HelpiOS AppAndroid AppWindows Phone AppWindows 8 App

Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 3 times today
Special offers available. See details

Ernest's at NAIT

765 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
CAN$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Global, International
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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. Critical acclaim and numerous accolades identify the "haute cuisine" prepared by second year Culinary Arts diploma students as "outstanding". OpenTable diners voted top 100 in Canada. 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
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Global, International, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:00am-12:45pm

Friday Student Showcase Buffet:
Please Note no buffets: Feb 16 & 23, Mar 30, Apr 27
Last buffet will be April 26

Dinner: Tuesday-Friday: 5:30pm-7:15pm

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.
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(780) 471-8676
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Business Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Chef Michael Hassall & our Culinary seasoned Chef instructors/Second year Culinary students
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
118 Ave & 106 Street
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Parking Passes must be requested immediately by emailing 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.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
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.
Banquet, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine


Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

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

What 765 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6  based on recent ratings
Noise · Quiet
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Service was excellent and food was tasty as well. The only remark I'd make is the Veal I choose was a bit on the rare side for me. I couldn't eat it myself. I just changed plates with my husband.

Otherwise was a very nice place and friendly.

FoodLover (Edmonton)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

It is hard to believe the food was prepared by students on their second day in the program. It can challenge other fine restaurants in the city. It was nice to have a live performer on Friday night and to have an atmosphere where you can enjoy having a conversation without shouting.
Would return in a heartbeat.

OpenTable Diner (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We had not been to the dining room at NAIT for years. I’m not sure why, it was fantastic! Went for Valentines dinner and fell in love with the food and wine pairings. Thanks for a great evening, so happy we came.

StephanieM (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Worse knowing. Lovely. Awesome food for perfect value. We’ll be back

OpenTable Diner (Edmonton)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

After being seated we waited a full ten minutes before our server came around. After that she was very attentive but still had empty water glasses and no offer of coffee or tea.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great meal. Great service

SchvEdi (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Valentine's Day is a nice time to spend quiet moments with the person you've been married to for 36 years. Ernest"s was very classy plus the "chef experience" was special .... Would love to eat there more often! The blueberry Margarita was fabulous darling.

JAMESP (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The ambionse was nice the food was unreadable.
The service was fantastic
The wine list was awesome for those who like wine.

Dave (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Gourmet cuisine that would cost fwice as much in another restaraunt

vipFoodlovers2 (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

We normally visit this wonderful restaurant when we come to Edmonton.
Unfortunately, the food quality was below what we normally expected. The Arctic Char was over cooked and dry. The strip loin, although a thick piece, was very tough and we had to send it back. Dominique, our waiter was attentive and did not end up charging for our one meal. However, it was disappointing. Hopefully, our next visit will be better since we normally have a fantastic meal.

DonnaH (Edmonton)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

I really enjoyed the experience overall. Appetizer was delicious but unfortunately ordered the pasta as an entrée and it was stuck together and over cooked.
The server made the experience- he could not have been better!!
Would try this restaurant again!

Debb (Edmonton)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Very friendly hospitable service. Brent and Melony went over and above to make our special occasion memorable. Food was very good and we enjoyed speaking with one of the chefs after dinner. I would have like to see different vegetable sides on each of our plates. And I wasn't keen on the mango tarte. Overall a lovely meal and experience for our first visit to Ernest's.

Tobe133 (Edmonton)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Two visits were exceptional, this one was terrible.
January 23rd, we looked at the menu & decided on the carpaccio & pheasant. Food that you can’t get just anywhere. When we arrived the carpaccio & pheasant were no longer on the menu.
The bread basket was fabulous with very tasty butters (3).
Our server brought a cherry tomato with mint & something else in it. She placed my friend’s spoon with the tomato on the table beside her bread plate & placed mine on my bread plate. Incorrect. And then, the spoons remained on the table until after the appetizer arrived & was eaten & the appetizer plate removed. When our main course arrived, I asked for the spoons to be removed.
Friend had the scallops for $16. When she received them, there were only 2 large scallops. No one asked how they were until the plate was removed.
We then asked, if our Sea bass wasn’t being made yet if we could order the Caesar Salad made table side for two. We were told yes but we could order just one or two salads. I was told they were “too busy” to do table side salads but would be same cost.
Sea bass came shortly after, it was tasty but in a very watery sauce. Half way through our main course, our server brought us our sorbet that should have been brought to us before the meal! We ate the melted sorbet after we finished our sea bass.
Our server explained that they were busier than usual and it was new kitchen staff. I can understand that; however, they knew how many people had reservations and should staff the servers accordingly or not accept as many reservations. I had no issue with the food or timing as we expected and asked for a slow meal; however, the service was the worst I have had & not even close to what I have previously experienced at Ernest’s. Another example, our server pour the initial glass of wine then the rest of the bottle we poured ourselves and then at one point our server lifted the empty bottle and set it back down, but didn’t remove it & just walked away.

Lonewolf9395 (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We had been meaning to get to Ernest's for some time and I regret not getting here sooner. The service was impeccable from the moment we arrived to when we were finished eating and left. Our meals were well prepared, lovingly presented and served. Not quite 5 stars on the food but close, if I could give 4.5 I would.

We are already planning our next visit.

Avocadesse (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Appetizers were amazing! So much good food, I didn't need dinner that night.

Blissgirl2 (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent! In every way nearly perfect.
From the linen tablecloth and napkins, complete place settings, attentive staff and visually appealing and deliciously prepared dishes, we were all in love!
Great place to take friends and carry on a conversation. Good selection of wines.
We will return.

OpenTable Diner (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Awesome! Great experience.

OpenTable Diner (Edmonton)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I found it a little expensive. The desserts made up for it, though.

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Truly outstanding food and service! Great service, innovative food, and great wine!

OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Went to celebrate a family retirement. Service was excellent— highly personable, very attentive. Will definitely come back!