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The Prado at Balboa Park

4.6
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6074 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 6074 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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Mikala
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They ran out of kobe sushi roles which is a regular item that we order. Other than that, everything else was great.

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knbc
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were concerned about going out during the pandemic, but The Prado has a very responsible system to maintain safety. As usual, the food was delicious, and the service was excellent.

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GaryM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The setting was great, service was excellent. The food was terrible.

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Carma
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the sangria and ambiance of Prado. Great service and friendly people.

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RichardS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience5

I have been a customer for over ten years. I will probably go back, based on past experiencing, which have always been positive.. Perhaps in my mind I will write this off due to the pandemic. The menu had been reduced but I expected this as I looked online before my reservation so this does not factor in my review.

Yesterday for my wife: the beer had a bit of metallic taste to it. Her Cobb salad was good but not great.

For me: My coke was between flat and it too, had a taste to it that did not resemble a soda.. I thought perhaps the refill would be better.. It was identical.
The Salad: Caesar with a shrimp. The lettuce was too warm and did not seem fresh. The shrimp was excellent in texture and flavor

The bread that came to our table was freshly made, but burned in the process. We were both surprised it made it to the table.

All and all not their finest hour... I will go back again to see if it was just a bad day, or perhaps some of the staff were late or ill leaving them shorthanded. If the food is similar next time it will be reflected in it being my last visit..

Very disappointed in a place my wife and I have always enjoyed

The service and ambiance remain FIVE star.

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KathieB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Erick, our waiter is so professional and super friendly. He has been with the company for 20 years! He really enjoys his career and enjoys serving his guests at the Prado.
Our food was delicious, as expected! The hamburgers are out of this word. The fish tacos looked pretty yummy too. I may need to try the fish tacos the next time I am having lunch at the Prado.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James provides excellent and attentive service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

My wife had paella which was very good. My bean soup was cold, tasteless and had a terrible texture. My Cobb salad had a flavorless taste. I had the flan for dessert which was excellent but the caramel sauce was burn which is a very amateurish mistake. The service was very slow and our drains then food went to other tables before reaching us. We saw this occur with other customers food also. Overall pretty disappointing except for the garden which has nothing to do with the restaurant management.

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vipEddie
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good social distancing. Reduced menu options was disappointing but understandable.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant, Great Service in Beautiful Balboa Park = One of the best in San Diego!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location on a beautiful day

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Cynthia
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with the sanitization rigor that the restaurant deployed amid the pandemic. The restaurant still maintains a relaxed atmosphere amid social distancing requirements which we appreciates.

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MarkZ
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place always make it a stop when we visit San Diego

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Reba
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch on the beautiful patio was excellent. Our server, Patrick, was the best ever! All servers at Prado are excellent. Mahi-mahi tacos are delicious. I only wish they still came with mango salsa, but not during Covid at least. Still excellent.

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KathieB
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric was a terrific waiter. Appreciated his service and attention that we received considering the many tables that he had to service.

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1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari appetizer was wonderful but missed the cabbage usually included with the dish. Also missed the tasty crackers.

Wait staff attentive as always.

Atmosphere terrific. Will be back.

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AREvans
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience1

For the price point and the recommendations, I was expecting something a lot more upscale. The food was just OK, nothing special to write home about, and portions were small - I guess because it's 'fine dining' but the price and the portions were the only things that felt refined about it. The cocktails were not very good, and the white sangria had a really bizarre taste/mouthfeel.

The service was OUTSTANDING - I cannot stress enough how good the service was! Our waitress handled my guests' complicated orders with a smile and everything arrived hot, correct, and took all accommodations requested into account.

Our reservation was during the Covid-19 pandemic, so all the dining was on the patio. I gather this meant relaxing their dress code (which on the reservations website indicates 'smart casual') but there was no indication of this when we arrived and my guests and I were somewhat uncomfortable, having 'dressed up' per the code only to find that beachwear would have been acceptable as seen by the other guests. Not the restaurant's fault, but something to keep in mind if you're going: for the 'smart casual' as well as 'fine dining' you can drop the first word.

It was a pleasant enough experience thanks to the stellar service but it was nowhere near worth the price. It was meant to be a special occasion event to cap off a visit but it left a bad taste in my mouth due to the poor value. I'm happy to pay top dollar for a good experience, but this just wasn't it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice as usual excellent service. We have always loved their patio

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MonicaD
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good,but a bit pricey. Our server was excellent!

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FancyNancy98765432109876
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time. Friendly staff! Good food! We’ll be back as often as possible!

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MattH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service on their outdoor courtyard.

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StephfromSanDiego
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James was a great waiter and made us very comfortable. Our food was delicious and the dining experience was safe and relaxing

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vipSplinter
San Diego
101 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Came here after a walk at the Japanese Friendship Garden, with a friend. Outside dining only, with a somewhat limited menu. I had a fairly good cob salad, while my friend had fish tacos. They were able to leave the cilantro off her's at her request. Service was fine, although I was not offered additional water even though my glass was empty, and we had to wait a while to get our check because our server was on break. Tables were sufficiently spaced apart, and all staff wore masks.

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DonM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. I frequent Prado for lunch. Food and service always excellent. Note due to COVID they have a limited lunch menu with only about 5 entrees so check online before you go to make sure that will work.

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Lola
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love the ambiance and the service was wonderful - thank you!

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Reba
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love dining on Prado’s patio. Tables were well-spaced. Our server was excellent. I had the Kobe beef burger. Bun and burger fell apart but it was very good. I will return, again and again. A favorite.

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DonnaM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service in an outstanding location! Great to eat at such a delicious restaurant with definite social distancing!

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GloriaL
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I liked that tables were disinfected after they were vacated, that workers wore masks, and we had to wear masks to enter the building. Tables were spaced and seating out on patio was pleasant. Out anniversary was acknowledged with a free dessert! ❣️
Didn’t have appetizer to go with my wine, limited choice offerings. For time during Covid , it was a pleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. Beautiful setting outside. Excellent food and warm friendly service. Felt very comfortable that they were on top of Covid safety!!

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DianaC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent, but did not realize it was a VERY limited menu. Food & service were great.

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SteveK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous COVID precautions taken by all employees. Very impressed to see how diligently all tables and chairs are disinfected after patrons leave.

As always the food, service and ambience were perfect.

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kd123
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love The Prado..food and drinks just not as I remember..but please go!

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NicholasO
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best Location in San Diego to have lunch while in Balboa Park area...Great Staff...Very Quiet...Highly Recommend the Spicy Calamari Fries...Chicken Ceasar Salad and Grilled Fish Tacos...After Lunch I would highly recommending going to the enchanted Japanese Friendship Garden next door...

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drmft
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience outside as usual.
Salads & Calamari Fries were both exceptional, especially the Calamari !
Server was great....

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vipLoriE
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the Prado does not disappoint. Excellent service in a beautiful setting and great food.

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CurranJ
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch on the Prado Patio is beautiful, special and magical....

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vip1martir
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service!
The menu is currently limited as they ramp back up and some of the favorites are not yet back

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Mickey
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Customer Service !!
Glad to see that you guys are open for service !!

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GlennG
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love the setting, the service and the food. Always consistent.

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Longwalk
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prado is a perfect spot to enjoy a dear friend on her birthday.

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