Elizabeth Esther Cafe

47 E Commerce St, Smyrna DE 19977
$$ American Recommended Editor's Pick Private Room View

The Elizabeth Esther Cafè is named after my grandmothers. They knew how to make everyone feel at home and make everything from scratch. The spirit of the cafe' is one of WHOLESOME tradition and love.
We offer Wholesome Gourmet Cuisine, organic wines and spirits, and amazing craft beverages.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

For standard bookings, not events. Credit cards are used to hold your reservation of parties of 5 or more. . You can cancel up to 24 hours before your reserved time. If you do not cancel you will be charged $10 per person. Special events with ticket/meal purchase must be canceled 5 days in advance in advance.

Business Info

  • Address: 47 E Commerce St, Smyrna DE 19977
  • Cross Street: East Street
  • Cuisine: American | French | International | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Brunch | Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Public Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (302) 508-5832
  • Features: Full Bar, Sunday Brunch, Live Entertainment, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Private Room, Takeout Available, Working Fireplace, Wheelchair Access, Happy Hours, Lounge / Bar, Healthy Options,
  • Occasion: Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Date Night,

Photos

Elizabeth Esther Cafe - Logo
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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed - Dining Room
Tuesday
Indoor Dining 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Dinner - Patio 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday
Indoor Dining 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Patio 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday
Indoor Dining 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
All Day - Patio 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Live Music and Cocktail Party Patio (weather permitting) 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday
Indoor Dining 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
All Day - Patio 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday
Indoor Dining 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
All Day - Patio 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wild West Murder Mystery 5:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Valid between: July 16, 2022 - July 16, 2022
Sunday
Brunch - Indoor Dining 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Brunch - Patio 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wild West Murder Mystery 4:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Valid between: July 17, 2022 - July 17, 2022

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
Street parking is available on both sides of Commerce and East Street. There is also town parking available at the corner of East and South St. Do not drive into the gated lot behind the restaurant.
Dress is casual. Please no undergarments showing.
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We have a full bar with wine, beer and hand crafted specialty drinks.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.85 out of 5 stars based on 936 votes

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Jun 28, 2022
Ann J.
We LOVE coming here for dinner! Everything was great…. Food, service, staff… the whole experience! Looking forward to dining again :)

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Jun 20, 2022
Christina C.
This restaurant is beautiful and well spaced (we sat inside). No one rushed us, the server was friendly and pleasant, and the food was delightful. Highly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 19, 2022
Richard A.
Great place!

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Jun 11, 2022
Jo F.
Overall, a wonderful experience. It took a long time for the food but it was our bookgroup. We were in no hurry and I think our server realized that. Also, we customers need to recognize the challenges in this Covid time. Will absolutely go back and recommend.

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May 19, 2022
Cassandra R.
The food was very fresh and tasty!

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May 18, 2022
Bob E.
Great event as well as food and drinks. We love going to Esther Cafe

Overall: 10/10
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May 17, 2022
Katie P.
We had such a great time and will definitely be back for future events.

Overall: 10/10
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May 16, 2022
Donna F.
great meal, atmosphere is wonderful. music is good. nice to have good service. an extras thanks to the server and chef for working with difficult diets.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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May 13, 2022
Amy D.
Last time we were there, the NY strip steak was a better cut of meat---a little thicker and tastier. I would be willing to pay a little more for that cut of meat again. Other than that, everything was spot on delicious. We also had the crab cakes, two appetizers, two desserts, a few drinks, and the meatloaf. The other thing that was odd, when I went to reserve the table at 6 pm, there was not an available spot, so I selected 6:30 pm. However, upon arrival at 6:30 pm, we were the only ones in the entire restaurant all night---so not quite sure why we were not able to choose a 6 pm reservation.
Business Response:
Hi, thank you so much for the feedback always appreciated. The reason why you cannot make a reservation for 6 PM is because we set the reservation so that we have the ability to have two dinner seatings when we're busy. If we allow seating at 6 o'clock then no one would be able to reserve at five or at seven so it takes up both of the time slots for dinner.

Overall: 10/10
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May 12, 2022
Margaret M.
I love your cafe. I would like to see more choices for cold beverages offered, besides your organic tea or flavored sodas. I would highly recommend your cafe and am looking forward to coming back very soon. On the three occasions that I have been there each server was pleasant and polite. Thanks for great experiences and awesome meals.

Overall: 10/10
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May 06, 2022
Olive&Richard V.
Great restaurant. Excellent food. Beautiful place. Love it. Will return

Overall: 10/10
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May 06, 2022
Barbara M.
Wonderful. We all enjoyed.

Overall: 10/10
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May 05, 2022
Tammy N.
Excellent hidden gem! Upon arrival, I had requested to be seated outside since it was a beautiful day. Our hostess advised that they were short staffed but would do her best to be attentive. We were in no hurry so we sat outside. Despite the staff shortage, we did not wait for anything! Food was timely, delish and the chefs personally hand delivered our food! Excellent service! A MUST GO!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 28, 2022
Gary B.
Great experience! Service friendly food wonderful.

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Apr 17, 2022
Jeannie W.
Delicious food, great service!

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Apr 15, 2022
Carla W.
Enjoyed lunch with a dear friend yesterday. The food was fresh and delicious. Our waiter was accommodating and the atmosphere was lovely. Can’t wait to return to the Elizabeth Esther Cafe.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 08, 2022
JUDY G.
The atmosphere was tranquil a lovely place to have a quiet lunch with friends. We all went home relaxed and full. We all said that we will be back again real soon.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 07, 2022
Dale Y.
Dinner was very nice, food was wonderful and nice serving size.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 01, 2022
Josh S.
I really like it here. Beautifully restored building, friendly staff, delicious food and drinks, and the menu is extensive.. you'd be sure to find something for your palate! #supportlocal

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Mar 13, 2022
Stephen S.
It was very enjoyable

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Mar 07, 2022
Brian K.
Would have liked to have more seating time options. Everything else was great
Business Response:
Hi Brian. We are pleased you enjoyed your experience. Seating times are limited in order to allow two seating for dinner. If we allow a middle time then we could only seat half the number of guests. Sometimes seating is limed based on availability as well. Hope to see you again.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 21, 2022
Elizabeth S.
We had a great server! The atmosphere was relaxed and cozy. Great for our anniversary dinner.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 18, 2022
Renee R.
Unique experience! Food was great!!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 17, 2022
David S.
This was our first time going to this fabulous old Quaint restaurant. The food, service and atmosphere was just perfect. Is close to where we live and I will definitely be back. We felt very comfortable and it felt like being at Grandmothers. Home.LOVED IT.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 17, 2022
Rocke G.
We were only able to get an early seating (4:45 on the 14th.) which turned out to be a blessing ! ! We felt as if we had the whole "Cafe" and the waitstaff to ourselves, which is a rare occasion on Valentines Day ! From beginning to end, it was a perfectly enjoyable experience . Our waitress was sweet, friendly, attentive and yet always professional. The food was delectable, each course being better than the preceding ! ! I've personally been around the World four times, and from my "worldly" experiences, cannot think of an item or idea to improve your fare and its presentation ! !

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 12, 2022
William H.
First time as customers, truly a lovely time and we have already recommended to friends.
Business Response:
That is great to hear William. Hope to see you again soon.

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Feb 07, 2022
Julie C.
Such a fun experience with excellent ambiance

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Jan 28, 2022
Pamela B.
The server was very friendly & helpful.

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Jan 27, 2022
Stacey M.
Brunch menu was on point. Service wonderful

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 19, 2022
Jessica H.
Beautiful place. Loved everything about it. The food was amazing!! I loved that we basically had the whole room to ourselves. The server was very attentive & sweet. Thank you so much!!! ❤️

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 17, 2022
Evelyn S.
The food was amazing. Everything was fresh, and prepared to order. The Bloody Mary was spot on and spicy as I had requested. It is a cute restaurant and reminds me of my 100+ year old home on the historical registry. I highly recommend this restaurant to my family and friends.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 16, 2022
Pam L.
Unique restaurant with amazing food and customer service! We will be back!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 12, 2022
Nancy K.
Excellent food, warm atmosphere, friendly staff!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 12, 2022
Aleisha D.
Beautiful locations with delicious food

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 07, 2022
Deanna F.
The food was delicious and the staff friendly and attentive.

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Jan 06, 2022
William K.
Don't change anything! We will be back soon.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 05, 2022
Elaine H.
Very good food and service. Just wish the piano player was there.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Jan 04, 2022
John L.
The perfect setting for a quiet romantic New Year’s Eve dinner. We loved our dinner!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
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Jan 02, 2022
Holly B.
Food was not really hot when served. Otherwise was delicious and we love the place.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 31, 2021
Richard S.
first time there and there will be many times in the future. This place was recommended to me by a friend who eats there. My wife and I just loved it. We had the crab cakes and the best we have eaten in a very long time.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Dec 22, 2021
Anjolie F.
I thought the service was excellent as well as the food. The mansion is spectacular especially during the holidays.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 19, 2021
Nancy S.
Great experience. Good food. We had a hard time in the beginning trying to figure out what we were suppose to do. Maybe someone could explain how to play game.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 18, 2021
Janice M.
The salad was delicious. Was disappointed that I couldn't have the Rum Runner due to you being out of rum.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 18, 2021
Kathleen C.
Lovely ambience , delicious food ,friendly efficient servers ..

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 12, 2021
Terry L.
We were seated in the Cobalt room. Beautifully decorated. Service is second to none. The food not only looked appetizing it tasted delicious. The salad had a multitude of texture to it. The soup had a mixture of meats and just the right amount of heat (spice) to it. The portion size was perfect. No waste, left one full without being overstuffed. Perfect experience.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 11, 2021
kenneth b.
We’ve had brunch at Elizabeth Esther Cafe before, but this was our first dinner, and a murder mystery one at that - SUCH fun; the beautiful decor lent itself to the Dickens Christmas theme, our fellow diners made it most entertaining, and the food was delicious! Can’t, as always, wait to return and highly recommended.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 04, 2021
John & Alana B.
This is such a lovely, peaceful, charming place to dine. The food is exceptional from appetizer to desert. Chef Willy uses only the freshest food, and the preparation and presentation are excellent. The menu selections has something for everyone. In addition, the wait staff is always pleasant and helpful. We have been dining here since the cafe opened, because of the quality of the food prepared by Chef Willy!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 28, 2021
Rhonda M.
This was my second visit. The first was with a large group. This time just my best friend and I. Food was great, it was a little long wait because Ms Geenie was serving alone. She provided great service and communicated what was going on. We had a great time overall and food was delicious worth the wait.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 18, 2021
Peggy G.
Just a perfect evening. Service was great, food was excellent. Brought my friends there because i thought they would enjoy the atmosphere and they did! They liked everything about the place. Thanks for a Perfect evening.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Nov 14, 2021
Bob E.
Excellent service. The best atmosphere restaurant in all of Delaware as well as great food!