We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Zel's Del Mar Cafe

1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2505
+1 858-755-0076
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (7 reviews)
“flatbread” (27 reviews)
“burger” (20 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2505
Write a Review
Reviews (115)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

31 - 40 of 114 reviews

Reviewed March 27, 2016

We made an impromptu stop in Zel's while traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway. So glad we did! The menu was varied, the prices were reasonable, and the staff were wonderful. Our food came out quickly, and was delicious!

Thank Katie S
Reviewed March 23, 2016

Small place but the food makes up for it. Cute place for date night. Outside seating near the fire pit makes a great evening after the beach.

Thank julieela
Reviewed March 10, 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon Zel's as we were strolling and shopping in DelMar. The sign hooked us in-- the happiest happy hour. And it was. Their ceviche, oysters, muscles and flat bread were great. The wine list-- really good. The happy hour--good prices. We dined outside...More

Thank Marlene O
Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

When you need a great place that locals love with good food and some live music don't miss Zels! The owners Jen and Greg are home grown and wonderful. You will become instant friends. Sunday nights with open mic is one of the best treats....More

Thank Nina D
Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

Never been here before but saw recommendation on trip advisor Great food good atmosphere good service Flatbread and Mac and cheese were awsome

Thank aFamof4
Reviewed February 9, 2016

I'm a local and am versed in all the Del Mar restaurants. This is one of the two I just keep coming back to. Happy hour is a winner, often they have live music. The bison burger is a favorite, as far as I can...More

Thank 358hlner
Reviewed February 8, 2016

One of my fave restaurants! Food is terrific, service is great, enjoyable ambiance, and (shudder) everything is very reasonably priced! Great selection of alcohol, they have live music, there's nothing not to like here. Their happy hour specials rock, get there before 6:30. This is...More

Thank SD_Chan_Clan
Reviewed January 9, 2016

We were here for a late brunch New Year's Eve day and sat on the patio. Service was great. There was an error in the order which they apologized for and remade immediately. Food was excellent and nicely presented. Easy going atmosphere and a real...More

Thank travelnana2
Reviewed December 31, 2015

Friends suggested we meet at Zel's for dinner. Great choice! Great food in presentation, portions and quality. Good service. Nice atmosphere but can be a bit loud at times. All in all....highly recommended. We will be back for certain!

Thank Fritz991
Reviewed December 26, 2015

Had a great meal at Zel's. We ate outside on a cool night under the heaters. Try the buffalo meatloaf - incredible. Music most nights. Band that played was very good.

Thank jim l
Nearby Restaurants
Pacifica Del Mar
519 reviews
.18 miles away
330 reviews
.16 miles away
Stratford Court Cafe
111 reviews
.06 miles away
Board & Brew
129 reviews
.05 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Del Mar City Beach
351 reviews
.47 miles away
Seagrove Park
89 reviews
.33 miles away
Powerhouse Park
72 reviews
.33 miles away
Free Flight
45 reviews
.88 miles away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What is the parking situation? And do you allow dogs on outside patio?
March 22, 2016|
Response from Zels | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
We have 3 spots that actually belong to the restaurant however there is quite a bit of street parking in town and the library, which is just across the street, has open parking (all parking is 2 hours until after 6:00) We do... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
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
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing