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The Prado at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

The Prado at Balboa Park

4.6
4.6
7258 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Unspecified, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–5:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 557-9441
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    John King
  • Catering
    Prado Catering<br />The Prado also offers full service catering at various museums and other locations within Balboa Park. Please contact our catering department for additional information.<br /><br />Experience our Award-Winning Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Menus<br />Professional Staff-Synchronized Service.<br />Full length table linens, gold chiavari chairs and porcelain china.
  • Private party facilities
    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!
  • Private party contact
    Event Manager: (619) 557-9441
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    6th Avenue
  • Parking details
    Free public parking lots available throughout Balboa Park.
  • Public transit
    Visit Balboa Park using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), with easy access from the downtown and Mission Valley areas.<br /><br />Review the times for route Routes 120 (Fashion Valley), Route 7 (Smart Corner) and Rapid 215 are the main bus routes through Balboa Park<br /><br />
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 7,258 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Californian

7,258 Reviews
  1. SandraV

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love The Prado! Great food and ambience! The service is on point every time!

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  2. barbaraf

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fabulous dinner, wonderful evening!! Would recommend it to anyone visiting san diego!!

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  3. RobertB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outside seating has a beautiful view of Balboa Park.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had to send my main back because they didn't follow the waiter's instruction to omit 'crema' all food was cold-french fries and cauliflower. Great mango iced tea

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  5. KarenK

    Hawaii

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Mahi sandwich was excellent. Service was excellent. Ambiance was wonderful. Love the 6-top table. It's always a pleasure to be at The Prado.

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  6. DeborahR

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the braised rib dinner. The flavors and quantity were great but my mashed potatoes were barely warm. I hate to send food back—and I didn’t— but I should have.

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  7. PaulaC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely meal in a classic Balboa Park setting. The food was delicious and the service was at a high standard.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jenni P did a great job! She gave us some food and drink recommendations too.

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  9. LorraineA

    San Diego

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, friendly staff and fantastic location.

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  10. CindyR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Holiday lunch!!!! Love this restaurant!!

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  11. PamelaM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and excellent service! Highly recommend the Prado

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  12. Luvfood

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My Bestie and I had a great lunch. Amazing service in beautiful surroundings.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    There was a large table of children about 20-12 years old. The parents sat at one end and the children screamed, ran around and totally disturbed all other patrons. The waitress tried to get control but couldn’t. Management needed to step in. Our meal was ruined by the noise level. For example I got alerts on my Apple Watch saying it was unhealthy noise levels. I ordered the shrimp Louie that was presented to me as the specialty salad of the night. When it arrived I was shocked. Not only was it not adequate as an entree it was meager for a side salad. It consisted of three pieces of lettuce, one hard boiled egg very undercooked. One radish sliced, 1/3 cucumbers sliced thin and some cherry tomatoes and three undercooked shrimp. It did not cover 1/2 of the plate. It was an embarrassment. And the fact that now with a salad you have to pay for bread. We have eaten at the Prado ever since it opened. This was the worst dining experience we’ve ever had there

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  14. judie

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointed that they no longer put out their snack of thin breads and dip. Other than that the food was excellent. Our waiter seemed to disappear at the end of our meal, and I had to ask another server for our bill.

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  15. wend1

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They are never super fast, but slower when you have a group. We had 6 and each step was a wait. We were walking to the Glibe theatre after started lunch at 12 noon didn't start our walk until about 1:40. But we made it.

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  16. Bcb75

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    “Date night” is a great deal. A bottle of wine, a shared ample salad and an entree for each.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We have dined at The Prado several times, the food was very good, as always. This time the occasion was my wife's birthday, which I noted in the comment section of the reservation. The front desk staff greeted us warmly, and I was happy to be seated on the front patio as I had requested. However, the service was hurried, and we received our appetizer after the salad plates. I had just started eating my main course (excellent risotto) when the wait staff approached the table and asked to "close out" because she was about to go home, commenting that another wait staff would take over and "take good care of you." We did not see another wait staff at our table after I paid until we were about to leave, neither to introduce themselves or to ask whether we wanted any dessert (reminder, it was my wife's birthday). It made our visit a disappointing one, despite the good food and ambience.

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  18. MysBelle

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We haven’t visited in a while. It was sad. It’s really gone down hill. Food quality not at all what it used to be and cost was ridiculous for what you got. Felt dirty and tired.

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  19. ChrisPnSD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jenny and the crew on duty did a stellar job! The seabass and paella were incredible -- per usual, CRG restaurants / The Prado do not disappoint!!! Soooo grateful we could celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary here -- we were wed here to the day in 2017, and it was nothing short of phenomenal... #makingmemories

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  20. Andelau

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Perfectly cooked fish and steak. Crab dip appetizer was delicious!

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  21. Redtail

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very romantic lunch spot and the service was impeccable.

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  22. Michelangelo

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We usually dine here occasionally throughout the year, however, this was the first time dining here for a holiday venue. Staff was very attentive, food was prepared and plated well, and ambience was very intimate. Genuinely enjoyed our Thanksgiving Day dining experience! Thanks Prado!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This was an easy thing to do for the holiday. I like they sold 1/2 bottles of wine. The food was really top notch. Friendly staff, lots of them but there was a wait for table bread and drinks. That could have been quicker. And for the price maybe an appetizer and a digestive??

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  24. LizK

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Prado is our go to when in Balboa Park. Whether we’re there to catch a show at the Old Globe, or if someone is in town visiting. It’s a nice place to grab some drinks, appetizers, or share a plate. It’s also great for groups and families. The entrees are plentiful and just ok. The ambience and service is always wonderful .

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  25. RobertP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food! I always look forward to eating at The Prado before a play at the Old Globe Theater.

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  26. JillB

    Palm Springs

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite places to go before the theater! Excellent service as usual! Thanks For great service Jenni

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really expensive to eat here. But setting is very nice. It’s a crock of s**t that they are claiming yet another added fee for their employee benefits.

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  28. fanew

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the grilled cauliflower and the mussels. Both were delicious. My husband had the short rib that melted in his mouth. Always a beautiful place to visit.

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  29. EllenT

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered the seabass, a little salty and overcooked. My friends ordered the short ribs, they told me both are kind of dry. The desserts are excellent 👌 and excellent service. Thanks ❤️

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  30. KellyB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and atmosphere! Food was bland but edible.

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  31. JillB

    Palm Springs

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It poured down rain (a blip) but out waitress Jenni moved us inside and was so gracious to our guest from London. Make sure and ask for Jenni

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  32. vivness

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great, the service, our food. The selection was limited, though, and very pricey. You’re definitely paying for the location.

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  33. Betty

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server and all the staff were very attentive and nice.

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  34. Marbear

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner! The food was delicious! The waiter was perfect! Could not have been happier with our experience. It was a chilly night, but the heaters were great. We sat on the back patio! It was a lovely night!

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  35. AnneG

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We say outdoors on the patio. Warm and lovely day for lunch of salad and risotto. Knocked it out of the park!

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  36. JacqueLene

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We really like the restaurant but even though I mentioned it was my birthday in the reservation - they didn't do anything for it or even acknowledge it. Food was good - my drink was underwhelming - should have gone with a beer. We've had much better food and service in the past so chalk it up to an off day for them. Will still go back but make other choices.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food lacked flavor. We had the paella, sea bass and shrimp and all were not quality dishes.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had yet another wonderful evening at the Prado. The food was perfect and our server, Todd, was exceptionally professional and helpful. We can’t wait to go again soon.

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  39. SandraL

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our dinner. The waitress was amazing and personable. Food was generously portioned and tasty. Nice background music and a perfect birthday celebration with a romantic touch just as desired. The birthday card from the staff was a nice touch and the dessert.

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  40. DENISED

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were married at the Prado 20 years ago and were there celebrating our anniversary. We were seated at a table on the beautiful patio overlooking the Wishing well where we took our vows. Our server, and it was amazing! He was very personable and brought us a special anniversary slice of carrot cake to celebrate. Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

FAQs

The Prado at Balboa Park is rated 4.6 stars by 7258 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 27 times today
Google Map for The Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, Suite 12, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    6th Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–5:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Unspecified, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Free public parking lots available throughout Balboa Park.
  • 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
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    John King
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 557-9441
  • Catering
    Prado Catering<br />The Prado also offers full service catering at various museums and other locations within Balboa Park. Please contact our catering department for additional information.<br /><br />Experience our Award-Winning Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Menus<br />Professional Staff-Synchronized Service.<br />Full length table linens, gold chiavari chairs and porcelain china.
  • Private party facilities
    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!
  • Private party contact
    Event Manager: (619) 557-9441
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