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“Wonderful Everything” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zel's Del Mar Cafe

Zel's Del Mar Cafe
1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2505
858-755-0076
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Ranked #11 of 82 Restaurants in Del Mar
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Los Angeles
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Wonderful Everything”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

After the ponies, we chose to grab a table at Zel's. They sat us outside next to the fireplace, great start. There was a great duo playing covers in the bar, which could be heard throughout. Nice touch and not obnoxious at all. The wine list is modest and well priced. There many wines by the glass but the bottles were reasonably priced, so we got choose a nice Malbec. The waiter brought me two tasters before I chose, great service. Frankly for Del Mar we were surprised by the great prices for everything. There are a lot of flatbreads/pizzas on the menu, my only complaint, but it's the specials that rocked. They had a short rib with a wine reduction sauce that rocked our world. A "top 10" dish for me. Came with these little gnocchis, cubed potatoes and mushrooms. It was THAT GOOD. And $20. We started with the soup of the day, a slightly spicy corn chowder with shrimp. Excellent! Perfect flavors and not overbearing. They brought out some fresh artisan bread with a nice virgin olive oil as well. Top that off with wonderful service and smiles from everyone there. I gotta tell you, I can't wait to go back. A neighborhood feel with locals, some families, and some incredible food. We got out of there for under $100 all in. If LA could only open a place like this...

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cocoa Beach
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent food and super friendly service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

My husband and I have eaten at Zel's on several occasions together and with friends. The food is so good and the menu is updated regularly. Their happy hour menu is great and we love the owner and the staff! Sometimes we go twice a week!

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
“Upscale bar food served quickly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

We had the homemade sausage pizza, grilled artichoke, fish trio and fried chickpeas.... definitely some unique selections. All of the food was very good. We ate in the bar area and the bartender Scott did a great job waiting on us. The only disappointment was we missed happy hour by 15 minutes. We will go back the next time we are in Del Mar.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ventura, California
1 review
“Great patio dining with atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2010

The food was outstanding and the service was attentive. They seemed to have a very good selection of wines. I would definetely recommend this restaurant to anyone.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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