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Ernie's Cafe

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1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201
573 874-7804
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6:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

Me, my wife and stepchildren enjoyed our breakfast which was well cooked and served well. The diner has a very friendly atmosphere

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Chorley, United Kingdom
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  • Families with children
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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103 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I recently re-discovered Ernie's Cafe, which has been located in the same spot as long as I can remember. The wait staff were friendly and attentive, and the food was absolutely wonderful! My wife and I both ordered a Philly and rings and were not disappointed! The inside looks almost exactly the way I remembered it (50's... More 

Thank Bryan-and-Sheila
San Diego, California
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91 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ernies is a Columbia institution situated in the downtown and very close to the university. Its decor is from the the fifties (dick tracy) and sixties (rock and roll icons). The food is very good and the prices are reasonable and affordable. Service was attentivevand smooth. My sister worked here 40 years ago!! Really should go - you wont be... More 

Thank elfinforesttony
Chorley, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me, my wife and stepchildren enjoyed our breakfast which was well cooked and served well. The diner has a very friendly atmosphere

Thank vic856
Columbia, Missouri
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

I have eaten here countless times over 5 decades. This is my go to place for breakfast, & the one that I compare every other restaurant to all around the country. It is unique; it is an experience. Not fancy, not going to inflate your ego. Just great food, great atmosphere. This is the real Como. Just go!

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Thank fossil5775
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We stopped here for breakfast on Sunday morning around 10:00. There was a line with quite a few people ahead of us but the wait was not very long. We were able to sit outside which was nice. Our waitress was very good. The food was nothing special but was very good and cooked perfectly. We will definitely return next... More 

Thank rgkeys
Milford, Connecticut
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

I really liked breakfast at Ernie's. The staff was attentive, the food was quickly delivered to the table and very tasty. The other diners were friendly and chatted with us, even though we wore tee shirts of Mizzou football's next opponent. Tip: if you're there before 9 am, you don't need to feed the parking meter.

Thank kellym506
Columbia, Missouri
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430 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Ernies is one of the premier places for breakfast in Columbia. It's not very big, with a counter and maybe ten tables, and often full during breakfast time. The menu is pretty traditional, with a choice of eggs and omelettes ... don't expect frou-frou options. Service is efficient and they move a good number of people through every morning.

Thank LMOverby
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157 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

This is a great little cafe with good portions and many repeat customers that will stand in line on the sidewalk and wait to share a table with complete strangers. Breakfast food is good and all then normal suspects are served along with some good lunch features. No dinner since they close in the afternoon.

Thank swimdiva
Millstadt, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The service was very good, our coffee and tea were never empty. The food was average. Quaint diner atmosphere.

Thank KTBuddy
Columbia, Missouri, United States
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Went to this local haunt for a Sunday breakfast. If the weather is nice, snag a table outside. But, if not, you usually can find seating inside - seat yourself. I had their veggie sausage, two eggs, hashbrowns and toast (I think the #5). Try the sausage, you won't guess it's vegetarian and it's a specialty of theirs. The coffee... More 

Thank Kristy M

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm

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