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Ernie's Old Harbor Restaurant

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212 Water Street, Block Island, RI 02807
401-466-2473
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Dining options: Breakfast

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Back to basics-with a view!

This bustling breakfast-only restaurant always seems to have a line waiting to get in, but the wait is well worth it. Longest we've ever waited was 20 minutes. The food is delicious, plentiful, and very reasonably priced. The view of the harbour from the porch seating is relaxing, but it's OK... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2014
Veronica L
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Columbia, CT
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English first
New Haven, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Bacon, eggs and coffee were good. Service lacking. Veranda overlooks harbor. Very nice setting. Walkable from "downtown."

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Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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135 reviews 135 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We were there early in the morning for breakfast, there was only one server and she was very busy. It took some time to get waited on and then the meal was ok - the toast was burned and my friend's eggs were not cooked properly - wouldn't go back.

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Columbia, CT
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This bustling breakfast-only restaurant always seems to have a line waiting to get in, but the wait is well worth it. Longest we've ever waited was 20 minutes. The food is delicious, plentiful, and very reasonably priced. The view of the harbour from the porch seating is relaxing, but it's OK sitting inside, too. Service was prompt and courteous. One... More 

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Daytona Beach
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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This popular breakfast-only spot overlooks Old Harbor, and features great omelets, pancakes, and good coffee. Wait for a table out back, on the shaded deck overlooking the bustle of the ferry dock. Our server was able, the breakfast delicious, and the prices reasonable. We dine here at least once during each annual visit.

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New England
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We happened to be up really early and our hotel did not start serving breakfast until 8 AM so we went for a walk and discovered Ernie's. We had a great early bird special - 2 eggs, toast and home fries for $3.99. Good basic breakfast food for a great price.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A great breakfast with friendly service and at a good price! Though very crowded, we did not feel rushed and the coffee just kept coming... a lovely way to start a day on Block Island.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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122 reviews 122 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Breakfast at Ernie's is served upstairs from Finn's, or you can enter at street level near the statue of Rebecca. This place has been here for decades. I loved my blueberry pancakes - just what I wanted. Others in my group ordered breakfast sandwiches and were very satisfied. Service was just okay. It was late in the season and summer... More 

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Oxford, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I believe Ernie’ is only open for breakfast. It was recommended by the desk clerk at the Harbor Side since their restaurant had closed for the season. (That’s a problem with visiting Block Island in the “shoulder” season”. Most restaurants are closed; those that aren’t are getting ready to close and offer a limited menu. Ernie’s opens at 7:00. When... More 

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Arlington, VA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

I loved this place. I was on Block Island for two nights and the Front Desk Clerk of the Harborside Inn recommended Ernie's for breakfast. It was delicious; they have the best tasting pancakes I have ever had. Usually, pancakes are a vehicle for the butter and maple syrup, but these had their own flavor. One day I got the... More 

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Sussex, Wisconsin, USA
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42 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Had breakfast there on the final day of our visit to Block Island. Fun atmosphere. Definitely local flavor. Staff and service was very good. Loved the food smell as we walked in. Hit the spot, although we prefer hash browns vs. the American fries. Cook wished us a good day as we left.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 212 Water Street, Block Island, RI 02807
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Block Island
  • Phone Number: 401-466-2473

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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