The Prado at Balboa Park

4.6
6275 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 6275 people are saying
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4.7
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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shaned
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our experience was wonderful. Thank you!

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LonnieB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My 1st time at the Prado in probably 15 years, other than the “bar-type” menu of appetizers between meals on the front patio.
It was very forgettable: small servings, food wasn’t bad but nowhere near what I remember many years ago. Service was very good, and theview/ambiance very good too. I expected a lot of tourists but surprised by so many children ( most were well-behaved). I think the Cohns can do better.

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RicardoG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Surprisingly, not happy with the service. I've been at the Prado with my family many times and this is the first time the service was not on point. I had a 4:30 reservation, and was passed up by the walk up crowd. Had to remind the hostess, of my reservation to get seated. Once seated, I almost had to get out of my seat to waive down a waiter for a second drink. The place was not even crowed. Once again surprisingly.

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Surf
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

After all the hype and difficulty getting a reservation. It was freezing cold outside very limited menu. Choices were not the type of entree that commands a premium price. Staff was very good, more friendly than professional, which is not necessarily bad.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
71 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben was great. Fun time dining. Thank you for accommodating elderly mom with indoor seating. You guys rock!!

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Norensp
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Too small serving for the price but overall- great service and best location.

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JeanP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. Food and service was awesome. Felt covid safe with table distance.

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Deborah
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a delicious lunch served by a friendly, service oriented waiter in a beautiful patio location.

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MomoV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated right away. Excellent server & service. Food very tasty

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate on the patio, delicious ribeyes and drinks, absolutely wonderful. The server was attentive and amiable, the service prompt; couldn’t have asked for better.

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SusieD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Celebrating SDSU Commencement!

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PerryZ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were promptly seated in their beautiful outdoor area with ample room between tables. Our waiter was excited about the menu and gave super recommendations. All was good except the dish that he recommended wasn't that outstanding; Paella. Too bad everything else was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special lunch during our wedding week at The Prado where we first met 3 yrs ago!

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LuluQ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. Romantic~ and great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a date night or a family night out. Outdoor seating is plentiful and if it’s cool out they have portable heaters! Drinks we’re flavorful and menu is tasty.

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vipRosyF
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in town!

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Bucaman
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Menu reduced to about half its normal selections; prices a bit high; service good.

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was no problem changing in an indoor table at the last minute. Very quiet! Food was lovely, service was great and we appreciated the free anniversary dessert!

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NancyM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We were looking forward to taking a friend out for a “thank you” dinner at The Prado. After not having a “nice” dinner for over a year we were excited.

The person greeting us was pleasant and was able to seat us outdoors.

Our server was nice enough. We ordered an appetizer…calamari fries. It was barely warm, chewy and not very tasty. The server kindly replaced it with a crab dip. No comment.

The crab dip was delivered to the table and within moments the entree arrived. The server apologized that the appetizer and entrees were pretty much delivered to the table at the same time. Wasn’t his fault…blame the kitchen.

I did enjoy the Daou Cabernet.

I know The Prado can do better. We’ve enjoyed lunch and dinner in the past.

Hopefully this was just an “off” night.

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PeggyD
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Before booking online, the restsurant was called to verify accuracy of the website. No one picked up, so voicemail was left. Based on website info, a reservation was made for the next day. Upon arrival, it was discovered that the website was in accurate and meal prefrences were not available. The response to the phone call request for information was not made until after our vist to the restaurant. The whole experiece felt like a bait and switch. Overall, a disappointing experience as a result.

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DavidS
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends from out of town

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vipJeff
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite of ours, and has been for years. It’s hard to beat the location, and the Cohn Restaurant experience is always great.

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TitaL
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think it was us who made all the noise but our services, food and ambiance was awesome! thank you for the best experience we had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
123 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Disappointed in the food this time. Small menu and nothing special. Paella was very average and fish sandwich just okay. Love the ambiance for the outdoor seating. Service was excellent. Will give this another try down the road.

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vipfanew
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Wish they would bring back valet parking, though. Difficult to get to for a disabled person.

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Tucsonfoodie
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having very much enjoyed the Prado over the past few years, we were so happy to be able to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary there on Friday. Everything from start to finish was perfect -- and definitely worth the trip from Tucson. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about both the menu and the wine list. His recommendations were spot on -- and truly, the appetizer kobe beef sushi was amazing. I know that we will both be ordering that on our next visit! I had the short ribs, which were perfectly cooked and delicious. My husband ordered the pork chop -- wow! The name "pork chop" does not do justice to the wonderfully tastiful pork that came from the kitchen. Perfectly matched with a mustard sauce and mashed potatoes, it was great. So -- definitely would give more than five stars for the evening, the service and the food. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The menu was lacking and the food wasn’t outstanding. Service was good.

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CyndiMom
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The setting is wonderful and the service outstanding! Scott took great care of us. We had a lovely table out on the back patio. Perfect experience!

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Anne
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. The service is exceptional. Food great. Ambience beautiful.

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JudyO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was attentive and prompt. But the food was not worth the price. Fish tacos were very bland. And shrimp in the shrimp Cobb salad was overcooked

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Carol
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy The Prado. It's a perfect place to meet with friends for lunch, and enjoy the outdoor patio. The food is excellent, the view is wonderful, and the service is always exceptional.

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Queta
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday

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SandyC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

We have dined here often prior to the Pandemic. We always enjoyed the food and had excellent service. The food this time was a huge disappointment. I frequently order fish tacos, which are always seasoned perfectly and delicious. Yesterday, I was served a plate with 3 corn tortillas slapped on the plate, 3 fish stick size portions of fish and a blob of beans that appeared to have come right out of the can. Apparently, you have to make your own now. No flavor. Not appetizing.
Our waiter hustled us to order and finish, so supposedly the next diners could be seated. We reserved 6 weeks in advance. We will not go back!!

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KevinM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The space is nice and the ambiance was great. The meal was excellent as expected and our service was as well. The price matched the experience. They charge a 4% surcharge for service, which I think is fair.

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Zack
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at the Prado is always top notch. It's been over a year since we have been and last night was magical. Food, service, environment all terrific.

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JorgeC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Had a horrible experience, wrong food was delivered and we had to wait roughly an hour and a half. Ended up taking the food to go. Also I asked the waiter for a water refill and in 1:45 that we were there never got a refill. This is unacceptable, I will not be returning here and sharing my bad experience with friends, family, and coworkers.

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CatherineS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulously arranged for Mother's Day. The gnosh was amazing. Pleasant time had by all!

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StephanieS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Mother’s Day brunch. Beautiful setting and great food.

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CT1227
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I would absolutely recommend the prado to anyone and everyone. However we would not recommend going on a holiday that has a prefixed menu. We did go on Mother’s Day and booked prior to knowing the menu. The eggs were horrible. Our server was awesome. The ambiance is wonderful. The food was not. Also we do not drink so only having the option of champagne included in the $40 per person isn’t fair. I then paid extra for a soda and lemonade.

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RonaldC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day brunch. Many choices. Large portions. Always a good time.

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The Prado at Balboa Park is rated 4.6 stars by 6275 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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