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1140 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2606
858-792-0821
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9:00 pm - 7:30 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 pm - 7:30 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A Great Change-of-Pace

Café Secret is a great change-of-pace – Peruvian. The restaurant is a casual spot that is mostly outdoors – but very comfortable. The waitstaff is very friendly and efficient, and the menu offers many dishes we don’t usually encounter. We started with a mixed seafood cerviche that was good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
robin082
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Albany, New York
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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57 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Albany, New York
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176 reviews 176 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Café Secret is a great change-of-pace – Peruvian. The restaurant is a casual spot that is mostly outdoors – but very comfortable. The waitstaff is very friendly and efficient, and the menu offers many dishes we don’t usually encounter. We started with a mixed seafood cerviche that was good – although a bit heavy on the lime. But the Peruvian... More 

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Boston, MA
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290 reviews 290 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

This is a sweet little gem of a restaurant, which is tucked away on a main street. Very lovely ambience...all patio, outdoor seating, most which is covered and kept warm with heat lamps. Super cozy and inviting. Service was excellent...friendly, efficient, and helpful with the menu items. Lots of seafood items, plus some meat/chicken dishes and vegetarian options. I had... More 

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San Diego, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

My family and I visited this restaurant with a friend who has Peruvian roots. I didn't know what to expect but came away with a nice impression of Peruvian food. I wouldn't have expected the interesting ceviches, unusual drinks and yucca & corn items on the menu. We got a bit of a sense of the range there must be... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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107 reviews 107 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We visited Cafe Secret twice while we were visiting in La Jolla. The location is charming with only outdoor seating which is heated if necessary. The service and food was very good. The first time there we both had great empanadas (wonderful crust) with a small side salad for lunch. The wine to accompany it was also great. Th second... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is the place to go for great Peruvian food. The spices really add a kick to all the dishes. The fish dishes are outstanding both raw or cooked. The wine list is small but has a number of great wines that pair well with the food. Don't miss dessert. All are great and should be ordered. Prices are a... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Wonderful Peruvian food. We really enjoy empanadas (beef, chicken, or spinach/chard) for lunch or breakfast. Great ceviche and salads +peruvian specials for dinner. It's way too small and there is no indoor seating, but the food is really great.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you want to relax and just enjoy your meal this is the place. The restaurant has a limited menu but the selection is very good. The food is amazing and the service is very efficient. The parking area is good and for Del Mar finding parking space can be a big challenge. The Peruvian food here is fantastic and... More 

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Simi Valley, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The food here is amazing. I had papas a la huancainaI for an appetizer "delicious!" For the main course I had the Lomita Saltado. This is one of my favorite Peruvian dishes and this is the best I have had! The staff is friendly, they make you feel like part of the family and the service is excellent. In all... More 

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Agoura, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We stayed at the Secret Garden Hotel adjacent to the Cafe Secret. Included with the hotel is breakfast at the Secret Garden. We enjoyed our breakfast and the staff is very nice. We went back the next night for dinner. It is a Peruvian restaurant with lots of Civiche and tasty dishes. The seating is outside, nice on a summer... More 

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Davis, CA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Had a couple of ceviches. Very expensive for what you get. Also had seafood soup, yam, shrimp appetizer was good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1140 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2606
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: 858-792-0821

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Monday
9:00 pm - 7:30 am
Tuesday
9:00 pm - 7:30 am
Wednesday
9:00 pm - 7:30 am
Thursday
9:00 pm - 7:30 am
Friday
9:00 pm - 7:30 am

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