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Ernie's Food & Spirits

Ernie's Food & Spirits Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.erniesfoodandspirits.com
  • Email: information@erniesfoodandspirits.com
  • Phone: (209) 239-3351
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: M-Sa 11:00AM-4:00PM
    Dinner: M-Sa 4:00PM-10:00PM
    Brunch: Sa 10:00AM-3:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Midgley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Our onsite venue, Ernie’s Rendezvous Room, is a private space that can accommodate up to 80 guests for a seated dinner. From standing cocktail receptions with a caviar bar to seated dinners with an artistic flare, Chef Midgley can design your menu around your event. In addition, EFS Catering is prepared to work with you at the venue of your choice to plan and design private events for up to 300 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Marie Houston (209) 239-8790

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Louise Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Ernie's Food & Spirits
Ernie’s Food & Spirits….a luxury boutique restaurant is strategically located between Modesto, Stockton and Tracy. EFS brings a new twist on “California Modern” Cuisine to the central valley. Our menu is a composition of small plates to share, which are ideal in the lounge, as well as traditional entrée selections unique modern elements. "Bringing Manhattan to Manteca"Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "We went there for our anniversary dinner on multiple recommendations and I will pass it along now also. The service was well-attentive right from the hostess that seated us to the server (who was also a sommelier) as well as the bus staff. The menu had a variety of selection and the presentation was wonderful"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Delicious is all I need to say. Manteca finally has a true fine dining experience."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a 16 person reservation for a nice celebration. Service was friendly and nice and went over and beyond expectations to all of our guests. We enjoyed their efforts. Loved the ambience, the decor', the professionalism, and the food was out of this world!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We've visited Ernie's multiple times in the past year and each time has been the consistent unexpected upscale dining experience. The service is timely with the right amount of involvement and attention. The good is very tasty and prepared just so. The bar has one of the best collections of spirits I've seen outside of major metropolitan areas. All in all... A great place for a nice relaxing, elegant dinner."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My high school friend (graduated in '78) and I live about three hours apart. We try to meet halfway every few months. We have found the perfect place in Ernie's. Everything was great!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Ernie's is a fine dining experience where you don't expect it. The food is excellent and the wine list is outstanding. Dis covering it for the first time was fun."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Wonderful experience again. Went for an early dinner on Friday. Mike Midgely (Top Chef and Chopped fame) made the rounds and shared with us his experiences in taping the shows. Has a recipe book available on Amazon. Food was excellent and service was attentive. Had onion soup baked in an onion., lobster, steak and black cherry dessert. All very good!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Manteca has been sorely lacking in its dining options for the 30 years I have lived here. Chain restaurants, mexican restaurants and subpar quisine are all that was available until now. Hopefully the locals will open their wallets an support this fine restaurant. I will surely be back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great meal with vegan buffalo wings and crab cakes. Steaks were cooked to perfections and desserts were tasty. Especially liked the girl scout cookies on the plate with the bill. Understood they bought bunch of GS cookies supporting a young lady and now give them out at the end of the meal! Nice touch."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "the chopped salad was wonderful - full of smoked gouda cheese, cranberries, and almonds and was huge. A good value for lunch. My husband had the special soup of the day - lobster bisque - it was very very flavorful and rick - just a tad salty. The $20 burger, had excellent beef, was an inch thick and just delicious. But, it was a surprise that it was $20. their January menu posted online showed $16. That's a hefty price increase. But, again, the food was wonderful. The service was very attentive. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "In a very unassuming parking lot next to a casino, you'll find the entrance to a wonderful dining experience. Once you open the door, you'll be amazed and say to yourself "is this Manteca?" The service, decor, and food will all WOW you beyond belief!!! I found the menu exciting and delicious! The calamari was crisp and not a bit oily, with only the tenderest pieces of squid. My Char Grilled Caesar salad with prawns was a fantastic taste experience! The presentation was awesome with fried cheese, topped by large fresh and succulent prawns. The Romaine lettuce was grilled to perfection, leaving a nice smoky taste to the salad. We ended our meal with the Cherry Jubilee Sundae. Unique and delicious! Wonderful job by Chef Michael Midgley."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We asked for a booth for a special occasion and were not disappointed, the staff was friendly, very familiar with the food, made helpful suggestions, the chef came out to check on his patrons. My fillet was the best I have ever had, and I have had many, no connective tissue, perfectly pink in the middle as ordered and full of flavor, fabulous mashed potatoes, usually i prefer a baked potato but these were wonderful. We had asparagus wrapped in wonton and a little cream cheese stuffing for an appetizer, dipping sauce delicious, the grilled romaine caesar was unique and tasty, onion soup actually came in a hollowed out onion. Parking lot was full we had to park on the street, but all forgotten when we walked into the beautiful restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I love the decor and feel of Erine's. The menu was good, i usually take awhile for me to order but I check the menu online which was helpful. The food that was served looks just like the photos online. I really enjoyed the muscles and fries. The waiter could have been a bit more engaging but the hostess was great and food came out in a timely manner. Very good music which would appeal to the clientele that they are aiming for. Much needed restaurant in this area, definitely a hidden secret in Manteca because i drive by it regularly and had to find it on trip advisory. The pricing is not on Applebee's scale more on the lines of Ruth Chris, so she this date for someone you like."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "You would never expect that such an elegant restaurant would be hidden behind a plain entrance, next to a tiny casino, in the small town of Manteca, but the food is as good as any quality restaurant in San Francisco. However, once you find out that the chef has appeared on the Food Network, and won "Cutthroat Kitchen", then it's no surprise that the food is amazing. The decor is lovely and the service is outstanding without being phony. I will return . . . many times."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "While the food at Ernie's was very good and the service was excellent, we found ourselves saying we could have gone to **** and got a better meal for what we spent here. A good meal, but a little expensive."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Ernie's is Manteca shining star in regards to Fine dinning. The menu changes, the food is prepared perfect and the Chef will come and ask you how you liked. The bar is well stocked with spirits I had never heard of, and special request are treated like part of the challenge and accomplished. It isn't inexpensive, but you get your value back and you don't have to drive to San Francisco or Sacramento to have a 5 Star meal."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Ernie's is a very nice addition to the Manteca restaurant scene. We have been needing a restaurant that offers a unique fine cuisine. The ambiance of the restaurant was very romantic and soothing. I would not recommend this restaurant for small children. The restaurant is small and any interruption from one table would impact the entire restaurant. The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful and inviting. I will definitely go again."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Three of us ate lunch at Ernie's for the first time and we each thought the food, ambiance and service were excellent. We can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We took two of our friends to Ernies for a special Christmas dinner. I felt bad that the prices were higher that anticipated. This is definetly not some place to go every weekend. I wish the prices could be a little less so we could enjoy this lovely restaurant more often."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Our evening started with a perfectly made martini and each course continued to impress. Simply delicious and a wonderful fine dining experience."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Six adults, a teenager, and a toddler came to Ernie's to celebrate our daughters birthday. I made reservation through their webpage, which was extremely easy, also allowing me to order flowers for the birthday girl (which were very nice). The servicer was very attentive, knowledgeable, and provided great suggestions when asked. From drinks, hors d'oeuvres, entrée , and finally dessert there was not one unsatisfied word. The classy environment allowed you to feel as though you were in San Francisco or any other romantic city with fine dining. My final words are "a job well done and thank you"."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Really excellent food and service, lovely interior, and impressive wine list. The location and outside appearance hides what is really one of the best restaurants in the entire San Joaquin/Central Valley region."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "This was my first time visit. I was very disappointed. The atmosphere was great, very beautiful, peaceful environment. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. The dish that I ordered was presented very nicely but had no flavor, no flare, nothing special and was extremely overpriced. The lunch menu was disappointing. I would not choose this restaurant over any other in Manteca right now."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Great bar seating and liquors, wine. Dinner was very good aged steak was great service very helpful and friendly"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Chef Michael Midgley delivers upscale and sophisticated food! This was my 2nd dining experience here. The lamp chops are cooked to perfection and melt in your mouth. The ahi tuna napoleon offers light and bright flavors! A favorite! The cocktail and extensive wine list are well thought out and offer a range of choices! The menu offers fresh, locally sourced ingredients! I live in Stockton and would make the 25 minute drive to Manteca. I would dine here again and recomend to others. A restaurant gem in our area."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Brought a group of 6 girls for brunch and had the best time. The staff was incredible even though we were kind of a wild bunch. The $6 bottomless mimosas were great and the food was outstanding. We couldn't be happier with our experience!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "This restaurant has great food and service. The drinks are excellent and the food is delicious. We started with the Asparagus Rangoon which was a real treat for us. There were 3 of us and 2 of us had a steak and 1 the duck. All were exceptional. The martinis were great! The food is pricey but worth every penny!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Wonderful wonderful restaurant. A real hidden gem especially for Manteca and the Valley. I can't recommend it enough. Dinners are all delicious whether it's fish or meat. Salads and soups are creative. Chef Michael should be commended!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "First time going to Ernie's. It was fabulous, the food was excellent. I waiter was excellent. We really enjoyed the rolls, wished we would have been offered more than 1, we had to ask for a second. Everyone was seated in booths, we asked for a table and we were the only people seated at a table which felt a bit awkward. My husband asked for no salt on his food, which is exactly what was served on a perfectly cooked and for me, perfectly seasoned rib-eye steak. But ordered the brussel sprouts and they were extremely salty. Didn't offer an alternative or remove from the price although he couldn't eat for medical reasons. when I made the reservation I let them know if was our 3rd anniv. no one made mention which I thought odd."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Had an amazing meal here last night. Five of us, all with different choices, all beyond satisfied. We had duck, salmon, Veal t-bone, steak and lobster, and center cut filet. All premium quality, all perfectly cooked. The service was excellent, the atmosphere very nice, and the quality unmatched in the Central Valley. Finally the quality restaurant the Central Valley has long awaited."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This was our first visit to Ernie's after hearing about it from friends. Great evening! Will return at the next opportunity."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "From the exterior one would never guess what a wonderful dining experience awaits inside. Elegant modern decor is combined with excellent food and service. I am a crab cake fanatic, and Ernie's are the best I've ever had. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Fantastic dinner! Was great the first time and even better this second time. Duck was perfectly cooked, special was fabulous twist on pot roast. We had trouble deciding what to order with so many wonderful options. Not crazy about the location but once inside well worth it. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Food was very good great place to have in Manteca. A little pricey but well worth it"
    Dined on 10/11/2013