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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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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 3 days ago NEW 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 6 days ago NEW 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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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 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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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

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 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 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 

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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 Options
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
Bar scene, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?