Ernest's at NAIT

4.6
877 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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-Dec 21 (Buffet done by Chef Michael
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

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

What 877 People Are Saying
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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Delicious meals. And really enjoyed the little extras - amuse-Boucher, lemon sorbet. Fantastic dining experience!

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Usually Ernest is great as we eat there fairly regularly, but not this time. During our company Christmas dinner, the service was slow maybe because there were other large groups that evening. The white wine was warm and we asked the server to chill the bottle, the kitchen ran out of Caesar salads and creme caramels desserts which three people had originally ordered. When the main meals came out of one our orders did not come with vegetables which was brought out 5 minutes later after we notified the server. I’m sure we would have ordered more to drink if we were asked more frequently rather than just twice during the meal. As I mentioned our company eats at Ernest quite often and can’t say enough about the food and service, maybe it was just an off night.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food was excellent as always. Our waiter was new and learning his way around the dining room but he was very good given his inexperience. This is a school dining room so bearing that in mind it’s all about learning. All in all an excellent evening

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

I book at least 7-10 dining events yearly with Ernest's and everyone we take absolutely loves their experience! The food, service and surroundings are exceptional. Keep up the great work & training of our new and successful chefs and hospitality workers!

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent as usual. Overall a good experience and we will continue to attend the student brunches. One suggestion - use a steam table or some other method to keep the main courses hot while people are waiting. The little canisters are not sufficient. We are trying to train our future chefs and more attention has to be given to this as it a problem we have encountered in a dozen or so visits.

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

I went there with my staff for a holiday lunch for the Friday Buffet. The value was very good. We especially like the appetizers and desserts. The variety of food was exceptional. They were very tasty, unique and well done. The main dishes were somewhat undercooked. The lamb was so rare that I couldn't cut it and the fish was raw in the centre. I like sushi but this wasn't supposed to be raw. The chicken, pork and mac and cheese was very good. The student chef's were very pleasant and friendly. I was disappointed that when I made the reservation, I was not informed that I had a limited amount of time to enjoy my meal as a result I felt rushed. When we were seated the first thing that the hostess told us was that we needed to be done in just over an hour because our table was reserved for someone else. It was a bit off putting. If I had known about this when I made the reservation that would have been fine but it was not fine to be told just as we are sitting down.

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SH
Edmonton
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, the food was outstanding as was the service. I have never been disappointed at Ernest’s.

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j
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Ernest's is my GO TO place for lunch or dinner. Excellent food ,
staff and pricing...it is a special place for me and my special friends.
Joanie

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LH
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have taken many people for dinner and everyone has said this was the best place for food and conversation.

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OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just excellent food. Salmon was wonderful and a very generous serving of crepe brûlée (which was also great). Service was friendly and all of the group thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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O
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Have already recommended this restaurant to friends. It was a wonderful meal with good service. It is a nice place to go for good food and a special night out. Love their wine choices.

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LL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was good the order seemed were the best - the entrees had a lot of spice in them which meant one could not try every Thing as there were to many strong spices. Also the pork was not well done - sorry I am old fashioned and like my pork cooked!
They actually ran out of desserts and I was very sad and surprised as usually there are tons.
The tea I ordered was a waste of a good tea bag as they did not boil the water! We could see the scum on the water in the glass tea pot which told us it was from a machine. Very 😞

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WL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoyable eating here. Food, services, and overall are above and beyond anywhere comparable like the hotels. This is the best high class food in Edmonton.

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R
Edmonton
28 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing time as always, thanks again. A great gem find are very reasonable prices.

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LL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I do have only one comment, we were a little surprised by the choice of music playing?.. pop?.. and a little loud?
We thought (for an evening meal) there would more of a romantic, or relaxed kind of feel. The lighting and setting definitely was, but I guess we thought like Jazz, dinner music, or instrumental? Overall the experience was excellent.

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was excellent, but we were there for hours. We were a party of seven, and it took us a while to choose our drink orders. I am thinking that you have to have patience because good food takes time. The entrees weren't brought out as quickly after the first course as one would hope.

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j
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite place for lunch or dinner...food is outstanding . Very well priced !
Cannot think of another place that I would like to go to where you can actually
eat, and hear yourself and the people at the table speak without all the loud
music and noise that is always at other dining choices...
Joanie

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SG
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a small group and had a great evening There was a special menu and the food was great for all I did order the squid for my main and it was rubbery but ordered the char as a replacement and it was exceptional Everyone left happy and with full bellies

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EA
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came during the one week when menu was different from usual. Excellent - we tried half of the items on the menu and I would recommend any of them.

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WS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed all the wonderful tastes and the students who displayed their talents so well! Just wondering if it is possible to label food as GF. Always a bit tricky to know for sure.
Many thanks!

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P
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was great.

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AC
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was great , the service was good, the students are friendly and it shows that enjoy the work that they are bring out to serve. Definitely will return!!

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SW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A wonderful meal. Friendly service. A great atmosphere.

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JD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Just fabulous yet again. The hors d'oeuvres and canapes were amazing. I've not been to another restaurant where I kept saying 'wow' at all the wonderful tastes. Difficult to single out on particular item, but the pumpkin latte was very different and memorable. For the main dishes, the sweet potato puree was especially tasty. For the deserts, words fail me - all wonderful - we had far too much. The hazelnut cream Paris-Brest was heavenly. All this topped off with exceptional service. Congratulations to all the students - you all looked so proud of your creations and rightly so. You all deserve and least 6 stars.

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LL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The buffet is so good. There are always new foods and every time I have gone, I have found something that is so delicious, I want to eat as much as I can. I really enjoy going to Ernest’s.

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SE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent..so glad we experienced it!! A real treasure. Celebrated a 90th bday...it was the perfect choice!

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KD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nicely presented and flavourful food! The restaurant was clean, tidy, sufficiently lit, and comfortable

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F
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The students did an amazing job. Food and drinks were amazing.
Was disappointed that we were asked to pay our bill and that our table was needed when we hadn’t had desserts yet by the staff running the front. Felt rushed

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P
Edmonton
23 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow ! Ernest's exceeded our expectation and we will be back for sure many time in the future. Our waiter was discreet & professional and we have not had better service in a while in Edmonton !
What to say about the food - from amuse bouche (complimentary) to house made chocolates (complimentary) we were blown away by the quality of ingredients and preparations. As we have celebrated birthday, they congratulated our daughter and wrote Happy Birthday in chocolate on her dessert :)

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d
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing value for lunch! Will be back!

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FE
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible 5 Star food and service. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed every dish that came out.

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L
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal very much. The food was cooked to perfection and was delicious.
Waiter was very pleasant and attentenive.

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We having been coming once a year from outside Calgary for The Alberta Golf Association buying show. The past four occasions have been a lovely treat for us. Each time has been a unique and wonderful experience. It’s wonderful for us to be able to enjoy a fabulous meal, team build for ourselves and participate in watching young minds and people grow. Thumbs up to each of the students, teachers, faculty over the last four seasons.
The Turner Valley Golf and Country Club Team

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FT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was absolutely amazing one of the best dining experience I’ve had in Edmonton

One thing is the hostess seemed a little preoccupied with something which is very minor

the staff were very accommodating of a guleten allergy and very fresh and amazing selection of local foods

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RB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We found the meal pricy, entree should have included either a small soup or salad.

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K
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing although I was disappointed with the dessert menu. I wish there would have been more options. We opted to skip dessert and go elsewhere for that. Our server was fantastic. She brought us a bread basket several times. We definitely did not leave hungry. She was very friendly and joked around with us. The value was amazing. I was expecting to spend twice what we did so I was happily surprised when the bill came.

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b
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always fantastic. The chefs are amazing and service is the absolute best in the city.

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BZ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great experience, will definitely be back as the items change weekly. Good selection of food but some items such as the red snapper sat too long and dried out.

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RS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We often use Earnests for entertaining business clients. It is wonderful to share such a hidden gem with them. Our most recent visit we chose the "table de hote" student led menu. We made that choice and sat back to enjoy a wonderful evening. Menu details, wine pairings, service and GREAT Food.

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M
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and atmosphere. Loved the food!

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