Carnal

4.6
127 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 127 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SusanH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were outside, and it was great! Afraid the inside experience might be very noisy.

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ArtL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places for food and drink. Bourbon selection is one of the best in Bham

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Payaten
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The plantains were fantastic! Who knew they'd be so good with the combination of garlic, peanuts, corn. I am allergic to cashews and almonds, so I was a little nervous about finding a dish that wouldn't cause a reaction. Luckily, the halibut was safe. The halibut melted in my mouth. so good! definitely would eat there again and recommend it for a fancy date night.

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SuzannahC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious flavors, original drinks, perfect combinations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and cocktails were above and beyond and moderately priced. Highly recommend, we’ll be bAck for sure.

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CarolynS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was beautifully presented and faboulous. Especially liked the halibut poached in butter. The Brussels were great and of course, the crispy honey chicken wings.
The short ribs were very tender, flavorful, enjoyed them immensely.
My new favorite "go to" in the Ham.

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Scott
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor space is well done and should be terrific when finished.

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AaronR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fabulous meal. Wonderful ambiance.

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ClarkP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite restaurant in Bellingham, clearly some of the most creative cooking happening in the area.

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JohnS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The only negative was the loud, jarring music which made conversation inside impossible, and outside difficult.

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CamM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals I’ve had in Bellingham. We tried a little bit of everything and shared.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Carnal, and the food was fabulous. We chose to sit outside, and the heaters kept us very warm. The service was great.

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TheresaC
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cool 😎 outdoor dining space, wonderful service. Highly recommend for anyone looking for imaginative, delicious food in a casual, friendly atmosphere.

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Doozer
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent, my only complaint was I paid a lot for drinks that were mostly ice, when I pay that much for a drink I do enjoy getting more drink and less ice.

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vipDianeT
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was such an unexpected surprise of a dining experience. The marinated avocado dish with charred snap pease, savory & cashews was so exceptional, I even got an order to go and devoured it in my hotel room after a 2.5 hour dinner. The duck fat potatoes with tomatillos, green garlic & almonds were like magic with a flavorful, crispy crust that bursts open to a pillowy, fluffy softness of potato. The butter poached halibut with roasted mushrooms, kelp and surprising burst of orange was simply the best I have ever tasted with a light aery yet truly flavorful quality that I have never experienced in all my global, fine dining. The broccolini had the perfect amount of char to the al dente crispness. The sophisticated , dark chocolate mousse with black sesame, peanut & cashew was as light as a feather with just a lingering kiss of spice. It was so ethereal it felt guilt free. It was a deeply satisfying meal full of squeals of pleasure and omgs, yet we did not feel stuffed or uncomfortable at the end of it.
I bought some of their jerky as a booby prize for those I left behind. I hear it is great.
The only negatives I could say if you really twisted my arms were no Hendricks gin and the wines were mostly from Santa Barbara and I would have loved to see them support our State wine industry.
5/5 for the food and service. I am already scheming how to come back asap. They have a wonderful outdoor dining space but i was without my Epi-pen. I didn’t make it thus far through a global pandemic to be taken out by a bee sting. Lol.

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vipJonF
London
110 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s my third time at this restaurant in the past two months and I have not yet been disappointed. I hope they do expand their menu in the near future, however.

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JoanneH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

On this Wednesday it was very busy and not enough staff. We had a birthday celebration and no mention was made! I thought something would be offered-dessert?

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Laura
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, delicious cocktails, wonderful service

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Jojo
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent rustic restaurant. Great service, asked if we had any allergies first, able to converse nicely, don't want it too quiet or loud, but may benefit from some artwork on the walls to soften it a little. Highly recommended!

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Shuga
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal and the cocktails were delicious as well.

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Yulurt
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and welcoming atmosphere.

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EmmyW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We sat outside and it has a nice ambiance, tasty but small portions and expensive mixed drinks, server did a good job.

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JodyE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The short ribs, hangar steak and salad were delicious. Broccoli was heavily seasoned Potatoes were good, lukewarm, but nothing special. Service was good. Inside dining was cold, ask for the table in front of fireplace. Every person with a jacket was wearing it. I would return for the ribs and salad, but with a heavier coat.

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marg
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

the "large" portions are small. the brussel sprouts and the avocado salad were great. my chicken wings were undercooked. the wine pour seemed short. the pork was delicious but small as was the short ribs. It has a great outdoor dining area.

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KateM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Came for a birthday dinner with friends. The short rib was outstanding and all of the starters were delicious. Great place to spend a special occasion.

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KarisC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall a great spot and wonderful atmosphere. We are stoked to have a higher end restaurant in Bellingham. Some dishes were amazing and spot on like the braised short rib but others were quite small for the cost like the hanger steak was 4 slices of steak only. We plan on keeping an eye on the menu and going back as dishes are rotated through.

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JenniferT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Highly recommend the wings.

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MeatWad
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was creative and excellent. We had an interesting meal in a lovely space!

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LynneD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service could be quicker - although everyone was very nice.

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SteveD
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner in the outdoor courtyard. The atmosphere was welcoming. The decor is very tasteful as is the food. The short rib was the favorite at our table.

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GaleV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat. It was fun to eat creative food blending flavors that are not ordinary. Will definitely return. Delicious drinks too

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LucasM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Salmon tartare and pork shoulder were delicious !!!

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JoyK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

+ small appetizer dishes were creative and delicious

- outdoor seating was uncomfortable (seating on hard surface with no cushions) and heat from ymca pool right next to seat
- main dish ordered (halibut) was very small and could use some veggies other than small portion of mushrooms

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vipNickm19
Richmond
38 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was good but the service was lacking. Was 35 minutes after we were sat that we got our first drinks. I had to flag down the waitress every time we needed something. I don't believe I'd come back.

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Sarah
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience4

The food tasted amazing, but we spent $130 and portions were so small we left hungry.

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vipJonF
London
110 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night was our second time to Carnal And it was as good as the first time. The food is delicious and well prepared. The only thing I would say is that I hope they expand the menu when the time is right.

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ValT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and thoughtful, straightforward service. The interior is a little bare, and it would be nice if they turned the music down a few decibels.

Loved it overall, and absolutely intend to return.

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LorenA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Third time here, never disappointed, tried all entries except one, all are exceptional. This time was pork shoulder, simply incredible. Nothing on their menu is anything but incredible.

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KatieK
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! The outdoor space is superb. Service was on point, friendly, and seemed very considerate of COVID safety protocols. Our dinner (sprouts, avocado, short rib x2) and cocktails (rhubarb daiquiri) were excellent. I can’t wait to return!!

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JayB
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnal is our favorite restaurant in Bellingham. There are lots of places here that make delicious food, but this sets the bar for modern, creative, sophisticated cooking.

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 4.6 stars by 127 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.