Balboa Park Restaurants

Couple Dining in Restaurant

These Balboa Park restaurants are excellent choices for romantic dining. In addition there are a variety of food carts and cafés located throughout Balboa Park. You will find a number of choices located inside the San Diego Zoo and the various museums of the park. Or enjoy a picnic in one of the beautiful gardens.

Dine at one of these restaurants while enjoying these activities in Balboa park:

Museums| Performing Arts | Gardens 
Recreational Activities | Attractions

Prado Restaurant
Address: 1549 El Prado Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: (619)557-9441

There's a magical atmosphere at Prado Restaurant. Take a stroll around the area where the restaurant is located to enjoy the beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture, water fountains, and lovely landscaping. Inside the restaurant you find a classic Spanish feel mixed with colorful accents such as the blown glass sculptures and unique chandeliers. 

Balboa Park Restaurants

If you dine indoors, request the more intimate Courtyard room where candlelight dining is at its best. The lights and gardens around the patio create a romantic setting for outdoor dining. They also have great happy hour prices on food and drinks.

Tea Pavilion at Japanese Friendship Garden

The Tea Pavilion
Telephone: (619) 231-0048

This is a lovely Balboa Park restaurant at the Japanese Friendship Gardens serving traditional Japanese teas, sushi, noodles, rice bowls, miso soup, salads, and other snacks. Enjoy the magnificent views of the beautifully landscaped grounds as you dine. This is a great place for lunch after a walk through the gorgeous Japanese gardens.

Alberts Restaurant

Telephone: (619) 685-3200

Alberts is located inside the San Diego Zoo near the Gorilla's Tropics.  Admission into the zoo is required to visit this restaurant.  This is a full service restaurant with a relaxing tropical decor.  They offer a children's menu.  Their regular menu includes steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, and salads.  Dine indoors or outside.

Dinosaur Cafe

(619) 255-0317

The Dinosaur Cafe is located inside the San Diego Natural History Museum.  They serve sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries, gourmet coffee, and tea.  This restaurant is owned by the Cohn Restaurant Group.

Flight Path Grill

Located inside the San Diego Air & space Museum, this outdoor restaurant serves pizza, hamburger, salad, and hotdogs.  Admission to the museum is required.

Galileo's Café

(619) 238-1233

This cafe is located in the east rotunda inside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.  They serve hot and cold sandswiches, pizza, pasta, ice cream, and snacks.

Home Plate Bar & Grill

(619) 702-7436

This bar & grill is located inside the Hall of Champions Sports Museum.  Menu features sandwiches, paninis, salads, and snacks.  Dine indoors to enjoy the flat screen television or outdoors.  Beer and wine is available.

Lady Carolyn's Pub

(619) 231-1941, ext. 2751

Located in the Old Globe Theatre, this outdoor pub offers soups, salads, desserts, coffees, Italian soda, and wine.

Panama 66

(619) 232-7931

Panama 66 features craft beers, cocktails, and other beverages.  Serving lunch during the week and brunch on the weekends.

Village Grill

(619) 702-2428

This casual, outdoor grill is located at the corner of Village Place and Old Globe Way.  They serve hot dogs, hamburgers, soups, as well as other fast food.

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