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!

Specials

Good/Better/BesssT Brunch at COYA

Bottomless Mimosa all day for $15. Enjoy sunny patio with gentle Peruvian touch.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 21, 2019

Ends: October 22, 2118

Availability: Sun 8:45AM-5:30PM

Wine Wednesday 50% OFF

All day happy hour for half price wine and also 40% off, on our award winning Ceviche ( from $17-10) till close

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 21, 2019

Ends: October 22, 2118

Availability: Mon-Tue 5:30PM-10:00PM
Thu 5:30PM-10:00PM

Charming Tuesday's

$3 beers and live music at our charming patio with colorful lights.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 21, 2019

Ends: October 22, 2118

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-9:45PM

What 363 People Are Saying
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JM
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~

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

Always my favorite neighborhood restaurant.

TM
San Diego
8 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.

BC
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.

OT
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.

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

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

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

This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant.
Ravioli is amazing!

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

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

ZI
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.

M
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.

OT
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.

NN
San Diego
4 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.

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

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

OT
San Diego
18 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 :)

OT
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious fish and great service. Will be coming back here

OT
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Usually the spot is enchanting but the road construction, orange cones and orange temp net fencing depleted the ambiance. Sadly too - the service people knew nothing about Pisco sour which is a Peruvian drink! We came in for that drink and they looked at us sideways and then said they didn’t have it that evening. Well apparently they never have it because they have only a wine and beer license but we were not told that & they seemed as uninformed. Also there was confusion about a salad that they delivered. Two very similar salads and called them by different names, but missing the ingredients listed on the menu. The staff and kitchen need to be on the same page. The new owners were present and pacing briskly back and forth to the back gate office without greeting anyone - it was rather odd. It is a charming place that is temporarily not charming and the new owners need to settle in.

y
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our seafood meal was very good, but was pretty pricey.
The setting was quaint but not charming enough to be romantic because it’s mainly on the sidewalk.

SE
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

They didnt have our open table reservation. Too many menus for different things that were confusing. The menus were dirty and taped up. There were 5 of us, only 2 people liked their food. Way overpriced for what you got. Waitress was sweet but overwhelmed.

TB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was great. WE ordered the fish and the steal entree. Had yucca for appetizers. Everything was cooked to perfection and tasted great. The seating is open to the side walk and they are doing some construction on the road but it was still a nice place to have dinner. It is a little tricky to find your way in because of the construction barriers but worth the effort. The construction will be done soon anyway.

GG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was great. Really liked the Peruvian Beers. Jazz soundtrack was excellent.
Will definitely come back.

WT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

While the service was very good, the environment was not what I anticipated. Overall, the experience was quite muted.

EV
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our favorite dish is the "Lomo Saltado" and in their Menu it still says they use Filet Mignon, There is a new owner at the restaurant and they used some cheap hard and un-tasty meat instead of Filet Mignon and it was horrible. The waiter was a Spanish kid that was super friendly and helpful, and we told him about the missing Filet Mignon in the recipe. We have had issues with the Cafe Secret in the past and after this issue with our food we will never come back since it's not cheap and our expectations must be high because of the high charges.

BC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! This place is def a hidden gem. Great staff, wonderful food and a beautiful patio.

OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great food and authentic feel, maximizing on the great outdoor weather!

TG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall I’d rate our experience as ok. My filet mignon was suppose to be cooked rare. It wasn’t. We were looking forward to having their Tres Leche dessert and were disappointed to find out that it was changed to accommodate vegans and gluten free customers! Bummer for us.

k
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food - delicious! This is a hidden gem! My only complaint would be that it's kind of dirty - it needs a deep clean.

KR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Secret has delicious, authentic Peruvian food! As someone who has been to Peru, I can confidently say the food here is just as amazing, if not better, than the food I ate in Peru. Ambiance and customer service is great as well. Would highly recommend this restaurant!

OM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great taste, beautiful location and ambiance, friendly, attentive service

KS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Excellent food, but slow service. Maybe short-staffed on the floor because once the orders were taken, the food didn’t take long to come out.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

All of our entrees were way over salted and missing ingredients. My meat was a mixture of undercooked and over cooked meat.

JD
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favourite! Amazing food, cozy ambiance and sweet service.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Easter Sunday

NM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lovely date spot in Del Mar that feels like you're dining in a secret garden.

T
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The service was good and we had a nice time. Food was okay. We ate there for dinner and tried the lamb dish and the one with mixed seafood in a creamy red sauce with rice. We weren’t wowed by the food for that price, but it wasn’t bad.

SR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great hidden find!! The place was amazing. Everything was outstanding from the food to the service and even with my child they made it worth the visit.

M
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We have been there before and if was very good. This time I had the special "Surf and Turf" lobster ravioli and 'filet mignon'. The meat was absolutely horrible! Dry, tough chewy, it tasted like an over cooked cheap cut of meat. The server was surprised that I didn't like but agreed that it wasn't done right. She offered to replace the meat, but I refused it. They were kind enough to como my meal. I'm glad because I'd be very upset to pay $35 for that! Honestly it's not be worth that much if it was good. The food there is flavorful but overpriced.
The service was good, but a bit slow. Having said that, my husbands meal was very good, I've had the raviolis before and they were delicious. I'd go back.

KJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Just an absolute delight. The ambiance was friendly and warm. The food was just amazing, from the starters all the way to the desert. Peruvian recipes are taken to a much higher level at Cafe Secret.

SD
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Love this quaint local secret.
Interesting menu, always welcoming server
Delicious Peruvian food, new items, pet friendly.
We always try to bring friends here to try something new!

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We did not have a great dining experience at Cafe Secret. We ordered, for the 4 of us, empanadas (which they only had vegetable) and were luke warm and as a result tasted horrible. And also for the table, ceviche which was, for the price of $17, a small bowl with more yams and hominy than fish. What a rip-off on that dish. I brought a special bottle of wine for my birthday and the corkage was $25 (more than some of their wines). Entrees were ok, the lamb stew was flavorful and the filet was small and chewy. Service was slow; the waitress said a server didn’t show. She was disorganized and couldn’t coordinate the dishes, the ceviche appetizer came in the middle of dinner. Judging by the other tables, most people were having similar experiences. She was apologetic and didn’t charge for the ceviche or my tiny Birthday desert. Overall a disappointment, especially for the charming section of DelMar. We would not go back nor recommend this eatery.

R
New England
106 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice patio dining experience. Good for dog owners. Food is good, though quality is not uniform. The classic fish ceviche was less fish and more accompaniments, and the parihuela much too salty.