Coya Peruvian Secret

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$30 and under
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Peruvian
Located in the heart of downtown Del Mar, Coya Peruvian Secret Restaurant offers authentic traditional Peruvian cuisine. We proudly serve dishes made with only the freshest ingredients, provided by local purveyors. Voted best Seafood by San Diego Magazine!
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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from appetizer to dessert was fantastic. A first time experience for everyone in our party and we all we extremely happy with the experience!

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vipMiguelE
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best spots in San Diego for Outstanding food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation on open table, and when we arrived the hostess said they had no tables available, and they would not honor a reservation made via the app. She said they forgot to turn off their availability on the app.

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jssclnn
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The seafood throughout our dishes was so amazingly fresh. Recommend adding the hearts of palm to the ceviche, it makes for a sensational bite. Unfortunately the Catch of The Day which was Mahi Mahi was on the dry side. My partner ordered it and it came in a pool of butter with otherwise flavorless quinoa on the side. The dry mahi was present in my dish as well, but I really enjoyed there rest of the seafood in the Macho, especially the giant prawn and mussels. OH, there is no liquor here and the sangria was on the weak side.

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vipAndrewH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Service was way too slow

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Great service but it does take some time.

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vipFoodiemom
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall2food5service4ambience3

This restaurant is delicious we have eaten there before. Unfortunately we left since we didn’t feel they were being Covid safe. The chef and lady inside preparing drinks were not wearing masks.

JD
vipJoyofDining
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego was sold and I was worried to go. The former owners had this place down pat. Great service, food, and the ambiance was casual and nice. The good news is the new owners seem to have inherited the same recipes. Everything seemed in place and good like before. Hugely relieved.

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Anna
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Good food ... bad service. Didn’t feel welcome, the girl server didn’t very seem happy when we told her we are also ready to order, when she asked for our drinks (after almost 20 minutes). We were with hungry kids and to see other people who just got there , getting served first , can be extremely annoying. They never check how we’re doing and while the food is good, wouldn’t come back here. Sometimes first impressions do last.

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vipDisappointed
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ceviche!

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TemeculaBen
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Service was friendly but slow. Bathroom was unavailable. Food tasted very good. Portions were generous. Sangria was tasty

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A8000family
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok. Apps were like warm and a bit cheery w what seemed like sand grains.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic. This is truly a Peruvian Secret, and a must try! I highly recommend and doubt you will be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Wonderful blend of flavors on all the dishes

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vipmjk1950
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is EXCELLENT. We return here when we visit Del Mar everytime. We have never been disappointed. Presentation of food is wonderful. The taste is fantastic. It is consistently the best.

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CraigB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was good, but the service was excellent. Good service, so long as everything else is up to par, always makes for a good experience for me.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was very good but took just under an hour to arrive at our table. COVID-19 specific comments: our table was very much in the center of the terrace, next to the waiting area. Customers had little other option other than to congregate close to us while nobody was wearing masks. We asked for a different table (3 others seemed open but we got rejected, tables were already reserved) Waiter was "wearing a mask" but under his chin not covering mouth or nose. So probably not very effective. Maybe I'm just too spooked about this whole COVID situation and places slowly opening again, both place and customer may need sometime to adapt. It's a nice place with good food but for reasons as mentioned above probably not coming back for a while until the whole COVID situation improves.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place! Good food and friendly staff

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Mercedes
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very disappointed... was looking forward to coming here for so long. The service was wonderful, knowledgeable friendly staff but the food was so disappointing. No flavor, very dry, not worth the price that's for sure.

DM
vipDiahannM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such amazing flavors, and great customer service! This is the first restaurant after the Lockdown has been lifted, and cannot have been more pleased!

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Vance
Detroit
28 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Menu was great. Although sitting is limited I would recommend coming here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a fun valentines dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t understand why they have availability on open table and then to come and find out that they couldn’t seat us because the restaurant was over booked.

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madrina2gael
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The first thing to note is that, although they offer an "inside" dining option, all of the tables are outdoors. A few of them are behind a wall, which undoubtedly shields diners from some of the breeze. They have a very good vegetarian menu. Service was excellent, prices a bit high for what we got and the music was too loud. The quatro leches is a must - totally fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wish I had known the only seating was outside. There were heaters but it was a cold night and didn’t bring a jacket. Later on they brought out blankets to other tables. The food was excellent. It is a bit cramped but enjoyable.

JM
JonMags
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time here and once again was extremely happy with everything. Seating was easy and comfortable, the wine menu is while not huge, offered plenty to choose from, the food always delivers at the highest level and I was almost too full to order dessert - but only almost.... and I was so happy I did, delicious!!
Overall I would recommend this place to anyone but please don't everyone go at once - I still want to be able to get a table once in a while!! Cheers~

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vipUschi
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite neighborhood restaurant.

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vipTiffanyM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Amazing food and service. The only downside is they only have outdoor seating but they keep it warm.

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BirthdayCelebration
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A new experience with Peruvian food. Flavors were good and not spicy. Will likely go back on our next trip to the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food is quite good and the ambiance is very nice. The prices are a bit high (one cookie is $4 for desert) but it's such a nice spot that it's well worth a visit.

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vipUschi
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite! Get the Ravioli- best ever.
Great neighborhood restaurant.

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vipUschi
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant.
Ravioli is amazing!

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kayed
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Such tasty food with a pretty presentation in a weet, intimate setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Female waitress was not wearing a mask and when I asked her to she said ok put it on for a few mins and took it off. She is exposing customers to COVID. That is not ok!!

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ZING
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The secret part is this is not Peruvian food. The scallop was 1/4 inch and the food was worse than eating at a cafeteria. For 100 dollars could have gone to McDonald's instead. Shameful place and don't go. I had a Peru guest with me and what an embarrassment. Would like a refund.

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vipMike
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Seemed like they weren’t ready to be open when we were seated for our 5:30 reservation. Four tables sat at once and there was one server/greeter. Drinks and apps were slow. Most bizarre was that there was a pleasant station playing low music - something like an Eddie Vetter album - when we arrived. Then the kitchen turned their music up - something more authentic Latin-American - so we had to listen to both. When I asked the server to have one turned off, he just turned up the music for the dining room to a level no longer pleasant, and we could still hear both. I left with a headache.

The food was very tasty. The kitchen is as good as it has always been but the new ‘front-of-house’ has some work to do or they will fail.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not impressed with the food. Looks very appealing on the plate, but the taste is 5/10 if I were to rate. Decent size plates for $24-$25, Mimosa cocktail was extremely sour, I asked for something sweeter or a replacement, but they didnt have anything else and didnt want to take it back.

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NNDelMar
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I loved it, the ambiance, the food and the service all were excellent, even though we sit at the patio, it was very noisy, and it was a little pricey, but the overall value to what you get still was very good. I do recommend everybody to try and get the Peruvian experience, the food was really superb.

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vipGreg
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was really looking forward to going here and it was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Second time dining here and both time, the food is amazing. The place has mostly outdoor seating, a little tight but cozy. Although we were seated by Camino Del Mar, we did not notice the traffic noise. It was after sunset and traffic was minimal. Cafe Secret is the secret spot to go for great dining in causal mode.. but remember to make reservation :)

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Coya Peruvian Secret offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 792-0821.

Coya Peruvian Secret is rated 4.3 stars by 389 OpenTable diners.

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