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Ernest's at NAIT

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804 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
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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
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Cuisines
Global, International, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Banquet, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Nice setting, parking close by; staff was friendly & courteous, servings generous, attractive presentation, food tasty; price not cheap but reasonable value; reservations easy to make/change through OpenTable

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Yesterday was my second visit to Ernest's; I had been there in March with my husband and was very impressed with both the service and the food. This time I took a friend there for lunch for her birthday. While both the food and service were still very good, I had a couple of concerns. First, I left a note when I made the reservation indicating that I am allergic to corn in any form but what was brought to our table for an amuse-bouche? A container of popcorn. Fortunately, my friend has a hearty appetite and was able to eat my share as well as hers. Then, skipping to dessert - my chocolate cake came with caramel popcorn scattered around the plate. Of course, I had to send it back and then wait quite a while for a replacement. I think closer attention needs to be paid to food allergies; mine is not the deathly anaphylactic shock variety, but I do get very sick if I have corn in any form.
Overall, however, our dining experience was very nice and I still would recommend Ernest’s for lunch or dinner. My friend was a bit disappointed in the amount of food in her entrée (she had the beef strip loin steak), but I reminded her that this was a lunch, not a dinner, entrée. (When my husband and I had dinner there last month, there was so much on our plates that we had to take a good amount home.) My Caesar salad was excellent, and the breads made on-site were to die for. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our desserts and my friend said that the impressive chocolate fondue experience was amazing. A particularly nice touch was "Happy Birthday!" written in chocolate on her plate. She also enjoyed the home-made beef soup starter.
All in all, Ernest’s provides an excellent dining experience and I look forward to going again.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Came to Ernest's for an anniversary dinner. Wonderful food and fantastic presentation. It was really nice to know you are supporting some young, up and coming chefs. I would highly recommend this to everyone who is looking for a fine dining experience with a comfortable, casual feel.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The staff was very friendly, and attentive. The dishes were attractive and very tastey. Parking was free and very close. I had wanted to dine at Ernests for many years and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Loved the food, but have to say, our server Jo was the very best part of our evening. She was exceptional, attentive and a pleasure to share our evening with.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was fantastic. Our server Daveica was amazing.Total dining experience was top shelf.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We recently attended the Friday Student Showcase buffet. It was reasonably priced and the food and service was exceptional. Book early to avoid being disappointed. We will definitely be back. They have gift certificates available - I plan to pick some up for birthdays in the Fall.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The food and service was Amazing. We will definitely be going again

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Service and food was excellent !!! Well worth going again.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Lovely professional people working hard. Croissants were the best we've tried since Christian Maison Fauvre in Montreal. Beef roasted to perfection. Some peculiar appetizers, but I think that is more of a preference issue. Staff were exceptionally friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We dined with friends, service and food was very nice, will come again. Thank You Marie

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

A great food experience.....the service, food and ambiance were beyond our expectations. Thanks for taking such good care of us!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Glad was a fabulous waiter. His wine and food pairings were spot on! The food was excellent! I have already recommended Ernest’s to friends.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We had the meatball appetizer, beef ribs and chocolate lava cake. Very nice presentation. The beef ribs were tender and tasty but had too much gravy. Otherwise it was a great lunch and would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This is an amazing lunch buffet. I like supporting the leaning experience for hospitality and culinary students. The food and service are excellent! Would recommend it to anyone.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Always have a great time when dining at Ernest's it was fantastic! Wonderful service and a truly delicious meal!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Ernest at NAIT was a nice surprise! I had a better experience than at some well-established restaurants around town. The food cooked by the student chefs at NAIT tasted really good and I plan on visiting them again

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

My husband & I had a deeeeelicious meal with wonderful service on March 20 at Ernest's at NAIT. It was gourmet all the way - beginning with the "amuse bouche" that came along with a variety of artisanal breads and bread sticks baked on-site, plus three kinds of butter (regular, garlic, and either cayenne or paprika - I forget which); a salad of heirloom tomatoes & burrata with lemon olive oil, basil, micro greens & 12-year-old balsamic vinegar; and blackberry sorbet to cleanse the palate; followed by the entrees. Louis had roasted lamb rack with Moroccan couscous, fonseca port sauce, & beets while I had the "AAA" beef strip loin with roasted fingerling potatoes, beets, and beech mushrooms in mondavi cabernet sauce. For dessert we had our favourite creme brulees and lattes. It was a meal worthy of the finest gourmet restaurant. And much appreciated was the Tuesday- Friday deal whereby for
$45 (with flight of wine - $60) one could have one's choice of any starter, entree, and dessert on the menu. I can see why Ernest's was named one of Canada's top 100 restaurants by Open Table. I would (and have) heartily recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a wonderful dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my Birthday Dinner on Friday, the service was fantastic and the food was great. Thank you

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were impressed with the presentation, the service and the delicious food. Comparable with high end restaurants without the high end prices.
We plan to return again soon.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I love the variety of food choices at the buffet. I normally am not fond of buffets, however the selection, the presentation and most importantly the taste is superb! The creativity of the students is note worthy! Well done!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Everything was top notch. from the amuse-bouche to the coffee that came with dessert and the great service that made everything happen.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

It's amazing. Food. Service. Wine list. ALL Good.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Anniversary dinner

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The staff were amazing and the food as always was amazing! Thank you for accommodating all of our extra requests! As always a fantastic experience and will definately be back!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We learned about Earnest’s on Global News when some students were interviewed about an upcoming competition. We were in town and needed somewhere to go and thought of Earnest’s.
It was easy to find and surprisingly elegant. We were pleasantly greeted very well treated. The food and service were terrific!
We have and will be highly recommending to anyone we talk to!
Verner

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Enjoyed my lunch although service was quite slow; took 2 hours.

While the plating of the lamb shank is lovely, it is difficult to cut and eat the meal in a rounded bowl, perhaps another plate option would be better.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Food and service was great! Wish there was more on the plate though - need more food. Had the eat-learn-celebrate and all choices were delish. Would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Food was excellent and service impeccable as always.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Ernest's never fails to please. We didn't have wine, but I checked their wine list and it has several choices on it. We were celebrating birthdays, and it was a delicious, leisurely lunch.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The lunch buffet at Ernest's is fantastic. There is so much to choose from, and you will always find something you like. Delicious, and quite creative, the variety never disappoints. It's hard to believe you can enjoy such excellent food for such a reasonable price. Well done, students and instructors!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent in all ways. A real treat. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I loved trying the interesting items, some I loved others were just not my taste, but I enjoyed the experience. The servers were very professional and friendly and knowledgeable.

Overall was a good experience.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

For fabulous food and ambience, Ernest's is a model of 5 star dining in Edmonton. I love the variety of food available at the Friday buffet lunches. Loved the variety of salads and the dessert table was outstanding. Will definitely keep coming back.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

This place is always fantastic! Students do their best!! Food is amazing

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent food. Best value and quality. I would strongly recommend to all my friends.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent food, attentive service, happy with the bill. We'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We well received even though we were very early for our reservation. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. The wine that was suggested to go with our meal was perfect. The atmosphere was very relaxed and we did not feel rushed through our meal as every course was well timed. My husband really enjoyed the Beef Short Ribs, they fell off the bone and the meat was so tender. I had the Pork T-Bone that was served with a very tasty sauce. The Beet Salad was most refreshing. Could have done without the live guitar playing , it's not something we enjoy. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Enjoyed the meal and our server was excellent. Will be back!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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