Good food. Great friends. Honest Drinks
Zels has been serving fresh California cuisine to the local Del Mar community and its visitors for over 10 years. With it’s welcoming and casual ambiance, guests can feel at home as they enjoy quality food and cocktails right in the heart of town. With live music Thursday-Sunday there is surely something for everyone at Zels, the atmosphere is contagious!
The Story of Zel
In 1926 Zelig Camiel left the small village of Ostrolenka, Poland in pursuit of his dream of coming to America. Unable to enter the United States because of its strict quota system prohibiting immigration of foreigners, he was forced to disembark in the port of Havana, Cuba where he remained for 2 years. Beginning a new chapter in his life his footprints crossed one border after another. First through South and Central America then Mexico until he found his way to the sleepy town of Tijuana. Befriended by the small colony of Eastern Europeans who had also established themselves in the border city, Zel found work at the exclusive Aqua Caliente Resort and Gambling casino which attracted crowds from Hollywood’s movie industry and members of high society from all parts of the U.S. Beginning as a Bellhop he rose to Chief Croupier of the Roulette Section until the President of Mexico enforced a law which demanded that only persons born in Mexico could be employed in Mexico.