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The Prado at Balboa Park

4818 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (91)
  • Good for a Date (86)
  • Special Occasion (82)
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.
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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Valentine's Day we will be offering a preset menu for $59.95 per person, plus tax, surcharge & gratuity is not included. Reservations are for indoor dining and there's no guarantee of a specific table. Contact us for terrace reservations. There is a 2 hour time limit on all tables for the evening.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 4818 People Are Saying
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GRDNMKR (San Diego)
Dined 3 days ago

We LOVE coming to the Prado and the service yesterday was excellent. My wife ordered the Trio, but she had trouble eating the steak ( not your fault- she is trying to get used to red meat). Anyway a young lady ( I assume a manager of the day- though it wasn't Patty- whom we know) took great care of her and got her a skewer of chicken to replace it. Sorry the terrace wasn't open yesterday as we always like to dine outside near the garden we designed for the re-construction. We look forward to our next visit to the Prado.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
Dined 3 days ago

We are frequent diners at the Prado. The Prado is one of our top choices in San Diego.
The Cohn restaurants are the best choices all around in SanDiego. We have also dined in Cohn restaurants in the islands. Loved them.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined 6 days ago

This was our first time eating at The Prado. We came for our anniversary, and the restaurant made it very special. We were seated in a fairly quiet corner, and our server was very attentive and friendly. We were already planning to order dessert for our special occasion, but we were surprised with a complimentary dessert. Everything we ordered was delicious. We would absolutely return and recommend this restaurant to others.

vip1HappyDiner (Los Angeles)
Dined on January 13, 2018

This was our first visit to Balboa Park and I was so impressed with the architecture of all the buildings surrounding. The restaurant is so charming and comforting. Our group of four loved each dish we ordered. I would highly recommend the duck which was perfectly prepared. And the short ribs were delicious and tender. And don’t miss out on starting the evening with a cucumber martini. Wine selection was good, too. We will be back for sure!

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
Dined on January 13, 2018

My favorite restaurant in San Diego. Everything you want.

vipRALdines (San Diego)
Dined on January 12, 2018

Great start for 2018! At the Prado, you can never go wrong. Food and ambiance are wonderful! Unfortunate, however, that day outside dining was not open.

vipn911 (Toledo)
Dined on January 9, 2018

Food interesting but inconsistent between diners. Highly rated but I was disappointed from hostess to seating process despite reservations on a non busy day and time. They have a captive audience in the park. I'll try it again as one experience isn't enough.

FATTraveler (San Diego)
Dined on January 7, 2018

The whole experience was fine. The food, service, and ambiance all work at this beautiful restaurant in a historical building in Balboa Park.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
Dined on January 7, 2018

Fantastic as Always! Love it here and will always come back for more!

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on January 5, 2018

This restaurant has been one of wife,s and mine favorite places to eat. Food has always been excellent. Ambiance is great and really great at diner. Many original takes on traditional dishes. Excellent wine list. Sound level an be high at lunch-my only complaint.