Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Seattle / Eastern Washington
  4. Northwest Washington
  5. Bellingham
Slow cooked short rib, bone marrow & black truffle - Carnal, Bellingham, WA

Carnal

4.8
4.8
913 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Carnal focuses on the bold flavors of wood fire and caramelization balanced with acidic, raw, and seasonal elements. We are a passionate group of cooks who do not cut corners and hope that is evident when you try our food. Our signature dish is a bone-in beef rib that is sous-vide before grilling over an open wood fire and finished with rendered bone-marrow. We source many of our ingredients from local farms and fisheries.


Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Grill, Meat
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (360) 306-3587
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    James Zamory
  • Catering
    Catering information upon request
  • Private party facilities
    Private events at Carnal can include corporate or social functions as well as private parties and holiday gatherings. We have an outside garden patio that can be reserved.
  • Neighborhood
    Bellingham
  • Cross street
    N State Street
  • Parking details
    Park out front or in one of the parking lots across the street from us
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Gift card

Gift card

Send gift cards instantly by email or print to present in person.

Send a gift card

What 913 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Innovative

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    American

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Overall

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Food

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Service

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Value

  • Northwest Washington

    Innovative

  • Northwest Washington

    Good for groups

  • Northwest Washington

    Healthy

  • Northwest Washington

    Hot spot

  • Northwest Washington

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northwest Washington

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northwest Washington

    Good for special occasions

  • Northwest Washington

    Lively

  • Northwest Washington

    Most Booked

913 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Most dishes were great, but our main (trout) was very lack luster. Inconsistent and slow service despite the restaurant not being very busy. They also were out of the bottle of wine we ordered, but did not let us know for 10 min so by the time we decided on the next bottle and waited 10 min for them to come back to take our wine order, we were already part way through our meal. Overall disappointed as I had a fabulous meal here last year.

    Is this helpful?

  2. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service! Highly recommend to check it out

    Is this helpful?

  3. ScottF

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was great except the server who was bland and not personal at all. I would ask for a new server when we go back again. Great food, nice interior and everything else was great. We were there on a Sunday so it was a little quiet but that was expected, food was amazing and everyone else was friendly and welcoming!

    Is this helpful?

  4. BradleyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Meat was cooked well, but over salted. The moose was underwhelming. Did not have much flavor and boring. Cocktail we’re great! I’d stop there for a cocktail and then go somewhere else for dinner.

    Is this helpful?

  5. Halueb

    Palm Springs

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a rough start - the appetizer was not at all to our liking. We waited almost 30 minutes between appetizer and entree. Server was defensive about the delay. Entrees came and they were perfect. The server removed the appetizer from the bill - which wasn't asked for but a good gesture. They should tighten up the pacing and not be defensive when the customer asks about the delay. But the entrees were perfect.

    Is this helpful?

  6. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time to Carnal. What a great space. We sat outside on the patio. Great food. Very innovative. The halibut, asparagus, and stracciatella were divine. Great service. Will come back again.

    Is this helpful?

  7. Cleo

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First visit to Bellingham and delighted to have found Carnal. What a great menu - what great food. I have celiac but found many things on the menu I could eat. Everything was delicious!!

    Is this helpful?

  8. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the food was cooked perfectly. The staff was very nice and checked on us three or four times.

    Is this helpful?

  9. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An excellent dinner with excellent service. The tasty meal was served in a timely manner. The salad and bread were a great lead into the outstanding short ribs. Our server was very pleasant and attentive, despite it being a very busy evening. We will be back. One of the best restaurants in Bellingham.

    Is this helpful?

  10. edok

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was delicious and fun to eat. Would have liked more beer and wine selections. The service was friendly.

    Is this helpful?

FAQs

Carnal does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Carnal also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (360) 306-3587.

Carnal is rated 4.8 stars by 913 OpenTable diners.

Carnal does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Carnal

1234 N State St, Bellingham, WA 98225-5016

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    N State Street
  • Neighborhood
    Bellingham
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Grill, Meat
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Park out front or in one of the parking lots across the street from us
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    James Zamory
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (360) 306-3587
  • Catering
    Catering information upon request
  • Private party facilities
    Private events at Carnal can include corporate or social functions as well as private parties and holiday gatherings. We have an outside garden patio that can be reserved.
Gift card

Gift card

Send gift cards instantly by email or print to present in person.

Send a gift card
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo