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 no cancellation. Checks can not be split more than two ways. Reservations are for 90 min.

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
Elizabeth Esther Cafe - Avocado

Events & Special Hours

Valentines Dinner
Feb. 11, 2023 Event 5:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Valentines Dinner
Feb. 14, 2023 Event 4:45 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Mother's Day Brunch
May 14, 2023 Event 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Indoor Dining 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday
Indoor Dining 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday
Indoor Dining 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday
Indoor Dining 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday
Indoor Dining 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday
Brunch - Indoor Dining 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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.
https://www.cobaltmanor.com/menu
We have a full bar with wine, beer and hand crafted specialty drinks.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.84 out of 5 stars based on 1237 votes

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Feb 02, 2023
Frederick N.
Had a very pleasant brunch in the dining room, with friends. Wonderful experience for our 2nd time there. Will be back. Thank you.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 29, 2023
Dottie H.
The food was awesome. Don't know how it could get any better. 10+. The bartender/server was wonderful. The drinks were delicious. The service was perfect. He was personable, efficient, and it was obvious he enjoyed what he was doing. We'll definitely be returning. We had a wonderful all around experience.

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Jan 27, 2023
Kathleen C.
Great experience !!

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Jan 27, 2023
Judi C.
Love this place - everything from food to service to ambience is great. Windows leak a little (old building), so it was a little cold in the New Orleans room.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 27, 2023
rob r.
I loved it, from the restored old mansion to the excellent food to the perfect service, and right here in Smyrna no less. I never knew! And now I do and will be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Jan 26, 2023
Michele F.
There were 3 of us. The onion soup and roasted red pepper soups were delicious. I had the shrimp salad with taco chips which also very good. The only negative was the boneless pork rib sandwich was dry and a bit overdone... Micky was very nice and attentive.

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Jan 23, 2023
Andrea B.
Everything was beautiful food delish as always

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Jan 19, 2023
Nancy W.
Mickey offered great service and guidance in food selection and very informative about upcoming events

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Jan 08, 2023
Diane J.
I had a delicious brunch on Saturday. The rooms are lovely Victorian decor. I enjoyed the music by Simon James. Overall a really great dining experience. I definitely recommend it.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Dec 23, 2022
Pamela B.
Our waitress was very friendly & attentive. She graciously showed us how to found the napkin shaped like a tree. We always enjoy our lunches in the beautiful Cobalt Room. The food was great & the service also

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 15, 2022
Margaret R.
What a wonderful place for a fabulous lunch with several of my closest friends. The entire menus is very impressive, our meals were delicious and Jade, our server was attentive, polite and so gracious. We will be back!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 11, 2022
Sandra V.
Happy to find such a unique place in Smyrna! Food was good, and good value for the money. An extensive drinks menu with interesting choices, only $9 for most from what I saw. Very nice "Victorian Tea Room" feel to the ambience--relaxing and upscale.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 11, 2022
Adolf K.
Enjoyed brunch with my wife, elegant and romantic atmosphere. Food was very good and price was exceptionally reasonable.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 11, 2022
Kaitlin S.
Everything was great! The staff and food were excellent! I will be back again!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 09, 2022
Peggy M.
Just a fabulous meal and service. The ambiance was wonderful. You felt like you were eating in someone’s old Victorian home which was decorated for Christmas.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 03, 2022
Theresa T.
My friends and I had a great experience for our first visit. The waitress was outstanding and the food was delicious. The only suggestion would be is the table for 4 in the front right room corner was a little tight. Otherwise it was an awesome experience and I have told several about you.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 01, 2022
Shannon C.
great wine and food , beautiful room for party of five

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Nov 18, 2022
Robert C.
I rated each experience #10. I absolutely love the Victorian ambience. The food was absolutely delicious and our Server, Jade, was attentive and lovely. Thank you for making my birthday dinner FABULOUS!!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 16, 2022
Karen M.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meals and time spent at Elizabeth Esther Cafe! We loved our server who has a lovely sense of humor. We were never rushed and felt pampered in the beautifully decorated cafe.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
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Value: 6/10
Nov 14, 2022
Sandhya H.
Overall very nice experience. Creative menu. Loved the wines, atmosphere, the small intimate setting was greatly appreciated. Suggestions would be that the food was served hot, it was generally room temp with the exception of the soup. Smaller, focused main course, I think the chicken was too much, didn't find any Gouda or mushrooms as described. Loved the palette cleanser course, soup and dessert the most. Crab cake was good. Mango chutney on the scallop course was flavorful, would have liked to have had larger scallops, juicier and hot. Also the cookie served was described as an Italian cookie but it was a French macaron. Delicious but not Italian. Service was lovely, the chef was lovely and support what you are doing here to create special dining experiences in our area. I will attend again.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 07, 2022
Laura S.
The four of us that had dinner at your restaurant on Friday evening thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We love the way you have renovated and decorated the old house. The waitress who also substituted as a bartender made the best of fashion we have had in a long time. Food was delicious and the service was great. Thank you very much

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 28, 2022
Chad G.
Outstanding food, service and atmosphere!

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Oct 15, 2022
Tasha T.
Food was great, the service was even better !!

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Aug 26, 2022
Denise W.
Everything was perfect! This was my second visit and can't wait to return. I am a vegetarian and greatly appreciate all the options available. The service was great, the food was delicious and the wait staff was very patient with our group. I live in Hockessin which is why I can't visit as much as I would like.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 16, 2022
John K.
First time there. Couldn't have been better. Service was excellent, even though we were the only ones on the patio. Food was great. Bloody Mary just spicy enough. Our first impression means we'll be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 09, 2022
Bonnie L.
The food was fabulous. The people were very friendly. The price was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant highly.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 29, 2022
Patty P.
Great experience! Food was delicious!

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Jul 28, 2022
Beth L.
Celebrated my mom’s 70th birthday here. Delicious food and great service. Was my first time there and I will definitely be back!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 19, 2022
Elizabeth M.
More food in each serving or an extra course wouldve been good! We went home still hungry. Everything was fun and good though!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 19, 2022
Lisa B.
Great and fun experience. Lovely service and staff. Perfect!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 08, 2022
sandy n.
This place is a gem. I highly recommend it if you want to enjoy a quiet meal and have an above normal experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Jul 06, 2022
Sandra M.
We love the atmosphere at the cafe. We had the Tuesday special that included 2 entrees and a bottle of wine. It was definitely worth the money. The service was great but one of the entrees did not have much flavor while the other was good. We will still return there for another meal!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 27, 2022
Ann J.
We LOVE coming here for dinner! Everything was great…. Food, service, staff… the whole experience! Looking forward to dining again :)

Overall: 10/10
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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
Food: 8/10
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Jun 19, 2022
Richard A.
Great place!

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 8/10
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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.

Overall: 10/10
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May 18, 2022
Cassandra R.
The food was very fresh and tasty!

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May 17, 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 15, 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 12, 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 11, 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 04, 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 27, 2022
Gary B.
Great experience! Service friendly food wonderful.

Overall: 10/10
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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.