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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 8 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago

Get one of everything. You won't regret it. Everything was top notch and we are coming back next week.

1 review
Dined 4 days ago

Went to CARNAL last night and OMG it was INCREDIBLE! Seriously amazing. Outstanding FRESH/LOCAL food, service, covid protocols, social distancing. I predict that when borders open and life moves forward, foodies will come from far and wide to dine here.

We felt comfortable sitting inside because of the size and openness of the restaurant. Both front and back doors were open, ceilings are high, tables far apart and lots of room in between.

The hubs and I shared the beef short rib, marinated avocado, and potatoes. We savored every single bite. The flavors are truly unique and blend together beautifully. The Washington red wines were excellent.

These guys are the real deal and they're working tirelessly (as all restaurants are) to get through this tough time. Support them and you'll be pleased you did.

1 review
Dined 5 days ago

We started with a flavorsome gem lettuce salad dressed with a 'luscious' creamy dressing; 'teased' with slices of pickled Jimmy Nardello and sprinkled with toasted crunchy bits of grains and nuts. The balance of flavors and textures was 'sensuous'. We both ordered the full length of short rib, roasted and wood-fired seared. It would 'sate' any steak lover 'lust'. The 'supple' steak was served with the bone upon which it was fired and cut from. A 'fleshy' sliver remained for those of us that enjoy gnawing on a meaty bone. The steak 'embracing' a good short rib is one of those butcher secrets, tender and full of flavor if cooked to perfection as it was. In spite of the dining restrictions, the ambiance is full of authentic cool. Our waiter Jake and the staff were friendly and attentive. The chef vibe within the impressive open kitchen was fun and accomplished. Be sure to check out the grill works in the kitchen. Wines are limited and modest (no doubt due to limited business during the current restrictions) and I recommend bringing a bottle worthy of the fare. We were informed that would change, as would the limited but expert menu that focused on local farms and ranches. We had an 'stimulating' evening, impressed and nourished. I can't wait for 'Carnal' to hit it's full stride after the restrictions; except that getting a table will be a challenge.

OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020

Incredible food. Delicious drinks. Great ambiance. Stoked to come back soon!

OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020

Amazing food, especially the signature rib and avo dish. Loved the garden patio ambiance and definitely going back for the inside fireplace for winter!!

vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020

truly one of the best meals of our lifes

vipOpenTable Diner
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020

I want this to be awesome. And the food is really good, just ridiculously tiny portions that are meant to be shared. You can tell the people behind Carnal are from NYC. This is Bellingham!

I don’t know where they source their chickens but the half chicken must be some rare breed of tiny chicken.

The outside area is awesome. The service is clunky. A host seats you, you order at a register. You pay when you are done eating. It’s weird, inefficient, and seems weird given the price point. Drinks served in plastic cups with overflowing ice.

Responded on October 7, 2020

Hi Anonymous, Thank you for trying our brand new restaurant. A we are new and had the courage to open during Covid, we are admittedly a little clunky here in the beginning but are doing our best to provide guest safety by using plastic cups for the outdoor area and limiting guest interaction per the governors request by offering counter service. As to the $13 half chicken it is de-boned by hand as part our process and then grilled. This process does visually reduce the size on the plate.

1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020

Would not ever recommend. This place is way too over priced and not good quality.


Carnal offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (360) 306-3587.

Carnal is rated 4.2 stars by 8 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. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.