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The Prado at Balboa Park

4.6
4.6
6705 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 33 times today
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Cocktail Bar, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–7:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–4:30 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

    Marcy Melley: (888) 925-3023

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • 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

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What 6,705 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. LD

    LindsayD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful dinner for date night before a play 🤗
  2. LR

    LisainRamona1

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Prado before the theater is always a good choice. The small menu selection is a little pricey for “bite” and drink before theater, but you can’t go wrong with the famous black bean soup. Service was a little slow for our liking, but very courteous and with a smile.
  3. SR

    SharonR

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed our lunch at the Prado. Reservations were made on Open Table & I indicated an indoor table, but we were give an outdoor table. It was a bit chilly/overcast, so we asked to be moved inside & it was quickly done. Table service was very nice.
  4. NJ

    NancyJ

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Usually the food is delicious. The entree choices (beef & sea bass) were not. Wine & salad great!
  5. JK

    JulieK

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food was good. A bit pricey, but everywhere is these days. Not sure why there was no available seating indoors as the restaurant had lots of open tables, and it was a bit chilly outside.
  6. CS

    CharlesS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food at a nice venue. Good wine and drink list as well. We have dined there several times over the past few years and have never been disappointed with the food or service.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Most horrible dining experience I’ve had. Bus staff was great, but our waiter was a condescending rude man with a deliberate attitude. There was a large party sitting next to us that he tended to while ignoring our basic need for drink refills and to check in to see how our meal was going. We had to ask for dessert and when we did he said, “I was going to bring the menus in a second,” with complete attitude. The restaurant was empty and I believe it had a lot to do with the lack of service and the added 4% to everyone’s bill in order to compensate for COVID times. Way overpriced for mediocre bland food. Will NEVER go back!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going to the PRADO for many years even when it was Cafe day El Morro. Currently we go every Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The restaurant is a big favorite with us. Good job.
  9. R

    Rizzoto

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and excellent service. The food was yummy!!
  10. JB

    JessieB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service, excellent atmosphere!
  11. F

    Fern

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Limited menu options and overpriced food. It wasn't terrible, but it simply is not worth the money. The patio seating isn't great or felt special.
  12. m

    mina

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is great place for good food, good drinks and deep conversations.
  13. L

    Lyndie

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love all the potato variations. The pork chop was insanely delish- I was surprised at how good it was!! Very moist. Perfect steak. Great attentive service. Cute patio and warm heaters. Really happy we checked this staple out!
  14. L

    Lamu

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall1food5service5ambience5
    Prado is ridiculous taxing customers 4% to cover wages. The food is already expensive and Prado is playing poor and sneaking a 4% surcharge. Your employees make your business succeed and ensure return customers. As long as your restaurants continue to sneak these extra charges I will not be going.
  15. SB

    StevenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were excellent. It was warm, even on the patio.
  16. A

    Adriand

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Great service. Food was overpriced for what was offered. My wife and I are big fans of The Prado, but not on this night.
  17. T

    Tigergeek

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Debra’s restaurants may be pricey but always deliver in excellence
  18. D

    Din2eet

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good service and seating. The sushi was terrible. I had a grilled chicken blt which was very good. Free flan for birthdays. The sangria was very good.
  19. LP

    LilianaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, had a birthday celebration on Tuesday and they have an amazing Tuesday date night menu! Great service and lovely place.
  20. CC

    ChrisC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Food was just OK. Carrot cake wasn’t fresh like the server stated. Wine was good. Our server was busy talking with his friends at another table and taking a selfies.
  21. JF

    JeffF

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family in town who have not seen each other since Covid. Beautiful setting! Fabulous service! Great food! (Wonderful menu; we had composed salad, fish tacos, sushi roll & mahi sandwich) everyone was very happy with their order and particularly liked the shared calamari appetizer. Unique, unexpected-delicious! Thank you for being a consistent go to for special occasions We look forward to next time! (By coincidence, family here for a conference experienced 3 Cohn restaurants-Coasterra, Island Prime, Prada. They are from New York City. They give thumbs up all 3!)
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely lunch. Staff were friendly and accommodating. A little pricey but the patio was so beautiful.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    32nd anniversary!
  24. JJ

    JimJ

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful meal. THe service was word class nad the food outstaning. We had the blackbean soup, baby beet salad, grille sea bass, and cheese cake. THe coffe and house white wine were suburb. Highly recommend.
  25. RD

    RyanD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Good food at a decent price. Relatively small menu. Great scenery. Went here after my engagement and indicated that on the reservation. Thought the restaurant might do something special but they did not. Overall good experience but I would likely not go back.
  26. TS

    TomS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Glacial service. Third rate food. Stupidly high prices. Do not eat here.
  27. CD

    CarolD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre-Elton John final San Diego Concert. Dinner with a friend of 62 years. Stories, reminiscent of our lives in the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. Great food, great service from Marissa. Phenomenal evening.
  28. NB

    NetBoss99

    Orange County

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Rice is not their strong suit. But flavors are awesome
  29. SC

    StevenC

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wedding Anniversary
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Client lunch. Was excellent.
  31. TF

    ThereseF

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. Love the way the staff was lined up when they opened the doors.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Raspberry berry lemon drop, crab dip, brocollini and the braised short ribs were all delicious.
  33. DM

    DonnaM

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful celebration of my friend’s birthday - beautiful setting, attentive service, and delicious food.
  34. EH

    EarlH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambience. Can't wait to return.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable!
  36. M

    Mylifeasbrad

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been coming here for 7 years! Thanks for always making it wonderful for Bryan and I!
  37. H

    Hernandez

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The Prado is so beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious. I did expect a little bit more coming from a fine dining restaurant located inside a renowned park. I was very glad that they we were able to take us way past our reservation time due to traffic issues but the front desk did not answer the phone after several attempts rather it was a different staff member that helped me make the restaurant aware that we would be late. Our server was very short with us and seemed rather indifferent to our presence, like we were just another table. Did not take the time to go over the menu or offer suggestions. I expected a lot more in the service aspect. I rate it a 4 because l the food was absolutely delicious but in terms of service, there’s lot to be desired.
  38. A

    Alex

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Absolutely great waitress! Wonderful service, good food. However I had made a reservation Wayne advance asking for a two top near the Canyon for my friends birthday. They did not save a table for our reservation instead we were stuck in the back next to a wall. Nonetheless we enjoyed our lunch but it was disappointing to make a reservation, request and then get the last two top available even when he showed up early
  39. BW

    BruceW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, from San Diego to Maui....everything was perfect!
  40. C

    Connor

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love The Prado. The food, the ambiance, and service are always great. I’ve never had a bad meal or bad service. Our serving the other evening knew we had plans at the Air & Space Museum and made sure that we got our drinks, apps, and meal immediately. We were stunned at how quickly we got everything. It was excellent!

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 6705 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 33 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 / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:30 am–7:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–4:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Cocktail Bar, Unspecified

  • 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

    Marcy Melley: (888) 925-3023

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