Carnal

4.6
92 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 92 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Sarah
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service5ambience4

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

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vipJonF
London
108 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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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.

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ScottJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for our anniversary! Delicious food and even better service. Made our special day that much better.

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BrianW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnal has to be one of the best places to eat in all of Bellingham. Not only is the food delicious, but there's something on the menu for everyone (even folks with significant allergies to things like gluten, grains, sugar, lactose, etc). Beyond the food, the experience is just a nice experience - the staff is friendly, attentive and willing to help when asked to opine on just how to make a decision on what to order. The menu isn't huge, which I also like (because bigger menus can often lead to analysis paralysis).

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. There are not a lot of options on the menu at the moment though. Mains do not come with much so you have to order some smaller items to share. It's on the pricier side but not outrageous. We spent > $100 for a dinner for 2 with wine.

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Tung
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there on a Saturday night. I had the chicken wings and short ribs and they were awesome. Good size portions. The noise level was a tad bit loud but that’s what you would expect for a weekend night in a trendy restaurant with exposed brick walls! I look forward to eating there again.

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PeterC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A marvelous meal. Well prepared and presented. Excellent service. The seasoning was perfect. Immediately makes our top two list of Bellingham restaurants.

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kimbob
Anchorage
9 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flavors are excellent. We ate there twice this week because we loved it and wanted to try more things on the menu. Way to go Carnal! Thanks!!

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KatandHarvAnd
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alerted to this new restaurant from 'Only in Washington' and went the same day after reading the interesting and promising article. Booked on Open Table easily. Lovely table outside with social distancing easily maintained. The food was amazing- we will go again for sure! Great service!

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DavidV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been wanting to try Carnal since we moved up here last fall but Covid delayed that until recently. It struck us that although the menu looks small, each dish is a complex medley of textures, flavors, colors, and energy. Every recipe seems to have at least one item that's been in a fire in some form, too, so that is intriguing for the flavor profiles and creative flair. We enjoyed/shared two appetizers and two "large" plates with a starter cocktail and slow bottle of Pinot. The large plates are on the modestly sized side, so we did not feel stuffed afterward. The mousse dessert was outstanding without being too sugared-up. The pace was not rushed, we sat outside in a very pleasant patio area, and our wait staff were very easygoing and knowledgeable. The pervasive aroma (not too strong) of charcoal smoke was a plus, too - something's cooking! We will definitely go back and will recommend Carnal to our friends.

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Amanda
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outside dining. Our dinner and service was so good.

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vipJamesM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great time. Ordered the entire menu with our party and liked it all. Took real pride in the food. Wine/liquor menu is small but well chosen

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PamelaR
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum! Brussel sprouts and Broccolini delicious!

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vipJonF
London
108 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to this new-ish restaurant in Bellingham. Absolutely amazing food !! Sat outdoors on the terrace with friends and we thought we eating in Sonoma or Santa Monica. HIGHLY recommend.....and I am worried Carnal will become so popular it will be difficult to get a reservation!

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Katie
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were great! Will definitely visit again.

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cherin
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! The outdoor dining area was great!

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JeffL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the experience. Staff was on point, everything was clean and tidy. Food tasted terrific, even things I wouldn’t normally think would taste good, tasted good. Portions were small, even though we all ordered from the “large” menu we kind of ate again when we got home- hence my lower value rating. But overall awesome!

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TuggS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Anthony
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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ChrisH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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Jenn
San Francisco
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
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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vipcarrieg
Seattle
3 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
4 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
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

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

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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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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
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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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.

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CatherineO
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Service was ok but infrequent. The meat was very fatty and not appetizing, unfortunately. We wanted to like this restaurant but it was a big disappointment.

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vipJamesM
Philadelphia
11 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!

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 92 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.