Nell's

4.8
1321 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.

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
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1321 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been several times. This time was great as well as all the others! A few things are for sure. You get wonderful food and great service. Plus it’s the perfect place to have good conversations because the music isn’t too loud.

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HastyBee
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Seattle! Food, service and ambiance are all great.

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DonnaJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to find a restaurant where conversation can be had with ease. Impeccable service, great wine list, and a seasonal menu will have us returning.

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David
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious meal at Nell’s. Calamari is the best we have had anywhere. Tender and yummy. Halibut was perfectly cooked with a nice crust. Wine recommendation complemented the meal.

DN
DavidN
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding restaurant for special occasions, worth the price!

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Andy
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The atmosphere, was a little dated like it was and old folks home. The food was decent, but not great, and it lacked a certain pizzazz like it was the same thing they'd done a thousand times.

JP
vipJP15
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seattle gem that just the locals know about. Beyond amazing food and wonderful service. We go again and again

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KaylaT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

the menu for restaurant week was so good

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LynnM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our welcome was warm and lovely.
Our table was perfect for our Covid life style!! The wine flowed, we visited with our friends, first course arrived, such a wonderful evening. Thank you to the chef and the wait staff for the cozy evening we were looking for! We will return!! Happy Holidays!🍁

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carold
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always at Nells. Also able to have a conversation as not too noisy. Happy to be able to eat inside safely again.

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vipRonc
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here! Thank you for taking good care of us.

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cindyd
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for Seattle Restaurant week. Everything was very good. It was a bit noisy for the first half of our time, but as tables near us cleared out it was much better

JA
vipJessicaA
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and the food was terrific!

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West
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 13th wedding anniversary and the evening was perfect. Hostess had our flowers and wine all set upon arrival, and server did a great job of tending to our needs. Thank you!

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Cliffc
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed their restaurant week menu-nice choices. Excellent service and food was expertly prepared.

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phinneygal
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal during restaurant week. Our server was excellent - efficient, helpful and friendly. Nell's is a lovely restaurant - we loved that the vibe was a bit "old school" in a good way.

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AnnaV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were there for Seattle Restaurant Week. Our waitress was terrific, loved the linen table cloths, candlelit ambience, and really enjoyed our food!

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SusanfromSeattle
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Week at Nell's is the best value in Seattle! Grilled pork loin with cauliflower and apple was delectable, but it was hard to pass up the black cod; their seafood preparations are always superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a lovely time on our anniversary!

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vipFoodie13
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dining experience at Nell's has been memorable and last night was no exception. It was, however, the first time we tried the tasting menu and it did not disappoint. The salmon, risotto, rack of lamb and dessert were a suberb blend of tastes and textures. Must be why we don't mind driving to Green Lake from downtown Seattle for a heavenly dinner!

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HenryG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff prepared for our reservation. Great seats....excellent service....food extraordinary. I have been there twice in 3 weeks....thats how much I like the experience. Staff were crazy busy but never missed a beat with my friend and i. Nells is rockin! Keep up the great work. Henry

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience at Nell's, both food and service were excellent!

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Boop
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my restaurant week meal and the wine pairings!

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vippicky
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always 5 stars in all categories. I've never had anything but a wonderful dining experience at Nell's

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Mirandera
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Fish and boiled cabbage? Oof, not the best combination. The salad was good. And the brownie was ok. I liked how most of the tables facilitated corner booths. But the overall decor looked like it was from 1995. Glad I tried Nell’s but I don’t think I’ll be back in a hurry.

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NiZhang
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Seattle restaurant week is coming! our first dinner in Nells with 3course 35 dollar set

its small but cozy with a view of the greenlake. People are friendly

spanich salad is delicious with cream and sweet pumpkin and the pumpkin soup is smooth with some to chew.

Pork with apple is good because the pork is so tender that you can see the pink texture in the middle of it.

Cod is fresh and the outside is crispy, the side dish with cabbage and mashed potatoes is juicy and creamy so that the whole dish will not be too dry , which reach a balance.

As to desert I really prefer the chocolate brownie with ice cream, it is not that sweet than the other.

Overall, I enjoyed meal there.

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Neighbors
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we love going to Nell's with friends as it is a quiet place conducive to conversation. The food is always interesting and delicious, and the service is professional.

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JohnH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful menu and a wonderful quiet ambiance. Highly recommend.

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vipjawwws
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DeeR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
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
Chicago
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
9 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.

FAQs

Nell's is rated 4.8 stars by 1321 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.