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Zel's Del Mar Cafe

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1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2505
858-755-0076
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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We were here for a late brunch New Year's Eve day and sat on the patio. Service was great. There was an error in the order which they apologized for and remade immediately. Food was excellent and nicely presented. Easy going atmosphere and a real treasure; nothing fancy just great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
travelnana2
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here for a late brunch New Year's Eve day and sat on the patio. Service was great. There was an error in the order which they apologized for and remade immediately. Food was excellent and nicely presented. Easy going atmosphere and a real treasure; nothing fancy just great.

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Thank travelnana2
San Diego, California, USA
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Friends suggested we meet at Zel's for dinner. Great choice! Great food in presentation, portions and quality. Good service. Nice atmosphere but can be a bit loud at times. All in all....highly recommended. We will be back for certain!

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Thank Fritz991
Syracuse, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Had a great meal at Zel's. We ate outside on a cool night under the heaters. Try the buffalo meatloaf - incredible. Music most nights. Band that played was very good.

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Thank jim l
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Zel's has pretty good food--I like their flatbreads--but the thing that makes this place great for a glass of wine is the live music. Sitting by the firepit on a fine San Diego evening is great.

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Thank LynnieD1996
Portland, OR
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198 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

I visited with a group of friends on a girl's trip. Although located on a fairly busy street, the outdoor dining and live music in adjacent bar made it perfect. There were so many delicious options on the menu it was hard to choose. We ended up ordering several appetizers and salads to share.

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Thank MeAgain8
Santee, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Outdoor seating with fire pit and friendly staff. We moved inside as it started to rain, yes it rained in CA! HA Heaters inside too as it is indoor covered with outdoor feel! They were out of wine we ordered, we did ordered another! Pizza choices, chicken, fish and vegan dishes, something for everyone!

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Thank jondac2015
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Right on the side of beach in Del Mar with a great view of the ocean and surf. The menu is full of light and healthy choices and they all tasted great. A prefect place to fill that little hungry spot after a day on the beach. Service was warm and efficient and the price is reasonable considering that it... More 

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Thank 165Doc
Boston, Massachusetts
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Amazing! Go during happy hour! I went on a Sunday night and got a burger, fries and a draft beer for $12. Great deal, it was delicious and a large portion. There is live music, this night was open mic and I listened to the amazing sounds of a young local girl playing the keyboard. Beautiful place, sit on the... More 

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Thank SalemJewels
Highlands Ranch, Colorado, United States
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Food was reasonably priced and consistently delicious. Dog friendly patio is nice. Enjoy flatbreads, burgers, beer and wine. They also offer complimentary cucumber basil infused water. Live music on some nights. Wait staff was not as consistent as the food.

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Thank Anita L
Oceanside, California
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242 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Ate outside on a perfect San Diego night (them most San Diego nights are perfect). Hostess was absolutely on top of things and waitstaff was equally professional. Rib-eye steak was perfect...and pretty large too. I had a butternut squash soup that was one of the best soups I've ever had. Halibut was also well received. Drinks ample and good. On... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2505
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: 858-755-0076

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?