The PRADO at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado Suite 12, San Diego, CA 92101 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The PRADO at Balboa Park

The PRADO at Balboa Park is a restaurant wedding venue located in San Diego, California. The professional event staff at this venue is committed to blending the grace and splendor of yesterday with the modern traditions of today to create a wedding that meets all of your dreams and needs.

Facilities and Capacity
The PRADO at Balboa Park offers both indoor and outdoor event space options. The Grand Ballroom is the largest room at 5,500 square feet. This ballroom can be arranged in five different ways, with the maximum guest accommodation 500. The Garden Terrace is an outdoor event space that offers the next largest room at 3,800 square feet. The maximum number of people you can accommodate in this space is 320. The Alhambra offers 1,042 square feet and can accommodate up to 120 guests. Lastly, the Loggia accommodates up to 100 guests, with 1,600 square feet, for a smaller more intimate wedding.

Services Offered
The PRADO at Balboa Park offers different wedding packages for each couple to select from, including the Wedding Reception Package, Casa del Rey Moro Gardens Ceremony, and Balboa Park Catering. The Wedding Reception Package includes an hour of downtown beer and wine, tray passed hors d’oeuvres, customized luncheon or dinner menu, professional staff-synchronized service, and much more. The Casa del Rey Moro Gardens Ceremony is an exclusive package that is offered to couples who choose to have their reception at this hotel. This includes a changing room, outdoor sound system for the officiant, gift and guest book tables, and so much more. Wedding event services offered include the following:

  • Parking
  • Shuttle
  • Valet
  • Audio equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance floor
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Get-ready rooms

Cuisine
The PRADO at Balboa Park offers full-service catering options. Wedding catering and bar services offered include the following:

  • Cocktail reception
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Server(s)
  • Bartender(s)
  • Cash, limited, open bar
  • Champagne toast
  • House beer, liquor, wine
  • Liquor license
  • Outside alcohol
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53 Reviews for The PRADO at Balboa Park

Recommended by 96% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Average response time 4.8

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    Stephanie · Married on 11/18/2017

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    We had a lovely little ceremony by the wishing well followed by a reception in the Alhambra Room. The wishing well area was absolutely gorgeous. Even though there was a mariachi band playing in the courtyard, the sound didn't carry through to our reception which was quiet and beautiful. The park was very busy on a Saturday, but during our ceremony we could still hear the trees rustling and the calls of gulls circling overhead. The event still felt private. The Alhambra Room was perfect for our small group of 50 people, and the view from the terrace was stunning at sunset. Rachael was very helpful throughout the planning process and quickly answered any questions I had. The food was excellent, and the the Prado's wedding package made planning easy. I have no regrets and highly recommend the Prado for a beautiful and romantic wedding and reception.

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    Kristinne · Married on 09/30/2017

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    Marcy Malley at the Prado went above and beyond in helping us secure the Prado for our dream wedding! We had our ceremony at the Casa Del Rey Moro garden and reception in the grand ballroom - everything was superb and beyond our expectation! We had toured other venues at similar (if not, more expensive) price ranges, and we chose the Prado for its amazing service and staff (and food DUH! But more on that later). During our visit with the Prado, we saw the staff in action preparing for a wedding later that day. Boy did they impress us! Everything they did was so professional, personable, calm, and beautifully well done – especially behind the scenes! The Prado knows how to do weddings and boy do they do it right! Marcy was so accommodating with us – we wanted to serve champagne before the ceremony and it was such a big hit! And the FOOD! THE FOOD IS SOO GOOD! It was all so delicious! From drinks to cocktail hour appetizers to dinner entrées – everything they offer is amazing. The bartenders and service staff treated us and our guests so well – everyone had such a great time. Also, the synchronized service at dinner was so beautifully done. We highly recommend the Prado for weddings and the beef short ribs too! =)

    Sent on 11/02/2017

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The PRADO at Balboa Park FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? No
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 1,400.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 1,400.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Cake Cutting, Server(s), Wedding Cake
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 16.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 4
  • Describe your venue: Banquet Hall, Historic Building, Restaurant
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party
  • What event services do you offer? Cake, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Outside Alcohol, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Lighting, Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

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  • Jukebox Productions
    Jukebox Productions Wedding Bands

    The Prado is an absolute Gem in the middle of one of my favorite parts of San Diego, Balboa Park. If you want Old School charm, an historic venue with soul, an awesome stage, excellent staff and great catering, this is the place for you! We've played The Prado on too many occasions to count and the result is always perfection. I highly recommend the Prado to anyone looking for a timeless event space!

  • The Dapper Dames
    The Dapper Dames Wedding Dresses

    Balboa Park is a beautiful place to celebrate any occasion so we decided to have my son'd rehearsal dinner at The Prado. Food delicious and a great venue, everyone had a great time, very special.

  • Andrew Abouna Photography
    Andrew Abouna Photography Wedding Photographers

    I really like photographing here and have shot a couple of events at this lovely property a few times. I've noticed that the staff are very wonderful and attentive to their clients whom I've photographed, and the staff have also been really accommodating at helping me get great shots for my clients, too. Thank you. Andrew Abouna Photography, San Diego, CA.

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    619-432-4385 (Phone number)

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