with an alternate suggestion

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The salmon was good, but please add fish tacos to the dinner menu.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We always try and go to The Prado when in San Diego. It is always wonderful especially if we can sit outside if the weather is good. We particularly like the mojitos but both my husband and I were disappointed this time. This was a first as we have been coming here for years. We did enjoy the steak tacos. Always wonderfully prepared and delicious...

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Divorce celebration

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The Prado quality has fallen from great to below average. The pork chop is now just the next cut off the rack, so expect it dry and over cooked . The chicken in pasta was bland and chicken was dry. This was an early seating (6pm), so no excuse for over cooked food being served on a Saturday evening. Deserts and service are still excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food was great and the waitress was great. Love her personality

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Had dinner on a Saturday evening fairly early. Other than the stellar customer service I would have given the Prado 2 stars at best.

For the arm and a leg that the Prado charges for the food, one would think we would have left begging for more. Sadly, our table felt otherwise. The paella was basically dry rice, chicken (also dry) and a lot of chorizo. There was one bit of fish and zero lobster. And this is one of their banner meals?

My husband had the short ribs which he did not finish. He said it too, was dry and unflavorful. After we left he stopped by Subway to get a sandwich.

Did I mention the service though? It was great and she did a great job tending to our needs and seemed to enjoy working there.
Not enough to make us want to go back unfortunately.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our server Dominic, was outstanding. The setting, on the rear terrace was lovely. The food was fine and predictable.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was incredible with great portions. Hey guys the hostess team needs to smile and be more friendly. My waitress was good my complaint is for the hostess.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent experience. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Gourmet food, beautiful presentation. Friendly staff but not intrusive. Lovely decore.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Can’t beat the location. Great service. Food was good not great. Beautiful patio setting. Liked the sangria.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food in Prado is just OK. If you want to have some really good food, it’s not here. I reserved one table for 3 persons, the table is very small for 3 persons and it’s not a very clean restaurant. Basically, I will not return.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The hummus and flatbread were wonderful! The wait time for our meals seemed very long. My mahi mahi was over cooked. Our server finally came to check on us, brought me new, delicious fish. We were visiting from out of town, were disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The mustard crusted pork chop was amazing, also the wedge salad was pretty yummy

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

One of our favorite PLACES if ever in the park or as destination.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our server Noelle was amazing! Outstanding service and good quality of food. To be honest, we did not expect much from such a touristic location, but our experience was superb! Would love to go there again when in SD!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I love this restaurant! They have great food and the service is always excellent! Great place after the theatre. Will come back again and again.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent, we go when in the area. This is a cut above restaurants usually found in public spaces. Creative cuisine and very imaginative plating.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

BEAUTIFUL building and decorations. Very good service and wonderful food. A totally San Diego experience! We will definitely return next trip to San Diego.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Such an amazing and wonderful experience. Well worth it! Food was absolutely delicious (not a bite left on the plate). The calamari fries and sea bass are an absolute must! James (our server) was on point and made our experience exceed all expectations. Can’t wait for our next visit!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food and service were both outstanding. I was very pleased with the ambiance and decor. Would definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Took us early for our reservation, sat at a shaded table on the outside patio. My steak panini was delicious, as was my daughter's chopped chicken salad. Sangria and hibiscus margarita were perfect as well. Only snag in service was that we waited at bar for our table as we were early, and ordered drinks and instead of transferring the drink tab to our table, we were asked to close it out before we moved.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

It was Re good, great food and fantastic service.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Chili relleno was absolutely divine!! We will be back to sample other delicious sounding items on the menu.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great spot in a great place! Sit outside if it’s warm!

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We have experienced your restaurant before, that is why we came back. First the bar area, very busy as expected but was able to find a table right away and waiter attended us quickly. Ordered our drinks, however
I felt the Sangria was a bit watered down. Moved over to indoor main dinning for our reservation and our waiter was fantastic. Very observant and attentive. Food was great temperature. Chicken soup was great including the sea cakes! Really loved the Granny Smith julienne apples on the sea cakes. Perfect crisp and tangy-ness.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

This was our first time at The Prado! We made a reservation and even though we were really early they sat us right away. We were inside in a corner spot and it was great! Our server was Dick who was awesome and had great food suggestions which we took! We had the spicy calamari fries as an appetizer and they were incredible! My husband had the pan roasted sea bass and I had red wine braised beef short ribs (off the bone and tender). Both of the meals were flavorful and decent portions! We cannot wait to come back :)

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Made a reservation for 5pm and at 5pm pager went off and we were seated promptly. Our waiter Devin was great! Our salads were fantastic and so was the bread. Dinner was very good but my wife’s steak was not properly cooked. Ordered medium well and was medium rare so had to be sent back. Steak was a New York Strip but had a lot of fat. Second time is was cooked properly and was also given fresh potatoes with it. I had the bass which was perfect. We ordered a pitcher of sangria which was on special which could not be beat for the price! We were done with our meal by 6:20pm with plenty of time to see our 7pm show at the Old Globe. We went to see American Mariachi which was excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great ambiance. Awesome and attentive service. Love the food.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Pre-theater dining a Plus. Great ambience good service food better than average but not a homerun. With a discount card definitely worth it. I’m sure will be back again as the old Globe is too close and too easy to go to afterward.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We were hungry an hour before our reservation and decided to see if we could still get a table on the patio. Ten minutes later, we were seated and ordering drinks and appetizers. The waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable. The food was amazing. I had the pork chop, my friend had the sea bass and my partner had the filet and shrimp. Everything was delicious! We'll be back!

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