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The Prado at Balboa Park

4872 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 4872 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Taylor was awesome

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

Sit outside under the twinkle lights and enjoy the company.

fundiner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great meal, Great service, and Great desert. Reservation are a must, we were seated on time. Love this place.

vipBuntz (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We really enjoy Prado and often eat there before performances at the Old Globe. This time we dined outside with entrees of duck breast and tasty pork chop. Delicious. Good drinks as well. Prado provides one of the best overall dining values in San Diego.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Great atmosphere and delicious food. Lovely to sit outside in early evening.

vipJane (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

The Prado has always been our go to spot for pre Old Globe dining.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Very good food, wonderful ambiance and service. I was once again put off by the statement on the menu that the Prado has added a 3% surcharge to offset the raise in the minimum wage. Please! I find this offensive, as servers around the country get ridiculously low wages and we, the customers, are expected to make up for it in the form of tips. It’s a terrible system. If I had remembered this from our last visit, I might not have come again.