Ernest's at NAIT

4.7
1070 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
  • Contactless payment available
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
What 1070 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was delicious and very well presented. Great service.

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SanjayS
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love eating at Earnest's for several reasons, but mainly because the food is always well prepared, tasty, contains local ingredients and served with style. The students are always enthusiastic, their instructors are also at hand and we've always been welcomed from the time we enter the restaurant to the time we leave. All in all a wonderful restaurant in Edmonton.

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MelanieE
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was amazing. The food was fantastic and our sever was awesome. Will definitely be visiting again.

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VishalS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our food there. Good food, creative composition.

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RyanJ
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent price. Only complaint was the pheasant was a little tough for us, but then again, we've never tried pheasant, so might just not be for us. Otherwise the rest of the meal was delicious. Super friendly wait staff, get different pitchers though, something easier to pour, 3 of the staff who poured water spilled a little on the table, not their fault though, the pitchers lip is massive.

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DORISH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Because of COVID, the ambience was stark compared to what I was used to Ernests.

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David
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My friend suggested we try this out as her daughter is in the program and she knows we are avid foodies. We were not disappointed! It was the buffet day so we got to try everthing, we can't wait to go back another time when in Edmonton again.

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Norma
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was outstanding and professionally presented. We have decided to make Ernest’s a regular spot for a nice evening out.

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Norma
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third or fourth meal at Ernests. Each time was amazing. This is Edmonton's best kept secret!

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Lara
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Super good value however executive chef wasn’t that executive. Food quality was average for executive chef. More like student quality preparation. Great stuff. Good value

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MarleneP
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All Staff were enthusiastic and most aware of following covid protocol
The information regarding Other options for example wine tasting evenings and for takeout was offered and was appreciated. Again another positive experience for us having quality fine dining experience.

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Byron
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding value and quality on the Friday lunch

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PatO
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had forgotten what a great dining experience Ernest's provides. Loved it. Awesome students working - so important to support them.

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JuneW
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service, nice place for a celebration.

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Foodie4life
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place great food. First time here and I brought my family for lunch , best lunch ever

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vipDacerae
Edmonton
24 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food and service! Give this restaurant a try for lunch and dinner. Great value for such great food.

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MilenaW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Ernests the meal, servers and atmosphere was fabulous .

This is our new favorite restaurant!

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Tobe
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome meal again. The Thai Butternut Squash soup with crab cake was delicious along with the tuna and scallop ceviche, although be warned, the ceviche is not what you expect for ceviche. It is not cooked by the lime juice, it is raw tuna and scallops, more like sashimi. Duck breast and herbed spatzle and rack of lamb was also delicious. I was too full for dessert but want the warm gingerbread cake so my husband order it. One bite was enough to tell me what I was missing... I could have taken a dozen home. Presentation is always one of Ernest’s forte. We had haven’t eaten inside a restaurant during Covid until now, Ernest’s has placed tables well apart and have separate in and out doors. Only thing we missed was the 3 types of butters with the bread items, minor. Thank you again for a great meal. One of the few 5 star restaurants left in Edmonton.

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SanjayS
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I went for dinner because we wanted to experience the next generation of chefs and hospitality staff. Every dish we ordered was prepared to a very high standard and met all the fine dining elements - good presentation, cooked to perfection, quality ingredients and superb flavours - service was friendly and warm but professional. Very happy that we chose to go to Ernest's. We are also happy that eating at the restaurant is a way of helping NAIT sustain the very high standards that they set for their culinary and hospitality management programs. Very pleased!

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TreenaB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wow! I was so impressed with the food here! Honestly, one of the top 3 meals I have ever eaten. So packed with flavour and the presentation was beautiful. A three course gourmet meal for $25 ! You can't go wrong. I will definitely be going again!

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LucieD
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing - we were disappointed that it was not student nights but the food and service was great.

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BrendaL
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friend there for her 60th Birthday Lunch. Have not visited Ernest's for some time. From the moment we stepped in the door to when we left we felt so special. Chase and Vince were so wonderful. The food was done to perfection. A five star meal for a reasonable price. We will definitely be back.

Everyone who wants a wonderful gourmet lunch or dinner should try Ernest's.

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MathildeA
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, extremely well priced for the quality, cannot recommend enough

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. 5 of our 6 ordered the tenderloin and one had a lot of grizzle. Other than that, food, ambience and service was excellent. Definitely would love to go again.

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DrJohnWP
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

We have been at this restaurant numerous times before and always were extremely impressed by the service, quality and ambience. However, this time we were extremely disappointed, predominantly by the quality of the food - in particular, with the sirloin steak entrée, as well as the strawberry tart dessert. With the entrée, although the steak was requested to be medium well (with emphasis on the well side) done, it was served almost rare. After pointing this out, the kitchen tried to correct it, but the steak came again , still on the pink side, and contained at least 1/3 grizzle. In addition, the accompanying vegetables were tasteless, and, in particular, the broccolini tasted like straw dipped into charcoal. The tart portion of the dessert was not baked thoroughly, and was so hard that it was virtually impossible to eat it with utensils. All of this was especially disappointing, as we were told that the instructor himself was the head chef for the evening. It will now be difficult for us to reccomend this establishment to our friends and colleagues, as we have done this extensively in the past.

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KaterynaZ
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very good effort in preparing the foods, the taste and the presentation of food. Especially the desserts.
Though found the food somewhat cold. Service is slow and needs to be improved.

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joveenah
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decor was super springy too — loved it!
Great job!

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Trials
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

My first experience was fantastic so decided to bring invite more friends. This was my second time At Ernest and although I loved the service and ambiance. Food was poor overall this time around. Entree should at least be hot but for some reason even though it was on the warmer it was still cold...

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PetraH
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent lunch, 4.5 stars only because students take a little extra time- still a short but wonderful 1 course lunch- 65 minutes for Main and bread.

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DZee
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Dont know why we let years pass between visits. Have already recommended it to friends. The food and service were superb.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing presentation of the food and service was outstanding.

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DrJohnWP
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An absolute delight, with a three-course meal, which was delicious, aesthetically-pleasing, and contained large portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food quality excellent. Dare I say - desserts half the size of what was served would be appreciated. They were so good but very large portions.

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ValerieF
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff and food!! I would eat there again next time in Edmonton

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Warren
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ernest's is truly a fine dining experience. Attentive servers, imaginative and beautifully presented dishes. Much attention to food flavours given by the kitchen. Very good value!

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Noah
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the tasting menu, would definitely come back here

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stevenT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

It was our first time dining at Ernests and we heard many good things about the dining experience. We chose to dine in for Valentines Day in hopes for a great experience.

However, we were quite disappointed. The server was not familiar with the menu, where items such as dessert options couldn't be answered. The palette cleanser after the first course was timed poorly as the main entree came out right after the cleanser. I chose the menu with wine pairing, but the wine wasn't brought out until we asked for it. The overall food quality was fair but it was heavily salted, leaving us with headaches after the meal.

The quality may have been affected due to the busy service. Nonetheless, we do not plan to dine at Ernests again.

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mike
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The meal was wonderful, the service excellent.

Sadly the drinks were not so good. I asked for a martini made with Bombay and even specified the ratio of of gin to dry vermouth. Sadly no Bombay was available and I had to have a substitute. I do not know whether it was the gin or the barkeeper used sweet vermouth but it was possibly the worst martini I have had. It was sweet tasting! I did not complain ... its a romantic evening.

The wine pairing

The Rose wine lukewarm. Someone had not put it in the fridge early enough.
The Malbec excellent

The Moscato dessert wine luke warm. To make it drinkable I asked for a tumbler of ice and strained the wine with this.

On top of this I had to pay services charges on the horrible Martinis.

I still enjoyed the meal though

Mike Sneath

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BarbaraM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had the beef tenderloin and found it exceptional.

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FrankO
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. Really enjoyed dining here and will return

FAQs

Ernest's at NAIT is rated 4.7 stars by 1070 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.