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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Post hoochfest

Hit the spot with home cooking. Special #11 has a little of everything. Biscuits and gravy was also a favorite of our table. Coffee is warm but 'you only rent it'

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Hit the spot with home cooking. Special #11 has a little of everything. Biscuits and gravy was also a favorite of our table. Coffee is warm but 'you only rent it'

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

My server was Kesha and started off calling me honeybun to see what kind of beverage she could bring me. Friendly and warm atmosphere. chicken club with Texas toast was good also french fries were good as was breakfast food served at my table You can sit inside it is like an old -time café or there are some tables... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Previously a very nice place to breakfast in columbia MO. Always packed and with a nice flair, something has changed in this place. After a very long time our order came back, and food was really not special, plain average. A service also on the downwards. Not going back...

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Champaign, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We try to seek local eateries while traveling. Ernie's was just what the doctor ordered on our Friday morning in Columbia! My wife and I enjoyed a couple of eggs, toast, sausage & coffee for under ten bucks. Service was friendly & quick. Diner décor is really cool with lots of Dick Tracy memorabilia. Also cool (cold) is the table... More 

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Quincy, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

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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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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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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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Additional Information about Ernie's Cafe

Address: 1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone Number: 573 874-7804
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
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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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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