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1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201
573 874-7804
Today
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
love this diner - they deliver every time

if you're looking for diner food, especially breakfast, this is a good place to get food. it's not the flair or tastiness of Cafe Berlin a few blocks away, but it's the tried and true breakfast cafe. it's a plate of good scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and endless coffee. not many seats and when you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Quincy, Illinois
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Quincy, Illinois
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76 reviews 76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

if you're looking for diner food, especially breakfast, this is a good place to get food. it's not the flair or tastiness of Cafe Berlin a few blocks away, but it's the tried and true breakfast cafe. it's a plate of good scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and endless coffee. not many seats and when you find a seat, it's packed... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We always visit Ernie's when we're in town. The Number 11 breakfast is my favorite - a ton of good food (2 eggs done your way, 2 meat, a pile of hashbrowns and a short stack or french toast) for a great price. It's a tiny place, so prepare to sit at the counter or wait for a table during... More 

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71 reviews 71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My downfall is cheeseburgers. I know a good one and the cheeseburger I had today at Ernies was awesome! I had a 1/3 pound cheese burger with Swiss cheese and bacon on a soft bun with fries today that was worth every calorie! The cheese burger came with a side of bbq sauce which was also nice. The burger and... More 

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Plainfield, Illinois
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a true diner. It is very small so the wait can be long, we sat at the counter so it was not too bad. Food was ok, my wife went to college in Columbia and she remembered the biscuits and gravy being better back then. Overall it was a good experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you're looking for that true diner experience, this is the place to go. Great service and good food.

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Columbia, Missouri
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72 reviews 72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is probably one of Como's best breakfast places. I've had it all here and have yet to not like anything I ordered. All cooked the way I asked it to be. The last visit I had Scrambled soft eggs and sausage, hash browns and toast. Was very good. Just note, this is a small place and the wait can... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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203 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you're looking for a non-chain restaurant for breakfast, check out Ernie's. I try to go before 930am on weekends to avoid a long wait. It's a small diner type of restaurant. You can't beat the prices. Bob Evans is my favorite breakfast in town but it's a chain so if you want some place local I would recommend Ernie's.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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260 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The service and food are very good at Ernie's in downtown Columbia. Unless you are VERY hungry, do not order the full biscuits/gravy; the half portion is four biscuits and loads of sausage gravy. My eggs were cooked to perfection. My spouse's waffle was reported to be outstanding, and he's rather a waffle snob. The tea is upscale, i.e., not... More 

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Brandon, Florida, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I had a good traditional breakfast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, and toast at Ernie's. The coffee could be better, but the food was good. My husband had French toast and it was made with Texas toast and had powdered sugar sprinkled on top (my favorite way to eat French toast) and they also gave him warm syrup, a nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Had the omelette, and while the food was great, we enjoyed the help and the ambiance even more. They're open from 6:30am till 2 pm. Serves breakfast and lunch and we went about 9am on a Monday. Luckily a table was leaving as we got there but be aware it's very small and popular, so you might have to wait... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 573 874-7804
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm

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