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“Great coffee, pastries and small plates”

Ellie's Table at North Beach
Ranked #4 of 230 Restaurants in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$10
Cuisines: American, French, Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: 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.
Reviewed 9 February 2018

We've become regulars during our January in San Clemente (and this year also visited Ellie's in Capistrano). Love it all, coffee, huge and flavorful pastries (pan au chocolat and almond croissant are our usuals) and a nice lunch deal with baby sandwiches and salads. Breakfast goodies are great, too. It all adds up, but the quality makes it a good value. If possible, grab a table on the lovely patio.

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Can't ever go wrong with this beautiful spot, delicious breakfast, and KINDEST of staff! A must try is their signature treat.. gotta go and ask for it because I don't recall the full name, something with Creme Brûlée !!!! YUM!

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Reviewed 30 January 2018

A friend of our aunts told us, that it was a must to stop there to get lunch. So I did, a great place to eat outside. The inside also has tables to sit and eat at. The VERY NICE staff were helpful to this newcomer. The trio salad was a bargain from what we had yesterday somewhere else and better. Their very good sandwiches were just the right size and selection. Their cookies were, as my husband said, as good as yours!
It is a must, if you are in San Clementa.

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Reviewed 25 December 2017

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 the smell of pastries and cooking. We selected a breakfast burrito (chorizo, cheese and egg) and an egg, cheese and bacon croissant for our breakfast plus a large (and I mean large) cup of coffee. Man, that croissant was amazing, not so much the burrito. The coffee was excellent. We loved this place and will be back for some more tasting of the pastries with that delicious coffee, not so much for the burrito. Oh, and hopefully will stop by for a lunch to taste that menu as well.

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Reviewed 25 December 2017

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 sooooo tiny, and there are plenty street meters but they are old fashioned and need quarters.

I would definitely go back there again and will try their healthy salad!

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Thank Da M
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