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About Ernest's at NAIT

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.

11762 106th Street
Edmonton, AB T5G 2R1
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International, Contemporary American, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:00am-12:45pm

Friday Student Showcase Buffet:
Please Note no buffets Oct 13, Dec 15, Jan 12, 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.

Cross Street:
118 Ave & 106 Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(780) 471-8676

Website:
http://www.nait.ca/ernests

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.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Chef Michael Hassall & our Culinary seasoned Chef instructors/Second year Culinary students

Additional:
Banquet, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Specials

Ernest's Opens

Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Showcase Student Buffet

Fridays from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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Chef Ned Bell Ocean Wise A Sustainable Dinner

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Specials

Ernest's Opens

Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Details

Ernest's school students are ready to serve you for lunch and dinner. Join us from Sept 7 onward for our upcoming school year. Excludes Tax and Tip. Mon-Thurs: Lunch 11:30am-12:30pm; Tues-Fri: Dinner 6:00pm-7:15pm. Special valid Sep 7, 2017 - Dec 14, 2017 on Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM.

Showcase Student Buffet

Fridays from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Details

Students display a delicious tasting array of foods. Get your reservation while they last! $32.50/person. Includes Tax and Tip. No buffets on Sept 8, Oct 13, Jan 12, Feb 16, Feb 23, Mar 30, Apr 27. Special valid Sep 15, 2017 - Dec 8, 2017 on Fridays from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.

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Tue - Wed 6:00PM - 7:15PM
Chef Ned Bell Ocean Wise A Sustainable Dinner

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Details

Join us in Welcoming Ned Bell, Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise Executive Chef. Culinary students will prepare a delicious 4 course menu paired with wine. This event will include a copy of Ned's book "Lure" Tickets $120/person. Includes Tax and Tip. Pre-payment must be made by calling Tanya 780-471-8685 or email twright@nait.ca. Special valid on Tuesday Nov 28, 2017 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM.

Ernest's at NAIT Ratings and Reviews

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98% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Romantic (11)
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Great for Brunch (7)
Cozy (7)
Healthy (7)
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Seasonal (6)
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Comfort Food (6)
Fun (5)
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Neighborhood Gem (5)
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 (Edmonton)·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious! Just a group of friends going out! Perfect place!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Edmonton)·Dined 7 days ago

We enjoy the quality of the food and service and the notion that we are helping with the training of students in this excellent school.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly
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 (Edmonton)·Dined 7 days ago

our server was fantastic. Was he really a student? He was so in tune and observant. Just made our dining experience and the food taste all the much better!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Vegan, Good for Birthdays
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food. Fantastic service. We arrived late. Open table set the reservation time for 7:30 but the last seating is 7:15 so a bit of confusion there. Even though we were late we were treated graciously and never felt rushed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful food and attentive, caring server. We had an inspiring conversation with chef about soup kitchens and quality food for everyone. NAIT should be proud of the culinary program and the quality of the students it's training.
Thank you.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent service from Devika!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The Friday lunch buffet is amazing for its price. The students are quite creative with their meal planning

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

best buffet around! great variety and extremely delicious

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great variety of starters and entrees , reasonable prices and friendly and courteous staff, food and service was excellent

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful service all night, we felt well looked after and comfortable to take our time to have dinner and visit with friends. Also pleased there was a vegetarian option for the main.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

I have never experienced such delicious food in my life. Plus the service was remarkable. I am looking forward to the next time. And the price is unbeatable! And it was gorgeously displayed.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good variety of items. Great way to experience a variety of appetizers. All staff extremely professional and organized.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Thanks to the Nait student chefs and their instructors for a fantastic Student Buffet, bravo!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The lunch was absolutely delicious from the in house made butter to the scrumptious desserts. I had the mushroom soup and then the cod for my entree. Both were so flavourful and prepared perfectly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Service and food were excellent. Prices were what you should pay for the quality of the experience regardless students were the ones preparing the meal. We will definitely go back.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 19, 2017

It's always a pleasure to see the students working at Ernest's. Any option off the menu is a good choice.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food was fantastic. The service was spot on. Overall great experience

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Everything about the meal was outstanding. This venue is a real gem. You can hear one another speak. The table setting are great we all admired the table floral arrangement.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Ernest is a gem. Wonderful staff and fabulous food!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food was fabulous we both had the $45 menu that is available tues and Wednesday.

Large portions don't eat the bread so you can eat your delicious supper.

Our waiter was very nice but seemed a little awkward.

Definitely would go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Wonderful lunch ! No complaints at all. One of us had the lamb shank and was blown away with the flavors. Chicken and petit tenderloin dishes were similar experience too!
The service only lacked a bit due to the inexperience of the staff --let's face it they are students and it was their first day! Absolutely would return --- maybe dinner next time! :)

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Amazing food, service and value! Fine dining at its best. My first time there for dinner (previously for lunch) and can't rave enough. Great selection. Way to go NAIT and it's fabulous students.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Terrific starter table and dessert table, entrees were rather mundane, would like

to see more fish dishes and maybe lamb

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

We love everything about you absolutely wonderful and delicious buffet showcase.
A little portions are very elegantly served. Your new variety of appetizer are so delicious and creative with superior experience for our European taste.
Each section had been a great surprise to choose and to enjoy the food and desserts; European like donuts, Sasher tort and best baklava!
We love your kindness and hospitality because nobody in our city can compare with your service and food.
Our sincere thank you to everyone who created this special event last Friday 🌹
Love and hugs
Bozena and Agnieszka

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Fun
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food was totally awesome. If you want a good taste and a good variety of it Earnest's is a good place to go.
The not so great part was that our server did not inform us of where all the food was or anything so I had to seek someone to inform us.
Also felt completely rushed. Doors opened later then our 11am booking. After we waited for our waiter to come explain to us where all the food was, we didn't get food on our plate till about 11:20 when we were informed that we had to give up our table at 12pm. This was an anniversary celebration for my spouse and I and 40 minutes to rush to eat and get food was totally unacceptable.
But, friendly staff and very good food.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Healthy
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

This was a great lunch. It's a bit pricey at $32.50 but it is a great opportunity to try things I wouldn't necessarily try otherwise.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Thanks again for excellent service and delicious food!
One concern was meat over cooked!!
Otherwise, we will be back!!

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I have had the pleasure of dining at Ernest's about 5 five times with co-workers and friends and because of the quality of food, service, location, great parking, privacy and affordable prices, I recommend this high quality restaurant to all.
Thanks for a great evening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Vegan, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy, Seasonal, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

In a word, Ernest's is always a culinary experience like few others. The only thing better than the service is the extraordinary food created by truly gifted students.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 15, 2017

A perennial favourite. The Friday Student Showcase Buffet is a must do but make reservations as this is a well-known "secret" for good reason!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The dining was generally enjoyable. Music selection was appropriate for dining. It would be nice if the volume of music could be turned down a little. Please ask guest not to laugh too loud. Then, it will be an execellent place for quiet and enjoyable dining experience. It will be more suitable for the ambiance if proper dress code could be reinforced. For example, a young man attended dining in a muscle shirt or tank top while we were dining there.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food was so incredible!! We enjoyed every bite for sure. Our server was fantastic and it was so nice that the chefs came out to introduce themselves it was a great touch! Thank you so much for the fantastic experience we will definitely be back!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We had a fabulous Thursday, opening night meal. Candace was professional and yet we could have a few laughs with her also... sign of a great server when they can read their guests.

We were celebrating our anniversary. They brought us 2 glasses of very tasty sparkling wine to start. Very nice touch.

Appetizers:
Yellowfin Tiradito with charred corn, red onion, jalapenos and lemongrass sauce.
- All very good with the exception of the "charred corn". The corn was not to my liking, very dry and chewy.

Bison Carpaccio with shaved Parmesan, marinated greens and Starfruit Chutney.
- Extremely good! Highly recommend.

Raspberry sorbet to cleanse the pallet was absolutely delicious.

Mains:
Grilled Lamb Rack with smoked couscous, carrot puree, asparagus and lamb reduction.
- Husband loved ALL of it even though he normally does not enjoy couscous or purees. I tasted the couscous and my word of caution is if you do not care for the smoky taste then you likely will not care for the couscous but as I said, my husband really enjoyed it.

Beef Striploin with grilled cornbread, Shimeji mushrooms, asparagus and bacon & pea ragout.
- All was very tasty. I'm not a cornbread person, however, it was small and sweet. The only item I would have added are a couple of small roasted potatoes since the cornbread was the starch.

Dessert:
Husband had the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Bourbon Vanilla ice cream that he enjoyed.

This is "Fine" dining so do not expect to be rushed and out the door in an hour. This was a 2 hour enjoyable meal. Cost $97 + tax and well worth it.

Thank you all for making our evening an enjoyable one.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

I have always enjoyed my visits to Ernest's. This is my 3rd visit and would come again. the food is great and the service is excellent

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Excellent dinner experience. The food was very good and the atmosphere was very comfortable. The scallops were amazing, probably the best I have ever had.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Excellent place for lunch. Quiet and good food, prepared with thoght.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Great unrushed meal. Can actually have a conversation!

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Always so good here. Save room for dessert...done in house. The flourless choc cake was delicious and right from the oven. Never disappointing!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We dreamt about the Nashville Chicken all day it was so good! Best chicken I have ever had...so tender and the skin was so crispy with just the perfect amount of heat.
The dessert was also great and worth the wait for fresh baked flourless chocolate cake!
The service is from students and fun to watch them grow and serve their own creations!

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 7, 2017

First time at Ernest's and would strongly recommend it. One tiny suggestion: create a vegetarian option that isn't just pasta. The meals that we had were first rate and as good as fine dining (or better) that we have experienced in some of Edmonton's best restaurants. Particular thanks to Vlad for his service, mixology and meal recommendations.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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