Nell's

4.7
1290 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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vipjvf41
Portland
86 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ScottA
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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Susan
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great— waiter was great! Highly recommend!

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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
12 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
3 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
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipPatrick
Seattle
13 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.

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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.

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vipSEAdinner
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to exceed expectations. Time and time again, I've brought family, friends and colleagues to this restaurant and they always walk away impressed.

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AlidaL
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, outdoors across from Greenlake. Delightful staff and super chef. This is the place to go for a leisurely meal with friends. Indoors or out, the atmosphere is calm and relaxing, and the food is perfect.

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EddieK
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tasting Option is a well balanced and quite affordable choice. The venison is superb. The dining setting is comfortably cozy with acoustics quite good.

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PhilR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food and drinks were outstanding! The service was very good-- attentive without being pushy or obsequious. There were a couple of mistakes in the order which I am inclined to dismiss as nothing more than the post-lockdown stumbles of a restaurant trying to get its operations running smoothly again. The ambience is excellent save for a couple pieces of art on the walls that some might find a bit jarring during a meal. As for value-- Dinner for four with three cocktails, a glass of wine, tax and tip was about $280.00. But the food was truly delicious.

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JRS13
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside tables are perfect. Though on the sidewalk, it is quite wide so not close to the street which is not busy. There's a nice view to Green Lake. The food is delicious and the service friendly without being overwhelming, just attentive. The focus on locally sourced food is just what we were looking for.

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ClevelandParker
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nell's is a great restaurant. It located on beautiful Green Lake. Excellent high-level stuff here. Good wine list. Very enjoyable. Impress guests or your date.

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viphelenbb
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on a beautiful evening. All was very nice, food, service and ambience. We will go back again soon!

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Beyondunsatisfied
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Halibut was dry. Everything else was great, especially the corn soup and the service.

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vipBillymc
Seattle
91 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem of fine dining tucked into a neighborhood! We could not decide, so we indulged in the tasting menu. The halibut first course was perfectly executed with a fine crisp outside layer which kept the fish moist and flavorful- all surrounded by fine fennel shavings. Risotto was delicate with ripe cherry tomatoes in a nutty and rich aborio rice laced with Parmesan. The special tender Iberian pork was sliced and served on a bed of sweet potato medallions and tasty veggies. The wine list has both French and local NW accompaniments and the desserts home made which made for a memorable dinner!

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Oliver
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food as usual was delicious and our waiter was excellent - helpful, pleasant, funny.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The server recommended the duck, while mentioning both fish dishes and steak were very delicious and ordered often, but the duck is a more unique item menu and equally beloved. She was not wrong. It was perfectly cooked, so tender and seasoned to perfection. I love turnips, so it was great to have those, along with squash & zucchini as the accompanying vegetables. I ate outside, by Greenlake. It was 82 degrees and I had a nice shady spot to enjoy the warmth, a breeze, and not get baked. The chairs outside were insanely UNcomfortable though. Maybe that’s why I was the only one on the patio that entire time. That was really the only downside of the entire experience. I had the chocolate tart to take home for dessert, which was delicious.

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vipFCFoodie
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Given the rating and reviews, I had high hopes. I was pretty disappointed, but the well-meaning staff did their level best. We had to park a few blocks away, and the outside table we booked was unavailable. The first two entrees my husband tried to order were also both unavailable, and our appetizer (small plate) took almost 25 minutes to arrive. For $150 (one drink each, one appetizer, two entrees), I expected a little better.

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RobertP
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A reservation was easy to make. There was no wait for a table. The service was excellent and the food was very good. Prices seemed a little high, but this may be the result of COVID.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate, fine dining, quiet, great service, great food, not cheap.

JP
vipJP15
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are unparalleled. Gem in every way

FAQs

Nell's is rated 4.7 stars by 1290 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.