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Estelle, Bellingham, WA

Estelle

4.7
4.7
153 Reviews
$30 and under
American
*At Estelle, we accept online reservations, and we encourage you to walk in*

Located in the Fairhaven neighborhood of Bellingham, Estelle serves creative comfort food and craft cocktails brought to you by the chefs of Carnal. Our dining room is beautifully designed yet cozy and offers the best natural light in town. We also have outdoor seating surrounded by lush greenery and in close proximity to the bay.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (360) 656-5045
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    James Zamory
  • Neighborhood
    Bellingham
  • Cross street
    11th st. / Mill ave.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 153 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • 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

    Healthy

  • Northwest Washington

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northwest Washington

    Great for fine wines

  • Northwest Washington

    Romantic

  • Northwest Washington

    Good for special occasions

  • Northwest Washington

    Lively

  • Northwest Washington

    Most Booked

153 Reviews
  1. TrinaT

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    cozy & delicious dining in Fairhaven. The diver sole was great

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  2. scotts

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Estelle has a nice setting with good service. The menu is small but everything we had was tasty. Recommend the salmon dish.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places to eat. Unique food flavor combinations. So far everything I tried was delicious. Highly recommended!

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  4. NicoleR

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We frequently go to Carnal, which is a sister restaurant to Estelle, and were excited to try this spot as well. The food was very much on par with what we expected...maybe a few more toast points with the rillettes, we ended up with a lot of leftover trout. The eggplant served with my sole was a little overcooked, pretty much just mush. The flavor profiles are always what's exciting about these places, and I appreciate the seasonings and sauces (the crispy cauliflower was amazing.) The service was a little lacking, like you could tell they were at the end of their day and it had been a long one. I wouldn't steer people away from this spot, but I'd recommend Carnal over Estelle 99% of the time.

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  5. Ryan

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nadine, our server was awesome. The Duck Confit, Carrots, Duck Fat Fries, and Hanger Steak was amazing!! Can't wait to go back and will tell everyone about it!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal and service. Clams, steak frites, duck confit, crème brûlée , and cocktails were all fantastic. Very cool ambience and vibe. New favorite restaurant in the area.

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  7. CaitlinV

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time coming here. We came to celebrate per my grandmother’s request after a wonderful experience the first time. All dishes ordered were 5 star quality and it’s so nice to have that option in Bellingham. This place is now part of our family’s favorite restaurants in Bellingham.

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  8. MayaB

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything we ordered was superb. From the wine, salad, and mussels to the trout and duck. Looking forward to visiting again soon.

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  9. JoanA

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the atmosphere and people that work at Estelle’s! Food was good but a pretty skimpy wine pour for $13.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner! Wonderful service with great descriptions of the menu and recommendations. Fun and creative cocktail menu as well. My husband and I shared the gem lettuce salad, followed by the burger and frites and steak and frites. Perfect amount of food for the two of us. The garlic fries are extremely craveable. We will be going back soon.

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  11. EatPlaySleep

    Seattle

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    What a treat to have this resto in the heart of Fairhaven. Great ambience, fun French menu and fresh neighborhood vibe. Win Win!

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  12. CharlesP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great tasting appetizers/small plates. Excellent service from a responsive, helpful staff. Duck fat frites are a must order.

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  13. BobS

    Seattle

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We really like Carnal, and as a sister restaurant, Estelle did not disappoint. Menu is limited… that’s good in my book… and it was a fun, tasty and enjoyable dinner. RECOMMEND 👍🏼😉

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  14. HeatherD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands-down best meal I've had in Bellingham. Everything was great - food, drinks, and service!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent atmosphere. One of Bellingham's gems. 

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always so good. The cocktails and clams were amazing!

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  17. ChuckR

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner with friends. The duck confit was terrific as were the fries, cauliflower, and carrots. We’ll be back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently great, attentive, delicious, and fun.

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  19. SusanF

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our third visit to Estelle and it was outstanding. Carrots were delicious as were the mussels, hangar steak and dover sole. I’m not normally a fan of crème brûlée; however, their version was very good. We had a table for four tucked into a quiet corner which definitely helped as it can be noisy.

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  20. Luv2eat79

    Seattle

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good! The quality and variation of the menu allowed everyone to be completely happy with their selection.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice spot but we ended up not staying due to the highly limited restaurant. For a Saturday night was nearly empty.

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  22. DeeC

    Anchorage

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excited to be back at Estelle's after their foray into tapas. They seem to be back to more lovingly prepared french items. We ordered frites, mussels, and confit. The mussels were the highlight and we needed an extra order of the sourdough toast to sop up the delicious sauce. Shoestring Frites are good, but a tad disappointing after their formerly epic wedge 'potates.' Ah, the confit. Very delicious crispy skinned duck legs (2) but alas not quite the classic fall-off-the-bone confit. Enjoyed the side of radicchio which went really well dipped in the sauce for the duck. Service was attentive. We were told we would be comped the last bit of wine in the last bottle of Cote de Rhone but were charged for another glass. We were happy with the dining experience at that point to not mind.

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  23. Rebeka

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great our plates were taken away as soon as we finished; very attentive staff for how busy it was, food was great, drinks were great. It was a little noisy for our taste but I also understand we went later on a Saturday. They've also been really popular since that article was published. Would go back!

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  24. lbm1

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time and will be back. Excellent service from Alicia (sp) and everyone wa pleased with what they ordered. Mussels, duck confit, bistro burger, steelhead crudo, all complimented. Nice looking space.

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  25. Vargo2643

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing!! I have been frequenting Carnal since the beginning and all during Covid. When I heard there was a new restaurant Estelle, I had to go. It was phenomenal from the presentation, quality, to the uniqueness, and flavor it was beyond good! The dishes looks simple but are anything but. There is so much flavor and quality and it shows!

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  26. JohnC

    Baltimore

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Small menu with great options done well.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Drinks were strong and the bartender was so fun. Food was just good. The wings and duck fat fries were amazing but the burger was meh. Looking forward to going back and trying some new things.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We live Estelle and try to come in frequently. Thanks for all you do. Please Bring back the pâté toast appetizer!

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  29. KRISTENM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I dined at Estelle on Valentine's Day. The food and wine pairings were absolutely delightful. From start to finish, each course was expertly prepared and delicious; we ate literally everything on the menu. We were particularly blown away by the chocolate mousse dessert paired with Normandi-Mercier Cognac. Simply the best combination of flavors ever. The music was perfection, the service was great, and the atmosphere felt very special. We cannot wait to go back!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very tasty special Valentine's dinner. Unique food creations.

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  31. Lisawrites

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Bistro Estelle. We were there for the Valentines 4-course dinner. The meal was inventive and delicious. Our server was friendly, helpful and attentive. We enjoyed the beautiful restaurant and modern European ambiance. The portions were a little small, and we asked for more bread that we were happy to pay for but there weren’t extra portions because of the special menu. Generally we loved the food and romantic meal, but courses came too quickly, and it forced us to eat faster so we didn’t have to eat cold or cooling mains which is what my husband had to do. For $100 plate meal I was unhappy with the rushed service. We will likely try this restaurant again.
    EstelleResponded on March 4, 2024
    We apologize for the rushed service and hope that you return. Valentine's Day is the busiest day of the year for us, and we wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to dine with us that evening.

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  32. MaviL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food & cocktails. Wife and I will definitely will come again!

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  33. AlyB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible; great limited menu that they executed very well. Our server Robbie did a great job with explanations and service. Overall would highly recommend Estelle’s service, ambiance, great bathroom wallpaper, and most of all the great flavors!

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  34. PattyS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well informed server, cozy ambiance, appealing decor, delicious food options. Must try the mussels!

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  35. PeterK

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once our server knew it was our first time here she gave great recommendations. The dishes we tried were duck fat fries, roasted cauliflower, mussels, sole and duck confit. It was an excellent assortment. They make their own bread which was perfect with the broth of the mussels. Every dish was very flavorful and had the right seasoning with the complimentary ingredients to enhance the entree. The price is about what I would expect to pay nowadays, but I felt like the portions were generous and great quality. For example the duck confit came with two legs and both had a good amount of meat within them. Tender inside and crisp outside. One of the best restaurants I have been to in Bellingham that I will definitely return to.

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  36. mm04040

    Anchorage

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good, as were beverages. We came here for a birthday during the week & a member of our group was late; they were very accommodating.

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  37. Becky

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Estelle's has some of the best food in Bellingham! The duck confit was ample and delicious, as was the cauliflower and frites. The hanger steak was good but small. It's a favorite!

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  38. AndrewM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing and our server was top notch all the way.

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  39. FaithH

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a favorite, so of course I'd chose it to celebrate my birthday! The staff is friendly, cheerful and knowledgeable, the food is outstanding (flavor combinations are amazing), the cocktails are inventive and tasty, and the atmosphere is inviting, stylish and warm. My whole family (teenage kiddo, too) loves Estelle!

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  40. DylanC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite Bellingham restaurant. Simple menu, and every single item I’ve tried was top notch.

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FAQs

Estelle is rated 4.7 stars by 153 OpenTable diners.

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 4 times today
Google Map for Estelle

1147 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    11th st. / Mill ave.
  • Neighborhood
    Bellingham
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    James Zamory
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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