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Ernie's Cafe

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1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201-4940
+1 573-874-7804
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good44%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“french toast” (10 reviews)
“hash browns” (10 reviews)
“fries” (3 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Diner
1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201-4940
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in for a quick breakfast and Ernie's didn't disappoint. You can sit outside, or in with tables and seating at the 'bar'. Coffee is good, bacon is crisp. Eggs, home fries and toast for $7. Not bad. Service is friendly and quick.

Thank Spdpmd
Reviewed April 18, 2018

Traditional cooked to order American breakfast is wonderful. The hashbrowns this morning were perfectly cooked, fluffy in the center and brown and crispy on the outside and not greasy. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and comfortable.

Thank Belinda C
Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

Delicious made-from-scratch breakfast French toast was awesome the feel of the restaurant is cool definitely will be back

Thank Fawn C
Reviewed January 7, 2018

My family loves going to Ernie's for breakfast. They have a great affordable selection. Make sure you arrive early so that you aren't standing outside in line.

Thank KristinMarie3
Reviewed October 5, 2017

Really not worth the stop. The food is average at best. The service was terrible. Brought 2 peoples food and not anything for the child. Forgot about it. We asked them and they said they burnt it and put in another order. Never brought it...More

Thank mgeagles
Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

Six of us went for breakfast. We were encouraged to see that it was very crowded. It's a small, local diner with seating inside and outside. We were seated outside. Our food arrived cold, which was disappointing. I ordered the french toast and bacon. The...More

Thank Jeri G
Reviewed August 28, 2017

I've heard a lot of things about this humble establishment, and I was impressed. It's closes at 2 PM, and I went on a weekend, so either try to get there early or an hour before it closes to avoid the brunch/lunch rush. The food...More

Thank anthonysheu7
Reviewed August 17, 2017 via mobile

We ate breakfast twice today and Yesterday. French toast, eggs, crispy hash browns and bacon! Prices were very very inexpensive. The coffee we had to ask for substandard refills but who cares . Iconic and extremely charming . Loved it

Thank binlady
Reviewed June 21, 2017

Had to do business in downtown Columbia. With the help of TripAdvisor we found this place. Just like a breakfast my grandma would make.

Thank TamLin H
Reviewed May 21, 2017 via mobile

We got two patty melts, a side salad and one double cheeseburger. The fryer was down so we got hash browns instead of fries. Quick, efficient service, classic diner motif and typical diner level food. Nothing super-delicious or over the top, but worth a visit...More

Thank Loriebri
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Kids
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201-4940
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 573-874-7804
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