|An admission to the San Diego Zoo is required to drop into Albert’s Restaurant, but for a taste of fine dining and a welcome break after trekking thought the finest urban zoo on the planet—Albert’s is well worth the visit.|
BALBOA PARK EATS
GUEST BLOG—By Kajal Singh, staff writer BalboaPark.org--Whether you are looking for a nice sit-down meal, quick cupcake, or a cute outdoor café, the eateries at Balboa Park have you covered. But since there are so many delicious eateries in Balboa Park, it is often difficult to know exactly where to go! So here is a handy layout of some of the restaurants in Balboa Park fitting for any mood or taste preference.
|Dining at Albert's in the Lake Forest section of the |
San Diego Zoo is a delicious surprise.
Albert’s Restaurant at the Zoo, offers sit down fine cuisine in the heart of the Lake Forest section of the finest urban zoo in the world. Zoo admission is required but if you want to dine rather than snack while at the zoo then Albert’s is the best.
The Prado at Balboa Park is an unforgettable experience. The cuisine includes a diverse array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, visionary entrées, and alcoholic beverages. The Prado is open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11:30am to 3pm and Saturday-Sunday from 11am to 3pm. The Prado is also open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday after 5pm. The Prado is located in the middle of Balboa Park next to the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Babycakes Balboa Park offers a healthier side of Babycakes’ typically decadent cuisine. If you still in the mood for dessert, Babycakes Balboa Park still offers a full coffee bar and a variety of their famous cupcakes. The café is adjacent to the Morley Field Dog Park and is dog friendly with plenty of outdoor seating. The café is open daily from 10am to 3pm and is perfect for lunch or early dinner.
Interested in traditional Japanese cuisine? Visit the Japanese Friendship Garden’s Tea Pavilion for traditional Japanese tea, sushi, noodles, rice bowls, miso soup, and other salads & snacks. Visitors can enjoy their dishes from inside the Tea Pavilion or from the outdoor deck overlooking the beautiful garden. The Tea Pavilion is open on Monday from 10:30am-3pm and Tuesday-Sunday from 10:30-4pm.
The Sculpture Court Cafe offers a casual yet elegant experience amongst a beautiful outdoor sanctuary featuring famous sculptures. The café uses the freshest organic ingredients made with an Italian flare. The café is open daily from 11am-3pm and is located next to The San Diego Museum of Art.
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For more of a sports bar atmosphere? The Home Plate Bar & Grill is open daily from 10am-4pm. The restaurant is located in the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum and the indoor dining area includes spacious booths with surrounding flat screen TVs. My personal favorite is the black bean fiesta wrap and their delicious veggie burgers! Below are some of the familiar faces you might see if you visit The Home Plate Bar & Grill.
If you are visiting the San Diego Air & Space Museum be sure to stop by the new Flight Path Grill. The menu includes daily specials, pizza, and a variety of sandwiches. Enjoy your meal at a picnic table or covered cabana. During the summer, Flight Path Grill is open daily from 11am- 4pm.
Other eateries at Balboa Park include: the Village Grill near Spanish Village, Dinosaur Café at the San Diego Natural History Museum, Galileo’s Café at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and a variety of snack carts scattered throughout Balboa Park.
Hungry for more on restaurants in Balboa Park? Explore the restaurants section of Balboapark.org for more information about places to eat around Balboa Park.