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inspired by ancient methods, spices & botanicals - ARTIFACT at Mingei, San Diego, CA

ARTIFACT at Mingei

4.7
4.7
361 Reviews
$31 to $50
International
ARTIFACT is a full-service restaurant featuring craft cooking inspired by ancient methods, spices and botanicals located inside the beautiful Mingei Museum at Balboa Park . Offering indoor, outdoor courtyard, and bar seating for lunch Tuesday-Saturday.

Crafted by Tim Kolanko, Executive Chef, Urban Kitchen Group, and Jeff Armstrong, ARTIFACT’s Chef de Cuisine, will be a nod to Mingei’s changing international exhibitions in an environment filled with functional, innovative art and design by Jennifer Luce, Founder and Principal of LUCE et studio, who led the design and renovation project.
ARTIFACT and CRAFT CAFE at Mingei-the latest additions to restaurateur Tracy Borkum and Executive Chef Tim Kolanko’s CUCINA family of restaurants. An Urban Kitchen Group Concept. CUCINA urbana, enoteca, sorella, UKG Catering, Urban Kitchen at The Ready Shell at Jacobs Park
Follow the journey on social media @Dine.Mingei

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    International, Asian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 704-7523

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tim Kolanko + Jeff Armstrong

  • Catering

    Whether an intimate dinner party, wedding, company meeting, birthday bash or holiday celebration, Urban Kitchen Catering offers complete full service catering – from menus to tabletop design, all tailored to meet your every need. https://www.urbankitchengroup.com/catering/<br />

  • Private party facilities

    Located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Balboa Park, Mingei International Museum celebrates human creativity through folk art, craft and design. Its newly transformed building, designed by architect Jennifer Luce of LUCE et studio, provides both outdoor and indoor spaces, adaptable for large or small-scale events.mingei.org/visit/event-rentals

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Journey to Korea

    $75.00 per person

    Feb 16, 2023 only
    Journey to Korea as Chef Jeff Armstrong and Chef Tony Coito take you on a culinary exploration of cuisine of Korea with a special one-nigh-4 course prix fixe dinner. Experience ARTIFACT at Night and taste the complex reflection of natural environment and different cultural trends of Korea.
  • valentine's weekend at ARTIFACT

    $52.00 per person

    Feb 9 - Feb 14, 2023
    Celebrate LOVE at ARTIFACT from Thursday 2/9- Monday 2/14 Lunch Date at Balboa Park? Or dinner before the show? Enjoy a 3 course Valentine's menu + our regular a la carte menu. valentine's specials + regular menu available $52 / person + tax + gratuity full menu at artifactatmingei.com
  • Experience Korea

    $75.00 per person

    Feb 17, 2023 only
    JUST ADDED Journey to Korea as Chef Jeff Armstrong and Chef Tony Coito take you on a culinary exploration of cuisine of Korea with a special one-night-4 course prix fixe dinner. Experience ARTIFACT at Night and taste the complex reflection of natural environment and different cultural trends of Korea.

What 361 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Innovative

  • San Diego

    Innovative

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  1. o

    operagoer

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    interesting and creative menu. Excellent ingredients and preparation. Service very good also. Noise level ok but at times, a bit loud. Highly recommend.
  2. K

    Keith

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service in a fun setting
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday lunch
  4. SK

    ShellyK

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing flavors and beautifully presented. Our waitress was OUTSTANDING and did such a good job of describing the dishes to our table. Highly recommend!
  5. OL

    OlivierL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for the monthly culinary exploration of cuisine, which was about Normandy this time. Awsome experience with delightful dishes and great service. Thank you all for a great experience!
  6. CC

    ChanteC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The taste of Normandy experience was unique, tasty, and so much more than a dinner. Being nestled in the museum was so fun and the food was delish.
  7. NH

    NancyH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Terrific food and excellent service. We were eating outside and when it started to rain, the servers carefully escorted us to inside the restaurant where a new table was set up for us. Everyone was so nice and in a very good mood. The restaurant was packed with happy people enjoying several courses of delicious Normandy food. The menu was very creative and very French. The accompanying wines were well selected.
  8. E

    jeffE

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was artfully presented, delicious, and paired beautifully with suggested beverages. The service was attentive and on point. The entire experience was one big smile. Thank you for it all!
  9. C

    Caro

    Exclusive

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Normandy themed price-fixe dinner on January 19, 2023 was excellent. The menu featured foods from that region that brought back wonderful memories of meals we enjoyed when we visited that area of France. The service was excellent and the setting of the restaurant in the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park is lovely.
  10. M

    Marty

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    not only is the food great, the entire staff makes it an incredible experience
  11. PW

    PatriciaW

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Kendra gave us superb service.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Food was quite awful. We had the beef noodles and beet salad and gyoza. There were so many fish flakes in the gyoza it was not edible. Everything was not edible. Everything was over flavored The service was excellent. Our server was honest and Genuine. We Really liked her
  13. AT

    AndreaT

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic flavors, excellent quality. Best food at Balboa Park.
  14. B

    Burnie

    San Diego

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    A fun place surrounded by great gift items. The servers were nice and friendly without being intrusive. Even the tableware was attractive. We had small plates and the presentation was attractive. We shared the scallop dish and it was outstanding. Then we shared the albacore ceviche and it was great. We look forward to sharing this gem with friends.
  15. JW

    JenniferW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner is always delightful with great food, an exciting menu and great service.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for our early birthday date. We really enjoyed this rich experience of food minjei. We tried almost all meals for lunch including birthday desserts. We stayed there almost two hours. We ate all dishes and no pieces left over. soo phenomenal food! His favorite dish is Pan Roasted Scallop. My favorite is Thai Green Curry.
  17. AL

    AlexanderL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot. Comfy seating and awesome food and drinks.
  18. M

    Mimi

    San Diego

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    4of us toured the exhibits at the Mingei and then had lunch at Artifact. We ordered 4 different dishes: the chicken; the lamb; the beef and the scallops and we all loved our meal. The portions are generous, and the flavoring of the food is excellent. Their menu is not the standard fare and that added to our enjoyment. We recommend Artifact!
  19. p

    pcabrales

    San Diego

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food, great service and a beautiful place
  20. B

    Ballplayersd

    San Diego

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Waited several minutes at entrance to be recognized and seated. Service was very slow and seemed confusion as to who was waiting on our table. Food was great.
  21. K

    Kevin

    San Diego

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific as usual, food, service and space is top notch.
  22. EN

    EvaN

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    I’ve been here before and was pleased with all, but service this time was not good. Our server barely acknowledged us, and the food took very long to arrive. We ordered a second glass of wine which came once meal was done.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Very poor service and no acknowledgement of the 75th birthday we were celebrating.
  24. m

    mamaacorn

    San Diego

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous lunch! Great service as always. I was sad to see that the Pork Flower Shumai was off the menu and hopefully it will re-appear someday,that is my absolute favorite menu item.
  25. JH

    JaneH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to ARTIFACT three times and it is always different in its offerings and always consistent in the quality of the cuisine and service. It is one of the better restaurants in San Diego yet seems to fly under the radar, perhaps because it is in a museum. Top quality. Highly recommend.
  26. CK

    ChristinaK

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful ethnic food, bit pricey but worth it. Nice, casual atmosphere. Glass of wine only 100 ml pour
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very kind and welcoming staff
  28. SD

    mySanDiegoAgent

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The menu was overly complex. It was difficult to order. The chicken and appetizers were excellent. We didn't like the tapioca. There were a lot of servers. It was unclear which person was our server. We would suggest more children's meals and a simpler menu. We loved the gift shop.
  29. LH

    LindaH

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Lamb Kibbe Plate was wonderful! My husband enjoyed the Pork Plate, too.
  30. P

    Pablo

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I made a reservation and got right in. Ambiance is great. Service was good. Prices for plates seemed a little high for lunch, however, food was very good.
  31. F

    Foodie

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The first dish was good but very expensive for the small portion of fish we received. I am comparing this restaurant's price and quality of food to that of La Jolla and Del Mar. Unfortunately, both of us did not feel well after eating the green chicken curry. As a positive, the outdoor patio and service were wonderful.
  32. t

    traveler

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Small portions, unusual combinations of foods unfortunately result in only average taste
  33. B

    Billnan

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outside eating at Artifact (with heating devices when needed) was delightful. The menu is unusual and one has to be adventuresome to try these dishes. You must appreciate the artfully plated and tasty choices that you won't find anywhere else in San Diego.
  34. GB

    GloriaB

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everyone enjoyed their lunches! My Thai curry was excellent, lots of sauce and tender veggies and chicken.
  35. d

    debbieb

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delighted to have this restaurant in Balboa Park! Had lunch there yesterday. Gorgeous artsy indoors, lovely patio. The service was perfect-- friendly but not too much, always there but not hover-y, great guidance with menu. The food was absolutely delicious. Had the potato samosa, huge serving. No room for the yummy bibb salad we ordered. No problem, had it for dinner. We sat on patio (have heaters), inside are lots of hard surfaces, might be a little noisy. Will DEFINITELY eat there again, even if not seeing something at Old Globe.
  36. J

    John

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good lamb kibbe and pear and beet salad. Excellent service too.
  37. y

    yolandah

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Family time ! David and Ashley were both wonderful servers ! Joyfully Yolanda
  38. JT

    JacquiT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate on the patio and it was excellent . Highly recommend .
  39. CD

    CDene

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My third experience for lunch at ARTIFACT and I have loved the fabulous food each time. This third time I took my gourmet food loving son and he told me he would like to return.
  40. CS

    CurtS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful menu. We try to time lunch here every time were in the park. This time we indulged in the Cheese Cake. WOW!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

ARTIFACT at Mingei offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 704-7523.

ARTIFACT at Mingei is rated 4.7 stars by 361 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 24 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for ARTIFACT at Mingei

1493 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    International, Asian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tim Kolanko + Jeff Armstrong

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 704-7523

  • Catering

    Whether an intimate dinner party, wedding, company meeting, birthday bash or holiday celebration, Urban Kitchen Catering offers complete full service catering – from menus to tabletop design, all tailored to meet your every need. https://www.urbankitchengroup.com/catering/<br />

  • Private party facilities

    Located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Balboa Park, Mingei International Museum celebrates human creativity through folk art, craft and design. Its newly transformed building, designed by architect Jennifer Luce of LUCE et studio, provides both outdoor and indoor spaces, adaptable for large or small-scale events.mingei.org/visit/event-rentals

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