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About The Prado at Balboa Park
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.
Continental 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.
San Diego, CA 92101
Contemporary American, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
*No Dinner Service on Mondays*
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
(619) 557-9441 ext. 203
Our Lounge offers live musical entertainment from 8:00pm - 10:00pm every Tuesday- Saturday evenings.
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.
Valet offered Tuesday through Friday 5:00pm onwards. Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am onwards. Public parking lots available in Balboa Park.
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
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
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.
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!
The Prado at Balboa Park Ratings and Reviews
After being disappointed by numerous San Diego (some Cohn) restaurants we used to frequent (7+ years ago when we moved away) upon our return, we were very impressed with the quality of the everything ordered, the service and the experience as a whole at the Prado after attending a show with our daughter at the Globe. We ordered the mussels as an appetizer-the white wine base was delicious, I ordered the pork chop and my husband ordered the short ribs as entrees -both were cooked to perfection and melt in your mouth good. Additionally, I was impressed with the level of consideration of the male server with my toddler and his genuine attentiveness throughout the meal. We are so pleased that the Prado has maintained the same level of quality in our absence and can be one of our regular spots -especially after shows in Balboa Park.
I had a date with my 4 year old daughter before we saw the Grinch. The food was good and my daughter had a good time. I felt the server was hard to track down and somewhat forgot about us. This was especially troubling since we were in a time crunch to see the play next door.
The special occasion was celebrating my 90th birthday. My wife advised the hostess of the event. No complimentary desert was served nor a birthday acknowledgement at the end of the meal. Very disappointed and will not celebrate my 100th birthday at the Prado
The Prado was amazing. Scott was excellent in terms of service and making excellent recommendations. He knows his clients and is able to connect with them. He was able to connect with me and was able to “figure out” what I did as a professional. All servers should be like him. Thank you Scott?
Went there with 3 other ladies for lunch. Sat inside because it was a little cool that day but love the outside too. We were celebrating a birthday and the waitress was very nice and brought a birthday dessert. Food was very good-a salad, steak sandwich and cheese and ham sandwich. All very good. As was the tomato basil homemade soup. As long as you can walk from the parking lot this is a great place.
I have been to the Prado at Balboa Park multiple times and my waiter was Scott. He is personable and knowledgable about the menu. I was just great luck that he was my waiter again yesterday. I will visit the Prado at Balboa Park again...Thank You for a great luncheon experience!
Murphy's law on this visit. Everything that could have gone wrong, did. We arrived at our reservation time and our table wasn't ready so we went to the bar. We had excellent service at the bar. Once our table was ready, about 20 minutes later, we were moved to the dining room. We sat at the table for 16 minutes before flagging down a table busser and asking him who our server was. Another 5 minutes later, a woman came to our table and apologized for the "confusion." We ordered. She brought our drinks quickly after, with food quick to follow. The manager came to apologize and offer us a free dessert. Thoughtful, however, it was quickly shadowed by the fact that our food was not good. The chicken was a weird grayish color and tasted about as good as it looked. The risotto was soggy and tasted cheap. We didn't finish the food, didn't take them up on the dessert, but they were nice enough to take one of the entrees off the bill. All in all the service was fine after the wait, but that coupled with the terrible food - after which one of us actually got sick from - makes this an unforgettable, in a bad way, visit. I will never eat at the Prado restaurant again. It's a shame.
We got there when the doors opened at 11:30. We were able to sit outside in the back patio Courtyard underneath the market umbrellas. The view is beautiful the ambience is charming and the food was large portions the price was very reasonable our server was very nice and it is located within Balboa Park
Parking in Balboa Park is difficult. Service was good, but not great. My chicken sandwich was not fully cooked in the center. Pasta salad was dull. I've eaten at the Prado many, many times and I think it has gone downhill since my last visit. What happened???
Food was just OK. Calamari drenched in sweet stuff; martini too sweet. Service and ambiance excellent, albeit a bit slow for the appetizer and main courses to arrive (be sure you have lots to talk about!) Would go again for lunch, but too pricey for dinner.
Our waitress was phenomenal, food was phenomenal, especially the steamed muscles ❤❤❤ drinks were phenomenal... In other words, everything was f-ing perfect, beautiful and... Well perfect. 😍
P.s. you can basically go in jeans and a t-shirt, or go all decked out fancy (which is what my husband and I did since it's our 1 year anniversary) and not feel out of place at all.
Met with friends that I had not seen for 40 years. We drank about 2 gallons of tea before even opening the menu. The server was very polite and did not seem to mind. After ordering the food came quickly and was great. The ambiance one the patio was pure perfection!!
Whoever wrote that the food is always disappointing, but the location great was right on. Hostesses, as mentioned previously, are great and deserve praise. Downhill after that. Waiter took cocktail order and removed wine list and wine glasses. Had to request return of both. Bread was only little, dry flatbreads with small ramekin of almost tasteless hummus. Potsticker app was 6 small dim sum like dumplings containing a small quantity of lobster and shrimp sitting on a vast lawn of cabbage slaw with slivers of pineapple so small you could barely discern it. Sea bass entree was a small square (about 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 inches) of fish, very firm and overcooked for my taste, on a very nice succotash of corn and multiple veggies. I'm not a big eater, and I left hungry. Cappuccino, which took a long time to get, had overfrothed, bubbly dishwater foam.
The major insult to me is a 3% surcharge, mentioned but not explained, in small text at the bottom of the menu. When I asked, the waiter said it was for the Cohn (management) company. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? One might conclude that Cohn is trying to milk this wonderful city park location for all it's worth, while skimping on product.
Enjoy the park, then go to a really good restaurant.
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