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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 good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“empanadas” (10 reviews)
“pork sandwich” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
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 23 March 2018

My wife and I stumbled upon this very hard to see from the road cafe last Sunday while out enjoying our weekend bike ride.The place is virtually hidden behind a bunch of trees and shrubs making it very hard to notice from a car driving...More

Thank Ned K
Reviewed 5 March 2018

This little spot is an outdoor restaurant with a dozen tables. It was raining the night we went but the patio was covered and the heater kept us cozy. I had a delicious fish stew and my friend had a lamb stew which he really...More

1  Thank pspeerit
Reviewed 4 March 2018

We love this place answer go often. The food, the service and the experience are all wonderful! Come, enjoy and leave satisfied.

1  Thank Delmartian2
Reviewed 27 December 2017

From the food, the setting to the family service this place is special. We felt like we were in Peru relaxed with no hurry. The food was tasty but coupled with the atmosphere and the love Tuesday night music, it was just perfect.

1  Thank stephenroese
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

We had read a lot of great reviews about this place, particularly the ceviche. The atmosphere was lovely...patio seating with heat lamps and very dog friendly. I had the ceviche Classico and it was good. I’ve never had it before so it was strange but...More

1  Thank LesleyGulledge
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Casual, laid-back outdoor eatery with friendly, helpful staff and a tempting menu of Peruvian favorites. Our server suggested we order three starters and three entrees and share among our party of four. Great suggestion. Everyone enjoyed everything. The stars of our meal were the ceviche...More

1  Thank gdeakins
Reviewed 10 November 2017

We had a friend celebrating her 78 birthday and though she had been to Cafe Secret before, this experience was unfortunately not so good. Service was slow and the poor girl was overwhelmed, and uninformed. Happy hour prices were communicated on the website, but not...More

1  Thank Kristin A
Reviewed 19 October 2017

I'm a local, and love taking my out-of-state guests here for the cozy street-cafe atmosphere and authentic, interesting food. The empanadas are a breakfast and lunch hit; the sandwiches are terrific; the ceviches are terrific for seafood lovers, and the chicken dish, aji de gallina,...More

Thank SoCalFlaneuse
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Located right in Old Del Mar on 101 - but behind a large tree - perhaps making for name Secret. Delicious Peruvian dishes - very creative - full of flavor. Healthy portions - the Del Mar salad featuring quinoa could have been a full meal...More

Thank James M
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Wonderful authentic Peruvian restaurant. Fabulous ceviche. Very small, and difficult to get a table.

Thank laura c
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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
  • E-mail
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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