Fuel your day in Paradise at

1207 Emerald Bay Rd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150


A Tahoe Favorite Since 1968

Ernie’s is currently open daily from 7 am to 2 pm for full-service dining and is offering online orders for breakfast and lunch from 7 am-1:30pm every day. We hope to see you at the shop!

Open Daily
7am – 2pm

Don’t wait in line!

In order to enjoy the best Ernie’s experience, we encourage you to check wait times and join our online waitlist by clicking below.

Order Online!

Did you know you can order breakfast or lunch from us online?

Now you know!

Ernie’s is currently offering online/to go orders from 7am- 1:30pm.

Click the button below to see our online menu and place your order.

A few of our 5 Star Google reviews

Very clean and friendly staff, nice touch where you sit with cups ready for coffee to be poured into. You can also buy grain/bean coffee bags to go (which we did) I was recommended the Mollete and was not disappointed if you love chorizo, potatoes, jack cheese AND Avocado!!! Look no further! Ask for the salsa on the side and that also will not disappoint. — Raul Padilla

What a great find for breakfast! The coffee was great, the breakfast sandwiches were wonderful and the waffles were delicious! Maria, our server, was fun, efficient and friendly! We must have timed it just right as we had no wait and got a booth by a window. Kudos all…super experience!!!! — LLV

Incredible service and food. I don’t know how anybody rated them less than 5 full stars! Paul’s Classic omelette and French toast were just incredible—the taste was full and flavorful 👌🏼 cappuccino was legit too, now I know what a real cappuccino is! — Michael Smith

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Our History

Ernie’s Coffee Shop has been operating for nearly 50 years in South Lake Tahoe, California. We are regularly voted the best breakfast and lunch restaurant in town by locals and visitors alike. Established in 1968, our restaurant has an exceptional reputation for offering delicious food and customer service. Come try out some of our classic, house made foods or one of our rotating monthly specials paired with a traditional espresso drink or fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Over the years, the restaurant has been owned and operated by a short list of local families who all share a strong passion for living in Lake Tahoe. Most notably, the Bruso Family acquired Ernie’s in 1981 and expanded into a new facility located at 1207 Emerald Bay Road in 2003. Before their retirement goals were met in 2015, the Bruso Family placed the Ernie’s legacy in the hands of their long-time family friends Kent Baer and Nathan Bergner. While the restaurant continues to change with the times and adapt to the discerning tastes of our customers, we do our best to maintain authenticity and respect for the restaurant’s history.

While we remain extremely grateful to serve our patrons, we also pride ourselves in supporting our mountain community beyond the dining room table through continuous fund raising efforts for youth and education. This is a tradition that has always been a cornerstone of the Ernie’s philosophy and will continue for as long as the South Shore can call us one of their own.

Join us and be a part of the Ernie’s story….

Ernie's eGift Cards

eGift cards are a great way to send someone special some of their favorites at Ernie’s. These cards can be redeemed online or in person. Click here to buy one.