A downtown stroll to Camino del Mar and 13th brings the walker to Zel’s, a well-established, successful dining spot and bar. The popular patio tables begin to fill up after 5pm in the spring and summer; there is indoor dining and bar seating as well. The seating areas allow you to experience the great outdoors, adjacent to Camino Del Mar. The bar volume can become challenging when music is on tap but many are okay with that; dinner seating to the 13th Street side offers a noise buffer and is comfortable the year round. The outdoor patio to the west is enjoyed by many patrons.
On a late afternoon, friends and I started with wine and beer, many on tap, accompanied by several starters including flatbreads, calamari and mussels; all were delivered within a reasonable time and tasty. Many dining options are available, including an assortment of salads and burgers. The Lemongrass Caesar and Heirloom Tomato Burrata were good choices. The dinner menu includes Herb Crusted Seabass, Braised Short Rib and other items. The staff was friendly as usual. The food was appealing. Did I mention it can be loud in the bar, yet typically OK? In other areas, voices sink into the evening. Zel’s has a good full-service bar that includes an excellent selection of wine; beer is available on tap and by the bottle. Prices are in the middle to higher range. Zel’s is another gem that is walkable any time of the year! Happy hour starts at 3pm with Happy Hour food from 4pm. Reservations at 858.755.0076. Keep alert when crossing Camino Del Mar.