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Ernie's Restaurant

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1010 John Randolph Blvd, South Boston, VA 24592-2950
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
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Southern Food

Ate here on a Sunday; it got quite crowded. The food was fresh and good tasting. On the pricey side.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2015
George M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I went to Arnies for lunch after shopping. We ordered light for we had planned a large dinner. We both ordered a B.L.T.. It came after waiting a good while. It had no mayo, a few pieces of broken bacon and the "toast" was soggy and buttery..The waitress apologized and said the cook was new..and very very... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Ate here on a Sunday; it got quite crowded. The food was fresh and good tasting. On the pricey side.

Thank George M
South Boston, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

I have been to Ernie's three different occasions and all three left PLENTY of room for improvement. Overpriced food combined with a grumpy owner equals no return for me.

4 Thank Itsmelisam
Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I was a bit skeptical of a buffet style restaurant, but this was a treat! Lots of great food to choose from, and you could order from the menu as well. For a $10 lunch buffet, it was a good deal. The hostess was particularly friendly and helpful.

Thank Laura C
Collinsville, Virginia
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

I've eaten here a few times while passing through town, most recently for dinner tonight. Basic buffet food but better than the chain buffets. The salad bar was good and the banana pudding for dessert was exceptional. While I was eating tonight the folks at a nearby table asked for a to-go cup for their drinks and the waitress almost... More 

4 Thank SouthernVirginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

While passing through South Boston, VA at dinner time on Aug 8th, we passed by Ernie's. The lot was pretty full at 6 p.m. which we took as a sign of good food. We stopped and were not disappointed. The service was attentive, the buffet kept fresh and clean and the other menu entrees offered a nice variety. I ordered... More 

Thank Patricia P
Scottsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Have always gotten great service. Restaurant is clean and beautiful inside out with a great view of the pond in the back. Food has always been great.

1 Thank the4martins
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If you are a senior citizen, there is currently a free dessert! The "seafood buffet" on the weekend is more than the country buffet. It is just ok, nothing exceptional. The servers are all very nice and attentive. If you are over 55 , do ask for the free dessert; it was the best that we ate there!

Thank debynell
Whiteville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I'm always wary when you eat in what appears to be a popular place for locals and the "regulars" look at you like "Who are you strangers" when they see you set down. Our server was polite, the food was decent, but nothing to write home about. Ordered from the menu instead of doing the buffet - we just don't... More 

Thank SunLover2938
Garden City, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Driving from North Carolina to Alexandria, Virginia, my wife and I with our best "Family" friends were getting hungry and saw the sign coming up, Ernie's Restaurant. Then we say the rest of the sign "Cafeteria". We pulled in and had second thoughts about stopping thinking it was a cafeteria. We all thought to go in and take a look... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1010 John Randolph Blvd, South Boston, VA 24592-2950
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  South Boston
  • Phone Number: 434-572-3423

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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