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The Prado at Balboa Park

4882 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Californian
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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*
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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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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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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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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 For immediate assistance, please call our Sales and Catering Team at 619-557-9441 x501.
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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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What 4882 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Dependably fine dining with excellent service.

DebyeC (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Walked right in at our reservation time and it was crowded but we were seated immediately in a nice area of the restaurant. Service was wonderful, menu was limited but the ambiance was worth it. Went before a show, was a wonderful time.

DavidS (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

this is my "go to" place when I want a lovely meal with excellent service and I'm in town.

vipBuntz (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

We really like the Prado for pre-theater dining when attending an Old Globe performance. Great drinks and food and always friendly service. We really like the Prado.

vipshelikof (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Your chef is apparently in love with Brussels Sprouts broccoli kale: everything cruciferous. Many of us like spinach green beans peas Lima beans: and as such,not chopped up. There is currently much of the former and little of the latter on your menu.

Bravis (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

I eat at the Prado often after walking through the park always enjoying the consistency and quality of the food and the location. My friend and I attended an event at MOPA and had dinner and a nice conversation over drinks and great food. I highly recommend this place no matter the occasion.

viptippy (Seattle)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Nothing wrong, but only okay. We were seated in the atrium next to the main dining room which was not great. Be sure and try to get into the main dining room. Food was only ok. Service was good.

vipOutWithFriends (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Whenever we have people visit from out of town, this is ALWAYS a go-to with them. The menu is unique, delicious and service impeccable. Can't say enough about The Prado.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 7 days ago

I wanted to find a special place with great food for a date night with my husband. I was very disappointed with The Prado. The waitress forgot to take our entree order so we sat for a while after eating our appetizer wondering what happened to her. Our meals were not great. The location and ambiance remain my favorite part of The Prado.

5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Went for a late lunch after several hours at the zoo. Beautiful view, music, and ambiance. Great sangria and burgers. Pricey for everyday dining, but lovely for a special occasion.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Taylor was awesome

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Lovely table outside facing the wishing well was perfect. Our servant was happy and attentive. The food arrived on time and tasted great

vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food at Prado. Lots of choices in both food and cocktails. Service a bit slow but always crowded. Still recommend if you are in Balboa Park

VioO (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Sit outside under the twinkle lights and enjoy the company.

fundiner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

My wife and I greatly enjoy The Prado, because of the quality service, delicious food, and beautiful environment. The Tuesday Date Night special for $47.95 per couple is a great value. The mustard crusted pork chop on that menu is unique and delicious. Our server Michael made our date night very special - he was attentive, funny, and very helpful.

Foodwasok18 (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Service was fantastic! Food was just ok and priced high. Cocktails were ok in flavor but lacked potency. Overall it’s good for tourists but the food quality won’t invite me back anytime soon.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was delicious and our server was very attentive and friendly.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent food and service. Inside is relatively loud. Outside dining is quiet and the heat lamps keep it comfortable in the cooler months. Nice decor and lighting.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was wonderful. My only issue was that the food a little warm, like it had been prepared a long time ago. It didn’t feel fresh. It was a completely outstanding experience outside of that.

FastEddie (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Dinner before a play at The Old Globe. A nice evening, we will be going back.