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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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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (5 reviews)
“quiche” (18 reviews)
“pastry” (10 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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120 W Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA 92672-4989
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking for a quick breakfast before heading out to the outlet stores in San Clemente my son and I found Ellie’s on yelp and stopped in this small quaint place. Upon entering (we got lucky and just beat the large crowd) you are overwhelmed with...More

Thank caneguy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is perfect! It's right by the beach, and their espresso is very good! I have tried fruit tart and chocolate croissant, and they were so delicious :) Only the problem there is their parking situation. Their free parking lot in the back is...More

Thank Da M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No better baked goods in San Clemente! They even have a variety of gluten free items and wonderful coffee and tea treats. breakfast and lunch items on a huge menu of choices. Inside and outside eating or just take your food to enjoy on the...More

Thank backgammon65
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The quiche is absolutely amazing! Coffee is great and the view is incredible! Service is courteous and swift. I highly recommend stopping by.

Thank Joe S
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Ellie's Table continues to be an excellent bakery and sandwich shop, consistently putting out a high quality product and doing so with a friendly attitude in a beautiful near the beach location. There's also a lovely little shady patio with tables and chairs and umbrellas,...More

Thank porsche74s
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Fun little café serving excellent burritos and pastries and crafted coffees. Loaded up so we could walk along the beach enjoy their food. Highly recommended.

Thank Edward B
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for breakfast after a long walk on the beach. Nice place with indoor and terrace seating. Food was good but on the small side, not great after a long walk. Would recommend this place for a quick coffee but you could get...More

Thank misscol
Reviewed 22 September 2017

I remember thinking before they opened, that this would be a perfect spot for a little restaurant - and it is! They are all about breakfast & lunch. We love this place because they have a lot of options for people who might like fresh...More

Thank socalgirl60
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

This has become one of the busiest and most popular coffee shops in town. Bring a book or a newspaper and enjoy a good read while you wait for your order. I waited about 20 minutes for a latte. The specialty drinks are fair compared...More

Thank sjworldtravels
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We popped in here for breakfast. There was such an amazing variety of croissants, sandwiches, macaroons and wraps. Everything we had was delicious. The only reason I gave it a rating of 4 instead 5 was because of the staff. Having never visited we were...More

Thank 2inspiretravel
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Definately Mornings. Around 7:30-9. But, it's worth it. i recommend getting there at 7
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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
View, Child-friendly, 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
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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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