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Ernie's Cafe

1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201-4940
+1 573-874-7804
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“french toast” (9 reviews)
“hash browns” (10 reviews)
“fries” (2 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Diner
1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201-4940
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Reviewed 6 October 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 9 September 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 28 August 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 18 August 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 22 June 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 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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