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The Prado at Balboa Park

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1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101 (6th Avenue)
+1 619-557-9441
11:30 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon 11:30 - 15:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You could eat here twice a day. This is certainly the cornerstone of Balboa Park. This is one of the 25 Cohn family restaurants and you can tell that is family owned by the attention to detail. Don't miss this restaurant!

Thank J R R
Portland, Oregon
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is so beautiful and the food is excellent. was here recently for a conference and took some frineds to this beautiful location

Thank carlmsmith
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful outdoor patio with decent food and great service make it worth a return visit anytime you're at Balboa Park!

Thank Deborah G
Victoria, Canada
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210 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was visiting museums at Balboa Park solo on our recent trip to San Diego. I was dreading lunch as it looked like this restaurant was the only choice but I was sure it would be awful overpriced tourist food. So pleasantly surprised to discover a very pleasant garden patio with a reasonably priced menu and extremely good servers. I... More 

Thank sixtysix66_66_66
Hellertown, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Prado is one of my personal favs in San Diego. If you are heading to Balboa Park for the day and want to break for a casual to elegant lunch with superb food and service, the Prado is your go-to-destination. The mission style building and dining rooms are elegant, but feel free to arrive in anything from tourist casual... More 

Thank Dianne B
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Prado as indicated from it's title is in the heart of Balboa Park. We were there on a Sunday evening so it wasn't crowed and we ate outside as the weather was perfect. The patio was beautiful and would be a romantic evening for a couple. A friend who lives in SD took us there as it is one... More 

Thank MSchierman
Oxford, United Kingdom
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253 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by for drinks and ordered G&T's. What tonic they were using I don not know. Flat as a pancake it was, very disappointing.

Thank KinkyNoodle
West Palm Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband likes sit-down service, so we went here. I warned him it would be overpriced and most likely bad service/food due to weekend crowds. I was right. Maybe this place is better on a weekday, but it was pretty bad on a Sunday afternoon. I had the fish tacos. The fillings were nice, squash and mango were unusual, but... More 

Thank He1ena
Chino, California
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177 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hit up happy hour here and brought our dog. There is a small available section for pet-friendly tables in the courtyard area. With a nice cool breeze and people watching, we were entertained and refreshed while enjoying some decent tapas for a late lunch. Our server was excellent, and we loved the Peppers & Oil Tapas Style brought me... More 

Thank Chazz B
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately we had a large round table since we were a party of five. The table was too big for "hearable" conversation since the restaurant is very noisy. Also there was no table cover as on smaller tables. The service was passable not outstanding-no one offered to refill our water glasses ( mine was empty for about half of our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Mediterranean, American, Fusion
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
    (6th Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-557-9441
Set in the rich landscape of finely manicured gardens, the Prado Restaurant is located at the historic House of Hospitality in the center of San Diego's famous Balboa Park.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?