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“Cool area in San Diego to dine”

The Prado at Balboa Park
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Ranked #42 of 4,753 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$40
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 6th Avenue
Description: 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Cool area in San Diego to dine”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

Not really a seafood spot but is part of the menu. The calamari was worth the trip, best any of us had ever had. Salads were great most of us enjoyed entres. Would go back again. Staff was also very good.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank KKent
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great food in great atmosphere”
Reviewed 2 March 2012

We dined at 5pm prior to the theatre at the globe. Really nice combination as they are close to each other. Staff were great...food was good..just a little pricey, but worth the money.

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank Billartrip
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Absolutely outstanding - !”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

Menu, service and ambiance - it's all here! This restaurant does a fine job and their attention to all details made our lunch there so enjoyable. Also, we were without reservations and told we would have a 25-30 min. wait, which actually turned out to be only 10 minutes. This restaurant knows how to do it all right. Great place with great food and a nice variety of food choices - ! If you wish to thoroughly impress someone, this is the place to go - !

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank SoCalMare
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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Knowledgeable staff and delicious food!!”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

My husband and I have bee here 3+ times for special celebrations as a couple, and each time we recieved very knowledgeable service and helpful staff. Some restaurants when asking the waitress what wine pairs well with certain dishes, they guess or make one suggestion. Our waitress' know the body, range, & taste of the wines and WHY it works with certain dishes - in detail. I've never had anyone be so knowledgeable and right on the money with their choices!

Our last visit, a group of children started making an unacceptable amount of noise (having a butterknife sword fght in the aisles....) - and the manager took it upon herself move us to a quieter seat ing area, and then apologize and then keep checking on us throughout our meal, offering us drinks and dessert complimentary - which wasn't necessary.(BTW - that family was asked to leave!) But the coureous treatment for such a small complaint during that visit went above and beyond.

The food is always delicious and each dessert has been delectable. The environment is stylish and lush, and the experience each time has left us smiling and satisfied.

Although I wouldn't recommend it as a small child's environment, mature families and couple's will love the Prado. My husband and I recommend it highly over any $$$ restaurant in the area.

  • Visited March 2011
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Thank Queenmellybee
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Zebulon, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Awesome setting!!”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

The setting is what did it for me. The have every surface of the restaurant was decorated. It was huge, and they even have outdoor seating in a terrace/patio type thing with wonderful landscaping! They had a live band too. Now for the food. It was delicious!! I had the pressed arugula salad and the mushroom risotto. My brother had the peppercorn steak and said it was excellent.

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank Meredith M
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