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Ernie's Coffee Shop

1207 Emerald Bay Rd, CA 96150
(530) 541-2161
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Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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torrance
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Went to Ernie's twice during my last stay ...once for lunch and once for breakfast. The oatmeal and linguica were excellent, the pancakes very fluffy. The waitress was extremely friendly and made eating there a pleasure. Ernie's will be a definite stopping point during my future visits to Tahoe.

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Northern California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Every time we are in Lake Tahoe we eat here. We started going to Bert's (Ernie's 1st place), years ago. Them they opened up Ernie's and we come here. Great breakfast food before hitting the snow or water.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Getting ready to climb mountains or swim lakes? Don't even think about it until you've powered up with breakfast at Ernie's Coffee Shop! For years, this South Lake Tahoe coffee shop has been fueling up residents and recreators alike. Great food, large portions, fresh ingredients, fabulous service, cheerful atmosphere, clean, locally-owned. Tip: weekend wait times can be long, but worth... More

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West Sacramento, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Came here based on the positive reviews in both tripadvisor and yelp. We were not disappointed. We arrived and were seated right away at the last available table in the restaurant. We had great timing; a long queue developed right after we arrived. Breakfast was very good; my daughter enjoyed her pancakes and I had a decent order of steak... More

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Got the biscuits and gravy from the recommendation on trip advisor. They were very good. Filling for the size of the biscuits. My wife got the pancakes and she loved them. I tried them as well and they are very good. Coffee is good plenty of flavor and the milk is out of the old school metal machines which is... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We discovered Ernie's several years ago during our annual week-long trip to South Lake Tahoe and it's the only breakfast/lunch spot we patron...every...single...day. My wife prefers lunch and the build your own salad while I enjoy the various omelette options. We've never been disappointed and regardless of the pace...busy or slow...the service is top-notch. You just can't pass up this... More

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Went to Ernie's both Saturday and Sunday morning. We found the restaurant clean and the staff so friendly and attentive! Based on other reviews did notice the condiments on the table were wiped down and very clean. The kitchen and counter area is visible within the cafe and noticed how organized they were! Great job!

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Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Ernie's has been a must visit place for us for over 20 years now. We have not found better biscuits and gravy in all of our vast domestic and international travel. The "scrams" are a delight also. This is a must visit for breakfast place if you are staying in S Lake Tahoe. Granted, it is a bit out of... More

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California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

On a recent visit to So. Lake Tahoe we went to Ernie's coffee shop for breakfast. It is very crowded, but not cramped. The noise level is a little high, but it adds to the adventure. There is nostalgia on the walls and it is fun to look at all the items from back then! The food was delicious. Lots... More

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Walnut Creek, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This is really like an old-time coffee shop. They still have milk that comes out of a machine, instead of a jug. Wonderful fresh squeeze orange juice. We sat at the counter and watched them make the juice. All the people that work there are very nice. Don't expect anything special, just a great regular breakfast. Although I had the... More

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