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Carnal, Bellingham, WA

Carnal

4.5
4.5
664 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Grill, Meat

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (360) 306-3587

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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

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What 664 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  • Northwest Washington

    Best Overall

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Food

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Service

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Value

  • Northwest Washington

    Innovative

  • Northwest Washington

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northwest Washington

    Romantic

  • Northwest Washington

    Good for special occasions

  • Northwest Washington

    Lively

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  1. b

    breej

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The black cod was amazing!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Be prepared to smell like a campfire. My son has asthma and was triggered by the smokiness.
  3. SR

    SharonR

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great and friendly service. If you struggle with noise this place might not be for you. I’m looking forward to outdoor dining again.
  4. MG

    MikeG

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy Carnal when we're visiting Bellingham. Kudos to Marlene and Adam for the great service.
  5. JB

    JasonB

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us shared six plates, and every single one was excellent! The cocktails were outstanding!
  6. F

    Frank

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The menu is a tiny bit pretentious, but the food is excellent and the space is sexy
  7. m

    mysterymachine

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great service and excellent food.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Food was expensive and not good. All four of us at the table didn’t like our protein. Only decent plate was the vegetable options. Sat with empty wine glasses for 15 minutes. Paid over $400 and left hungry. We went down the street for wontons at the red light room after for a second dinner. Would not recommend Carnal which is too bad because we were very much looking forward to it.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I’ve been four times now. It’s always a great experience and amazing food. I do have to admit this time that the braised short ribs were a little undercooked and we’re not as tender and amazing as they usually are. C’est la vie. My Manhattan was awesome. I’ll be back.
  10. E

    Emily

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for a place to have a delicious meal and/or a creative and uniquely yummy cocktail, Carnal is the place for you! I could talk about the short ribs for hours. Those chefs know what they are doing! Be prepared to spend a bit more than you would spend on an average Bellingham restaurant, but know it’s more than worth it. And it’s better food, too.
  11. DC

    DavidC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food4service4ambience3
    good service, tasty food, portion size was pathetic for the price particularly the entrees
  12. p

    paula

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely waitstaff, helpful in making recommendations on both food and wine. Wine was well paired and enjoyable. Mushroom and broccolini dishes were outstanding — so delicious! Ribs were also delicious but on the fatty side, and flank steak looked perfectly prepared but was chewy. High expectations going in and the room for improvement is slight. We will return, it was that good. Only really issue was the smoke from the fireplace, the smell of which detracted from the overall experience.
  13. LL

    LexLuvsFood

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Look no further than Carnal in Bellingham, WA if you want a top notch culinary experience while in the area. Wood fired, roasted, seared, slow cooked, grilled... a variety of preparations for some of the tastiest food in Bellingham and beyond. Combinations of ingredients were thoughtful, unusual, and well-paired. For example: the Wood-fired Maitake Mushrooms with a chicory, coconut, and carrot sauce. The mushroom was large and sliced (think cauliflower steak), firm yet tender. The wood-fire taste was complimented by the unusual sauce. One of the 4 memorable dishes we tried that eve. The fried chicken wings with allspice and thyme are not to be missed. I heard excellent reviews of the Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs, but we were only 2 people and will have to try it next time. Plates are meant to be shared, so everyone gets a taste. For 3-4 people, 1 dish shared will give everyone a healthy serving. So get 4-6 plates. Save room for dessert, if possible. The ambiance indoors is casual-chic. Natural brick, minimal contemporary artwork created by one of the chefs (read about what he uses for "paint" and dyes). There is a wood-fired fireplace, so sit nearby to take the chill off. The bar area looked wonderful, as it was near the open kitchen where diners can peek at the chefs creating the entrees. I hear the menu changes seasonally, so I am excited to read what the warmer weather will bring. There is a lovely heated patio as well.
  14. K

    Keiko

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Sorry but this was a very disappointing experience. Everything is a la carte and nothing comes with the meal. Portions are very small. $14 for a little plate of broccolini? No carbs were offered. No bread at the table. The shortribs were too fatty. The chocolate cake was unmemorable. Ambience was ho hum. One of us had to face the wall. Altogether I would not recommend.
  15. SJ

    SusanJ

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here. Menu hadn't changed much, but that gave us the chance to try what we missed last time. Totally impressed. If I close my eyes while eating a vegetable, I'm gonna be impressed.
  16. s

    stevev

    Central Texas

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Reasonably good food but it didn't live up to it's hype.
  17. W

    Will

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    One of the nicest meals we've had in Bellingham. Great waitstaff, interesting and tasty menu.
  18. P

    Pepper

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    The staff and Manager are seriously helpful and attentive. They moved our table to a quieter place and made sure the food worked for us. Very pleased
  19. d

    davidm

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, no doubt. But$20 for 4 chicken wings?? Cheapest bottle of wine on the menu was $60. Same wine in other good restaurants is $40. $200 for two people and I was still hungry.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience, the atmosphere, staff, and food was excellent! My only suggestion is to offer an option for coffee at the end of the meal. French press? Easy, simple and delicious. Thank you, we will def be back
  21. j

    jasbo

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly creative dishes. Staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Just wish they'd add espresso after dinner!
  22. MC

    MarcC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    No beer on tap. For me, that is a deal breaker for returning. It was my wife's birthday (50th no less) mentioned it on the reservation and to hostess. Nothing was done about it. Food was great though, service was ok.
  23. B

    Butch

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This was our second visit. The Maitake mushroom first course was great, Our main courses were also rich and delectable. The diamond salad after the meal (a tradition we follow sometimes) was wonderful at tamping things down gently. The desert was also very fine.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve dinner.
  25. KA

    KAriS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Portion sizes are very small for the price and some items were amazing and some were just so-so. Restaurant is very loud when full
  26. CR

    ChristopherR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food I’ve had in Bellingham. The short rib was amazing
  27. T

    Treegirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place is awesome. Don’t underestimate the chicken wings. Superb ribs! Food is very flavorful. Chefs are top notch. Staff leaves nothing unattended.
  28. R

    Rachel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small plates of delicious food with a lively and spirited ambience.
  29. F

    Foreveryoung59

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Unique & tasty flavors, small portions for the $, great positive servers, loved the authentic real fire, by the time we left the restaurant was packed, and for the person in our group with some hearing issues it was tough for them to hear as in many packed restaurants. We enjoyed ourselves, but can't afford to come often. Nice to have such upbeat, welcoming servers! Great effort by the chiefs to have unique flavors and food!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and experience! Will come again.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thought the food was excellent and the ambiance was nice, got seating next to a wood fire. The potions are small vs the cost. For example two small pieces of cod for $30. So thought it was nice but not a great value for the servings. Dinner for two $200.00.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly it was amazing, we ordered everything on the menu, the lemon drops were amazing, the ambience and friendly vibe was perfect. It was a table of 7 and we all felt so included and the vibes were perfection.
  33. MJ

    MarilynJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was fantastic, service was impeccable, and we were seated immediately upon entering, with reservations of course. The only thing that I might quibble about it the noise level, which to me, is just a little too intense. That in no way distracts from everything else. In my opinion, Carnal is the best restaurant in Bellingham. One thing I really notice about the food is that the sauces and dressings applied to the food are always just perfect. Never too much, never too little. This seems kind of picky, but one of my major complaints about some restaurants is there seems to be too little attention paid to these nuances.
  34. A

    Anne

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and atmosphere! We especially appreciated the friendly and attentive bartenders!
  35. SS

    ScottS

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing!!!
  36. H

    Henry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are exceptional! It’s a fun and cozy atmosphere. A great option for a fun night out.
  37. SR

    SteveR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in town, evert time we're here the food is amazing and the service is even better. Their rotating menu makes each visit a new experience, paired with amazing drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic you couldn't ask for a better meal.
  38. B

    Beachy

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food and drinks were outstanding. The lighting could be improved. Had to use the flashlight on the phone to read the menu.
  39. n

    nope

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Extraordinary, as usual. Best food in Bellingham.
  40. GD

    GregD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing! Wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Busy place high ambient noise.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.5 stars by 664 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

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
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 Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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

  • 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.

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