Nell's

4.6
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1233 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
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4.4
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFasteddie1
Seattle
24 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
82 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
27 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
24 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Restaurant has excellent food and wait staff. Decor is quite dated and kitchen looks dirty. I’m sure business would thrive if remodeled.

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vipCleve
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Never fails to delight. Care is taken with food and service.!

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janetc
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place!!! We have been going here since we first moved to Seattle in 2009.

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TimM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a while since we had been to Nell’s, and we are very happy to have returned! The food was delicious and beautifully prepared, the pre-dinner Nell’s Manhattans were perfect, and the service was spot-on. One minor disappointment was that the waiter told me how delicious the sweet onion tartlet was, so I ordered it, only to be told a few minutes later that they didn’t have it on the menu that night after all. But these things happen, and there were plenty of other outstanding choices on the menu. Another huge plus is that the restaurant is very quiet, which is rare these days, we really appreciated it. We will definitely be back, and soon.

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SpunkH
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our go - to place for quiet dinner with friends who love good food and great service

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BethC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nell’s is one of my favorite spots for a splurge dinner out—superb food, attentive service, and the restaurant is quiet enough that you can carry on a real conversation with your dinner companions : )

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GerardvW
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good although my duck was somewhat over-salted. The waitstaff was wonderful. The noise levels were wonderful. It's our new favorite!

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Rachel
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was delicious but the sturgeon and lamb were exceptional! Everything was perfect from start to finish.

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vipJoeKB
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, loved, the calamari, mahi mahi and good prices for wine.

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vipJaniceC
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a white table cloth, fabulous food, and gracious service; Nells always makes us feel special even when there is no special occasion.

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JudithB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nell's is the former Saleh's (Saleh al Lago) where we had our son's wedding close to 30 years ago. Nell's continued the tradition of excellent food, service and ambience. Importantly, it remains one of the few tranquil restaurants where friends (or lovers, or celebrants) can really have a conversation. We've been coming for years and bringing friends new and old to join us.

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vipPeterH
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. It's full of locals and the food and wine are very reasonably priced. I'm almost afraid to praise it because it might get too crowded!

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PorterW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our "go-to" restaurant when we want to enjoy the best of fine dining.

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vipsherib
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

New Year’s Eve was fantastic way to welcome 2020!

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JerryS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to Nell's for quite a while and were hoping for a great experience. Not disappointed at all. We had a great dinner, well prepared and very tasty. The service was prompt and friendly, not easy to accomplish on new year's eve. Since it was new year's eve it was somewhat noisy, but in a happy way. We chose the prix fixe menu and except for the main course we selected different options - and shared them. More tastes for each of us. Highlights: the scallops, fois gras, risotto, smoked salmon, the smoked lobster, and the rack of lamb. And the Meyer lemon tart was to die for. All in all an exceptional meal. We'll return.

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Pfisch
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - great wine paring! Such an enjoyable evening. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

New Year’s Eve dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Waited 60+ minutes for our table. Terrible organization. Food was amazing though

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JohnS
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

If you like a cozy neighborhood feel, friendly staff, and outstanding food, Nell's is the palce for you. The only fly in the intment is that because it's small, and people linger to enjoy their food and the experience, the tables don't turn around quickly and at peak time you can wait 15-20 minutes even if you have a reservation. But overall, it's wonderful!

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DavidH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very lovely meal with excellent ambience. We will be back soon.

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ElizabethS
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite restaurant. Good food very attentive service.

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helenbb
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! And you can always here people at your table talking. They gave great sound control

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MaryG
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A holiday tradition of eating with family. Relaxing, cozy and very good food.

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Nell's is rated 4.6 stars by 1233 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.