About Ernie's Food & Spirits

1351 North Main Street
Manteca, CA 95336
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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"

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: 11:00AM-4:00PM

Dinner: Monday-Thursday 4:00PM-9:00PM

Dinner: Friday-Saturday 4:00PM-10:00PM

Closed on Sundays

Cross Street:
Louise Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(209) 239-3351

Website:
http://www.erniesfoodandspirits.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Michael Midgley

Private Party Contact:
Marie Houston: 2092398790x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Ernie's Food & Spirits Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.4

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4.6

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I travel 60 miles each way to eat at Ernie's

Dined on April 24, 2016

Fantastic food, Great wine selection. service is incredible. I would recommend Ernie's to everyone that loves to relax and enjoy a perfect meal.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Excellent food

Dined on April 23, 2016

Date nite with my wife, couldn't have been better. The octopus appetizer was spot on. I had the rib eye and she had the fish special, (some Hawaiian variety). Rib Eye was perfectly cooked and the topping was outstanding. The fish was excellent as well. Peach bread pudding for dessert, was devoured, no leftovers. Great job

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Manteca's best kept secret!

Dined on April 6, 2016

Why haven't I heard of this place before! What a gem! I will definitely be singing Ernie's praises from the rooftops to all of my friends. The top-notch service and quality food make for an excellent fine-dining experience! Looking forward to coming back. The trip up from Modesto is worth it!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Ernie's is by far the best restaurant in ...

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

Ernie's is by far the best restaurant in the Valley. The Food, Service and Friendliness of the Staff were Stellar. We have found a Gem and look forward to another visit soon!

food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Consistently GOOD!

vip
Dined on February 26, 2016

AMY is an amazing hostess she always remembers me and my family. Marie is an effective manager. John Fisher is an inovative Executive Chef that comes out of the kitchen to check in his guests in the small quant romantics establishment. John is always procuring the finest ingredients and meats from around The World that make foodie like me and my family happy to return monthly. I also really appreciate that they use OpenTable for efficient reservation, as I never have had to wait for my table once I have checked in with the wonderful AMY!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Pretty impressed

Dined on February 20, 2016

This place is definitely a hidden gem. Even from the parking lot you have no idea what you're about to walk into, and it's amazing. The interior design is just beautiful, you definitely forget you're in Manteca. Food recs: The truffle martini, the french onion soup, and the lamb. For dessert we tried the cheesecake... it definitely tasted fresh and homemade, but was lacking in flavor. Overall, I would definitely go back for a celebration/nice occasion. It's pricey, but worth it.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Small, hidden, gem

Dined on February 13, 2016

Unassuming from the outside, beautiful inside. Great food, nice choices, lunch or dinner.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience5
service2

They keep interrupting our conversations ...

Dined on January 10, 2016

They keep interrupting our conversations to clear table.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

ERNIES FOR FOOD

Dined on January 9, 2016

We had a great experience. The food was great, the service seamless and professional, and the ambiance was quiet and made for easy conversation.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Best in Manteca

Dined on January 8, 2016

Once again we had a great meal and service. Was there for my wife's birthday and everything was excellent. Can't wait until we go back again. The veal ravioli made a great entree. Heidi is a great server and mixologist.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great for a relaxing business lunch!

Dined on January 7, 2016

A friend and I met to discuss business over lunch and needed a place close to our next scheduled appointment. I had heard about Ernie's and found it had very positive reviews on multiple sites, so made reservations through Open Table. We were delighted about the entire experience and both my friend and I plan to return with our husbands for a nice evening out.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Hidden Gem

Dined on December 24, 2015

Good food,Great service from Lisa.We will return soon.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Never disappointed

Dined on December 6, 2015

Never been disappointed in the times we've eatten at Ernie's. Will continue to go back.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

Went for my friends Birthday and Boyfrie ...

Dined on November 8, 2015

Went for my friends Birthday and Boyfriends . We really enjoyed ourselves . Great place over all for everything .

food5
ambience5
service4

Keep Returning

Dined on November 8, 2015

This was the 6th time we've eaten at Ernies and have never been disappointed and neither have our dinner guests.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service4

Been to Ernie's several times and always enjoyable

Dined on October 25, 2015

Thanks very much for helping to make this a special 50th birthday celebration for our son. Food and service were very good given it was a busy evening.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

A gem in Mateca

vip
Dined on October 17, 2015

Don't judge Ernie's from the outside! We thought we had the wrong address when we arrived, but once we stepped inside the dining room we expected we were in for an excellent dining experience, and we weren't disappointed. We both started with excellent butternut soup - thick. creamy, and not overly spiced. I had perfectly cooked chicken (sous vide with crisped skin) beautifully plated. Desserts were too tempting to share. Service was outstanding. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience3
service2

We have been to Ernie's several times an ...

Dined on October 11, 2015

We have been to Ernie's several times and unfortunately this was not a good experience. The waitress forgot a few things including my husband's salad, what he ordered and we asked for bread twice and water and they forgot. My lobster was not good, it tasted old, I didn't eat it. The calamari used to be a favorite for us at Ernie's but we didn't like it this time either. 😁 The manager insisted on removing the lobster from our bill which was nice.

food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful restaurant

Dined on October 11, 2015

We recently moved to the area and thought we would need to go to the Bay Area for dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. My husband got this recommendation from someone at my daughters school. From the outside it is very unassuming, the inside was really nice when we opened the door. Modern decor, the ambience was really nice. We were greeted very nicely when we arrived, the attention from the staff was great, the chef even came around to check on everything. The food was so spectacular, words can't describe not only how yummy it was, but also how visually appealing it was. I look forward to going here again in the future. It really is worth the money to go here, you won't regret it.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service3

Food is good, servers are nice but we fe ...

Dined on September 27, 2015

Food is good, servers are nice but we feel we were rushed

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

This is our favorite restaurant around.. ...

vip
Dined on September 17, 2015

This is our favorite restaurant around...and you don't feel like you're in Manteca. The food is always amazing. If you go, you have to try the Caesar salad. So amazing. The salmon is always delicious, too. The service is spot on. Definitely pricier than other places around, but alway worth every penny.

food3
ambience5
service5

Price

Dined on September 5, 2015

The high price was not supported by the quality of food. The food was good but did not warrant the high price. Everything else was great.

Tags: special occasion
food3
ambience4
service5

Trip advisor had you talked highly so I wanted....

Dined on August 15, 2015

To try your restaurant. Meat was cooked perfectly. Flavors/sauces (I tried 3 different ones) accompanying the meat were just ok for my palate. Garlic mash was watery. Polenta was good tho. The ambiance and the staff was great once you got away from the crowd in the parking lot for the card room next door. Still, for the pricing, the food should be special. Maybe just a so so night. Good restaurant. Not great. Pricey.

Tags: romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

The best kept secret in Manteca

Dined on August 8, 2015

Ernie's is one of the best restaurants in the area. I could go every week. I love the food, and the staff. If you have not eaten there, you are missing a great, great place.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Exquisite Food, beautiful presentation

Dined on August 1, 2015

Exquisite Food, beautiful presentation. Dry Aged Rib-Eye steak was heavenly. Creamed Spinach was the best we have ever had - a must try. Our waitress and other staff was on hand at all times and attentive to our special requests. The prices are obviously high but you do get what you pay for. Perfect for a special occasion.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Ernie's was impressive

Dined on July 16, 2015

We had lunch for 6. Food was prompt and delicious, and the variety offered was very nice. Upscale feel, we will certainly return.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Hidden Gem - Prepare to be Amazed

Dined on June 27, 2015

Very unassuming location. Absolutely beautiful inside. All aspects of the meal were exceptional - from the bread to the dessert. Each item we each had was superb. The staff was attentive, friendly, competent, and down to earth. Highly recommended, but be prepared to pay for the excellence.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great place to celebrate

vip
Dined on June 24, 2015

Ernie's is always on the top of my Manteca celebration lunch spots. Very good food, excellent service. All great!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food, locally!!

vip
Dined on May 22, 2015

Good and service was excellent! Clarissa was very attentive and offered tasty recommendations. The filet was perfect. The asparagus was excellent. My husband ordered the rib eye (his favorite cut), while it was very good, he admitted my filet was better. We will definitely return and bring friends and family.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great as usual 5 Stars

Dined on May 10, 2015

Clarissa is the best food server,5 out of 5 Stars.WE will return soon.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Our dinning experience was exceptional a ...

Dined on April 25, 2015

Our dinning experience was exceptional also our waitress was outstanding. Best dinning experience in the valley

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service3

Food was excellent. Service was slow. ...

Dined on April 20, 2015

Food was excellent. Service was slow. Once in the building the restaurant has a pleasant atomosphere.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

great find

Dined on April 11, 2015

the only legit fine dining restaurant in the valley!!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Great dining experience……

Dined on April 9, 2015

Clarissa is the best Food server/Bartender in the area!!!!!!!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Billy

Dined on April 1, 2015

Great food and service,returning on the 8th for more great food.5 Stars

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Superb service and atmosphere. My food w ...

vip
Dined on March 29, 2015

Superb service and atmosphere. My food was absolutely delicious and our waitress and the chef were very careful about checking on ingredients to make sure I could eat the dish. They even customized our appetizer which was to die for beef carpaccio. My in house dry aged steak was excellent and cooked perfectly. The seafood linguini was the best I have ever had. The drinks were awesome too. We had a great experience and will be back soon.

food5
ambience4
service5

Wonderful Meal!

Dined on March 15, 2015

Personable wait staff--knowledgeable about the menu and food preparation. My husband and I split a wonderful grilled Cesar salad; our entrees were the special Tune and a Roast Chicken. Both of us were very happy campers! In fact, we had to pass on dessert we were so full, but it gives us something to look forward to next time and I'm sure there will be a next time.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

EVERYONE IN OUR PARTY LOVED THEIR LUNCH ...

Dined on February 27, 2015

EVERYONE IN OUR PARTY LOVED THEIR LUNCH AND WOULD DEFINITELY BOOK AGAIN

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Good Local Gem

Dined on February 18, 2015

I've lived in Manteca my entire life and there hasn't been a place with such class and elegance like Ernie's. This is a good GEM that reminds my of San Francisco dining experience. Beautiful atmosphere, amazing service, delicious food.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

Love Ernie's!

Dined on February 17, 2015

I love Ernie's for lunch but dinner I'm always a little disappointed.. For lunch they have a amazing vegan sandwich, it's the best sandwich ever. But for dinner I wish they had a little more vegan friendly options, the only thing on the menu I can get is the vegan wings (which by the way are phenomenal) and the chef is always more than willing to cook me up something special, I appreciate them so much! I just wish the had a regular vegan dinner dish.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list

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