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Ernie's Food & Spirits

4.8
491 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
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.

Thank you,
The Ernie's Family

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 491 people are saying
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vipAutieB
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ernie’s has a beautiful menu and the food was delicious! The portions were extremely generous and our server was very patient with us while we visited before ordering. There were a few blips. Everyone’s drink but mine was served (there were four of us). Mine was still at the bar. That was kind of weird. They took my husband’s napkin and said they would bring a new one but never did. We ended up sharing a napkin (yes we could of asked again but didn’t want to bother them). She forgot to bring my coffee to go with my dessert, so it was gone when I finally got it. All of this being said, truly it was fantastic and always a wonderful treat. We appreciate everything and understand the staff may be short handed. Nothing kept us from a great evening. Thank you!

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ArleenM
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service and intimate booth. Presentation outstanding. Our anniversary acknowledged !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice waitress. My husband’s meal was out of the starch so the waitress offered a substitute and then was charged $22 for the substitute. She did correct it when the bill came.
My meal tasted good but the puréed squash on the bottom of the plate was cold. Guess that was for color. Two meal choices, one coke and two desserts cost)152.74. A bit pricey considering the noise level. The waitstaff was very attentive and friendly. I would dine here again but would request a different table. It costs money to dine out. The quality of meat was excellent. We tipped our waitress above the recommended 20%. She did her best and we had a nice time.

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susanp
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their homemade soups were wonderful and filling; the sea bass was a complex medley of flavors that were to die for.

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vipmeddiner
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The king salmon had great flavor and was so light it seemed to disappear in the mouth

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JoleneM
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hidden gem love this place . Cocktails were also amazing

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JamesE
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The noise level was too much. The overall evening was wonderful, but being able to visit was next to impossible.

At an establishment as classy as Ernie's, you can expect high prices, but you always get very high value and excellent service. when I can afford it, I shall definitely return!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Very good food.

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LadyK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time to Earnies since we moved to Calaveras county. We invited friends this time. I have not found a similarly elegant place with this type of ambiance, service and fine dining in the surrounding area of where we now live. We really had a good time. Our guests asked how we found such a place in this area!

Naomi went out of her way to help us move our reservations last minute to a different time due to a funeral my husband attended. I know this cannot always be done, but she managed to pull it off! The employees really care about the customers experience. Rare to find these days.

If you want a really enjoyable evening out, this is the place: fantastic ambiance, decor, service, food and overall atmosphere. Don't let the casino next door and outside appearance scare you off. Once you get inside it's a whole different world!

JW
JasonW
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service amazing, would recommend any day of the week.

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vipFoodies
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and great service. The setting and location are a disappointing look for such a great restaurant. We felt the prices were way too expensive - $72. for the rack of lamb with no side dishes served with it for that price. Mashed potatoes cost an extra $12. Dinner for two with cocktails and wine set us back $300.

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JeffH
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my daughter who was visiting from England. Service is excellent - friendly staff and first class food. Not cheap but could not fault anything - highly recommend fir a special occasion.

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MarkP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a great experience, but it is expensive.

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MarionE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ernie's is my "go to" restaurant when I want the best of dining in a radius of 100 miles.
Everything is Class A.

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MichaelL
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 3 year wedding anniversary was amazing at this restaurant. Perfectly cooked steaks and tasty side dishes. Very attentive staff. Great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was satisfactory!

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RichardA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you're looking for a special meal, this is your place. The cuisine was excellent and the service outstanding. The ambience was beautiful.

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Memee
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good for the hour we made reservations for. It is odd that is says masks are required on their website, yet upon arrival no one (staff included) except me and my guest were wearing a mask.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New fall menu was amazing!! Thanks for the great service. Clearly must be doing something right, very attentive staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ernie’s is a wonderful place. The service is impeccable and the food…can beat most SF restaurants. The chef is incredibly creative and a master at preparing a fantastic steak.
We try to eat at Ernie’s as often as we can. It is the best restaurant in the Valley.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place. We spilled a dessert and they replaced it for free. Wine recommendation was spot on. Top two restaurant for close to 100 miles radius.

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viplorid
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Anniversary

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Ripon1977
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It took over 15 minutes to get our cocktails way to long. And they don't blend Margaritas which is a non starter for me and my guests. Gotta get that blender going folks you cannot tell me it's to loud to have a blender when it was louder with people talking at other tables. The food was good however. Also I was told I couldn't wear my last Vegas Raiders ball cap and to me that is another non starter. I spent over 400 dollars and to not have blended Margaritas and told to take off my hat are a deal breaker and won't come back.

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JenniferG
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were great! the food was amazing! wonderful experience.

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NREMTP1
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to Gerrardo and Susan, everything was excellent.

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We have been there many times this time we had a very loud group next to us using foul language the whole dining room could hear loud and clear. Kinda took away from the experience of a nice restaurant. Servers may have rushed through the courses a little more than normal. What used to be about a 3 hour relaxed meal we were out the door in 2 and were not offered the dessert menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing food in the Area!!
If you want to treat someone I highly recommend it
Well worth the money

MG
vipMargieG
Central Coast
55 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food is always excellent, service is great. the prices are like eating in San Francisco or any Fine Dining Restaurant.

JL
vipJLRA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Susan gave us the best service!

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Deanne
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was great, the wine list amazing. It was really warm in the restaurant though.

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RafaelV
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

This was our second time going to Ernie’s. The first time was great. Good, service and timelines were all on point. This time the food was great and the servers were amazing people. The problem this time was the almost two hours it took to get our food. The kept giving us bread and they asked if we wanted a second round of drinks, two people said yes and the other two said they would wait. They ended up bringing drinks for everyone. We were charged for those. When we asked about our food which was around 9pm and we arrived at 715pm they finally said it was almost ready. Then they asked if we would like a complimentary round of drinks. That was very nice of them. I just think they should have kept us updated about the time it was taking for our meal. Communication makes all the difference.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far the most exquisite fine dining in the 209!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best place for a date ! Service, food was great !

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Damian
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Positives:

- Wonderful environment
- Clean and comfortable
- Good appetizers and main course

Negatives:

- EXTREMELY overpriced
- Wait staff seem confused/scattered
- Desserts were mediocre

This is the only "upscale" restaurant in Manteca and although I would love to visit again, I won't. The biggest turn off is that the food is OUTRAGEOUSLY overpriced. If the food was unique or extremely rare, I could understand the prices, but the food isn't unique (save for a meal or two). Overall, if you want to obliterate your bank account for just good food, this is the place for you. Otherwise, make the drive to larger cities for a better meal for a reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I decided to try Ernie’s for the first time. I’m highly upset we haven’t been sooner. The atmosphere was absolutely amazing. The service was incredible. Everyone helped each other on the floor. One waitress grabbed our drinks and one waiter took our order. He literally came up to us and said, “I should put in your order before the party of 18 orders. Or else you’ll be here forever!” I absolutely appreciated him for thinking of us. I couldn’t even describe how delicious the food was. We both ordered the Australian Wagyu. We got an order of the crab cakes. Sheesh! I wish I could have Ernie’s again tonight! We will be back for every special occasion. Ernie’s really made our anniversary special. Thanks guy!

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JofiM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ernies is a hidden gem!! Service and food are amazing!!!

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Ronald
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first upscale meal in 18 months and worth the wait.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was good, was disappointed by the lack of service. I have eaten here before and have usually had a great experience.

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ScottW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosa did another amazing job. Food was amazing as always.

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MarionE
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, service, space......everything about Ernie's just screamed class. It's the best eatery in the valley.

FAQs

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 491 OpenTable diners.

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.