Ernest's at NAIT

4.7
1084 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1084 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are amazing , very friendly and welcoming

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always wonderful. Superb service, second to none. Ernest gives the experience of being in a five-star restaurant and is teaching its culinary staff to offer food and ambiance of that caliber. We dined two weeks in a row… Last night had the table d’hote menu. It is important to note that the chefs experiment and you will be pleasantly surprised with the flavours and presentation of the menu they choose for table d’hote.
The maître d’ is very professional and extremely friendly and accommodating with the dinner guests. Any concerns are quickly addressed. It is a learning environment and everyone seems to be so eager to help and please. White table cloth with napkin and a fine dining setting at REASONABLE prices. It is a win-win to dine at Ernests… You get incredible value for your money and the students have the opportunity to learn while funding the culinary program.
I am impressed with this place and will continue to offer my patronage. Great inspirational food, superior ingredients, classy ambiance, wonderful professional staff. I highly recommend you try this and I predict you will make it a regular stop on your dining-out list.

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Natalie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was absolutely wonderful. It's hard to believe the kitchen was student run because of how amazing the food was. On top of that, our server was super sweet. It was my first time at a fine dining restaurant and she was really patient and explained it all to us. I would absolutely recommend.

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Lana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend dining at Ernest. I will be back for sure!

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IsabelS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, as per usual. The food was legendary and the service was amazing.

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Angie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants, was slightly disappointed there was no special menu for student creations. Service not as good as it has been in the past.

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ReneeS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Excellent way to spend the evening and contribute to the community and aspiring chefs

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LindseyR
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and delicious, you will keep going back!

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PatriciaE
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was very good and the staff was very friendly and pleasant. The food was excellent.

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CaTs
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with sister and brother-in-law

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AydanD
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was terrific except the butternut squash entree. Poor. BUt everything else was fabulous. Desserts and salads wonderful.

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HappyCustomer
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ernest's is a great place to eat and try new food prepared by future chefs. The students' creation is always excellent. If I could change one thing, the lighting is a bit bright for evening service. Thank you, team Ernest's!

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CaTs
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special Christmas lunch with son and daughter-in-law…..love Ernest’s and look forward to you re-opening in January!

Chris McGee

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Cory
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Christmas lunch

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AudraF
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food for the price and love supporting these Hospitality and Culinary students.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, very professional. Great tasting food.

JL
JennieL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Generally this restaurant is amazing. However we found out that when they are changing their seasonal menu it is not the best time to go. The first 4 dishes that we wanted they were out of - no fish, no lamb, two of the appetizers were out. We got to choose between chicken or beef which we weren't excited about. They both were fine, but not what we were looking for. Dessert was excellent as always.

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JenS
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Affordable and delicious! Would highly recommend lunch at Ernests!

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Foodier
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was terrific! Taylor and her helpers made sure food and drinks were served promptly. Three of us chose the Table d'Hote menu and one chose from the a la carte menu. Lactose and gluten dietary restrictions were carefully considered and modifications made. The chocolate mousse dessert was a standout! My salmon was a little too cooked for my preference and the wine flight could have used an extra ounce in each glass. I like to have a sip between each bite. We had a great time at a great value fine dining restaurant!

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aMINc
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food were good. Ran out of some options as the staff were not informed of food restrictions such as not consuming alchohol.

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vipCapfoodie
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Tiffin menu is always fun to try! Nice assortment and one of the instructors brought us a few different pates for us to try ... and this was on top of what we were already served! Service was above par.

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Jennifer
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely holiday meal as a couple. We decided on the table d’hot and all the courses were delicious! The mushroom pork spring rolls and the salmon main course were especially wonderful. And the desserts amazing. We have never had amuse bouches before, so that was really fun. The student servers were so attentive and kept our water glasses full continuously. We’ll be back!!

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JohnM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special thanks to the bakers for the anniversary gift.

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Openlover
Edmonton
15 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was a great way to spend our anniversary. The hostess and server were attentive. The food was fabulous and so fun to get to try so many different and tasty dishes. I thought there could be a bit more spice on most of the appies. I am not really a big dessert person but they were fantastic. Really loved the chocolates, the strawberry lemonade cream puffs and the candy cane cheesecake. Can’t wait to go again.

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crimsonjane
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tiffin is always amazing. So many wonderful choices and certainly not food you would serve on a normal basis. There is just a wonderful sampling of so many delicious foods from appetizers, breads, salads, entrees and desserts. The value is beyond description. The servers were delightful and we had so many other staff stop by the table to say hello. Just a great experience and one we will be back for again next year.

JK
JamesK
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Can’t wait for the buffet again. Love this place

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alex
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went to Ernest for the first time last night. We had a great time and the food was fantastic. I will definetely recommend Ernest to all my friends.

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Chuck
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I've dined at Ernest's several times and I've never been disappointed! The service was great, the food was great and the dining room is relatively quiet considering that it has open tables and no booths.

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JoeL
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was Delicious! Unless you knew, you wouldn't know that our meal was prepared from people who want to be a chef.

JD
JaneD
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fine dining at a very affordable price. Excellent food and service

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Elisebeth
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best kept secret in town.
Delicious food, beautifully served by attentive staff in a lovely setting. The whole experience is an upscale delight. One highlight was the flavoured butters that come with the fresh selection of breads. There's even free parking! Great experience, great price!

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MA1021021
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Normally we love the opportunity to visit Ernest's but were dissappointed with over-cooked proteins. This is not the norm for Ernest's but still dissappointing.

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RhondaT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a wonderful evening! Food was good and the ambience was great!

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simonl
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food prepared by student is professional and service is outstanding. Have a warm welcomed feeling

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was fantastic! The servers are learning. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will go again 😊

MC
MargaretC
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was absolutely incredible. We really enjoyed our time.

JL
JuliaL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food for great price! We tried Tiffins. you get to try little bit of everything and the portion size was huge.

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TiinaO
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Was a wonderful eve! The food and service were fantastic!

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NadeanL
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fabourite restaurants in Edmonton. Always get really creative and good tasting food - the butternut squash creme brulee was superb (though could definitely be a smaller portion), the serving staff is so attentive, and nice to have up and coming chefs come talk to you after. Nice to not have to fight for or pay for parkkng. Best value for $ as well and can't wait to go again!

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P2man
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Service can do with some fine tuning especially sequencing bar service in relation to meals. Our cocktails arrived much after the dinner wine was already served. The staff though was quite friendly.

FAQs

Ernest's at NAIT offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (780) 471-8676 ext. 1.

Ernest's at NAIT is rated 4.7 stars by 1084 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.