Carnal

4.7
60 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Carnal is a new wood-fired restaurant in Bellingham, Washington. Carnal specializes in slow-cooked meat and the seasonal produce and aquaculture of the Pacific Northwest.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 60 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TuggS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would highly recommend Carnal. I especially enjoyed the crispy brussel sprouts, marinated avocado, and the greens.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Carnal is one of the top restaurants in bellingham. Every dish is unique and flavor packed.

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ChrisH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was slower than on our previous visits but the meal was as good as ever.

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Jenn
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We sat outside with the heat lamps so the lighting was nice and natural. Tables are plenty distanced, giving a roomy feel. LOVED the smokey aromas all around the place from their fire-roasting oven. That same flavor elevated an element in each dish. The marinated avocado with charred snap peas with lime cashew and pea sprouts - amazing. All of the dishes are well designed and focus on combining flavorful ingredients. Had the hanger steak and it was the best we've ever had. SO tender and nicely rare(ish). From the street view you wouldn't expect such a big space inside/outside.

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RickW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ribs and steak were awesome! Very cool place we will be back soon

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was next level!! Enjoyed every single thing that landed on the table!

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Suitgirl1953
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious, love having a restaurant of this caliber where I live

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vipcarrieg
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was amazing. As always! The bartender took special care with our mock tails. The only issue was the temperature. The front door was open so we had to keep our coats on.

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SeattleBirgit
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, supremely tasty food, comfortable outdoor dining. Don't miss exploring the starters.

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BobC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place. First time trying it visiting friends, and they'll were all happy with the meal. Would go back for sure.

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Ricomon
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Welcome to Bellingham, Carnal!
Our dining choices in the City of Subdued Excitement have been, well, mediocre at best. Very few establishments stand out and there is no question that you have joined that select group. Everything from the small plates to desert was exquisitely prepared and presented. Great craft cocktails, as well. The marinated avocados kicked off our evening and our entree, the hanger steak was exceptional. We finished our meal with your decadent chocolate dessert... a guilty pleasure worth every calorie. It’s a given that we’ll be back to explore some of the other items on your menu... soon!

Also, a big shout out to Savanna, our server, who was especially attentive and truly made our first visit to your establishment a special evening. Thank you!

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Ness
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Terrible prices and pours on drinks, over-priced food. Large corkage fee.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect dining spot for 2 or with a group of friends. food was amazing and the portions were just right. staff was amazing as well, fast and attentive. drinks were a little weak and wine pours were a tad small. for my wife and i this will be a weekly or bi weekly spot.

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DeniseBW
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful, accommodating staff! We loved the creative brussels sprouts appetizer, then delicious and beautifully prepared hanger steak and halibut entrees. Innovative cocktails started our evening perfectly (Smokey grilled pineapple pina colada? )and the chocolate dessert with the crunchy topping was over the top! Only downside was no coffee or tea to enjoy with the dessert...it went down pretty easily anyway. We'll be back!

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TerryW
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent new restaurant in Bellingham. Delicious veggies, and the halibut was perfect. Highly recommend the brussel sprouts and broccolini.

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Gail
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is amazing and we ate family style and were able to enjoy a variety of dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Carnal and it was a delicious experience from our first drink to our appetizers (Brussels sprouts, chicken wings, and salmon). I highly recommend any or all of them. Our main courses were the ribs and the pork. Both were very tender and delicious. Something we enjoyed too was that the cook brought out the food. It was nice to personally tell him how happy we were with everything. We almost never have room for desert but the two gentlemen in our group of four were curious so we ordered the choc mousse. It was also very very good. We will definitely be back. Also a nice thing was that we could actually make a reservation. I will return to Carnal for the food and service for sure and will be more likely to choose them because I can make a reservation and know I can actually sit down to eat without waiting an hour at the door. Sometimes that makes all the difference.
Service was wonderful. Our server was ably to answer our questions and if she couldn’t she asked and was able to get back to us quickly. She was friendly and courteous.
I can’t imagine why I wouldn’t make this my favorite! We will be back.

JM
vipJamesM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delightful time. The food was exceptionally good

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VHains
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are Chicago transplants and Carnal was definitely big-city quality in Bellingham! Every dish was packed with fun flavors and prepared to perfection. All of the vegetable small plates held their own against the short ribs!

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DeniseF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening - they didn't rush us, it felt luxurious to relax in a restaurant again

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service! Can’t wait to go back!

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Yummy
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food!!

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MaryC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was the best we have eaten since traveling to Denmark 2 years ago. The chefs have mastered their craft, incredible. Outdoor seating area was really well appointed with lighting, heat and furniture. Service was outstanding. Cocktails were close to perfection. Wish we lived closer and could eat here more often!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always yummy! Service is great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnal was an amazing find - food was uniquely prepared and was so good we ordered another serving of more then one dish! The atmosphere, despite the C word, was energetic, friendly and dare I say Normal with touches of simple artwork, roaring fireplace, good music and great service. Great for a group of friends, a date or a family dinner.

We are considering a move to Bellingham and if Carnal and our server Savannah are any indication, we can’t wait to see the rest!

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Mombo
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat, especially after so much confinement - short and perfect menu, portions were just right, can’t wait to go back and try the rest but the short ribs were tender and tasty, the pork and beans succulent and creamy, Brussels sprouts with aioli crispy and delish, and the chocolate mousse was the best we’ve had since I don’t know when - maybe ever! THANK YOU!

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Jess
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We randomly discovered this great spot in Bellingham while looking for somewhere open past 8PM - and boy are we glad we did! The space was very trendy and fun: dim lighting, low music, and exposed brick walls. The service was great: polite and friendly staff who took our order in a timely manner and gave great recommendations. And the food was SPECTACULAR: we had the brussels sprouts, short ribs, and hanger steak. The Cab Sauv and cider were delicious too. My mouth is watering just thinking about this meal! We can’t wait to visit again. Highly recommend Carnal for date night or a fun night with pals!

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katiep
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious creative food. Modern ambience. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible dinner at Carnal! 100% recommend

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vipV1234
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for V-Day! Was able to have a nice conversation even with the background sounds. Tables were socially distanced and appreciated for indoor dining. Food was amazing! All reviews talk about the short ribs, was a bit skeptic but hands down it was so good. Energy one dish was a culinary delight. Dessert featured a dark chocolate mousse with Chile, abs black sesame abs nuts topping- what a fun combination. Thanks for opening in Bellingham!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my god, the food was amazing! We got the short rib, broccolini and hanger steak. I don’t love steak but it was the best thing I’ve ever eaten and my husband, a big steak lover, said it was the best steak he’d ever had!
Ambiance was beautiful, great service and the cocktails were awesome! It was a little spendy but completely, 1000% worth it !!!

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CarlosB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my new favorite restaurant. Awesome drinks and great food! The staff was super accomodating to dietary restrictions and provided some excellent recommendations. I would suggest that anyone looking for dinner in the area stop by this spot.

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CaseyK
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Carnal! The staff was very helpful and friendly. The outside seating was cozy with the heating lamps. The food was amazing! Best Brussel sprouts and steak I've had in a long time. We will definitely be back!

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Vargo2643
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love Carnal! We have been dining here since they first opened and are never disappointed. The wings are my absolute favorite! They are cooked to perfection and glazed with honey but balanced with a tang of vinegar and thyme. Everything they do you can taste the passion and detail that goes into every dish. This place is one of our favorite Bellingham restaurants. The service is top notch and we love the ambience. Also get the beef jerky on your way out. It will be the best jerky you have ever had in your life, no joke. Love this place and the staff!!

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JillS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love you Carnal! Food, beverages and service are always exceptional!

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SamanthaR
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

While there are not many entrée choices from the menu, the two we ordered (short ribs and pork shoulder), were the best I've ever had. The marinated avocado was fresh and a great appetizer. The drinks were absolutely fantastic, particularly the roasted pina colada! The outdoor seating is warmer than most, and comes recommended for a warm option on a cold evening during this phase. The manager was exceedingly attentive, warm and friendly. We will definitely recommend to others and go again.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing. I sat down with my wife and in-laws. We all ordered something different from the menu and shared. Everything was delicious. My favorite was the wings!!! Also don't forget to grab a package of jerky. That was the best i had ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Order hot toddy! Best one we ever tried. Food was very good and service warm and friendly.

DB
DaynaB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and hope Carnal makes it through the pandemic! Visit them mid-week for an outstanding experience. We went on a night it was under 40 degrees, but it was fine...Food was amazing- we tried five dishes and loved them all!

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StephW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, limited menu right now, due to Covid. Would love chairs with seat backs outside, for more comfort. Patio heaters were nice. The music could have been a bit lower. Hard to talk. Food was very good!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Carnal using the Order Online button. Carnal also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (360) 306-3587.

Carnal is rated 4.7 stars by 60 OpenTable diners.

Carnal does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.eatcarnal.com/store/gift-cards/.

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.