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Zel's Del Mar Cafe

1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2505
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Ranked #7 of 81 Restaurants in Del Mar
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I was looking for a great happy hour all day everyday and Zel's had it. They are pet friendly with great choices for a little happiness hour and our Bulldog loved it.

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Palm Springs, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The owner is a female that didn't even acknowledge us waiting for a server for 20 minutes. I asked if they were getting ready to close and if we needed to leave and she yelled at some kid to wait on us. I felt like i traveled back in time to when I was working my way through college and... More 

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We ate twice at Zels once in the happy hour and once at lunchtime, both times the meals were very good, the flatbreads, the pulled pork and the ceviche were very good, friendly service as well, can't really go wrong here.

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Tempe, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We found Zel's by walking down the street and were not disappointed at all. Great live music on a Friday night and no wait for an outside table. My friend had the 'best burger of her life' which was the bison burger and I had a slice of venison meatloaf. I can't say enough about the taste of the food... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Looking for place after the races to get a burger and a beer. Found Zels on Trip Adviser and so glad we did. Their happy hour special can't be beat a delicious burger, fries and and a beer for $10.00. Our waitress Melissa was always on the ball without being pushy in other words perfect. At the end of the... More 

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San Diego
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

This great little gem reminds me to eat outdoors whenever possible! Super good flatbread pizzas accompanied our different wine by the glass choices while live music streamed past our ears. Cozy, casual and just a little hip - a great evening spot when on the coast.

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Calgary, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Knowing it was a Friday night, and having experienced the crazy lack of parking & restaurant waits in San Clemente the night before, we phoned ahead and made reservations for 6.30. The parking gods were with us as we pulled into a space right next door. The café is a bustling place, but we were quickly seated. Staff were very... More 

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Pasadena, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Greg and his lovely wife have created a gem here. Great food with great ambiance combined with an outstanding bar balanced with live music. All you could need or want is here with En Fuego and Bullys right across the street. How good can it get. Visit and enjoy.

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Pasadena, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I tried their Mediterranean Mussels, and the portion was so generous, this could have been an entire meal if I would have had some rice on the side. The coconut milk sauce was delicious and a bit spicy. Then, I had the Venison meatloaf and the mushroom demi-glace was out of this world. First, I was a little concerned the... More 

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San Diego, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

You can't beat the location. Wonderful, casual cafe with terrific food. The mussels in a rich sauce was great. The burgers were 1st rate and the service top notch. All while not being over priced. Live music and an endless happy hour on Sunday.

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Additional Information about Zel's Del Mar Cafe

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