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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 good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“quiche” (18 reviews)
“pastry” (12 reviews)
“sandwiches” (33 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM 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

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 August 6, 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
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

This is to me more a bakery with great coffee than a resturant. Many pastries to choose from also some actual breakfast dishes and sandwiches for lunch. Very nice staff, make sure you go early it is seat yourself and usually packed 😏

Thank RDelloye
Reviewed July 10, 2018

Delightful place sitting outside or inside. Great pastries and sm sandwiches. Don’t fret if there is a line it moves very quickly. A local spot for a delicious breakfast or lunch, or coffee break.

Thank Georgette R
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Great coffee and pastry place right behind the Beach Club. Popular spot for cyclists and families alike. Always friendly staff, casual atmosphere with places to sit indoors and out, great coffee and some really good pastries. My only

Thank Charles F
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Wait in the line to order (goes fast) and see your choices between amazing homestyle baked goods and yummy salads and finger sandwiches. These original recipies and first class service with a smile make it a fun experience. I like to take a walk on...More

Thank Cynthia V
Reviewed July 9, 2018

This is not a breakfast place, so to speak, but it is a gathering for those people who like things a bit above the Starbucks mentality and herding. Great locals place for scones, quish ( did I spell that right?) and some real specialty bakery...More

Thank adoc4u
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I walked the beach trail and ended at Ellie’s table... what a little jewel! We enjoyed their coffee and breakfast burrito’s! The table waitress was so kind and efficient. It’s a popular spot for take out too! You can take your food...More

Thank Linda O
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Wonderful little restaurant with large selection of items off the ocean. Prices were decent and the atmosphere is well worth the visit even with the wait time which is actually not so long.

Thank suew0924
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Quaint homey atmosphere with indoor and outdoor patio. Great food and beverages, breakfast and lunch. A must visit business. Although the service great, the hot drinks take way to long to arrive. Usually done with my breakfast or pastry when the latte is ready.

Thank William S
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June 20, 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
May 21, 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
February 23, 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
Kids, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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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