Nest and Ernest’s win critical acclaim

by | Dec 15, 2017 | News, Uncategorized

NAIT’s own restaurants are receiving critical acclaim.

Ernest’s has been named one of the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada for 2017 by
OpenTable diners.

The winners are based on more than 500,000 restaurant reviews submitted by diners using OpenTable between Nov. 1, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2017.

“This is fantastic news.” said Ernest’s maitre d’ Mitch McCaskill.

“It’s a tribute to the work we do at NAIT and at Ernest’s in trying to be leaders in the industry,” McCaskill said. “At the end of the day, it’s the students who put us in the Top 100, because it’s the food they create and the hospitality they provide that puts us among
the best restaurants in the country.”

This is the second year Ernest’s has been recognized by OpenTable. In 2016, it was named one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in Canada. OpenTable is an online reservation tool used by more than 2,000 restaurants across the country.


The Nest Taphouse Grill has won Edmonton’s Best Campus Bar award for the third straight year, courtesy of Best Bar None. The NAIT Students’ Association bar edged out MacEwan’s Towers on
Fourth Pub, the U of A’s Room at the Top and Dewey’s at the eighth annual Best Bar None Edmonton accreditation and awards night on Nov. 22.

“Congratulations to all the winners and accredited establishments for their commitment to provide patrons a safer and enjoyable experience,” said Alain Maisonneuve, acting president and chief executive officer, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

“Over the past eight years, the continued success of this program is a result of a collaboration between industry and our partners, the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Police Service, who are helping to address alcohol-related harms and promote responsible consumption.”

The awards celebrate venues’ commitment to safety and responsible service.

Other winners are:
● Bar/Lounge: Central Social Hall
● Hotel Bar: The Lion’s Head Pub – Radisson, Edmonton South
● Restaurant and Bar: Provincial Kitchen and Bar
● Restaurant and Bar, Separate Lounge: Boston Pizza Lounge (Mill Woods)
● Small Pub: Kelly’s Pub
● Pub: Hudson Canada’s Pub (Whyte Avenue)
● Large Pub: O’Byrne’s Irish Pub
● Club: The Ranch Roadhouse
● Casino: Century Casino


– Michael Menzies, Senior Editor

– Photo by Kathleen Freeman

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