Nell's

4.7
1277 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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vipSEAdinner
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
13 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
90 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
15 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
36 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

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JohnM
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant continues to be our favorite in Seattle as it has for many years.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We enjoyed it greatly.

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vippicky
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food is consistently outstanding and the service is impeccable. I get the attention I need when I need it...no more no less. It's a lovely place for conversation, celebration and relaxation.

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David
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We completely enjoyed Nell’s tasting menu last night. Completely delicious. It was our first restaurant dining since Feb. 2020, so it was so nice to have such a terrific evening.

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vipobiwong
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have missed going to Nell's for the last 15 months!!! It was a regular spot for my wife and me, often the restaurant of choice for our special occasions. We finally celebrated our COVID Independence on Saturday, July 3. Skye took great care of us and everything was just as we remembered. The tasting menu offered a seared sockeye salmon, snap pea risotto with mint and parmesan, grilled venison with summer squash gratin, a cheese plate and a strawberry shortcake with whipped cream and raspberry sauce. Every dish was perfectly executed and very delicious with a great variety of flavors and textures across the board. We also like that they offer numerous wines in half bottle formats. We chose a Laurent Perrier brut NV to start and finished with an Altesino Brunello di Montalcino. The Brunello was a perfect complement to the venison. So rich and long with sweet raisins, black currants and fresh figs. We'll be back soon.

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ManetteM
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nells never fails to consistently provide creative and spectacular food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nell’s is the place for a sure-fire beautiful meal with a wine list to match. Even though super-hot outdoor temperatures taxed a small wait staff, servers were gracious and informative. We are pleased that this restaurant is emerging from the pandemic era with its style and substance intact!

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vipseatrvlr51
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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KatieB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nell's is a lovely neighborhood restaurant near Green Lake. The ambience is quiet so you can actually carry on a conversation. Staff was friendly and food very good. I would definitely return.

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Nick
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Good ambience, bad food. Every dish on the tasting menu was.... not good enough.
Salty tar tar (way too salty)
Rack of lamb that i could get much cheaper somewhere else and better quality.
Nothing objectively terrible, but for sure a restaurant on the way out in terms of quality to cost ratio.
I live in seattle and i will never go back to nells, but i hope they get their act together.
Slow, but good service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a wonderful time at Nell’s. It’s a Seattle classic and we always celebrate special occasions there! The food is always incredible and this time was no exception. The service is impeccable and we love the head chef! Try the tasting menu, it’s the best.

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christiemo
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had the tenderest duck breast ever, also very nice halibut and delicious appetizers.

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jayF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
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 on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBillymc
Seattle
90 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
94 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
56 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
3 reviews
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
36 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 .

JP
vipJP15
Seattle
30 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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Nell's is rated 4.7 stars by 1277 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.