Our chef Philip Mihalski's cooking approach unites his classic training in some of the most celebrated kitchens in New York City and France with his passion for freshness and simplicity.
When dining at Nell's you can choose from our current seasonal fare or enjoy our five course tasting menu, the finest of what we offer from appetizer through dessert, at a fixed price. Nell's menus are designed to pair beautifully with your wine selection from our large wine list. We also offer vegetarian and vegan options on request.
reliably good food and elegant, quiet setting. Glad to have this place in the hood.
We like nell’s ambience. Comfortable seating and it somehow stays quiet enough to converse across the table.
The food was outstanding. Our only comment is that we wished the waiter had told us that the halibut contained fennel, a spice we don’t particularly like.
Service was impeccable. Quiet setting, food was outstanding.
Nell's is a wonderful restaurant with an interesting menu, excellent food, attentive and pleasant staff, attractive surroundings, and quiet, well-spaced tables.
Excellent food and service! We love this place and we love the menu.
Poor service. We ran out of drinks and water multiple times for extended periods of time over a 2.5 hour dinner. Food was delicious
I am so sorry about your experience dining at Nell's on April 20th. I do really appreciate your review as feedback is so important to our improvement. We made an incorrect staffing decision which resulted in the poor service you received. We would love another opportunity to provide an excellent dining experience if you would give us that chance. Darrell S FOH Manager
Love the food. Love that I can hear people at my table's voices. I really like this place.
We went on the last night of restaurant week and it was delightful
Nell's never disappoints. The selections are always varied and interesting, the food is fresh and well prepared, the service friendly and ambiance inviting. Our favorite of any restaurant we've tried for Restaurant Week.
Lovely well balanced meal with interesting flavors, combined with exceptional service from start to finish. Really nice wine pairing as well. Will defiantly be back soon.
Special restaurant week menu with wine pairings. Always a treat of tasty offerings.
Exemplary food and service.
Nell’s is a bit of an anomaly in the Green Lake neighborhood...this is white table cloth fine dining in the land of (primarily) coffee shops and fast comfort food, like pizza, burgers, and fish & chips.
We had a great experience...the service, food, cocktails, and wine list were absolutely top notch.
That said, the ambiance is sorely lacking and not in line with the price points. The decor reminded us of a lower mid-grade hotel restaurant circa 1990.
We don’t consider ourselves overly concerned with aesthetics. But assuming food/service/beverage program are of the same quality, if I’m going to spend between $200-400 on dinner, why wouldn’t I opt for a place that also offers updated, modern ambience?
This a nice neighborhood place that has great food and wine. We try to go here at least once a month. It is quiet enough so you can actually talk to each other and enjoy the view out over Greenlake.
One of our favorite restaurants. Have never had a bad meal. Always excellent value for money spent. A warm, inviting, and quiet place for a high quality, adult dining experience.
We were there for Restaurant Week so it was packed and noisier than usual. The food was wonderful! We will be back soon.
Ended up at Nell's Tuesday night for restaurant week. Arrived at 6:30 and the place was 3/4's full. Busy, but not too. After receiving the menus, and ordering an aperitif, we discussed the menu with our server, Sky. She explained the dishes in detail, and the wines also. Nice touch ! Well, within 30 minutes, the place was packed. Must be restaurant week so we did the prix fixe ! But the timing of our dinner was seamless. We both had the smoked salmon / grapefruit salad. There was no skimping on the salmon. Very large appetizer ! Sky brought over a mixed basket of fresh homemade bread. YUM ! For entree, my wife had the Seared Tuna with Farro. Four medallions of perfectly cooked tuna. I had the veggie Risotto with cheese. So good ! Nobody does risotto like Chef Phil !!! We were so full from the two dishes that we had them box the desserts and ate them at home about an hour later. All in all a very enjoyable evening and at an exceptional value ! We made a pact to go back next month without the restaurant week craziness !!! Cheers !
We've been going to Nells for many years even before it was Nells. Good food although the halibut was a bit salty, my pork was perfect, service was good, cocktails were good, we definitely will go back.
Wonderful location and ambience, with of view of Green Lake. Perfect size for a feeling of intimacy and calm. The service was excellent and the food fresh & delicious. Unique tastes brought together with just the right touch. I highly recommend this restaurant!
Cozy atmosphere, excellent seared tuna and fantastic wine list.
service was horrible, we been in this restaurant many time, & we love food & service, but not this time!!!!!
Food was OK, setting was OK, service was OK - nothing to rave about except that the setting was nice and food pretty good. Oddly, our 6:30 pm rsvp on a Sunday got us seated at 7:15pm as they were running late. Thought a rsvp was supposed to hold your seat AND we arrived at 6:15.
Wonderful — food, service, pace!
I took my daughter and her fiance' out to Nell's on Saturday evening. Nell's is a cute hands on fine dining restaurant that's still affordable. I had the real deal Halibut, she had the equivalent of a rib eye and he had pork tenderloin. Our table offered a view of the Green Lake park area, our meal selections were fine dining grade awesome and our waitperson was experienced. It was full with repeat customers but the sound level was moderate. It would be simpler just to report that we can't wait to return to Nell's to try some other selections. Thank you Philip and staff! Thomas
This is a great restaurant for a quiet date night or meeting. The food is excellent, as is the service.
Definitely a favorite and consistently good. Great for a casual experience or a special event.
Nell's has been one of the best fine dining restaurants in Seattle for many years. Consistently excellent in all regards. Not hip. Innovative contemporary cuisine with classical roots in a lovely, quiet room overlooking Green Lake. Not to be missed.
Food was great! Everything we had- fish, lamb,salads- all top notch. No pretense. Great food and great service.
Our favorite spot for its combination of sophisticated ambience, inventive (but not weird) menu, attentive service and low sound level. We can actually hold a conversation! A bit pricey but worth a leisurely meal.
Onion tart for appetizer was excellent. Scallops for main course were cooked well but still had some sand grit. The vegetable accompaniment were very unremarkable. Dessert of apple pie seemed to come directly from the refrigerator when I had expected apples to be warm. To top it all our bottle of French wine was not very good. The experience turned out to be very different than our prior visit few months back.
We love Nell's for its elegant food and peaceful ambiance, and have been there many times. Last night we enjoyed the chef's tasting menu, featuring fresh tuna, a risotto, rabbit or beef, and baby vegetables. Delicious! It's right on Green Lake, so has a nice place for a walk afterwards.
I've been to Nell's several times, mostly for their special Chef-oriented dinners (e.g., Julia Child). This time was just a mid-week, regular, no-special-occasion dinner. After I entered the restaurant, it took several minutes before my presence was acknowledged. Eventually the bartender came over to seat me. The restaurant was not full, but possibly a bit over 50% of the tables were taken. Only one server, one runner, one bartender. They were out of my first choice of entree. The food was good, but not exceptional (the chef was in the kitchen this night). So I was underwhelmed.
Forgot how wonderful this place is!
Not sure what your boxes mean on noise level but it was lovely quiet music.
Nell's never fails to serve excellent food. There is enough light that we can read the menu and the noise level is low so we can hear each other talk.
Great meal, as usual, but took 1 hour 45 minutes. No swinging in for a quick bite.
We ordered 4 small entrees. One was excellent.
The salad had too much vinegar.
The oysters themselves were good, but in a red sauce so peppery hot that it was toxic. Destroyed the taste of half of the oysters.
The ravioli arrived on a hot plate, but the ravioli themselves were cold. I don't mean "not hot," but actually cold. A hardboiled egg with a strangely liquid, barely cooked yolk was in the center, also cold. I sent it back to heat up. When it came back the ravioli were boiling hot (good), but the egg was still cold!
Sent it back again ... on return, finally everything was edible.
Service was good, but no apologies for cold ravioli nor egg. Also, no reduction in price.
desserts were excellent.
Year after year, Nell's never fails to serve great food.
Nell’s has been our “go to “ restaurant for years as Saleh al Lago was beforehand.
We have never been disappointed.
Kudos to all the staff at Nell’s.