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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

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

On Christmas, The Prado at Balboa Park will only be offering a fixed three-course menu at $54.95 per person, plus tax & surcharge. Kids 12 and under $13.95.
Reservations will be for indoor seating.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

New Years Eve, The Prado at Balboa Park will only be offering a fixed three-course menu at *$54.95 per person, plus tax & surcharge from 5-7:30pm.
If you would like a reservation for our NYE dinner and party starting after 8pm, contact the Prado.
***Reservations will be for indoor seating****

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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (105)
Good for a Date (100)
Pre/post Theatre (96)
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Special Occasion (90)
Good for Anniversaries (82)
Romantic (79)
Good for Birthdays (66)
Scenic View (65)
Great for Lunch (55)
Quiet Conversation (52)
Casual (48)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Cozy (37)
Worth the Drive (36)
Fun (34)
Sunday Lunch (33)
Good for Groups (29)
Business Meals (28)
Authentic (26)
Happy Hour (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Healthy (22)
People Watching (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Seasonal (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Afternoon Coffee (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Live Music (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Tapas (6)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (2)
Spicy (2)
Live Sports (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

Two taco "favorite" overrated. The tortillas were wet and the taco I created just fell apart - messy! The fish had a very "fishy" smell and taste.

We will be back! We live in San Diego and have had previous good meals at the Prado. I am not JohnC but his lunch partner.

Next time, we hope, will be better.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

We ate outside. The ambiance is great. The heaters kept us warm. Our server was friendly and efficient. The food was very good. Overall, a very nice dining experience, as usual.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

Only drawback, they charge a 3% additional cost employee wages.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

The food is decent, but not as good as it used to be. Definitely not support the price. My steak didn't have much flavor. My friend was sprinkling salt on his.....

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

One of our favorite places to eat in San Diego! Love the food, the wine, the service. Come back here often.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

We've eaten here many times and really enjoyed it. However, this time service was slow and food was unexciting. It was not a particularly busy night, many empty tables. We were didappointed.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

This our pre-theater go-to restaurant, both for adults and when I take my Grandchildren to plays. It is always a wonderful experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Kid-friendly, Fun, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and nice wait staff. Rude reception and host. There is no point in making a reservation as they sat everyone with a reservation first and you have to wait for a less ideal table.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was excellent, and the service was awesome. We requested an outdoor seat and were escorted to a table near a hart lamp. The lights on the patio made for a warm and friendly atmosphere perfect for a fist date or the like. Professional staff, fair pricing and delicious food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Love The Prado especially at night during the week. Much easier parking situation and less crowds and noise. Christmas decorations around the park and in the restaurant make festive and beautiful.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The Prado in Balboa Park is one of San Diego's gems. We've eaten here a number of times and it has always been excellent. Be sure to get the Cilantro Rock Shrimp Chili Relleno appetizer, it's delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great date night dinner outside on the patio before seeing the Grinch. Everyone was friendly, and both the food and service were excellent. And we were just a relaxing walk away from the Old Globe for the play.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent although our server was slow and it wasn’t busy; she was however nice and familiar with the menu.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

It was nice and quiet. A great ambiance for a date

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

A consistently good experience. Though I personally find it annoying that the owners put ridiculous language on the menu about having a 3% surcharge on the bill to pay for voter mandates. Yes. San Diegans voted, by a solid majority, that servers should make a living wage in our city. So just raise the prices slightly and leave the conservative politics out of it. Seriously...

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I love going to The Prado. The food is delicious and the service is great! Looking forward to going back soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We arrived thirty minutes before our reservation; however they were more than happy to seat us right away. We were much like Goldilocks with the selection of our table, but the hostess was gracious and patient. The food was creative and tasty and our waitress was efficient and friendly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We had an early dinner before the 7pm presentation of The Grinch. The food was very good. The waiter was excellent as well as his waitstaff. Totally taken care of. It was a birthday dinner and location was perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I took my adult daughter for lunch to celebrate her birthday. As always the food was delicious, our server was very knowledgeable about the food and drinks. He was also spot on when we made a request. I had the Rueben sandwich - loved the taro chips! My daughter had the brat sandwich and she ate every bite! The desserts were just sinful! So very good. Our reservation was for 2:00 and we were seated as soon as we arrived. Since lunch was nearly over, it was very quiet inside. I'll go back again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Acudí a celebrar aniversario, nos atendieron puntualmente 7:30 pm a la hora exacta de la reservación, muy amable atención. La cena estuvo muy rica y el postre también. Vamos a regresar pronto. Vale la pena conocerlo.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was a nice dinner but the air inside was cold when it was like 50 degrees other than that it was pretty good

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Beautiful decor combined with great service, excellent food, and delicious cocktails and desserts. I will make sure to pay them a visit again next time I am in town.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food is great. $101.00 for 2 main courses only, 1 beer, 1 non alcoholic drink, 1 dessert and 2 decaf coffees...I think if the service matched the quality of the food it might be worth it. Disappointed with the service. The waiter did not even acknowledge it was for a birthday even though it was on the reservation. The Hostess knew and acknwledged my wife’s birthday on the way in and the way out. Putting a candle on the pear crumble would have made it a special dinner and not just any other day.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went prior to attending a musical at The Old Globe. Food was delicious, service excellent and most convenient.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fantastic food service and ambiance!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Always a treat when we visit Museums in the Park. On this occasion, our son was visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday, so we could treat him to the festive Prado atmosphere and fun menu choices. As I knew beforehand, we all had a fun time.

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The black bean soup was delicious as well the one portabella mushroom salad. The service was great at the beginning but then it took a while to get our check. The skewers could have a little more meat and another shrimp. Drinks were good.

Tags: Casual, Fun, People Watching
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Love it when a restaurant offers two dishes together as well as separately, like the salmon and short ribs—no more making the hard choice!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants, both for dining and Happy Hour. The ambience and service are outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

I had a birthday lunch of the Paella, with an Old Fashioned. My wife enjoyed the Mahi Mahi tacos and a Paloma, and we had the Kobe beef sushi. Everything was so so so delicious! The view from our outdoor seating was wonderful, watching the planes go by on a beautiful sunny San Diego skyline.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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?

Tags: Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Wonderful experience as always. My girlfriend and I love this place, it is historic, and the service is impeccable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Robin, our server was excellent. Food was scrumptious and beautiful presentation!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent restaurant in beautiful Balboa Park.
A mexican upscale theme and menu with many other options including lovely garden dining, weather permitting. Love the chicken tortilla soup as a starter. Drinks good and reasonable.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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