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This bustling walking area on the east side of Balboa Park is home to many museums.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When our waitress finally came and took our order, we were getting pretty hungry. Our lunch was very good. If you are in Balboa Park, this is certainly the place to go to eat.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank HarlanJF
Reviewed October 4, 2018

The site is for the actual attraction, not the restaurant (which IS located here as well, but should be reviewed under the Restaurant category). This is pretty much at the heart of the park, no cars to worry about as it's only for pedestrians. A...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ydnar
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

El Prado Restaurant has great flavor with fresh ingredients. Jessica, our server, was very friendly and gave great service. I highly recommend the black bean soup. Packed with with good carbs and protein. It is very filling. Eat outside in the patio, very worth it...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank yjddr0402
Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch after the zoo and the curry ketchup was one of my favorites. The portions were large. My husband enjoyed his burger and my brat burger was tasty. Unfortunately, it was the server’s disposition that left a bad taste in my...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank SeaSmiths
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

Had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday here. Balboa park is nice and this was the icing on the cake. Literally. 🎂🎂 highly recommend.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Allen P
Reviewed May 4, 2018

My family and I recently visited El Prado on a trip to Balboa Park. We had a lovely lunch inside the restaurant, without a long wait. We have visited this restaurant before, and always come away satisfied. The men ordered fish tacos; I had the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank _ivypruett
Reviewed April 30, 2018

Considering the great view and location, I really thought it was going to be overpriced. The food, service and selection were GREAT. I would definitely go again and try something else on the menu.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank alva g
Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

We were lucky enough to have temperatures in the 70’s for our visit and the Prado outdoor seating was inviting and with great views. We went for lunch and arrived early which was good as they filled quickly. The fish tacos and beet salad were...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Larry B
Reviewed January 10, 2018

El Prado is the patio no car area in front of the San Diego Museum of Art that is bordered by the Mingei Museum, the Timkin Museum, and the Visitor's Center where you can find souvenirs, maps, and helpful docents. The red, yellow, and blue...More

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed December 26, 2017

A favorite restaurant for tourists and residents alike. The menu is filled with many options. Our favorite, which is a big hit with our teenage grandson is the Grilled Steak Tacos. The portions are not small and the steak sliced perfectly. What kept me making...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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