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Ernie's Coffee Shop

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1207 Emerald Bay Rd, CA 96150
(530) 541-2161
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6:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Ernie's

We went to Ernie's for breakfast. It was an excellent experience all around. It is obviously busy and a favorite however,we were seated right away and our host was super friendly. Our waitress was just as friendly and stopped by many times to make sure we had everything we needed and that we were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2015
Debbie K
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Roseville, Minnesota, United States
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Roseville, Minnesota, United States
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We went to Ernie's for breakfast. It was an excellent experience all around. It is obviously busy and a favorite however,we were seated right away and our host was super friendly. Our waitress was just as friendly and stopped by many times to make sure we had everything we needed and that we were happy with our order. They also... More 

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Thank Debbie K
South Lake Tahoe, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

the food is always yummy, the service is always excellent and there is usually a bit of a wait because it's such a good local mainstay!!!

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Thank mzjdoeboy
San Jose, California
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Our family makes this a stop every time we visit Tahoe. Good food, good service, friendly clientele and, usually, not a long wait. Some claim this is the best breakfast place in town and it may well be.

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Thank Sloped_Bench
Haifa, Israel
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Since Ernie's has opened more than 30 years ago it has been my family's favorite breakfast place. Both the locals and the tourists love Ernie's for it's friendly atmosphere and great food. The weekends are super busy and during the summer the most popular is to sit outside and enjoy the pine trees with the pancakes or delicious omelets. It... More 

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Thank evie r
ojai
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We loved the food, the friendly atmosphere, the airy feeling of the restaurant itself, and the engaging wait staff

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Thank madjack247
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I Love Ernie's, i would say it's the best breakfast place in Tahoe. Servers are so nice and friendly, the last owner was an awesome guy and since the new ownership started it is still great, since they kept all their workers (which I think is a great idea). I totally recommend going there, hash browns are homemade and to... More 

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Thank anatourino84
San Francisco, California
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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

We initially wanted to go to a different place but the wait was too long. A local referred us to Ernies and it was great. Service was good and everyone pleasant. Good was good and reasonably priced.

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Thank Brandyann9
Hollister, California
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We were surprised that we could get in so quickly. At South Shore it normally takes a while to get into breakfast. We were seated in 3 minutes. Service was good. Food was normal for breakfast. I would recommend going for a good breakfast.

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Thank Jerald R
Houston, Texas
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I had gotten tired of high-end and expensive dining in South Lake Tahoe. This place suited my midwestern, meat-and-potato palate. I had hot turkey sandwich and mashed potatoes covered with gravy. Delicious! Warning-- no dinner here.

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Thank MikeSpen
Sonoma, California, USA
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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Ernie's provides such a great breakfast that we went 3 days in a row while we were on vacation in South Lake Tahoe! We stayed at Harvey's in South Lake Tahoe and drove the 5 miles to eat here each morning. The prices are very reasonable and they serve breakfast AND lunch all day (6 am - 2 pm). The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1207 Emerald Bay Rd, CA 96150
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)
  • Phone Number: (530) 541-2161

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?