Ernie’s has been serving Columbia for more than 80 years. As Columbia’s oldest full-service restaurant, we are a Columbia tradition located at 1005 E. Walnut in the District in Columbia, MO. Please join us for breakfast or lunch in our European style seated restaurant. 



Everyone Loves Ernie’s

Ernie’s Cafe and Steakhouse was founded in 1934 by owner Ernie Lewis. Over the years, Ernie’s Cafe and Steakhouse has evolved into Columbia’s favorite option for breakfast and lunch.

Voted “Best of Columbia” for breakfast by readers of Inside Columbia magazine every year since 2008.

OPEN 7 Days A Week.

Open Daily from 6:30am – 2:00pm.  We serve Breakfast Anytime!

Breakfast ’til 2pm

Pancakes, waffles, french toast? Take your pick, or try them all at Ernie’s along with your favorite side of bacon or garden sausage.

Lunch Time

In the mood for a steak? Or how about a sandwich and side salad. No matter how large or small your appetite is we have something to fill your craving.

Drinks & Coffee

We have more than just your average cup of Joe. Ask your waitress about our specialty coffees, and drinks!

What People are Saying


Great food, service, and atmosphere. We came during lunch time. There was no wait and food was out very fast. If you love a good diner, you’ll love this place!.


We just moved here a month ago and we found our diner. Excellent french toast and pancakes, which is how you rate a diner breakfast. Syrup was warm, staff was awesome


Love this place, food good, service good, prices good. Our waitress was a doll so cheery. Ate outside enjoyed the view..


“A COMO staple. Great service. Great food. Fun atmosphere.”

OPEN 7 Days a Week!

6:30am – 2pm

(573) 874-7804

1005 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201