The Prado at Balboa Park

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5134 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
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.
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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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5.0Dined a day ago

Wonderful restaurant and a gem on Balboa Park. Indoor and Outdoor dining! Great staff and varied menu

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1.0Dined 2 days ago

We ate the Tuesday night "Date Night" = salad, main dish and a bottle of wine. The salad was tiny, the main dish (pasta with chicken) was so bad we only ate a little, and the wine was mediocre. Never again.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Good location....and that’s about the only good thing I can say. Food mediocre and limited choices.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The hostess gave me a buzzer and told me I would be seated at my reservation time.. When it was 30 minutes past my reservation time I asked her why we weren't seated yet and she just shrugged her shoulders and said that my buzzer was most likely not working.. we were waiting for ever and she did see us. but she kept seating people before us.. I made a reservation for a reason but I felt she didn't care about what was going on.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We had a special night planned with dinner before an Old Globe show. Our server understood the time factor and helped us complete dinner on time. Never made us feel rushed but got everything to us quickly and correctly. We have eaten here many times before and the service and food is always great. The Tres Leches dessert was good and unlike any version I have had before.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

It's a great place but the prices are quite high and the portion sizes small.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Waiter friendly, nice environment, food was good

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had a wonderful date here and even though we had a tough time finding parking and were a little late they were very courteous and sat us immediately. The beer and cocktail were amazing along with the delicious entrees we both had. We love it here so much and recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

The wait staff were engaging and friendly. Just right!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Good service. Tried to use Globe Theater stub for $5 discount. Management wouldn't accept it. Our total check came to almost $90.00! Might want to tell Globe management theater stubs are not accepted.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The food and service are always excellent! The food and service are always excellent!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

We received gift cards for this restaurant and were not disappointed! It is located in the heart Balboa Park just off Plaza de Panama. Our day began at the San Diego Zoo, so we were hot and tired when we arrived for our reservation. We were seated on the patio and were grateful for the many umbrellas shading the tables. The food was excellent! I had the NY strip steak and my husband had the shrimp and filet combo. I asked to substitute sauteed green beans for the listed vegetable (broccolini); I was accommodated without any pushback. The entree was just the right size-not huge portions, but very satisfying. The dessert menu looked tasty, but we decided to pass as we had sweets waiting for us back at at the resort. The wait staff was attentive but not hovering.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Tuesday night date night at the Prado

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Wait staff did not seem interested, minimum servand the tacos

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

We Went here for dinner after the Lorax. Air conditioned inside was just too cold for comfort but an outside table was pleasant. A little slow bringing the check but otherwise service was excellent. The food was good and well presented in keeping with the lovely surroundings.
There is a 3% surcharge at the end- almost hidden on the receipt. I would prefer they raise the charge for the food rather than tacking that on where it is easy to miss.
Still it was an enjoyable experience worthy of a special occasion.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

There are so many tables and the turn around is so quick. The Prado has lost its "special" appeal and seems more mass market these days.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Always a delectable experience.
Noel our server was accommodating and full of energy.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Always love going to the Prado when I have a show to see in the park. My God child took ill and server and staff was very concerned and helpful.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Good place to sit, rest and eat during a visit in Balboa Park.
A negative point: although we had a reservation (2 persons) we had to wait about 10 min. to be seated. When you reserve a table they should place you immediately when you arrive.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Always love The Prado! Perfect for friends, Birthdays, romance or just hanging at the bar. Food is great. Atmosphere is great.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

I always love going to the Prado! The menu is always inventive and the service impeccable. Its the perfect place for dinner before a play at the Old Globe. It was my friends birthday and not only did the hostess wish her a happy Birthday but our server also brought her a free dessert with a candle! The atmosphere is perfect, like the inside of a Spanish villa!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Was in the park for a walk and had made a reservation for lunch. Seated quickly, great service, loved my Michalda, and the food was great

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Out of town guests are always impressed with the architectural pleasing setting - Spanish Baroque. The menu is just right and service was friendly and right on. I’ve dined there for many years.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

The food was amazing but the service was really lacking. We were originally sat in direct sun and it was unbearable but we were able to get a new table. Waiting on drinks and refills in July was not fun as we were sitting outside. Maybe they were having an off day.

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Be prepared for a 3% additional fee on all bills due to “rising costs” 🙄👎🏼

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

The food was great and our server was amazing. We were celebrating our anniversary and he went above and beyond to ensure we had an incredible meal. We will definitely be coming back

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We've been to The Prado many times. Once again it did not disappoint. Service, ambiance and food were all excellent. This is one of our San Diego favorites.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

My 20 year old grandson is a vegetarian and the vegetarian entrees is limited to one , risotto, just risotto with a garnish. I had a pesto pasta with chicken dish that was twice the size of the portion of risotto and the price was the same, $23.95. While we both enjoyed our meals, it would be nice to see more vegetarian selections and in the case of the risotto, a larger portion would have been appreciated.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I called ahead to check on valet parking. Was told that valet parking was only available on weekends. They neglected to tell me that if there is a wedding, etc., the parking will probably not be available. This was the case and would like to have known ahead of time.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Great food and fun drinks - the pork chop and sea bass were recommended by our server Tanner who outlined every detail about all our choices. The steaks were also very good. Noisy with kids nearby and sloppy casual dress for many patrons. This is a lovely restaurant with unique decor, situated in fabulous Balboa Park - warrants a bit of dress up! We hadn't eaten there in several years but we'll be back, mostly due to the unparalleled attention from our server Tanner!

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We had come by 20 minutes earlier than the reservation since we were near the restaurant when walking around Balboa Park. We were told that we would have to wait at least 20 minutes to get a table. They handed us the pager and the pager did not vibrate until 25 minutes later. We might as well not even have made a reservation. The food itself was satisfying overall. We especially like the humus served at the beginning. The appetizer had a decent flavor, but they dumped an excess of the sauce on the calamari fries such that the fries were dripping everywhere. The main meals were okay, but not worth the price we paid for them. The waiter rarely came by and did not offer to refill our drinks even once. The waiter went to do round after round of all the other tables before eventually going back to ours when we asked for the check. And then did so again, coming by 15 minutes later to give us a chance to pay the bill. They also sat an extremely loud family next to us with multiple young children that did not know what an inside voice was, and of course the mother decided to exercise her right to breast feed in public.

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1.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Sat down and left after 30 min whe no waiters showed up to take our order.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The food was good our servers were outstanding very attentive and friendly had good suggestions the only issue I had was with the table behind us that had a bunch of kids that were really out of control I know the restaurant can’t control that but there were a lot of other empty seats maybe we could have sat a little further away from them

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

service was very good and all items were beautifully prepared, even the specialty margaritas!

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The Prado is a go-to place for us when going to the Old Globe Theatre. Had a very nice experience, with the Duck breast very, very good. My partner enjoyed her pork chop and our third person had Lobster potstickers over slaw which she enjoyed. They made every effort to get us out on time (which they did). Have never had a poor meal here.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The Prado is a lovely restaurant. Great ambiance, service, and good. My only complaint is that there really aren't any vegetarian options unless you order a salad. They do have fish dishes but if you don't eat fish or meat the options are very slim.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

As always, the service and food never disappoint. Appreciated the waiter asking us right off if we were going to a play that evening (we were) and checking on the time so we could make it.

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The place was beautiful it sadly our food was bland and dry.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We love the Pork Chop on Date night. It’s a wonderful value and a great time to visit the park.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Everything about the evening was outstanding. The food was delicious and the presentation was over-the-top spectacular. The wait staff was prompt, friendly and efficient. Highly recommend!

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