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Estelle, Bellingham, WA

Estelle

4.7
4.7
136 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 9 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 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 136 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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

136 Reviews
  1. ChuckR

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  2. 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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  3. SusanF

    Vancouver

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 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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  4. Luv2eat79

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. JohnC

    Baltimore

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, amazing people, beautiful space. Best meal I’ve had in a long time.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit. Duck both times. Awesome! We also had the sole and steak frites at our table. They raived about their food too. The service level matched the food. We love this place.

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  26. BobS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience in a lovely neighborhood restaurant!

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  27. DouglasM

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Service was handled very well. Very fun place to eat at.

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  28. Graham

    Seattle

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and excellent service. We will definitely go again.

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  29. AliGorum

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very well done restaurant with great food (the duck fat fries will always be on my mind). Amazing server (Jules)!! Will be coming back for sure!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great dining experience at Estelle. Friendly, capable service. The hanger steak frites and roasted Dover sole were exceptional dishes. The only mild criticism is for the citrus braised warm beets with fennel fronds and pistachios. The orange flavors overpowered all others. The dish would have been outstanding had that been dialed down and the flavors more balanced. It’s great to have such a fine dining option in downtown Fairhaven.

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  31. KatharineP

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a delicious meal accompanied by great cocktails. This would be a good dining experience for a date night out or a group of friends.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience and service

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  33. SydneyJ

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious, high-quality food, great ambiance, and friendly service. Highly recommend.

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  34. WKMIV

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    One of the best Bellingham dining experiences in 30 years of local dining. No regrets, will be back regularly.

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  35. DawnR

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I chose Estelle for my birthday dinner because I love Carnal and Accomplice and have mad respect for the creativity and quality of the food and atmosphere. Bistro Estelle is another that I will highly recommend to my friends!

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  36. JohnC

    Baltimore

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fabulous dining experience. Great attentive staff. Everything we ordered was top notch. Crispy Brussels, sweet potatoes, burger, sole, and cocktails.

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  37. BrianC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was friendly, gave us some great feedback about the items on the menu. We loved the Duck Confit - the spiced orange glaze was delicious, the Cod - was delicate and melted in your mouth.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was unique atmosphere and super friendly staff. Loved it.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really delicious except for the over-salted frites. Drinks were ho-hum. Very, very noisy.

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  40. jeremyb

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We come here often and must say that it remains the best restaurant in the Bellingham area.

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FAQs

Estelle is rated 4.7 stars by 136 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 9 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
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 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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