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Cafe Secret

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Peruvian, South American
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1140 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2606
858-792-0821
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 pm - 7:30 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    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
TASTY PERUVIAN TREATS

Cafe Secret is a delightful place to have lunch in Del Mar. I love their pulled pork sandwiches Peruvian style with a side of salad.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Maylonie
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Del Mar, California
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Del Mar, California
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Cafe Secret is a delightful place to have lunch in Del Mar. I love their pulled pork sandwiches Peruvian style with a side of salad.

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Coronado, California
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Loved the ambience of this place at night - there's banquette, seating, a red glow to the lighting, a trickling fountain and attentive service.

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San Diego, California
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I walked by on my way to lunch elsewhere and decided to try Cafe Secret because the plates they were putting out to diners on the patio caught my eye. I'm so glad I stopped. The menu is loaded with great choices for seafood lovers and those who prefer chicken or steak. I had a hard time deciding but opted... More 

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I just had lunch here and it couldn't have been better! Server was outstanding and personable, food was very unique and delicious! I had a mixed ceviches with yams, giant corn, and raw corn which I've never had before, all fantastic! I'll definitely be back!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Excellent! Everything was perfection, food, atmosphere, drink, and staff.......Yummylicious!!! It was so good I went back 2 days straight to try different items on the menu and was not disappointed by a single item, a party for the taste buds.

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El Cajon, California
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The restaurant is small with patio seating and friendly, attentive service. I stated with the ceviches clasicos which was an interesting presentation of local halibut topped with slivers of white onion. Also included the large Peruvian choclo or white corn in a tangy sauce. Next I shared the Peruana salad which is a large plate of spinach, some arugula, tomato,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Great ambience, outdoor seating, locally owned, everything fresh and made to order. Patio is dog friendly, service was great, and the food was even better. Daniella, the owner, is super friendly and knowledgable about her home country's cuisine. You can tell she's really passionate about where the food comes from, as well as preparation and presentation. The local catch ceviche... More 

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Kempele, Finland
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

It was my first time in a Perugian restaurant and it was a nice suprise. The food was very good, fresh fish and the service was friendly.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I received a coupon flyer in the mail advertising Cafe Secret. It stated that it had won a "Best" award and it also stated that they serve gluten free and vegan dishes! I called in advance to make reservations and talk about their gluten free options. I was assured that they had many options on the menu. "Perfect! " I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I guess this place really is a secret, because it's been open 5 years and we only just discovered it. It's a very small restaurant, tucked away at one end of the Del Mar high street. It's sort of set in a very 'Hansel and Gretel' style building and the seating is outdoors, some of it covered above. (There are... More 

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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
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, South American

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?