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Zel's Del Mar Cafe

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1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2505
+1 858-755-0076
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
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San Diego, CA
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've lived in San Diego for over 15 years and just recently stumbled across this little gem. We have been two weeks in a row. The live music is great. We stayed for three hours last night. They have a two drink minimum but they don't charge a cover. It's in the heart of Del Mar and unpretentious. The chicken... More 

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San Diego, California
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176 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lot of places in Del Mar will constantly try to up-sell you. Here, I was happy to have some plain old, genuine, friendly service, and a high quality brunch! Far more reasonably priced than what I'm used to in other cities in California, especially given that Del Mar on the whole can be pricey. I also like the coffee... More 

Thank 581lily
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2017

Good food but not great. I had the burger and it was what I was looking for. Big and juicy but a little lacking in flavor. The ceviche was fresh and the bread pudding was good.

Thank barkmr
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128 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

We come here often for the music and ambiance and highly recommend the experience. Breakfast, lunch or dinner the food is solid and the drinks are honest and if you're lucky you will catch a rising star playing when your there.

Thank salesguytoo
Chula Vista, California, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Food is excellent, service is over the top, location is perfect on a warm sunny day try sitting on the outside patio. Breakfast had many choices. We each ordered something different and all the dishes were amazing.

Thank Grace T
Scottsdale, Arizona
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320 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

We shared a bagel with cream cheese, lox, capers, and onions ... they crisp the capers; I am not sure how they do that but love the difference it makes in the taste. The mimosas were fine and kept on coming and the enclosed patio in the sun was perfect.

Thank booptraveler
Portland, OR
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307 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2016

I have had dinner at Zel's about a year ago and decided to try for breakfast this visit. Located right on Camino Del Mar, it is very convenient and although you are on the main street, the outside seating is enclosed. We ordered their basic 2 egg breakfast which came with tasty potatoes, bacon and toast. They also offer bottomless... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 14, 2016

The atmosphere was great here and the staff was very friendly! I didn't expect my sandwich and salad to be so gourmet!! It's was incredibly delicious.

Thank Teresa P
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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158 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2016

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
Reviewed September 23, 2016 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2505
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: +1 858-755-0076

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?