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About 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.

465 N. Arkansas Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Indian

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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(479) 582-0400

Website:
http://www.ellasrestaurant.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Ella's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (10)
Romantic (10)
Special Occasion (8)
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Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Cozy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Casual (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

I’ve been to Ella’s twice now, and had excellent food both times. The beef tenderloin was great on our last visit. The cocktail I ordered was lackluster, but the beer and wine lists are good. The only drawback is that the atmosphere is SO quiet. Sometimes this may be what you want, but it can also feel dead and that may put a damper on the date vibe or special occasion vibe.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Fayetteville)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We enjoyed our brunch at Ella's. The atmosphere is always nice. The seating arrangement makes it easy to have a conversation. The dining room is usually quiet - no loud blaring music. I really appreciate that.
The food was good, but I would like to see some other options for brunch. Many of the choices are very similar. The service was a little below par, the server came very close to spilling hot water on a guest at our table, and also had a few other bumpy dish episodes. Also, it took a long time to get our food, and it was really not that busy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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food3
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service2
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful food and great service! The staff went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Seared scallops were excellent and couscous croquette was delicious. The bite I had of the beef tenderloin will send me back to try that as well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Quiet ambience in elegant historic setting. Food was delicious and the service was great. I really enjoyed the crab and shrimp cakes. We were celebrating my mother's 86th birthday and appreciated the convenient parking and handicap accessible entrance through the basement.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Awesome place.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The caprese appetizer was enough to share. iT WAS SUPER !
The duck was also a great option

Tags: Romantic
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food5
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

THe service here was just horrible. We were there for 1 Hour before any food showed up. But the worst part was our server!! He was rude and condescending. A real jerk. It’s a shame because the place has potential but this guy ruined our evening.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Good food, good service and value. Cozy restaurant

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Was just perfect.

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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our third time there. Very good and consistently high quality food and service. Nice atmosphere. We will definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Second time to restaurant. Lunch food and value were good when I last came. We had dinner this time and while the atmosphere has a rustic elegance about it - love that -, the food was just so-so. Price was too high for the quality of food. If I go back, it will be for lunch only. btw: Service was very good - Friendly and prompt.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic
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food3
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Our second time here. Food very good and also good for conversation as not too loud. Highly recommended!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

A great dining experience! The starters were a little bit late, other than that everything was delightful! Would recommend to anyone willing to take the chance.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were visiting Fayetteville for a football game and chose Ella's based on reviews. Pretty disappointing experience. The service was incredibly slow and we had to repeatedly flag down servers to even get bread for the table. The food was not up to par for the price. They were very busy but for a restaurant of this caliber and price point that is no excuse. The setting in a historic hotel on the Arkansas campus is noteworthy; however the service and food were not.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Expensive but delicious! $130 for two people, appetizer, dessert, one glass of wine, and tip. But it was so so good. But only for an event like a 5 year anniversary like ours. We wouldn't go just for a normal date. Dress nice!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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food4
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Ella's was wonderful. Great service and great food!
A little expensive but great place for our anniversary.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We are from out of town and our local friends suggested your restaurant as a good place for brunch. Great suggestion! And we could actually hear each other.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Wonderful ambience and great food. The server was very knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 21, 2017

While there were surprisingly few people at Ella's, the food was top notch and the service was great. It's a nice choice for a special occasion or date night when you want to be able to chat with your table/date.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We went to Ella's to celebrate our anniversary. We had been there for weekend Breakfast a number of times but decided to try the dinner selection. We started with the shrimp cakes appetizer, similar to crab cakes, which were outstanding. Both our entrees were steaks, mine the rib eye and my wife's the tenderloin. Both our steaks were cooked to perfection and my wife liked the mashed potatoes that came with hers. Mine came with grilled carrots, asparagus, and beets. If you like beets, they were probably pretty good. I don't like beets but still ate about half of them. The bread that came with the meal was very good. We did not do dessert but had dessert coffees, hers Irish and mine Nutty Irish. The coffee at Ella's is the best tasting and smoothest we have ever experienced which is the primary reason we do breakfast there. But the highlight of the meal was the service. Ben, our waiter, was funny, knowledgeable, and knew when to be at the table and when not to. The hostess, I can't remember her name, was also very "Johnny on the spot" when Ben was engaged with other customers to make sure our drinks were filled and dishes cleared when necessary. Also, the remodeling job of the old women's dormitory turned into a hotel is incredibly well done and appointed making it a very comfortable place to come. Ella's is an elegant restaurant that would be an excellent choice for a celebration or simply a high end dinner. Ella's is pricey but compared to other high end restaurants, it is actually a value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Exceptional food, great service and wonderful ambiance. Will definitely return for another dinner date.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on June 4, 2017

We had not been to Ella's in awhile for brunch. Our meal was not their best effort. The chocolate chip pancakes were very thin and maybe 10 chocolate chips. Both our husbands had been looking forward to them and both were disappointed. My other friend had shrimp and grits. The grits were under cooked and crunchy. I had asked for no tomatoes on my Benedict but they were there.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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food3
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Experimented with the five course prix-fixe and wine pairing. The staff and chief provided a wonderful evening with interesting flavors and excellent wine pairing.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 17, 2017

The food was very good and the service was great. We would definitely dine at Ella's again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Visited after graduation ceremony. Thought it would be jammed and it was not. A calm, quiet refined place to eat after such an occasion. A fire in the laundry interrupted our lunch, and I feel we were adequately comped. Food was good. It is a small adult restaurant in a historic hotel. No place for young children who cannot sit still.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Despite my reservation on Open Table, Ella's called me to say they had no available reservations and would put me on a waiting list. Very disappointing.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The Inn at Carnall Hall is charming, but Ella's was a disappointment. Our dinner for four was lackluster; my husband's fish entree was so salty it was inedible, and he is not salt averse. We agreed that while we will return to stay at the Inn, Ella's is not worth the cost, at least, until there is a major change in management. What a shame, to allow such a lovely venue to be both expensive and mediocre at the same time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Attentive service but not intrusive. Extremely good entrees and salads. Drinks are always perfect.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on April 2, 2017

I ordered the fish (had another name, but looked and tasted like smoked salmon) over a biscuit with poached eggs and holandaise. The holandaise was unremarkable and cold. The biscuit was stale. The eggs were hard boiled, no liquid in the middle. The kale was undercooked for something like this, and there was little of it. It was supposed to have fried green tomatoes, which is one of the reason I ordered it. Instead, I got hot house mealy (as they are out of season) red tomatoes. The truffle hash browns were clearly something out of the freezer (not fresh) and then done in truffle oil (really, it was too subtle).

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Ella's is the peak of fine dining in Fayetteville, AR. One of my friends remarked that the pre-dinner cocktails made her feel like she was in MadMen. This place has the sort of quiet class that allows the focus to drift towards conversation and the food. Here, one never feels rushed, and people do not speed as if they are perpetually late. Everyone can sit and allow the food to simmer on their palates with gentle reminders that the wait staff is there to help you have the best experience. Hands down, Ella's is the best fine-eatery in Fayetteville.

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Our mom's weekend dinner was a treat!
Excellent food and service right on U of A campus!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Loved the place - great service and great food - spent our 38th anniversary here and glad we did.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on March 3, 2017

I have often been disappointed by Ella's in the past so was delighted this time with the quality of food, the service, and the ambiance. It is hard to find a nice restaurant that is quiet enough for good conversation, and that's why we chose Ella's. We would have been happier without the live music, but it wasn't too loud. We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 19, 2017

I visited for Sunday brunch and the food was wonderful. Our seating was somewhat scrunched as our chairs were hitting the seats behind us. The amount of time to get our food ran about 30 minutes so don't be in a rush. The dining room was only about 50% full. I will visit again because of the food and hope the service is a bit more timely.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The food was generally above average, everything was a tiny bit too salty though. The drink menu is one of the worst I've been in Fayetteville... at least as far as quality and price go. The mix drink was not good. Great place for a nice meal but not if you enjoy a drink with your food.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Would like to see more breakfast options on Saturday morning menu

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea, People Watching
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Nice little hidden gem in Fayettville. Loved the story behind the bulding.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Outstanding service, great bar and incredible entre's

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Little Rock)·Dined on January 8, 2017

We chose Ella's to celebrate a family birthday, and the service and food was really good. There was a nice selection of breakfast/ brunch items as well as lunch choices. Nice atmosphere as usual for a quiet, lovely place to dine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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