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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.
Edmonton, AB T5G 2R1
Global, International, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
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.
118 Ave & 106 Street
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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 Passes must be requested immediately by emailing email@example.com 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.
#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.
Chef Michael Hassall & our Culinary seasoned Chef instructors/Second year Culinary students
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.
Ernest's at NAIT Ratings and Reviews
We had been wanting to try Ernest’s for a long time and finally had the chance to go for my wife’s birthday. We specifically told our waiter that we don’t eat pork so if he could please let us know the menu items which contain pork or substitute with something else. We got our meals and our side dish had bacon in it- and lots!! After asking the server if it was bacon (because it looked like it), he said no- it’s red potatoes. I took one bite and it was definitely bacon and not potato. We were not too happy since the order took longer than it should have to begin with. Our server was very apologetic and ordered new meals for us. The chef came out and apologized which was really nice of him. The new meals were fantastic (rack of lamb). They did their best to compensate for the error which made us feel better. I would go back despite this experience as the food was amazing.
All aspects of service was commendable; from the greeting upon arrival, the visit from the chef and our server. The soup was wonderful, the char very good, the lamb tasty however not well trimmed and therefore not as pleasant to eat as it might have been. The custard desert was wonderful (suggested by our server) and enjoyed by all.
The guitar music was beautiful and provided a quiet atmosphere that we all appreciated.
We will return!
I have been to Ernest’s several times and have never been disappointed. This time was again outstanding. It was a 3 course lunch which 3 choices from each course. No one in our group was disappointed in any of their selections.
Recommend Ernest’s as one of the gems of the Edmonton area.
Wonderfully prepared food. Came with friends for the four course special Christmas dinner and it did not disappoint. Each course was delicious and perfectly prepared. Service was good but our server was still learning the nuances of fine dining service.
Will definitely try to visit this gem more often.
Pleasant servers, good food choices, food allergies addressed. Server tended to place and remove from either side of the people so it was hard to predict and move/lean out of the way, or drinks poured across in front of someone rather than going around to the other side. Seemed awkward for us and the server. Food was tasty, excellent seafood chowder, salad was fine - sort of a deconstructed style. Meatballs appies were very good. Chicken dish was flavorful, beef was melt in your mouth although it was only room temperature. Desserts were very good. I found the cinnamon bun had an over baked top crust but I liked the add in if the pear within the bun and the ice cream was delicious. We will be back.
I took my husband to Ernest's for a special Christmas meal. He had never been there before and was impressed with the meal. He spoke about the the quality of products used, the size of the portions, the value for the meal, the friendly service and the overall experience. It was my second time and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. We will be back to try their lunch meals as well as their brunch. I have already recommended this restaurant to others and will continue to do so.
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