Ernest's at NAIT

4.6
847 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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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.
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: 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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Neighborhood
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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

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What 847 People Are Saying
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FE
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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KM
Edmonton
2 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
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and atmosphere. Loved the food!

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RF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We are from Winnipeg and were very interested in trying Edmontons version of the culinary up and comers.
Our experience Red River College in Winnipeg have a similar programe where the dining is done in an beautifully updated historic building which used to be the Royal bank downtown now known as 'Janes' where students cook in an open kitchen for two week periods and then switch to serving the clientele for another two weeks as this gives then a good feel on how to deal with the public and we can say the presentation of the food is outstanding and extremelt tasty!
Our visit to Ernest's was very disappointing as my wife had the Duck Confeit Rossetto which was horribly salty and as a result she left 90% of her dinner something that should have been addressed by the serving staff which was not! My beef tenderloin was cool with a very few vegetables. Appetisers we alright but charging $17 for three shrimp which was supposed to be 'Prawns' was a joke cold again. It is very important that both serving staff and kitchen personal work together mind you that said the servers were polite.
Perhaps the next time we are in Edmonton we will probably give it another try and hopefully with better results ...hopefully!

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m
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another exceptional evening at Ernest’s. Three of us had different mains. We were all very happy diners! We absolutely recommend everyone check out the amazing food and service. These students are clearly receiving top notch training.

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DA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
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 on September 21, 2018
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 on September 21, 2018
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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JM
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
121 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
5 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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