Exploring Balboa Park?
Refuel at these Popular Balboa Park Restaurants.
Walking around the beautiful gardens and fascinating museums at Balboa Park is sure to work up your appetite. For individuals who need refueling when visiting Balboa Park, choose from a variety of restaurants including museum cafes, food carts, full service dining options, and more.
Balboa Park has over 14 museums and attractions to entertain visitors. Many of the popular museums and attractions offer small restaurants on-site including:
- San Diego Zoo – Albert’s Restaurant
- Natural History Museum – Dinosaur Café
- Air and Space Museum – Flight Path Grill
- Hall of Champions – Home Plate Bar and Grill
- Museum of Contemporary Art – SSDMA Sculpture Court Café
- Reuben H Fleet Science Center – Galileo’s Café
At Balboa Park, pick which museum you gravitate toward most and take a seat and relax at their themed restaurant. If you are interested in dining at a restaurant not associated with one of the above restaurants, there are many stand alone cafes and places to eat in Balboa Park. One favorite includes the Village Grill, located by the Old Globe. It is a great family spot that serves a simple menu of favorites including hotdogs, hamburgers, and soups. Next door is Lady Carolyn’s pub where visitors can select from a variety of offerings including soups in sourdough bread bowls, salads, assorted desserts, and beverages.
Other Restaurants in Balboa Park
One of the most popular restaurants in Balboa Park can be found in the House of Hospitality. The El Prado Restaurant is a first class establishment that is part of the infamous Cohen restaurant group. El Prado features a diverse menu with something sure to please your taste buds including light salads, sandwiches, pastas, seafood and shareable plates. Diners can eat indoors or outside on the patio and also have the option of participate in El Prado’s weekday happy hour in the bar and lounge area.
If you’re not hungry enough for a full meal, there are plenty of snack carts that can be found along the El Prado walkway serving nachos, ice cream, and a variety of other quick bites. There are also a few coffee carts located around the park for select Danishes, bagels, cookies and freshly brewed coffees.
After a long day of exploring Balboa Park, guests at the Marina Inn can quickly return to their spacious clean rooms and comfy beds. We are a preferred San Diego hotel near Balboa Park offering our guests affordable rates and complimentary amenities.