Nell's

4.7
1299 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.

Experiences

  • Daily 4 Course Tasting Menu

    $63.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Sample Tasting Menu Fall 2021 Black Cod with Sweet Potato, Braised Leeks Dill and Roasted Pepper Vinaigrette * Porcini Mushroom Risotto with Basil and Parmesan Reggiano * Grilled Venison Loin with Celery Root Puree, Brussels Sprouts, Chanterelles and Juniper Jus* * Assorted Cheeses with Apples and Candied Pecans - Add 13. * Callebaut Chocolate Brownie with Caramel Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce $63. per person

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1299 people are saying
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vipjawwws
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most underrated restaurant in Seattle. ALWAYS delicious and such a mellow place.

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DeeR
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful ambiance and delicious food as always.

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vipNaguiS
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious food!!!!!! the four of us had different entrees, all of them were excellent. Sky went out of her way for us.
Thank you so much! Can’t wait to come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great staff!

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thenutsmom
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Nell’s was lovely, as usual. The service was well timed and friendly. Our meal was fresh, hot and delicious. We always enjoy the seasonality of the offerings. Nell’s does an excellent job with social distancing, and the ambience is always quiet and romantic.

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JoeC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a hidden gem next to Green Lake. The food and service are excellent. The wine list is impressive with a lot of great Washington wines. My wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary there and enjoyed a lovely 2001 Leonetti Merlot, yum! I am looking forward to my next dinner there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous! It was sad to see how very short-staffed they are, as are many restaurants. Our server was fantastic, but it was difficult to watch him do what appeared to be the jobs of 4 people. Nevertheless, he always had a smile on his face, went above and beyond to provide excellent service, and ensured everyone in the restaurant was taken care of. I just wish the restaurant industry could get the help it so desperately needs.

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vipFranklinS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect and always consistent.
Phillip is a master chef.

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KrisF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic NW cuisine with a slightly French touch and lovely inclusion of seasonal local and NW ingredients. Salmon with chanterelles and huckleberries was inspired, and housemade apricot sorbet was like the sun in July!

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EricK
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nells chef creates great recipes and the kitchen executes them well. The staff has time to treat you well.

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vipBing
New England
47 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Both the taste and presentation of dishes are top notched, if a bit too salty as virtually all restaurant foods are these days. Onion tart and the angel hair with clams deserve special mention for their stellar preparation. It is unfortunate that the outside table I requested on the small patio has not been adequately set up. Nell's has a nice location but failed to ultilize it. I would have given its ambiance an extra star if my expectation of a restaurant claiming outside seating capability [tablecloth, heat lamps would be the minimum] had been met.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Food was very well prepared and hot when served.
Everyone had masks on and it felt safe.
The halibut was amazing as was the lamb and steak. Good food makes a Saturday evening with family memorable.
Will definitely visit again.

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JODYM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious! And the service is outstanding - unobtrusively attentive.

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Ishmael
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service and atmosphere are great!
Wine selection, menu variety and flavors are ok.
Plate presentation is average and definitely missing texture on the dishes, really plain combination/ pairing of ingredients.
A place where you will have a good ordinary meal.

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HenryG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress, Food and Enviroment all superb. Thank You!!

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vipjvf41
Portland
86 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, just what we needed after many mediocre meals. Our grandson loved it and we were also very pleased.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent anniversary dinner. Our go-to local special occasion place. Thanks!

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Susan
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great— waiter was great! Highly recommend!

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ScottA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always reliably great, so glad they are surviving the pandemic. Waitress seemed a little snarky thus the less than 5 stars but cocktails made by staff , hanger steak, desserts all top notch. Our Go To place fir celebrations.

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BarbaraH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything! Great atmosphere, relaxing and cozy. Service was great! Foods were perfectly delicious!

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AaronP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and fantastic service. My wife wasn’t drinking alcohol and the server took the initiative to make her an off menu mocktaill which was delicious. Grilled octopus, braised duck, and the rabbit were all terrific.

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vipMichaelA
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner. Had the tuna tartare and duck breast.

Both were excellent! Glad to have a finer dining option near home with outdoor seating!

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KarlaH
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Canlis class without the schick. Canlis is over the top and lovely. Nell’s is cozy and lovely. Food is always delish!

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Bill
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

King salmon was perfectly done. The staff are attentive and friendly.

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vipCindy
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nell’s is a fine dining experience. The patio is just lovely! The food was delicious and innovative and the service very attentive.

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vipKristanB
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and the wine list are the main attractions at Nell’s. We enjoyed the tasting menu which had ample portions of each course. We also ordered off of the regular menu which was delicious, beautifully plated.
The wine list is really exception. A great selection of both bottles and half bottles are available. The by the glass menu is less inspired. Service professional and ambience simple.

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vipGIOVANNI
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Nell's since the opened. They never disappoint.

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foodlover
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this place is one of my perennial favorites and continues to have outstanding food and service. a home run in Seattle!

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jayF
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This the place to go for excellent food and a very special evening. Good wine list and every bite is delicious. We take all of our out of town visitors to Nell’s and we celebrate all special occasions at Nell’s.

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JackC
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rabbit, lamb, and fish were really appreciated and the desserts were really fabulous!!!!

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vipjawwws
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the halibut and salmon were done to perfection! This is an undiscovered gem of a restaurant.

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EricK
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great recipes well executed, great service and ambience. Fair prices.

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vipPatrick
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food with great service. Non-fussy atmosphere with great outdoor seating. Recommended.

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JohnA
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was friendly and at just the right pace. Wine and food recommendations were helpful. The salmon and lamb, and the beefsteak tomato sald were excellent. We ate outdoors (as we requested in our reservation) so there was some traffic noise, but it was a pleasant environment.
We will be back.

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vipMaryS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nell’s was amazing as always. The food is delicious and service was wonderful. We always leave saying we need to come more often!

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PaulR
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nell's is great - a hidden gem of Seattle. Hidden because it seems only locals dine here, and generally only those in the 40+ age range. Let's keep it that way! No noisy bachelor or bachelorette parties, just grown-ups enjoying Phil's wonderful menu and friendly wait staff. The menu is always ready for any food decisions that come in the door. Have the baked onion tarte and always try the risotto. The hangar steak will not disappoint. Be kind to the staff and they will be kind to you. Leave a generous tip. Tell your friends.

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RondaL
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming setting, great food, unpretentious approach to fine dining.

RL
RebeccaL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both excellent and the wine list offered many fine choices. We would definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Every bite was amazing!!

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vipdbschlosser
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We're grateful some foodie friends introduced us to Nell's. It immediately became our go-to location for great meals and experiences.

FAQs

Nell's is rated 4.7 stars by 1299 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.