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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.

1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian

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*

Cross Street:
6th Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 557-9441 ext. 203

Website:
http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/theprado

Entertainment:
Our Lounge offers live musical entertainment from 8:00pm - 10:00pm every Tuesday- Saturday evenings.

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.

Parking Details:
Valet offered Tuesday through Friday 5:00pm onwards. Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am onwards. Public parking lots available in Balboa Park.

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

Executive Chef:
Jonathan Hale

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

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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Valentine's Day we will be offering a preset menu for $59.95 per person, plus tax, surcharge & gratuity is not included. Reservations are for indoor dining and there's no guarantee of a specific table. Contact us for terrace reservations. There is a 2 hour time limit on all tables for the evening.

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!

The Prado at Balboa Park Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (91)
Good for a Date (86)
Special Occasion (82)
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Pre/post Theatre (79)
Good for Anniversaries (77)
Good for Birthdays (62)
Romantic (59)
Great for Lunch (55)
Scenic View (53)
Creative Cuisine (44)
Quiet Conversation (43)
Casual (42)
Worth the Drive (38)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Fun (31)
Sunday Lunch (31)
Cozy (28)
Good for Groups (28)
Business Meals (27)
Happy Hour (27)
Authentic (26)
People Watching (24)
Healthy (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Local Ingredients (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Seasonal (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Afternoon Coffee (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Live Music (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Tapas (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Vegan (3)
Spicy (2)
Live Sports (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

We LOVE coming to the Prado and the service yesterday was excellent. My wife ordered the Trio, but she had trouble eating the steak ( not your fault- she is trying to get used to red meat). Anyway a young lady ( I assume a manager of the day- though it wasn't Patty- whom we know) took great care of her and got her a skewer of chicken to replace it. Sorry the terrace wasn't open yesterday as we always like to dine outside near the garden we designed for the re-construction. We look forward to our next visit to the Prado.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Fun, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

We are frequent diners at the Prado. The Prado is one of our top choices in San Diego.
The Cohn restaurants are the best choices all around in SanDiego. We have also dined in Cohn restaurants in the islands. Loved them.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 5 days ago

This was our first time eating at The Prado. We came for our anniversary, and the restaurant made it very special. We were seated in a fairly quiet corner, and our server was very attentive and friendly. We were already planning to order dessert for our special occasion, but we were surprised with a complimentary dessert. Everything we ordered was delicious. We would absolutely return and recommend this restaurant to others.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was our first visit to Balboa Park and I was so impressed with the architecture of all the buildings surrounding. The restaurant is so charming and comforting. Our group of four loved each dish we ordered. I would highly recommend the duck which was perfectly prepared. And the short ribs were delicious and tender. And don’t miss out on starting the evening with a cucumber martini. Wine selection was good, too. We will be back for sure!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, People Watching, Cozy, Casual, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My favorite restaurant in San Diego. Everything you want.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great start for 2018! At the Prado, you can never go wrong. Food and ambiance are wonderful! Unfortunate, however, that day outside dining was not open.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Toledo)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Food interesting but inconsistent between diners. Highly rated but I was disappointed from hostess to seating process despite reservations on a non busy day and time. They have a captive audience in the park. I'll try it again as one experience isn't enough.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The whole experience was fine. The food, service, and ambiance all work at this beautiful restaurant in a historical building in Balboa Park.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Fantastic as Always! Love it here and will always come back for more!

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

This restaurant has been one of wife,s and mine favorite places to eat. Food has always been excellent. Ambiance is great and really great at diner. Many original takes on traditional dishes. Excellent wine list. Sound level an be high at lunch-my only complaint.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Fun, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent service and you can’t beat the location and food...very good!!!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was delicious. Turkey burger, paella, and tres leches cake were all outstanding. The service was not up to par, unfortunately.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Made a reservation for lunch, showed up on time, was asked “inside or out?”, chose out, said it would be about 15 minutes. About 30 minutes later with no buzz on their buzzer, went back and said we had waited 30 min and was it our turn yet? She said they were having trouble with the buzzers and offered us a table “inside or out?” Chose out again and was seated. Food was mediocre at best, mahi-mahi tacos were dry.
Not pleased with whole experience.
Steve, from Redondo Beach

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had a great time at dinner. The Chicken Tortilla soup was unique and one of the best I've tried. The food had a lot of good flavors. Beto was our server and he was excellent. This was the best service we had in a long time from any restaurant.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Ribeye with mushrooms was excellent! The mash-potatoes were not as outstanding as I would have imagined.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very commercial. Lacked ambulance and personal attention. Reminded me of Disney world.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We go to the Prado often and we always love it. The happy hour tapas and bites are super and the red sangria is outstanding!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food, wonderful location and ambience, and really superior service (Lisa).

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Prado always a great choice but especially after visiting all the museums in the Park.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great Christmas dinner. The menu selections were so good, it was hard to choose. The wait sevice was excellent.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was poor. Main dish was cold

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was great, as I've come to expect. However, the service was uncharacteristically poor.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had an Anniversary dinner on a Dec 23rd, 6 pm, it was very loud, I asked to be seated by the Christmas Tree but did not happen. Maybe betteretter to dine quietly on a weekday. Not a place to go for a romantic dinner. All the food we ordered were exquisite.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were seated for over an hour before our order was even taken. Absolutely awful service.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Thanks again for a wonderful evening!
Everything went perfectly. Thank you Sophie and Katie for your great service and assistance! We will definitely come back and recommend The Prado to friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Dinner at The Prado is always wonderful but we were there for lunch before a matinee of The Grinch yesterday. Matinees get lots of kids, many of the diners were going to the matinee, so lots of kids, quite noisy. Our server was not attentive, kitchen was slow... I will continue going to the Prado for dinner, but not for lunch, lunchtime serving staff seemed second rate compared to the usual wonderful dinner time staff.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The Kobe beef sushi roll is enough of a reason to visit. Seriously. We had a reservation and were seated late, but the service after that was excellent. Cocktails and food were fabulous. We sat outside on the patio under umbrellas, and the ambience was perfect for brunch before our play at The Old Globe. Will be back for more sushi.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

I love the place cause it’s cozy. The food is great and very affordable. . You can talk with your friends and hear them properly cause it’s quite.. The service is good and very well mannered. High five to this Restaurant. Love Prado as I love Prada! Hahaha.👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻❤️💋

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great service , food and would recommend to others.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Annual dinner with the family after seeing The Grinch at the Old Globe. Food all around was great. Love the ambiance as we sat on the patio. Service can be a bit slow, but our server was personable and responsive. We love The Prado!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was good although it was a bit warm instead of hot. I really like the pear crumble dessert.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our server was amazing and very knowledgeable about the menu.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary here. Great location to come to after attending the Old Globe. We grabbed a drink in the bar and then had dinner. The Kobe beef sushi appetizer was delicious! We ordered the shrimp and filet and braised short rib which were also delicious. Our waiter was attentive and provided great service. Plus we were given a free dessert to celebrate our anniversary. The ambiance was festive and it was nice to walk around the Prado after with all the Christmas lights. We will be back and bring others too.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great dining experience on the patio. The Sea bass was excellent!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Beautiful indoor outdoor setting; fun food and nice servers. Location in Balboa Park makes for the perfect date whether it’s your first or 300th date. We’ve been married 20 years, and it was perfect for us.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The service was really good. Our waiter was prompt and attentive, which is always nice. We got the braised short ribs because so many people have raved about them. They were really good. I was a little disappointed that the sides we're a little different than what we saw on another menu, but it was still good. Best thing ever, no, but definitely good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

So much fun having dinner with my family. This is part of our family tradition of dinner and seeing The Grinch at the Old Globe!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Every aspect of our visit was superior. Our server was attentive and informative. Loved the wine she suggested. The Prado is always at the top of our list for special occasions.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Everything was really nice. Stephen and the bus boys made our anniversary even more special! Thank you for a nice evening.

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vip
 (Boise)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We had an absolutely wonderful experience after all day at the zoo. Very comfortable 6-7 minute walk from the Zoo. A very romantic setting in Balboa Park. There was a wedding party, a number of small groups, couples, Father & Daughter all enjoying a great meal and the Prado's quiet ambiance. We sat outside on the patio with a nice overlook. Great soups and my spiny lobster bucatini was delicious and full of flavors. We finished with a delectable Tres Leches.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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