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Ernie's Cafe

1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201-4940
+1 573-874-7804
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good41%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“french toast” (8 reviews)
“hash browns” (8 reviews)
“fries” (3 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Diner
1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201-4940
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 21 May 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
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Great breakfast and lunch.. I made it part of my morning walks permanently.. I havent found one thing that I dont like. Love sitting outside too.

Thank Jeff H
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We live in Columbia and had heard several people comment on how good Ernie's is. We were generally fans of all things breakfast so we decided to give it a try. The restaurant is located downtown north of Broadway so if you're going on a...More

Thank Kevin_and_Emily
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

LOVE this place! It has been here forever it seems. Seating can get cozy but the atmosphere is very cool- true diner style! Love the decor! FYI the author of "Dick Tracy" did a few cartoons for them that decorate the walls. This is a...More

Thank lorihaubert
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

If you're local and you haven't been to Ernie's, you're missing out. If you're visiting, it's out of the way, easy to miss, but worth finding. Ernie's Cafe is a neat little diner nestled into downtown Columbia adjacent to the Rotts & Gibbs Building. They...More

Thank 773melindak
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Loved Ernie's! Fast breakfast cooked to order! Love the atmosphere and the other patrons. We walked by on Sunday, and the lines were around the building! Today is Monday and we walked in and say down.

1  Thank Angeldaniel108
Reviewed 10 September 2016

I was visiting columbia for a friend and he took me to the place to try some local food. I faced a very very cold service ( which was the slowest on earth). I saw that the food was very normal and wouldn't consider it...More

Thank Abdul_boise
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Great place for classic eggs and bacon and pancakes breakfast. I was there on a college move-in day, so it was packed and service was a bit slow, but very friendly. Food great...it is what it is.

Thank Ursula S
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Stopped for breakfast Sunday morning. The place is quite popular, but outside seating was available. The server was friendly and attentive. Ordered a couple of combos and everything was well-prepared and quickly served. Overall very positive experience.

Thank edge46
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
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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