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Cafe Secret

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1140 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2606
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been dining here since the day before they opened to the public seven years ago. Daniella and Bratzo just sold the restaurant to their manager - so sad to see them go! The new owner is also wonderful. So far nothing has changed and everything was just as delicious and friendly as always. Whenever we're in town we always... More 

Thank Kris P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Such an incredible meal! I am particular, and a bit of a food snob. My sister and I enjoyed a lovely 2 hr plus dinner laty nite. The place was packed, the service was super attentive & the bread pudding was ridiculously good. I am thinking of making a weekly sojourn from LA, to get my Peruvian ceviche fix!!

Thank Jennifer K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Excellent fresh mixed seafood ceviche swimming in lime juice. Fresh mixed salad with an amazing quinoa salad! So delicious! Beautiful garden patio easy to miss this little place... But that would be your mistake!

Thank Debbie P
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

A lovely place, great people, superb food and a great place to stay all rolled into one. The Secret Place is one of Del Mar's best kept secrets. Delicious Peruvian dishes to die for with friendly service. I was lucky to experience the beautiful music of Yael and Vlady on one of the evenings I visited.

Thank academyofrock
Knoxville, Tennessee
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Fresh fish tacos by the sea.. need I say more? Be sure to try their lemonades! Definitely a must! So cute they bring you your bill in a hardbound book!

Thank Paradise K
San Diego, California
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

To be honest, I'm hesitant to review this gem of a restaurant. It is small, quaint, delicious, and home-y. There aren't too many tables and they are all outside. Usually, we are able to get a table without any wait or reservation. This has been our favorite restaurant since we've discovered it! I've now tried EVERYTHING on the menu. (Not... More 

Thank meliandpablo
San Rafael, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

We were walking down the street and happened upon this little gem, a Peruvian restaurant. All tables are outside, some under a canopy, and a few more exposed, but all nicely situated. the menu was so exotic, very authentic. The ceviche was delightful!! the soup was a delight, like home made, and the empanada was so precious, great crust and... More 

Thank Karen P
Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

Food is great love the place great service had the pulled chicken twice omg great friendly quick Delicious

Thank felicia p
San Jose, California
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158 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant offers covered outdoor seatings only but there plenty of heaters for cool weather. There is a good selection of Peruvian dishes. A couple of highlights were the Pulpito (octopus) appetizer and the Chaufa, a seafood rice dish with Cantonese influences. They offer Chicha Morada (a sweet Peruvian blue-corn drink) without alcohol or as a sangria. Desserts are house-made.... More 

Thank alviemsw
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We had a very good lunch at Cafe Secret and I warmly recommand this place. Healthy food, good service and Nice cosy Terrace . Tip : try the cookies....

Thank Xriss X

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $25
Seafood, Vegetarian, Peruvian, South American, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1140 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2606
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: 18587920821
The magic that happens in Cafe Secret's tiny kitchen dates back to the couple's childhood years in Peru, where good food and great company was a part of life. We are full-service restaurant proud to serve homemade authentic Peruvian cuisine. Join us in the heart of Del Mar, San Diego California. Our cozy indoor-outdoor setting, on the street, covered by beautiful bugambilia, resembles side street cafe from a european city. Romatic, quaint with a lot of character. Come and join us for some out of this world flavors.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?