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The PRADO at Balboa Park

San Diego , CA
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LOCATION

1549 El Prado Suite 12
San Diego, CA 92101 US (map)

PHONE

619-557-9441

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ABOUT US

The Prado, located in the House of Hospitality at Balboa Park... where our experienced, professional staff will blend the grace and splendor of yesterday with traditions of today to... Read more
The Prado, located in the House of Hospitality at Balboa Park... where our experienced, professional staff will blend the grace and splendor of yesterday with traditions of today to create the weddings of your dreams. We offer the perfect back drop for your very special day. The House of Hospitality has been a favorite wedding ceremony and reception location for generations of San Diegans since 1935.


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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1915
When was your venue last renovated?
1997
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1500
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
32
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I just can't say enough good things about the Prado. We had a pleasure of working with Marcy who is just amazing and so flexible. She responds to emails right away, gives you her suggestions but does not push you in any direction.I know she does lots of weddings there but she made us feel like we were her only customers. She always had the time to meet with us and discuss the last minute changes. The food at the Prado is AMAZING!!! Best food I've ever had at a wedding. People say they don't have the time to eat at their weddings, I ate everything because it was soooo delicious. We got tons of compliments from our guests. They loved the venue, the food, the service.... One couple even went back to eat at the Prado the next day because they loved the food so much!!! Thank you, thank you for making our day so special!!!!
I just can't say enough good things about the Prado. We had a pleasure of working with Marcy who is just amazing and so Read more...
I just can't say enough good things about the Prado. We had a pleasure of working with Marcy who is just amazing and so flexible. She responds to emails right away, gives you her suggestions but does not push you in any direction.I know she does lots of weddings there but she made us feel like we were her only customers. She always had the time to meet with us and discuss the last minute changes. The food at the Prado is AMAZING!!! Best food I've ever had at a wedding. People say they don't have the time to eat at their weddings, I ate everything because it was soooo delicious. We got tons of compliments from our guests. They loved the venue, the food, the service.... One couple even went back to eat at the Prado the next day because they loved the food so much!!! Thank you, thank you for making our day so special!!!! Read less
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Bergis
Wedding:
11/9/2014
5.0/5.0
We are from Canada and decided that we wanted to have a destination wedding. From the first moment we stepped onto the venue, we fell in love with the beauty of the Prado. We met with Marcy Melley and I knew right away that this was the place we wanted to get married. Marcy was WONDERFUL! She worked with me to make sure I was happy with the vision I had. She would always email or call me to chat about the wedding details. She always responded back promptly. Planning a destination wedding can be quite hard but Marcy made everything run smoothly, sent me pictures when needed, and even recommended me to amazing vendors (ask about her day of planners, Jamie Rury is fabulous). The day of my wedding as corny as this may sound was a dream come true. It was a perfect day. Our guests (we had a 100 people fly down for our wedding) couldn't stop raving about the Prado. They loved the food, the ambience, the staff. Its been 2 weeks and our guests still tell us how much they loved our wedding. Marcy's staff were amazing to work with. During the night, my husband and I were so busy saying hello to everyone, the head person who runs the catering crew during the night, she asked if she could get us our food. I thought it was so thoughtful of her to ask and it ensured that we actually ate during the night! We had a buffet and everyone loved our choice. We added the Paella and it was the hit of the night (definitely add this on, it's worth it). All of the food is gluten free. We had a few vegetarians that the Prado generously offered to do plates for and they absolutely loved the risotto. The Prado also includes a wedding cake in their package. We chose Grove Pastry and we were not disappointed. I appreciate that Marcy and her team only work with high quality vendors. We just received samples of our wedding pictures and it looked like we were in this magical world because of the beauty of the Prado. I highly highly recommend this place. You will not be disappointed.
We are from Canada and decided that we wanted to have a destination wedding. From the first moment we stepped onto the Read more...
We are from Canada and decided that we wanted to have a destination wedding. From the first moment we stepped onto the venue, we fell in love with the beauty of the Prado. We met with Marcy Melley and I knew right away that this was the place we wanted to get married. Marcy was WONDERFUL! She worked with me to make sure I was happy with the vision I had. She would always email or call me to chat about the wedding details. She always responded back promptly. Planning a destination wedding can be quite hard but Marcy made everything run smoothly, sent me pictures when needed, and even recommended me to amazing vendors (ask about her day of planners, Jamie Rury is fabulous). The day of my wedding as corny as this may sound was a dream come true. It was a perfect day. Our guests (we had a 100 people fly down for our wedding) couldn't stop raving about the Prado. They loved the food, the ambience, the staff. Its been 2 weeks and our guests still tell us how much they loved our wedding. Marcy's staff were amazing to work with. During the night, my husband and I were so busy saying hello to everyone, the head person who runs the catering crew during the night, she asked if she could get us our food. I thought it was so thoughtful of her to ask and it ensured that we actually ate during the night! We had a buffet and everyone loved our choice. We added the Paella and it was the hit of the night (definitely add this on, it's worth it). All of the food is gluten free. We had a few vegetarians that the Prado generously offered to do plates for and they absolutely loved the risotto. The Prado also includes a wedding cake in their package. We chose Grove Pastry and we were not disappointed. I appreciate that Marcy and her team only work with high quality vendors. We just received samples of our wedding pictures and it looked like we were in this magical world because of the beauty of the Prado. I highly highly recommend this place. You will not be disappointed. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Rachael was our event coordinator and was such a pleasure to work with. She was always available by email or phone for any questions or concerns. She made sure everything was available to us on our wedding day and helped our coordinator to make sure everything went smoothly. It was well worth every penny!
Rachael was our event coordinator and was such a pleasure to work with. She was always available by email or phone for any Read more...
Rachael was our event coordinator and was such a pleasure to work with. She was always available by email or phone for any questions or concerns. She made sure everything was available to us on our wedding day and helped our coordinator to make sure everything went smoothly. It was well worth every penny! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/5/2014
5.0/5.0
We chose the Prado Grand Ballroom based on the great reviews and the beautiful pictures we found online. The room is just gorgeous and we were drawn by the fact that it had a stage because we intented to use it for our reception program. We worked with Marcy, and she was great to work with. She made sure we understood everything during all of our meetings, and kept us on top of our planning efforts. One of our concerns was the wedding food because we have been to quite a few weddings, and the food is usually not so great. But the wedding food at the Prado is excellent! Just eat at the restaurant, and know that the food you will be served on your wedding day will taste just as amazing! All of our guests complimated the reception venue and said that it was one of the nicest receptions they had been to.
We chose the Prado Grand Ballroom based on the great reviews and the beautiful pictures we found online. The room is just Read more...
We chose the Prado Grand Ballroom based on the great reviews and the beautiful pictures we found online. The room is just gorgeous and we were drawn by the fact that it had a stage because we intented to use it for our reception program. We worked with Marcy, and she was great to work with. She made sure we understood everything during all of our meetings, and kept us on top of our planning efforts. One of our concerns was the wedding food because we have been to quite a few weddings, and the food is usually not so great. But the wedding food at the Prado is excellent! Just eat at the restaurant, and know that the food you will be served on your wedding day will taste just as amazing! All of our guests complimated the reception venue and said that it was one of the nicest receptions they had been to. Read less
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Ayami
Wedding:
6/17/2014
5.0/5.0
The event coordinator Mary was extremely helpful in making sure we made the most informed decisions about both the location and our food choices. She was wonderful about keeping us on track with deadlines and was completely understanding about all of our questions and concerns! And the catering team for our wedding reception at the Prado provided the best service ever!! They definitely treat you great at the Prado!! As for the location, we had the Loggia room and it's a beautiful venue!! It has a patio where we had our cocktail hour and the view overlooking the plaza was amazing!! The food was so delicious and the service was beyond perfect!! It absolutely became one of the best memories of our lives and we are so glad we had our special night at the Prado.
The event coordinator Mary was extremely helpful in making sure we made the most informed decisions about both the Read more...
The event coordinator Mary was extremely helpful in making sure we made the most informed decisions about both the location and our food choices. She was wonderful about keeping us on track with deadlines and was completely understanding about all of our questions and concerns! And the catering team for our wedding reception at the Prado provided the best service ever!! They definitely treat you great at the Prado!! As for the location, we had the Loggia room and it's a beautiful venue!! It has a patio where we had our cocktail hour and the view overlooking the plaza was amazing!! The food was so delicious and the service was beyond perfect!! It absolutely became one of the best memories of our lives and we are so glad we had our special night at the Prado. Read less
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Tyler Pattison
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Marcy was fantastic to deal with, the venue was stunning (perfect weather of course), and the food was phenomenal. What more could you ask for? Justine and I are so happy we chose the Prado to celebrate our special day.
Marcy was fantastic to deal with, the venue was stunning (perfect weather of course), and the food was phenomenal. What Read more...
Marcy was fantastic to deal with, the venue was stunning (perfect weather of course), and the food was phenomenal. What more could you ask for? Justine and I are so happy we chose the Prado to celebrate our special day. Read less
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Karis
Wedding:
2/15/2014
5.0/5.0
The Prado was fabulous! From the appetizers to the meal, I could not have been more pleased. The food was absolutely delicious! The venue is beautiful and made a wonderful background for our photos. The staff is very professional and is very attentive! I would book the Prado again in a minute and so glad we chose it for our wedding!
The Prado was fabulous! From the appetizers to the meal, I could not have been more pleased. The food was absolutely Read more...
The Prado was fabulous! From the appetizers to the meal, I could not have been more pleased. The food was absolutely delicious! The venue is beautiful and made a wonderful background for our photos. The staff is very professional and is very attentive! I would book the Prado again in a minute and so glad we chose it for our wedding! Read less
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Jourdanne
Wedding:
11/2/2013
4.8/5.0
Marcy and the Prado Catering team provided excellent service to us during the planning process and to our guests during our reception. We are very happy with the outcome of our wedding reception and how beautiful the Ballroom was.
Marcy and the Prado Catering team provided excellent service to us during the planning process and to our guests during Read more...
Marcy and the Prado Catering team provided excellent service to us during the planning process and to our guests during our reception. We are very happy with the outcome of our wedding reception and how beautiful the Ballroom was. Read less
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Lisa & Mark
Wedding:
10/20/2013
5.0/5.0
My wedding at the Prado could not have been any better. The venue is classically beautiful, the atmosphere is magical, the food is delicious and Marcy (the event coordinator) was so wonderful to work with! Thank you the Prado for making my dream wedding a reality!
My wedding at the Prado could not have been any better. The venue is classically beautiful, the atmosphere is magical, the Read more...
My wedding at the Prado could not have been any better. The venue is classically beautiful, the atmosphere is magical, the food is delicious and Marcy (the event coordinator) was so wonderful to work with! Thank you the Prado for making my dream wedding a reality! Read less
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Jeni
Wedding:
4/13/2013
4.7/5.0
I narrowed down the reception venue choices from 10 to 2 for my (now) husband. He walked into the Prado and said - this is it. The grand ballroom offers a gorgeous, historic, and classically San Diego locale. The coordinator, Marcy was exceptionally responsive and upfront throughout the entire process. She had a tendency to give an overwhelming amount of information, but was very patient and explained things step by step as we reached milestones along the way.

We were bummed we wouldn't get to taste the exact appetizers and entrees that would be served at our wedding. They did give us a voucher for a lunch at the Prado restaurant to get an idea of the quality of food we'd be eating. Knowing it's run by the Coen Restaurant group, we trusted them. Wow. We got raves for days. I had the salmon and my husband had the NY Strip. I liked the salmon better - the NY Strip was tasty, but it didn't have the Prado originality. They have a contract with Flour Power that included our wedding cake and all the services involved. That was a huge help as well. My only complaint would be the bar and menu selection and pricing was not at all straightforward. There's a separate cocktail reception and dinner reception section and it's unclear how the alcohol works. Thankfully Marcy was very patient with us and after several exchanges, we finally understood each other.

The synchronized service was cool to watch. It sped up the dinner time and no one got cold food. Each table was served in synchronicity - that way each table was plated then immediately served. All the tables were served within about 15-20 min (that's 14 tables!) Everything went very smoothly, setup and take down were seamless and professional.

We were very pleased with the entire planning experience with the Prado.
I narrowed down the reception venue choices from 10 to 2 for my (now) husband. He walked into the Prado and said - this is Read more...
I narrowed down the reception venue choices from 10 to 2 for my (now) husband. He walked into the Prado and said - this is it. The grand ballroom offers a gorgeous, historic, and classically San Diego locale. The coordinator, Marcy was exceptionally responsive and upfront throughout the entire process. She had a tendency to give an overwhelming amount of information, but was very patient and explained things step by step as we reached milestones along the way.

We were bummed we wouldn't get to taste the exact appetizers and entrees that would be served at our wedding. They did give us a voucher for a lunch at the Prado restaurant to get an idea of the quality of food we'd be eating. Knowing it's run by the Coen Restaurant group, we trusted them. Wow. We got raves for days. I had the salmon and my husband had the NY Strip. I liked the salmon better - the NY Strip was tasty, but it didn't have the Prado originality. They have a contract with Flour Power that included our wedding cake and all the services involved. That was a huge help as well. My only complaint would be the bar and menu selection and pricing was not at all straightforward. There's a separate cocktail reception and dinner reception section and it's unclear how the alcohol works. Thankfully Marcy was very patient with us and after several exchanges, we finally understood each other.

The synchronized service was cool to watch. It sped up the dinner time and no one got cold food. Each table was served in synchronicity - that way each table was plated then immediately served. All the tables were served within about 15-20 min (that's 14 tables!) Everything went very smoothly, setup and take down were seamless and professional.

We were very pleased with the entire planning experience with the Prado. Read less
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