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Zel's Del Mar Cafe

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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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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

Thank 70elizabethy
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed in Del Mar this year and found a cute little place called Zel's by our house. The service was very good and they have a nice happy hour. We had a few drinks and some good food from the HH menu. We will definitely go back to try their dinner menu.

Thank lspiceymom
Moreno Valley, California
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped by today and ordered the Bar Burger. It came and looked very good. After taking my first bite there was no taste to the burger. I put some salt on it and still no change. I put ketchup on it and still no change. It tasted like cardboard! I'm sorry, but that is my honest opinion. I ate... More 

Thank gbulldoger
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been going to Zels for awhile now and decided to write a review . They have one of the best happy hours in the area encompassing Del Mar and Carmel Valley . Their burger and beer for 12$ is a great deal, the mahi fish tacos are great (ask for them grilled) The fief gabonzo beams at 2$... More 

Thank fuzzy195
San Antonio, Texas
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Come here hungry and you won't leave disappointed. From the homemade bread to the fantastic shrimp with mango risotto this is a must in San Diego. Great atmosphere with live music, waitstaff was professional and attentive.

Thank Royrisen
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was there for the music and decided to eat there instead of going down the street to Bully's. Told waiter I was a picky eater. Asked a few questions and decided french fries only thing I would eat. Asked if they could add cheese on top. Said he would ask, Brought fries out with no cheese and said " we... More 

Thank Louis S
San Diego, California
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Both bar and dining room seating is available and you'll be delighted with either. The bartender is always great and the wait staff is terrific as well. The ceviche is possibly the best in the County and the Kentucky Mules are very tasty.

Thank kimbruch
Fairmont, West Virginia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here after visiting the state park nearby. I picked it based on the reviews and we were all happy we had dinner here. We chose to sit on the patio where they had a couple of heaters fired up. Our waitress came to take our drink orders and returned fairly quickly. She gave us time to decide what... More 

Thank mnjzmom1966
Laguna Beach, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Good happy hour (every evening), wonderful service, the best green salad we've had in ages, glorious stuffed squash blossoms, and a very good flatbread made for a perfect "I don't feel like a big dinner" evening. Worth a visit, for sure.

Thank Foodie021
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Had a basic breakfast which was good and service was very good. Prices moderate for the area. Would return again.

Thank WedgewoodTerry

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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, Gluten Free
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
Business meetings, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?