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Zel's Del Mar Cafe

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American, Bar, Pub
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1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2505
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Jacksonville, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went on a saturday night for dinner at the bar and to hear live music. The food was great, I had the quinoa veggie burger which was excellent with a salad on the side which was surprisingly good. Live music was enjoyable, staff were great.

Thank diverguy
Fort Collins, Colorado
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Zel's is perfect for drinks and snacks. The raw offerings and flat breads are terrific It's on the Main Street and offers patio and inside dining.

Thank Glomboski
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food & good call for groups. Polite servers and lively atmosphere for dinner. Open later than most restaurants in the area. Cool neighborhood vibe.

Thank Gratzi B
The Colony, Texas
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83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Their happy hour menu is probably one of the best values for this area. Went with family,and loved everything. Flat bread was excellent. Oysters awesome. Good ceviche. Calamari was alright. Cool patio , open mic night Sunday's. Great service!

Thank candegurrl25
Boulder, Colorado
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

I live in Del Mar so I get to experience all of the great local restaurants. Of all of the places in Del Mar I think Zel's is the best. They have great food / great drinks / great atmosphere, but best of all great people. Happy hour is great and the flat breads (pizzas) are awesome. Don't make a... More 

Thank surfland_boulder
Big Bear City, California
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Amazing little place. Great service, food and drinks. We had bloody Mary's and mimosas. The mimosas were bottomless, which was a very nice bonus. The bloody Mary's were wonderful. We had the chorizo and egg scramble, it was plenty for two to share. Our friends had the French toast, and a fruit plate, it was wonderful as well. Our server... More 

Thank hodieduran
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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

The food is good is not the best I ever had but it is fresh and incredibly decently priced especially for Del Mar. We paid less then $25 for two entrees and drinks for both of us (not including tip). The service was on point I loved the fire pit out in the patio it's a nice touch and you... More 

Thank Alexis S
Horsham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

We visited this restaurant once for lunch once on a sunday evening, Very friendly service; great food, nice ambiance.Would definately recommend

Thank notents2016
Del Mar, California
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

Just had the most incredible lunch at Zel's! Such a beautiful view and great ambiance. Top notch service and incredible food. I highly suggest the Lemon Caesar with Chicken, absolutely to die for!!

Thank Kylie H
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

Zel's is a great brunch choice...I dined with someone who wanted lunch and I wanted breakfast. Located in the middle of Del Mar, it offers outside (umbrella cover) patio dining. Sat outside on the patio and started brunch off with Bloody Mary's - very tangy and spicy with just enough to kick-start your day. I ordered a very simple dish,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:59 pm
9:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2505
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: 18587550076

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