Newell House
Newell House

Newell House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thenewellhouse.com/
  • Phone: (618) 549-6400
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Mark Fontana
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz on Thursdays 7-10pm
    Live Blues on Saturdays 9-11:30pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S. Washington St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking Lot
A word from Newell House
The freshly restored Newell House Restaurant offers great American cuisines with a neighborhood twist. With its casual and unique atmosphere, it serves as a great place to catch up with a few friends or the entire family. Our Grotto Lounge features a fully stocked bar with numerous martini and wine selections. Live Jazz every Thursday at 7:30.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Newell House reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (17)neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (12)romantic (10)good for groups (9)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Not A Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Our service was very good and we enjoyed the atmosphere. But I must say that if I am going to pay the types of prices that are asked, I would like to have an option of sides that I would prefer. To have no options is not something that I appreciated or enjoyed. If asked I told people I was not impressed and that I will not be back if I have a choice in the future.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit to Newell House
    kalaslp16
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our first visit to Newell House and also our 11th wedding anniversary. The food, drinks, and service were all excellent. My husband and I really enjoyed ourselves. We had an early dinner the restaurant was quiet and not very busy, which was perfect. We will definitely be back another time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our experience on Thursday evening
    DeedeeandJack14
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We loved the atmosphere and the music (soft, enchanting). Our server was knowledgeable regarding all dishes. Our appitizer was creole shrimp and was very salty. Everything else was wonderful! It was my husband's birthday and both he and I totally enjoyed our experience. Will continue to dine there and take our guests as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful place to dine
    Dustin
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My wife and I chose to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary at Newell House. We were told many great things about the establishment which is why we decided to go there over other resturants. The food was REAL food made fresh and you could taste it. It wasn't a generic dinner- it was something special. My wife and I both agreed to eat there more often and to always celebrate our anniversary there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Carbondale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Newell House is good, not great. But if you're in Carbondale where there's not much in the way of good cuisine, then it stands out. The chicken piccata was fine; the sautéed brussel sprouts were very good. I do think it is overpriced, but like I said there's not much else in Carbondale.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Tonty
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a very enjoyable experience. Service was outstanding. The salmon was great. We will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing
    coco
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We find The Newell House is a nice quiet relaxing place to go eat and have a few drinks.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome service!!!!
    ypleasant
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The service was awesome. Are server was friendly, made sure we were taken care of, took time to entertain are silliness, and made the overall experience enjoyable. The food was excellent and when they didn't have the wine I wanted the server suggested another one that was a great replacement. I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. It was the perfect place to end a work week and just enjoy a good time!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rampVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Always enjoy dinner at the Newell House. Always. Good food. Good wine. Good ambiance..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Applebee's food at a premium rate.
    willnotreturn
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This was our 2nd time eating at Newell House in 6 years. It was our four year wedding anniversary and decided to give it another try. The wife got a margarita which she loved. I got the ribeye and ordered it medium. It came out well done. I'm not the type of person to send food back because I don't want my wife to wait any longer to eat if she already has her food. She won't eat her meal unless everyone has their food there. The beets and squash that was the side dish was horrible. Just tasted awful. The potato side dish was, ok. Nothing special about it. The steak was also just ok. Nothing special about it. My wife got the chicken piccata. She said it was greasy. The food was the same as applebees, just cost alot more.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AWSOME
    DAZZLINGDIANA711
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Our waiter was a really great I would recommend this restaurant !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SIU Parent's Wkend
    pickydiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal while I was in town for Parent's wkend. The bar staff was extremely friendly and our waiter was very kind and knowledgeable. Food was excellent and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED IT!!!!
    JonDebra324
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a great evening at the Newell House. We had a gift certificate from our kids & finally got to use it. The food, service, & everything that went with it were totally amazing!!! Thank you all so much!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and atmopsphere.
    dcfox78
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Pork Belly in Korean BBQ sauce was absolutely awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • grotto rocks
    ctab5
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is definitely the overall best restaurant option in Carbondale. It is consistent, flavorful and high quality food. Love the Seabass! Service is excellent also. I particularly enjoy the relaxed ambience of the downstairs bar/lounge with live music on Thursday nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Evening
    Dadders
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had dinner following an SIU graduation. Pleasant atmosphere with prompt and attentive service. Food was good and prepared as requested. A nice place to dine in Carbondale!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 40 reviews are from the Newell House reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything was absolutely wonderful! It had been a while since we had been here and we will definitely be back very soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Russ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Service was much better than in the past The food was wonderful A lot of improvement from past trips Enjoyed evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Chef for all seasons :-)
    Particular
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Mark, the Chef, is very talented and creative. He has an impeccable palette and it shows in both his appetizers and entrees. Salads and soups are always both beautiful and delicious. His homemaid pistachio icecream and strawberry lemon scone shortcake is a welcome treat in the Southern Illinois heat. There is no doubt, Newell House could hold its own in any city but luckily for the heartland it's located right here in Carbondale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dining
    Roshark23
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Amazing menu, great staff. Food is outstanding. Worth every cent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed!
    Tfitch
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We went here for my birthday. Service was great. We had the ribeye. They didn't try to so anything fancy to it, but the taste was excellent. Carrot cake was put of this world.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Dinner
    geegee
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had never been there before and was going on a recommendation. We were looking for somewhere we could make reservations because we had our 2yr grgoandchild with us and it was graduation weekend. It was wonderful! Our table was waiting for us when we got there and the service was wonderful. The menu was somewhat limited, but everyone was pleased with their selections. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Tammi
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The Pork Chop entree with the sweet potatoes was excellent. And I love their white chocolate bread pudding. I go their mainly for the dessert! My family and I always so there to celebrate. It's our celebration spot. Whether it's a clean MRI for me (7 years in remission of brain cancer) or someone's birthday, Newell is our spot.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Place
    Gusty
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Newell house has wonderful serving staff. They are very attentive to your requests. The food is fresh and quite tasty. We enjoyed the ambience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch
    EricVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We took a faculty candidate here for lunch. It was not crowded. Easy to get in and out and very good service. A nice surprise for a college town that lacks quality restaurants.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dan, the waiter, was rude.
    Sara
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Dan, the waiter, was rude. Everything else was great.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service
    Linda
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Traveling from St. Louis and found this jewel. The meal was delicious and dessert was to die for. Go for the Choco raspberry And baked marshmallows with homemade graham crackers
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall
    Jordan
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Newell House is a tad on the expensive side but still pretty tasty overall. We had a couple of letdowns with the appetizers as the duck pizza was on of the best things ever according to the waitress but had far to little on it to make it worth the price. Then she recommended the pork bellies on a bed of kale but that turned out to be Brussel sprouts. Our main courses were good; I recommend the pasta jambalaya. Spicy and tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great date night
    jacks
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My boyfriend and I had a great date night at newell house. The service was great and the wine was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I booked Newell House for my 31st wedding anniversary. My husband had never been and he really enjoyed it. He walks with a kane and the host was very helpful. The infused margarita was delicious
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had yet again another wonderful
    Prin
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We had yet again another wonderful dining experience at Newell. Whoever has taken over the menu has done a great job. The food is very tasteful and the service timely. So glad to have this place back on our "Friday night date night" list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good atmosphere
    ksquared2011
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Newell House is one the best restaurants in Southern Illinois. I've eaten here several times and the food and service is always good. The Grotto, which is the restaurant's bar, is very good too and often has live music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    coco
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Waitress was trying to rush us which I can understand a bit but there 8 of us, we all had a dinner, drinks up until we left and a dessert to go.. I though this was rather inappropriate considering we were all buying drinks the whole time we were there! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Family Celebration
    Teacher1
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We met family from Southern Illinois at the Newell House for our Christmas celebration, and it was wonderful! Lovely place, great food, and excellent service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it.
    Dallas
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I'm only in Carbondale about twice a year, and I always make a point to go to Newell House. It's my favorite local restaurant by far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love the Newell House. great
    rampVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    love the Newell House. great place to dine as a couple. great place to go as a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Our experience was delightful. A quiet evening with another couple. Excellent food, service, and could talk easily and be heard.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was not as good as I had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    It was not as good as I had hoped. I would go back, and try something different to see if possibly I just made a bad menu choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service was as
    littlemiss1
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The food and service was as great as expected. It was our anniversary and my husband and I will definitely go back again. One of our favorite places to have a nice dinner on a special occasion in southern Illinois.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for a Date.
    SouperGood31
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    My wife and i celebrated our 10th wedding Anniversary at Newell House, and it was perfect. From the wine to the appetizers and entrees, to the bread pudding and Baileys and coffee for dessert, everything was fresh, hot and wonderful. The service was very attention oriented, and always there when we needed something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.