Cafe Secret
Cafe Secret
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Cafe Secret

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafesecret.com/
  • Phone: 8587920821
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Sunday
    7:30am - 9pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Seafood, Peruvian
  • Executive Chef: Bratzo Basagoitia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Let us cater your holiday gathering! Please call for more infomation 760.212.4338 0r 760.815.8989

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  • Parking: Public Lot
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We are delighted to share Peruvian flavors from our childhood memories.
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Cafe Secret reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Small place. So, be prepared
    Pooja
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Small place. So, be prepared to be waited. Take your time and enjoy your dinner or lunch.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun and different
    Carlos
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Great food, moderate service and minimal bar selections. Yet food is well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Peruvian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    If you want to taste some great Peruvian food, visit Café Secret in Del Mar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    The food was good, but nothing we ate was particularly memorable. Tapas and ceviche portions seemed small. Entree portions were generous. The choice of using fresh yellowtail in the mixed seafood entrees did not enhance those dishes. Spicing and flavors were good across the board.
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  • How can you beat Peruvian seafood?
    Fonduvfish
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Tiny little spot,covered with vines and flowers, dining area mostly covered,each table has a heater, very cozy atmosphere,friendly waiter and owner. Fish is the freshest! Our favorite spot in Del Mar
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We celebrated our anniversary here!
    maksara
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    I made reservations to have our anniversary dinner here. I also bought a balloon bouquet and had it deliver to the restaurant, and they were kind enough to hold it for me. The service was awesome, the food is pricey however very delicious. The best part was that they did not charge us the dessert we shared! Will def go back!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Secret = Maravillosa!!
    Hensel310VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Cafe Secret in Del Mar is a charming, friendly and wonderful restaurant serving authentic and delicious Peruvian food. The ceviches--they have 5 different variations--we had two and cleaned both plates, are fresh, innovative and yummy. They serve many other entrees. They offer mimosas for a mere $5 have fresh squeezed orange juice. Service is very attentive and friendly. ALFAJORES are homemade and sensational. If you do not know what an alfajor is, try one from Cafe Secret. It is a dulce de leche filled shortbread cookie. These cookies are sold by the millions in Peru and Argentina every day. try one! If you want an authentic Peruvian dining experience, head to Cafe Secret. Deliciosa!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but uneven
    ScottBVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    We arrived and were seated but it took a long time to be greeted (10 minutes). The waiter was a nice guy and was trying but they just needed another server working. They only have about 12 tables but it was a Saturday and, at those prices, you expect efficiency along with the cheerfulness. He recommended several dishes including a couple of different ceviches (their claim to fame). The ceviche (Tiradito and Classico) did not disappoint- excellent. The other stuff ranged from really good (Peruana and Quinoa salads, Scallops) to ho hum (Lamb) . The "wine list" is made up of about 10 bottles and was marginal at best- bring your own until they get more wines. The food that was good was outstanding so I will give them another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • While the menu is limited,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    While the menu is limited, the options are well prepared and extremely flavorful. The place has a quirky bohemian atmosphere that only brings more charm to your surroundings
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Jeff41
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    We were looking for a new restaurant with outdoor seating for lunch .... we weren't disappointed. Cafe Secret had great food and service .... we would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Secret - Peruvian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    We loved pretty much everything about Café Secret. The food reminded us of authentic food once cooked by an old friend of ours. It was my birthday, so there was also cake tres leche with rich cream poured over it. Along with the sangria and seafood, it was a perfect dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Seafood in San Diego??
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    We disagree. While the ceviche was excellent, the main courses were unimaginative and tasteless.
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  • Off the beaten track gem.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Ceviche is a must, non touristy local favorite. Great alternative to the many seafood places around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tiny peruvian secret
    ncsdgirl
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    This place was super tiny. It is a Peruvian cafe. The food was good, however we went for breakfast and didn't get to try the highly raved about ceviche. I ordered an omelet which was normal - not outstanding but not bad. I did love how they cooked the bacon (nice and crunchy). My husband ordered the chicarron sandwich and it was good. If you've ever had lichon before, its like a lichon sandwich. My sister ordered the pancake. It is just one big pancake. She did say the syrup was weird and had no flavor, but I didn't try it. The croissant bread pudding was delicious, and I am one who does not like bread pudding! Also, the coffee is nice and strong, and the mexican mocha was delicious. The servers were nice enough...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best breakfast ever
    Christy
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    We were so delighted by the fresh unusual flair of our breakfast at secret that we returned the following morning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but overpriced
    DanaVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    very good food - got the pescado sudado and regular cevice. both were good, but before this place became "popular" the prices were about half as much as they are now. it's overpriced for what you get, even if it is good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasantly surprised!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    I recently met the owners of Cafe Secret, and although I have lived in Carmel Valley for 25 years, I've never noticed this place. So i had to try it. I read reviews that it was really good, but i had no idea the food would be SO delicious! We asked our waiter for recommendations, and he went over some of the popular dishes with us. I was there with a friend, and we shared everything we ordered. We started with the Tiradito Ceviche, which was so fresh and delicious. We also had the Conchitas (Scallops au Gratin) which was also wonderful. For our entrees, we had the Macho and the Lomo Saltado. My favorite of the two was the Lomo Saltado, but both were delicious! I will definitely be back here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful little peruvian restaurnt
    LovinSanDiegoDiningVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    This little restaurant of about 8-10 tables only accommodates outdoor dining, but has cylinder heaters next to each table for cool evenings.... Food was delicious and very interesting! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Keep It Secret
    Poet44
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    Cafe Secret was up against tough competition, as we'd enjoyed excellent Peruvian food at Q'ero in Encinitas many times. But the menu seemed plausible, and a bit cheaper, so we made reservations to celebrate our anniversary. Unfortunately, the note I added in the online reservation about it being our anniversary was either unread or ignored, and the restaurant did nothing special for us. Fine, it happens. But the food was also pretty ordinary, and my wife had exactly the same sauce on her potato appetizer as was on her chicken entree, which shouldn't happen. My ceviche was pretty good, but we were expecting more overall; we did laugh when our check came in a book called Tarzan's Tonsillitis. It seems like a nice place, but we won't be back.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The outdoor tables between
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    The outdoor tables between the sidewalk and street are not that nice. Better quality would enhance the experience. If you want to sit outside pick the tables closest to the building, they appear to be more substantial. Food is terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Genuine, romantic and adeq. priced
    takas
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    I had been on the hunt for a good Peruvian restaurant since my trip to that wonderful country in 2009. A simple google search yielded a gem hidden right under my nose! Cafe secret features genuine Peruvian dishes, with a specialty in ceviches. I chose it as a special location for my SO's birthday and was not dissapointed in the absolute least. The ceviches made me feel like I was back in Lima, the staff were all extremely kind and accommodating and the moderate tab was perfectly reflective of my experience. Definitely worth trying for a quiet dinner and a gastronomic experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit the spot!
    Swifty2
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    The outside tables were great for Sunday brunch. Quiet with few people walking by. The sandwiches and empanada were terrific. The wait staff were very attentive. Service was fast. Unique food with a little spice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great taste of Peru
    Aqua
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Great food here. Scallops appetizer was not especially great, but the lamb entree and fish entrees were both excellent. As was the bread pudding desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    I've enjoyed both a lunch and dinner at Cafe Secret and each was exceptional. It was a true pleasure to visit a restaurant serving meals with such uniquely delicious flavors. My personal favorite item is the Shrimp Causa on the appetizer menu. At dinner the other night, my husband and I ordered the Aji de Gallina (pulled chicken) and Ravioles verdes (spinach ravioli)...one word...WOW!!! Ambience is really pleasant...casual, but interesting. Seating is either outdoor or partially covered. Bring a jacket to be on the safe side for dinner. I am a native San Diegan and honestly, this place makes my top 10 favorite restaurant list in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peruvian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We had the sangria made with their chicha (peruvian punch), mixto (seafood) ceviche and the parihuela (mixed seafood in a spicy bouillabaisse). The sangrias were interesting; red wine with a cinnamon-y kick, reminded me of sangria in the wintertime. It wasn't bad, but not my cup of tea. The ceviche was delicious. The seafood was fresh, tender and the whole dish popped in your mouth. It was tart and citrusey with a spicy bite at the end. The parihuela...wow, I loved it! One of the best bouillabaisses I've had. The broth was tomatoey and homey, very comfort-food-like. The seafood again was very fresh and I enjoyed the variety. I'd lick the bowl clean if I could!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A MUST DINE
    navydiver2
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    This restaurant has got to be on your dining list. The location is perfect and food is delicious. I must admit i had never heard of it but my wife is Peruvian and i wanted to take her and her mother somewhere special on Mother's Day. I choose Cafe Secret and i have to say it was an excellent choice. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Secret
    1breakfastlover
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    It wasn't a secret, really, and the restaurant had to call and reschedule my brunch ... not a big deal but still the service was not very attentive. That said, I loved my egg white vegetarian omelet and my husband enjoyed his burrito. Great coffee. Love the people watching from the curbside table!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Tried to dine here for Mother's Day with an 11:00 AM reservation and when we showed up they made us wait for 15 minutes even though there were 2 available tables. They offered my party of 3 a table for two with an extra chair sitting on the sidewalk (this is an outdoor cafe). When I refused and asked to be seated at the available table for 4, I was told it was being held for a party of 5. No apology, and no offer of any alternative. Not the way anyone should be treated ever, especially on Mother's Day.
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  • a little chaos but good food
    guyzz
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Though we had reservations and showed up a bit early there still was confusion about seating us. One waiter did take drink orders while we were standing there waiting (though they didn't arrive until we got seated). Once we were seated the food was just great. The lamb stew was great the last time and when our friends ordered it this time it was still fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint restaurant on the main
    RickVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    Quaint restaurant on the main thoroughfare in Del Mar with only outdoor seating. Nice menu with authentic Peruvian dishes, award winning Ceviche. Food was well prepared, tasty, with nice portions. Wine & Beer to complement the menu. Service was very good, server's multi-lingual so no communication problems. Ate here passing through from out of town, would try again next time in the area.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different with excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Something different with excellent food. A truly enjoyable place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stopped here on our way to
    tomcatterVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Stopped here on our way to San Diego for the weekend. Great little find in Del Mar. We had the empanadas which were delicious and large enough for a meal. Service was excellent and we will return to sample other dishes.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • This was our second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    This was our second visit to Cafe Secret. Although we were very satisfied with our dining experience last summer, this recent visit was very unsatisfactory. Although we had a reservation and arrived on time, we were not greeted upon arrival and we waited awkwardly at the counter for numerous minutes while 2 waitstaff were busy with other tables. Basically, they had too many patrons for only 2 waiters. We had to ask for everything--place setting, glass, one dinner arrived 10 minutes after the other two (order had been forgotten), appetizer arrived with 2 dinners. All in all, it was one of the worst dining experiences we had all year. Staff was overworked. Food was average this time. Will never return.
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  • Food excellent, ambience charming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Food excellent, ambience charming Del Mar street side. Service - spotty but well meant.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The food was just okay...ceviche
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    The food was just okay...ceviche was sour (too much lime) and was topped with an overabundance of red onions. The scallops with cheese appetizer was a ripoff...not much to eat. The main seafood dish was pretty good, but was served lukewarm. We were seated under a lightbulb that was glaring into our eyes...I felt like I was about to be interrogated. Ambiance did have a European feel, though, which I liked.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Secret.. You BET This
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    Hidden Secret.. You BET This place was fantastic. Ceviche was probably the best I've ever eaten.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • REALLY nice spot great options
    RonC
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    REALLY nice spot great options for dishes you might not normally have to choose from.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • very good food
    familywith2kids
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    small restaurant (mostly al fresco type) but nothing much for kids to eat. Common street parking. Good food though, worth the 30 min-trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding food. service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    outstanding food. service was slow, but i know you guys were extremely busy and that you do everything from scratch. your staff is terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my second time having
    NoahUVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    This was my second time having Peruvian food and it was delicious again. The ceviche was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic