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Ernie's Cafe

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American, Cafe, Diner
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1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201
+1 573-874-7804
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06:30 - 14:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 14:00
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Columbia, Missouri
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 offer counter and booth seating as well as outdoor tables during fair weather. The staff... More 

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Thank 773melindak
Wheeler, Indiana
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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Thank Angeldaniel108
Boise, Idaho
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70 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 local at all.

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Thank Abdul_boise
Chesterfield, Missouri
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258 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Ursula S
Chatham, Illinois
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114 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank edge46
Rainier, Oregon
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809 reviews
418 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Recommended by a number of long-term Columbia residents, when we tried Ernies, we were not impressed. Indoors is crowded and dark. The outdoor patio is just crowded. Parking is difficult, and when you finally get seated, the food is just average. Not worth the effort.

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Thank Kalamariverrat
Missouri
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have created and accepted a challenge to try every restaurant in downtown Columbia at least once. We came across Ernie's Cafe, a quaint "hole in the wall" type restaurant but I already had a good feeling about the place before even stepping foot inside due to how busy they were. All of the outside seating was... More 

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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113 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

We stopped at Ernies for a Sunday breakfast. Ate outside- server was a little overwhelmed so she wasn't super friendly. Food was good- omelette and the #8. Hit the spot. Coffee was average.

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Thank kimmysue42
Mountain Grove, Missouri
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

If you're on a low calorie diet, you'll be limited to fruit... If you love comfort breakfast food, you'll be in heaven. Yeah, it's greasy. Yeah, it tastes good.

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Fairview Heights, Illinois
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

We had to go through a lot of traffic to get to the cafe since it was in the downtown area. We parked close to the cafe but had to pay a parking meter. This place is mainly for college students since it is a couple of blocks away from Columbia College. However, we went in and were treated very... More 

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Thank Bob L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 14:00
Monday
06:30 - 14:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 14:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 14:00
Thursday
06:30 - 14:00
Friday
06:30 - 14:00
Saturday
06:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 573-874-7804

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?