About 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"
Californian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 4:00PM-9:00PM
Dinner: Friday-Saturday 4:00PM-10:00PM
Closed on Sundays
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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: 2092398790x
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
My wife and I went to Ernies on Saturday ...
My wife and I went to Ernies on Saturday July 16th. We expected to have a wonderful dinner and have a chance to relax with our children being gone for the night. We enjoyed a cocktail at the bar and then were promptly seated. Our waitress came by and asked if we needed a cocktail or appetizer. We requested two cocktails and some bread and placed our dinner order since we new what we wanted. 10 minutes later the waitress brought my cocktail but not my wives stating that the bartender was very slow. She also forgot the bread. My wife reminded her about the bread and she said she would right back with it. Another 10 minutes and the bus person brought my wife's salad but no cocktail. Finally after 15 minutes her cocktail arrived but the waitress seemed confused and asked what we had ordered. She stated that their was a computer malfunction. We repeated our dinner order and once again asked for bread.
About ten minutes later our entrees arrived without the sides we had ordered. We again asked if there was any bread to be had and she assured us she would get it immediately. You guessed it no bread was delivered. After our meal the waitress asked if we wanted desert. My wife ordered a desert and coffee and at the same time I handed the waitress my credit card and requested she bring the bill. 10 minutes the waitress returned with a small dish with two after dinner candies and my bill but no desert or credit card while saying" no desert tonight?"
We were flabbergasted. I stated no just the bill and my credit card. She
Then dropped a serving plate on my shoulder and laughed it off. A few minutes later she obviously had an accident with plates and food crashing to the floor and that's when I realized our waitress was drunk.
I told my wife " what do you bet the waitress is getting fired right now and she's leaving with my credit card"
Well thats exactly what happened.
The manager comped our meal and told me she would call the next day about my card but never did.
Ernies, under Chef John Fisher has regai ...
Ernies, under Chef John Fisher has regained its "all five star" ratings, with excellent food and service, as well as an extensive wine list. The setting has always been elegant. As others have noted, sharing a parking lot with the card room isn't the best first impression, but once in the restaurant everything is working very well.
Ernie looks like a dive from the out sid ...
Ernie looks like a dive from the out side. The inside however is spectacular. The ambiance is wonderful. The food, all locally grown and raised was superb. I don't know how the chef finds time to talk to all the patrons at their tables and still prepare such an eligant meal, but he does. They also have an extensive list of spirits and wines. All around a wonderful experience.
Great dining in the last place you would expect it
I definitely didn't expect much the first time my wife said we were going to dinner in Manteca. And when you first pull into the parking lot you're even more hesitant. It's completely out of place in an old shopping center I guess you would call it, that's now a casino of some kind? But hidden away in the corner is Ernies. Once you step inside that door, you forget where you are. It's very well appointed with a great bar, outstanding steaks and service that truly makes you feel welcome. We've been back at least a dozen times since we found Ernies. They have a delicious Kobi filet that you have to try at least once. They even accommodated our party of 24---with prior reservations of course. I would highly recommend Ernies. I haven't had a bad meal there yet.
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
Manteca's best kept secret!
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!
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!
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.
Great for a relaxing business lunch!
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.
A gem in Mateca
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.
We have been to Ernie's several times an ...
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.
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.
This is our favorite restaurant around.. ...
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.
Trip advisor had you talked highly so I wanted....
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.
Exquisite Food, beautiful presentation
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.
Hidden Gem - Prepare to be Amazed
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.
Excellent food, locally!!
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.
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