The Cohn family, operators of more than a dozen San Diego restaurants of all types and cuisines, have worked wonders with one of Balboa Park's loveliest historic buildings. Their Prado takes full advantage of the building's attributes, with umbrella-shaded tables set beside tiled fountains on the outdoor terrace surrounded by trees and flowers, and linen-draped tables and leather booths filling the interior's dining rooms beneath filigreed chandeliers. A lunch of steak tacos or Portobello salad is a lovely break from museum hopping. The Prado is popular for dinner before attending plays at the Old Globe—make reservations, or you may be turned away. The rosemary roasted Jidori chicken and olive oil poached salmon draw rave reviews. For a lighter pre-theater dinner try a Champagne cocktail and salmon and crème fraiche flatbread in the lounge beneath the hand painted wooden ceiling or discuss the play's highlights over coffee and cream cheese flan after the curtain falls.
- Frommer's Staff