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Ellie's Table at North Beach

120 W Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA 92672-4989
+1 949-361-1042
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“quiche” (20 reviews)
“pastry” (13 reviews)
“sandwiches” (35 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 14:00 Hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
120 W Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA 92672-4989
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cute little coffee and pastry shop near the beach. It has a pretty small seating area, but we went before it was too busy and had no trouble getting a table. This is an “order at the counter” type of spot. Lots of fresh pastries...More

Thank RNRVTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

love it, love it, love it. I will go back again. Yes sir it's that good, you need to take your friends and family to Ellie's.

Thank hhamidi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Coffee is wonderful and food is great. Great variety of breakfast choices from cooked items to specialty donuts and sandwiches. Fun atmosphere. Love the place!!

Thank metalpotter
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited here a few times during our vacation a few years ago and loved it, good to see it hasn't changed and quality has been maintained. Coffee is good and the pastries to die for, the place is very popular and getting a seat can...More

Thank erinor
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Wonderful food and coffee. Has that personal feel that you do not get at Starbucks; not that I have anything against Starbucks. It is a very comfortable place to have breakfast, lunch or just dessert. Walking distance to North Beach so I highly recommend that...More

Thank deanoff52
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Ellies table a great place to met a friend for a bite . Chile relleno quiche is the bomb ! Must sit out on cute patio

Thank merlesgirl2
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

We went specifically for the gluten-free food, and we were not disappointed. The place was adorable, although it was super busy and seating was difficult, the food was so good it was easy to see why. I actually had gluten-free quiche, which everyone knows is...More

Thank Linnea V
Reviewed 2 October 2018

You will love this little cafe. Food is wonderful and nice little location. It is crowded so you know it is good.

Thank Traveler809436
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Everything is fresh and flavorful! This is a nice casual place to enjoy breakfast or lunch after a walk on the beach trail!!!!

Thank lynnracke
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Coffee was amazing, the breakfast burrito was made to order with scrumptious sides. The food came out in a timley Manor a well.

Thank declo71
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20 June 2018|
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Response from GyrFalcons | Reviewed this property |
The coffee shop just across the street from the train station near Ellie's is more appropriate.
Diana M
21 May 2017|
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Response from Momo H | Reviewed this property |
Definately Mornings. Around 7:30-9. But, it's worth it. i recommend getting there at 7
23 February 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 W Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA 92672-4989
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-361-1042
  • E-mail
Ellie's Table is a celebration of Eleanor Mastroianni, whose cooking and baking skills helped turn Jay's Catering-which she co-founded with her husband, Jay-into a true catering dynasty. As a husband and wife team, Jay and Eleanor Mastroianni began a small catering business out of their home in 1972. Today, the company is considered one of Orange County's best caterers. Ellie's Table completes a circle of food industry experience, beginning with Eleanor's first job at Conway's Corner-a small diner in Rochester, PA-and culminating in this cafe, which is dedicated to offering up some of her famous specialties and favorite baked goods. Even though she was a trained nurse, Eleanor took her first steps toward a career in food preparation and entertaining at Conway's Corner, which is also where she met her future husband, Jay. After marrying in 1953, Jay's mother, Maria, taught Eleanor how to prepare classic Italian Mastroianni family recipes. Then, in 1958, Jay and Eleanor moved to Garden Grove, CA, where a new chapter of their lives began. When customers at his milk delivery depot in Westminster inquired about private party catering, Jay accepted the work, knowing his wife was a phenomenal cook. Her specialties included Italian lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and a signature carrot cake. Jay dreamed of becoming an all-inclusive caterer, providing one-stop shopping for clients and the best service available, regardless of the event size. However, Jay needed Eleanor's cooking skills in order to accomplish the dream. When the couple's catering company began to take flight, Eleanor quit her job as a nursing supervisor in 1970 to work full-time alongside her husband. Two years later, Jay and Eleanor introduced their famous palm-sized sandwiches. The turkey, ham and roast beef sandwiches, along with the egg and tuna salad options, became the basis of a lunch program sponsored by Huntington Beach's Mercury Savings. Three salads-potato, coleslaw and ambrosia-as well as a relish tray, completed the delectable meal. Participants in the lunch program were quick to spread the word about the delicious, freshly-assembled sandwiches, and business for the fledgling catering company began to flourish. Eleanor headed up the kitchen while Jay managed every other aspect; the help of their three children-Linda, John, and Michael-was also critical, as the family worked to become a household name in the catering world. In 1975, the family moved to a larger "catering house" in Garden Grove in order to accommodate growing business. A few years later, in 1987, the catering company's accelerating success made it necessary to relocate to a still bigger, more modern facility on Garden Grove Boulevard. Behind all this growth stood a woman known for her ability to cook, improvise, and supervise a large kitchen-Ellie Mastroianni. Not only did she do much of the cooking herself, but she also taught her staff to prepare her specialties, too. Eleanor later helped Jay run an Italian restaurant, called Ciao Bello, at the Los Caballeros Sports Club in Fountain Valley beginning in 1989. The popular restaurant featured musical entertainment and enjoyed a steady clientele, all of whom relished Eleanor's Italian specialties. Weddings, family reunions, and parties of all sorts took place in the banquet hall upstairs. Both Eleanor and Jay slowed down in 1994 when their daughter, Linda, became the Chief Operating Officer of Jay's Catering/Mastroianni Family Enterprises, but they never strayed too far. Until his death in May, 2013, Jay and Eleanor visited Jay's Catering nearly every day together. When asked, Jay described his wife as honest; friendly, intelligent, loyal, and possessing a great deal of common sense. Thus, a legacy of hard work and great food established by a wonderful wife, mother, and cook lives on here at Ellie's Table. We hope you can tell.
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