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The Prado at Balboa Park

  • 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  • 619-557-9441
  • www.cohnrestaurants.com



Always a nice place to chill with a glass of wine and some apps. Great Dinner menu.

Victoria P

In the center of Balboa Park with lovely terraces open to the lush canyon. I was married here and love the ambiance. Rich Spanish architecture, five star dining inside and elegance. Patio dining and Large Cantina bar. Great place to feel the glow of all things San Diego.

Sandra O

One of our favorites in Balboa Park. Hint: Go past the reception desk to the outdoor seating. There are a few couches and bar tables that you don't need reservations for. These are almost always available. There is a breeze blowing even on the hottest days and you might even get to watch a wedding taking place in the garden below. We love the fried green beans and the potstickers.

Cindy V

Balboa park is awesome! If you have kids don't forget to visit the science center! Mind blowing science and fun! We love the toy train museum too!

Kristin Johnson

Expensive food that is merely edible. Waitress brought my daughter an adult portion of food we didn't order but had to pay for. I won't be going there to eat again.

Gem Bond

Way overpriced compared to some excellent (and also-spendy) restaurants doing much more interesting things downtown.

Deb C

We enjoyed a terrific lunch with Pinajito drinks.....a Mojito with fresh pineapple. We enjoyed the appetizer with skewers of shrimp, chicken and steak. The tres Leches Cake on pistachio meringue was a real treat and very unusual. Excellent service!

Lynn H

One of the Cohn Group restaurants, which are all good. The Prado has a piano bar at night, and a lovely patio for lunch during the day.


Great location in the heart of Balboa Park. Excellent food and drinks at reasonable prices. Pretty good happy hour. Ample seating inside and out and open seating in large bar area is very convenient. Space can be rented out for private events.

Susan L. Peters Baker

Great ambitious with good food. Also a wedding venue site. Beautiful for photographers also.

Yvonne Brett

Great service and delicious food, but what is really nice is the ambiance here. A nice place to eat when you are out strolling around Balboa Park with your out of town company. The only drawback is that the parking is always at a premium here, so you might have to walk a ways to get to the restaurant.

Sarah Speers

I came here for Easter Brunch which was an elaborate and yummy assortment of food. I especially loved the chocolate fountain. Regardless or the occasion, this is a lovely spot located in the heart of Balboa Park making it a great place for visitors.

Dorothy G

It's alive with street performers, musicians, make-up artists, balloon creators. People walk their dogs, etc..


I've dined here a couple of times for my anniversary and birthday. Very romantic, ambience is great, location is great. Food is fantastic! It's a bit on the pricier side but its worth it. At least try it once if you're in town!

Steven E

Owned by a prominent local restaurant group and located in the center of the park, the Prado has excellent food and a pretty bar. Dine inside or out.

Jolee Pink

Snippy waitress and mediocre food. The one thing this restaurant has going for it is its lush garden setting at Balboa Park just around the corner from the theater. Our waitress pretty much ignored us and the food was uninspired. Not a fan.


Great happy hour menu! Order some drinks and a few appetizers to share- plenty filling before you see a show at the Old Globe.

Greg Martin

Located in the heart of Balboa park and all of the museums, this restaurant has excellent food, a great wine selection and a historic feel. The prices are slightly above average but you're paying for location. Sit back and enjoy feeling like you've becone part of history.

Russell & Sheila B

Great place to have food and drinks before a play at the Old Globe. Plan ahead to make sure you really enjoy the outdoor experience.


The best is to come on a weekend eve when they have live music! Great happy hour and wonderful ambiance.

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