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Review of Esau's Coffee Shop

Esau's Coffee Shop
Ranked #15 of 76 Restaurants in Carpinteria
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Low key, surfer themed place to eat a great breakfast. Eat inside or out. This is a very popular place for good reasons.

Thank Michael G
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

I've loved this place forever and during our annual weeklong stay in Carpinteria, we always eat here multiple times. This past week, we ate here four times for breakfast and I have to say, the service gets more spotty every year. The food was also inconsistent this year depending on who was in the kitchen. If the owners aren't there, things are questionable. The flavors are all decent with one exception (not a fan of their version of heuvos rancheros) but you never know what to expect as far as quantity, how things are cooked, prepared, etc. Sometimes the hash browns are hardly browned, sometimes they are really crispy/overcooked, sometimes you get more than one person could possibly eat, sometimes, a child's portion, same thing with the home fries (which also came out cold twice), sometimes you get two pieces of toast, sometimes one, sometimes the omelets that include avocado come with slices, sometimes they are served with a cup of unseasoned guacamole on top, you just never know what to expect. Service outside of the busboy "Chris" (who was fantastic) is pretty crappy. Orders get screwed up, servers disappear for long stretches, etc. Some days the pancakes were perfectly cooked, some days they were so overdone as to not really be all that good. This is really a 3.5 star place, I can't rate it a four, even though I really want to.

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Thank Outgunned3-1
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

My husband was jonesing for some blueberry pancakes; the kind with the berries mixed in the batter rather than a compote on top. Esau's was just the place. I enjoyed the chocolate chip/coconut pancakes; pretty sweet but a nice occasional treat. The setting is very old-school, small town, diner but the menu has quite a variety of choices. The servers were a bit slow on the coffee refills, considering it was very early and most tables were empty but overall, it was a good breakfast experience (and we are not huge breakfast eaters)...

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Thank jerjon
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

This place has the best red rounded seats you expect in a diner. The staff is friendly and professional and provide the service with a smile. The food is very good: not haute cuisine but something your mum could have made. Best experience on this street.

Thank Wub67
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Drove to Carpenteria for the first time on Wednesday and wanted to find a good place for breakfast, which we did and sat out on the side terrace enjoying the sunshine. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and we ordered the corn beef hash and eggs with country fries and toast. It was delicious and enjoyed every mouthful. Would certainly visit again if I'm in the area. Thank you

Thank Sue C
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