Nell's

4.7
1256 Reviews
$31 to $50
Northwest
Nell's is an intimate, chef-owned restaurant located in the vibrant Green Lake neighborhood. Open for dinner seven nights a week, Nell's offers European-inspired New American cuisine featuring the finest Northwest seasonal ingredients. If we do not have your desired reservation time available online, please give us a call.

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.

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.
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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jayF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service, and dining environment! Our special night out go to place - birthdays, special occasions, out of town guests, and other celebrations.

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viphappygirl58
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the mahi mahi and venison, all well prepared. Nice birthday dinner

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vipBillymc
Seattle
88 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each evening is a treat-best of the season with local ingredients. Every course is prepared with extra care and the delicate saucing. We are frequent flyers here!

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vipSeattlefoodie
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had delicious fish and pork dishes. Great preparation and nice setting

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Susan
Seattle
55 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great food. Love that they have small plates so I was able to have 2! Dessert was amazing too. Definitely will go back

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DavidN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The noise level was due entirely to a party of 6 at a nearby table talking very loudly. Not much the restaurant could have done about that. On previous visits quiet conversation was possible.

Nell's is the favorite special-occasion restaurant for my wife and I, but pricey for more than 1 or 2 visits a year.

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VikkiC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely quiet dinner .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Hanger steak was too salty, rack of lamb portion was paltry. Interior is a bit old and tired. Service was fine. Location benefits from having a patio facing the park/lake.

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vipPeterH
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE love this place. it's kind of locals hangout. In the summer, you can sit outside and watch the joggers go by at Greenlake. Food is always good and thewine list is excellent.

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Speedroberts
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service on every visit. Wonderful outside dining weather permitting .

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vipJP15
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place continues to be one of the best kept secrets in Seattle. Amazing NW ingredients with a french style of cooking. Just unbelievably good!

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RajiniC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Our Mothers Day became special at Nell's Kitchen. The proxmity to Green Lake made possible a long walj before dinner. Ambience was great. Food - I shall vouch for chicken and pork ribs. Fish - not so. This is a pricey place but the clean and crisp ambience is worth it

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sliverdragon37
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Upscale restaurant that focuses on what matters: the food. Expensive, yet a bargain.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and wonderful service. Had the whole outdoor patio all to ourselves. Will definitely be back again soon

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WilliamS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The servers were very nice, but unfortunately the food just really wasn't very good. High-quality restaurant pricing for truly standard food. We did the restaurant week menu but I will say that the wine pairing was well done! If you're looking for a fun ambience, this isn't the place. It seems to be a converted hotel lobby, and the clientele is definitely on the senior side. Nice views of Greenlake from the patio, though.

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PeteG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

At nell's you can be assured of a pleasant dinner. Food is very good, and wine list is excellent. Service was great as I have come to expect from Nell's.

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Foodlover
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have visited Nells a number of times and it has always been wonderful. This time though we were seated where we have never been seated before. It would have been a great location except that we were facing a black and white drawing of a woman's head bound by string with her tongue protruding. As you can imagine, this was not conducive to a relaxing meal, nor was it consistent with the quality of the food. I would recommend a visit to Nells but suggest you take a quick look at the art that you will be viewing during your meal before settling in at the table. With a bit of luck, the picture will be replaced before you get there!

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ToddJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place. Top of the line quality food, employees VERY courteous and plenty of parking.

Price is high so be aware but it comes with quality everything.

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vipGaryh
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both outstanding! We are going back tomorrow to have exactly the same thing - asparagus salad and chicken from the restaurant week menu.

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vipDebbieG
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us went for restaurant week and to celebrate 2 birthdays! Our food choices were delicious and presented beautifully! It was so nice to be out with good friends!

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vipapplecart
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Parking is a problem. Nell's cannot help you if their lot is full.

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tandemrider
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We ordered 3 servings of the Mahi Mahi and were overcooked and dry. The lamb chops were undercooked. The service was very slow considering that the place was almost empty when we arrived at 5:45 pm for our reservation.
We have eaten there before and our experience was much better.

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Chris
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal in almost every level. The hangar steak was by far the most fabulous steak I’ve had in eons. The service was great; the right amount of interaction and interest in our experience. Drinks were tasty. This is such a great restaurant worth going more.

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vipFasteddie1
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service ! Food was superb, as always. Wines too. The place was empty so it was very romantic. We will go back soon ! Cheers !

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Ashley
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very accommodating with a last minute reservation time change. The food was delicious and there were lots of delicious options on the menu

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vipBillymc
Seattle
89 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to go to a very special place to enjoy the best of local cuisine. We starred with the puréed parsnip soup which was rich in flavor , and had shaved apples to add an extra flavor - delicious!
The salads were delightful with very ripe goat cheese and delicate greens, and the fennel and beet that had great flavors with a nice crunch. The black cod was bathed in broth and surrounded by tasty beans and greens. Duck confit was fall off the bone delicious and tasty in the classic way. We were full, but shared the flourless chocolate cake and some Warre ‘s ports. We will be back soon and glad they are open during the crazy covid -19 scare!

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foodlover
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Nells hit another home run. Food is inspired, innovative and delicious. We went in part to support this iconic restaurant during this virus scare. Because of this the place was appropriately “socially distanced”. Good time to go.

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vipTimV
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Nell’s. The food is superb and the ambience lovely.

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vipPianist
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were the only customers during the outbreak and staff made a great, safe experience. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasting menu is fabulous and a lot of food.

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Smokewagon
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going for years for our anniversary. My wife's parents went for years before us. A very fine dining experience. Exciting food.

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TheresaR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I have a business client in town I know I can rely on Nell's. We were very casually dressed owing to travel;, but we were served with the same professional attention.

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Lynn
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Some entrees were”out” at 6:30 pm on Saturday night. Menu is somewhat limited.
Too much kale, Brussels sprouts in accompaniments. Disappointing relative to
Great history of excellent food.

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PeterN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nell's never has an off night, it is always a pleasure.

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JaneW
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding - lovely waitstaff, talented & accommodating chefs, delicious food in a calm atmosphere.

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WilliamP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The only fine dining restaurant left in Seattle with excellent food, a comfortable ambiance, and a noise level that permits conversation. Bravo chef and staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at Nells. Valentines Day pre-fixe. Food was delicious and well presented, fresh, and prepared with distinct flavors. Portion size was petite French and could be larger. Ambiance was white tablecloth formal, quiet, tables cozy next to each other. I would recommend and would go here again for an intimate, special occasion, anniversary, or Valentines Day.

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vipFasteddie1
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So we went to Nell's for Valentine's Night. What a great choice ! Arrived at the appointed time of 6:30. Ended up with the last open table. The place was packed but almost every table was a deuce. Greeted with a glass of sparkling as we perused the prix fixe menu. Nice touch ! I started with the Lime & Ginger Marinated Scallop with Avocado. YUM ! Paired well with the sparkling. My wife did the Beet & Endive salad with Chèvre Cheese. We both proceeded to the Lobster Risotto - Killer Dish ! Our server, Gabe, paired that with a Viogner / Rousanne White Blend. Spot on again ! We both did the Grilled Iberico Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Gratin. Outstanding ! I had brought a bottle of red to go with the main course. For dessert, we both opted for the Chocolate Crusted Pecan Tart with Chocolate Gelato. What a way to end the evening !!! Service was impeccable, and no charge for the bread & butter. An overall great value ! These Guys get it. We are going back, and soon !!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Not the usual dining experience at Nell’s.
Most dishes and even the baguette bread were sort of flat. A disappointing Valentine experience. Never before did I have a disappointing dining experience at Nell’s

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vipJaniceC
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing at Nells even on a busy Valentine’s Day. Always feel special there with white table cloths, real flowers on the table, nice service and interesting flavors. A favorite place.

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Nell's is rated 4.7 stars by 1256 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.