The Prado at Balboa Park

4.6
6242 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 6242 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KevinM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The space is nice and the ambiance was great. The meal was excellent as expected and our service was as well. The price matched the experience. They charge a 4% surcharge for service, which I think is fair.

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Zack
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at the Prado is always top notch. It's been over a year since we have been and last night was magical. Food, service, environment all terrific.

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JorgeC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Had a horrible experience, wrong food was delivered and we had to wait roughly an hour and a half. Ended up taking the food to go. Also I asked the waiter for a water refill and in 1:45 that we were there never got a refill. This is unacceptable, I will not be returning here and sharing my bad experience with friends, family, and coworkers.

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CatherineS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulously arranged for Mother's Day. The gnosh was amazing. Pleasant time had by all!

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StephanieS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Mother’s Day brunch. Beautiful setting and great food.

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CT1227
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I would absolutely recommend the prado to anyone and everyone. However we would not recommend going on a holiday that has a prefixed menu. We did go on Mother’s Day and booked prior to knowing the menu. The eggs were horrible. Our server was awesome. The ambiance is wonderful. The food was not. Also we do not drink so only having the option of champagne included in the $40 per person isn’t fair. I then paid extra for a soda and lemonade.

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RonaldC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day brunch. Many choices. Large portions. Always a good time.

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AmyB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We waited 15 minutes past our reservation time. Everything else was great.

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MelindaC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and they are very gluten free friendly. The restaurant itself is gorgeous and the patio area was perfect. Went for Mother’s Day and even with a set menu the portions were huge, we left stuffed. I will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and wait staff!

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StephenP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place. great food. very good server. would recommend

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GeorgeG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to be out on the patio. The food and the service was great, and the staff was courteous and helpful. The setting, looking out at Balboa Park, can't be beat.

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JerryC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. You cannot beat the location and the beautiful surroundings, especially the outdoor seating. Love, love, love The Prado.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for a girlfriend lunch. Beautiful terrace, good service and delicious food. A bit on the pricy end, but well worth it!

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LeeW
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out after being fully vaccinated and we to the Prado because it is alway a wonderful time

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice people served and hosted us at this restaurant. We enjoyed ourselves. The food was great.

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viptotalfoodie
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

It used to be my favorite place to dine in that area. I imagine due to COVID it has drastically changed. Very limited lunch and dinner selection. Entrees come with nothing. No bread nor salad for $35 piece if fish and 90 minute limit. Used to be able to purchase great potato chips but no more. Overall a dissatisfied customer for the first time ever there. Hope they can rise again.

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JulieL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, lovely ambiance and a mean Negroni. All so good!

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vipTN06
Austin
47 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Stunning location, both inside and outdoor dining. Food is very good and service excellent.

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marlie
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Seemed overpriced for what was served. No bread or crackers
with huumus, The salmon needed sauce and farmer's salad was
very plain with little dressing.

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lizleigh
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

First off our reservation was for 7pm. When we were seated the waiter told us the kitchen closed at 7:30. Ridiculous. We ordered a bottle of wine and the server overpoured our glasses. The black bean soup was fine, but the paella was horrendous. The rice was horrible and the seafood seemed like it was cooked hours before and inedible. The chicken substitute was improperly cooked and barely edible.

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SandraS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The fish tacos were inedible!! I always have them when I go to Prado. There were 3 wooden pieces of fish, 3 uncooked folded tortillas tasteless red cabbage and a pile of beans. I ate one bite of the fish and just drank water. What happened to the former delicious fish tacos? What a disappointment!

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vipReba
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor patio with view of gardens and occasional jet flying into San Diego Airport. Outstanding service by Lisa. Mahi mahi sandwich with fries was good but nothing special.

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AngelaR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, drinks and a wonderful property. We enjoyed our lunch!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to be back after more than a year, and we loved it that our waitress remembered us!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service and good food. Won’t allow our puppy on back view patio only out front of bar patio.

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travelbuggy
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and relaxing. The airplane noise is my only complaint, but hey, what can you do

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Nick
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Place is nice - staff is great. Menu is very limited that is why I left only 4 stars.

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ShannaS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Our service was wonderful & the food was Delicious!
Thank you!

The Prado is one of our favorites here in San Diego! We always enjoy ourselves!

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AdrianaM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Missed having the pita crackers/hummus that was offered in the past. Look forward to it returning in the future. Our server was great!

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Artmari
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe tables inside were spaced out. Wait staff was great . Restaurant week menu was nice. We have enjoyed coming here for many years. Glad we can feel safe to come now.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice. Return to almost norm!

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vipbabs
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the Prado is always delicious. The wait staff was excellent, social distancing was practiced, and I enjoyed my first dine out in person in over a year.

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Lulu
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Mary’s chicken was great but could be warmer especially for patio dining
My husband did not like the salmon dinner. The salmon was okay but the bokchoy was too stringy to eat. The whole thing was very plain and unexciting. We ordered the farmer’s salad which was good but changes made to it to that I noticed as have ordered it as an entree with steak or shrimp for years. Hoping these were economic due to Resturant Week menu

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Felicia
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable pork chops. So tender and wonderful taste. We truly enjoyed ourselves.

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HeatherR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Good food. Great margaritas. The setting is so pretty

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vipScout
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot on a beautiful day in San Diego. The food was excellent, as was the service (Lisa).

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vipTedD
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely meal and it was nice to have the drink included in the restaurant week price instead of the desert. MUCH BETTER!

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Bear
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came late afternoon in daylight to sit on patio overlooking the park landscape. Amazing setting. Service was attentive and helpful. We ordered a robust caesar salad, tasty crab dip, braised short ribs, and shellfish paella. All were delicious. One of the best venues in San Diego!

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Dwight
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We have always enjoyed the ambience at the Prado and were excited that they had reopened. The portions for the appetizers, salad and drinks were very generous. The upcharged Ribeye was large and almost too tough to cut with a steak knife and it was rare, which is usually the most tender. We have enjoyed the Paella in the past, but the sausage was tough, the rice was mushy and the dish was pedestrian and a very small portion compared to regular menu and past orders. There were not good gluten free options for dessert. We have always enjoyed dining at Cohn Restaurants in the past and know that times are tough with the restrictions and shut downs, but we will probably only return to The Prado for outdoor glass of wine and an appetizer. For $50 Restaurant Week selections, it was not up to the usual Cohn Restaurant standards and I hope that they can rectify the shortcomings after they have been open for a while.

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The Prado at Balboa Park is rated 4.6 stars by 6242 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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