Ella's Restaurant
Ella's Restaurant

Ella's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ellasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (479) 582-1400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:
    Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am; Saturday and Sunday 7:00am -11:00am; Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Brunch:
    Sunday 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner:
    Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Indian
  • Executive Chef: William Lyle
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Ella's Restaurant
Enjoy fine dining with a pinch of history at Ella’s Restaurant in the Historic Inn at Carnall Hall on the University of Arkansas campus.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Ella's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (22)great for brunch (17)fit for foodies (14)romantic (13)great for lunch (10)notable wine list (8)good for groups (6)neighborhood gem (4)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • It's good for the location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Ordered the sea bass, it came a bit overcooked with totally flavorless glass noodles and boring julienned veg. Stick with the pork chop or steak.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deteriorated
    tastR
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Half of one filet was unchewable gristle. Other better but not tender. Mashed potatoes peppered beyond tolerance.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Historic Gem
    arkdiner
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Historic gem with excellent food and service. Was a great setting for a birthday brunch celebration.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch and visit
    jbo1940
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The whole experience was delightful! Food was very good, atmosphere perfect. Our wait staff was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    diningdave
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Excellent venue for Sunday brunch in Fayetteville. Elegant, quiet and stately. Our service was good, thanks Jason. Food ranged from stuffed French toast to crabcakes benedict to an all-American breakfast of eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy. Everyone loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect pick for Game Day
    Razorback85
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Ella's is such a convenient spot to dine on the University of Arkansas campus with the added benefits of taking reservations, offering parking even on game days, and an easy walk for students. The wait staff doesn't rush you -- leisurely conversation in a relatively quiet dining room is a treat. I've dined at Ella's several times now; the food is consistently delicious and served attractively. I had forgotten that Saturday is brunch, but there are a few more traditional lunch-type offerings on the menu. At least one person in your party should try the stuffed French toast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very pleasant place for brunch
    Playwright
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our brunch on Sunday was very nice. The food was well prepared, the service was fast, friendly and professional. I had a couple of crab cakes and my husband had a cheeseburger. We both were happy with our choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ella's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food and nice staff. Food took a long time to come out.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant
    Monty
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Ella's is a favorite restaurant to visit. The food is always of superb quality, and it is always cooked perfectly. Highly recommend this establishment for anyone who enjoys a relaxed, fine-dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant!
    NWAfoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Once again, Ella's was spectacular. Their summer, seasonal menu brought a good mix of fresh, local ingredients to some of their staple dishes, such as the rib eye and filet. The staff was very attentive but not overly burdensome. Our courses were staggered at appropriate intervals, allowing plenty of time to enjoy each course without feeling rushed or as if the kitchen had forgotten your order. Not to mention, the location within Carnall Hall makes it a great place to enjoy a meal. On the whole, Ella's remains one of Northwest Arkansas' best restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    Lovetoeatout
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Ella's is always at the top of our list when dining out! We love it, food, staff, comfort, all of it. We look forward to many years of wonderful dining at Ella's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't waist your time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Friendly people but teribble food. Don't waist your money!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing All-Around!
    StephenH
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Everything was fantastic, from the moment we arrived and our table was ready for us, to the time we left with a sensation of complete satisfaction. We just went for an early lunch to celebrate our one year anniversary. We were completely taken care of during our time at Ella's, no water glasses were left empty, no whims were not catered to. All of the staff were so friendly, and the food was quite possibly the most delicious meal I have had the pleasure of savoring here in Fayetteville, AR. We had the crab cakes (amazing), the tilapia po boy with gumbo, saki brined pork loin in Asian plum sauce and finished with a glass of Moscato and the Oblivion Tort. I would completely recommend this restaurant and any of the dishes I mentioned A+++! :D
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 78 reviews are from the Ella's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Wonderful
    nixblue
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I surprised my husband on our 10th anniversary by taking him to dinner at Ella's. It was perfect, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Our waiter was great and the food was delicious. The shrimp & grits appetizer was yummy, the salads were amazingly reshape & our steaks were seasoned & cooked to perfection. Thanks to everyone at Ella's for making our special night even more special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great service, great food. Great atmosphere. Bartender went out of his way to assist us. Everyone was wonderful. Placed us in quiet corner with good view for our special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service and excellent food
    Paddy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I took my granddaughter to Ella's for a special lunch together. The restaurant was a little quiet for a Friday afternoon but still the service and food were excellent. Timing of our appetizers and meal was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HoustonDiner
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Only 3 occupied tables, but unbelievably slow.......took at least an hour to get our breakfast......this caused us to be late to get to airport for a flight.....even when we told them we HAD to leave, they still would not bring check......claimed the printer was not working.....finally told us they would comp the meal, but when I got home and looked online at my credit card statement, they charged us the full price even though they knew how poor the service was and how unhappy we were.....great tasting food, but will NOT recommend to anyone due to unbelievably bad service.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • homegrownArkie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Reserved table was ready & waiting for us when we arrived. Brunch was yummy & waiter kept my coffee mug filled! Atmosphere was wonderful & relaxing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Slow Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was good but I hardly noticed because after waiting for 1.5hrs for my food, I was starving. I am sure anything would have tasted good after that wait. I do not think I will ever return to this restaurant. I did not even get to have dessert because they were closing by the time I finished my dinner even though my reservation was a 7:30pm and they close at 10pm. The food is not worth the wait.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Stubb8c5
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I met another couple for dinner at 7 PM. Food and service were excellent. Slow paced and enjoyable. They placed us by a window which was very nice. Could feel the history of the 1905 building.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    dinerguy123
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The waitstaff went above and beyond to make it a special occasion and they succeeded!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ella's = Quality
    txvictoria
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    My third visit to Ella's was on a Thursday night. Due to a popular offsite event it was pleasantly quiet and the menu was limited. The food and service was, as usual, exceptional. The shrimp and grits appetizer is a great Southern treat. Ella's is expensive, but well worth the cost, especially for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very satisfied
    SaintJames2
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Food was great and service was superb! I definitely find everything good. Will plan on going again and invite friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Gibb188
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Steak, potatoe, veg. All very good. Wine list very good. Peach bread pudding was an excelent ending.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but very slow.
    jrs77
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We went to Ella's on a Monday night to celebrate our anniversary. The food was excellent, but it took a very long time for it to be served. We had and 8:00 reservation. We did not get our entrees until after 9:00. I had the ribeye and my wife had the chicken and risotto entree. Both entrees were very good. But by the time we finished our dinner, they wouldn't even offer us a dessert menu, as they probably wanted to close up. Again, this was a Monday night and there were 2 or 3 other tables of people, so it was not busy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, great atmosphere
    JudyinAnnArbor
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We went to Ellas expecting a good meal in classy surroundings, and we weren't disappointed. The layout of the menu could use a re-design, but the list itself was well thought out - items that (except for the sea bass) are typical of the region, prepared in ways that are imaginative without going over the top. Portions were good, and we appreciated the kitchen splitting our salads and entrees for us. Preparation was impeccable -- Chef Mike is doing a great job. The ambiance was perfect - quiet and comfortable, refined but not pompous. All in all, an excellent experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere; excellent food
    SofioFay
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I had lunch with a companion this week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ella's is a calm, quiet beautiful place. Excellent food, well presented, with attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise!
    Reviewer17
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Had a great brunch with my daughter, a student, for her birthday. Eggs lightly poached as requested. Good value. Nothing close in the area. Wow not A chain! Go hogs!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ella's at Carnall Hall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I took out-of-town guests to Ella's for brunch/lunch, and everyone at the table raved about the food. The Mimosas were perfect, and my Eggs Benedict were delicious and cooked to perfection. The prices were reasonable, and the wait staff was attentive without being a nuisance.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Reviewer2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was just OK; the service was too slow. We were seated at 7:45 and the dinner was served at 8:55pm. Our server was very nice, though. The live music was great.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy
    Coz2
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Ella's is a cozy place to relax and enjoy a nice meal with the one you love. The only downside was the service. Waiter was very nice, but not very knowledgeable about the menu and it took way too long to get our food. But even with that we will probably go again. We will just make sure we plan extra time, an d hopefully our waiter will not be new and be a little more knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The entire staff, cuisine and ambiance turned our evening out for dinner into a special night, other dining establishments in the area should take notes on how it's supposed to be done. Ella's is a 'must' for us anytime we return to the Fayetteville area, many thanks to your entire staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anonymous
    Nocrowd
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We prefer that few people find out about Ella's. Might get too crowded & we'd have to wait for a table or reservation. Food is always superb. Atmosphere calm, quiet, unhurried, casually dignified. Attentive, well dressed and helpful waiters. Thank God for no loud music. A treasure for the U of AR, we think.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance!
    backinfayetteville
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I love this place. The food is good -- could be a little better but the dining room is so lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great first visit
    Soonerjoel
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Very good food, although it took some time to get appetizer. The server was very nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best !!!
    Ralph
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Rita was an international flight attendant for 15 years....dined in most countries. Never has she experienced the quality food and service found at Ellas. Our server had outstanding knowledge of food and wine. We dine at Ellas on all our anniversies, and most holidays. There is NO better place in eat known to man !!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    PhpfVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Food and service are the forte. The ambiance could be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    Jeannie
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    The setting and artwork were lovely, but the food in this former women's dorm on campus was truly outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food
    DjLj
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The Duck Confit Crepes with Sweden Creek Shiitakes plate was fantastic! However, all the food was great; Ella’s House Salad with Slow Roasted Tomato; Cranberry Raisin and Chiffonade Basil Bourbon Cream Sauce Pasta; Warm Frangelico Infused Chocolate Cake. Thank you for the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Ella's is my favorite restaurant in northwest Arkansas! The ambience is perfect! If you're in a hurry, it's not the place to go. But if you want to linger, savor the food and conversation in a quiet atmosphere, this is the place for you. The food is always delicious, the service is impeccable, and the staff is friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.