Inn at Carnall Hall "Ellas's"
What an unexpected GEM of a restaurant. Located inside of Carnall Hall (a hotel gem as well) on the campus of University of Arkansas, this was a lovely experience with fantastic food and service. While a fairly traditional menu, serving all palates, the Chef has really outdone himself with his presentations and the interesting approach to sides. Pastry Chef was equally impressive!
You have to try this out!!! And, so nice to have a beautiful room, small hotel, fantastic atmosphere with this caliber of restaurant onsite!
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ella's Restaurant a NW Ark Standout
Ella's Restaurant is a standout in northwest Arkansas -- we think it on par with Birmingham's Highland Bar and Grill. On our most recent visit, we shared a shrimp and grits starter - wonderful - and followed that with main courses of grilled pork chops served with bacon roasted brussel sprouts and maple glazed sweet potatoes - each item splendid by itself and bliss together. Chef Lyles buys his excellent Berkshire pork in the Ozark hills.
Our waiter was knowledgeable and professional as one who knows the menu by having watched the food prepared and having eaten it -- all of this and obtrusive.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very nice. Perfect for any
Very nice. Perfect for any University of Arkansas occasion. Excellent main dish entree's. Relaxed atmosphere. Live guitar was very nice.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was our first visit to
This was our first visit to Ella's and it won't be our last. We had reservations and were seated promptly and courteously. We didn't try anything from the appetizer menu although it was very tempting. The house salad was beautifully presented and those in the party who had it said it was delicious. The Ceasar salad was a pleasant surprise with the grilled romaine and the spicy flavor of the dressing. The highly recommended pork chops were spot on. The chicken and a special-of-the-evening fish were very good as well. Everyone was very delighted with the side dishes that, unlike in many fine-dining restaurants are served more to enhance the presentation than please the palate, were delicious!
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
My food was incredible. I
My food was incredible. I had the chicken marsala and it was perfect. The food takes awhile to come out so don't go here if you're in a hurry. This place is perfect for a leisurely lunch with friends.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant CALLED ME about a change I made in time. When we arrived, they had no record of my reservation but luckily had room. Won't be using this 'service' again.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special Night Out
We enjoyed the dining experience. Great food and courteous service. Only complaint was waiting thirty minutes between courses when only four other tables occupied. Steak great but blood red for medium. Another table sent their steak back and one other table patron actually went to kitchen door and knocked to address an issue. Not sure what was all the matter. Great flour less cake. Just seemed a bad night for some reason. Waiter very nice.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
My husband and I, our daughter and granddaughter went to Ella's for brunch on Mother's Day and really enjoyed it. We were a few minutes early for our reservation but were seated immediately. The food was great and the service was excellent. We will definitely go back again!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
When I thought about a special place to take visiting friends, the first place that came to mind was Ella's. I was proud to introduce my Minnesota friends to the beauty of Ella's - both in the surroundings, the presentation and the quality of food served. I will be back!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a delicious dinner at Ella's. The food was incredible (I had the Chef's special) and presentation very attractive. I will definitely go back on a personal level. However, the service was not on par with the food and ambience (practically non-existent); I hope they can put a little more emphasis in this area. It would be difficult to take a client to Ella's even though the food and atmosphere are wonderful, due to the uncertainty of when the server will resurface.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The building has a special feeling and the vibe is old school collegiate. Service was great. We went on a slow night so we had the place to ourselves. I would go again.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
You have to try the crab cakes as an appetizer (or lunch itself). They are amazing.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are frequent dinners and as such always on the look for something different. We found this restaurant on Open Table and decided to try. We missed the brunch hour but made it for lunch. All dishes were very good, by far surpassing my expectations, the service was excellent and the price very reasonable. We had a fantastic chowder, followed by a very tasty pasta and bread pudding for desert. We shared most dishes as the portion was large. I will definitely come back and have been recommending to others.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
When we first saw this restaurant,
When we first saw this restaurant, we thought it had potential. The potential was more than delivered with great food and service. In addition, it was one of the quietest restaurants we have been to in a long time. An excellent dining experience we hope to repeat very soon.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Historic campus location
Booked Ella's for my lunch bunch group. Very easy with the Open Table reservation system. Not my first time at Ella's. Food is always good but sometimes service is a little slow. Everything was great this time. They were very nice when only 3 of my party of 8 showed up. They weren't very busy.
I had the Beer battered cod. It was nicely done outside crisp and inside tender. Their burgers are always good too.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service for that special occasion. Will be interested to see how Ella does with a new chef.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday Dinner at Ella's
We were in town visiting for the weekend. I had been trying to plan a special birthday dinner. Ella's ended up being amazing! Great service for starters. Our server, Ben, could not have been more spectacular. Dinner was so delicious! Everything from the Mussels, grilled Ceasar Salad, Gnocchi and Pork Chop. We could not have asked for a better place to celebrate a birthday!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was expertly prepared
Food was expertly prepared and the staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about menu items.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
My mother roomed at Carnall Hall during WWII, so being there and at Ella's, is always a special occasion. The staff is courteous and helpful. The food is great and nicely presented.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
1st Time Impressions
We had intended to try Ella's for several years and finally did so for our anniversary. It was great. The food was outstanding as was the service. The ambience added so much to the evening. While in a university setting, it was quiet and the dining room was beautifully appointed. We will return!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Landmark Restaurant
Ella's is housed in the Inn at Carnall Hall right on the campus of Univ of Arkansas. Food was great. Ambience was very nice. It could have been stuffy, but it was really quite relaxing. We ate brunch and the Hollandaise sauce actually had that lemony flavor that is often missing. Pancakes were flavored quite nicely with cinnamon and fruit. The burger was a nicely stacked meal with a fried onion ring garnish. The only meal that was only just "good" was the crab cakes. They are typical of what you find in the south. (sorry but noone makes them as good as a Marylander!) A very nice experience and we will definitely make a visit here again.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful place, people were amazing. It was a special birthday dinner for my bf.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely brunch and staff, and it's nice to support the university whenever possible.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
serene pleasant atmosphere
enjoyed breakfast at Ella's and have zero complaints. Atmosphere was lovely, comfortable and the food and service was outstanding. What is not to like? Highly recommend and would go there again without hesitation
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh and declious Sunday
Fresh and declious Sunday brunch. Took our U of A students to dine and was served quicly, large portions and not the same old brunch egg dishes. After sat on the porch and admired the view of Old Main. Trying dinner soon.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A special night for a grandson to take his grandmother to dinner. It was cold and rainy outside, but warm and inviting inside. There was beautiful music playing in the background. The restaurant was quiet and we were able to have a conversation! The shrimp and grits were delicious as was the chicken marsala. The presentation of the plates was beautiful! This was my first visit, but I will definitely return. We couldn't have asked for a better choice for a special night.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time at Ellas. We had dinner before going to the theater. Ben our server was fantastic and very helpful with recommendations. There was a mix up on one of our meals, but all three of the dishes we ordered were wonderful. It was a little pricy, but worth it for a special night out. Very Pleasant experience
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding campus choice
Generally campus restaurants leave something to be desired, but not Ella's. We've eaten there on several occasions and this was the best! The tenderloin sliders on home made brioche bus with poblano chees sauce were great.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ideal Location for Romantic Dinner
My wife and I had a romantic dinner at Ella's in celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary. The food,drink and ambience we're exceptional.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had not been to Ella's for
I had not been to Ella's for dinner in some time and past experiences had been spotty. But our recent dinner was terrific. The food was delicious, with reasonable portions and attentive service. We had the chefs selection five course dinner. The food combinations were interesting and very appetizing. Service was attentive, but not overpowering. We had a lovely evening.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM