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About Cafe Secret

Located in the heart of downtown Del Mar, Cafe Secret offers authentic traditional Peruvian cuisine from recipes passed down for generations from the owner's family. Cafe Secret prides itself on serving dishes made with only the freshest ingredients, provided by local purveyors. Voted best Seafood by San Diego Magazine!

1140 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Peruvian, Seafood, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Saturday 8am-11am;
Lunch: Monday - Friday; 11:00 am- 4:00 pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday; 5:30 pm- 9:00 pm;
Sunday Brunch: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cross Street:
11th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 792-0821

Website:
http://www.cafesecret.com/

Catering:
Visit our website for our full catering menu. We have a fantastic selection of delicious Peruvian dishes available for pick up or delivery.

Additional:
Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Our romantic patio is the perfect location for your next special event.

Cafe Secret Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
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Casual (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Cozy (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Romantic (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Healthy (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Organic (3)
Spicy (3)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

From the name, I wasn't at first interested. I read separate reviews and saw 4 to 5 stars consistently. We went with an open mind and the food was fantastic. I see why it is rated so high. My wife and I don't normally finish everything, but the two dishes we had were so unique and tasty that I almost licked the plates clean. 100% recommend!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fun, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Casual, Special Occasion, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This restaurant features Peruvian food, so fun if you're looking for something different

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Everything was amazing!! The Mixo ceviche was on point!! The Macho was fabulous. Everything prepared to perfection, quite possibly one of the best meals I've had.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Been st Cafe Secret many times, always excellent food and enjoyable ambiance

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

It was our very first time to dine in this restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised with the authenticity of the food. The service was dodo excellent. We will definitely return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I've now had everything on the menu. It's all good!

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Best-kept Secret for Peruvian food in Del Mar; best we've had stateside since our tryst with Astrid y Gascon in Lima several years ago.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great service. Small restaurant with few tables. Be sure to make a reservation

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Always a perfect place to go. Whether it's a romantic dinner, lunch with friends, always perfect!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 1, 2017

My wife is from Peru and we have been to several times. The restaurant is casual and seating is all outside. The seco with lamb was very good, the other four dishes were not what I would call traditional Peruvain in taste but not bad. We ordered the ceviche classico dinner, the portion was very small, not even appetizer size. Maybe we were there on a bad day, but won't go back.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Great live music. Food is not cheap.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Cafe Secret has a magical outdoor setting at night. The food is fresh, unusual and delicious. The staff are friendly and it has both the feeling of a casual neighborhood restaurant and a special place for a date. Peruvian food is accessible but uncommon and this place is a great find!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

It was fast service and great ambience. The food was absolutely delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 26, 2017

What a great place the food was excellent and so was the service. Definitely going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Been here three times now. I love the ambiance of the outdoor seating area. The food is always good. Service is a little lacking but always busy when I visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Cafe Secret is a MUST! Amazing cuisine and full of flavor! Every single thing we ordered was divine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Organic, Kid-friendly, Vegan, Authentic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Disabled Access, Casual, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had an 8:30 reservation on a Friday evening. We arrived early at 8:15, but despite our having a reservation, they seated two walk-in couples that had arrived 5 minutes before we did at their only two open tables. Then we stood around waiting for a table for 20 minutes until 8:35. Once seated, it took more than 5 minutes to have someone come by, then we had to ask her to bring some water. The atmosphere seemed cute, though it is entire on a front patio next to parked cars and the street. The food was very good (seafood special and the raviolis verdes), but service was lacking. We finished our meal around 9:30 and our server asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu, to which we said yes, but instead of bringing the menu, a guy just brought us our bill (server never returned). We took the hint and paid, including our Passport card, and when the guy brought back the ran copy of the bill, the deduction and tip calculations and total was all wrong and there was no copy showing what math they used to derive the new total. It was simply a single charged amount customer copy with a signature line. We sat there for several minutes waiting for someone to return to explain the error, but we'd been abandoned. So we just signed and left, but we will not return. The service leaves too much to be desired.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

The ambiance was charming. We were welcomed warmly and offered a seat outside while waiting for our table. The service was attentive and efficient. Food was excellent: true representative of Peruvian cuisine. The menu was interesting and limited, indicating the focus on freshness as well. We will definitely eat at Secret Cafe again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Enjoyed the outdoor seating beneath mature trees on a warm summer day.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Wonderful meal!The flavors were exquisite! The scallop appetizer was served in the shell with melted parmesan cheese and a tangy lemon flavor.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Delicious seafood, beautifully prepared. Authentic and innovative. Consistently wonderful. Cozy setting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 2, 2017

The best, as usual. I eat here all the he time and am never disappointed. The steak was fabulous last night (think the dish is called lomito saltado). Guitar playing is nice touch

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

delish, as always. innovative and different. outdoor dining in a natural setting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

We had a great meal with friends after a day at the races! Food was delicious and the service was great! We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Authentic, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 18, 2017

I've been there many times in the past and am always pleased with the authentic Peruvian food. The two guitarists seems a pleasant addition, as the music was quiet enough to allow us to hear each other and just loud enough to keep our conversation private. I kind of wished, however, that they had played some Peruvian music...but I get this isn't a floor show, just ambient music. The ceviche and the causa were superb, the seco de cordero could have had more pieces of lamb, and I'm getting used to lomo saltado with yuca instead of fried potatoes. It just always seems pricey but I'm willing to pay for the ambience and the authentic food. The service was great, also. The new management seems to be keeping up the standards.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

What a find! Peruvian food was delicious, flavorful and different, the atmosphere is intimate and romantic and there is only outdoor dining - perfect for a summer night. It was extremely quiet and relaxing, with great service and a true Latin feeling.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The deals such as 1/2 off wine bottles and $10 ceviche on Wednesday, are awesome!! The food is very tasty, the ravioli and ceviche both excellent. Planning to come back often, and for bottomless sangria on Thursdays (:

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Great atmosphere and awesome customer service. Since I had Peruvian food before I was excited but was not as good . Bit expensive for dishes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Phenomenal food and very friendly and attentive staff. You definitely get enough food with any order and is was very tasty and fresh. Love Peruvian food and will definitely return again!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Always a guarantee for delicious, cozy, and charming.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 5, 2017

The best Peruvian food in the area and very reasonably priced. Atmosphere makes you feel like you're in a foreign country. One of my favorite restaurants. Outdoors but good heaters.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fun, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Food was fantastic - unique fish dishes I've never had before. Everyone loved each dish that we shared family style

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 3, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed dinner very much and will definitely be back :) The quinoa tamale was a delicious start. I've never had Peruvian food before, but it's a new favorite. We sat outside in the cute and cozy space (great for people watching).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Love Cafe Secret! One of my top 3 in Del Mar for food, atmosphere and service.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Can't recall a more aptly named restaurant. It is truly obscured, and although there's not really a view, per se, its decor and seclusion afford it a special ambience.

Sat at the table most exposed to the street, so it was somewhat loud. Probably all the other tables were less noisy.

Appropriately priced for its location.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2017

A gem. Everything about it was 5 Star. Definitely coming back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 18, 2017

This is been my neighborhood favorite restaurant for years. The ravioli is the best, and the ceviche is unbelievable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Tapas, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

It was a good place for Mother's Day. If you want a reservation do not call....it is better online. A bit pricey but I guess they think all San Diegand have Del Mar money

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great food and friendly staff. We will definitely return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Enjoyed mothers day with my daughter! Charming place! Our server was efficient and prompt! Very attentive! Food was delicious! 😋And VEGAN!!
Would certainly return and would LOVE to stay in their INN sometime too! Adorable little VILLA!

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Healthy, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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