Ernest's at NAIT

4.7
834 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Cozy
Ernest's Dining Room at NAIT has been aptly described as the "jewel in the crown" of Hokanson Centre for Culinary Arts in the School of Skilled Trades. Ernest's decor is described as "understated elegance". Tasteful compliments of cherry wood and brass highlights, a beautiful rock feature wall, muted lighting and attention to detail provide the room with a distinct corporate ambience. Critically acclaimed and numerous accolades identify the "haute cuisine" prepared by second year Culinary Arts diploma students as "outstanding". OpenTable diners voted Ernest's top 100 in Canada for two consecutive years. Seasoned chef instructors emphasize the importance of using high quality local regional products. Mastery of traditional cookery combined with contemporary artistry has resulted in a truly electric cuisine. Elegant service is provided by eager Culinary and Hospitality students. An emphasis on etiquette and authenticity is encouraged through the guidance of professional mentors.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-12:30am
Dinner: Tuesday-Friday: 6:00pm-7:15pm

Friday Student Showcase Buffet: 11:00am-12:30pm
Please Note no buffets:
2018: Oct 12, Nov 16, Dec 21
2019: Jan 11, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 29




Ernest's follows the same calendar as our students, therefore the dining room is closed on weekends, major holidays, and the summer months. Please call for if you need further details.
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Phone number
(780) 471-8676
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Chef Michael Hassall & our Culinary seasoned Chef instructors/Second year Culinary students
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
118 Ave & 106 Street
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Parking Details
Parking Passes must be requested immediately by emailing twright@nait.ca for DAY parking. Parking is FREE after 5pm in Lot "C". Once all the DAY reserved parking permits stalls are reserved you will have to pay to park.
We have a surface lot available to our guests at Lot "C" directly across from the dining room entrance on 118th Avenue. Parking is at a premium during the day, so we do advise an early arrival. Please inform your guests regarding parking permits.
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Public Transit
#9, #8, #15 stops at NAIT

There is a Public Transit stop at the corner of 106th Street and 118th Avenue, as well as a Stop at Kingsway Garden Mall.

LRT -NAIT stop: Ernest's will be at the North end of the school
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Entertainment
During the school year Ernest's is a venue for a variety of "special events" allowing students to demonstrate creativity while interacting with the community. The Toque Demagny Scholarship Dinner, Young Culinarians Conquering Cancer, Team NAIT and Le club Culinaire fundraisers, etc... provide students with the opportunity to challenge their personal and professional bests.
We also feature wine dinners with regional wines paired to perfection with our students culinary creations.
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Special Events & Promotions
Ernest's follows the same calendar as our students, therefore the dining room is closed on weekends, major holidays, and the summer months. We feature our Student Showcase Buffet on Friday's for lunch. These buffets book fast, please call to reserve. We do serve ala carte lunches during the week. Please note: for groups of 8 guests and larger, Ernest's does add an automatic service charge.
For all banquets, special function and buffet reservations, a service charge will be added automatically.
Additional
Banquet, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Ernests at NAIT offers a unique opportunity to have our Culinary Arts students provide an outstanding service by booking one of our semi-private room (up to 27 guests), a private room (up to 60 guests), or the entire restaurant buyout (up to 100 guests).

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Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Tue - Wed 6:00PM - 7:15PM

What 834 People Are Saying
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DA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Excellent food and customer service. I have been to this restaurant a few times in the past and the quality of the food is still as good as the last time that I was there!

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TB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time I eat at Ernest's I come away marveling that culinary arts students can produce such extraordinary fare. Thanks for the great food, attentive service, and terrific ambiance.

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RL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Everything about our meal was oustanding except the service . We found our server to be adequate and good but we are used to energetic , and very attentive service at your restaurant. The server we had is not in the culinary program and that is probably the reason.

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t
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Impromptu date night and the place was amazing. Great service and food.

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BP
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A friend and I went to celebrate our birthdays. The menu was fabulous - we both had trouble deciding which of the dishes we wanted to try most We enjoyed the food and the service was exceptional. We felt quite spoiled by little extras that Ernest's offers.
Thank you for a wonderful, relaxed evening out.

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PP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service was fantastic. Seating layout was tight. Many times my chair was bumped by other patrons as a result of the tables and chairs being too close together, resulting in walk aisles that were quite narrow. Dessert bar had a continuous crowd around the hot service end of it, again creating an issue on walk space and bumping the patrons chair in the immediate vicinity.

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TM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

High-quality fare for a fair price. The service was most excellent, attentive and very friendly.

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great service, decent and quiet ambiance. We tried duck, lamb and fish. Everything was so delicious. Will be back again soon.

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As out-of-towners, we’d been trying (without success) to get to Ernest’s for a long time. Now we’ve been, we’ll make a point of going back. Cocktails were splendid. The food was creative and delicious. Service was impeccable, polished but warm. We highly recommend this place.

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KM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was my second time dining at Ernest's, and my first time for dinner. I was very surprised with the added elements of an amuse bouche and a palate cleanser, which elevated the whole experience for me. The service was wonderful, and they handled my dietary needs with great care. The food was excellent, the wine was excellent, and overall we had a wonderful experience. This is such a great gem for Edmonton and for NAIT.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and terrific service. Very professional. Portions are generous and plating was very good.

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BW
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Shrimp appetizer out of this world. Very polite service. Only anomaly: fish (surprisingly) overcooked but not a big misstep. Still an excellent meal and -good lord- you can actually have a conversation without yelling at each other.

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A
Edmonton
119 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

ernest is joyous a wonderful place first rate great place I cannot say too many good things Nait does a fine job of training people in the food industry and it show j

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JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went there for the first time and I love it. It is a hidden gem because no one knew they are open until mid June even after the school ended in April so it was a nice quiet spot.

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JI
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wow factor.

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BF
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meals and very friendly, efficient wait staff and other staff

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EI
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I eat here as a treat to delicious food at reasonable prices. Always satisfied with the food and service.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The carpaccio , tomato soup, steak, halibut were all outstanding. One person didn't enjoy the pork belly. We have already highly recommended Ernest's to family and friends. Looking forward to going again and trying other menu items.

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F
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely, quiet dinner with attentive but respectful service. Prawns were a memorable starter and the beef was perfectly done. Would like to see a more extensive dessert menu.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole evening was amazing!!

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything my wife and I had was perfectly prepared and delicious. Vlad was excellent.

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TW
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My table of 6 had a wonderful meal, masterfully prepared, and delicious.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

25 th Anniversary , had a fantastic meal . I loved the blueberry basil margarita , very tasty. Everything was great.

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SP
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Two of us attended at lunch, and ordered the Pickerel fish entrée. The fish was delicious and well prepared but could have been outstanding if served with some tart accompaniment or lemon. Service was excellent. Overall a lovely lunch.

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d
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always wanted to go to Ernest's and was so pleased that we were able to do it for our anniversary. It was a memorable experience

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly and yummy as usual

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RH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Enjoyed the experience. My friend ordered the pork and found the portion was small. Disappointed that there was no Caesar Salad. Service was excellent. Very clean. Staff very accommodating.

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice lunch setting for us four gals to visit & spend an afternoon together

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d
Edmonton
25 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Ernest's is now open earlier for lunch and open during semester break. Reasonable wine list with emphasis on Canadian wine.
My partner started with tomato soup and loved the addition of dark chocolate pretzel garnish. I had the shrimp which were delightful. For mains I had the pickerel which was very nice with an excellent green pea puree. My wife had the lasagna and was delighted with it. The portions are lunch sized but the preparation was at a. Very high standard. Will return

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p
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Hiccups during the evening which was surprising as it was the last evening service of the year/term. Arrived 7 minutes before our reservation, hostess had a “deer in the headlights look”. Asking us to be seated. Asked if there was a problem? No, hostess didn’t want to overwhelm the servers. Okay, we sit down.

Led to our table where we wait for the server, and wait and wait. I put my water glass to the side in the time honoured signal that water is wanted. It takes some time but we finally get water. Server keeps trying to get us both to order wine. We might have done but by this point we were becoming annoyed.

Was a band set up that evening (something we’d never seen/heard before”.) They were good but far too loud for such a small space and we couldn’t hear what the Students’ specials were (did get that not everything on the menu was available though). It was impossible to carry on any conversation with my husband whose birthday we were celebrating.

Finally server took our orders, refilled our water glasses (I’d drunk my husbands also) as he had ordered a soft drink. We had adjusted what we were going to order due to shortages (which happens, not a huge problem). We get the bread but are unable to hear what the butter’s were. Tasty!

Floor manager was going around to tables apologizing for the loudness of the (very good) band and saying she would ask them to be softer in their next set. Great service by the manager as we were not the only ones who were bothered by the loudness of the band. High praise.

Finally receive our appetizers. Delicious. Main meal comes after significant wait, server dismissing our concerns. Plates are placed with no comment/interaction. I flag manager as vegetable was too hard. She takes away, returns a cooked plate. Delicious. I noticed hubby didn’t finish his meal (lamb), came cold.
Order coffees. Manager asks about hubby’s meal. Unasked his meal was removed from bill. Food: great, issues resolved, server sub par, ambience: loud.

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MF
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always. Best value.

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CD
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Nice setting, parking close by; staff was friendly & courteous, servings generous, attractive presentation, food tasty; price not cheap but reasonable value; reservations easy to make/change through OpenTable

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K
Edmonton
18 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Yesterday was my second visit to Ernest's; I had been there in March with my husband and was very impressed with both the service and the food. This time I took a friend there for lunch for her birthday. While both the food and service were still very good, I had a couple of concerns. First, I left a note when I made the reservation indicating that I am allergic to corn in any form but what was brought to our table for an amuse-bouche? A container of popcorn. Fortunately, my friend has a hearty appetite and was able to eat my share as well as hers. Then, skipping to dessert - my chocolate cake came with caramel popcorn scattered around the plate. Of course, I had to send it back and then wait quite a while for a replacement. I think closer attention needs to be paid to food allergies; mine is not the deathly anaphylactic shock variety, but I do get very sick if I have corn in any form.
Overall, however, our dining experience was very nice and I still would recommend Ernest’s for lunch or dinner. My friend was a bit disappointed in the amount of food in her entrée (she had the beef strip loin steak), but I reminded her that this was a lunch, not a dinner, entrée. (When my husband and I had dinner there last month, there was so much on our plates that we had to take a good amount home.) My Caesar salad was excellent, and the breads made on-site were to die for. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our desserts and my friend said that the impressive chocolate fondue experience was amazing. A particularly nice touch was "Happy Birthday!" written in chocolate on her plate. She also enjoyed the home-made beef soup starter.
All in all, Ernest’s provides an excellent dining experience and I look forward to going again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Came to Ernest's for an anniversary dinner. Wonderful food and fantastic presentation. It was really nice to know you are supporting some young, up and coming chefs. I would highly recommend this to everyone who is looking for a fine dining experience with a comfortable, casual feel.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff was very friendly, and attentive. The dishes were attractive and very tastey. Parking was free and very close. I had wanted to dine at Ernests for many years and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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BL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the food, but have to say, our server Jo was the very best part of our evening. She was exceptional, attentive and a pleasure to share our evening with.

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Our server Daveica was amazing.Total dining experience was top shelf.

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C
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We recently attended the Friday Student Showcase buffet. It was reasonably priced and the food and service was exceptional. Book early to avoid being disappointed. We will definitely be back. They have gift certificates available - I plan to pick some up for birthdays in the Fall.

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DR
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service was Amazing. We will definitely be going again

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AI
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service and food was excellent !!! Well worth going again.

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