Ellie’s Table

Posted on Feb 6, 2014

Ellies Table sign


Isn’t it great to find a new place to eat in town that is not only good, but excellent?  By excellent I’m referring to delicious food, gorgeous atmosphere, and an incredible location. Recently some friends told us about a new place in our town with all three qualities.  They begged us and all their friends to give it a try so the new business would survive because they loved that much. Ellie’s Table at North Beach in San Clemente has some of the best, freshest food in town, has a beautiful french-meets-beach interior, and the location, within sight of the beach, can’t be topped!


Ellies Table interior


Ellie’s Table is run by the talented folks at Jay’s Catering and is a cute little bistro type restaurant with a little outdoor patio attached to the newly reopened historic Casino. Formerly a dance and music club which hosted many of the Rat Pack entertainers during the 1960’s, (Casino means dance-hall in Spanish), the Casino has been renovated for hosting gatherings such as weddings. The folks who run Ellie’s Table cater the the Casino’s events and make wedding cakes, in addition to running the restaurant.


Ellies Table counter shot


As soon as we walked up to the front doors we knew we had found something very special.  The place was buzzing with people and the aroma coming out of the restaurant was heavenly- something akin to butter, fresh bread, and home.  Everything looked good.  One of each, please!  Ok, I behaved, but I realllly didn’t want to. The whole front counter was covered in mouthwatering sweet pastries begging to be tasted. All those scrumptious sweets in front are excruciatingly difficult to pass up (life’s short-eat dessert first!).  Every single thing, cookies, cupcakes, tarts, macaroons, pastries of many kinds, all look worthy of whatever calories they cost!  I vowed to try them all! (Eventually, not at once, even though I wanted to).


Ellies Table veggetable  palm sandwiches


Around the corner of the front counter are their famous palm sandwiches, (just the right size to fit in the palm of your hand) and the side salads that go with them.  So far my favorite palm sandwich is the veggie, with a flavorful variety of veggies nested in that soft, fluffy, fresh cheddar roll.  YUM! Unfortunately the veggie sandwiches always sell out first so you have to get them early.  If I have one complaint about Ellie’s Table, it is that they need to make MORE veggie sandwiches! I’ve only tried three of the side salads so far, but I really like the beet and the broccoli salads.  The rest are on my list to try…I know, I’m going to be busy!


Ellies Table almond croissant


But wait!  There’s more!  Carry on past the palm sandwiches and you’re to the reason our friends were so adamant about keeping Ellie’s Table open. One word: Croissants.  The mere mention of the word sends thoughts of the flaky buttery goodness that is an Ellie’s Table croissant to mind, obliterating my ability to concentrate.  Never much of a croissant person, The Mister had to convince me to pass up that heavenly swirl of a pecan roll and drag me, fingers sliding across the glass case, away from my idea of breakfast perfection down to the savory croissants.  Fine. If I didn’t like it I could go back the the pecan roll…


Ellies Table croissant sign



My first was the brie, mushroom and caramelized onion croissant. Heated so the cheese was melty and the pastry was at it peak of flaky greatness, the buttery layers literally melted in my mouth as the sweet onions, velvety brie and sauteed mushrooms played their part in what was surely the Best Croissant In The History Of Croissants! H.e.a.v.e.n.  I am a convert.


Ellies Table croissants


Since that first glorious encounter I’ve tried almost all of the savory croissants (hence the reason I have so much more tasting to do on the other items) and I can tell you every single one is absolutely delicious.  The quality of the ingredients, the freshness and outstanding quality of the house-made pastry make for a great choice, regardless of which you choose.  If you were to ask my favorite I couldn’t say, but I order the ham and cheese a lot. Oh, and the bacon, egg, and cheese a lot. Oh, and the brie, mushroom and caramelized onion a lot. The best advice is to go frequently so you can try them all!


Ellies Table ham and cheese  croissant


Which is exactly what we do.  Every Saturday, The Mister and I get up early and walk to Ellie’s table to try something new or, something we’ve already tasted and just need. And it doesn’t hurt that Ellie’s Table is located in a beautiful spot.  You can’t miss the beautiful setting.  Just up from the beach , Ellie’s table sits among some of San Clemente’s most famous buildings including the Casino and the Beach Club.  Both were built during the founding of the city in the 1920’s in the classic Spanish Village style(white stucco and red tile roofs) .  Mature palm tress grace the sky over head and, across the large park-like lawn at the Beach Club, the Pacific Ocean is in full view from any table on the patio as well as through the windows from inside. There’s something about all that white stucco with sunlight bouncing off of it that gives the whole area a soft beautiful light….a perfect setting to start one’s day.


Ellies Table shirt


We don’t worry about Ellie’s Table going out of buiness any more.  Word is spreading and it’s one of the hottest restaurants in town.  So if you live near by, or if you’re ever in San Clemente, stop by Ellie’s Table for some incredible food with charming atmosphere in a gorgeous location.  You don’t have top worry about keeping it going, though.  Open from 6:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m., the only time they’re slow is while it’s still dark out:0).

Disclaimer:  I have no affiliation with Ellie’s Table or Jay’s catering, but luckily they’re close enough that I can walk.  I’ll take it!



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One Comment

  1. Thanks for this great recommendation! My husband and I took your advice and had a fabulous brunch there yesterday before a walk on the beach.

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