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The Prado at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

The Prado at Balboa Park

4.6
4.6
7602 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

9:00 p.m.


Booked 74 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Unspecified, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon 11:30 am–3:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–7:30 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
  • Neighbourhood
    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

Experiences

  • Summer Solstice Dinner

    US$89.95 per person

    Jun 20, 2024 only
    Come kick off Summer 2024 with our Summer Solstice Dinner at the Prado in Balboa Park on Thursday 6/20/2024 at 6:00pm on our Garden Terrace! Enjoy tray passed appetizers and a welcome cocktail upon arriving. Chef John King will introduce 4 courses paired with wines from Justin Winery and cocktails from St George. Seating will be at a communal table on our lower Casa del Rey Moro Garden Terrace, final payment will be due at the end of the event.
    Summer Solstice Dinner photo
  • Sunday Garden Brunch

    US$70.00 per person

    Jun 30, 2024 only
    Sunday brunch at The Prado on the Casa Rey Moro Garden Terrace with bottomless mimosas sounds like the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the day. The ambiance of the historic garden terrace paired with the refreshing taste of mimosas and delicious food sounds like an experience not to be missed. Limited experiences available book early on Open Table, June 30th, July 28th, and August 25th from 10 am - 3 pm. $70 for adults, $19.95 for children 6-12 yrs. Final payment will be due at the end of the experience. We look forward to seeing you there!!
  • Sunday Garden Brunch

    US$70.00 per person

    Jul 28, 2024 only
    Sunday brunch at The Prado on the Casa Rey Moro Garden Terrace with bottomless mimosas sounds like the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the day. The ambiance of the historic garden terrace paired with the refreshing taste of mimosas and delicious food sounds like an experience not to be missed. Limited experiences available book early on Open Table, June 30th, July 28th, and August 25th from 10 am - 3 pm. $70 for adults, $19.95 for children 6-12 yrs. Final payment will be due at the end of the experience. We look forward to seeing you there!!

What 7,602 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

7,602 Reviews
  1. Alana

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Patio dining was very comfortable and reasonably quiet. Husband said his steak sandwich was the best he’d ever had. I think they tried too hard with the grilled chicken BLT. While it tasted good, it was too high to get my mouth around it. I ended up deconstructing it and eating the filling with a knife and fork and leaving the bread.

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  2. JillO

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another lovely experience at The Prado. Beautiful atmosphere with great service. The drinks were great and the food good if pretty expensive. For a special night it was a perfect spot!

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  3. 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
    Outstanding experience at The Prado! Our food was excellent, from Calimari, the Chef’s Special Salad and our entrees (Sea Bass & Hangar Steak), and of course, dessert. Our waiter,Scott was simply superlative, displaying an in-depth, enthusiastic knowledge of every item on the menu and an even more impressive table-side manner! Fantastic!

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  4. SBELL

    San Diego

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! They have the best calamari fries. We also enjoyed their fish tacos and steak hamburger. The atmosphere is great too.

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  5. FoodExplorer

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food & service. Highly recommend. Definitely need a reservation

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  6. RONALDR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere was lovely. Having a few food allergies, I requested rice instead of potatoes w/ spices and was told that it ca not be done and after asking why , the server indicated there would be an upcharge. It was very off putting. Will not return.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice experience overall. Seating was comfortable, albeit a bit warm inside. Service was slow to start, but fairly attentive for the most part. Food wasn’t bad, but not something I’d order again. We’ll be back some day.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The location is beautiful and the service was great. Main dishes was not worth the price but the dessert were to die for

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  9. MR4PCT

    Tucson

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Moved out of the San Diego area a decade ago and haven’t eaten here since then. Pleased to say the Prado is still the Prado, with a capital P. Food, service and ambience remain at high levels. Don’t miss this wonderful culinary experience when visiting Balboa Park!

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  10. RachelB

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the location and have been coming here for about 20 years, but I am disappointed at the cost of food there. I had the mahi mahi sandwich, which was tasty, but it was a very small piece of fish. My friend had the burger which was a much better deal and was excellent. Time to upgrade the menu as well.

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FAQs

The Prado at Balboa Park is rated 4.6 stars by 7602 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 74 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Prado at Balboa Park

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

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    6th Avenue
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown / Gaslamp
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon 11:30 am–3:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–7:30 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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