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Slow cooked short rib, bone marrow & black truffle - Carnal, Bellingham, WA
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Carnal

4.7
4.7
898 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.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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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
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What 898 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 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 Ambiance

  • Northwest Washington

    Best Value

  • Northwest Washington

    Good for business meals

  • Northwest Washington

    Good for groups

  • Northwest Washington

    Healthy

  • Northwest Washington

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northwest Washington

    Great for fine wines

  • Northwest Washington

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northwest Washington

    Romantic

  • Northwest Washington

    Good for special occasions

  • Northwest Washington

    Lively

  • Northwest Washington

    Most Booked

898 Reviews
  1. TerryH

    Boise

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Ate here 2 years ago, menu has changed , not for the better. Wine selection is good , brioche was good but for amount of food we got way way way overpriced . I went home hungry after spending over $140 - and I am a 5’7” 122 lb woman so gives you an idea how little food there was. Dessert was a joke! The chocolate mousse was 50-60% whip cream! Alittle chocolate on top. Maybe Ive been spoiled eating in Europe. I’ll just cook at home, i can do much better .

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  2. JohnC

    Baltimore

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can’t miss here. Exceptional food and drink. Great service. Probably the best dining establishment in Bellingham.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exquisite! The flavors were unlike anything I have ever had. Highly recommend!

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  4. Ed1951

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went with family for a business conversation. We had an excellent table and service was prompt. I have eaten a vegan diet for over 6 years and yet Carnal is still one of my favorite restaurants in town. I had 2 salads and a potato side dish, all three of these were exceptional. My guests had the flank steak and the ribs, and I have to say it looked delicious. They both said their meal was excellent and the servings were large enough that they had food to take home.

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  5. EdwardT

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative food with very interesting flavor combinations. The accompanying wines were very good. Carnal's wine dinners are not to be missed.

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  6. Happy

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed our visit but the tables are a bit close together, it feels like we're all at a dinner party and everyone can chime in on our conversation. The food was very good, tho the menu is a bit limited. It would be nice to have some daily specials to extend the menu.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We love Carnal. The food is always excellent. Great flavor and texture combinations and it change often enough to keep it interesting. The waitstaff is always congenial, helpful and professional.

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  8. tamaraa

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and cocktails are amazing. Such creative talent at putting together each dish.

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  9. ChristineD

    Portland

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great experience at Carnal. The service is very attentive and friendly but not overbearing. The food is delicious. We had the straciatella, little gem salad, black cod which was my favorite, and the Pork. All were amazing. We did have the dark chocolate cremeaux for dessert and that was a disappointment. But I take my desserts very seriously, so I tend to be more critical. I thought it was pretentious, an effort to be creative but missed the mark, and just not very tasty or satisfying. But also, some places just don’t specialize in dessert or it’s not a focus and that’s okay. Overall, the food and service are worthy of five stars. Just maybe skip dessert.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Been a while since our last visit…great food and service. Layout lends itself to a loud room, but not bad. Will be back.

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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 4.7 stars by 898 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 16 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.
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