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The Prado at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

The Prado at Balboa Park

4.6
4.6
7502 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Located in the House of Hospitality, The Prado offers historic charm in the center of San Diego's Balboa Park.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Unspecified, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 557-9441
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    John King
  • Catering
    Prado Catering<br />The Prado also offers full service catering at various museums and other locations within Balboa Park. Please contact our catering department for additional information.<br /><br />Experience our Award-Winning Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Menus<br />Professional Staff-Synchronized Service.<br />Full length table linens, gold chiavari chairs and porcelain china.
  • Private party facilities
    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!
  • Private party contact
    Event Manager: (619) 557-9441
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    6th Avenue
  • Parking details
    Free public parking lots available throughout Balboa Park.
  • Public transit
    Visit Balboa Park using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), with easy access from the downtown and Mission Valley areas.<br /><br />Review the times for route Routes 120 (Fashion Valley), Route 7 (Smart Corner) and Rapid 215 are the main bus routes through Balboa Park<br /><br />
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Brunch

    $79.95 per person

    May 12, 2024 only
    Mother's Day Brunch Happy Mother's Day! Join us at the Prado at Balboa Park for our Mother's Day Brunch with bottomless mimosas. On this day we will only be serving a buffet from 10am-3:00pm. Adults are $79.95. Children 6-10 years are $19.95. Under 6 years are complimentary.

What 7,502 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

7,503 Reviews
  1. Edsiesgems

    San Diego

    90 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    90 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location and decor. Had obeef sushi, was good but no ginger nor hot paste, Hummus was delicious, Would like to have seen a few sandwiches. Carrot cake very average -Waitstaff excellent

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  2. Kimbre

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service was superb. The entrees were reasonably priced for the serving size. The noise level was high due to a concert venue at the nearby organ pavilion.

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  3. SusieH

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was awesome ! We loved the wine selections !

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  4. Patita

    San Diego

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant decor. The food was tasty and the service was A+. I will definitely return. Parking was a bit of a problem.

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  5. SueH

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our lunch meals, mixed green salad with grilled chicken and paella, were okay but not outstanding.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant but the linguine surf and turf was not worth its price.

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  7. PatrickY

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’re there for my wife’s birthday. The Prada greeted her with a b-day card when we set down. The food was excellent and Beto our server was fantastic. Very attentive and had some great suggestions on food and wine.

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  8. VeMo77

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I feel as though the quality of the food has diminished. Not what it used to be.

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  9. Denny

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Date Night theme was fun, the food terrific and a great value! The service is always tops!

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  10. ktkat

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    always enjoy treating myself to dinner at the prado before a performance at the old globe. Never disappointed.

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  11. BradyC

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The reception desk is wonderfully friendly and smart. Jose is a gracious director to table, and willing to seat us at a table our choosing. Our server

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  12. JacksonM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My choice for dinner was a chefs salad and I was told it wasn't avaliable...disappointed

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  13. JoeO

    San Diego

    136 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    136 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good menu options for lunch and waiter was excellent. The additional surcharge the restaurant charges to cover wage increases is an 8nsult and money grab by the CRG restaurants. Figure a way to reduce your overhead and costs instead of sticking it to your customers at all of your restaurants.

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  14. Brian

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I made the reservation for our 6 year anniversary via Open Table and was very happy with the reservation. I acted normal as I was trying to surprise my wife of any surprises. I requested best seat in the house and it did not disappoint as when we were seated my wife said "this is the best seat in the house". It was a wonderful lunch, with excellent service and amazing food. I am so happy that my reservation was reviewed and very surprised when our server even brought out a dessert with a Happy Anniversary card which just floored my wife. Her and I were so impressed as stated earlier in the staff, food and ambience. Thank you to The Prado at Balboa Park for an amazing memory! We will definitely be back to this 5 star location.

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  15. Fitzk

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the Prado … thank you! Our service was fabulous!

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  16. RickS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was mediocre, cold air blowing throughout dinner, over-priced. Very limited menu, including cocktails.

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  17. JeanneR

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is always wonderful at the Prado and this time I tried a new dish and I was not disappointed. The mushroom risotto was so delicious. I will definitely order it again.

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  18. Lisa

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice outdoor lunch in heart of Balboa Park. Our 3 diners enjoyed the views, very good food(Cobb salad was especially generous portion), and excellent service.

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  19. FRANCISCOC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food presentation and taste. Beautiful place to celebrate our 43 rd weeding anniversary!!

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  20. fundiner

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Prado is our go to celebration restaurant. The ambience is very romantic, the food is clever and delicious, and the service from Leslie was attentive and excellent. The Tuesday Date Night Menu is a great value! It was a great night! We strongly recommend The Prado! 

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and good food. Good place to celebrate

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  22. Pacoboy

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Michael, our waiter, was friendly, professional and did a great job making us feel welcome,not rushed but kept us on track to make it to the theater on time. Our food was delicious. The ambience of The Prado is always lovely and it didn’t disappoint this time either.

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  23. AmyE

    Cleveland

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Tuesday Date Night special was a fantastic deal and the food was outstanding. Our server was friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable and the setting was perfect.

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  24. MarilynC

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Not a single complaint. Good service: food good, drinks good, ambience good. It always it a great visit.

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  25. JosephK

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall ambiance is the only reason to return. Too bad, I've been a regular customer for many years, but as of late I've been disappointed. Since Covid, menu changes have been for the worse. I would recommend returning for the hummus and desert only. Skip everything else. I've recommended this before, but no change can be seen. Please hire a chef, the food is way below average. I ordered the paella and was disappointed, mostly rice and very little taste, fish, mussels, chicken, scallops and no shrimp. Waitress was nice and she accommodated my wife's birthday very nicely. I've recommended this before but think it is worth one more shot. Return to your menu the trio skewers of chicken, beef and shrimp. This was delightful and worth recommending to all. I personally would be willing to pay more to keep it on the menu. Bottom line, improvement needed for me to return. I've been as truthful as possible and hope you can return to your former greatness. Thanks for listening.

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  26. DianeL

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff and delicious healthy food. The mango margaritas are the BEST!!

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  27. MikeN

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding service as always and food was excellent.

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  28. DDfoodlover

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Average food and service today. Took 30 to 40 minutes to get our food. Missed parts of our order. Service was welcoming. Our server was kind but too busy. Ambiance on outside patio is nice. Food was okay. I’ve enjoyed this restaurant in the past. This time It was underwhelming.

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  29. WSGRunner

    San Diego

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The outdoor patio is a fantastic place to dine. Overall the food was underwhelming. Many of the dishes we had lacked depth and didn't have much taste. This service was fantastic and staff were super friendly. A nice touch was a card signed by the staff to recognize our anniversary.

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  30. MariaM

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For the first time ever, I was very disappointed in my meal. The Braised Short Rib is a favorite I have ordered several times. On Saturday, the rib was just so dry that there was zero favor. Very over cooked, could be one of the reasons… but simply zero favor, dry and tuff. Will have to rethink it as a favorite spot to special occasions. Way too expensive to be mediocre at best. The customer service was excellent, caring and well appointed. The venue itself is stunning especially early evening which is when we were there last. But, sadly, may not return.

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  31. Onebrit

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Bad service! Our water glasses were never topped up. The waiter "over sold" the appetizers and desserts to an uninterested audience. And he forgot to split the check despite our earlier request to do!

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  32. BarbaraS

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great place to stop before the theater. Solid menu with good choices.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    146 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This San Diego classic venue has a short, high quality menu that they rarely make mistakes with. The pork prime rib tasted excellent but the size was less than expected from previous visits. My slice of meat was less than 1/2 inch in thickness (I'm sure past visits were closer to 3/4 inch thick) and the fatty rim was near 1/2 inch; leaving an rather small oval of edible meat. I did not feel the meal was worth the price this time.

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  34. LindaLou

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrating a birthday in the middle of a week provided us with a restaurant almost to ourselves. Because of this, our waiter had time to have a few conversations with us. Both our meals were excellent. The salmon and short ribs along with a mild sushi rice, potatoes, and greens was quite good. My partner had the sea bass, which is his favorite. It was preceded by a green salad with shaved cheese and fresh berries, also excellent.

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  35. MikeB

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to the Prado as a prequel to an Old Globe play. The other couple we were dining with was delayed by traffic and arrived 15-20 minutes after we did. We ordered and were working on our salads when the other couple arrived. Our waiter did a superb job of accommodating them and even coordinated the delivery of our main courses to coincide. Food was fabulous, as always. The waiter was mindful of our time constraints for the play and orchestrated the timing perfectly. While a bit pricey, it is a great value given the quality of the food, service, and proximity to the Old Globe.

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  36. VenCapGuy

    Austin

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Scott was awesome. I would go there again for Mothers Day or Easter Brunch.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Easter Brunch with everything from French Toast to sushi. Loved it!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited during Easter Brunch. We had reservations and brought our two toddlers. Plenty of great options for both kids and adults on their buffet. Everything from scrambled eggs and French toast to prime rib and oysters. Eggs Benedict made to order and a huge variety of desserts, including gluten-free options and a chocolate fountain. Great experience! We’ll be back next Easter!

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  39. Anonimo

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice Easter brunch with a great array of food and endless champagne. Staff was courteous and efficient. A special shout out to Amos, April and Francisco for their kindness with my 93-year-old dad.

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  40. JeffP

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous brunch! The mimosas were flowing, the prime rib was luscious and the Easter bunny was hopping. Easily the best brunch we have had in many years. Inside the grand ballroom due to the weather, but beautifully decorated. The seafood bar and the dumplings were very much appreciated, while one member of our party really enjoyed his two crab Benedict's. We'll be back soon!

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FAQs

The Prado at Balboa Park is rated 4.6 stars by 7502 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, Suite 12, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    6th Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Unspecified, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Free public parking lots available throughout 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
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    John King
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 557-9441
  • Catering
    Prado Catering<br />The Prado also offers full service catering at various museums and other locations within Balboa Park. Please contact our catering department for additional information.<br /><br />Experience our Award-Winning Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Menus<br />Professional Staff-Synchronized Service.<br />Full length table linens, gold chiavari chairs and porcelain china.
  • Private party facilities
    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!
  • Private party contact
    Event Manager: (619) 557-9441
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