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Ernie's Food & Spirits
The crossroads of cultivation, connection, and creativity. We strive to connect our craft of creating unique, locally inspired, and seasonally curated food with emotionally invested service.
The relationships we have created with local farmers, cultivators, brewers, and distillers, share the core ideals of our emotional investment. We are proud of our centralized location with seven major highways or interstate routes within twenty minutes of our front door. As we conceived our identity, we became fond of connecting our guests to the highest quality food and beverage our area had to offer. We have diligently partnered with local farmers to raise our own plots of fruits and vegetables, cheese makers to provide farmstead cheese, distillers who utilize the bounty around us, and brewers that strive to create the highest quality crafted product as we do in our restaurant. We look forward to connecting you to our ideals.
The Ernie's Family
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Always wonderful. The service was exceptional. The crab cakes my husband did not care for and the creme brulee was quite different. The burger was excellent, the prawns were excellent, the pork chop excellent. It is beautiful restaurant is so lovely inside. I am glad we were able to dine inside and it was quite busy. Looking forward to dining again soon with our friends. Great time, great dinner.
Food, service and ambiance was amazing. Little pricing from Manteca but definitely a night to remember.
Delicious food the workers had a beautiful attitude excellent service
Can’t say enough about Ernie’s. Everything great. Highly recommend.
Wonderful food and service. Gerardo is the best!☺️
It was great being able to go back to Ernies. Always, the best food in Manteca.
Great food and a great staff. As it is smaller you can hear every conversation that is going on. Especially as people are talking about the current election quite loudly. Highly recommend this restaurant.
The food is wonderful. Best tasting, best presented food around! Nice atmosphere. Only reason for 4 star is the server's or kitchen's lack of attention to details, had to send back one appetizer and one side dish because it was incorrect.
In the fine dining restaurant dessert that is Manteca, Ernies is an oasis. Don't be fooled by the location. Once you open the doors, the quality stands out. From the reception to the presentation of the wine list and menu, and the taking of your order, the staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The food, from the salad, to the entre, to the desert, was delicious. Yes, Ernies is pricey, but it is well worth it.
If you want an outstanding dining experience, go to Ernies.
The re-opening of Ernie's was much anticipated.
It was unchanged from seven months ago. Everything was outstanding. Ernie's was, and is, as enjoyable an eating place as anything in California.
We are thrilled Ernie’s is back open!!
One of our favorite restaurants in Manteca. They can accommodate someone who cannot have any gluten.
Don't let the location, strip mall, of this great place scare you off. Nice inside and even better food!
It was spectacular as always
I have been there for lunch and dinner and I have not been disappointed
The Hostess was great the people who brought the food to the table were great the person filling the water and offering us bread were great the food was great the ambiance was great the prices for what had were good, but our waiter is the only reason I’d give it 4 stars. No personality felt like he was trying to rush us out. I would go back again but if we had to sit in his section I would leave...
Ernie's Restaurant in Manteca is a gem, once of the best places to dine in the Valley. Menu items are exceptional, exceeded only by the outstanding wine list and the best selection of Scotch, Irish Whiskey and other spirits anywhere in Northern California.
Ernies always provides a great meal with excellent service!
Service was very good. My wife ordered the Crab bisque soup but they said it wasn’t available after the waitress told us about it. The Crab linguine had very little crab in it but when we mentioned it they brought a additional cup. Wine and desert were nice
Excellent service and food. I really enjoyed my beet salad and the filet mignon was perfection. We will definitely come back and I've already recommended Ernie's to friends and family.
We took our friend to dinner for her birthday and wanted it to be a special evening. We were not disappointed!
The hostess greeted us with the information that we would have a table instead of a booth which was not a problem and we were immediately seated and given water and warm bread with a delicious olive tamponade as well as butter.
The wine and spirits list on an iPad at the table was an interesting touch and appropriate for a list as extensive as Ernie’s. Our waiter introduced himself and shared the soup selection for the evening, took drink orders and returned to take our dinner order. After salads and soup it took 25 minutes for our meals to be delivered to the table and we requested a second helping of bread. All 4 meals were worth the wait - the rib eye and salmon dinners were excellent and the Dungeness crab and squid ink linguini was amazing! The birthday girl had the duck breast and thought it could have been a little pinker for medium rare but she liked it just fine. Even though we were all full we shared 3 desserts between us: the creme brûlée had a nice crunchy caramel with creamy custard underneath, the chocolate cake was moist and delicious but the crowning glory was the triple berry bread pudding with a scoop of ice cream.
Overall we had a delicious meal and a lovely evening.
Excellent service, food and ambiance.
Ernie's never fails to impress! The food is amazing and the service is top notch - I am THRILLED there is a place of this caliber in Manteca!
Gerardo and the team at Ernie's are first class! Great food and stellar service and attention by the staff.
Thank you! We will pass on your compliments to the team!
Very impressed with the food and the service. Location is something to be desired, but you couldn't tell from the inside.
Thank you very much for your kind feedback!
Best restaurant in Manteca, Stockton or Ripon!! Unbelievable atmosphere. Great Service!!
Thank you!! We appreciate your feedback!!
Thank you for celebrating your special day with us!
I have been to Ernie's many times and was looking forward to sharing with my coworkers. I am finding my visits are more and more inconsistent with service and food quality. some of our food was cold and dishes did not come as described and we were not alerted to this being the case ahead of time. Server did not appear to know the menu or the specifics of the dishes being offered. Sad to see the decline.
Delicious food, fantastic atmosphere and service! One of our favorites for a nice dinner or lunch out.
Birthday dinner. Great as usual. Fantastic dining.
Wait service was very slow in ordering a cocktail at the table, and wait time to order dinner was very slow, and never was asked if we wanted more wine
Thank you for your review. We strive to offer great service and by the sound of it, we did not hit that mark with you. I apologize if you feel like service could've been a little more prompt. I thank you for taking the time to give us feedback so that we may improve on our skills. -Kim Stone 209.239.3351
We arrived at 5:30 and asked if we could be seated early since the dining room only had a table of 8 but the answer was no but we could wait in the bar until 6:15. Did not understand when the dining room was almost bare.
We were seated at 6:15 and the table 8 were gone with only with only a couple of customers in the dining room. We ordered 2 glass of wine a cheese board, and Caesar salad which came out timely but our 2 Entrees: one salmon and scallops did not. About an hour later I had to ask for our waiter to come over so I could ask where are our Entrees. His answer was "it is not my fault" I told him didn't say it was your fault so he said he would get the manager. Customers who came in after us, were finished with diner , payed their bill and were leaving. The waiter brought over 2 glass of wine to be "on the restaurant" which I told him "no I am driving", where is our Entrees and the answer again "it is not my fault". It was now 8:00 I told him get me the bill we are leaving he said there would be no charge. No manager also 1 of the owners in the bar did not come over to explain. This experience was terrible.
We traveled 35 miles for this dinner.
Ernie's we will not be back!!!
P.S. Your parking is terrible.
Thank you so much for your review. Unfortunately the experience you had was not normal for our setting but we did drop the ball during your stay so I do apologize. No excuses but our restaurant and team were slammed, we had multiple large parties (one was not visible to guests in the main dining room.) I wish we would've communicated better with you and your guest so that you would have not had that experience. I thank you for reaching out and sincerely apologize. -Kim Stone 209.239.3351
The drinks were well prepared and copious quantity. Soups were outstanding. Entrees were tastefully prepared and arrived warm when served. Dessert was excellent. Our waiter was outstanding, it didn't detract that I was his pediatrician as a child!
Thank you so much for your kind review! We will pass it along to your server! Happy Holidays! -Kim S.
Great experience. Wonderful food and ambiance. To top it off all of the service was exceptional especially our waiter Gerardo. He was very polite and fun at the same time. I would go back again just to see Gerardo.
Thank you so much for your review! We will be sure to pass it on to Gerardo! Happy Holidays! -Kim S.
Happy very good
This is great restaurant for dates and celebrations!
Great place to dine. Don't let the location in a strip mall fool you. Its a cool little with delicious food and superb service. We will be back.
Romantic Birthday Dinner
Went for dinner while in Modesto-Salida area. Nice size portions. Steak was great. Would return next oppose get to return to the area. Highly recommend
We enjoyed truffle risotto and Cacio e Pepe pasta as appetizer. They were great about letting us split and share these plates. We also shared 2 wedge salads. These were great! Everything we ate was delicious but all of our entrees came lukewarm or cool! The service was attentive. We didn’t like the occasional wafting odor of cigars each time someone came in from the patio.
Ernie's Food & Spirits offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (209) 239-3351.
Ernie's Food & Spirits is rated 4.8 stars by 422 OpenTable diners.
Ernie's Food & Spirits does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cares.shift4.com?name=ERNIES%20FOOD%20AND%20SPIRITS&zip=95336.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.