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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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San Diego, California
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2015

My family and I visited this restaurant with a friend who has Peruvian roots. I didn't know what to expect but came away with a nice impression of Peruvian food. I wouldn't have expected the interesting ceviches, unusual drinks and yucca & corn items on the menu. We got a bit of a sense of the range there must be... More 

Thank dutchgal88
Boulder, Colorado
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109 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2014

We visited Cafe Secret twice while we were visiting in La Jolla. The location is charming with only outdoor seating which is heated if necessary. The service and food was very good. The first time there we both had great empanadas (wonderful crust) with a small side salad for lunch. The wine to accompany it was also great. Th second... More 

Thank Ida M
San Diego, California, United States
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112 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2014

This is the place to go for great Peruvian food. The spices really add a kick to all the dishes. The fish dishes are outstanding both raw or cooked. The wine list is small but has a number of great wines that pair well with the food. Don't miss dessert. All are great and should be ordered. Prices are a... More 

Thank SDFoodMan
San Diego, California
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95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2014

Wonderful Peruvian food. We really enjoy empanadas (beef, chicken, or spinach/chard) for lunch or breakfast. Great ceviche and salads +peruvian specials for dinner. It's way too small and there is no indoor seating, but the food is really great.

Thank BK122
Gilbert, Arizona
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

If you want to relax and just enjoy your meal this is the place. The restaurant has a limited menu but the selection is very good. The food is amazing and the service is very efficient. The parking area is good and for Del Mar finding parking space can be a big challenge. The Peruvian food here is fantastic and... More 

Thank deR288
Simi Valley, California
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

The food here is amazing. I had papas a la huancainaI for an appetizer "delicious!" For the main course I had the Lomita Saltado. This is one of my favorite Peruvian dishes and this is the best I have had! The staff is friendly, they make you feel like part of the family and the service is excellent. In all... More 

Thank 2Tripout
Agoura, California
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

We stayed at the Secret Garden Hotel adjacent to the Cafe Secret. Included with the hotel is breakfast at the Secret Garden. We enjoyed our breakfast and the staff is very nice. We went back the next night for dinner. It is a Peruvian restaurant with lots of Civiche and tasty dishes. The seating is outside, nice on a summer... More 

Thank 228Marilyn1016
Davis, CA
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100 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Had a couple of ceviches. Very expensive for what you get. Also had seafood soup, yam, shrimp appetizer was good.

Thank davis-family
San Diego, California
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

I have spent much time in Peru since I have family living there. We have also tried several Peruvian restaurants in California. Many are really nouveau Peruvian and are quite expensive and not worth the money. Don't let the name of the restaurant fool you, the food is great and very authentic. All the sauces have just enough aji (hot... More 

1 Thank Patricia S
Bellmore, New York
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201 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Fantastic food! I got the macho...a seafood sampler. Fresh local sea bass, plus a half dozen other things. Cheap wine and tapas Tuesday-Thursday evenings too. Outdoor seating. Great staff.

1 Thank michelle j

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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
Child-friendly, Kids
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?