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Ernie’s Cafe


Ernie’s has been serving Columbia for more than 75 years. Please join us for breakfast or lunch in our European style seated restaurant.


Ernie’s Cafe and Steakhouse was founded in 1934 by owner Ernie Lewis. At the time, Ernie’s was one of the more popular places that couples went out to eat for dinner and Ernie’s featured a “Date Steak” option on the menu. Over the years, Ernie’s Cafe and Steakhouse has changed ownership several times and has evolved into Columbia’s favorite option for breakfast and lunch. Voted “Best of Columbia” by readers of Columbia magazine in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Ernie’s is a great value for your dining dollar. Our outside patio is open during the Spring, Summer and Fall as weather permits and our inside dining room has that classic diner feel.