Ernie's Cafe & Steak House

★★★☆☆
  • 1005 E Walnut St

    Columbia, MO 65201

    Map & Directions
  • 573-874-7804

About Ernie's Cafe & Steak House

Hours
Daily 6:30am-2pm

Food

Food
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Ernie's has a loyal following that in my opinion chooses to be blind to the real value. Here is the truth. Are you looking for good service, fantastic food, a pleasant atmosphere where you can talk without shouting, and some semblance of available parking? Then sorry you won't find it at Ernie's. What you will find is a long established tradition and a loyal clientele who are willing to overlook almost everything that is important to most unbiased customers. I am not from Columbia so I do not share the commitment to a Columbia tradition. Parking is hard to find, seating can be difficult to obtain and the noise level is deafening. Cherish that first cup of coffee because only two waitresses are having to take care of the "packed into a very small space" customers. "Nickel and dime you" kind of menu. 50 cents for every item in the omelet; 50 cents for a dab of raisins in your oatmeal and so forth -- everything is EXTRA. And if you have the courage to be honest with the waitress about lack of service when you are paying your tab when she quickly asks "how was everything" -- don't expect a "I am so sorry" instead -- my son and I received a stone look and she wheeled from the register and walked away -- angry! So meet at Ernie's if you want to rub shoulders with an old Columbia tradition - but not for the food, atmosphere, ease of getting parking or getting a table. You will end up scratching your head when seeing the people like sardines in a can and saying -- "I JUST DON'T GET IT." Now this is the truth about Ernie's.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ernie's has a loyal following that in my opinion chooses to be blind to the real value. Here is the truth. Are you looking for good service, fantastic food, a pleasant atmosphere where you can talk without shouting, and some semblance of available parking? Then sorry you won't find it at Ernie's. What you will find is a long established tradition and a loyal clientele who are willing to overlook almost everything that is important to most unbiased customers. I am not from Columbia so I do not share the commitment to a Columbia tradition. Parking is hard to find, seating can be difficult to obtain and the noise level is deafening. Cherish that first cup of coffee because only two waitresses are having to take care of the "packed into a very small space" customers. "Nickel and dime you" kind of menu. 50 cents for every item in the omelet; 50 cents for a dab of raisins in your oatmeal and so forth -- everything is EXTRA. And if you have the courage to be honest with the waitress about lack of service when you are paying your tab when she quickly asks "how was everything" -- don't expect a "I am so sorry" instead -- my son and I received a stone look and she wheeled from the register and walked away -- angry! So meet at Ernie's if you want to rub shoulders with an old Columbia tradition - but not for the food, atmosphere, ease of getting parking or getting a table. You will end up scratching your head when seeing the people like sardines in a can and saying -- "I JUST DON'T GET IT." Now this is the truth about Ernie's.

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Do not miss breakfast at Ernie's. Good diner food in a great atmosphere. It's a little crowded but go with it and get to know your neighbors. On nice days, take a table out front. Lunch is also good, with burgers and surprisingly good salads.

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Do not miss breakfast at Ernie's. Good diner food in a great atmosphere. It's a little crowded but go with it and get to know your neighbors. On nice days, take a table out front. Lunch is also good, with burgers and surprisingly good salads.

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Have been regulars at Ernie's for years and the reason is the food and the atmosphere. Good Cheap food made to order. Breakfast is the best but the cheeseburgers come a close second. They have a patio out front for extra seating when they are busy or if the wheather is nice, it's nice to sit outside. Staff is nice and friendly and service is good.

PROS: Good Food, Service is great
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Have been regulars at Ernie's for years and the reason is the food and the atmosphere. Good Cheap food made to order. Breakfast is the best but the cheeseburgers come a close second. They have a patio out front for extra seating when they are busy or if the wheather is nice, it's nice to sit outside. Staff is nice and friendly and service is good.

PROS: Good Food, Service is great
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