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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: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
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  • 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
Superb!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
LodiWineBob
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Lodi, California
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Lodi, California
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203 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

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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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This review is a combined impression of two recent visits. First, 4 of us stopped for breakfast on Saturday and it was perfect. Great food, attentive service and a pleasant outdoor eating space. Zel's is a couple of blocks from "tourist central" in Del Mar and thus offers a quieter more relaxed atmosphere. While there we read about the Happy... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Amazing food! Relaxing environment! Second time I have eaten at this restaurant on vacation. The food was just as delicious as I remembered if not better. The service was excellent and highly recommend dessert.

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Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were in Solano Beach for a week, and ended up at Zels 3 nights. Each time was a great experience. Not only is the food wonderful and fairly priced, but the entertainment in the lounge was top notch! Another plus is the friendly and attentive wait staff. We look forward to returning on our next visit down to SD... More 

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Del Mar, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I just haven't gotten around to Zel's Del Mar Cafe since there are now so many restaurants in our area. So when visiting family wanted to try it out, I thought "Why not?" We were all pleasantly surprised. The flatbreads are tasty, the deep fried squash blossoms and calamari yummy. We'll go back!

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Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. We were having a hard time finding something in Del Mar that was relatively casual and didn't cost an arm and a leg. We drove by this place and figured it had outdoor seating, so we gave it a shot. The food is GREAT and the prices are very fair. Not... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Went there with co-workers, the food was good (recommend the flat bread). And live music is a big plus. We had a good time. Tips: park a little further and walk to the restaurant.

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Del Mar
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We eat at Zel's often since we live near the restaurant. Our favorite is to share the lemongrass salad and sausage flatbread. We have tried the pulled pork sandwiches, burgers and brunch items, They we're all very good. The outside patio is nice and there is a firepit in the middle when it gets chilly out. Entertainment on weekends.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

My wife and I met family here for brunch this past weekend and found it great. The scrambles were great and my wife loved the flatbread. Parking was easy as it was early. Great location in the heart of Del Mar.

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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We visited Belk family in Del Mar and ordered food Literally best pizza ever and burgers were also tasty Fast service and easy pick up On pick up great music at bar

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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
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?