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Cafe Secret

1140 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2606
+1 858-792-0821
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“ceviche” (37 reviews)
“chaufa” (4 reviews)
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Seafood, Peruvian, Latin, Spanish, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1140 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2606
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Reviewed 14 April 2015

I guess this place really is a secret, because it's been open 5 years and we only just discovered it. It's a very small restaurant, tucked away at one end of the Del Mar high street. It's sort of set in a very 'Hansel and...More

Thank lwew
Reviewed 9 April 2015

Lunch time and we are on a street in a town that is totally new to us. How do you pick a restaurant, the old fashion way? Well it is easy. Walk the length of the restaurant district and spot the crowd. Most were eating...More

Thank lloyd b
Reviewed 6 April 2015

We happened on this restaurant by chance, and sat at an outdoor table which was sheltered from the street by foliage, etc. so it was not noisy. I loved my lunch, which was chaufas (peruvian-cantonese fried rice) with shrimp and pork. There were four large...More

Thank Janiecleo
Reviewed 2 April 2015 via mobile

My family was looking for a good lunch spot. What we found was a lunch was unbelievably good. We had the pork sandwich, fish sandwich, chaufas (fried rice), and lomito saltado. So much flavor with each bite. The side salad was fantastic. The waitress was...More

Thank prpirkle
Reviewed 31 March 2015

My husband and myself were looking for a lunch spot while visiting Del Mar and what a spot we found! The amazingly inviting exterior drew us in immediately and the charming outdoor seating was delightful. Their Peruvian menu was amazing, offering 6 choices of ceviche,...More

Thank p_vanallen
Reviewed 21 March 2015

A most excellent little sidewalk cafe in downtown Del Mar (the smallest city in San Diego county). Who knew Peruvian food could taste so good. I always get the Peruana salad with fish (usually Mahi Mahi or albacore). The food is always so fresh. Great...More

Thank FastMikie
Reviewed 20 March 2015

This place is charming, and the food is very good, very fresh, flavorful. Staff was friendly. Did not have the ceviche, but a local I met raved about it. Go there!

Thank GBBozeman
Reviewed 7 March 2015 via mobile

Yummy blends of flavor. Sweet sidewalk cafe in the village of Del Mar. There are not a lot of Peruvian restaurants in San Diego so it was fun change over the overly-built craft brewery and fusion joints. Cafe Secret delivered a genuine and enjoyable dining-date...More

Thank Terry W
Reviewed 21 February 2015

Café Secret is a great change-of-pace – Peruvian. The restaurant is a casual spot that is mostly outdoors – but very comfortable. The waitstaff is very friendly and efficient, and the menu offers many dishes we don’t usually encounter. We started with a mixed seafood...More

Thank robin082
Reviewed 10 February 2015 via mobile

This is a sweet little gem of a restaurant, which is tucked away on a main street. Very lovely ambience...all patio, outdoor seating, most which is covered and kept warm with heat lamps. Super cozy and inviting. Service was excellent...friendly, efficient, and helpful with the...More

Thank Hotelsnobb
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29 December 2014|
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Response from Ida M | Reviewed this property |
The preceding answer tells it all. It is ALLoutdoor seating but they do have several heaters to keep warm on a chilly day. Enjoy this outdoor (with covering) cafe.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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: +1 858-792-0821
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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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