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Cafe Secret

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1140 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2606
+1 858-792-0821
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for an appetizer (fried Yuca) and a 1/2 carafe of sangria. Pretty tasty. Nice service. Id recommend for a quick bite.

Thank Danamyte
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

AMAZING, cute & quaint little sidewalk cafe! Fresh seafood, amazing sangria and friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Very relaxed atmosphere!

Thank Rachel M
Solana Beach, California
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61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Ordinary food and the only time my credit card was charged more than the meal cost. When I got my statement back it showed the meal was charged twice. The restaurant did make a correction after protesting, but they were not apologetic. Outside patio is right in the middle of the sidewalk and not very good.

Thank sdphil
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Food was great. The service was great later in the visit. Very nice patio area with natural cover. Older and rustic. Ended up being a nice little breakfast.

Thank Mrsacorp
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Cozy, romantic setting wasted on me since I was dining alone. Service friendly but not crisp. Wednesday night so lively but not too busy. Food arrived quickly and hot stuff was hot. Wednesday is ceviche night. Tasty, but normal "classic". Unusual Peruvian presentation. Aji de gallina very excellent.

Thank GMRoos
San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

while the service was never that great, the food used to be... but the ownership has changed, and the food is no longer the same.. and the service is still questionable.. won't be going back.

Thank BK122
San Diego, California
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Every now and then, one stumbles upon a place with amazing food that is visually appealing and tastes amazing. We were seated right away and enjoyed the patio vibe. The servers were all very friendly and attentive. It's casual in an elevated way. The Shrimp Causa was so good, and the portion size might be perfect as a meal for... More 

Thank mishywishy2016
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385 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Cafe Secret is really a restaurant with a nice dinner menu. The outside seating is basically on a sidewalk... The various seafoods were tasty; the beverages adequate. Service was mostly casual, friendly and expedient, expect for the check,

Thank rokkap
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I were going to a Mexican restaurant in Del Mar but could not find close parking. Where we did find parking was near this restaurant and the outside seating area (which is all they offer) was so quaint, combined with the aspect of Peruvian food made us eat at Cafe Secret. The menu is primarily seafood but... More 

Thank Deborah R
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$25
Seafood, Peruvian, Latin, Spanish, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1140 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2606
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: +1 858-792-0821
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?