Art and Cuisine Collide at Balboa Park

Dinner and a movie can easily turn into a tacky recollection of teenage date memories. Once you’re of age to dine and drink maturely, it’s time to step up your outings in a similar fashion. The Prado at Balboa Park invites those with refinement on the mind to partake in their dinner and art series, set on Thursday evenings now until September 22nd with an exclusive VIP Dinner Package.

When stopping through the remarkable Prado Restaurant with the VIP package, guests can sit back and delight in a 3-course dinner, served specially with a bottle of wine and two tickets to the San Diego Museum of Photographic Art for the Face to Face Exhibit: Works from the Bank of America Collection. At $79.95 per couple, this night package introduces you and someone special to the award-winning Museum of Photographic Arts in addition to the culinary masterpieces served up. Thursdays at Balboa Park can make for a romantic date night, where foodies and art lovers have opportunities to embrace both worlds of momentous art exhibits and diverse dishes.

The exhibit currently on display at the Museum of Photographic Art is one of the largest corporate collections of photography in the world, illuminating 150 years of the rich historical diversity of photographic portraiture, including rare pieces that utilize some of the earliest photography techniques available. These original techniques include a salt paper print from the 1840s by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, and a half-plate daguerreotype by Albert Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes. Other works include portraits by masters of the medium such as Yousuf Karsh, Lisette Model, Tina Barney, Rineke Dijkstra, Walker Evans and Richard Avedon.

The cultured evening continues after the showcase with a three-course dinner experience at The Prado restaurant. The carefully crafted meal is served with a choice of a bottle of Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Blanc or Cotes du Rhone Rouge wines. Guests can begin the meal with Spicy Calamari Fries tossed in a Korean chili sauce and Napa cabbage slaw, or a Vegetarian Black Bean Soup, made with chilies and spices topped with red onions, cumin sour cream and lime. Entrée options include a Dill Crusted Loch Duart Salmon, made with shrimp corn cakes, whole grain mustard sauce, and green beans. My mouth started watering at the sound of the Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs with horseradish mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, gremolata, and bordelaise sauce. For dessert, a few options compete for your consumption, including the Triple Chocolate “Threat” made with chocolate cookie crust, dark chocolate baked custard, dark chocolate ganache, and salted caramel ice cream. Dinner service begins at 5pm.

The Prado is a vital structure within the Balboa Park atmosphere that frequently sees the footprints of couples, families, and all ages come through. As a full-service restaurant, the indoor and outdoor dining opportunities reflect the beautiful manicured gardens surrounding it. Please call The Prado today for reservations with the VIP Dinner Package at 619-557-9441, ext 1 . For more information please visit

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