Ernest's at NAIT

4.6
907 reviews
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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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LV
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent as usual, tables/chairs could use an update. Food was a little cold for a few of the guests.

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OT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing, incredible food at an unreal value! Our server was polite and attentive. Will definitely be making this a regular spot

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c
Edmonton
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was pleasantly surprised. It was the first time I tried out Ernest. I knew NAIT had a restaurant but wasn't aware it was fine dining. Excellent Menu, excellent taste and texture of the dishes, creative, excellent service experience. Will definitely go again.

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KM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing was waiters must not rub their nose. Then not wash hands before serving clients.
We were sitting near service area and kitchen doors. The staff was being a bit rambunctious.
The food, the presentation was above board. Thank you for another wonderful experience.

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, I enjoyed the experience and the ambience of the restaurant. The palette cleansers were refreshing and unique. We had the beef teand it was cooked to perfection. There were alot of sour and sweet flavours in the dish however, I wish there were more salty and rich flavours incorporated.

While the dishes and experience was great, the service could have been improved. We were seated near the entrance to the kitchen and the servers were not aware of their volume levels and content of their conversations. I would hope that if the restaurant requests customers to dress business casual, there would be a level of professionalism expected from the servers.

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KL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service was fantastic will definitely return.

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My spouse and I had a wonderful Valentine dîner at Ernest’s at NAIT.

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MP
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a very positive dining experience
Menu changes are regularly made. Staff are happy to be there too!

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KB
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice exploratory experience. Fun to try some different things. Excellent food. Great service. I enjoyed the staff coming to the table to ask for our feedback.

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F
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, great service! Never disappointed eating here.

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V
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fancy yet informal atmosphere was lovely. Service was top notch. Loved the special Table side Caesar Salad service, it was prepared and presented with confidence and tasted great! The Salmon was delicious, cooked and seasoned perfectly, the spinach linguine was really good too. Definitely coming back!

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F
Edmonton
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was creative and tasty. I was emailed a free parking pass (based on availability) however there were no spots left in the lot and I had to park elsewhere and pay. When I got to the restaurant, I was told I could have parked in another lot for free with the parking pass I was given. Too bad this information was not given to me beforehand. So my dining experience was good, but the parking experience was not.

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H
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always an amazing selection of tasty and innovative food. Friendly and efficient staff that always make the extra effort to ensure a great experience 😊 Come with an open mind, definitely some thinking outside the box here!

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D
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We found the salad, appetizers and desserts very good! We did not care for the hot food section.

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G
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our birthdays at Ernest's and it was amazing.
The food so yummy! the staff so freindly and helpful!

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JB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ernest’s never disappoints, but this lunch buffet was the best I’ve had yet in the dozen times I’ve been.

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall great dining experience. The salmon was a bit salty is really the only critical comment I have

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F
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food. Great service. Quiet location. Delightful venue - will return again and again

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b
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was fantastic. Beet salad to start was delicious. Next was the roasted chicken breast, the flavour was tasty throughout the chicken, it was so good. Finished off with the best chai creme brulee. Definitely highly recommend.

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H
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food! Exceptional service!

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RW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was delighted. I would love to go back. I was there for the buffet and there was tremendous variety. I loved the salmon lox appetiser as well as the shrimp puff. The fish entree was tasty and the peppercorn sauce for the beef was just the right spice for me.

My favourite dessert was the peach flambe but I also thoroughly enjoyed the chocolate fruit tart.

It was peaceful and I was lucky to have a bright window table.

Finally our server was charming and service was great.

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H
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have not been to Ernest's buffet for 6 years but was impressed again with the variety and quality. A most enjoyable experience!

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JM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall it was a great experience. We will be back

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OT
Edmonton
42 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Delicious and beautiful food. Quiet relaxed room. Will definitely go back. The only reason I didn’t give all fives is because I thought the scallops were overpriced, but they were delicious.

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LH
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great evening 👍The table service was well timed and the little extras between courses was excellent. Good attention to detai, awesome food and a reasonably priced wine 🍷 list. We will return...

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J
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Presentation was a feast for the eyes. The atmosphere was relaxed. Truly a memorable dining experience. The only hiccup was being seated at a table that was drafty and a
bit chilly. I shall return!

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YR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was very very enjoyable. The food was above average - very tasty and well prepared.

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OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Teamwork celebration.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
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 on December 15, 2018
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
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
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 on December 15, 2018
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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L
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary, we had a 6pm reservation. The restaurant was quiet to start. Unfortunately there was lots of staff standing around. Our table was near the kitchen entrance and the hub of where staff loitered. We found it awkward to have all this staff standing near us doing nothing. We had a new server (she told us she was new). Although it was apparent she was trying, she forgot to bring a pre-dinner drink that we ordered and she was not familiar with which wines paired best with entree’s when we asked. The food was excellent and well prepared and we enjoyed our dinner.

By 7pm the restaurant was full and much louder. A table of six was seated near us after we completed our dinner and we over heard their server tell them about a prix fix menu that was available for the night; appetizer, turkey with all the fixings and dessert for $35.00! We were very disappointed we were not provided this option. It would appear the service was inequitable.

We would try the restaurant again because he food is exceptional. We would hope for better service and a better table.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
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 on December 14, 2018
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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MP
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Making the reservation on Open Table was frustrating and when my reminder came the day before our dinner date, it was incorrect. Ernest’s fixed it. There were four of us and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and our evening.

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SH
Edmonton
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
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 on December 12, 2018
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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A
Edmonton
4 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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